And an exclusive look at the label’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection.
For American men, nailing so called "Italian style" can feel like a fool's errand. In theory, any one can pull on a tailored jacket and and slip into some relaxed trousers. But that jacket is rarely as soft-shouldered as it should be. Or the pants don't always taper just right. And it's even harder to wear the pieces with the same unfussy ease as those sprezzatura'd-out dudes, especially when you're stuck a computer screen all day—not downing doppio espressos between leisurely strolls (we assume). It ends up looking forced and we've all seen enough peacocky street style photos from Pitti Uomo to know how easily it can all go wrong, right?
So leave it to a Japanese label to offer a solution by serving up Italian tailoring that's as stylish as it is totally chilled-out. It's called Ring Jacket, and though its suiting comes standard with the slightly wider lapels and ties of classic menswear, you won't find bright pink plaid pants or floral ties paired with polka dot pocket squares here. Instead, Ring Jacket offers American guys the kind of easy-to-learn blueprint to easygoing Italian vibes they've always wanted—just without all the pressure of being some kind of fashion know-it-all.
Ring Jacket has been around in Japan since the 1950s, but it wasn't until The Armoury began carrying the label at its Hong Kong location in 2010 that it went global. In 2013, it landed stateside at The Amoury's New York outpost, where today you'll find exclusive styles and made-to-measure versions of Ring Jacket's best stuff.
For Spring-Summer 2016, Ring Jacket's collection (seen in the above gallery) takes pieces that guys in the '50s swore by, but with a modern spin that makes them right for right now (geezer gear this ain't). Slim fits and low-rises make Ring Jacket feel young, even when the styles themselves—polos, safari jackets, cotton blazers—are all time-tested options. That's why though the brand isn't exactly bargain shopping (most suits run around $1,500), when you consider that everything in the offering is made in Japan and will be a go-to in your wardrobe for the next decade, you might actually feel silly for ever buying anything trendy.
- Source: GQ