A form of tie-dye called Shibori has been done in Japan since the 8th century.
There's nothing wrong with a basic button down or polo once the weather warms up, but with so many labels riffing on the dip-dyed trend, why not give one of these splashy pieces—that look as if they've just been pulled from the pool—a try? The two-tone effect is achieved by plunging fabric partway into a dye bath, and then removing it to air dry. The irregular bleeding of the dye as it soaks up and into the fabric creates a unique finish that has a certain insouciant elegance.
Band of Outsiders took a leap with short-sleeved button-downs and slim ties in colors, according to designer Scott Sternberg, inspired by the ocean's horizon and waves pulling back from the beach. Ralph Lauren is stocking polos in similarly aquatic hues. Bottega Veneta went all in, with dip-dyed scarves, shirts and blazers, though in a more landlocked palette of greens and browns. Of course, the ingenious folks at Jack Spade discovered a while back that dunking canvas totes in latex rubber not only looks sharp but lends increased durability as well.
Save Khaki's David Mullen takes on an '80s style sensation.
Gitman Vintage pairs with SeaVees for a spring shoe that's decidedly retro and modern.
British label YMC, known for their classic pieces with a modern edge, launches a lower-priced diffusion line at New York's Odin.
A narrow silk knit tie, woven from Italian silk and hand sewn in America ... for less than $30.