Joe Hemrajani of MyTailor.com is in the City this week and we spent a pleasant afternoon talking about fabrics and shirts, particularly David and John Anderson's Zephir 170 Lino. The Lino is a 50/50 cotton and linen mix with a great hand and an open weave for warm weather.
Joe has been wearing the Lino these past spring and summer, and was enthusiastic about how well it does all the warm weather things it is supposed to do while resisting wrinkles. And indeed, an orchid gingham came out of his suitcase and unfolded without the well-defined creases that all linen shirt-wearers become accustomed to.
Further attracting my interest, the Lino offerings include an assortment of stripes and checks in identical dye lots, which offers the adventuresome an opportunity to do unusual things. I had been thinking about a blue on white striped shirt with vertical stripes for the body and horizontal stripes for the collar and cuffs, and I will probably complement one of those with another where the body is candy striped and the collar pencil striped in the same color.