This is another piece that could easily fall into the weekend wears category, or perhaps I should start a new one called "made in the city where I live, but only available in Japan". This would of course fit that description as Granted is based on the lower mainland, just south of Vancouver. The Canadian-Japanese owned company have been around for decades now and have recently been pushing a more revitalized product with some beautiful wools and interesting designs. Warehouse have tracked them down and had a couple special make-ups done this fall. The colours in this "Cowichan" sweater are a little unexpected but after a couple looks I've definitely grown to like it. If you're after a Granted knit and maybe something more classic looking - Four Horsemen are getting ready to release a great looking black cable knit shawl cardigan any day now.
The Stormy Kromer hats have been blogged, been loved and been around for 100 years - but we've actually never really touched on them much at Inventory, and there is no good reason. I felt like the mid-December cold was enough to bring about an over-due blog post however. I think they look great, they obviously keep you nice and warm and I still can't believe how cheap they are. Running between $35-$40 depending on the state or country you're in - they have to be one of the best bargains in hat history. I prefer the plain red colour the best, but the plaid is a classic touch. These are a great gift idea this time of year as well - that includes for me too if it's in red. If you miss it this fall however, there are some nice spring versions coming soon. —
I just wanted to take the time to let everyone know where the first issue of INVENTORY is available. We've been getting a lot of emails and a number of folks looking for last minute holiday gifts - so I thought it might be handy where you can pick up your copy - for yourself and for your friends. Handling distribution ourselves has been a struggle at times, but we're very excited about all of our retailers around the world and can't thank everyone enough for the support. Hit the "Read More" link to see an up-to-date list of our global INVENTORY stockists. — INVENTORY Stockists —Volume 01 Number 01 Fall–Winter 2009 North America J.Crew Men’s Shops - NYC Craft - LA Four Horsemen - Victoria Mister Freedom - LA Self Edge - NY & SF Monocle - LA Winn Perry - Portland Farinelli’s - Washington Nomad - Toronto Hecklewood - Portland Songkla - Calgary Mr. Lee’s - Vancouver Roden Gray - Vancouver Leather Soul Hawaii - Honolulu Smith+Butler - Brooklyn United Kingdom Albam - London Garbstore - London Monocle - London The Bureau - Belfast Oliver Spencer - London Fernandez & Wells - London Present - London Liberty - London Superdenim - Online (York) END Clothing - Newcastle Oi Polloi - Manchester Indigo & Cloth Asia BEAMS - Japan Surrender - Singapore Kapok - Hong Kong Know it Nothing - Singapore Europe Tres Bien Shop - Malmo Secret Society - Oslo Papercut - Stockholm Colette - Paris Hunting & Collecting - Brussels Tenue de Nimes - Amsterdam AnotherCompany - Utrecht Do you read me?! – Berlin Bellerose 290 Square Meters Oceania Incu - Melbourne & Sydney Apartment - Brisbane
A grey cardigan isn't anything new, there's plenty of different options out there and especially at this time of the year. But an interesting one like this is one of those pieces that's never to be found when you're actually looking for one. We probably say it too much, but it's all in the details. The darker melange grey lambswool is a pretty basic colour, but the perfectly sized orange leather buttons make it something more. A tab collar isn't something that you see on a sweater very often and while it looks a bit off buttoned up here, once you've got it on and have it undone the brown leather combined with the shawl collar it wouldn't look out of place at all. The slightly tapered ribbed cuffs and waist mean the sweater is going to keep its shape nicely. What really makes it for me though is the unstitched pockets that have a nice casual roll to them, that and the size and placement of them is ideal.
I've been paying more and more attention to New Balance lately as it's been interesting to see some of the collaborations and models from both the UK and the USA. This pair however isn't made in the USA, the UK nor is an exciting collaboration - it's just ta classic 420 in a great colour combination. I really love the olive green with grey and the touch of the subdued red on the tongue and heel. I think if these were to get a gum sole transplanted onto them I would make a point of hunting them down from one of the WP Lavori shops in Italy - where this pair is currently available. I think this color use is very sharp and I would love to implement it onto a 1500 or a version of the 998 coming this spring.
