Spring break took me to the Big Island of Hawaii this year for some rest and relaxation on the course and on the beach. While it wasn’t as epic as the trip experienced by Rickie, Jordan, Smylie, and Justin, it did give me a chance to check out the latest and greatest from Devereux, including the brand’s new performance polos and game changing hybrid shorts and pants.
Founded by brothers Robert and Will Brunner back in 2013, Devereux has always had a knack for effectively blurring the lines between golf and resort fashion. Their Spring 2017 Collection, with refreshing colors, relaxed silhouettes, and high fashion details, is the greatest example of this unique and stylish mash-up to date.
The relaxed vibe emitted by Devereux’s latest collection is perfect for a week in Hawaii. So, I packed my bag with the brand’s proper threads, boarded a flying tin can, and headed over the Pacific Ocean for some sun and fun. Here’s a look at my journey to the Aloha state in Devereux.
Day 1: Travel Day (Devereux Ford Pant)
The 4:30 a.m. alarm is met with cool and rainy conditions. Shorts? They’ll have to wait until we arrive and get unpacked. Jeans? Much too heavy for stepping off the plane in 80-degree temps and not at all tropical. Plus, the GolfThreads budget doesn’t allow for a private jet or a seat in first class with bottomless mimosas, so flying at 40,000 feet for five and a half hours in a cramped seat puts comfort at a premium.
The answer? Devereux’s 5-pocket Ford Pant. The Ford is a carry over from the brand’s Fall 2016 Collection. Like with all good things, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, and the Ford certainly fits into that category. Fabricated from a Pima cotton/spandex blend, the Ford is exactly what is needed when jet setting from a cool climate to a warm one. The brushed texture is super soft, the cotton fibers offer natural breathability, and the touch of stretch is perfect for hustling through the airport and settling into that economy class seat.
From a style standpoint, the 5-pocket design of the Ford is cool and casual and the Agave color adds just enough pop for spring break without being over the top. Not to mention, muted hues like this dusty green are completely on trend in menswear this season. In typical Devereux fashion, subtle details like the map print on the pocket liners add a bit of hidden personality and feed into that vacation vibe.
Day 3: Golf at Mauna Kea (Devereux Cruiser Hybrid Short and Riviera Polo)
If you ever find yourself on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is a must-play. The course works its way up and down the side of a mountain resulting in spectacular views. The 3rd hole is as picturesque as they come. The 260-yard Par 3 is nearly all carry over the crashing waves below. If you are feeling daring, go right at the flag. If not, there is plenty of room to the right, but the up and down is no bargain from there.
At Mauna Kea, I hopped on a Golf Board and hit the first tee in Devereux’s new Cruiser Hybrid Short and Riviera Polo. It may only be April, but hands down, the Cruiser is the clubhouse leader for Best Short of the Year. One round in the Cruiser and you’ll wonder why all golf shorts aren’t this comfortable. From the lightweight four-way stretch fabric to the mesh pockets, this short is built for hot and humid conditions. Thanks to its quick dry characteristics, the Cruiser easily transitions from the course to the beach or pool. No need to pack board shorts. And, since Devereux is a brand that puts an emphasis on tailoring, the not-too-loose-not-to-tight fit is as functional as it is fashionable.
The Riviera Polo was a logical pairing for the Cruiser Short at Mauna Kea. The solid white shirt with a camo print on the inner placket brought a subtle edge to the outfit. Besides, the Riviera features Devereux’s new Swing Free Tailoring for an unfettered range of motion, which is perfect for getting a few extra yards out of the driver or even slaloming down the fairway on the Golf Board.
Day 4: Dinner at Lava Lava Beach Club (Devereux Gravity Hybrid Pant)
Lava Lava Beach Club is the quintessential spot for casual beachside dining on the Kohala Coast. It’s the place to go for good food, great rum drinks (get the Bamboocha Mai Tai), and amazing sunsets. Don’t let the word ‘Club’ scare you off, though. This is the type of place where no one cares if you kick off your Havaianas to feel the sand between your toes or dip your feet in the water to check out the turtles swimming a few yards off shore. In fact, it is encouraged. Just be sure to bring your thirst, appetite, and camera.
The combination of the sand, surf and relaxing atmosphere proved to be the perfect setting for Devereux’s new Gravity Pant. This pant is an absolute game changer. It features many of the same hybrid land and sea technologies as the Cruiser Short. The unique polyester/spandex/cotton/quick dry fabric won’t wrinkle in a suitcase and the linen texture allows the Gravity Pant to easily be dressed up for a night on the town or dressed down for a casual day at the beach or the course.
Not only does the fabric make the Gravity Pant one of the most versatile pairs of trousers you will find, but also hidden zippers at the cuffs give you the option of two different fits – a tapered or straight leg look. Details like a series of designer cut and sew elements, a bonded zipper on the rear pocket, and mesh pocket liners add to the athletic aesthetic and offer a very modern look.
Be prepared to receive an abundance of compliments when wearing the Gravity Pant.
Day 5: Mauna Lani South Course (Devereux Cameron Polo and Martin Short)
Teeing it up on Mauna Lani South is like playing golf on another planet. The wide emerald green fairways twist their way through jagged black lava rock, creating a powerful contrast and cool visual. The 215 yard Par 3 7th hole is flanked by the sapphire blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on the left side, while the 195 yard Par 3 15th requires a full carry from one cliff to another with nothing but rocks and salt water below.
A warm afternoon with a one-club wind made Devereux’s Cameron Polo and Martin Short a smart choice. The Cameron features a new performance fabric, which the brand calls Airflow Knit. Sure, you get all those benefits you’d expect from a technical fabric (lightweight, moisture-wicking, stretch, sun protection, etc.), but what I really like about this material is the open weave. With even the slightest trade wind, the Airflow Knit allows air to circulate through the shirt to regulate body temperature.
The Cameron is high on performance and it is certainly not lacking in style, either. The tonal engineer stripes and understated four-button placket offer classic good looks, while the short collar and sharp lines bring a modern attitude. This is the shirt you’ll want to grab during the dog days of summer.
The Martin Short was one of my favorites last spring and it is back for another tour of duty this year. The days of baggy shorts that cover the knee are long gone, and the Martin is tailored to the perfect length to hit just above the knee. It is also loaded with sharp details like a stylish print on the interior lining of the front pockets, Devereux’s signature curvy pocket flap, a double-button closure, and 4-way stretch.
The worst part about going to Hawaii is leaving, and while my vacation is over, my summer in Devereux’s latest collection is just beginning.