Welcome to Fresh Picks, your
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Here’s an anecdote that’ll separate the entirely-washed from the, well…not. Remember going into Blockbuster on a random Thursday evening so you could rent an actual Digital Video Disc in order to consume entertainment on your television? Of course you don’t! Hahaha. Who would?!
Well, then. Um. Remember scrolling through Amazon, not entirely sure which version of whatever-it-is-you-want-to-buy you’re looking for, before feeling your eyes glaze over and then abandoning the search entirely? Yeah, that’s how it can feel shopping for clothes right now. There’s just so much damn stuff. How can you be expected to keep up, let alone find the truly noteworthy pieces worthy of your attention and, perhaps, your hard-earned cash? You can’t! Well, you could do it. We all have faith in you.
But now you don’t have to. Because we here at Esquire have sifted through that endless stream of stuff, separated the wheat from the chaff, and pulled together our top picks of the week. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and check ’em out right here.
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Team USA One-Year-Out Mesh Pullover
The road to the Olympics may be a whole lot longer for the athletes who were supposed to compete in Tokyo this year, but Ralph Lauren is celebrating them nonetheless with the new One-Year-Out Collection. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to the Team USA Fund, which helps keep the American crew in top shape for next year’s Games.
L.A.-based artist Joshua Vides gained notoriety for his black-and-white, marker-style treatment that makes 3D objects look like something out of a 2D cartoon panel. Now, you can get that whole vibe—and trust us, it is a vibe—on a pair of luxurious Fendi low-tops. Perfect for stunting online and IRL.
Tuff Gong Denim Shirt
Bob Marley wore a whole lot of Wrangler when he was alive, so his estate is teaming up with Wrangler on a collection of classic pieces imbued with the legendary musician’s undeniable cool. This denim shirt—featuring the logo of his label, Tuff Gong—is an in-house favorite, but there’s more where that came from. Plus, Wrangler is donating $25,000 to the Bob Marley Foundation, a Jamaican nonprofit carrying on the legacy of Bob’s work within the community.
For fall 2020, Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh took one of the French fashion house’s most iconic pieces—the hard-shell trunk—and turned into an ultra-luxe backpack. It’s exactly the sort of “break and then reconstruct the codes in my own ” play on expectation that vaulted Abloh into the fashion stratosphere, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to see the rarified few rocking one of these in the near future. Feeling extra adventurous? There’s one version that comes complete with an optional add-on tent.
Available by special order at Select Louis Vuitton stores
‘Install Team’ Short-Sleeve Work Shirt
New York Sunshine x Dickies x Philadelphia 76ers
Why is a brand called New York Sunshine working in concert with Dickies to create a lineup of limited-edition apparel devoted to Philadelphia’s basketball team? Honestly, great question. Keep pushing for the truth. But don’t push too hard because it might distract you, and there’s only going to be so much time before this stuff sells out at New York Sunshine’s site and at Philly-favorite retailer Lapstone & Hammer, the only outlets where you can get it.
‘Fishing Lines’ Swim Trunks
These trunks—seated comfortably, in the aesthetic sense, between “very cool ceramic-ware” and “very cool swimwear”—are part of Tomobolo’s second collaboration with Hôtel Magique, the graphic design brand created by Dutch artist Milou Neelen. Do you absolutely need to know that in order to wear them? Sure don’t! But the knowledge should come in handy when someone inevitably asks about them on your next (socially distanced) beach day.
Imagine sifting through huge piles of beat-up vintage jackets. Ponder the act of sliding, one after the other, well-worn zip-fronts with faded logos on the chest, hearing the metal of the hanger shrrrking against the metal rail. Slip deeper and deeper into a semi-meditative state, envisioning a world where that’s something you can actually do. Then remember that there ain’t no way it’s happening in our current circumstances. But, hey! You can get this one, sans the hypnotic lull (boo!) but from the safety and comfort of your own home (yay!).
Acid-Washed Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
Speaking of T-shirts: This one is from an extremely cool brand, in collaboration with an extremely cool retailer, and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards charities supporting healthcare workers. Which is, wait for it…extremely cool! Buy the ticket. Take the ride.
Sustainable Utility Button-Up Shirt
Ten years ago, Levi Strauss & Co. introduced its first Water<Less garments, designed to significantly cut down on the amount of water used in the creation and finishing of clothing. This year, Dockers (which lives under the Levi’s umbrella) takes those techniques and distills them down into a head-to-toe collection of casual basics that are easier on the planet. Our pick of the bunch is this minimal, modern work shirt, which looks like it could cost a whole lot more but (lucky for you) is pretty damn easy on the wallet, too.
Okay, okay. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: This one’s a cheat. It’s not really new, having launched in June. But, not to blow your mind or anything—who cares? It’s a fantastic jacket, all the profits go to the nonprofit the Northside Achievement Zone, and while it’s a pity that it hasn’t already sold out, that means that you (yes, you!) might be the lucky guy who gets to make that zero-stock level a reality. Good luck!
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