If you could only ever have one parka in your closet for the rest of your life, it should probably be this one. Nigel Cabourn takes no prisoners when it comes to fine materials and clean design and this parka is sort of the epitome of what he produces. This masterpiece is made from two of the UK's better known fabric specialists, Mackintosh and Harris Tweed. Both produced in Scotland, Mr. Cabourn was able to keep manufacturing close at home while most of his market remains in Asia. The woolen body of the jacket is sure to keep you warm while looking really great, and nicely complimented by the tonal grey top. There aren't a lot of good grey parkas on the market, and although this comes in navy as well, the grey is really the most impressive. The price tag is of course high, but it's a piece you'll only have to buy once. It would go with everything, be nicer than other options and buying a vintage version just wouldn't be the same. Nigel Cabourn really does improve on the classics with an updated manufacturing process, higher quality materials and a very tidy aesthetic, it's really an impressive piece. Available at Supderdenim
SNS Herning is definitely one of my favourite knit sweater companies in the world and I'm excited to see they now have an online shop up and running. This fall's collection isn't fully represented, but I could easily find about five pieces I would love to have right now. Fortunately I was able to get in a couple personal orders and am anxiously awaiting them as the weather has already turned to fall in Vancouver. SNS's philosophy and outlook on both themselves and the products is really great. I haven't met many people as nice and I was excited to meet them in Paris last season. The fall sweaters dig into the archives again and include some new styles. It's usually the classics that get me excited and the two sweaters pictured would be very ideal to have on hand for the next few months. Be sure to check out their website and browse the recently opened online shop if you feel so inclined.
No doubt we'll be looking at a lot of plaid shirts over the next few months but so far, this is one of my favourites. I'm sure everyone's familiar with the brand's history and Daiki's role in this project so I'll focus directly on the garment. In the same way as EG's 19th Century style, the Upland Button Down has become something of a staple for Woolrich Woolen Mills. It's a shirt that's full of character. The reinforced elbows, shoulder patch and bellow chest pocket all reflect a more functional influence. However, these features aren't overwhelming and the overall appearance is still very balanced. This is achieved by adding a series of more refined details. The cut, while not slim, has a considered shape, and the gussets and extra button on the back of the collar are always nice touches. Both colours work well but I particularly like the classic combination of red, white and blue. These shirts are currently available from Nepenthes but expect them to start appearing at other WWM stockists very soon.
The General Research brands are really good. Each branch specializing in their own little department and aesthetic but feeling right together as a whole is a difficult feat to pull off. This Miners shirt is one of the most interesting pieces that are currently in stock. The pull over cotton indigo shirt isn't your usual, and I don't think you're going to find this one at a local vintage shop. As usual, Mountain Research go fairly deep into their reference with the 4 pocket shirt. The tab collar, tonal buttons and reinforced chest pocket are great subtle details that round off a great take on what's become a common item. It may be a little over the top for some people, but I'm into it. It can look great and I haven't been one to pay attention to the 'costumey' term being thrown around lately. It's available on the Mountain Research website for about $250.
Yuketen's fall collection is getting ready to start landing with the short list of stockists and there is one model on the top of my list. This 6" suede extension of the bucks come in sand, navy blue and white and look incredible. I don't think this shoe is going to be for everybody, but I would happily invest in any three of the offered colors, the hard part will just be tracking down a pair. I would probably go with the sand and navy first, as they would withstand the dirty fall grounds a little better. The sole is a great choice, the height is perfect and the simple cut, tonal eyelets and colorful lining top off one of my favorite shoes this fall. Apparently Opening Ceremony will be stocking this model so hopefully they arrive sooner than later, I know I've been checking the website regularly. No word on the price either, but I would imagine it will fall around $350-400 at retail stateside.
We've had a bit of an obsession with Nordic knits in the office the last couple of weeks. Whether it be from Dale of Norway, Arne & Carlos or the tale of the muskox, they are on our mind and soon to be on our backs. The warm sweaters come in a wide variety of cuts, cardigans and crewnecks as well as an endless supply of patterns. South 2 West 8 gone with a fairly tame Nordic crewneck this fall, but its just right to easily work into our closet. The blend of navy, red and grey look great together and would go perfectly with chambray, khaki or lighter colors of denim. These ones aren't the original, but made in Japan and a very nice reference to work into the collection. South 2 West 8 is another brand in the Nepenthes family, so it's not unlikely that we could see it cross the Pacific however, this season it wasn't meant to be. Sizes only go up to medium and the price will run you just about $280.
We've been getting slightly badgered in the comments lately for our expensive taste in products and fair enough, we can't afford all of the products we talk about. The idea is more to find a good quality garment that is going to last you and be made as well as possible. Having the specific design detailing is also key, so our options get fairly narrowed down when being so picky. However, sometimes you do just need an easy fix for the season at hand, and maybe even something for a meeting in 30 minutes. All around the world, there is one brand that seems to have people covered, Uniqlo. They make very solid cotton pants, Tee shirts, light fleece and this washed cotton blazer. Especially if you haven't fully bought into the casual sport jacket look yet, trying your hand with this piece is a good way to get your feet wet. It retails for $39.50, looks good and probably can't fit that bad, or would be easy to have taken in. I would recommend wearing it with an oxford shirt tucked in, maybe a wool vest, and throw a 60/40 parka in navy or red over top.
One of the best purchases I made last winter was a knit Margiela cap. This winter they are back. For the first time, Tres Bien Shop has the collection on the roster and have a lovely offering of clean cut knits for our layering pleasure. The dark ribbed cap is about as versatile as you could hope for. With a nice deep charcoal tone, it legitimately works with almost anything we might put together. Although I don't personally get too involved in exterior branding, Margiela is one of the few that pulls me in and those four little white marks just look right. Nice and subtle in toque form, the light or dark grey fit snug but will stretch out after being worn for a few days. It's nice to see Tres Bien's expected good taste in the collection with their first buy, as well as making it a little more accessible for most of us.