Academy Is a Stylish New Take on Classic Prep

Chris Echevarria Channels His Rebellious Private School Days into Oxfords, Chinos and Blazers

Academy by Chris Echevarria

Education and personal enrichment are noble goals.

Then again, so is rocking a perfect Oxford and chinos.

Because regardless of your enrollment status, you can still dress like you're matriculating next spring thanks to Academy by Chris Echevarria, a new brand that draws inspiration from American life, style and school uniforms.

Echevarria is already the founder of shoe brand Blackstock & Weber, which makes a coveted collection of loafers. Now he's expanding his purview to include pieces inspired by what he wore in private school as a kid. A private school that he ultimately got kicked out of for mixing and matching uniforms pieces and looking too damn fly.

Academy launched with 28 items. And everything is made in New York from Japanese fabrics in a best-of-both-worlds scenario.

two men wear Academy by Chris Echevarria
Academy by Chris Echevarria

If you're feeling casual, or want to emulate the pre-race routine of a collegiate track star, grab a pair of vintage sweats to pair with hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts and tees. Rugby shirts are made from Japanese heavyweight cotton and feature an embroidered crest on the front and number patch on the back.

Preppier looks include chinos with little pennants on them, plus Oxford shirts and schoolboy blazers — one in classic navy, one in tweed lambs wool houndstooth. There's also a houndstooth overcoat that comes with a matching bucket hat, perfect for professorships and Sherlock Holmes cosplay. 

The military-inspired tiger-camo safari jacket and matching pants are a good look, and the flannel workshirt is built to withstand manual labor or drinks at the bar. When it comes to accessories, you can choose from a few hats, a scarf and two pairs of handsome loafers. There's even a gold signet ring.

So, it's everything you need channel your inner prep kid. Or to start a secret society with weird initiation rituals.

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