There are certain fabrics that just can’t do any wrong by me, oxford cloth for one and of course tweed is up there, but for warmer months madras is the undeniable champion. Over the last several months I have been working with the folks at GANT on producing a special GANT Rugger “Handloom Hugger” Indian madras shirt â€” which launches in the ACL Shop today. We produced a small run (73 in total) of these co-labeled shirts to celebrate the 1973 birth of GANT’s Rugger collection and to celebrate our shared love of madras. Christopher Bastin, the GANT Rugger Creative Director, helped create a beautiful handloom madras specifically for ACL, and in the process created what I think is an instant classic. Christopher is someone thatÂ possesses anÂ encyclopedicÂ knowledge of all things Americana which made this project really enjoyable for me and our shared love of classic American menswear definitely helped in creating a good looking collaboration.
The GANT Rugger for ACL & Co. “Handloom Hugger” 100% cotton madras button-down shirt ($125) is nowÂ Sold out â€”Â but there is a small assortment at theÂ GANTÂ Fifth Avenue store on the second level.
TheÂ GANTÂ flagship store
645 Fifth Avenue @ 51st St
For the launch of the “Handloom Hugger” we will be giving away one shirt to a lucky winner. Follow @GantRugger for more information â€” details of the giveaway will be announced via the GANT Twitter feed at some point today.