For wardrobe additions as fresh as the sea breeze, here’s where to go
Be it trips out to the East End or even just out on the East River, summer is filled with aquatic occasions. Look the part with wardrobe additions from these Manhattan stores, which specialize in seafaring styles.
The French brand Saint James is known for one thing alone: stripes. It’s impressive, actually, to think that a brand turned into a powerhouse for something as simple as horizontal lines, but anyone who’s ever tried on a piece of Saint James attire can attest that there’s just something different about its clothes. The cotton tees hang just right and don’t thin out with repeated washings, the three-quarter-length–sleeved shirts come in a thick canvas-like fabric that feels durable, the nearly identical styles for men and women make sharing with a significant other come easy (and oh so very French), and the colors—almost exclusively relegated to white, o -white, red, and blue—come in the perfect, purest shades. The brand’s shoebox store on Bleecker Street carries the full range of styles, which rarely change, and don’t be surprised to find yourself returning time and time again until you own nearly all of them. (Bleecker St. nr. Christopher St.)
With Italian roots dating back to 1921, Paul & Shark has long been one of Italy’s nest sportswear brands, renowned for mixing high-tech fabrics with Riviera styles. Yachters the world over look to Paul & Shark for its jackets, which are not just waterproof but also resistant to U.V. waves, temperature-regulating, even protective against electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile devices. But for the everyday wearer, seasonal collections are simply chic and charming, full of nautical stripes and colors gracing sweaters, tees, polos, button-ups, you name it. Every garment housed in the brand’s 2,200-square-foot flagship on the Upper East Side—the brand’s largest boutique in America—is made in Italy, so believe that it’s made to last. (Madison Ave. at 66th St.)
From boxy cotton rugbies from Rugby Ralph Lauren to elegant evening attire from the Purple Label, there’s a Ralph Lauren brand for every moment of the preppy life—or just anyone who’s after a clean-cut look. Polo Ralph Lauren may be known primarily for its eponymous shirts, but a visit to one of its two Manhattan stores reveals that it encompasses quite a bit more, and when preparing for a boating adventure out in the Hamptons or even just around New York Harbor for an evening, there’s bound to be a sartorial answer found here, with windbreakers, chinos, and striped oxford shirts galore. For an all-American nautical look, this is where to find it. (Prince St. at Greene St.; Fifth Ave. nr. 56th St.)
Sperry’s. What is it about them? No matter how hard anyone tries to move on from owning a pair, they just seem to be impossible to rid of— and that’s no bad thing. Boat shoes, topsiders, whatever you like to call them, these shoes will keep feet dry, still be comfortable after miles of walking, can be dressed up or dressed down, and last and last. What more can anyone want in a shoe? And now that they come in all manner of leathers and patterns and styles from mesh to madras for men and women both—they can even be custom designed—there’s a Sperry for every shoe-shopper out there. Stop in at the brand’s store near Union Square, and in addition to the footwear, you’ll find all kinds of nautical attire to go with them, such as chambray dresses and striped ponchos, crew-top sweatshirts and washed-out oxford shorts. Carefree summer wardrobes start here. (Fifth Ave. nr. 18th St.)