When nature finds a viable evolutionary product, it encourages the sprouting of endless variations, e.g., the myriad species of finch observed by Darwin, and the awe-inspiring proliferation of Baldwins. Applying ceaseless fabric permutation to standard button-downs: Coton Doux.
Based in Gay Paree, CD's taken a handful of slightly tweaked fundamental button-down styles and outfitted each with an absurd array of fabric options, beefing its catalog to over 400 shirts, all shippable straight to your door still reeking of Gauloises and tiny mustache. Made from densely woven 100% cotton, the moderately tapered or "fitted" shirts come with your cuff choice of single button, French, or origami-like "Napolitan", which folds back like a French yet reveals buttons and contrast fabric, and are available with straight or wide misleadingly-named collar styles like the Milan, the Oficier, and the Italian (which is actually the Milan). Schloads of fabric options pop up across multiple styles, including solids and stripes of all colors -- often spiced up with outrageous contrasting inner collar, placket, and cuff fabrics, like aquamarine floral patterns, varied pixelated color gradations, and audacious tiger-type prints -- as well as photo-realistic images of everything from flowers and berries to guitars and motorcycles, and some that even resemble Magic Eye art...cross your eyes, and you'll see your gut pop out.
In addition to short sleevers, CD also drops these wild patterns onto scarves, boxer briefs, and Ebenezer Scrooge-style nightshirts, though is it not Nature who's the true miser for only giving us 18 Baldwins?