Every year in late August, Gus the Dog and Steve load up the old Chevy Tahoe “Bears Truck” and head west from Chicago to Vail, Colorado. While Steve grew up just outside Chicago, his family always had a place in Vail, and summer trips were the one thing he looked forward to the most. Spending summers in Vail was where his love of the outdoors was cultivated, and he enjoyed hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and everything the town had to offer. Between illustrating the new designs, to picking swatch colors, to photographing the pictures you see in our catalog, In fact, this selection of goods was born out of his visit here last summer. The “Bear Necessities” tie, (seen below) was inspired by a sculpture in front of one of Steve’s favorite Colorado restaurants. In short, Vail has always been a great source of inspiration and influence for Steve’s artwork.
Alongside the new silk designs, there are other additions in our Fall 2015 collection. The first item is our spread collar dress shirts. After two seasons of shirts with button-down collars, we introduced our spread collar variants in order to add further diversity to the line. While the earlier shirts can be dressed up or down, these are more formal and frame our neckwear artwork better. We are also excited for our first run of leather goods, which features both dopp kits and tie cases.