Visvim have introduced a handful of new models again this fall - arguably their best season to date - and this F.I.L. exclusive is probably my favorite. A beautifully updated version of the veggie mocs now come with the crepe sole and heel counter that are now showing up on most of the new folk models. The small touches and design features like the heel piece really set Visvim’s footwear apart from the rest of the field. The subtle tech looking feature, combined with a great choice of naturally tanned leather and the perfect cut for a chukka boot, puts them at the top of the list of things I want. It’s unfortunate another one of their best shoes is so exclusive, but I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. It's released today if you’re near a F.I.L. location.
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I don't know why I keep a secret affinity for Original Fake buried within myself. Something about the brand seems cool to me, while I have never purchased a piece in my life. Maybe it's pieces like this that come out really nice. This shawl bomber looks great. It's just a really wearable, easy jacket, with nice leather details, good buttons and a simple white stripe around the bottom. There seem to be a lot of varisty style bombers and shawl necks available on the market, but there aren't too many better than this. It would look great, be easy to wear regularly, and be subtly different from the rest of the pack. Those are all pretty good characteristics in my book. I'd have to say, I straight up want this. Available at Haven
I've been waiting for this piece to drop all spring. Wings+Horns have one of my favorite collections this spring, and for next winter. I've been wearing my chinos non-stop and plan to continue doing so. This trench coat from Wings+Horns looks like the perfect spring coat too. The khaki color, especially, is really appealing, the light tone just feels like spring, while the slim cut and great details will keep it feeling fresh for seasons to come. I really like the classic details of the hidden buttons and adjustable wrist straps. The Japanese materials are always a nice touch, and again it's good to see a brand that's manufactured and designed here in Vancouver putting out such a high quality garment. Available at Nomad and Roden Gray.
St. James makes some of the most classic looking nautical sweaters around. With spring and summer approaching, it will be time to hit the high seas again soon so you have to make sure you're prepared. You've probably got yourself some boat shoes by now, but you also need to stay warm when the wind kicks up and you have to act fast on the jib-sheet. This red sweater is a slight departure from the navy/white stripes we're used to from St. James, but it might be useful if you go overboard. I personally quite like the strong color and I think it would look nice with some khaki shorts and some white footwear. Now available at Smith+Butler.
Oi Polloi have slowly been filtering their own products to their online store, alongside a strong list of great brands. They are back with another moccasin shoe. The Lo Cut Mocc with a crepe tan sole looks really nice for the summer months ahead. I think the profile of the sole looks really great slimmed down to the size of a boat shoe sole. The treatment on the leather also is perfect. My vintage Top-Siders are almost the same color exactly and it's perfect. They go with everything, have some nice character and welcome the daily scuffs and marks that make them your own. *Upon second look, they appear to be sold out and I'm not sure if these are a new version of what they released in the fall althought they are in the latest stock section of the site. If not, they should restock. Also, please let us see a larger picture of products on the website. Thanks.
Today starts a big week for Stussy in North America as the S/S '09 Deluxe line hits stores today and the latest Chapter store is set to open in Calgary this time next week. The spring offering from deluxe is another strong collection of fairly basic essential garments. As usual, some good looking t-shirts, denim and accessories to go along with what I think is always the best part of the line, the jackets. I'm really liking the M65, coach and denim jackets this time around and I'm sure the construction, materials and fit are as high quality as usual. The opening of the Calgary Chapter store on March 14th is exciting for the face of retail north of the 49th parallel as it makes it the 3rd Chapter store to open in Canada in just over a year. Perhaps other companies will start to take notice. See more of the line below.
Museum Ark seem to have enough clout in the outskirts of Tokyo to keep a solid number of collaborations coming through their store. One of my favorites recently are these deck shoes by Verginia for Ark. The beautiful deep navy blue looks great on the all white mid sole. The buttery looking leather lining is calling my foot's name. I've really been loving the feeling of nice leather on my feet in a good pair of shoes, so I'm looking forward to the warmer weather coming and loosing the socks again. The obvious defining detail has to be the pull string lace-up function going on. I think I would normally be against this kind of addition, but on a boat/deck shoe I kind of like it. It almost makes sense in terms of being functional and it's been kept subtle enough to not take away from the other nice details in the shoe. I'd definitely be into wearing these this spring.