Having featured such a wealth of formal suits over the last few weeks, I found myself really jonesing for some simple, straight-up but stylish casual designs. I found what I wanted, deep deep down, at Kaydence Genezziaâ€™s KREW. In the shop youâ€™ll find a fairly small but worthwhile selection of shirts, sweaters, hoodies and the likeâ€”unfortunately there are no jeans or pants, at least not yet. But I mean that as hopeful encouragement and not as a complaint, as the tops I picked up and tried on are all handsome and well executed. Here are a few of my favorites.
I suppose thereâ€™s nothing here we havenâ€™t seen before, but itâ€™s done so well that I canâ€™t help but love it. The Tee With Belt is a simple, even classic henley with sculpted sleeves and bottom hem. The hem sculpt realistically rides up over a partially visible belt and buckle. The shirt is provided on every possible garment layer, so you can layer it with a coat, jacket or what have you. You could even wear it tucked inâ€”but why? L$65 each in various colors; Hunter Green is shown here.
We all remember preppie. Some of us may have been preppie (Iâ€™m not naming any namesâ€¦Rhysâ€¦but you know who you are). Kaydence’s Â Sweater with Shirt Under gives preppie a brush-up with a look thatâ€™s all but carelessly thrown together, yet not at all thoughtless. That is surely not an easy task when everything has to be done with such deliberation. The sweaterâ€™sÂ rolled collar (with integrated shirt collar), shirt cuffs and sweater hem with escaping shirttail are all carefully sculpted. Another classic look done very well. L$100 each in various colors and styles; Gray/Argyle is shown here.
This Denim Button-down Shirt is as elaborately tricked out as many jackets I’ve seen. In fact, you could easily wear it as a light jacket and look just great. Sculpted add-ons includeÂ collar, cuffs, button-flapÂ chest pockets and a bottom section that can be wornÂ open orÂ closed. The shirt comes on every garment layer and can be worn with or without an integrated white tee. L$100 each in various colors; Brown is shown here.
What wardrobe is complete without a hoodie? Certainly not mine. Along with tees, they may get something of a bum rap, but what else are you going to throw on when itâ€™s a rainy Saturday and you just want to go get some quick tacos for lunch?Â This one has a nicelyÂ sculpted hood,Â rumply sleeves and a sheeny fabric texture. You can choose to wear either a neat, trim â€œregularâ€ front pouch pocket or a sculpted baggy hem attachment. L$100 each in various colors; Navy is shown here.
All available at KREW (Ducknipple 191, 97, 21).