Ever since I did the collaboration with Levi's, I've been interested in working with denim of different weights and washes. On this particular shirt, we used 11-ounce denim on the body and 12.5-ounce denim on the collar, which gives it a nice formality. It has a structure, a heaviness to it. The wash of the denims are different too — the body's kind of lighter than the collar, which is a cool contrast. As for the three-quarter-length sleeve, it was something I saw a lot in Japan and got inspired by, so we made a prototype, and I have to say, it looks great.
We'd never done that before, but people are really responding to that part of the shirt. You can wear it so many different ways in the summertime: with a longer-sleeve shirt underneath, layered and unbuttoned over a T-shirt, or even buttoned all the way up with a pair of jeans in the same wash.
—By Robert Geller