If you follow the digital menswear community with any regularity, you’ve likely seen the name at the top in the headline a fair amount. Although they’ve been well-known in menswear circles very nearly since their 2009 launch, The Hill-Side founded in Brooklyn by brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo has shot to new levels of renown across 2015. Part of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America class, the brand now gets the chance to imprint its unique stamp on a special capsule collection launching this fall with GAP but that’s not the only reason they’re worth a second look.
For the uninitiated, The Hill-Side represents the cross-section of combining both classic American styles and unique fabrics, often sourced from Japan. At first, #menswear nerds went nuts over the brand’s ties, often made with a more unique square end from fabrics like chambray or cotton and linen blends. As The Hill-Side has gained notoriety however, it’s found itself in a rather unique spot the physical shop that helped launch the brand is almost as reputable as the brand itself, and they’re known for far more than just ties.
Indeed, Hickoree’s in Brooklyn stocks an eclectic mix of wares from The Hill-Side (think premium socks, those famous ties and stellar sneakers) alongside home goods like stationery and other apparel like twill trousers from similarly-minded brands. Products that aren’t directly produced by The Hill-Side retain that commitment to quality. Pieces as simple as a boatneck pocket T-shirt, like one sold in Hickoree’s via Japanese brand Tieasy, are produced on World War II-era knitting machines. Even The Hill-Side’s sunglasses represent the highest quality, made in Japan by expert craftsmen.
It’s among the best-curated set of offerings in menswear, and it’s part of the reason the brand has developed such a strong following. The store itself is any men’s style enthusiast’s dream lovely ties sit alongside racks lined with herringbone blazers and sturdy chambray shirts. Pocket squares and sneakers made in Japan complement each other perfectly. A hemp denim pair of high-tops would be particularly on-point for fall, while canvas slip-ons are the perfect warm-weather shoe option.
Menswear enthusiasts also appreciate the brand’s affinity for Japanese fabrics its denim is made in overseas in Japan itself, arguably the hub for premium denim. Partner Hisashi Oguchi’s role in launching the brand buoyed that focus on high-quality fabric from abroad, and it’s an ethos that brothers Sandy and Emil Corsillo continue to represent.
When The Hill-Side turns its attention to making products at home, the same sense of quality isn’t lost. Staple pieces like a cotton herringbone tweed wallet or indigo chambray zip pouches bring an added dash of rugged style to items that might seem mundane in the hands of other brands. That attention to detail is reflected in the essentials that brothers Sandy and Emil Corsillo carry through their (very busy) days, as GQ found out. And if a recent early look is any indication, the brand’s aforementioned collaboration with GAP via GQ’s BNMDA program should be simply stunning it looks as if it’ll be representative of the kind of head-to-toe styling potential (and quality) you’d expect from the brand.
It’s worth noting that The Hill-Side does fall on the pricier side of things that’s reflected, however, in an incredible level of detail, exceptional fabrics and neat touches (like adding hemp denim to sneakers in place of traditional canvas). And with a wide-ranging mix of product, high levels of attention to detail and a focus on accessories that even NBA players love, The Hill-Side should have serious staying power in the menswear community for seasons to come keep your eyes peeled for its GAP collection in the coming weeks.
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