I have an abundance of stripes in my weekend wardrobe – and a particular penchant for Breton-esque T-shirts. The best I’ve found of late, however, don’t come from France, but are designed in New York and primarily produced in Portugal by a brand called Kule, which adds stripes to a range of stylish silhouettes. I have three of its preppy-chic French-cut tees ($118) with three-quarter-length sleeves – navy and cream; royal blue and navy; and poppy red, sky blue and cream – which are the signature style of former Brooks Brothers designer Nikki Kule, “a seasoned collector and admirer of striped tops”. I love the slightly tailored fit – inspired by fellow stripes fans, from Jane Birkin to Sofia Coppola – as well as the high-quality cotton and craftsmanship.
Kule has also spread stripes further across my wardrobe and into outerwear. My cropped faux-fur Bailey jacket ($698) is perfection with a pair of jeans. The bright and breezy shop declares it “a mix of uptown class and downtown sass”, and the attention to detail makes it a delight to wear: smart bracelet sleeves, practical pockets, sumptuous silky lining. I have it in navy and white, but am also drawn to the statement-making blue and red version.
There are jumpers ($298), too, which come in retro colour combinations such as gold with Berber blue, as well as cosy-cool cardigans like The Remus ($498). I’ve also spent a good amount of time eyeing up the accessories: the quilted Seever scarf ($178) in shades of navy, royal blue and striking red is like a puffer jacket for the neck, and while I’m not sure I could pull off the Moritz ($248), a cashmere balaclava that’s available in shades of berry, marigold and cream, it’s pure Jackie O circa 1970.