• Burkman Bros


    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

    Apr 14, 2010 | Permalink (14) Total Comments

    gnow left a comment on 9/6/2010 at 12:26 AM:

    great look, what kind of shorts are those? they kinda look like swimming trunks but im not sure

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/2/2010 at 10:00 AM:

    @Howard—Good eye.

    howard left a comment on 6/1/2010 at 6:58 PM:

    it’s the Merc, that has been in the family since 87’ and is rusted but still runs so needs not replacing, that makes this so unabashedly preppy

    A. C. Bee left a comment on 4/15/2010 at 11:29 AM:

    F. E. Castleberry, will you marry me? xx ACB

    Richard Ross left a comment on 4/15/2010 at 12:53 AM:

    That gentleman in the latter picture is the talent behind this entire site. Great picture, and for the record I have shorts just a touch over the 5” inseam that go on my 38 length legs. I’m a believer in the short shorts.

    jay left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 7:41 PM:

    The Chevron Jacket reminds me of the ManU jersey. Again love the sambas, love the whole look, very relaxed.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 7:39 PM:

    Excellent picture! This is perfect and this is full of the preppy spirit!

    LueyMike left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 7:15 PM:

    NWR, Banana Republic has a great non-visible sock that works great with loafers and sneakers, it comes in black and white

    Fredrik left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 5:42 PM:

    I see that young fellow in the latter picture quite frequently, is he one of you, bloggers?
    Outstanding style, nevertheless.

    Fredrik from Sweden

    Almost Grown-up left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 3:16 PM:

    A few pieces are cool, but you can definitely understand why they designed for GAP.

    The Boss left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 2:04 PM:

    Great color contrasts, dude. I’m feelin’ it.

    NWR left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 1:18 PM:

    Excellent choice, sir. Are you wearing socks? If so, I like the cut on them. Any ideas for a pair of socks that are completely non-visible?

    uristocrat left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 1:11 PM:

    I’m a fan of the nylon chevron jacket..

    abc left a comment on 4/14/2010 at 7:19 AM:

    It’s the untied Sambas that make the look…a little attitude