Starting today, the limited-edition BEST NEW MENSWEAR DESIGNERS IN AMERICA collection by the Gap and GQ magazine is available in select Gap stores and online. The looks, by BLK DNM, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, Ovadia Sons, Saturdays NYC and Tom Snyder, include basics like boxer briefs for $20 and more luxurious pieces like a leather bomber for $348. Visit gap.com to order or find stores.
If the perfect striped sailor shirt has eluded you, head to the new SAINT JAMES store in the West Village. This 120-year-old brand is famous for its durable striped cotton T-shirts, which were once the standard uniform of Brittany’s maritime workers and have been fancied by such taste makers as Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso. Casually chic clothing and accessories are abundant; you supply the baguettes and red wine. At 319 Bleecker Street, (212) 741-7400.
Nearby, AESOP, the cult favorite Australian skin-care line, now has a third stand-alone shop in the United States, at 341 Bleecker Street, (212) 899-3359. Like its two Manhattan counterparts, the design highlights natural materials like leather and lime-washed plywood. A new product for September is Control ($23), an anti-blemish gel formulated to coax summer-weary complexions into fall.
Expanding its vintage clothing empire, WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND opened at 440 Lafayette Street, (646) 370-6391. While there is no shortage of treasures within, the new shop emphasizes affordable goods. Outerwear often ranges from $20 to $150, and scarves, blouses and T-shirts start at $10. A weekend sale of its higher-end “collection” pieces begins Friday, with merchandise marked down 50 to 90 percent.
From Friday evening through Sunday, the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL, set along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Manhattan Bridge, will offer a range of fashion-focused participatory art exhibits, including clothing designed to mimic the camouflage patterns and colors of animals; and a wardrobe of sneakily scratchy garments fabricated to tickle those brave enough to try them on in public. The event is free. For information: dumboartsfestival.com.