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This Is How to Get That Elusive Nike SNKRS Exclusive Access

Nike SNKRS has undoubtedly given us all our fair share of L’s over the years, and to be quite honest, that’s putting it mildly. The Swoosh is looking to help you enhance your chances of landing those must-have kicks moving forward, however, and bring you personalized drops in the process with an updated Exclusive Access release model.

According to the brand, the new and improved Exclusive Access platform is designed to give Nike members, and the SNKRS community, better access to the hottest releases. With Exclusive Access invitations, members of the SNKRS community are awarded personalized purchase offers based on their engagement in the SNKRS app. In short, the more active you are, the more personal these invitations become. Customers can help their case by engaging with the SNKRS content series and given releases. More specifically, Nike suggests viewing “Behind the Design” videos, participating in polls, entering launches, and engaging during SNKRS Live sessions. Sounds simple enough, but beware, these Exclusive Access invitations are only good for a limited time, so to keep receiving, you’ll want to continue engaging.

Nike announces the Exclusive Access revamp as it is currently prepping for a summer filled with highly anticipated releases, led by Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ x Nike “Dear Summer” collection, which consists of 50 — yes, 50 — colorways of the Dunk Low. Those hoping to secure a pair can cross their fingers and look forward to invitations for Exclusive Access being sent out to Nike members beginning August 9.

To take advantage of the Exclusive Access platform, make sure you become a Nike member and download the SNKRS app if you haven’t yet.

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No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of Gucci’s New Basketball Sneaker

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Gucci can’t just launch a campaign for its new sneakers, it’s gotta create a brand new textile. Coinciding with the debut of its new Basket sneaker, the Italian luxury house is introducing Demetra, a proprietary textile that Gucci’s touting as an eco-friendly substitute for animal byproducts.

Demetra, named in homage to Greek agricultural goddess Demeter, is comprised of “upwards to 77 percent plant-based raw materials,” Gucci explains. Two years in the making, it’s produced in Italy like the rest of the house’s goods and will soon be incorporated into Gucci’s shoes, bags, accessories, and apparel as an alternative to — not replacement for — leather. For now, it’s a Gucci exclusive, but by 2022, the label expects to share Demetra with the wider fashion industry in a bid to provide new, scaleable uses for pre-fab materials.

It’s hard to say from outside observation alone that the material is properly “sustainable” given the nuances around the term, but any proactivity in uncovering alternate production methods is hardly unwelcome. Indeed, Gucci is working hard to own the sustainable conversation, announcing Demetra’s rollout mere days after premiering the first-ever Equilibrium Impact Report.

“Demetra is a new category of material that encapsulates Gucci’s quality and aesthetic standards with our desire to innovate, leveraging our traditional skills and know-how to create for an evolving future,” said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, in a statement. “Demetra offers our industry an easily scalable, alternative choice and a more sustainable material that also answers the needs of animal-free solutions.”

Oh, and that new Basket sneaker? It’s a chunky high-top steeped in retro basketball sneaker design cues like a thick, logo-laden tongue and stitched overlays atop a mixed-material upper. Offered in three gently distressed colorways, the Basket, Rhyton, and New Ace are Gucci’s first shoes to be partially crafted from Demetra, demonstrating the textile’s leather-like properties.

The Demtra Rhyton is already available on Gucci’s website, shortly arriving in-store alongside the New Ace. The Basket, meanwhile, will be available from June 18 with a Shoe Surgeon partnership on the way. Coinciding with all this, Gucci will launch new Pins in Atlanta, Aventura, Troy, Beverly Hills, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, and Las Vegas, inspired by basketball courts, appropriately enough.

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Banana Republic Has Revived Hemingway’s Wardrobe

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Back in the ’80s, Banana Republic was a quirky adventure outfitter, proffering pith helmets and photographer vests for intrepid explorers. The brand has obviously gone in a much different direction in the years since, but devotees haven’t forgotten that legacy of expedition. Ana Andjelic, Banana Republic’s new Chief Brand Officer, is one such die-hard, and she’s bringing back the past by way of the retailer’s inaugural “BR Vintage” line.

Deeply inspired by Banana Republic’s timelessly out-of-time catalogues, Andjelic and a team of “purveyors” went through the archives to select 225 unique vintage pieces from the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s. Ranging from classic hunting jackets to graphic tees and caps, the BR Vintage selection is indicative of the worldly ethos that inspired Banana Republic’s founding.

