It's hard to find shirts that balance a tough look with a thoughtful edge, but Deus Ex Machina – an Australian brand known primarily for sleek, vintage-inspired motorcycles – has managed the trick with its new Chiyo Shirt. A western-style shirt done in 'brick,' the Chiyo blends textured fabric fresh from Japan with All-American style for a rugged-but-hip look that works under a jacket or by itself.
Deus Ex Machina's first love is bikes, and its gear, which includes jackets, boardshorts, luggage, and a variety of clothes, is made with active men in mind. Made with poplin – a thick fabric weave that bestows instant depth – the shirt's main weave is vertical, which makes your torso look longer and leaner. Because the weave of the shoulder and back panels is more horizontal, it makes those parts look broader. It's also nicely cut, staying close to the body without clinging. Wear it and you'll look ready to join any motorcycle club.
Though the Chiyo is destined to become a summer staple, it works well for winter layering while you dream of the rides you'll take when the storms clear. [$60; deuscustoms.com]