Grade school flings are usually fickle, fleeting things, and with any luck, the pain of being ditched for another boy usually subsides before the pain of that sloppily executed over-the-pants-handjob. Unless you're part of the love collective keepin' you lookin' fly at Alley Collection.
John and Laura first held sweaty hands in the sixth grade, but, alas, high school couldn't sustain the prepubescent love affair that's languished unrequited, until now: 15 years later, the SF designer couple's back together, and (naturally) collaborating on a crisp line of urban workwear named for their Rottweiler, who isn't named Collection. They begin with two jackets: the rugged Jeffrey pea coat, with its 8.5oz canvas exterior and contrasting Bull denim interior and lapels, and the Arthur, a durable blazer (also in canvas) with military-esque epaulette/shoulder detailing and two front patch pockets -- you can fill them. Nicorette can help. AC's two fitted dress shirt silhouettes consist of the "part bike messenger/part business man" Mikey in blue or tan (fitted with contrast pocket trim and a placket that hides the buttons), and the french-cuffed Eoin (with gingham under-cuffs and button up sleeves) in blue corona twill, preferable to the yellow corona spill.
Rounding out the collection are the straight-leg Hunter pants, with contrast pocket trim and gingham lining, that come in Duck canvas so raw, even the most brilliantly executed OTPHJ would be lethal.
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