Long time collaborators Baracuta and Beams Plus have teamed up again this spring to release a pair of G9 models specially made for the Japanese brand. Both jackets come in a lighter weight cotton and are definitely ideal spring versions of the classic jacket. The black watch plaid definitely caught my eye at first, but the other jacket, which seems to be a sort of linen, also looks like it might be very good, and little bit more unique. Working with Baracuta allows you just enough freedom to put your stamp on their iconic outwear, but I like to think it's a product that would be hard to mess up.
We received our spring order from SNS Herning pretty early in the season so we decided to keep a couple styles 'on ice' for when the weather seemed to be just perfect and the timing was nice. The latest item to hit the floor is the TAG crewneck sweater. It comes in both the olde blue and a really nice cream. The merino wool is really soft and does a great job on it's own or over a shirt to keep you at the right temperature. They fit pretty slim through the body and arms but have plenty of length for a nice trim look. — Available at the Inventory Stockroom, $240
One thing I've seen a number of brands try to do, but not many as well as Engineered Garments, is make use of their fabric ends from shirting. With a simple range of ties, pocket squares and scarves, EG always make great use of their beautiful fabrics by offering simple accessories for a good price. The spring scarf is something worth picking up and Context now have a nice little selection in some great light weight cottons.
The Beams collections have begun to release online with a handful of strong collaborations and pieces specifically from the Beams Plus collection. This seasons print catalog looks great again - from the styling to the photography every angle is covered and I'm happy to give you a glimpse into some of my favorite spreads. These looks include a mixture of Beams Plus pieces and other items from their shops. I really love the style, the colour palette and feel of the photos. We'll be showing you the Beams Plus collection and a couple collaborations later in the week as well. —
One of my favorite knit pieces by Engineered Garments is definitely the shawl cardigan. It's not your normal cardigan with the straight bottom, high buttons and shapeless cut. However I think it's shape lends itself really nicely to the art of layering as a BD shirt is able to poke out the bottom and show some cuff with ease. The shape of it also fits like a glove within the outer shell of a Bird Shooter jacket. That said, I unfortunately missed my chances to pick up the sweater last fall even though it was made a a variety of great greys. This spring The Bureau have managed to score an exclusive colour in the knit cardigan, which just so happens to be the best version of it. The rich blue fleece looks perfect and would be an easy partner to any jacket and shirt combination. I'm not sure how many they have, but I would expect them to go fairly quickly – priced at £135.
Monocle and J.Crew might seem like an unlikely pair to team up but over the last 6 months the market leaders have been cooking up some interesting projects. I know I've noticed the increased advertising presence in Monocle's last couple of issues as J.Crew have been ramping up their menswear and the latest catalog. Now online, you can view the "Men of Monocle" piece that J.Crew have put together. They have photographed the guys behind the magazine in London, styled tastefully in J.Crew's spring collection and their recent collaborations. The catalog/magazine is the first real collaboration that's now in the public eye between Monocle and J.Crew but I wouldn't be surprised to see another form of collaboration in the future, maybe a shirt, or something like that. We don't often get to see the Monocle staff in front of the lens so it's nice to put faces to pens for once. The styling itself is very comfortable and what you might expect from both brands. —
There's a lot of very traditional looking parkas around at the moment; that's not a bad thing, but it's always nice to see something a little different. This season Junya's done both. He's collaborated with Mackintosh on a very clean and classic parka for the mainline, but he's also produced this version with The North Face as part of the eYe collection. This line brings up some interesting partnerships (Champion, Baracuta, Carhartt etc) but the pieces always have a good sense of balance - feeling fresh, but never compromising the collaborator's identity. In this instance, the bright blue shell, beige interior, cognac leather toggles and use of Windstopper feel very much in keeping North Face's heritage. The pocketing, however, is reminiscent of a parka Junya did with Porter a few years ago and it offers that unusual accent you always expect from Comme des Garcons. I’m hoping these appear at Dover Street Market in the coming weeks, and if the pictures are anything to go by, I won’t be disappointed. —
Post Overalls have begun to gain a nice following and a larger stocklist in the last two seasons, at least outside of Japan where the brand is somewhat "new". Present in London seems to be one of the first shops to receive items from the spring collection although it's a small delivery. The Cruzer jacket is always one of my favorite pieces from Post and this spring the Sweetbar Cruzer is probably the best of the batch. The lightweight, fine cotton has a fine tattersal pattern with nice bar tac details and perfectly balanced white buttons. —