Del Toro and Metalwood's Ryder Cup Team-Up Is Part Cozy and All Class

Metalwood x Del Toro Is Cozy and Classy at OnceRyan Murray

You know what I love? Four-piece capsule collections. There's nothing more overwhelming to a garm-aholic than an endless scroll of "new arrivals." But just four pieces to choose from? I'll wade into those waters in the middle of the workday.

Say what you will about the over-saturation of collab culture, but the limited capsule may be the last remaining argument for the practice. When done right, and even sometimes for no reason other than to meld a few minds, small-batch arrivals like the one that just landed from Del Toro and Metalwood are worth sitting up in your seat for.

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You probably know Del Toro, launched in 2005, as your go-to source for formal footwear. But in recent years the brand has come to embrace the idea of a loafer as a knockaround shoe, and it shows in how the brand has evolved outside of the wedding economy. "They’re a dress shoe at their core, but it wouldn’t hurt to wear some Milanos with a pair of sweats or jorts to the bodega for a bacon egg and cheese," says Del Toro Art Director Nick Martinelli in reference to the brand's flagship loafers.

Metalwood Studio, a not-so-young-anymore brand out of Los Angeles, has seen its own sort of evolution. Founder Cole Young started Metalwood as an ode to the golf equipment revolution of his youth, and in a few years has grown it into a bona fide menswear brand. He's adamant, though, that it's not a "golf brand." Instead, its output represents the best of what's happening in nostalgia-tinged, sports-infused style and design in general.

The ascension of both brands, albeit at different stages of their journey, calls for a celebration, and it just so happens pro golf's biggest celebration of the year—the Ryder Cup—was a perfect time for Young and the Del Toro team to put their heads together.

"I don’t think anyone would have guessed Del Toro and Metalwood would be releasing a collab together the same month as the Ryder Cup, but it makes sense," Martinelli says. "Golf merch can be boring and repetitive; it’s fun to throw some luxury handmade shoes in the mix."

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The result is a balanced capsule that offers core pieces like graphic tees alongside standouts like a zip-front, camp-collar shirt. Relaxed and easy, it pairs perfectly with wide leg trousers and—you already know it—Belgian loafers, for a fit that looks so dressed up and down at the same time you'll get a look no matter what room you're walking into. And yet, it's so lightweight and breezy I don't know why you wouldn't just wear it to the beach, or to lay around the house drinking wine and watching Seinfeld. Like, normal stuff.

Altogether, in an environment where Making Stuff has become the dominant motivation, two heavy-hitting brands remind us that a handshake and a high five on a couple of useful garments goes a long way.

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