“Banana Republic was created as an imaginary territory on par with Narnia, Middle Earth, or Wakanda,” Andjelic said. “Our archives are this chest of curiosities that takes us to another imaginary world … a caravan route in a desert, an abandoned campsite, a forgotten forest. We wanted to deliver the modern customer this imaginary world that started it all with a resolutely modern vibe. Some stuff in our vintage store is so camp that it’s cool and other is timeless streetwear.”

Inspired by old school travel-wear and Ernest Hemingway’s Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe, Mel and Patricia Ziegler launched two “Banana Republic Travel & Safari Clothing Company” surplus stores in 1978. Their snappy success inspired GAP to acquire and expand it five years later, sparking a widespread ’80s explorer fad. Interestingly, Hemingway — who never wore GAP or BR — left such an indelible influence that an old photo of him appeared in a ’90s GAP ad long after both companies moved past the safari trend.

The debut of BR Vintage comes at a turning point for GAP. The parent company is moving out of malls in favor of digital distribution, driving customer growth with projects like YEEZY GAP. BR Vintage is one of Banana Republic’s first major pushes to lure in new shoppers following a challenging year. “Banana certainly had challenges unique to Covid, between occasion wear and workwear,” GAP CEO Sonia Syngal said recently.

150 of BR Vintage pieces are available on Banana Republic’s website, and an additional 50 are exclusive to its store in New York’s Flatiron district. These items are mostly seasonal (lightweight poplin and linen), and BR has plans for additional cold weather BR Vintage drops later in the year. Considering that many of the one-of-one items are already sold out online, the taste for safari clothes clearly hasn’t waned.

Taking Down Statues in Paris With Iván Argote

Curated by Highsnobiety and presented during the time period formerly known as Paris Men’s Fashion Week, Not In Paris 3 is our third in a series of bi-annual digital exhibitions celebrating creativity in the age of remote interactions. Head here for the full series and cop our new merch via our online store.

Statues have long been siphons for discontent, whether they’re being covered in graffiti, shit on by pigeons, or getting toppled and destroyed by protestors. The Colombian artist Iván Argote plays on this statue-disdain in his new show “A Place For Us,” opening at Perrotin New York on June 16.

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011

Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

Horse (Paris, Louvre), 2011

Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

The show depicts monuments in various un-monumental iterations. Wild Flowers features a replica of the Washington statue on Wall Street that has been reproduced, only dissected into eleven pieces that are scattered throughout the gallery, some filled with soil and flowers. Anti-Heroes is a series of marble plinths, topped by mirrors that reflect their surrounding context rather than a historical figure. More than just a room containing works, it seems that Argote wanted to use the gallery space to simulate a world where statues and what they represent had finally become obsolete.

IVÁN ARGOTE: The idea of a monument has to change. It’s naive to believe that something is going to represent us forever. But I don’t want to just remove these statues and replace them with other statues, because then you’re still using the same rhetoric, the same narrative. So instead of centralizing the attention in these iconic things, let’s make something that’s more horizontal. That’s why the exhibition is very horizontal in that there’s pieces here and there. I wanted the show to be an environment. I wanted to decentralize these things.

Argote has been developing this fetish-like interest in statues for over a decade, going back to his short video work Glup Glup (Monument), from 2009, which featured a bust of Simón Bolívar, half submerged in a fountain in Bogotá. In 2013, he went on a proverbial spree, also in Bogotá, covering a number of conquistador statues in a traditional indigenous poncho for the series Turistas.

PATRICK MCGRAW: How did you become interested in statues?

ARGOTE: I was always very conscious that these monuments and symbols are not natural. That they’re constantly trying to tell us something, but we forget because we try not to see it when we pass them. But I always felt it was oppressive to see these symbols there. When I moved to Paris, it became more evident because of the greatness that Paris and big cities try to represent. I remember my first day in Paris, in 2006, when I went to the Louvre. I was impressed by the beauty of many things there, but shocked at the same time to see all these treasures in downtown Paris from different parts of the globe and civilizations. In Colombia, we don’t even have pre-Columbian art. So this interest has been there since the beginning of my work.

Wild Flowers: A Thumb, 2021

Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

Wild Flowers: A Hand, 2021

Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

Installation View of Iván Argote: A Place For US at Perrotin New York, 2021

MCGRAW: Don’t you think that the majority of people (including myself) in the majority of any city don’t know about the statues that surround them?

