"Experience" only gets you so far in fashion: you can work your butt off to impress Meryl Streep and move up the ladder at a cutthroat style mag, but in the end, you still have to hang out with Adrian Grenier. Counting on talent instead, the first-timers behind Derringer Friday.
Just-launched Friday's a hiply old-school accessory line designed and produced right here in the District by a bartender/consultant duo who realized the heads of their favorite menswear labels were, at least at one point, similarly inexperienced "guys with good taste", except for Jos A. Flank, who tasted great. The line's tied down by asymmetrical-tipped, numeraled neckwear like the indigo-dyed raw silk "#II" with a lilac keeper, the French wool-cotton blend "#VI" in a 70's-green plaid, and the mustard "#IV" with a peach denim tail in "tropical weight" wool, which used the Cleanse diet to drop a quick 15 in time for Cabo, but it was totally all water weight and came back with that first margarita. Gentlemanly accents come via pocket squares, with night-recommended silks like a striking blue/green/burgundy plaid joint, and a vaguely-Jack Sparrow-ish red and black number, plus more subdued, day-ready cotton squares in red & white seersucker, or gray with a stylishly-subtle "purple overcheck", also the name of the LA King's bruising fourth line.
To ensure quality control, all the actual cutting/sewing work is farmed out to assorted, highly-skilled District-residing artisans, proving that they're hoping you can go as far as you want just by taking things Hath-way there.