New label obsession: Burkman Brothers

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Regular readers will know I have a thing for American, brands like Rugby Ralph Lauren and BBlessing as well as Stateside blogs such as Mister Mort and Secret Forts. So it’s with great pleasure that I (hopefully) introduce to you Burkman Brothers. Stumbling across them on the blogosphere it seems that New York has been alight with talk of them this year. Super-handsome, real life brothers, Doug and Ben create American clothing with genuine love of detail and finish – their madras fabrics for example are all woven in South India. With a history that includes designing for Gap this isn’t edgy stuff but the attention to detail and consistent aesthetic are really refreshing. Check out the gorgeous current Spring/Summer collection lookbook here – great use of colour and the Indian setting is a perfect foil.

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Love the look: The Hill-side as featured on Secret Forts

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Sometimes a single image can bring together so many different things. I’ve recently become a big fan of the Secret Forts blog, not least because of Valet‘s recent profile of it’s author, James (no surname). Through Secret Forts I became of The Hill-side label, which in its attention to detail sums up the kind of reverence for real Americana that I appreciate about New York City. The Hill-side specialise in fine shirting and amazing accesories like the tie featured in this image. And then there’s the model: that grey hair! I love the fact that the volume of his hair suggests youthful exuberance which is somehow actually enhanced by the grey tones of his hair. Still with me? As ever with the web, the circuitous nature of hyperlinks can lead to so many discoveries, all good.

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