Carmine “Carmy” Berzatto, Jeremy Allen White‘s character in the breakout series of the summer The bear, is kind of a menswear head. Although the series’ subplot about chef Carmy’s preoccupation with collecting vintage selvedge denim all but falls away after the pilot episode (in which Carm reluctantly agrees to trade a rare American-made Levi’s jacket in exchange for his restaurant’s lost shipment of beef), his appetite for carefully crafted clothing still hangs throughout the season. How else would a chef’s uniform of plain white T-shirts and black Dickies pants inspire so many articles about where to get some of your own?
(For the record, Cristina Spiridakis, the costume designer for The bear‘s pilot confirmed to GQ that Carmy’s white t-shirts are from small German brand Merz b. Schwanen, as well as Whitesville’s Supreme x Hanes collaboration. And while the notion that a grizzled restaurant chef would wear expensive shirts that worked on the line is partly the move of a TV costume department, it’s also not hard to imagine that Carm would spend his salary on some quality IYKYK- goods.)
Meanwhile, the show’s success has put Jeremy Allen White, the actor, on the fast track to wearing countless expensive shirts, because that’s simply what actors do. (Jeremy Allen White, the person, still dresses rather low-key; he wore his own clothes underneath his GQ Photo shoot in Brooklyn earlier this summer.) For his performance Wednesday night at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, White wore an ultra-luxe cashmere-silk knit polo from Loro Piana, the Italian luxury brand favored by real billionaires and fictional media heirs. The star of the summer show wearing shirt of the summer feels right – and even though Loro Piana’s version would set the Carm back for a cool $1,695, White’s dash of tattoos helped it read a little more “young Henry Hill” than “young Henry Ford.”