Penfield has been quietly stepping up the look and design of their collection this fall. While they may be a little slower than some brands to take advantage of their heritage story and while they may take some obvious references from current designers in the last couple seasons, it's hard to deny that their fall collection looks good. They also offer some more friendly prices so they could be great for picking up good complimentary pieces for the winter. The Maine Knit has a nice pattern not unlike the refurbished LL Bean Norwegian crew neck, but I like the collar on this Penfield version a bit more. For $145 CAD this is a pretty nice looking wool sweater. Haven now has the fall collection in shop and as usual we can count on the Edmonton brothers for a good buy.
I never really know what sparks these outfits but today I'm sure it was the SNS Herning Gang Cardigan. It's the perfect layering piece with the right cut, the right buttons and this amazing color really grabbed my attention. Chambray had to be it's best pair in my mind, followed by the Junya x Baracuta G4. With the use of these different single color items, I decided it would be best to stick with the theme as I went with the burgundy Workaday cords and the olive Porter x Monocle tote. The JS Homestead socks are of course hot on my mind from yesterday and the perfect low cut oxford boots finish off the look. Although I only own a couple of these items, it is a pretty good example of the sort of thing I would wear all fall long. The oxfords and cardigan are high on my list of items right now, while I'm waiting for the slightly modified version of the Porter x Monocle tote with longer handles which I will be receiving in November.
Monitaly is a brand that North American buyers need to start picking up. It's the soft goods collection brand from Yuki Matsuda, the same designer as Yuketen. His American made goods stand up to high quality standards while bringing a very unique vision. This herringbone blazer is one of the more mellow items from the collection, as Yuki seems to like using Native American influences combined with a work wear aesthetic in previous seasons. The SS10 collection from Monitaly was definitely worth noting and I hope to see it picked up be some more shops. Garbstore should have some items coming in London, hopefully this piece is included. The variety of metal buttons is an interesting touch and work well with the high collar on the casual blazer.
SNS Herning's oldest knit pattern dates back to 1931 with this heavy weight turtle neck. I recall touching on the subject of the long neck knits last winter and now I can't help but return to the topic. While I don't personally know somebody who regularly wears a turtleneck, I have to note that most females I know (my mom and girlfriend) do like them on guys and the comments are usually positive. I've noticed Monocle's fashion director often includes them in their fall spreads and the result is almost always appealing. I think an important feature of a wearable turtle neck is having some sort of texture or knit pattern. A thick cable knit or something dating back to the past of Denmark like this would be ideal. I also think it shouldn't be too slim in the body and rather promote a cozy, casual look while still fitting under a sport coat. It's not an easy one to pull off, and really not an easy item to find in the market.
Ever since Simon's post on the Fair Isle socks I can't stop thinking about them. Unfortunately I am not aware of any convenient or easy alternative so I just keep teasing myself with Japanese foot covers. The J.S Homestead selection at Journal Standard is always impressive and these native inspired patterns are some of the most perfect pattern socks I've seen. Poking through some cords or chinos into a pair of boots or oxfords could easily be the icing on any fall outfit. I'm considering just biting the bullet and proxying socks unless somebody can show me a pair nearby that will get the job done.
The field pant by Woolen Mills is quite possibly the best cargo style pant on the market. With small, perfectly placed thigh pockets the pants take on a much slimmer silhouette than other options in the category. The snap button bullet shell-style pockets look really nice and really set the tone for the pants overall. I've been on the fence with plaid/flannel lined pants for the last couple seasons but with the other elements in this pant, I would definitely be able to jump off. Either olive, khaki or grey would be great choices in the French twill cotton. While I prefer the styling on Doo Bop, where these images are from, you can also find the pants at Context.
It's nice to see that Unis have added online retail to their website since they really don't push their wholesale very hard. Fortunately the brand is now available to those outside of New York. The outwear by Unis is probably their strong point with absolute cleanliness when it comes to design, fabrication and quality. Unis makes their pieces in New York and holds the quality to a high level. This Classic Military M-65 style might be the best version of the jacket on the market. As one I've often looked for, this season again brings an impressive effort from Eunice Lee and her New York based brand. Available at Unis, $495
The Rapha movement seems to be increasing cadence lately and for all good reasons. Their products are looking great, their photo essays are really beautiful and Rouleur magazine continues to impress. It still isn't easy to track down the quarterly printed magazine around here, but if you can it's definitely worth picking up. The design is sharp, the photography is top notch and issue 14 features some known great memories in bike riding. From collectors to documentary directors, Rouleur captures the essence of the culture in a really positive light. Besides being actually educational to someone like myself the magazine is inspiring and makes me want to get out of the office and hit the mountains I can see out of my window, right now.