In my book of style, there’s nothing better than a modern re-do of an iconic classic. It’s no wonder I adore a Frank & Eileen shirt — a brand that takes its name from an old-fashioned love story and builds on modern interpretations of an awesome man’s shirt. But re-designed for women. Especially women who don’t believe in ironing…
The red-haired founder of Frank & Eileen, Audrey McLoghlin, was in town recently for a trunk show at Nashville’s fashion locus, H. Audrey. Though Frank & Eileen shirts are sold at swank spots around the country like Barneys, Fred Segal and Ron Herman, I was charmed by the special collaboration with H. Audrey’s owner Holly Williams — a limited edition just for Holly’s store.
Here’s what else I learned about these re-thought classics. They’re produced in one of the oldest men’s shirting mills in Italy, just outside Milan. There’s a new “capsule” every month — not a full-on collection, but new colors and looks. And that wonderful crinkly, wrinkly, un-ironed look? It’s a top secret on how a Frank & Eileen shirt gets that way, and stays that way. I pressed for the inside scoop (bad pun!), but Audrey diplomatically declined to comment. She’s classy that way.
That’s where the love story comes in. Frank and Eileen are Audrey’s grandparents. They married in 1947 (and they’re Irish, of course). The Frank & Eileen website includes their story.
With jeans. With pearls. With a bright bandana or a Hermès scarf. The kind of modern classic that belongs in every woman’s closet.
About Cindy Wall
Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot” — i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music — and bullish on local eating and shopping.