Auto Inspiration: Period Correct in Costa Mesa gets it right

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Any discerning dude with a fondness for cars, architecture, and design will love Period Correct. Amid a cluster of light industrial and auto repair shops in Costa Mesa, it functions as store and design studio for the brand. Founder and creative director Bryan Calvero, 38, opened it in 2015 to reflect his passions—“motor sports, midcentury modernism, vintage watches, and automobiles”—and says the name came to him as he furnished his midcentury modern home.

In design and concept, the shop delivers. Fronted with floor-to-ceiling windows—giving passersby a peek at a rotating array of cars from Calvero’s personal collection—it’s outfitted with gleaming concrete floors, sleekly designed cases, modern chairs ($425), and shelves lined with books on design, architecture, and motor sports. Period Correct menswear, designed by Calvero with help from Brian Chor and made in the U.S., includes classically cut woven shirts in madras and buffalo check ($125), inky black graphic T-shirts ($40), and, our favorite, the striped “PDCT” sweatshirt ($118). Even women eye his Hammers of Hell varsity jacket ($550). But it’s cars that have inspired Calvero since he was a child. “I look at them as art,” he says.

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