We’re of the opinion that once you find a brand you love, a brand that does things the right way and doesn’t cut corners, you stick with that brand — and you stock up, more importantly. The men’s style and gear brands we’re excited about offer something just a bit different (OK, a lot different) than what you’ll find elsewhere on the World Wide Web or in a mass-market store. We’re talking greater quality and attention to detail, plus an outlook that considers the world at large around the brand itself. That’s a lofty bar to clear, but Wellen knocks it out of the park.
Launched by our friends at Huckberry and focused on crafting the most sustainable menswear around, Wellen emphasizes using fabrics derived from hemp (which rejuvenates soil as it grows) and organic cotton (another material that’s great for the environment). They do it all while focused on breezy, laidback silhouettes that are picture-perfect for summer. Your new favorite brand could just be Wellen — find out our essential picks by ‘em here.
As with any piece of gear produced and sold by Huckberry, Wellen’s shirting just looks better when worn the way it was intended to be worn — in the great outdoors, adventure afoot and beer in hand. The Wellen Eddy Shirt is the perfect shirt for your next boating trip or outdoor excursion, featuring wrinkle-resistant polyester and organic cotton fabric, to go along with a handy hidden beer pocket and two chest pockets for your EDC.
Wellen gets it right on a number of fronts, but they do casual menswear very well — you might say, to a “T” (pun intended). The Hemp Tee is next-level stuff, available in pleasingly summer-friendly colors like Seafoam and featuring soft-as-can-be fabric and a laidback (but not baggy) fit. At the right price, you’re going to want to pick up more than one — easily.
Playa Chino Short
The best men’s shorts this summer could just be this pair from Wellen — the right pair for warm summer days should be able to make it through just about anything, in fact. This is where the brand’s Playa Chino Shorts really shine through. With a longer 9-inch inseam for the tall among us (or those who just need more coverage on their legs), the real kicker here is the slub cotton-and-spandex fabric blend, plus the array of versatile, neutral colors.
Hemp really is something of a wonder fabric, and the way Wellen uses it means that you’re adding style and sustainability to your wardrobe in equal parts. Take the Wellen Hemp Polo, one of the coolest men’s polos we’ve seen in some time — it’s subtle style done right. This slim-fit hemp-and-organic cotton polo is your new secret style weapon, with a fit designed to flatter but not go too slim. In short: It’s the type of of polo you’ll find yourself wanting to wear as often as you can this summer.
Waffle Raglan Pullover
There’s always that one hooded sweatshirt you find yourself reaching for summer night after summer night, yes? Especially when at the lake or heading out to the bonfire. Yet the thing is, you’re going to want to make some room in your closet for the Waffle Raglan Pullover from Wellen. The waffle weave stretch fabric is one-of-a-kind, and should prove seriously comfortable to throw on over a garment-dyed pocket tee this summer. We love the Washed Navy color, too.
When you see the title “Easy Chino,” what springs to mind? A baggy pair of too-large chinos? Not so fast, folks. The Wellen Easy Chinos, despite the name, are as good as it gets, blending an easygoing-but-not-sloppy fit with a drawstring waist for the ultimate in summer comfort. The cotton-linen blend will keep you cool without wrinkling too easy — but who said a few lived-in wrinkles were a bad thing, right?
Stretch Chore Coat
If there’s one thing every guy needs in his summer wardrobe rotation — heck, any time of year — it’s a rugged, casual chore coat. We’re not talking about an overly stiff, hard-to-wear chore coat, though. We’re talking about the Wellen Stretch Chore Coat, made with a blend of hemp and organic cotton, plus a touch of stretch to make it easy to layer. Get the Navy color, then wear it with tan chinos and a white Oxford — that’s everyday summer style sorted, folks.
Printed Short Sleeve Shirt
Shake up your summer shirting with this stylish printed shirt from Wellen — it’s every bit as sustainable and fashion-forward as you’d expect, but without going way over the top. Case in point: The 100 percent cotton construction keeps you cool in the summer heat, and the eye-catching palm print is a far cry from overly loud Hawaiian shirts of years past.
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