Geoffrey Beene’s New and Improved Dress Shirts


Geoffrey Beene may have been known for his women’s wear, but he was no menswear slouch. In a career that spanned more than four decades, from the early 1960s until his death in 2004, the legendary fashion designer developed a cult following for his dress shirts which famously came in a legion of colors. 

His brand remains a leader in menswear today, but has slowly started to revisit some of its classic offerings, most notably its shirting. Starting this spring, its dress shirts are available in two categories: The Classic, which is designed for stockier guys who prefer a comfortable and somewhat roomy fit, and the Fitted, which is slim without being skinny. Both styles are made from no-iron cotton sateen, feature a spread collar, and are finished with flat-laying seams. 

But modern isn’t always synonymous with casual, as the rest of the market may have you believe. These shirts are still unmistakably dressy and may appeal more to those on Wall Street rather than Silicon Valley. Brand devotees will be happy to know that the shirts are still available in the wide range of colors that put them on the scene in the first place.

To cap it off, all of the company’s net profits fund philanthropic causes like cancer and Alzheimer’s research, giving new meaning to the old saying: If you find something you like, buy it in more than one color. At $55 a pop, we can get on board with that. [$55,]

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