The duality of tailored ready-to-wear and an evolved sportswear category shapes the Fall/Winter 2012 men’s collection from Shipley & Halmos. Known for clean, minimalist lines and easy silhouettes, the brand’s focus from season to season is to speak to individuality and a modern classicism. Exploring the themes of nostalgia and cold weather retreats inspired by Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos’ annual trip to Colorado, the collection is anchored in diverse outerwear, surprising textures, and unique layering.

Outerwear served as the starting point for the collection. Inspired by the protective qualities of athletic outerwear worn for winter stays outside of the city, new styles include the Patrick, a down jacket with suede accents, and the Dupree, a wool topcoat with a removable down hood. The use of down is a first for Shipley & Halmos, with the intention of creating a modern version of a key outerwear style for cold weather season. The Gerard shearling-lined wool shirt jacket is another new style that has an accessible ease and the ability to be worn on its own or layered underneath a wool pea coat for added protection. The shirt jacket in ochre yellow is
reflective of the bold color palette of the season that balances camels and shades
of gray as base neutrals with pops of primary red and muted navy.

The idea of merging tailoring and sportswear informed the separates and accessories categories. Subtle shadow plaid wools and fine whale corduroy have become standards of the signature Shipley & Halmos two button single-breasted suiting for Fall/Winter, but the introduction of the Monarch, a heavy sport coat made from dense Italian wool, illustrates the brand’s commitment to a finely tailored suiting category. Double-face jersey long johns, cashmere sweaters, 5-pocket denim, wool cardigans, and chunky knit sweaters seamlessly layer with cotton shirting, casual flannels, and striped long sleeve t-shirts, and heavy cotton twill shirts, conveying a sense of youth and cold weather comfort.

Fall/Winter 2012 is the third season for footwear from Shipley & Halmos. The Lucien cap toe style created in the launch of footwear carries over to sit with a contemporary take on a hiking boot, the Nederland boot, and a more structured leather version with optional shearling lining of the Max desert boot from Spring/Summer 2012. A wool unstructured fedora in collaboration with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award winning milliner Albertus Swanepoel is the brand’s first foray into hats. Neckties, socks with bespoke prints, wool laptop cases with suede patches, and ski scarves complete the accessories for the season.

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos’ collection of tailored and sport broadens the scope of their ready-to-wear, accessories, books, art materials, and collaborative categories. Shipley & Halmos articulates a modern take on classic and essential items within a man’s wardrobe for Fall/Winter 2012.

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