It's never too late to try something new, or as a certain former Cowboys linebacker temptingly entreated in his Craigslist ad, "It's never too late to try something Nguyen". Heading from haute couture into casual-land, C.P. Company.
Founded in 1975 as a military-inspired high-fashion house hell-bent on technical fabric innovation -- then bought and sold under various names almost as frequently as the Ital government changes hands -- C.P.'s now fallen under the stewardship of designer Enzo Fusco, who's taking them in a more relaxed direction at speeds as fast as Italy's other Enzo F. Augmenting the Spring/Summer line is fresh experimentation including coating nylon in a compound that allows for perpetually varied color distribution, dying hemp to give it a "sea salt" frosted appearance, treating fabric to give it "a sun-dried, crumpled look", and blending nylon and flax, then coating the new fabric in resin for an old-school navy feel, but not an Old Navy feel, because not even Andrew McCarthy should do that to a mannequin. All this plays out in garments like beige short-sleevers in parachute material, "old-dyed dirtied cotton" double-stitched chinos, and blazers designed to look aged & wrinkled even when new, though how you're going to carry Greg Oden around your shoulders is anybody's guess.
C.P.'s still offering old standbys, notably their linen/nylon aviator-style Goggle Jacket, whose hood actually comes with a detachable pair of goggles -- a look so unusual, when you're walking up to meet a Craigslist date she'll point and say "What the hell is Dat?"