When Department Seventeen opened in a pocket-sized space on Pacific Street last November, San Francisco’s most stylish men took notice. Seven months later, the Russian Hill boutique ships smartly-designed shirts and hard-to-find accessories by brands such as Uniform Wares and Outlier to clients in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Though they have no formal fashion background, the three young men behind the business are also making their mark with a hip line of shirts, scarves, pocket squares and neckties sewn in San Francisco’s SoMa district. Nelson Jang, Daniel Lee and Adrian Putra say Department Seventeen fans are men who want to make a statement without being showy – think a timeless look that falls somewhere between streetwear and suits.
As the summer travel season heats up, the Department Seventeen trio recommends stashing these packable, playful styles in your suitcase.
1. Three Way Shorts by Outliar
Made from a light, wrinkle-free fabric that resists dirt and repels water, these shorts are a well-made triple threat: Wear them as swimwear, running shorts or simple bottoms for a stroll around a new city. $128.
2. Mandarin Collar Chambray Shirt by Department Seventeen
This slim-fit shirt is at once polished and comfortable. It’s designed to be tucked in or worn lose, and it’s sewn from a unique Japanese cotton chambray that adds class. $115.
3. Espadrilles by Industry of All Nations
Style meets substance in these biodegradable shoes available in three vibrant colors. A jute sole and breathable cotton keeps things feather-light and suitcase-friendly, while sales benefit local craftspeople in Uruguay. $35.
4. Cotton Dungaree Short Scarf by Department Seventeen
Stay warm on cool nights, or add a splash of color to a casual outfit, with this limited-run scarf made from summer-weight Japanese cotton. Choose from blue or light brown. $30.
5. 200 Series Wristwatch by Uniform Wares
The top selling watch at Department Seventeen is this British beauty, a classic piece crafted with stainless steel, Italian leather and a Swiss-made movement. The all-occasion accessory is water resistant to 50 meters. $295.