While the ’90s are currently alive and well here in 2017, it’s pretty ironic (and a little funny) that Tender, a line that has the “Great British Steam Age” as its point of inspiration, would make perhaps the waviest ’90s-esque shirt of the season.
Inspired by antique barber poles, the ‘tricolore weft’ is the product of an ecru warp with a twisted red, white and blue weft. And while I might be able to find a bit of the barber shop pole inspiration in the resulting appearance, what I’m really getting from the impressive fabric engineering is an optical effect reminiscent of low-fi moments with hi-tech equipment. Looking at this shirt takes me back to the days when I was trying to diagnose the weak link in the signal chain between my Sega Saturn on the floor, the JVC VCR on the stand, and the 45-pound cube of a CRT television perched above, which would display a very similar effect.
While the band collar, sea shell buttons, wider torso and curved tail edgings do point further back in time, you could always just size up one, roll the cuffs a bit and pair it with some acid wash and a Chandler Bing cut and BAM….I love the ’90s.