Haspel Celebrates 105 Years

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

It’s a banner year for menswear line Haspel. First and foremost, it’s their 105th anniversary. And how are they celebrating? They started in September with an intimate presentation of their spring/summer 2015 collection co-hosted by Jockey and Esquire Magazine. Second, they held an anniversary party in NYC’s famed Meatpacking District. And third, they’ve teamed up with four other heritage brands to create a limited selection of accessories that compliment the lifestyle of the Haspel man.

Re-launched in the spring of 2014, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (also designers of award-winning men’s brand Shipley & Halmos) have expanded on the tradition of Haspel. A company founded in 1909 as the originator of the seersucker suit, the brand currently also manufactures menswear in linens and light denims.  For the spring/summer 2015 season, the Haspel customer has a generous selection of sartorial options, from suits to shirts to shorts, in colors ranging from optic whites to sea foam greens and Parisian blues. One of their most eye-catching pieces is their berry-colored Délavé linen suit.

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

To highlight their longevity, the company celebrated its 105th birthday with a New Orleans-themed cocktail party and retrospective at The Griffin in New York’s Meatpacking District. The retrospective included archival suiting displays from the 1930s–1970s and models in Haspel’s fall/winter 2014 collection while music was provided by legendary New Orleans jazz band, Henry Butler & Friends.

Image courtesy of Haspel

Image courtesy of Haspel

To commemorate the brand’s anniversary, Haspel teamed up with Terrapin Stationers, Mulholland, Brooklyn Watches, and AO Eyewear to develop a collection of limited-edition essentials inspired by the Haspel man. Known primarily for suiting and sportswear, the brand has never ventured into accessories, but Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so. “With this anniversary, we wanted to think about the Haspel of the future and how we might round out this guy’s life and wardrobe,” said Halmos. “We also wanted to make sure our collaborators reflected the Haspel man’s sense of humor, style and confidence.”

Cheers to Haspel! For more information, go to haspel.com.

—Carl Ayers

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