ARGOTE: We just get used to these things. Maybe we’re too used to being oppressed in this way, of being shown images that are supposedly our history. People have lives to lead and they can’t spend all their time focused on these things, so these monuments seem natural, but they really aren’t. Why do I need to see these statues twice everyday, when I go out and come home? Just because we’ve lived for hundreds of years in this way isn’t a good reason to keep them around.

“A Place For Us” is a prescient show considering the current political turmoil in Colombia that has seen widespread demonstrations, specifically by young people in Bogotá and Cali. The protests began as far back as the winter of 2019, but flared up again in April following a proposed tax reform, and were egged on by myriad stresses related to COVID. Some of the statues used in Argote’s work have been part of the protests these past months, and in a couple of instances in Cali, were literally destroyed.

MCGRAW: What role can art play in politics?

ARGOTE: Maybe not necessarily from the arts, but culture in general is a way we can explore new strategies and create new narratives and conversations. We can generate new ideas that aren’t violent or confrontational, but about new ways of communicating.

Bondage: Sebastián de Belalcázar, Santiago de Cali, 2021

Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

Bondage: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Richmond, Virginia, 2021

Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

MCGRAW: What do you think about the current unrest in Colombia?

ARGOTE: It concerns me a lot. Colombia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and extremely unfair in terms of the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. The government there always creates a public enemy. It used to be the Guerrillas that the government would blame everything on. Since the peace treaty, they’ve created a new public enemy, the young people, who are protesting because they have worse opportunities and lives than their parents’ generation. In Colombia, we’re not as wealthy as other countries, but we did have some progress in terms of access to education and healthcare. But even that small amount of progress has stopped, and this new generation has no opportunities for employment or healthcare, and in a way, are poorer than their parents. And their parents were not even middle class, so they see a hopeless environment.

Technology, another medium with oppressive tendencies, plays a central role in his show at Perrotin. In Au Revoir, Argote created a deepfake to document the fictional toppling of the Gallieni statue at Place Vauban in Paris. By being able to dismantle statues at will, Argote’s work shows the irrelevancy of such monumentality in the face of 21st century technology and an increasingly ad hod cultural landscape. A statue of a French colonizer is toppled in a deepfake that bears a striking resemblance to the real thing, and to a person viewing the works on a computer or at a gallery in a distant country, who is already living a predominantly virtual life, what’s the difference if the real thing still stands?

ARGOTE: I wanted to create a fiction that pictures the day these statues were removed. Not violently, but as a banal gesture, which it actually is. Nobody cares about it now, and it’s horrible and oppressive, so why not remove it in a banal and boring way? So I created a deepfake of the statue, which was an interesting way of playing with that form which is very present today. It also shows that removing these states is possible.

Etcétéra : en couvrant avec des miroirs Francisco de Orellana, le soi-disant découvreur de l’Amazonie. Parc national, Bogotá, 2012 – 2018

MCGRAW: Do you think that technology and specifically deepfakes can become oppressive themselves?

ARGOTE: They are. I’m playing a tricky game there too because the whole system is creating this information now and we’re living more and more in our own fictions that are generated by these systems. I guess it was always the same in a different way because our lives have always been run by a fiction. Religion used to be the main one, and previously people were more influenced by whatever the church or their religion said about following a system of beliefs. Now it’s more chaotic but we all try to find a fiction to push us. But that’s also why we need to use these tools in another way. Oftentimes now they’re used to generate more hate. I think it’s a creative tool that needs to be included in a fictional way to generate other content and narratives too. Through fiction we can generate new ideas for reality.

There’s something to be said about an artist making work about their country in a state of hopelessness, and trying to communicate even a portion of that sentiment. In the US, it’s easy to feel disenchanted about how poorly art represents the urgency many people feel, no matter what ideologies one subscribes to. Though in the past few years Argote’s work has found echoes in America, namely in the Confederate statues being taken down throughout the South. Although the toppling of those statues gained nationwide attention during the recent Black Lives Matters protests, various groups that have been petitioning for their takedown for decades. For Argote, his connection to those movements goes beyond just their actions.

