This spring A.P.C. have continued their nice and neat range of Madras cotton products with no surprise. The offering usually has a couple of items I like and this spring is no different. The large red plaid Madras looks great on both the long sleeve and short sleeve versions and I can't help but get excited for warm weather while looking at these. The items are available at a couple of shops aside from A.P.C., End also have the matching shorts if you felt so inclined.
The Bureau has been filling their shelves and online shop with some great items over the last couple of weeks and the first deliver from Garbstore has a couple more nice items. I am definitely a fan of some simple colour blocking and this Mod shirt does it well with a couple of muted tones. The shirt is simple, has nice buttons, solid pockets and would be very easy to wear for a light spring over shirt/jacket.
Call me crazy (and I'm sure plenty of you will) but I'm loving these shirts from Uniform Experiment. SOPH and Fragment rarely put a foot wrong with the brand but this piece was definitely an experiment. The mixing of bright spring plaids, a star pattern on a button down shirts has disaster written all over it yet somehow the result isn't nearly as bad as it could have been. Instead it's an off-key bit of magic. The white star pattern is a bit subdued thanks to the white in the madras checked shirts. While it's not your 4 time a week sort of shirt, it's a great piece that'd look good simply on it's own over some shorts or poking out from beneath a jacket. It also comes in a short sleeved version.
—01. Ring boots in peanut grizzly leather.
I've been looking forward to getting a pair of Ring Boots for a long time now. I really love the look of the silhouette but it's taken a while to get the right mix of sole and upper to really find a balance I can wear easily. This will probably be my favorite shoes this spring. They will be available at the Inventory Stockroom in the near future.
I've got a pretty big hankering for oatmeal coloured sweats these days. Wings + Horns produced a great version in recycled fleece that I love and Utility Coop has this amazing piece of vintage reproduction. Aside from just the colour (the grey is great too) here though, the construction of the sweatshirt is really amazing. Nowadays you just don't see the sewing techniques used here that are emulated from Wilson sweats of the 30's. I'm talking about the chain stitched ribbed collar with neck gussets at the front and back as well as a ribbed barrel cuff sewn onto the sleeve. The best feature of the top though is the unique set-in sleeve where the stitch runs down the arm creating not only a nice bit of detail but also provides for extra freedom and mobility.
A coverall is something I'd still love to have although the jacket isn't exactly the most readily available garment out there. It's definitely no parka. This flannel-lined version from Japanese brand Challenger would be a welcome addition to my closet. It's medium weight makes it a perfect spring jacket as well as being a perfect layering piece come next fall. Three simple and great colours (the clayish brown being my favourite) combine well with subdued details like the nice Challenger logo and pocketing. Aside from the nice simple aesthetic of the jacket, it's not made from a super stiff canvas as traditional coveralls are. Yet the triple track stitching used on the yoke and sleeves, the stress points of the jacket, and heavy duty buttons mean the functionality is still there.
I've started to hear some moans and groans about the amount of chambray showing up in this spring's collections, but I'm not going to complain. While it may be excessive at times, it is still a great fabric and it is still rare to find in a nice red color. Sunny Sports have produced their two staple work shirts again this spring and CHCM have received a really nice selection of white, blue, striped and red. The red definitely caught my eye and it comes in my favorite model from the Japanese brand.
Wings+Horns have been working on their chino pants for three seasons now and I can say that this spring's version is the best yet. They've addressed the main fit issues in the rise and inseam and have also stripped off a couple of bits of unnecessary detailing I wasn't a big fan of. You will now find the new Wings+Horns label in/on the back pocket, but it can be easily tucked inside. Apparently the chino is coming back according to other blogs I've been reading, so I guess this should be good timing. The fit is slim, but comfortable, the cotton twill is probably the most perfect I've seen in navy, khaki, black and olive and they are very well made – here in Canada. The only remaining detail is the buttons. They have added an extra one which helps, but I am still unsure how I feel about the sort of Native, crafty buttons on the fly. There is a lot more good than bad, and with the price coming down slightly, they are probably my top choice for a chino at the moment. — Available at Four Horsemen, Nomad, Haven & Roden Gray