It seemed like it was about time for another curated Sunday outfit. Built for milling around town, carrying some firewood, drinking multiple cups of Joe and fixing a set of French doors - this outfit is comfortable and easy to wear and should get you through any weekend event. The items feel sort of thrown together in terms of their color and different array of materials, but that's kind of how my Sunday's are. The EG workaday cords just jumped onto my must buy list while the other items are all classic stand alone pieces. Woolrich shirt, Barbour vest, Alden boots, Scala bucket hat, WM socks and Sierra Designs parka. You can strip down the layers if need be but at this time of year scarves and gloves aren't needed, just some corduroy, wool and water repellent materials for an easy indoor-outdoor ensemble.
Here's another great piece of cloth for your head by Woolen Mills. They do have one of the best versions of the bucket cap on the market and this fall's material choice is great. Whether you use the snap pocket or not, it looks great subtly placed on the herringbone wool explorer. The current Woolen Mills season is probably my favorite to hit shops and I would expect to see more this fall from their collection. The subtle hints of color mixed with the grey fall materials is just right and very easy to work into your everyday wears.
Ransom's fall offerings are always something I look forward to. Great looking clothing inspired by our back yard up here in the True North Strong and Free. For me, every season Ransom is easily the best clothing line for filling any seasonal holes in my wardrobe thanks to its accessibility, affordability and above all the fit, which is perfect right off the shelf. Their second shipment hit stores today and while it's rooted mostly classic workwear as usual, a lot of it could easily be incorporated into any style really. The elusive navy chino, lightweight M65 in tan and duck twill vests are a few of my favourite pieces to go along with the quilted overshirts and Canadian military jackets, both Ransom staples. The quality of the outerwear leaves nothing to be desired especially for a line that's made overseas. The washed out selvedge denim from Portugal is nothing to scoff at either. Ransom 431 Richmond St. Toronto, Canada
I liked this shirt back when I saw it in the spring and I still do. The nice texture on the material feels and looks could while it creates a very casual over shirt. The double button pockets look sharp, along with the shrunken branding on the lower left. Patches and letters can easily go wrong as we've seen many times over at Rugby, but the Garbstore "G" manages to look nice and ads a slightly collegiate feeling to the work wear inspired top. It's now available at Garbstore in London and on their brand new website. The new layout is really nice looking and filled with good information on the Familiar Vintage project, as well as the new fall collection. Garbstore
Porter has a new collection of bags made up in a clean looking Sanforized denim. I'm not usually one to be excited for denim accessories, especially in a bag, but the two tote bags are looking rather nice. They also seem to fit a bottle of Stoli quite well. I actually have to admit that it's the new Porter tag stating the 'Sanforized - Japan Made' features that really does it for me. It looks perfect, great balance, nice colors and suits the bag nicely. It's surprisingly hard to make a good bag, but making a perfect tag might be even more of an accomplishment. Whether you want the bag because you like denim or can't go without that tag, you'll have to visit Beams to check them out.
Monocle is having themselves a big week as they just launched the new Monocolumn and now we've just received the latest issue 29. The fall offering from Monocle is their largest magazine to date and filled with the usual interesting content and co-branded information. The bumper issue was exciting as it has a 30 page Style Survey featuring notes from top international buyers, some classic Monocle styling, product focus and an unusually interesting story about mannequins. The magazine's reach continues to spread as the Weekly podcast is back in action for the fall and there are a couple new bags with Porter on the way for next month. Available in The Shop, $10
The red and black marl wool caught my eye when I first saw the Woolen Mills fall collection and now that it's out I'm not disappointed, and probably want it even more. It's not the classic red cable knit cap that is still on the want list, but the red and black blend really nicely in this particularly warm winter cap. I think it would like really great just above a chambray shirt and a wool vest of some sort. The colors are perfect for head wear as it adds a bit of color but is still muted enough to act as a good compliment. Coming in at about $90 it's not a bad price for a cap you'll definitely have for a few years. While some people complain about the price of a cap, it's actually an item that you can easily wear 5-7 days a week without worrying about it. That gets the cost-per-wear down quickly and makes a $100 hat not seem so bad.
J. Crew's fall items are spilling into their shops and online store pretty steadily now. There are a good number of items that are easy to wear and would easily be in daily rotation. My selections from the brand are still fairly particular, but when they get it right it's hard to say no. The price is often quite good compared to our favorite brands, but that is reflected in the design and quality more often than not. However, the fit is getting better and the details seem to improve each season. This fall you'd have a hard time finding a better corduroy sport coat for anywhere near this price. With a slim cut, great pocketing, suede elbow patches, double back vent and a soft corduroy, it's a true fall sport coat. I would need to try it on before committing but all signs are looking good with this one.