Albam have just opened their second shop in London and continue to release great new items to come along with it. The Fair Isle cap is one of my favourite accessories they've done this fall. It's made from a soft lambswool in England, along with most of the collection. There are three colourways in the patterned hat, all of which seem to be nice options this fall – the burgundy is my favourite. At £45, it's not too tough to swallow and surely will turn into an everyday wear through the coming cold months.
One of our favourite knitwear brands hail from Herning, Denmark. While their history and products are a little less of a secret these days, the story and source of inspiration involved in the brand is deeper than you might think. While it is hard to explain some of the intricacies without Mr. Skyt showing you the details of the hang tags himself, we were able to dig a little deeper into the machines and manuals that the fall collection touch on. S.N.S. Herning continue to impress us with model reproductions that are over 70 years old as well as new styles showing for the first time this fall. The patterns and textures of the knitwear are very unique and really do deserve to be touched and worn. So until you put your next S.N.S. Herning knit on, you can read our feature in first online issue. – ISSUE 01 S.N.S. Herning
Another Japanese brand I've discovered recently is PHIGVEL. Their collections only seem to be available in Japan at this point, but it's worth taking a lot at their fall items and if you can find a proxy, this wonderful deck coat is available at Anoutcommun. The deck coat might be one of my favorite sea inspired pieces ever made. The simple, functional design and stripped down details are more than often perfect. Mister Freedom's past rendition may have been the ultimate, but the PHIGVEL fall deck coat is very well done. The classic round collar, metal buttons and round pockets look nice on the lightweight cotton outwear. Whether you're wearing denim, cords or chinos this jacket is guaranteed to look good and always work.
It seems like The Bureau's long term relationship with Engineered Garments is paying off this fall as they've been able to bring in the Workaday collection and now they seem to be the only English speaking stockist for the Intermediates offering. I've only seen Intermediates in Japanese shops, so I'm not quite sure of the distinctions and differences from the other labels, however I know what they have in common - they're all great looking products I want. These heavy twill cotton chino pants have a wider straight leg shape and come in the perfect tone for a khaki pant. These are essential for me, I have a pair of RRL pants that are almost the same and I love them. The the cut of the pockets to the simple buttons, they are just an overall good pant.
It's no secret that we come from a past of sneakers here at Inventory. While the whole 'mature', 'clean' and 'grown man' approach continues to spread through the market down to Nike SB – HUF's latest collaboration might be one of the tidiest Nike Blazers to release in recent history. The off-white and black canvas look great on the subtle black piping around the white mid sole. With no real branding beyond the heel tab and the very nicely altered heel-midsole logo, the shoe would be an easy purchase this fall. The metal eyelets are a nice finishing touch to upgrade a true classic - available in early November. Images via Hypebeast
The red buffalo check is one of the most telling signs of fall and there is not one reason not to embrace it's classic aesthetic. There are so many options from vintage Woolrich to Urban Outfitters flannel shirts that it wouldn't be surprising to find one in all of your friends closets this fall. That's fine, everyone can have it and everyone can wear it, but it will never be ruined for me. Especially if you can find yourself a unique version like this beautiful jacket by Anachronorm. Their ANB-178 buffalo plaid comes with thick leather arm patches, silver snap closures on buttons and over the zipper and enough pockets to loose count. This might be my favorite jacket in the classic pattern that I've come across and I hope I might be able to track it down in Japan next month.
With the launch of the new Inventory website and shop, we are extremely excited about our first couple collaborations. I was particularly excited about working with Duluth Pack. Based on the tip of Lake Superior in Minnesota, USA - Duluth make some of the best canvas products in the world. With a real focus on hand crafted items, it made sense for us to work a company with such a rich history and quality output. The Duluth for Inventory Items Utility bag is a slightly altered version of their 51 pack. We've gone with a navy canvas and brown straps, added in matching brass hardware, a third quick to use strap in the middle and our own co-branded leather patch. We also slimmed down the shape of the bag for a more narrow and city friendly silhouette - then finished it off by adding a zip pocket on the inside. Duluth's bags are made by hand and guaranteed for life, even signed by the person who made it, so you can rest assured you've investing in a classic piece for years to come. We've been championing the tote bag for a while, but now that we have the perfect pack, we're giving our arms a rest. – Available at the Inventory Stockroom, $185
We hope that people have gotten over the shock of such a sudden change and have hopefully gotten a little more accustomed to INVENTORY by now. If you hadn't noticed yet though, or haven't had a chance to poke around, one of the newest and most exciting aspects of the site for us is the addition of video. For the first installment we visited the Viberg Boot factory. We were intrigued by how this small company that's been making boots for British Columbia's mining and forestry industries for years, garnered the interest of contemporary clothing labels like Neighbourhood. It'd be easy for a small company like Viberg to take advantage of their own name and churn out collaborations while they can, but instead of trying to make a quick buck or two, the increased interest has shifted their focus to become even better quality shoe makers. We went to document Viberg's 218 step production process but quickly realized that there was something more to the family run company. It sounds corny, but there really is a sense of pride and accomplishment that goes into each pair of boots and you can feel it when in the factory. Watch for Part 2 in the near future.