As the days get lighter and the temperatures hopefully soar we all need some lighter garments in the arsenal. It’s not easy for any designer, especially when people are wearing less clothes in general, so less layers to play with, and fewer textures, but Mike Hodis has done it again with this selection from his Eagle Rock CA. based Runabout Goods.
We, quite literally, have your back covered to start the season with three Spring/Summer staples from Runabout Goods, who manage to produce equally interesting kit for the warmer months as they do for the more brisk!
An iconic image from the important Take Ivy book
The whole collection is based on 1960’s Ivy league when brats were shipped off to the Hamptons to cavort and fraternize with their filthy rich peers, at parties, at BBQ’s, on boats. But boy did they look good. We are hoping you’ll be doing some of the same. Please send photos to @pickingsandparry if indeed you do.
For the top half we have the Marina Polo, a raglan sleeve knitted polo style shirt, more relaxed and airy to deal with the heat. You will look like the most delightful Neapolitan Ice Cream but still retain some class. The mother of pearl buttons are a nice touch, too. If you know Jack our Barber, this has him written all over it.
Runabout Goods Marina Polo with Janitor Hat
Mike took some serious inspiration from the iconic book 'Take Ivy' for this collection (if you haven't read it, look it up!) so next up on top is the Oxnard; aptly named after the Southern Californian coastal town. A 1960’s short sleeved popover, done in Oxford cotton, obviously - what else for Ivy league! It is a half placket and true to size so little or no shrinkage should occur. Slightly boxy, as was the fashion, with four inch side slits to sit properly and help it ease over the head. Details include Melamine cat’s eye opaque white buttons.
Runabout Goods Oxnard Shirt - Milk
Lastly, and naturally at the bottom, depending on your preferences, we have the campus chino for all alumni and also for those who have never been near a university campus. In Italian chambray (70/30 cotton/linen) it is light as a breezy day. A bang on straight fit, not too wide & not too slim. Details include a lovely white selvage and curved side seam pocket. This is the perfect spring summer trouser, dressed up with a loafer or more casually with a pump. No shrinkage on this one, but order one size up as they fit true to measured size - no room for vanity here!
All in all, Runabout have done it again with their first class approach to design and manufacture. Mike and his team have the ability to take inspiration from times and styles in history, without coming across as overly 'vintage' or 'heritage' and there's still no denim in sight! Check out the collection from Runabout Goods here, or pop in to our store and see it for yourself!
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