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Thursday
Jul222010

South 2 West 8 Fall 2010

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—01. A snow-swept setting
—02. Inspired by the outdoors

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Classic outdoor detailed modern fashion wear. That's the concept of Nepenthes' other brand South2 West8 is and their lookbooks always underline it. For me it's more of a Fall brand so this collection is a little more exciting than their last. In some nice brown and natural tones mixed in with darker greys and blacks, the collection makes good use of wool. Many of the looks have a good texture about them without overbearing details. I'm really liking their camouflage pattern as well as the band collared shirt.

South2 West8

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Wednesday
Jul212010

LOOK | Outdoor Summer Nights

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—01. Enjoying the outdoors
—02. Nice palette with comfort & utility

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Sunny summer days bring out the nature lovers in all of us and this photo I saw on my internet travels today reminded me of a long summer day spent hiking and camping. It provided the inspiration for this above look. The shorts and shirt (from Polo and Chimala respectively) are cool and light enough in the heat but are still durable and the boots provide sturdy footwear for exploring the outdoors. The hat keeps the rays off the face, and a pocket square is handy for wiping the sweat from your brow. When the sun sets and you're gathered round the campfire, you can't beat a good flannel.

&mdashMountain Research Flannel
&mdashChimala Workshirt
&mdashPolo Masai Shorts
&mdashK.C. Monarchs Cap
&mdashRed Wing Chukka
&mdashThe Hill-Side Pocket Square

Wednesday
Jul212010

Buying: Spring-Summer '11

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—01. Daiki Suzuki, Pitti Uomo.

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While we are patiently awaiting our first fall-winter deliveries, Simon and I are in New York finishing up our buying for next spring. Our brand list is small and we plan to keep the selection of items we buy well edited and curated in a way that compliments our brand as well as our own personal tastes. Daiki Suzuki is one of the people who makes this quite difficult as the collection is so large and it's one we're particularly fond of. We were fortunate enough to see the Engineered Garments SS11 offering in Florence last month and again in New York yesterday. We've made our final edit, and as fall approaches, we're already excited for next spring.

&mdashArriving soon in the Stockroom

Tuesday
Jul202010

Band of Outsiders Fall Shirting

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—01. Faded black and red stripes
—02. Blue woven end on end fabric

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Band of Outsiders' Fall goods have started arriving in shops and as to be expected, the shirting looks good. The backbone of the brand has always been their simple, well fitting shirts in nice colours, interesting patterns and top quality materials. South Willard in LA has just received some of these shirts and there are a handful of perfectly faded stripes and muted colours that may well be meant for the Fall but feel just right for right now.

&mdashSouth Willard

Sunday
Jul182010

Diemme

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—01. Brown suede with red laces.

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There are a couple companies that make classic looking hiking boots but often they aren't that easy to get or they are really heavy - because they are made for hiking or climbing. Diemme has managed to slim down the classic silhouette, add the lightweight Vibram sole and offer a nice looking boot that is ideal for wearing in the city and on the trails if need be - maybe stick to the path however. They are just starting to release in North America this fall at select shops. They will also be showing the collection in New York this week.

&mdashNow available at Tres Bien

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Saturday
Jul172010

Stockist: Albam

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—01. Shopping bags behind the counter at the Spitalfields shop.

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Albam has been one of the biggest supporters and sellers of our magazine and it's been great to work with the company over the last year. While they've helped spread our product, they have grown at a tremendous rate themselves over the last 12 months. Since I met James and the crew last summer, they've added two more shops and a number of new products. On my recent visit to London I was able to see the Spitalfields shop and quite liked the new space. I would have to say it's my favorite Albam shop of the three locations and it was nice to see the increasingly nice selection of print alongside the increasingly good offering of soft goods.

&mdashAlbam

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Friday
Jul162010

Mister Freedom x Sugar Cane Fall 2010

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—01. MF "CALIFORNIAN" Lot 54 Patches
—02. Mariniere Jersey layered with CPO shirts
—03. MFSC Fall '10

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Mister Freedom's upcoming collection with Tokyo's Sugar Cane sees the merger of the two concepts of the past. MFSC Fall '10 is a mix of the “Naval Clothing Tailor” and “Speed Safe Clothing” collections. With a few returning classics like the N1-H Deck jacket and Rider's Dungarees, the range also adds a few new styles. As usual, the most impressive aspect of the garments is the materials. Beautiful 10oz midnight indigo twill on the CPO, nice french terry henleys and 12oz deadstock selvedge denim on 5-pocket jeans. The collection might seem quite diverse stylistically but each individual piece is loaded with great detail and can be worn with any other for any number of great looks. Look for deliveries come September.

&mdashMister Freedom

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Friday
Jul162010

Warehouse x Heller's Cafe for J.Crew

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—01. Lightweight denim.
—02. Part of Heller's Cafe x Warehouse collection.
—03. Limited to 18 pieces.

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Heller's Cafe has had a large impact on North American brands as one of the leading vintage showrooms in the US. Designers, directors and creatives have been making the trip out to Seattle for years to visit the acclaimed showroom and to get inspired by what Larry has found. More recently, Heller's Cafe have been collaborating with Japan's Warehouse on a number of items to build up what is one of the more interesting vintage inspired collections available. This summer the two brands produced these 'Side Buckle Work Pants' in a special wash for J.Crew. The pants are limited to 18 pairs and will be available at J.Crew in New York as of today.

Available at New York J.Crew men's shops

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