As a craft, indigo dyeing is among the very oldest. There’s evidence suggesting it was derived from the plants woad and indigofera (hey, the clue’s in the name) and used as early as the third millennium BC.
And when it comes to dyeing clothes - especially linens - it’s got a pretty cool heritage. There are frequent mentions of its use creating the blue stripes found in the borders of Egyptian Mummy cloths from around 2,400BC (just imagine – Tutankhamun in indigo!). Its popularity only improved over time and by the 1700s, indigo dye was so prized that its profits exceeded those of sugar and cotton.
Our Portside Blue Collection sought inspiration from the indigo hue in a variety of styles for the season. Here are some of our favorites.
The clever, long developed craft techniques used for indigo dyeing give it a relaxed, worn-forever finish that gives every piece in our Portside Blue collection a well-loved feel straight off the shelf. Take the Parker River Double-Layer Shirt. Sure, there are plenty of decent button-ups around, but the Parker River is elevated by not only the unique indigo dye pattern, but the ability to wear it as long OR short sleeves make it a standout piece.
We can’t talk indigo without talking jeans. Dyeing doesn’t come more craft than with the techniques used to get that true blue style. The Sargent Lake Selvage jeans are slim fitting classics with en vogue styling. Grab the faded indigo for cookouts by the lake and show your date how well you clean up in the dark rinse denim.
Whether you’re lounging around the house or out and about when the evening chill sets in, the right pullover is crucial. You need something warm, soft and stylish. Meet the Taunton River Shawl Collar Sweatshirt. Its slim fit and shawl collar elevate this item from loungewear to your new favorite layer that you’ll reach for again and again.
Spring may mean sunny days, but it just as likely means cool sea breezes and the odd white squall. Have no fear, the Ludlow Mountain Linen Parka in Dark Sapphire has your back. The linen construction is a modern nod to the origins of indigo dye craft and keeps the wind at bay while still keeping you cool (without letting you… glisten).
Our men’s Naples Trail Suede Oxfords in navy are fashioned after a classic lace-up oxford, but these indigo kicks feature white recycled rubber outsoles to keep things fresh. They feature our SensorFlex™ comfort system and OrthoLite® insoles, which is just a fancy way to tell you that it will feel like you’re walking on a constant light, fluffy cloud and you’ll be all, “what does it mean to have tired feet?”...
Women can step into the indigo trend with the Amherst Canvas Chukkas. Featuring a mixed-media style of soft-washed canvas and original Timberland leather, they’re a stylish step up from sneakers but every bit as comfy. Kick them on with rolled-up jeans or cutoffs.
It’s in our DNA to reinterpret heritage styles and infuse them with a modern twist – celebrate classically-inspired indigo styles with our Portside Blue collection.
Put a spring in your step this season with our ultra-comfortable Sensorflex comfort system; here are a few of our favorite styles.