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Tuesday
Dec072010

Free & Easy in London

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—01. EP.
—02. Coombs Ring Boots.

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January's Free & Easy has just been released and the theme of the latest edition is boots. It's a great issue, and a special one for myself and James as we were both asked to contribute. I was interviewed and James produced a series of portraits. You'll have to pick up a copy to see the former, but here's a selection of James' photographs. Thanks again to everyone who agreed to take part, and to Free & Easy for asking us to be involved.

Available at Inventory Stockroom

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Monday
Dec062010

In Stock: Inverallan for Inventory Items Knit Caps

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—01. Pure wool, hand knitted in Scotland.

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Unfortunately this year saw Inverallan scale back their business to existing retailers, mainly in Japan. However, we are excited to continue our relationship with the experienced hand knitters. Currently in the depths of the Scottish winter, our cardigans are trapped by snow. Luckily this season's cable knit caps made it out before the change in weather. They're available in five colours - red, loden, oatmeal, grey and blue - and are a great way to keep warm, look sharp and add some nice colour and texture to an outfit.

Available at the Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market

Monday
Dec062010

Red Wing Postman Chukka

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—01. Made in USA.

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When Red Wing first reissued their Postman oxford shoe, I wasn't particularly a fan of the new, old model. Something about the shape of it didn't feel quite right. The chukka, however, looks much nicer. I like the silhouette, and it offers a slightly rugged, yet formal looking option. I also like the appeal of its origin and how they seem to wear over time.

—Available at Museum Ark and Present

Saturday
Dec042010

South 2 West 8 Winter Sweater

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—01. Navy.
—02. Snowflake detail.
—03. Bottom hem.

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With the holidays around the corner, decorated sweaters are about to hit their prime season. Thick winter sweaters adorned with skiers, trees and snowflakes will be out in full force, but there aren't a lot of them I'd like to wear myself. This piece from South 2 West 8 has a nice look and feel to it though; and while it is probably best suited to the middle of winter, the colors and styling feel classic enough to be a little more versatile.

Nepenthes

Friday
Dec032010

Present FW10 Collection

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—01. 3 Button Jacket and Elbow Patch Sweater.

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As Ryan noted on Monday, Present have recently launched a wider range of products under their own name. They've been making small runs of items since opening, but the current offering is their first full collection. Well-rounded, compact, and sitting neatly alongside the other brands they carry, it's an impressive and reasonably priced addition to the shop's ever expanding selection. Highlights include quilted outerwear and accessories made in England, shirting, jackets and chinos in a variety of Japanese fabrics, and some great Scottish knitwear. The collection also features a range of footwear made with Tricker's, and socks by Corgi. These images are taken from a lookbook produced for a new section of the Present website and provide a hint of what's on offer. For a more detailed look at the collection as a whole, follow the link below.

Present FW10 Collection

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Thursday
Dec022010

In Stock: British Folk Part One

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—01. British Folk Part One by James Pearson-Howes.

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James Pearson-Howes has been shooting features and editorials for Inventory magazine since the first issue. His photographs are always full of character, beautifully composed and consistently highlight an ability to put his subjects at ease. The latter is even more evident when you visit his website and look through his personal projects and work for other clients; James can shoot anyone and anything. Diversity and portraiture are a common thread and it's these priorities that underpin his first book. British Folk documents a series of unconventional British folk traditions. These events were originally about exorcising a towns' demons or ensuring a better crop, but today they're all about being part of a community.

Litho printed and perfect bound with a buckram cloth spine, this edition of 250 is the first in a trilogy of planned releases. Designed by Ben Freeman, it focuses on three regions - Dorset, Devon and Peterborough - and specifically Hunters Moon Morris, Tar Barrels, the Straw Bear and the Red Leicester Morris Men. The subsequent two editions are scheduled for release next year and will feature, among other things, the Obby Oss, Lewes Bonfire Night and the Pearly King and Queen.

—Available at Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market

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Wednesday
Dec012010

O-Check Design Graphics

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Back when we were opening our store, we went on a hunt for a nice looking stapler for our check out desk. We really didn't find what we were after, but we ended up with a great industrial version, which ended up working perfectly. For home and in the office however, it was a little overboard. My search came to an end this week when I found one by O-Check Design Graphics at Old Faithful. The Korean company makes a great selection of staplers, hole-punchers, pencils, rulers and other useful office tools. With a clean design and affordable price, they are pretty ideal for just about anybody who likes their functional items to also look good.

O-Check Design Graphics

Tuesday
Nov302010

Last Few Months

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—01. I Want That, shot at Old Faithful.

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Another few months gone by, another couple of rolls back. I think I like looking at some of these past shots as they don't feel nearly as stressful and strenuous as the last couple of months have been. Most of the shots are from around the shop, my home and Vancouver. One thing I do miss from this time was the weather, especially now that it seems to be regularly freezing outside.

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