It's tough to excel at aesthetics and functionality -- hence the spectacular failure of "Sewers, by de la Renta". For everyday clothing that masters both, try Cohesive, just launched this week.
Based in Downtown, Cohesive's graphics transcend the typical (e.g., an 1800s statesman sporting an elephant's tusks and trunk, and Pegasus' aquatic cousin "Octo Horse"), but almost every piece is subtly augmented with some utilitarian touch. The embroidered polos' collars and all of the 14 t-shirts are enhanced with a second seam to preserve shape, and a shoelace-ish hanger-loop at the bottom to stave off the development of shoulder nipples. Meanwhile, the jeans have theft-deterring, leather-encased back-pocket buttons, and the jackets (one lapelled, one military, one suggestively called "Members") and arted-up hoodies carry oversized, banana-shaped zipper-heads -- because grabbing bananas is deeply encoded in man's DNA.
On the peculiar end of utility, Cohesive's embroidered button-ups have solitary buttons halfway up both sleeves, attachable to the cuffs -- and don't even think you're not rolling up those sleeves and getting dirty after voiding your pot-pie into Oscar's "Subterranean Network of Couture".