May 14th, 2008
by John Liu
Legend has it that Engineered Garments got its name from a pattern maker that remarked that the clothes weren’t just designed, but engineered, due to the amount of detailing involved in each garment.
I was skeptical too when I read that little tidbit, but I’ve since been won over. The workmanship is top notch and the price, especially for the quality, isn’t outrageous. Pictures don’t do it justice, but we’ll try anyway; here are four pieces we love from the GQ/CFDA “ Best Designer in America” winner.
Plaid Woven Shirt | $144 at Bloomingdales (in store)
It’s a testament to the quality of work when a shirt this busy still is so wearable. It looks even better when it serves as a base layer underneath a jacket. But where can you find a summer-weight jacket that would look good over this shirt, you ask….
Bedford Jacket | $325 at Refinery 29
…why, from the same designer, of course! This unstructured jacket goes well with a pair of dark denim and it’s a great weight for that in-between weather in the summer. The price difference, as far as I can tell, is due solely to exchange rates. The dollar is at an all time low, after all. And you said you’d never need to remember Econ 101…
Natural Raglan Pop Hoody | $80 at Hejfina
Again, outerwear engineered for the summer, it’s great for a cool summer night.
Khaki Norweigian Shorts | $160 at Steven Alan
You’ll either love this or hate this; either way, you can’t argue that it’s ordinary. On the front of the pants are the pockets you usually see on the back.
Where to Buy: Online retailers include Hefjina, Steven Alan Annex, and Stuart & Wright. Boutiques include Hollander & Lexer and Odin (New York), Legion (Los Angeles), Mac (San Francisco), Relish (Washington D.C.), and select Bloomingdales. Though Engineered Garments has been around since 2005, it is only now that the industry has started to take notice. As time progresses, I’m confident that more stores will start carrying Engineered Garments.