Putting the “Art” in “Sartorial”

By: Joel Marino

We’d love to have da Vinci design a pair of chinos just for us. Or even better, get Michelangelo to stitch up a classy oxford button-down.

Pending the invention of a working time machine, though, we’re going to have to settle for this instead: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, a bazaar of handsome, highly wearable attire designed and inspired by a bunch of artists, online now.

This shop is the web version of a popular Philly fashion haven that’s named after a 20th-century German philosopher’s magnum opus. In other words, these guys are clothiers for the thinking man who has no time to think about his wardrobe.

First up: graphic tees. Although we were at first surprised by their narrow selection, the quality of the stuff more than made up for the lack of quantity. A San Fran artist’s sketch of naked ladies spiking a severed head? Sure, we’d wear that. And then we’d hang it right next to that David Lee Roth homage in the style of Patrick Nagel or that tribute to waiting in line by Philly collage artist Dan Murphy.

The shop’s also teamed up with the Design Center at Philadelphia University for a line of stylish products based on the fashion hub’s massive textile archives. We were especially wowed by a pair of duck-cloth pants lined with prints of military life. The trousers looked great, and they managed to display some noteworthy art seamlessly.

That’s why they’re going in a frame whenever we’re not wearing them.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.