Schooner Life

What to wear for a dream life of salt­wa­ter and sun­shine.

Esquire (Philippines) - - STYLE - BY CLIF­FORD OLAN­DAY

The dream is this: You go up to your boss and tell him, “Ed, I’m leav­ing and I am not com­ing back. Good­bye.” Af­ter years of toil­ing away at your desk, you are fi­nally ready to take that end­less vacation away from num­bers, key­boards, ping­ing phones, shoes, sched­ules, Ed, ev­ery­thing.

Maybe it’s still a far-off dream. Maybe you can do it right now (is Ed in his of­fice?). Maybe you’re al­ready half­way there with a sweet nest egg ready to pur­chase the beach house, but not yet the sail­boat. What­ever the case, here are the clothes for days spent with salt­wa­ter and sun­shine.

The per­fectly cut sweat­shirt is for walks along the shore; the sleeve­less padded jacket is for man­ning the boat; and the all­black rig of sport coat (yes, a blazer for the beach), sweater, and chi­nos, which all to­gether tele­graph the slick feel of diver’s suit, is for the night­cap of many, many Ne­gro­nis.

Spun with an ath­letic spirit, these clothes from Louis Vuit­ton’s Amer­ica’s Cup Col­lec­tion are pumped up by prints. The fa­mil­iar checker­board of the Damier pat­tern is blown up and then ac­cented by streaks of yel­low or red, giving a car­ryall, a pair of slip-ons, or a pullover an im­pres­sion of move­ment, which then makes you ap­pear more ca­pa­ble than you are.

Good to know: The set takes off from Amer­ica’s Cup. The world’s old­est in­ter­na­tional tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion and the most pres­ti­gious yacht­ing prize sees the cli­max of its 35th edi­tion on the crys­tal blue wa­ters of Ber­muda’s Great Sound this month. Louis Vuit­ton has been in­volved with the race since 1983, when it first proposed the qual­i­fy­ing matches whose win­ner goes on to chal­lenge the de­fend­ing cham­pion of the cup in the fi­nals.

If you have time-off from Ed or have al­ready cast your last clock out, why not live out your fan­tasy and hie off to Bermy (that’s lo­cal speak for Ber­muda) to watch the race? Of course, wear these. Louis Vuit­ton, Green­belt 4, Makati, and So­laire Re­sort and Casino, Parañaque City

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