Doug and Ben Burkman grew up together in Canada (being brothers and all), designed together (at Gap Inc.), and now, helm an eponymous line perfectly suited to the ex-pat prep schooler, dharma bumming it through post-colonial India. Think oxford-lined madras shirts, khakis, twill shorts and the au courant tribal-print shirt, whose fabric was sourced from a Sri Lankan market. The mash-up has caught the attention of Barneys, both flagship and Co-op locations, GQ (who bestowed them with a Best New Designers in America award last year), and someone close to our hearts, the soon-to-be-launched Park & Bond.
Since beginning in 2008, the brothers Burkman continue to rack up flight miles in the six-figures every year, visiting fabric shops and flea markets in Bangkok, Mumbai, and Penang for the South Asian influences that permeate the clothes (with a quick surfing stop-off in Waikiki thrown in for good measure). The result is the rugged casualness of classic American menswear but with the colors and fabrics of a spice market. It’s the perfect match for a longboard in Phuket, Singha in hand as you sit on the beach and contemplate scaling the Himalayas, in style.