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Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 1.33.17 PMI can’t say everyday starts the same, but I can say everyday starts with the same shirt. Or, should I say, a similar shirt. For years now I’ve worn a blue or white oxford, with the occasional university stripe thrown in there for good measure, nearly every day. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning, and I prefer the simplicity of a solid oxford over the forced experimentation of some overly checkered plaid any day of the week.

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Founded in early 2008 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Epaulet has quickly risen to success much larger than their two brick and mortar stores.  In three short years co founders Adele Berne and Michael Kuhle have made a name for themselves due to their strong online presence and impressive brand roster that includes GantMonitalyOur Legacy, and Alden.  While the brands that they stock have granted Epaulet a considerable amount of notoriety, it is their own in house label that really sets them apart from other stores.  Epaulet’s ability to create a wide range of products at the highest level of quality is unmatched by any other shop.  By consistently producing top of the line goods and staying up with current trends Epaulet has placed themselves in a league of their own.

From the top down Epaulet’s current line offers all a man needs to outfit his wardrobe. The Daltrey Sportcoat is a collaborative piece made by Southwick of Massachusetts from three different Harris Tweed Patterns; navy marl, oatmeal herringbone, and a gray-green basket weave.  The tweeds come together perfectly in a patchwork of beautifully muted colors, with a blend of several different textures giving the sportcoat a strong dynamic look.  Details such as goat-suede elbow patches and undercollar, patch pockets, and a three-two roll are evident of the thought and care put into the garment by Southwick and Michael Kuhle.  As a solid tweed coat, this piece is perfect for the season while still packing an unprecedented amount of character.
Utilizing the vibrant patterns that Liberty of London is known for, Epaulet has created five classic shirts with an updated modern cut.  As the centerpiece of an outfit, the floral and paisley based patterns are eye-catching and work perfectly when paired with more understated pieces.  Available in both point collars and spread collars, with a double-darted back to ensure a slim fit, and finished off with a shortened length, these shirts are incredibly versatile and could easily work in either formal or more casual situations.
In keeping up with current trends while still creating a great product, Epaulet have updated their well known trousers by adding cargo pockets on the sides. The slim tapered cut exemplifies the level of care Epaulet puts into their products as they ensure the pockets don’t flare out like the cargo pants you had back in middle school. Constructed in a grey winter weight flannel these trousers are ideal for the season as they are thick enough for even the coldest days while still remaining playfully modern.
Epaulet’s collection of footwear includes a wide variety of styles handcrafted in Maine. A particular standout from the current line is the Penobscot Penny Loafer in Western Print, crafted from Chromexcel leather in a beefroll shape and stamped with an beautifully understated floral pattern.  Another noteworthy model is theSomerset Ranger Moc, a four eyelet take on a classic shape complete with a Vibram sole and available in a wide range of colors.  As proof that Epaulet is constantly producing new product, they will be debuting a new line of footwear with Carmina in a couple weeks that is sure to feature some incredibly desirable pieces.

Epaulet’s penchant for producing incredible products across the entire spectrum of design, from sportcoats all the way down to footwear has elevated them into the upper echelon of stores that not only carry quality garments, but also constantly produce pieces that are both contemporary and expertly crafted.

Thanks to Mike and Adele for being so nice and for letting me stop by to snap some photos of the shop.

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