La Paz menswear starts with raw materials from clean sources that use free-trade norms. The brand only works with expert manufacturers that share their commitment to worker safety to produce an array of incredible clothing, timeless and made to last. This navy Moriera pullover is made of 100% cotton, woven into a handsome, breathable summer knit.Read the brand story SHOP THE LABEL
- Slim fit
- Fits true to size
- 100% cotton
- Breathable Knit
- Machine wash cold, hang dry
- Model is 6'1 and wears a size medium
The Brand Story
Portugal is known for its unique history and culture, and of course its rich tradition in creating textiles. For two friends living next door to several of the country’s main textile factories, it’s no surprise that they soon were struck with the idea of starting their own menswear line. André Bastos was already successful in the industry, having opened La Paz Merchant Studio in 2004. Together with Jose Miguel de Abreu, he began working on his own in-house line, inspired by traditional Portuguese fishermen garb. When they presented the line in New York, London and Paris, it was an instant hit.
For inspiration, the designers stay close to home, drawing from all things Portuguese – the ocean, the landscape, the cuisine, and of course the clothing. Each item is skillfully crafted in the country, which felt the powerful effects of the recent global financial crisis.
We tend to choose noble and lasting materials that we know will give a nice touch and to add value to our designs.
Their Jardim Wool Hiker Jacket, for instance, was inspired by a sailor jacket. La Paz modernized it with refined fabrics to give the coat a classy, versatile look. With Egyptian cotton and Scottish Shetland wool, it is a warm, comfortable and beautiful coat for crisp days. La Paz products start with raw materials from clean sources that use free-trade norms. The brand then works with manufacturers that share La Paz’s value for worker safety to produce amazing products.
The aftermath was not lost on André and Jose, who stress that they focus on their clientele when making decisions. “In these hard times, with a global crisis making people to think twice about what they are buying, our main effort is to give a nice touch to ‘wearable’ clothing, to design pieces that are easy to wear on a regular basis,” Jose says.
Their production process involves careful selection of partners based on strict environmental and ethical rules. Health and safety for workers is a must, as is clean sourcing for raw materials. Many of the textile businesses in Portugal have been in the hands of the same family for generations, meaning that relationships are a crucial and lasting part of doing business. Both designers feel immensely lucky to work with such venerable partners.
As Jose is quick to point out, “They are passionate about what they do. They have the know-how and the ability to turn our ideas into concrete, beautiful things.”
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