Imagine walking along the shore of Lake Michigan; the warm khaki sand between your toes, a scattering of small rocks and shells decorating the shoreline. A grey barge glides through the deep blue water. The only noises heard are the caw of a seagull off in the distance, the crash of the waves on beach and the hum of an orange coast guard helicopter as it patrols the waters.
Those were the tones and colors that inspired the Nautica fashion designers to create the Fall 2011 Men’s Collection. The clothing line not only uses the hues and textures of the dunes and Lake Michigan, but also incorporates the maritime colors of deep orange of the National Coast Guard and the shades of grey seen on the large freighters that pass throught he waters from spring through late fall.
The line includes jackets, sweatshirts, cargo shorts, wool suits, glen plaid jackets and herringbone tweed ties. So as the beaches become covered with snow and lakes freeze over, one can still stay warm and seek a little inspiration from Sleeping Bear Dunes.