ARGOTE: It does seem like we’re in a moment right now. It’s good because it feels like we’re all part of the same conversation. I’m part of that generation that’s aware of these things. We’re millions of people who are all feeling the same thing, and then at a certain point, it erupts. I just hope the show will be seen as contributing to the conversation.

Tyler’s New Video Makes Another Case for Summer Loafers

Tyler, the Creator finally gave us his new single, Lumberjack, last night and praise be, there’s a video to boot. Like all Tyler projects, the cut goes heavy on the style front and there’s a hell of a lot to unpack in terms of sartorial standouts. One of them is his continued championing of loafers.

As you’ll see below, there are a lot of fit moments to discuss in a video that only just tops the one-minute mark. There’s advocacy for nail care. There’s a garish zebra print shirt. There’s even a rather unseasonal appearance from the Ushanka hat.

But the highlight look arrives 45 seconds in. Bodying the summer evening wardrobe, Tyler pairs the aforementioned zebra print shirt with a pastel blue cardigan matching his hat. That lesson in loud print/subtle colors continues with a pair of simple brown shorts.

Making a return to a longtime footwear favorite of his, Tyler wears a pair of black penny loafers with a blue sole, showing how they can still work well in warmer weather, without the backup of longer formal pants. As always, he swears by the power of the white sock.

Despite them being more than 100 years old, loafers still don’t really seem to get the attention they deserve outside of the formal menswear sphere. A lot of people seem unsure on how exactly to style them, and I’m pretty sure that’s down to their misuse by many, particularly the yacht bros wearing them with no socks. Thankfully, Tyler is once again provided us with pointers on how to do it right.

If you’re wearing your loafers with shorts, then the right choice of legwear is vital. Sports shorts are an absolute no-go. Banker-on-holiday beige chino shorts, too. Pick pretty much anything else and you’ll be fine. Cord shorts are a fine example, and one worn by Tyler on many occasions as well as by Harry Styles in Venice recently.

Anyway, we’ve picked out some pieces to get Tyler, the Creator’s Lumberjack look with below yourself, from the ultra-loud shirt down to the loafers.

Fresh from the third installment of our Not In Paris exhibition and its gift shop is this collaboration loafer by luxury French brand J.M. Weston and yours truly. Crafted in high-quality suede and leather, the emerald shoe arrives with two vintage Franc coins — a true collectible. The color also looks stunning with white socks, à la Tyler.

Prada’s famous triangle plaque has had another resurgence in recent years, mostly due to the huge success of its nylon line. Here, it gets slapped on a beautiful leather loafer that’s made from the fashion house’s signature Spazzolato leather. This is fire.

Tyler himself has often been spotted in Dr. Martens loafers, usually identified by their famous contrast stitching. We’re pretty sure he’s wearing a pair of Docs in the Lumberjack video, though it looks like an unreleased edition.

G.H. Bass is credited for bringing the loafer as we know it to the US, way back in 1936. So if you want to invest in an OG iteration of this classic, then this is the one. The black and white colorway of the Weejun has long been a favorite of those into the prep look — one that’s been well reclaimed by Tyler for a few years now.

As fine footwear goes, it doesn’t get much better than Church’s. Now owned by Prada, Church’s comes from Northampton, UK, a place that birthed footwear giants such as Dr. Marten’s, Grenson, and Tricker’s. It’s also my hometown, so I’m slightly biased, but these burgunday loafers will literally last you a lifetime, and often longer.

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Fashion Insiders On Why Café de Flore Is a Fashion Week Landmark

Curated by Highsnobiety and presented during the time period formerly known as Paris Men’s Fashion Week, Not In Paris 3 is our third in a series of bi-annual digital exhibitions celebrating creativity in the age of remote interactions. Head here for the full series and cop our new merch via our online store.

Café de Flore is a uniquely Parisian institution. Founded in 1887, the café has played a vital part in French culture, playing host to notable writers and artists including Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Simone de Beauvoir, among others. It even played a role in the birth of not one but three artistic movements — Dadaism, Surrealism and Existentialism.

Then came the fashion world. From the ’60s, Café de Flore became home to a revolving door of fashion’s elites, most famously Karl Lagerfeld who lived nearby the café, alongside models Pat Cleveland, Corey Tippin, and Yves Saint Laurent’s muses Betty Catroux, Loulou de La Falaise, and Clara Saint. Naturally, the café then became a backdrop for work by iconic photographers including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and Peter Lindbergh as they captured the essence of the era.

