BURKMAN BROS.

While many Westerners journey east to look for spiritual enlightenment, Doug and Ben Burkman go in search of the textile equivalent of Nirvana. The brothers, who cut their teeth working on menswear for Gap, are professed fabric junkies, and their debut label, Burkman Bros., is the better for it.

Photograph by Jennifer Livingston

While many Westerners journey east to look for spiritual enlightenment, Doug and Ben Burkman go in search of the textile equivalent of Nirvana. The brothers, who cut their teeth working on menswear for Gap, are professed fabric junkies, and their debut label, Burkman Bros., is the better for it. Upbeat and relaxed, the collection melds the chino-and-washed-shirt vibe of the East Coast with muted spice-market colors and other Far East flourishes—think of it as Martha's Vineyard by way of Mumbai. "The clothes are a little bit preppy, a little bit about our travels, and a little bit about American vintage," says Doug, who, with Ben, recently wrapped up a three-week tour of India's and Thailand's fabric bazaars before heading home (New York for Doug, Los Angeles for Ben). "When we find a vintage swatch with some interesting detail," Ben says, "we're inspired by it, and use it to create a wearable, lovable, interesting piece of clothing." Courtney Colavita

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