For so long now, men’s fashion designers and critics would have you believe that classic refinement and gritty machismo are incompatible.
But instinctively, you and I both know that’s not true. James Bond, Humphrey Bogart and Don Draper are but a few of the icons of masculinity who have disproved that myth. And now, Chicago-based menswear line Dorsia is doing it too, in collections that are as clean-cut as they are inherently macho.
From rugged plaid button-downs and rustic shawl-neck sweaters to tailored pieces like blazers and European-inspired tailoring, the label spans the spectrum of manliness, never content to present just one extreme or the other.
Dorsia‘s signature has been described by more than a few as a blend of “American prep, French chic and Italian tailoring,” but that simply doesn’t do the line justice. Certainly, those elements are present, but they must be considered as a whole, not for their individual virtues.
The achievement here is that the line’s Ukrainian-born founder and designer Andrei Savtchenko seems to have brought together classic and contemporary menswear elements to reconcile both the suave and rugged aspects of masculinity.
The result is a more fully rounded menswear collection than we’re used to seeing. Dorsia doesn’t present just a two-dimensional image of manhood, but rather a more natural and realistic idea of what it is to be a man – someone who can channel the finesse of James Bond at the casino and still embody the grit and humor of Bogey over a drink with friends.