It’s not very often that I get this excited about a new suit. Something about going to work, big meetings and deadlines always ruins the visions of greatness. But on a recent trip to San Francisco I came across a two button, navy suit by Shipley & Halmos, the “Greene,” that is as close to perfect as you can get – one that will make you feel like that dude in those Heineken commercials who can spar with Kung Fu masters and play the flute with The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Founded in 2007 by two friends who met at the University of Colorado, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, the brand took off, and after just two years was nominated for the prestigious GQ/CFDA Best New Designer Award in 2009. After only a few minutes on their website, you get the impression of scattered genius, but whatever they’re into, from dog collars and playing cards to sweaters and notebooks for their publishing company, it all works charmingly. But their brand was launched with menswear, and that is clearly their sweet spot.

Here’s what makes this suit first rate: 1) The Fabric: a slightly textured, deep navy wool that isn’t sleek or precious. It’s a versatile middle weight champ that will hold up for years. 2) The Fit: Making a suit look modern requires more than just bringing in the sides of the jacket. The tails on the Greene jacket are slightly rounded, the single pleat is purely American, and the shoulders come to a subtle point, making it unique but not over the top. I’m not into the Thom Browne high-water look, these trousers have a great break and are fitted, but in a comfortable way. 3) Options: perhaps most importantly, the the jacket and trousers are bought separately – consider this the poor man’s made-to-measure. 4) Style: This suit was crafted by two young American designers who belabored each and every detail – and you can see the difference. Although just a suit, it’s completely different from everything else in your closet.

Something to consider. Shipley & Halmos “Greene” Jacket $580, and trousers $315, both available at Bloomingdale’s, or online at Barneys.


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