I love navy stripes on a white long sleeve. Visvim probably does it the best, along with Saint James, but sometimes you might not want that nautical look, so where does that leave you? Wearing the same brand I wore in PE class I suppose. In Japan Barbarian seems to have picked up a nice bit of steam within the casual, work wear garment market. Due to it's tough feel and durability as it's made for the rugby pitch, it should be able to hold up for Sunday coffee. The Henley version of the rugby shirt looks great here as an alternative to the latter brands. The neck is well cut and the lack of wrist or waist bands leave the sweater open for layering a BD underneath. This one's even available in size large and will only run you around $110, an easy fall addition to the wardrobe that could quickly become a key player.
White Mountaineering seem to have their Faire Isle incorporation down this fall. We saw the lovely socks from Simon and now the cardigan with the same pattern has my attention. While I actually prefer the lighter colored version, the navy and red does work really well and would meld nicely with chambray or a heavy oxford shirt. Browsing the White Mountaineering website again I am continually impressed by each piece. It's really strong and while their choice of models is questionable, the clothing itself is strong enough to look past their men of choice. When it comes to Faire Isle patterns, I probably do like the best on a cardigan or vest. They are best layered within an outfit and when the top portion is blocked in a solid color, it is even nicer. The knit isn't available around here but if you are in Japan, tracking it down for the suggested retail price of $250 would likely be worth the effort.
When looking for nice fall knitwear, Levi's isn't usually the first brand to come to mind. However, with their sportswear collection inspired by pieces from the 1930's, they have managed to put together a handful of classic, clean looking items that I would gladly try on. The mossy green color plays a nice host to the braid and rope knit patterns running horizontally down the sweater. The great looking collar has two woven leather buttons to fasten it up nice and snug on a cool day while a handy yet subtle chest pocket hides over the heart area. I also like the extra thick cuffs and waist band once in awhile. I wouldn't want it on every sweater, but it's good for a little odd detail that doesn't detract from the simple design. Available at Oki-ni
Monocle continues on a strong run of collaborations this fall including new bags with Porter, crew necks sweaters with Tomorrowland and their second jacket with the Daiki Suzuki helmed Woolrich Woolen Mills. The fall collaboration uses a 4-pocket field jacket I haven't really seen from Woolen Mills in navy blue and olive green. Made from army duck canvas made in Japan, the jacket is built for diverse weather situations while keeping a slimmed down silhouette. Complete with leather drawstring toggles, detachable hood and a button fastened chest flap, the jacket appears to be very durable for the fall / winter. There are only 55 jackets in each color so I would expect to see them sell out before the season's finished. At £385 it's not an easy trigger to pull, but I know I am already regretting missing their first co-branded piece so the anticipation for this release is even higher.
The double breasted blazer is a hard piece to work into your wardrobe. It's general history and essence is that of a formal nature and traditionally cut in a way I am not too fond of. The evolution of men's style and designers however are bringing us a couple versions that are much more appealing and wearable. Probably none better than Our Legacy's double breasted blazer, it checks all of the boxes with it's casual cotton body, nicely sized and placed pockets, an exterior chest pocket, perfect buttons and most importantly a beautifully cut lapel. The jacket comes in black for the fall and I believe will become a staple in the Our Legacy collection. Taking inspiration from a vintage YSL piece, Our Legacy have really done well in creating a truly casual and wearable double breasted blazer.
Our quest for the perfect bucket hat has been a continuous one. We've featured more than a couple from different brands, styles and materials, but it's tough to pick just one. Recently I came across a water repellent hat by Scala that caught my eye. While the brand isn't anything particularly special, they are apart of the Dorfman Pacific Company which as been around since 1921 specializing in hand made head wear. The classic khaki color of the cap complimented by the red and navy grosgrain band looked just right for the fall. They are 75% cotton and 25% polyester which allows for the timely use of a water shedding hat. Especially in Vancouver we've already started to see some gloomy days and my bucket hat has been the head wear of choice. The hats come in at $30 which isn't too difficult to swallow, especially if you're trying out a bucket hat for the first time. There are only a couple left in the shop and feel free to email us at email@example.com for a slight adjustment on shipping as they are quite light in weight. Available at The Shop, $30
I think I will always have a soft spot for Stussy in my life and likely in my closet. While I may find some of these items from brands making a higher quality product, Stussy has such a rich history and great diversity and range through the brand that it's hard not to connect with it at some point in your life, at least for us. I recently checked in at the Vancouver Stussy shop and had a look at some of the fall items. Surprisingly it wasn't the Deluxe collection that impressed me, but the simple items from the standard Stussy offering. They really toned down the overall branding, cuts and came out with some really good looking basics for very good prices. I know people reading the blog aren't really expecting to find bargains at h(y)r, but each item pictured is under $100 with exception of the Field Jacket which tops out at $150 CAN. That said, if you have any holes that need filling this fall, trying to look good on a student salary or just like Stussy, it's worth an inspection for what it is.
I would imagine we might start seeing a few peacoats around these parts. Just yesterday a friend asked me which peacoat to get. Although there are a fairly good number of options, there isn't really a definitive source for pea coats. Surplus can be a great option, if you 'd like a denim material I'd go to Mister Freedom, but if you just want a basic navy wool, the options are pretty limited. Rogues Gallery have produced a very nice basic version of the iconic item this fall. The rough wool features a slim body and narrow arms which are a nice change from the surplus route. The nice color, good pocketing and clean design make it one of Rogues Gallery's winners and an overall good looking jacket.