In Part Two of our exploration of the latest and most inspired in men’s shirts, we highlight brands for those particularly unafraid to wear their passions on their sleeves (and sometimes their shorts): Kurt River, RSVLTS, Pyknic, and Duvin.[Read about The Phoenix Brand, Descendant of Thieves, and Tombolo in Part One.]
For vibrant city dwellers
Kurt River’s Bushwick shirt
Cihan Bozkurt, Founder: “Kurt River is a clothing brand inspired by New York City — peerless designs for contemporary Misters. We are creating 100% cotton shirts — designed in New York and Made in Turkey — that are wrinkle free and easy care fabric at an affordable price.
Fashion is my biggest passion. Although I studied economics and finance, I always wanted to do something in the fashion industry, and I wanted to create my own designs. I wanted to work in the fashion industry and gain experience, but this was not easy for someone who studied economics, so I decided to launch my own brand, and I wanted to do this in the most beautiful city in the world.
New York is a vibrant city. What inspires me is the city life. You can wear Kurt River shirts in the office, at dinner, at a Broadway show, out there in the night life — and look sharp all day.
Our Bushwick shirt is inspired from spring which is for the gentlemen who like to get attention they deserve. Our Lenox shirt is inspired by the ocean.”
For pop culture obsessives
RSVLTS’ Star Wars collab
Mike Shriner, Director of Communications and Brand Strategy: “From the very beginning, the vision has always been to bring to life our love for pop culture, nostalgia, sports and entertainment. Whether it’s through original content like we created back in 2012 for our Baseball Bucket List, or by way of the variety of apparel we drop today, RSVLTS is a lifestyle brand that wants to start a conversation wherever possible, and are dedicated to making everyday fashion bold and fun with refined designs and high-quality products.
RSVLTS is proudly headquartered in Hoboken and was co-founded by two friends and Seton Hall alumni, John Tramutolo and Stephen Gebhardt, just a little over 10 years ago. The name, RSVLTS (ROSE-UH-VELTS), is a nod to the former president, Teddy Roosevelt, and we do our best to infuse his zest for life into our brand and our products at every turn. Thus the company motto, ‘Dare Mighty Things,’ which tracks back to a well-known quote within one of Teddy’s famous speeches.
Many of our collections are officially-licensed with some of the biggest names in pop culture and entertainment, but we also offer a wide-range of RSVLTS originals branded gear as well — everything from shirts to shorts, hats to koozies to jackets, and more. We launched an incredible Marvel series of gear earlier this year, but we went really deep with our most recent Star Wars collection that we’re about to debut at San Diego Comic-Con, which should speak to a wide range of fandoms with the designs (includes some cult/fringe characters, and always an easter egg or two hidden throughout the patterns).
Additionally, some RSVLTS original items have really taken flight, in particular our various Little Things collections where the patterns are a bit more subtle and subdued. Looking a bit ahead, RSVLTS are also in the process of working with The Smithsonian to take its collaboration to the next level, almost as if bringing a textbook to life through an appealing design that can also double as a teaching aid. Imagine the shirt first sparks the imagination, but could also have a QR code(s) visually embedded in the garment so it can further enrich the educational journey of the subject.
Essentially, we’ve worked hard over the years to make sure RSVLTS has a bit of something for everyone, for any lifestyle or occasion.”