Over the last few seasons, the camp collar shirt—also known as a bowling shirt, or in some specific cases a Hawaiian shirt—has emerged as the “it” item among menswear fans looking for an exciting way to punch up their summer wardrobes. It’s not hard to see why: these colorful, often floral, business-casual shirts can instantly make an outfit during the time of year when layers just aren’t an option and when a T-shirt won’t cut it.
We’ve rounded up camp-collar styles before, but wanted to take this moment to highlight ten options available to buy from black-owned brands. We at Highsnobiety do not think buying a few products will undo centuries of white supremacy, but we’re now all actively re-visiting our wardrobe choices through the lens of how we can use our purchasing power (and the power we have to recommend things to you) to do our part in reseting the balance of the fashion system. Part of that is supporting initiatives like 15 Percent Pledge, but also includes our commitment to always including black-owned and black-designed brands in our product round-ups. That’s why we’d like to put a few of these brands—and their standout camp collar shirts—front and center right now.
Check out the list below.
Founded by Nigerian-born (and current Harlem resident) Niyi Okuboyejo, this shirt from Post Imperial is made in Kenya of Nigerian fabrics, which are hand-crafted using a technique called adire. The result is a unique shirt with texture and vibrance that you can pair with white shorts and Birkenstocks all season long.
Since launching in 2015, Nicholas Daley’s eponymous collection has focused on exploring his mixed Scottish and Jamaican heritage, while working with some of the most illustrious and talented manufacturers around the world to create incredibly well-crafted pieces. One such example? This bold but goes-with-anything tie dye shirt.
Thanks to consistently brilliant mash-ups of graphic-focused pieces and nostalgia-inducing sportswear, Martine Rose has become one of the most buzzworthy labels in the industry. This shirt combines a knit collar with a woven body, creating a nice contrast that’ll make you stand out this summer.
You may know Brown for his label Midwest Kids, which has been worn by world-famous, midwest-born icons like LeBron James. But his namesake label is a hub of timeless workwear, including this solid short sleeve button down that you’ll rock for years to come.
What started as Tyler, the Creator’s skate-focused streetwear label has, much like his own style, evolved into a full collection complete with cut-and-sew pieces like shirting. This all-over-print has a modern art sensibility that you can rock like Tyler does (shorts, long socks, maybe some loafers) or in your own way.
Casely-Hayford was founded in the mid 1980s by Joe Casely-Hayford, who tragically passed away last year after a three year battle with cancer. His son, Charlie, has since taken the reigns, continuing the brands long legacy of making classic, upscale pieces inspired by British sartorialism and anarchy.
Based in Amsterdam and inspired by its founders’ African heritage, Daily Paper consistently turns out pieces with their roots in classic menswear but re-imagined for the modern world. A perfect example of this new-age thinking comes in the form of this mixed-seersucker shirt, which features red horizontal stripes on one side and blue vertical stripes on the other.
Though her label is only five years young, Grace Wales Bonner has established herself as one of the most influential and talented young designers in menswear today. Her collections are graceful and well-tailored, while she creates pieces—like this yellow floral print shirt—that thanks to their considered proportions and quality fabrication, are always more elevated than your standard options.
One of, if not the, most powerful singular force in menswear today, Virgil Abloh’s Off-White has seen a meteoric ascent to the top of the fashion world in just six short years. While many still know Abloh for his Nike collaboration or graphic-print pieces, his penchant for understanding the zeitgeist (and what it wants to buy) is also readily apparent in pieces like this camp collar shirt, which while monochromatic will still be an instant conversation starter (especially among Virgil’s many fans).
Founded in 2016, everything Tongoro produces is made in Africa and designed to be both playful and inspiring, as well as affordable. So, the only thing better than this $169 mutli-color, all-over-print shirt is the fact that it also comes with the matching pants.