as i have mentioned before, although j does like to have nice clothing and to look smart, he is is not really the best clothing shopper. he has a super hard time deciding what he likes, and then that makes deciding what to buy even harder if not possible. as a result many months and really years can go by without a wardrobe upgrade other than the few random pieces he gets here and there (and i do like to indulge him in the occasional seize sur vingt off the rack shirts). given that i don’t think he and i had gone on a summer shopping spree since pre k (that is at least six years ago), it was about time that we upgraded j’s shrunken, holey shirts and way too old and ratty shorts.
so this spring, after i finally was able to check save khaki out in their quaint, comfortable shop in the lower east side, i thought this was place was perfect for a solo shopping expedition. i could just send j unaccompanied because everything is so basic and pared down but still stylish and looks good. focusing on cotton goods, save khaki only has a few styles of short sleeve shirts, one more long sleeve style of shirt and then just a few pair of shorts. and while they have a few other items like hoodies, swimsuits and boxers, i thought that wouldn’t distract j from his mission. i also really loved save khaki’s different fabrics and the simplicity of the styles. the all cotton shirts were incredibly soft and silky and the shorts had a brushed cotton look that i assumed would look great on him, and they had some fun colors — nothing wild mind you — but some turquoises and orange. and it didn’t hurt that some the new brand (started in 2006) has obviously gotten a lot of play being carried at such hot spots as barneys and even featured in gq as one of the year’s best new menswear american designers.
so of course i was a little too optimistic. j returned from his save khaki journey with not a thing. discouraged by the muted tones (he does love crazy colors), he had failed to try on anything. fortunately, a few weeks ago we were able to go back together so that i could show him what he had missed. with just a little bit of prodding, he made his way to the dressing room, and we left with a new summer wardrobe which even included a frayed pair of shorts — shocking. this boy is now one happy clam. he loves the save khaki short sleeve shirts (so luxurious, so cool looking and so not fussy) and the shorts look great. and i have even gotten him to get rid of a few of the old pairs which is a minor miracle.
while i don’t think the fit at save khakiis for everyone (and j hasn’t tried their signature slim fit khakis yet) – at the shop i noticed another more hunky guy’s shirts seemed a little too tight — i know that for j’s skinny upper body build that i cannot wait for save khaki’s fall collection of cashmere sweaters and lightweight jackets. i think we may have finally found our “go to” menswear casual shop. save khaki, 327 lafayette street at bleeker street, 212.925.0134; and 254 broome street at orchard street, 212.614.7283, manhattan, new york.