Martin Dingman Launches Apparel

Martin Dingman is going back to his roots with the fall ’13 launch of his Countrywear apparel line.

The Lead Hill, Ark.-based men’s designer, who briefly ran his own neckwear company in the 1980s, has infused his all-American aesthetic into the new collection, which includes jackets, shirts, pants, ties and socks.

Jackets come in various shades of water-resistant Harris tweed. Inside is a natural canvas chest piece. Several ties also have been made of Harris tweed with fringed edging, and additional styles feature material sourced from an English mill.

Shirts are made of two-ply Egyptian cotton and feature horn buttons and articulated sleeves for greater movement in the elbow.

Retail prices range from $275 to $295 for trousers, and $95 to $150 for ties. Jackets cost $1,250, while shirts will sell for $275.

All the looks were designed by Dingman, keeping in mind the brand’s enthusiasts, particularly those who shop in better men’s boutiques.

“There was a time when we thought we’d be in all the major department stores,” said Dingman, whose footwear is carried by Nordstrom. “But we believe our specialty stores can really sell the whole look to our loyal customers.”

The entire collection is meant to complement Dingman’s footwear line, which includes a dress series out of Italy that retails for about $550, as well as casual styles for less than $300.

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