Today, Café de Flore has remained a mainstay in the fashion world, it has served as the set for numerous campaigns and runway shows, including from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Longchamp and Louis Vuitton. But most importantly, the café’s central role as as a cultural meeting point is something that’s remained throughout the years.

If you’ve been to fashion week, it’s likely you’ve ended up at Café de Flore, whether it was for an early morning coffee, a post show pastis — the café is still at the center of Parisian fashion. In honor of our collaboration with the eminent institution (which you can shop here) and our Troisième Édition of Not In Paris, we caught up with some of our favorite fashion insiders and asked them why Café de Flore is a fashion week landmark.

“The decadent and intelligent clientele make it the city’s place to be. As someone who writes and works in fashion spending time in a place frequented by Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and then Yves Saint laurent and Karl Lagerfeld brings out the stan in me.”

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

“The atmosphere at Café de Flore is vibrant. l love that people are dressed in catwalk pieces and we all come together as spectacle for people walking by.”

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

“Café de Flore is the epitome of chic, elegant and cool. I remember the first time I visited about thirteen years ago, while we are having dinner with friends I saw Riccardo Tisci sitting on the next table — at that point the Creative Director of Givenchy — and alongside Raf Simons he was my ultimate favorite fashion designer. I was in a full Givenchy look and I remember that moment so vividly in my mind.”

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

Highsnobiety / Clément Guinamard

“[Café de Flore] is that classic Paris combination of overpriced pastis and chic Saint-Germain vibes.”

“My favorite memories at Café de Flore are running into editors, stylists, friends grabbing lunch or dinner before or after shows, before going to parties. It’s such an interesting start to the night, or the start or an interesting car share to the next destination.”

“[What sets Café de Flore apart is] the vibe it offers: a sort of left bank intellectual experience, with tourists yes, but ones who ‘pretend”’to be intellectuals themselves too. I also love their paper table cloth, they are perfectly shaped for the round tables, with drawings from iconic illustrator Sempé.”

Gucci’s Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended Just Dropped Here

Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended

Gucci’s Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended collection just dropped and it’s a rival for the best of the summer. The collection, which sees Michele further expand his repertoire of retro in the form of varsity-style sweats, tees, and sneakers, as well as bringing in the expertise of artist Freya Hartas, is available to shop at Luisaviaroma now.

Several motifs act as the uniting force of the collection. ICCUG is a new arrival for the season, continuing a string of plays on the brand’s name while 25 Eschatology appears emblazoned across a number of items from the Rhyton Sneakers to hoodies and T-shirts. As well as offering a bold, preppy focal point for the pieces, it carries a deeper meaning for Michele. Eschatology is a doctrine that explores the ultimate destiny of humans and the universe; another punchy tagline to sit alongside the already iconic Aveuglé d’Amour slogan of the label.

For Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended, Michele has enlisted the help of Freya Hartas. The British children’s book illustrator elevates a hoodie and a pair of Ace Sneakers with fairytale renditions of animals. Aside from Hartas’ work, worth noting is the selection of summer-ready essentials crafted from lightweight linen and organic cotton.

Retro tracksuits will never not be on our radar and few do it better than Alessandro Michele. This track top catches eyes with a vintage, shiny finish.

If the top didn’t catch enough eyes, pair it with the contrasting pants for a full look.

Gucci’s Rhyton sneakers make up part of one of the most underrated luxury sneaker offerings around. With a chunky sole unit and premium leather uppers emblazoned with the house’s signature 25, this pair is up-to-date with a retro edge.

Summer is made a whole lot easier when you’ve got a go-to bag for every occasion. This canvas tote bag features leather trims to last as well as the inimitable ICCUG motif in bold yellow to the side.

Gucci does workwear and it’s got us all hot and bothered. This zip-through Harrington jacket comes adorned with a retro Gucci patch to the chest by way of detailing.

We already told you that few do retro sportswear like Michele and this slim-fit pair of track pants is a premier example.

One of the most memorable pieces from the collection comes in the form of this versatile, varsity-style hoodie complete with the season’s defining 25 Eschatology motto to the chest.

Freya Hartas’ unnerving cat has got its tail up on the front of this hoodie. Another of the season’s go-to quips comes in the form of Gucci written inversely as the centerpiece.

