I have a real affinity for oversized button-downs, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate the androgynous, universal silhouette into our Signature Collection at some point. However, there are a few elements of traditional button-downs that I dislike, and that I knew wouldn’t work with our manufacturing process. Instead, the Kara Snap eschews traditional stand collars, visible buttons, and sleeve cuffs with pleating. What remains is the suggestion of this classic garment and its spirit, but with all the comfort, ease, and simplicity that are the hallmarks of ES clothing.
This long sleeve, midi-length, snap-front dress can skew masculine, feminine, and everywhere in between. It works in almost any setting—worn to an evening affair or to the beach as a coverup. I wanted to capture the timelessness and the nostalgia; a crisp, button-down shirt is a constant throughout history and in most people's closets today, but this universal silhouette somehow still has the ability to intrigue. This dress style would look so cool unfastened halfway from the bottom, with trousers or jeans peeking through the center slit from underneath. Named in collaboration with Aja Barber after visual artist Kara Walker, this piece complements a creative, utilitarian lifestyle as an easy layer to slip on and off according to your every prerogative.
Medium-duty snaps are inserted inside the placket, so they're invisible from the outside. Easy and accessible to open, sturdy enough to not pull apart on accident. Wear closed or open, and fasten as many or as few of the snaps as you like. Form and function in true harmony for this style!
Material & Care: Midweight Linen
100% Linen, Oeko-Tex certified. Medium weight, sturdy broadcloth that can be pressed to a neat, crisp finish or left wrinkled after washing for a perfectly lived-in look. Linen possesses natural strength and durability, and it's a super friendly fiber on the environment. It requires very little processing, and is hypoallergenic, comfortable in all seasons, insulating, and absorbent.
Linen is a natural fiber made from cellulose fiber inside the stalks of the flax plant. It is a complete product of nature, and can vary drastically in color and texture based on the growing conditions of the season. Variations in base color and texture are not uncommon.
Natural imperfections in weave are also to be expected and embraced--slubs, nubs, and occasional bits of organic matter are common in linen. If you are looking for the homogeny and perfection of a synthetic fiber or a finely woven cotton you will not find it in linen.
Wash on gentle cycle with cold water. Tumble dry warm. Leave unpressed for a beautifully rumpled look or press on medium heat with steam to remove wrinkles.
Linen is a natural fiber and is expected to wear and fade over time, which we love.
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