Thom Browne might be one of the quirkiest American designers today, even though his style leans towards dandy and preppy as opposed to pop and ostentatious (qualities that are often associated with quirky). The designer not only has his eponymous line as a part of his sartorial projects, but he has also partnered up with the quintessential American label, Brooks Brothers, and Italian sportswear company, Moncler, to create the Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers and Moncler Gamme Bleu collections respectively. Other than his resume, Browne is known and often recognized on the streets for his shrunken suits, which he often don while wandering around New York City.
This season, rather than just sending out shrunken tailored classic suits, he had taken to the American sportswear spirit and create a rich collection that experiments with the collegiate, the nautical and proportions. Among the collection, a stand out and easily wearable piece is a polka-dotted hooded jacket. Mixing maritime influence with American prep, the spotted white jacket has a roomy silhouette and comes with large utilitarian front pockets adorned with a name patch. The black spots are meticulously embroidered on instead of simply printed for textural complexity. Hooded and equipped with drawstrings and wrist enclosure, the waterproof jacket is designed with the urban sailor in mind. Perhaps one might not be braving the seas, but this jacket will definitely keep one prepared for spring showers. The jacket is now available online at colette.