I really like these images from Burkman Bros, the American brand that was made popular by Kanye West after his attendance one Coachella. If you have not heard of them before, it was started in 2009 by former Gap designers Doug and Ben Burkman, with a look based around beefed up old plaid shirts, cotton twill shorts, and henley with a subtle influence from their fun travels around the world. They also landed a recognition from GQ America with a nomination in Best New Menswear Designer 2010 so its a brand to really tap into at the moment as its the right side of fresh for both the USA and the UK.
This season Burkman Bros look to Hawaii as a source of inspiration for their collection. The N Pali coast on the island Kaua and everything it encapsulates; lush green forests, sheer volcanic cliffs and deep blue waterfalls.
With its Polynesia-meets-America vibe, the Hawaiian influence played itself out somewhat unexpectedly through dobby print and silk hiking shorts, tropical colour combinations and original patterns based on the distinctive landscape and culture. Loose fit shirts are teamed with colourful shorts and drawstring pants plus a variety of tanks in colours and stripes. As ever there is a selection of bracelets, belts and accessories just to give a bit extra to anything you wear. See the final image of what the collection look like on, well, real people. If you want to check out the collection in LA; then check out Fred Segal Trend or Ron Herman and in London; Libertys, Oi Polloi, Dover Street Market and Anthem.