Bristol Studio

Bristol Studio is showing itself to have quite the range with the Los Angeles label’s latest capsule.

The newest collection from the Los Angeles men’s line, which draws inspiration from founder and creative director Luke Tadashi’s love for basketball, has released its take on business casual. It’s good timing as much of the conversation around men’s is now focused on suiting and more tailored looks.

Bristol first previewed the line at the recently ended ComplexCon in Chicago and has now officially released it to the broader market.

“The reception at ComplexCon was strong,” Tadashi said. “People were definitely excited by the concept and curious as to how the concept came to life. As with any collection or project we do, it takes some explaining, so I would often explain the concept in great detail and from there they got even more stoked about the product because they understood the reason why it exists. I think the reversability factor is also important to note because that was something people always responded with awe to.”

Bristol Studio

A look from Bristol Studio.  Ian Flanigan

The capsule includes reversible basketball shorts with a custom gray and yellow plaid or navy and white pinstripe retailing for $160, a $220 dress shirt with mesh sleeve detailing, $25 dress socks and specially designed basketball.

Tadashi, who is building his sportswear label rooted in basketball culture, has dabbled with more formal pieces in the past and said he expects to continue to explore more of that in the future.

“As Bristol continues to evolve its design and develop new collections, we can expect similar, but also new ways, Bristol will elevate sportswear,” he said. “This will be executed not only by attempting completely novel and original expressions of sportswear, but also by connecting dots — shining a light on things we’ve traditionally seen as ‘separate’ and linking them to one another. In this case, this is what we did with formalwear. The collection was inspired by suits, something that’s rarely, if ever, connected to sportswear.”

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