A gym-class sweatshirt in the new Shipley & Halmos collection is appliquéd with the words "Unknown Artist." Har, har—a very S&H joke. But Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos meant it seriously, as they explained in their Soho studio. Spring, Shipley said, is "a celebration of the aesthetic created by people contributing to a creative society." The duo listed street signs, ads, and more as inspiration points—their board is covered with pieces whose designers they can't identify. Nor do they want to. Looking good is good enough.
It's refreshingly ego-free for designers to forgo logo-dropping for the peculiar pleasures of anonymity, but it's where Shipley and Halmos have been directing their efforts over the past few years. "In the marketplace, our clothes are meant to complete a guy's look," Shipley said. There's no expectation that S&H will be the sum total of anyone's wardrobe. That being the case, there's no need to put wheel-reinventing pressure on their wares. They've made a smart business on affordable suiting (here, with more blazer separates), jeans, five-pocket chinos, shirting, and knits. There were standouts throughout, including an indigo spray-dyed striped sweater and the new poly-satin version of their classic baseball jacket, but the whole here was greater than any individual part.