Life After Denim knows there’s a difference between basics and staples. Basics are run-of-the-mill. Staples are those timeless pieces you’ll have for decades. Life After Denim produces the latter, working directly with manufacturers to create its own yarns and fabrics specifically for small batches of garments.

Focusing on casually versatile items with careful attention to fit and quality, garments from Life After Denim are pieces you can put on any time and know they’ll look good. We’ve picked three of our favorite items from Life After Denim’s fall line that will help any man with the change in season. These transitional threads are wardrobe building blocks for cool-weather layering.

Mount Royal Shirt Jacket

A heavyweight flannel for those brisk days should be in every man’s closet — especially one with pockets. The Mount Royal Shirt Jacket is made from 100% cotton twill, brushed for a soft hand feel. It offers plenty of warmth and comfort without the heaviness that comes from putting on a coat. And the yarn-dyed blanket stripe design sets it apart from the bounty of buffalo plaid bound to be out there this fall.

Vittoria Crew

The Vittoria Crew is another prime example of Life After Denim’s commitment to staples over basics. It’s made from a jaspé knitted loopback twill, which is variegated in the weaving by using warp yarns of differing shades together with single-color filling yarns. This is what gives the Vittoria Crew it’s unique texture and perfectly worn-in look and feel, helping elevate it above typical crew sweaters. Dressed up under a blazer or dressed down for the weekend, its a crewneck for the long haul.

Old Port Cardigan

Ever have a sweater that’s just too itchy? Well, the Old Port Cardigan may be the shawl collar cardigan answer to that problem. Its waffle-style knit is made from 100% cotton to provide a distinct style that immediately stands out — that also means it won’t pill like wool or cashmere either. The medium weight makes the Old Port Cardigan an ideal sweater for layering options from fall through winter.