J.Lindeberg Golf just dropped one of the most anticipated collections of the season — the Luxe Collection.
I first got a peek at the Luxe at the PGA Merchandise Show back in January and it was one of the things I bookmarked in the ol’ grey matter for fall.
What really grabbed my attention about this collection was how unique and versatile it is. No one, and I mean no one, in the golf apparel industry is doing what J.Lindeberg has done with the Luxe.
The brand has always excelled at bridging the gap between fashion and function. It is consistently one of the first brands to take concepts from the fashion runways and apply them to the fairways, while also achieving a high-level of performance and playability along the way. That being said, no J.Lindeberg Collection has been influenced by the high fashion side of the house as much as the Luxe. The pieces fit in directly with what we are seeing in the brand’s menswear lines, pulling inspiration from the well-tailored looks we are seeing on uptown city streets.
See, the idea behind the Luxe Collection is quite simple. Create a golf collection that is so in tune with the latest street trends, that no one knows you are wearing golf clothes. The Luxe has achieved just that.
Truly great collections have the power to evoke particular emotions or transport you to a specific time and place. The Luxe has this unique ability. Although we are in the dog days of August, one look at the Luxe and it is easy to see yourself walking through Manhattan on a crisp November day with a hint of autumn’s chill nipping at your cheek. Meanwhile, the rich palette of burgundy, navy, grey and black perfectly complements the foliage and cityscape.
The showcase piece for me in the Luxe Collection is the Rake jacket. It features an elegant blazer inspired cut, front buttons, pockets and a high collar. The trim silhouette is perfectly on-trend with what we are seeing from men’s outerwear this fall and it works for nearly every occasion. Mix in a tone-on-tone camo print and you have a trendy, yet understated look.
Joining the Rake jacket in the Luxe is the Trey that offers a modern bomber vibe and the Dell that provides a contemporary take on a gillet. While I see these outerwear pieces more suited for off the course, don’t sell them short on playability. Each has a gusset on the back to enhance range of motion during a golf swing.
Known for its luxurious fabrics, J.Lindeberg even kicked it up a notch in that department for the Luxe. The polos (the Roberto and the Blaine) are fabricated from a light gauge cotton pique that takes softness to a new level.
J.Lindeberg’s fine merino sweaters receive an upgrade in the Luxe, as well, with the infusion of silk for an up-market feel. The Rocca borrows the Rake’s blazer inspired cut in the form of a cardigan. The Michele is a shawl collar sweater that will look as good on the course as off and the Loren offers a modern take on the classic argyle sweater. Meanwhile, the Constantino is a refined roll neck that will make you feel like James Bond, Johnny Miller or Ron Burgundy. Take your pick.
Rounding out the Luxe are mechanical stretch wool slacks (the Collin) with sophisticated detailing at the waist and a spread collar dress shirt.
If you are a J.Lindeberg Golf enthusiast, like me, don’t worry. The brand also released an AW14 golf collection that is hitting stores now. The Luxe is simply a capsule collection for fall and a follow-up to the brand’s Laser capsule from the spring. These capsules give designers a sartorial sandbox to play with new ideas and push the boundaries of golf apparel design without compromising the brand’s core collections.
You can check out the Luxe Collection for yourself at Trendygolf and Trendygolf USA. Also expect to see it in about 20 exclusive golf shops across the country and J.Lindeberg’s New York and Aventura retail shops.
By the way, we need a J.Lindeberg retail shop here is San Francisco. On second thought, it is better for my wallet if there isn’t one.