Oliver Spencer vs. UNIS
Oliver Spencer is both a designer and a brand name. Drawing from the clothes he himself would wear, his collections aim to bridge the line between streetwear and menswear. For Spring 2012, that means easy-wearing patterned shirts, nautical striped shirts, pocket tees, and lightweight suiting. His fits are immaculate, and he is proud to manufacture much of his product in the U.K.
Stateside, Eunice Lee's UNIS line has been putting well-dressed dudes in slim-fitting chinos, button-downs, and outerwear for years. After honing her menswear design skills at Joseph Abboud, DKNY, and Structure, Lee set out to make her own line of quality menswear. And judging by the dedicated following she has, she's succeeded. This season has a lot of great lightweight coats like suede bombers and tiger camo ripstop M-65s. It's balanced by shorts, chinos, and button-downs. Her lookbook also features a dude with tattoos, similar to Oliver Spencer's.
Edge: It's a tie. While we adore UNIS' excellent chinos and durable outerwear, we can't fault Oliver Spencer's take on classic designs and covetable footwear, either. It's cutting it a little close on our end.