Andrew Chen and Johan Lam have based their six-year-old clothing brand 3sixteen in the heart of the Lower East Side, which means mice under the floorboards, hipsters on the streets, and plenty of rowdy meals at Congee Village, the Chinese porridge spot where they like to toast out-of-towners. An LES headquarters also means a live feed to the pulse of NYC streetwear. It’s a pulse they’ve read well but refuse to fall victim to, gracefully segueing in the past two years from a graphic tee-dominated line into a go-to for well-made men’s outerwear. “Our focus is on wearable garments that will stand the test of time,” says Chen. “We’re getting older and have found that we look for versatile clothing that can be dressed up or dressed down easily.”
While the spring ‘09 line definitely gets its grown man on—check the seersucker and herringbone patterns, USA-made selvedge denim, and “technical” fabrics—3sixteen isn’t always so staid, as collaborations with sunglass-makers Sabrevision, barbers Dickson Hairshop, and Philly punk band The Deathset attest. But Chen and Lam say they can’t stay away from the classics: Sonny Rollins and Coltrane on the stereo, Clarks Desert Boots on the feet, and a New York state of mind. Tyra Bangs
Canvas Peacoat ($240)
To me, this lightweight spring peacoat is a wardrobe staple. Dress it up or throw it on with a pair of jeans… It will be in rotation for many years to come.
Sunday sunglasses ($110)
We worked with California-based sunglass manufacturer Sabrevision to design these marbled acetate frames. They are great people and we're looking forward to more projects together.
Monsoon Jacket ($220)
The Monsoon jacket was our fastest selling outerwear piece. We refined the fit, added lots of details, and gave it a breathable mesh lining for spring.
Hooded Henley ($165)
This Henley features a unique dual-layer jersey material that wicks away moisture better than a standard cotton material. We employ military-styled snap closures throughout the line so we incorporated them into this piece.
Utility Shirt ($130)
We combined traditional workwear and military design elements with a traditional summer fabric (seersucker) to create this button-down. I especially like the twill herringbone sleeve straps that hold your cuffs up when they’re rolled.