3sixteen Vacation Shirt design takes inspiration from classic open-collar leisure shirts of the 50s coupled with an updated, modern fit.
This shirt is incredibly versatile and can be worn open with a plain tee or buttoned up with the collar left open. The fabric drapes super nicely while maintaining a lighter, flowy feel that is perfect for warmer months. The pink shade appears on a lighter, natural undyed base fabric.
It's no secret that 3sixteen is inspired by art when they design. Last year during quarantine, they stumbled on a photo of artist Henri Matisse's studio that blew them way. The walls of the studio were covered from floor to ceiling with forms and figures made of vibrant paper cutouts. 3sixteen designer was inspired by one of these compositions in particular, which featured a series of flowers surrounded by a wobbly border. This resulted in the creation of one of our favourite shirts for the SS22 season. Aptly named "Studio Floral," this shirt features the same cherry blossom pattern and wavy border running along the front placket of the shirt. This is potentially the most work-intensive short sleeve shirt the brand has ever made.
Each component of the design is stamped by hand using hand-carved wooden blocks. What makes this shirt even more special is that each shirt's sewing pattern is traced onto the fabric before it is block printed, as opposed to block printing a repeating pattern on yards of fabric before cutting and sewing. Once this pattern is traced, the block printers continue by dipping the blocks in ink and meticulously stamping each part of the pattern along the placket and bottom hem of the shirt. This part of the process highlights the immense skill of the artisans who perfectly align the print at each seam of the shirt. After the stamping is done and the ink sets into the fabric, the patterns can be cut and sewn into the shirts. What this results in is a shirt that is finished perfectly: every print terminates properly at a seam and does not have caked-up ink from printing post-construction.
Founded in LA by Johan Lam and Andrew Chen over a decade ago, 3sixteen's philosophy is evident in pieces they've developed since 2008: shirts, jackets, basics and accessories all take cues in form and function from their jeans. Fabrics and trims are always chosen for their capacity to develop character with time. 3sixteen aim is that, with diligent wear, the customers are rewarded with something well-aged, never "old."
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