The hunting vest is definitely not a rare item to be seen this fall. A handful of our favorite brands have put out great looking versions in cotton twill, herringbone, down cotton and brushed canvas. Vancouver's National Anthem brings one of my favorite renditions this fall under the hunting portion of the brand. National Anthem's fall collection seems to have the rounded pockets throughout the shirting and some outerwear pieces which is a nice touch. I am really looking forward to having a look at the collection sooner than later, maybe even at home in Vancouver. Until then we'll have to drool over the first fall delivery in Japan.
I can't get enough Navy lately. While this Buzz Rickson's Chief Petty Officer shirt hails from the standard garb of a naval officer, I was talking the colour though. Deep navy blue is definitely the fall colour of choice around here and this shirt is no exception. Made from reduced worsted wool, the soft wool is nice and comfortable as well as being good and sturdy for warmth. A great combo for the winter. The singular flap pocket has a nice scalloped shape to it and offers solid front details and the tonal stitching and black naval buttons top things off nicely. Being Buzz Rickson's, it's as authentic to the original as possible but the fit has been modified slightly for the better. Chain stitch construction throughout means the quality is second to none (and the run-off stitching adds a little more character) but that's to be expected coming from Toyo Enterprises. available at Blue in Green
The Post Overalls collection has been leaking into shops until recently. It hit quick and hard in the USA, Japan and Europe. Most notably Superdenim's recently delivery is full of beautiful pieces, in fact too many to choose from so I decided to put a look together. It's definitely not an attention grabbing ensemble as the pieces are all quite muted and I like it that way. Khaki, navy and grey all go very well together so there is no real need to fight it. The cinch back chinos, C-post chambray and twill vest are my favorites and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up with one or two of them by the end of the season. They are perfectly balanced items and Takeshi Ohfuchi has put forth one of my favorite collections yet. I decided to add a bit of color by way of the Inverallan for Inventory Items cap, J. Press socks and the Alden for Context Roy boot.
I'll admit it, I fell victim so some fanboy-esque admiration yesterday. I was flipping through an old issue of i-D and saw a spread of Tet looking cool as hell as per usual. The guy just oozes with style in my opinion and his definitive taste shines through with W-Taps. These BC work trousers are a good example. Three pieces of exterior branding on a pair of pants probably shouldn't work but it does. Everything is placed where it should be. Aside from the great details like small side cinch, and slit pockets with tab buttons, the colour and cut are just what I've been looking for this fall (albeit these are from spring). Navy chinos are near impossible to find and I love the slightly baggier shape of these with their tapered legs and front pleat. They've got that '50s look to them, one which I'd happily embrace with some more contemporary pieces. available at The-Glade
The Vans brand has had quite the history. It's always been something that I've had around and I know many of you have had a pair or two yourself. The days of Vans being made in the USA and sold out of the same building they were made in are long gone, but this video featuring Steve Van Doren sheds light and showcases some great footage on the old days at Vans. They show the process and construction of the pure crepe rubber as well as some of the four track stitching on the old Authentics. I've personally had a bit of a resurgence in Vans in my everyday wardrobe which has sparked my search for a few made in USA pairs. The shoes are so classic and the way they captured a culture and movement is pretty special. The video is definitely worth a watch and if you're like me, it will make you jump on eBay and look for some vintage Authentics. Link Vans | Van Doren
Sandinista is another mystery brand for some of us. While a lot of the collection is designed in Vancouver by Vince Cook, the brand is only available in Japan as far as I can tell these days. With a very nicely shot fall look book, some stateside retailers might want to take note. The Japanese inspired collection is full of great looking wool coats, cleanly designed pants and some great accessories including scarves and a very nice boot in a couple colours. The styling for the shoot is fairly solid but I really love the texture and photography - it can really pull the idea of a collection through much nicer than product or studio shots.
The pull over anorak jacket isn't always easy to come by. I've been particularly wanting one in red or yellow lately and Mountain Research may have answered the call. Their beautiful outerwear range is quite extensive but it's this simple piece that caught my eye. I think the red is a really nice colour and I am a fan of the elastic wrist bands. The tonal arm colour is also a nice touch and gives the jacket just enough to make it feel unique. I would ideally wear it under a casual sport coat or maybe a duffle coat. It's definitely a good piece for layering in the foul weather of the fall but can easily be a top outerwear choice come spring.
Often times there’s a specific item missing from your wardrobe and you just don’t feel right until it’s yours. At Inventory, we find there are certain classic, well made products that we feel we need but they just don’t exist. By working with carefully selected designers and manufacturers, we are able to make our perfect items. With a focus on time honoured traditions, impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail, we set out to compile a limited run of Inventory Items. We have done five collaborations this fall resulting in Items 001-006. It's been a learning process with each piece the end result has come to fruition just as we pictured it. The items will release through the fall at different times but there are already a couple available in the Inventory Stockroom. We'll be featuring individual items both in print and online to showcase the people and stories behind the products.