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STYLE NOTE #4 SHETLAND SUIT
GANT BY MICHAEL BASTIAN FALL/WINTER 2013
STYLE NOTE #4 SHETLAND SUIT
I often say that I want to make things that are familiar, but a little bit better; clothes that you can wear and enjoy for many years and just get better over time. I’ve selected four key items from the collection that are just that – familiar, but a bit better. In these style notes, I write what I love about these garments, my thoughts on their design, and how to style and wear the pieces.
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  • The Shetland Suit

  • This is a real winter suit with texture, depth and beautiful color. That’s what I love about the Shetland suit. Most guys have the standard suits: navy, grey or a pinstripe. But what I’m proposing is to step out of the box a little, and try something more exciting.
  • If you wear them together – the jacket and the pants – you’ll really stand out in a crowd. But you’ll also have this added versatility of wearing them separately. That gives you a lot of options.
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  • On modern tailoring

  • We don’t sell anything as a complete suit. We sell the blazer, and the trouser that goes with it. I just think that’s a smarter and more modern way of selling tailored clothing. In the old days, you would buy a suit in one size, but maybe your chest and waist were different sizes.
  • Today, guys are a little bit trimmer, so they wear one size in a jacket and a different one in pants. We’re trying to take the guesswork out, and let you buy your exact sizes.
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  • On the Shetland pants

  • This Shetland suit has so much depth, with a lot of natural cream beneath the brown, giving the fabric a lot of life. And it’s not heavy or chunky; it’s actually pretty lightweight. A lot of guys look at these trousers and think that they’re too heavy. The fabric definitely looks heavier, but it’s really not. And it basically gives you an extra trouser option. There are really four main kinds of bottoms: you have dress pants, jeans, chinos, and the new one for me is
  • the cargo pant, which has become a staple for guys. This special Shetland dress pant gives you a fifth option that you can dress up or down. We also line the pants in case you’re afraid of them being scratchy, and sell them with a perfect cuff in different leg lengths. It is really a versatile, special pant to have in your wardrobe.
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  • On the Shetland blazer

  • The Shetland blazer is an even more versatile piece because it almost becomes substitute outerwear. In New York, where I live, it hasn’t felt as cold as early in the season anymore, and now I can go with a slightly heavier Shetland blazer as outwear until December. And it frees you up in this amazing way
  • because it’s always a big hassle to put on an overcoat if you’re wearing a jacket and tie. I love the idea of putting on this blazer with a cool scarf, good gloves, an interesting hat and your sunglasses. It takes you to the next level very easily, and gives you this texture, color and pattern.
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  • On the details and the combinations

  • With the GANT by Michael Bastian Shetland blazer, we really played with the details – the buttons, the under collar, the pick stitching, the soft shoulder, and the double vent in the back. And of course we used a special shirt lining for the jacket because I’m allergic to polyester.
  • Both the pants and blazer are quite easy to dress up or dress down: wear the jacket with jeans and a flannel shirt; wear the pants with a worn-in button down; or wear it as a full suit. These two pieces work so well on their own – and together – that they really elevate a lot of different looks.
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