Boston Proper

December 12, 2011 | Style & Beauty

  Kuhlman’s unique twists and subtle details redefine the classics

Boston is Nantucket preppy,” says Scott James Kuhlman, founder and designer of the men’s apparel line Scott James, when asked to describe the city’s fashion scene. “At Scott James, we are Tuscan preppy.” Kuhlman is referring to the twists his designs put on American sportswear at his Boston flagship, offering customers much more than strict basics. Through his many variations on the perfect gingham shirt and detailed stitching on washed cashmere sweaters, he is giving heavy hitters like Ralph Lauren a run for their money.

This fall Kuhlman is taking the label’s Americana foundations and layering them with a European feel. “The collection is heavily influenced by the movement we have seen in Europe over the past several years,” Kuhlman explains, “where the gentleman’s ‘uniform’ consists of a great soft jacket paired with a lightweight cord in the winter.” He is taking his well-tailored jackets, shirts, and trousers and incorporating modern fabrics like moleskin, canvas, and twill. His goal? To provide the “floor plan” for the modern gentleman’s uniform, creating what he hopes to be his customers’ favorite everyday pieces.

Describing why he enjoys working with Boston’s dapper clientele, he says: “Since the foundation of the Boston gentleman is classic Americana, the city is a great jumping-off point for our brand. Here the men possess knowledge of classic soft-shoulder jackets, gingham shirts, etc. It makes our job easy.” Scott James, 160 Newbury St., 617- 247-9700;

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