Flexible Essentials for a Timeless Wardrobe
Every element of a thoughtfully devised wardrobe possesses a range of identities that shift and come into focus with each new context. The pieces resonate uniquely when combined with one another, bringing out a singular set of characteristics in their counterparts—from luxuriously sporty, to sophisticated and formal, to effortlessly cool—interacting as pieces to a puzzle with an infinite array of diverse and satisfying solutions.
A featherweight, supremely comfortable t-shirt; a sleek jacket with a rebellious edge; inventive shoes that blur the line between casual and refined: these are some of the essentials that prove their worth and longevity by redefining themselves and one another with each new look.
01 — Zipped and belted atop easy-fitting black pants and crocodile embossed slip-ons, our Schott x The Line leather jacket adds both edge and polish.
02 — The relaxed silhouette of pants from Vince is sharpened by satin piping that creates tuxedo-style side stripes along the legs.
A fitting foundation on which to build a variety of looks, the semi-sheer nude tee from Base Range allows the body to speak for itself, draping weightlessly from the shoulders and complementing a spectrum of skin tones. Pair it with a subtly revealing skirt, or layer it with a cropped leather jacket for an edgy, bare effect.
In soft bamboo jersey, the almost-blush tee also provides an ideal starting point in colder climes and more formal environments. It instantly takes on a dressed-up air beneath a full-length banded overcoat from J.W. Anderson, for example. The handsome wool coat emanates authority, whether with casual slip-ons or elegant heels.
04 — Advanced textiles such as bamboo jersey skim the body for a smooth, sleek fit.
05 — In a creamy nude hue that brings out the glow in a range of complexions, a streamlined tee gets a fresh look with rolled sleeves.
07 — The cropped silhouette of our perfected Perfecto has classic moto details, including an asymmetrical zipper, snap-down lapels, epaulets, and a half-belt with buckle closure.
An exclusive collaboration with Schott, makers of the definitive motorcycle jacket, our cowhide Perfecto maintains the signature style, hardware, and accents of classically rugged biker gear but with an updated, close-cropped fit.
Add a hint of color and subtle texture with Proenza Schouler’s deep blue slip-ons, a modern hybrid of sneaker and loafer in crocodile-stamped leather.
10 — Sleek hair and minimal accessories are an elegant match for a pared-down palette and put the focus on rich textures, innovative textiles, and finely crafted pieces.
Create a dramatic black-on-black ensemble from a chunky sweater and relaxed trousers with formal accents, and add a pair of athletic-inspired navy slip-ons to dial up the color. Texture and detail set apart each piece in this darkly distinguished ensemble, from the traditional cable-knit braiding and chevrons of the cashmere sweater to the satin accents and piping on the trousers and crocodile-embossing of the sporty leather shoes.
Push the sweater’s sleeves to the elbow for a relaxed, active air, or wear them extended over the wrists and exchange the pants and shoes for J.W. Anderson’s slashed skirt and Altuzarra heels with a chamois flourish at the vamp for a look that opens up and becomes more playful as it progresses from head to toe.
11 — The simple act of cuffing a sweater’s sleeves can subtly shift the scale of a look.
A wide, obi-like panel at the waist fastens to give J.W. Anderson’s wool coat the pulled-together appearance of a dress with a high front slit.
14 — Navy heels add subtle variation to a palette dominated by versatile black. Altuzarra’s are made special by fluid lines and a softly folded tab of chamois at the vamp.
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