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Saturday
Apr242010

Waste(twice) Spring Items

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—01. 60/40 Mountain Parka.
—02. New Era baseball cap.
—03. French boat shirt.

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Japanese brand Waste(twice) look to have another strong collection on their hands. While the brand isn’t one easily accessible for most of us, they continue to grow and thrive in Japan. These are a handful of the spring items that I particularly like.

Anout Commune

Friday
Apr232010

Mark McNairy Snuff Suede Bucks

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—01. Great suede color.
—02. Side view.
—03. Perfect sole for the spring.

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The Mark McNairy footwear collection has been picked up by a number of great shops around the world, and why wouldn't it be? The styles are classic, there is enough variation so that each shop can have something unique, and they are made by one of the oldest shoe making companies out there. The clean suedes with soft leather lining and a simple red brick sole will be tough to beat for a spring shoe. They are light weight and look great with rolled denim or chinos with no socks. The snuff suede color is a great option for a darker version of the bucks which would sit nicely on a shelf next to navy and white.

Tres Bien Shop

Wednesday
Apr212010

45rpm Summer Look Book

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—01. Great tones in the jacket.
—02. Definitely feels like summer is near.

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45rpm have updated their website with their summer look book. It’s filled with some beautiful photography and very happy looking people, as usual. It seems to be set in Hawaii, or a tropic location of some sort. The soft tones, simple trousers, shirts and light weight jackets look amazing. Even if you’re not going to buy anything from the brand, it’s worth browsing through just for the shots and potential inspiration for other items you might want to pick up.

45rpm

Tuesday
Apr202010

Sunny Sports Border Eazy Shorts

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—01. Nice base color allows for a subtle pattern.
—02. CHCM is the only store in NA with Sunny Sports, but no shorts.
—03. The shorts have a nice length, very versatile.

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While the only Sunny Sports items that have made it to North America seem to be of the chambray shirt kind, the brand produces a nice selection of knits and some great shorts for the summer. The use of a slightly off-key pattern on shorts can be just right to liven up a simple summer outfit. These shorts by Sunny Sports would definitely do the job.

Eggplant

Monday
Apr192010

In Stock: Quoddy Spring Shoes

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—01. Editor's pick: Ring Boots.

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The wait has been a little bit longer than we hoped but nonetheless just in time for spring and impending summer. Quoddy’s models don’t change much over time, however we like to change around some of the leather and sole combinations to suit our tastes and this spring order is no different. We’ve made up the classic Blucher in the black chromoexel leather, nicely accented by a gum camp sole. The Canoe Mocs come in my personal favorite peanut grizzly leather and probably are the perfect summer shoe for just about anybody. Finally, a little more adventurous, the Ring Boots come in the peanut grizzly leather as well, which allows the shoe to feel much more soft and pliable than the chrompak leather usually used. Each of the models are hand-sewn in Quoddy’s east coast factory and are now available in the Inventory Stockroom – Ring Boots coming soon.

Inventory Stockroom

Monday
Apr192010

MHL Slim Work Shirt

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—01. Straw coloured chambray.

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It’s called a work shirt but it doesn’t look like what you’d expect from its name. Rather it’s just a great classic silhouette from MHL suitable for any use. While the relaxed, natural fit makes for a simple shirt look great thanks to it’s effortlessness, the material is again the the best part for me. The slightly unusual straw coloured chambray is a great spring hue. It’s a perfect example of how natural tones can lighten up a look when the sun’s out without having to wear bright colours. I can see it looking good layered tonally with other khakis/beiges or contrasted against navy.

End Clothing

Saturday
Apr172010

Engineered Garments Intermediates Pull Over Shirt

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—01. Pop over from the Intermediates collection.

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One of the few pieces to have surfaced from Engineered Garments’s Intermediates collection is this great looking pull over work shirt. It has similar pockets to the EG “Classic Shirt” but with only three buttons down the placket, a mellow scalloping on the side and a nice mix of color – its a pretty diverse piece of cotton. The collar appears to be a good size while the white buttons definitely prove to be the best choice.

Nepenthes

Saturday
Apr172010

Laco Beobachter Uhr

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—01. Close up.
—02. Leather strap.

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I’m in need of a wristwatch. Fishing my phone out of my pocket to check the time is definitely getting tiresome, not to mention a bit a dangerous while riding my bike. When it comes to watches, for me it’s all about simplicity and readability so In the past I’ve worn the usual cheap classics like Casio and Swatch. But they’ve always felt disposable stop-gaps. I’d rather invest in something that’ll be with me for a long time and feel like it too. Obviously a more renowned watch like Bell & Ross or Rolex would be nice but Laco is a more realistic price range. The Beobachter Uhr or Observer Watch is basically ideal to me, a nice simple face devoid of branding with a leather strap. I prefer the smaller size of the Series 0 versions and for me the brown strap with olive face is a bit more interesting than a more standard black/black. It’s a great looking watch with an interesting history and something that could quite easily be in a family forever.

History Preservation Society

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