I was recently reminded that this time of year in many parts of North America, exposed skin isn't even an option when you're outside and a good pair of gloves goes a long way. Glove are probably the most overlooked accessory yet the right pair can add just as much character or complete a look as well as any scarf or cap. These Mario Portolano are a great example of that. For me the style of the glove is a nice blend of luxury and work. The stitching on the top of the hand and through the fingers give it aspects of a work glove, but cashmere lined, camel coloured Nappa leather isn't exactly what you'd chop wood in. The gloves are completed with a nice button cuff detail. Hand made in Italy, these are gloves you'll have for many years to come and will look good for all them, and for a very reasonable price. get them at Blackbird.
Horween's blog is definitely worth a regular check as they give a nice amount of insight into projects they are working on with some of our favorite brands. This time they let us in on the leather treatment Yuketen have used on this fall's Maine Guide boots: "One of my favorite leathers, that sees relatively little production, is an article that we call Huntsman – or Waxed Flesh or French Waxed Calf. I would define it as high performance suede, but it’s not suede at all. This leather is made almost exactly the same way as our Chromexcel, instead we finish it on the flesh (or suede side). This colors, waxes, seals, and lays the nap of the flesh flat." — "This creates a textured look that’s great for casual applications, and striking in more formal uses. The Yuketen Maine Guide Boots shown in this post are an example of an unlined shoe, which is a particularly good use of this leather. I mean, the inside of the boot is usually the surface used for the outside. In the past we made Chromexcel for use in military boots that the Marines wore. The soldiers would then themselves heavily wax the outside of the shoes which would darken them and make them more water resistant – we point here for the inspiration for this tannage." —Horween
Sure, we did visit Mr. Suzuki at the New York Nepenthes offices, but this time Stan Parish of GQ made the trip. The report offers some insight into Daiki's day and his long hours in the studio. Designing your own collection as extensive as Engineered Garments is harder than any job I can imagine, but Mr. Suzuki does two which is well beyond normal. He speaks on his recently found passion for surfing and it's effect and inspiration on Woolrich Woolen Mills SS10 collection specifically. It's one of my favorite collections from the upcoming season and unsurprisingly Daiki Suzuki is one of my favorite designers. It's always interesting to get another peek into the office and to hear about the little things that shape and form the products we love in the end. — A Day with Daiki — How he starts his day: I get a cup of coffee on the corner, first thing in the morning. I check emails at my desk, maybe do some paperwork. And when I’m ready, I just come here. This round table is where all the planning and designing happens. Where he got it: I got the table off the street about 10 years ago in Tribeca. I was drunk, and I was walking after midnight, and I saw this table. It was so heavy, we needed three people, so I got two friends of mine, and the three of us loaded it up. Ever since, it’s been the planning table. What he does there: I draw most of the time. Before the process I have so many ideas, but the hard part is how you pick things, and put them together to make them look like what you want. In the beginning it’s really busy inside the brain, but you’re not actually moving anything; it’s working, but it doesn’t really look like working. Working tunes: Today it’s classical, but sometimes it’s ’70s American rock. I love music from England; I was really into New Wave. I still go see Echo and the Bunnymen. Those guys are still doing great. How he gets is all done: I come here very early in the morning, when no one is around. There’s a good two hours with maybe one other person here. After 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., everybody leaves, so I get two or three hours that I can be here alone. I actually come here every weekend, too. I go surfing in the morning and then I come back in the city around 12 or 1 o’clock. I shower, get dressed, and come up here. I stay all night—sometimes I fall asleep here, if I’ve used too much energy in the water. Where he surfs: Long Beach, NY. Me and my friends get together at 5:00 in the morning, get out there at 6:30, watch the sun come up, and jump in the water. Why he surfs: It’s becoming a bigger and bigger thing for me. When you work like this, you need a break. Just to go out there, and be in the ocean, is really great for me. I can’t live without it now. I work so hard on the weekdays, but I’m always thinking about the weekend, and how the waves are going to be. I never surfed until last summer, but I love the culture, the fashion. I grew up in Japan in the 1970s and at that time we got so much inspiration from the states. Everything was new to us. One of the first things that came from the states was a west coast lifestyle like skateboard and surfing—the pocket tee shirts, the Ocean Pacific corduroy shorts, and windbreakers. All those kind of things. What I did for Woolrich for next spring was based on what I remember from my teenage years.