Shipley & Halmos
designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos prefer not to think in themes. Instead, each season is built on the foundation of the last, with tweaks and updates that make it new. "In 2008 we started with the idea that we wanted to dress a guy in any situation," Halmos said at the duo's Soho studio. "This Fall is a similar kind of concept. It can be worn at the beach, in the city. Maybe not in Siberia, but pretty much everywhere else." The collection, a lineup of nicely elevated separates, proved that Halmos is as good as his word. Suede-trimmed, varsity-style pockets were added to a tailored topcoat. The actual varsity jacket—a top seller for the brand—was covered in fleece with navy trim. A canvas two-button blazer was quilted to act as a lightweight jacket, and a blazer done in a rich-looking Italian knit was just heavy enough not to lose its shape. The season was very much about outerwear, although another big focus for the designers was good jeans, something that their guy is always on the lookout for. There were four styles, all made in Los Angeles. Given the backlash due to the pain of raw denim, it won't be surprising if the two super worn-in washes prove the most popular. Shipley and Halmos might not love a themed collection, per se, but they do love a theme. This February they rented out a storefront on Canal Street, around the corner from their offices, asking friends to collaborate on one-off products that pay homage to that nutty shopping strip. Until Sunday, February 23, one can purchase a Shipley & Halmos-branded "I Went to Canal Street & All I Got Was Mugged" mug or a giant foam finger useful for hailing taxis. Their friends at Billykirk made a leather iPhone case for the occasion—a little different than the ones you'll find at most Canal Street stalls—and Brooklyn-based perfumer D.S. & Durga created a "knockoff" fragrance. It was a funny, thoughtful way for Shipley and Halmos to promote their brand.