Men’s Apparel

Beachwear

Founded in 1971 in Saint Tropez by automobile journalist Fred Prysquel, Vilebrequin is a fashion brand specialized in swimwear and beachwear.

Boots (casual)

Founded in Massachusetts by Charles H. Alden in 1884, the Alden Shoe Company manufactures classic gentlemen’s footwear. Alden stands for traditional, custom shoemaking at its finest.

Boots (Chelsea)

Attributed to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker J. Sparkes-Hall, who patented the design in 1851, Chelsea boots are ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel on the side.

Boots (chukka)

Chukka boots are open-laced, ankle-high suede boots. The essential chukka’s are unlined, with two to three pairs of eyelets, and have thin leather soles and rounded toes.

Boots (desert)

Founded in 1825 by Quaker brothers Cyrus and James Clark in Street, Somerset, Clarks is an international shoe manufacturer and retailer.

Boxer briefs

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein as a coat shop in the York Hotel in New York City, Calvin Klein Inc. is an American fashion house that changed the American market of men’s underwear.

Boxer shorts

Founded in 1860 by one of the great early British industrialists, Thomas Hill, Sunspel initially produced lightweight, soft clothing in very fine cotton and pioneered the development of luxury undergarments, as we know them today.

Coat (overcoat)

Founded in 1805 by John Crombie and his son James, J&J Crombie Ltd. is a manufacturer of high-end clothing and accessories, and one of Britain’s oldest brands.

Coat (peacoat)

Founded by Edgard Camplin in 1850, Camplin today makes the best peacoats available. In 1888 Camplin started supplying to the Royal Navy, but the success came when there was a need of standardization in uniform production.

Coat (raglan sleeve)

A raglan sleeve is a sleeve that extends in one piece to the collar, thus leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone. The raglan sleeve was first introduced by Aquascutum.

Coat (raincoat)

Founded in 1824 by Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics, Mackintosh is a manufacturer of waterproof raincoats, made out of rubberized fabric.

Coat (trench)

Founded in 1856 by the then 21-year-old Thomas Burberry, a former draper’s apprentice, Burberry is a British luxury fashion house, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics.

Jacket (aviator)

Founded in 1893 as a gentlemen’s outfitter, D. Lewis Ltd is the oldest British motorcycle clothing company, mostly known for its leather jackets.

Jacket (driving)

Founded in 1975 by Massimo Osti as Chester Perry Company, C.P. Company is a manufacturer of functional outerwear, mostly known for its innovative fabrics and processing techniques.

Jacket (forestière)

Founded in 1933 by Jankel Grimbert, Arnys is one of the most exclusive gentlemen’s outfitters, located on 14 Rue de Sèvres in the Parisian Saint-Germain-des Près district.

Jacket (Harrington)

A Harrington jacket is a lightweight waist-length jacket, made of cotton, polyester, wool or suede — usually with traditionally Fraser tartan or check-patterned lining.

Jacket (Suede)

Founded in 1911, after doing business under the name English Fashion Waterproof, Valstar was the first Italian manufacturer of rainwear, known for its high quality trimmings and finishing.

Jeans

Founded in 1853 by Levi Strauss as a dry goods business, Levi Strauss & Co. is known worldwide for its denim jeans.

Jeans (slim fit)

Founded in 1987 by Jean Touitou, A.P.C. (Atelier de Production et de Création) is known for its minimalist designs, clean lines and simple patterns with rarely visible logo’s.

Loafers

Founded in 1891 by Édouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston is a French luxury leather goods company, renowned for its handmade shoes for men

Loafers (apron)

Founded in 1847 by Rebecca & Matthew Wildsmith in Piccadilly, London, Wildsmith is the manufacturer of the first ever slip-on loafer shoe, the Wildsmith loafer.

Loafers (tassel)

In 1936, the Bass Shoe Co. already introduced the Weejun loafer, which also features on Wikiconic. The tassel loafer dates back to 1948 and can be seen as a typical postwar frivolity.

Men’s shoes (boat)

Founded in 1935 by Paul A. Sperry, Sperry Top-Sider is the original brand of boat shoes. Paul A. Sperry was an avid boater who wanted to tackle the problem of injuries while walking on the slippery deck of his boat.

Men’s shoes (car)

Founded in 1963 by Gianni Mostile, The Original Car Shoe is an Italian footwear company, mostly known for inventing the moccasin with rubber nubs on the soles.

Men’s shoes (Oxfords)

Founded in 1873 by Thomas Church in Northampton, a town that has been known for its thriving leather and footwear industry, Church’s Shoes is a high-end footwear manufacturer.

Men’s shoes (wholecuts)

Founded in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti, Berluti is a manufacturer of shoes and boots, especially known for its unique leather finishing of calfskin, kangaroo leather, alligator skin and other exotic leathers.

Pyjamas

Founded in 1926 by Lou Rose, Derek Rose’s father, Derek Rose is a family business of three generations making the best nightwear, loungewear and underwear.

Shirt (French cuff)

The history of the French cuff shirt is unknown. Some claim it was born because Napoleon ordered extra-long sleeves for his soldiers to wipe their noses and to fold the excess back to hide the evidence.

Shirt (Henley)

Around 1850, when the ground in the German Swabian Mountains became increasingly infertile, the government distributed hand knitting machines to farmers so that they could earn their money with knitting.

Shirt (polo)

Founded in 1933 by René Lacoste and André Gillier, Lacoste is a French clothing company that sells high-end clothing, footwear and most famously polo shirts.

Smoking (tuxedo)

Founded in 1806 by James Poole in Brunswick Square, as a shop specialized in military tailoring, Henry Poole & Co today is a gentleman’s bespoke tailor.

Socks

Since 1798, Gammarelli is the house tailor of the Roman Clergy. In 1874 the store moved to Via Santa Chiara 34, in the building of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, where it still is today.

Surf trunks

Founded in 1954 by Nancy and Walter Katin as a small boat cover business, Kanvas by Katin is one of the oldest surf shops in California.

Sweatshirt (crew-neck)

Founded in 1902 by Benjamin Russell, Russell Athletic produces uniforms for a wide range of sports. The original mill produced women’s undershirts and children’s undergarments.

T-Shirt (deep V-neck)

Founded in 1989 by Dov Charney, American Apparel is one of the largest apparel manufacturers in North America. After its experience as a wholesale brand, selling blank T-shirts to screenprinters, uniform companies and fashion brands, the company moved into the retail market in 2000.

T-shirt (hemp)

Founded in 2005 by Rob Jungmaven, Jungmaven is the world’s leading manufacturer of hemp apparel. Jungmaven is trying to change the fashion industry by using eco-friendly materials.

Underwear

Founded in 1871 by Johann Jakob Zimmerli, Zimmerli is a Swiss manufacturer of luxurious underwear, renowned for its use of natural fibres and careful production ensuring the highest standards.