New York City’s 3sixteen is one of the few labels who have managed to elevate simplicity and class with a dose of outdoor vibe that is distinctly American. Think France’s A.P.C’s easy, clean aesthetics dressed in with a rugged American heritage outdoor attitude, the label has withstood the test of the trying market, volatile consumers and ever-changing trends.
This season, the label’s determination to support local businesses has bode well with the overall aesthetics which has brought the old-world working, learned gentleman back to the present. The Spring 2010 season sourced and sewn fabric in New York, while leather for the footwear came from Chicago’s acclaimed Horween Tannery (and are then assembled meticulously in Maine). Denim are flown from Japan and put together with heavy duty hardware in the US. Think a collection of fitted denim and pants including classic khakis that are cut to fit perfectly that are not too tight as to be overly edgy or compromise on masculinity, but also not quite so loose as to tip over to sloppy.
Button down shirts are made in a variety of materials including the classic chambray. Sometimes sleeves are rolled up and sometimes they have contrasting white collars, other times you could pop a khaki blazer over it or layer a cardigan to play the role of a studied academic. Perpetuating the sense of down-to-earth men who wander with resolution and work diligently, the lookbook is shot on location at New York City’s beautiful boutique Ace Hotel New York. The models ponder in pensive reflection on vintage plaid armchairs, perch over a library of books or simply passing by on the sidewalk.
The Spring 2010 collection is set to delivery in late February to 3sixteen retailers and will also be available on the 3sixteen website, so keep an eye out for them and keep the label in mind for your spring shopping.