While SoCal's relaxed environment is a boon to casual nappers and sandal manufacturers, slipping too deeply into its salty embrace can leave you dressed like a hobo. For Cali gear with an edge, hook up with the new line from Rails
Hailing from the Eastside, Rails blends its local poolside philosophy with Italian runway-fashion via trimmer cuts, high-quality fabrics, and "unique lines" (which, like doing non-unique lines, will give you a less boxy look). Among their offerings:
- Gio Striped Hoodie
A heathered, cotton-poly blend pullover, whose broad stripes'll inspire strangers to comment that you're the most dapper prison escapee since Sean Connery broke out of Alcatraz.
- Neven Jacket
A simple, cotton-twill, motorcyclish zip, for the man too damn relaxed to bother with actual motorcycles.
- Newsboy Cap
Made from herringboned cotton, it's perfect for those times when you're disdainfully purchasing the evening edition from a chip-toothed youth in a similar hat, but made from rat fur.
Rails' fall line's dropping in two parts, the remainder (in stores late this month) including a double-layered, quilted fleece vest and a short-sleeved hoodie -- because even in those months when the warm Santa Ana winds caress your naked arms, there's still nothing more casual than Jawa-esque facelessness.