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The New York team at ONLY. appears to be weathering the ups-and-downs of trend-driven streetwear culture with its reputation intact. Driven by simple graphics and nautical-themed prints or patterns, the ONLY. summer 2013 collection has us sporting casual cool and prepped for beach or boat life. Is once gritty NYC a good place for boating? We have no idea. But with ONLY. light weight coach jackets, quirky socks, and versatile snapback or camper hats, we think this summer breeze can easily flow well into early fall.

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Photo by: Leigh Bancroft

Photographer Leigh Bancroft went deep into the backwoods waterways of Alabama to shoot the SS13 lookbook for Lyonstate, highlighting the store's in-house collection of shirts, shorts and pants. Designed in-house by Lyonstate's founders, and crafted entirely in the USA, the collection is big on rugged chambrays, breathable ginghams and buttery sanded canvases. 

Visit Lyonstate.com to order online.

You might associate Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen with the neutral basics that got you through the week in past seasons (grey SGMC oxford, grey SGMC cardigan, etc.), but this summer's collection heads in a very different direction. Cohen says his collection is streetwear-influenced—"a combination of bold prints and loud, bright colors." The collection's vibrancy comes from animal prints and strong athletic influence seen in gym shorts, tanks and varsity jackets. There are still enough polished classics in there to balance things out, but the overall message seems to be that its okay for us to run a bit wild when the weather calls for it.

The collection is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and shadesofgreyclothing.com.


With warm weather approaching and beach getaways creeping up on the calendar, some of us are experiencing anxiety. The itty bitty string bikini isn’t for everyone or every occasion—and finding a flattering swimsuit with style isn’t as easy as it sounds. So when we came across Beth Richards recently, we found ourselves excited about swimwear in a whole new way.

The Beth Richards Spring/Summer 2013 collection puts a modern twist on classic and vintage silhouettes, where iconic patterns like florals or exaggerated crosses entertain monochromatic palettes. Versions of high wasted two-pieces are ideal for flattering curves, and come with easy post-water options in crop-topped cover-ups. Richards has a way of expressing a cohesive vision for the female form, allowing the contemporary woman a chance to frolic in the sun with a generous reserve of elegance. We can imagine a Bardot or a Hepburn rocking one of these in Antibes. Bonus: Her one-piece swimsuits, made-in-Canada, double as sleek bodysuits.

Visit Beth Richards online for a list of stockists.

And That cuff

Veering away from the highly embellished pieces that have been shown the past few seasons, SS2013's metal jewelry trend opts for boldness of shape and suggests an understated sophistication. Designers such as Pamela Love, Bliss Lau, and Balenciaga combine the sleekness of metal with interesting geometrical qualities, tribal influences, and cut-outs. Gold, silver, rose-gold are all fair game in this future primitive style and make an excellent companion to any warm weather ensemble.


Jill Golden necklace, $276


Balenciaga rings

Pamela Love cuff, $400

Bliss Lau body chain, $215


Kenzo pin, $402.38

Fringe is everywhere right now. Seriously. With the hippie look in full bloom for 2013 spring and summer festivals, you can't walk into a clothing store or scroll down a fashion blog without seeing a fringe bucket bag, fringe cropped top, fringe skirt, ad nauseum. However, as in-your-face as fringe has been lately, we think the manipulation of fringe into jewelry details is probably the most innovative and welcome sidenote to the fringe story. Whether it's subtle metal links cascading down a cuff or a leather fringe necklace, fringe jewelry provides options for riding the season's wave without embracing the trend in its entirety. Here are five options to get you started.

Adia Kibur cuff, $36 



Chola earrings, $120 

K/LLER necklace, $310

Auden Cuff, $388

From dresses to shoes, bags and pants, white-on-white could be found in almost every major runway show for SS2013. Almost in rebellion to the over-the-top neon influx of SS12, this season's white-on-white trend is a clean, minimal, and subdued way to get back to basics. By keeping white as the dominate element in an outfit, other interesting, and more complex, details of clothing are able to be explored such as mixed textures, fabric manipulation and unique silhouette aspects. That, and it has the side effect of chicly drawing attention to the skin.

Whether done in small doses or all out, white-on-white brings a fresh perspective to dressing for the warmer months.

Rag & Bone, $325

Alexander Wang, $675

Vince Camuto, $158

Boy by Band of Outsiders, $495

Photo by: Pepper Davies | Left Field NYC, SS13

We saw our share of woodsy campsite lookbooks in 2012, so the urban jungle of Left Field's SS13 images by photographer Pepper Davies are a welcome alternative. Shot right in Left Field's homebase of Ridgewood, Queens, the photos feature Greenpoint Tattoo Co., where Left Field founder Christian McCann can oft be found. We're excited to get our hands on the new collection, which features rough and ready and all American-made (from American and Japanese materials) camo shorts, tough T-shirts, selvedge canvas chinos, and work shirts. It looks to rate highly in wearability, durability, and style longevity.

Visit Left Field NYC online for city-tough, American-made threads.

We're evangelists for anything Outlier, their action-ready chinos can turn a chino-hater into a true believer in less than a day, so when we started feeling a hankering for a good summer jacket, we had to see what they were currently offering up. Note that Outlier doesn't issue clothing on a season-by-season schedule, rather it comes up with one new, and usually great, item at a time. Like many guys we know, we like to buy not just for this season, but for next year's, so we're on the same page. The two-button, breathable Ultralight Blazer, "a classic sportcoat with a 21st Century twist," has all the makings of a perennial winner in our eyes—and is made in NYC to boot.

Combine the blazer with the Ultralight Summer Trousers for $696 until April 19 at outlier.cc

English label Native Youth is making inroads in the States this season with tropical patterns, tie-dye, and camo patterned summer-weight menswear—perhaps turning a few things we never thought we'd embrace (er, tie-dye, for one) into musts for the season. 

Look for Native Youth at needsupply.com and similiar online retailers.