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Other standouts include Cape Cod-ish shoestring belts, marled-knit grandpa cardigans, extra-cushy quilted bermuda shorts, and one particularly natty-looking gray summer suit.

Castro, a former designer for Armani Exchange, favors hand-dyed and –printed organic fabrics, most of them from Japan. This season marks the first time he’s used castoff materials with a “different purpose in mind,” however, he told us.

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It’s a leap of faith that’s already paying off. “We got a really great response from them and we’re thinking on how to keep using reclaimed fabrics for fall,” he said. “These of course are all one-of-a-kind pieces and that’s why they require their own specific sales distribution.”

And although most of the label’s production is based in small-to-medium-scale factories in Sri Lanka, Castro upholds his business to strict ethical and environmental standards.

“We are big supporters of respecting the people involved in the process of making our clothes and we have very close relations with each of our sample rooms and factories,” he added.

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