Photo courtesy of Haspel
Seersucker may have its true origins in colonial British India, but the puckered summertime fabric got its true start in America with Haspel, a New Orleans outfitter that used it for lightweight work wear and, eventually, the modern seersucker suit. Fast-forward 104 years and a few licensing agreements gone awry, and the company is back in the hands of the Haspel family, who enlisted New York designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos to create a new look for the brand.
Their interpretation includes the essential summer suit (from $970) done in a densely woven seersucker that the duo sourced from Italy, along with sportswear basics like colorful chinos (from $195), checked shirts (from $195) and clean polos (from $135)—items new to the traditionally formal brand but inspired by founder Joseph Haspel Sr. himself. “Mr. Haspel enjoyed leisure. He wore seersucker suits, no socks, and lived life to the fullest,” says Halmos. “He was our best inspiration.” haspel.com.