Ben and Doug Burkman have been in business together since they were 11 and 12—a partnership that would carry them to far flung corners of the globe and back. Recently nominated as one of 2010’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, they developed a penchant for stylish clothes early. “Our mom was an American living in Canada, and she dressed very American preppy. We used to have competitions for who had the most polo shirts.” Burkman Bros launched their eponymous label in 2008 after honing their skills as designers at Gap Inc.
Image via Peggy Sirota
Harnessing inspiration from their travels, the Burkmans cautiously update classic menswear pieces with stylistic restraint. “Each season takes fresh influence from somewhere or something else” to produce a casual menswear line that is well-traveled yet familiar. The Nylon Chevron Jacket is a summer standout. It’s the perfect layer to throw on over your sweatshirt, polo or oxford button down. The chevron stripe has it’s origins in heraldry and military campaigns but naturally found it’s way into sport (soccer and rugby jerseys alike) due to its affiliation with going to war. Then again, the brothers could simply be paying homage to a sibling rivalry.
Photographed in Haiku, HI