July 28, 2016 I VERTEX LONDON
FASHION JUST REFLECT SOMETHING NICE AGAIN WHILE PEOPLE ALMOST FORGET
Men’s fashion of the 1920s was the start of menswear as we know it today. It was a time when the suit was the only item of clothing that every man wore on a daily basis. Back in those days, suits mostly consisted of neutral colors and simple patterns. But one style has kept its charm from fading for decades: the pinstripe.
Some claim that the style originated from banking uniforms, with each bank having its unique stripe style. Others say these stripes were inspired by the sports world, more specifically from the boating suits of seamen working in regattas in the 1890s. In both cases, these stripes have long been the domain of an English elite. Later the pattern was made famous by men such as actor Cary Grant and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill until it became an iconic image of class and a must-have style for gentlemen.
In recent years, we have seen more and more designers adopting a pinstripe pattern for many occasions—transforming it and coming up with a lot of variations, both for the fashion conscious and for business attire. At Vertex, we always thought there was a missing style in the cycling world to represent the elegant gentlemen, which brought us the idea of applying the pinstripe to the cycling jersey and the concept of connecting a timeless element and the rich heritage of cycling culture. This season, we have selected two timeless pinstripe patterns to bring a new but classic look to those most stylish riders out there. (Discover more about Vertex’s pinstripe jersey.)
As the vintage trend appears to be continuing, we can be sure that the pinstripe is going to keep its place in men’s wardrobes for quite a while.