It’s not bad advice really. Don’t go hugging any snakes this summer, but here’s our advice: do go copping this tee.

That’s right. Gucci has actually made us want to wear a fedora with this pure linen number finished with calf leather trims and the iconic Web stripe through the center.

Oversized, ’70s-style sunnies are a signature of Gucci and Alessandro Michele and this pair certainly fits that bill. All the right doses of panache, as a summer of reopening potentially approaches.

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Be Transported to Paris With Our Highsnobiety x Café de Flore Collection

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Brand: Café de Flore x Highsnobiety

Key Pieces: We don’t promote smoking, but the porcelain ashtray is next-level. Match it with your espresso cup and you might as well be in Paris. On the apparel side, the forest green cap with the Café de Flore script will elevate any fit, while the white “rendez-vous au” T-shirt adds a level of intrigue.

Release Date: Available now

Buy: Highsnobiety Shop

Editor’s Notes: For our third edition of Not In Paris, we’ve hooked up with the iconic Parisian institution Café de Flore. Once, the meeting place for some of the world’s most creative minds (think Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Karl Lagerfeld), now the café is a mainstay of any Parisian trip — whether you’re meeting a friend for a pre-museum coffee or having a post-Fashion Week pastis.

To keep up with out Not In Paris theme, we wanted to bring the café to you, wherever you are. Can’t get a flight to the city? No problem, you can recreate the cosy-but-luxe atmosphere with our porcelain set which includes an espresso cup and saucer, and egg cup and an ashtray (because Paris). Clothing wise, we wanted our release to match the vibe of the café, with our color scheme of forest green and beige mirroring that of the location’s awning. Explore our lookbook above, and shop the collection below,

SpaceBok, the Robot Being Designed to Walk on Mars

Wheels may be a more stable means to roam around the challenging terrain of Mars, but they limit where robots can go. In fact, to date, all of the robots scouring the surface of the Red Planet have been on wheels. Thus, scientists from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich and Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have developed distinct robotic legs on their small quadrupedal …

10 Pieces That Prove Linen Is the Real MVP of Summer

linen clothing

When summer sets in, your shopping needs change. Primarily, ice creams become a priority, but sitting in a very close second is linen. Linen clothing has long been the savior of sweaty summer days, and when we say long, we mean it. In fact, the oldest intact garment is a linen shirt dating back to the fourth millennium BC. That speaks to another of linen clothing’s benefits.

Linen clothes are extremely durable. Alongside the lightweight breathability afforded by the fabric, you can be sure that your favorite linen bits will stick around for a while and there’s a high chance they’ll even outlive you.

With the help of MATCHESFASHION, we’ve taken a deep dive into the world of linen clothing. Ranging from footwear by MANEBÍ to contemporary luxury bits from Jacquemus, this roundup shows the true power of linen, furthering its case as the MVP of summer.

Up there with the best jackets of summer 2021, Marané’s Button-Down Linen Jacket merges the worlds of tailoring and workwear with a chore jacket build that shows a delicate eye for detail.

Linen’s natural texture makes it a shortcut to informalizing your tailored looks. If you’re hoping to keep things sharp but toned down this season, a linen blazer should provide the strongest first step.

HARAGO’s style is typified by its focus on craftsmanship. This pair of pure linen shorts exemplifies that with subtle detailing like the hand-embroidered logo to the reverse.

Oliver Spencer has made a name for itself by making some of the best quality staples on the market. This pair of versatile pants is cut from a cotton-linen blend for a sturdy yet lightweight finish.

We’re seeing a big move towards handmade detailing in style right now, from the crochet craze to BODE’s rise to domination. This linen shirt from HARAGO fits squarely into the contemporary mold.

Made in Italy, it feels a little out of whack that this pair of white linen pants from Raey would be a big no-no when eating any form of pasta.

Embodying the easygoing, sun-soaked lifestyle of the South of France, there’s no surprise that Jacquemus makes a linen shirt to perfection.

Linen’s ability to make garments feel more relaxed makes it the perfect fit for oversized cuts. This linen-blend tee from Raey exhibits just that.

A pure linen construction forms the foundation to this everyday summer shirt from Commas. informed by Creative Director Richard Jarman’s beachside lifestyle, Commas’ offering is never short of seaside-ready.

Espadrilles are not only functionally ideal for summer, but they also encapsulate the laid-back attitude we all foster during the warmer months.

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