Vintage. Militaria. Utilitarian. Naval. Workwear. Archival. These are all words that exist in the lexicon of present-day menswear designers far and wide. Some designers have a penchant for reproducing exact replicas of traditional garb. Some shopkeepers use those references and old techniques to modernize the heritage of such garments. What’s great is finding someone who does both. Matt Robinson is that double edged sword. He’s both a designer & retailer who merges the best of both worlds – he peddles a careful edit of old authentic pieces, while also carrying on those traditions with his own in-house label, Klaxon Howl. He’s an aficionado of the old school to say the least, he’s a self-declared collector, maybe even hoarder of finely constructed pieces from the past. Collecting took a turn to designing and Matt’s been avoiding “trends” ever since he started the line.
In today’s market, with the transparency of brands and all, we can all find well made shirts with a little bit of know-how and the swift click of a mouse. What happens when you’ve covered your basic button down oxfords, linens and such. The difficult part lies in finding a shirt well worth your money. With price points increasing for great quality shirts, something’s got to stand out a bit when I decide to whip out my wallet. As a start-up brand, Outclass keeps their items pretty sparse which in this case means that each product must be made with meticulous care. Have a look at their unique salmon striped long sleeve.
“Constructed in Canada using fabric from textile manufacturer Canclini, Como, Italy. Blend of 70% Cotton 30% Linen. The shirt has a tapered body and sleeves, mother of pearl buttons, hidden button down collar, welt pocket and French seams.”
More product looks in the cut.