The term “modern classic” tends to get overused as companies constantly remix vintage styles, but the new FootJoy x Todd Snyder collaboration fits the phrase very nicely. From saddle golf shoes and sweater vests to joggers and camo prints, the line feels like something you could see worn on the golf course in the 1950s or this weekend at Augusta. The resurgence of vintage golf looks has been trending in the golf fashion world for a few seasons now, but not many have been able to connect old and new styles so skillfully.
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Menswear designer Todd Snyder was inspired by style icons like Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez when designing for this capsule.
“Those style icons were playing in a time before performance fabrics really took over and I think that had something to do with how great they looked,” Synder said. “I love to work with iconic brands that have been doing the best in their field for years…[and] am so excited that we were able to create something special for the modern golfer.”
Not surprisingly for a collection from footwear giant FootJoy, the capsule is led by two styles of golf shoes. The FootJoy x Todd Snyder premiere series shoe builds off one of FJ’s newest product lines, the Premiere Series, that was designed to highlight the brand’s rich heritage in golf footwear without sacrificing today’s technology required for golfers. As part of the Todd Snyder collection, the premiere shoe sets sheepskin leather quarter linings across a white pebble grain upper. Italian Calfskin leather detailing adds additional luxe touches to the upscale shoe, and the Ortholite footbed ensures a comfortable wear. The shoe is available with navy or blue details that incorporate a pop of color without taking away from the elegantly simple design.
After the shoe, the most vintage-inspired piece in the collection is the sleeveless cardigan. Available in navy or olive, the cashmere-blend sweaters have contrasting tipping that is reminiscent of 1960s golf fashion. The color and styling will be recognizable for those familiar with the Todd Snyder brand, but are versatile enough for any golfer to pull off.
“One of our signature colors is olive, and we definitely brought that into this collection,” Snyder said. “[Todd Snyder brand] loyalists will also recognize the tipping on the polos and vests. This small detail is something we use in our mainline collection and is a Todd Snyder signature.”
Also featuring tipped styling, the four golf shirts in the collection range from solid navy and simple white, to two subtle camo looks. Each has a pocket at the right chest and is made with performance fabrics designed to wick away moisture and eliminate odor.
The most obvious blend of modern styling and traditional golf fashion are the two joggers. The seersucker pants have a traditional button fly and a drawstring closure to create a trouser-sweat-pant hybrid. The lightweight joggers have the lines of a dress pant and a seersucker finish that can easily be dressed up—but are made with enough stretch to sneak in a quick round or two.
With a similar design to the joggers, the shorts are another ultra-versatile piece in this collaboration. They have the feel of sweats but an upscale look that will make these shorts a go-to this summer. Available in black or blue, the seersucker fabric will spruce up almost any golf shirt you pair it with.
“The use of seersucker in a non-conventional sense is something exciting,” Snyder said. “We wanted to make sure we were speaking to the FJ customer, so we worked with many of their existing materials, as well as their athletic fit, while also giving the FJ guy a chance to stretch his boundaries a bit.”
An adaptable quarter-zip jacket is the ultimate golfer staple. These polished pullovers are a great addition to the rota and will enhance your look post-round with ease. The white sweater is simple with classic navy piping across the waist and arm cuffs while the camo version is a great way to incorporate patterns into your look without going overboard.
Another highlight in the line is the Harrington Jacket. It’s a seersucker blue windbreaker that has styling reminiscent of varsity jackets. It’s lined with an olive herringbone pattern that stylishly contrasts the dark exterior and pops against the FootJoy x Todd Snyder branding inside.
Ensuring a head-to-toe look, the collection includes six baseball caps and four bucket hats with colors coordinating with the apparel and footwear. The bucket hats are finished with a grosgrain trim inspired by Rodriguez. Two stylish camo masks are also available as part of the capsule.
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