The collection has now arrived around the globe at a number of shops like Oki-ni and others. We are still happy to present the collection in its most complete form in the latest issue h(y)r collective. The shoes are again my favorite sneakers available. Not only do I love the OG achilles models but really like the soft gray color addition to the perforated achilles, tournament low and mid and safari boot. With a handful of beautiful and very wearable new models in the collection, Common Projects again delivers the stripped down classics with their minimal detailing and high quality construction. While I do admit I'm not a huge fan of the perforated mid top tournaments with the Velcro, there are a lot more positives than negatives as the brand continues to move forward. My top pics over all are the tournament lows in the soft grey, safari boots in both nappa leather and the canvas and the mid top with the white toe cap. I never wear chucks but I would wear these. Check the feature for the rest of the images and stockists for the spring.
It's up. That's right, 10 issues strong now. The double digits is a good step with oh so many more to take. This issue is a pretty good little one. I was excited to meet and interview Sam and Jeff from Shipley and Halmos. Also getting a deeper look at one of the nicest bag collections on the market with Mismo and of course the best sneaker brand on the market, Common Projects. I was also pretty interested in the interview with Eddie Cruz and James Bond from Undefeated. Thanks to Nu from Puma for helping out and giving us the opportunity. Take your time, take a read. I hope you enjoy the latest issue of h(y)r collective magazine.
If this steezy old chap doesn't look like he just wrapped a Band of Outsiders look-book then I don't know. I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and the trolley and all of the wonderful adventures of the fairly odd show. Little did I know I would be looking back over a decade later and the casual-preppy look being done better than I see it on the streets today. Maybe Mr. Rogers had a good stylist but I have a feeling he had a knack for that sneaker, nice button down oxfords, collegiate ties and perfectly colored cardigans. Even the cropped pleated chinos look pretty fresh. After looking through the photos from the last couple weeks of international fashion shows, I'd say that Fred would have been holding his weight in the off runway scene with a couple minor updates and a nice leather tote bag. His style didn't go unnoticed as he pulled in an Emmy, got a star in LA on the sidewalk and touched a lot of children with his show and work off the screen. There have probably been a couple designers looking at these pictures for the last couple seasons, and probably a few more that should have been.
Things have become very disposable in fashion in the last couple years and that is nothing new or unknown. Blogs are not entirely responsible for that as it's been happening for years, but they certainly haven't helped the cause. The fairly recent return to classic, hand made, made in the USA or Canada attention is a great thing. Unfortunately, even that has it's problems. As we've seen Quoddy's prices seem to have gone up substantially as the latest round of Rogues Gallery boots are coming in at $528 US => $655 Canadian. Now I'm not saying they are a rip-off or anything, I think they are great, but the price is no doubt hard to swallow. So here I am to remind you that here in Vancouver, BC are some really nice, hand made moccasins by Ken Diamond. Ken and Jolene source all of the materials themselves, most of it comes from here in the city and every hole and stitch is done in their small studio. You can choose your leather color from a really nice palette and have a pair of these beauties back to you in a matter of weeks. So while prices are on the rise, there are still relatively good deals to be had while getting something really special with a focus on the made by hand detailing Ken has perfected. Last I checked they were $320 Canadian for a custom/personally order. That's only about $255 US if my currency calculator is right. Contact email@example.com or 604 669 4179 for a pair.
I promise that I will give it a bit of a break after this post but if I didn't post it, somebody else might have, or you just might not have known where to get some of the best spring pieces out there. Odin is probably the biggest EG supporter in North America as far as I know. They go deep into the collection and went as far to feature the brand in the Den last fall. This spring I don't see why they wouldn't carry a large portion of the line, although a lot of it will never been seen here in North America. This spring they did the currently blog popular parka in a great navy blue with all of the best details perfectly laid out; leather tabs, back slit pocket, four front pockets, waist drawstring - basically I'm getting this. Although I've said it for a lot of pieces this spring, and I'd like to say it again for the Baker coat, I will have to be picky about which items I actually do get, EG is just making it hard this year. Anyways, Odin's first shipments of the spring collection look great and whats also worth noting is the fairly reasonable prices as the baker coat only comes in at $289 while the parka is at $425. Check the link for a couple of the best accessories; leather D ring and madras scarves. All at Odin now.
I saw the bad preview photo's of Visvim's Paris showroom last week like everyone else, but now thanks to glltn, we get to see all of it much better. As impressed I am with what looks like Visvim's biggest and most comprehensive collection yet, it's the actual room which is even more impressive. Perhaps it's unsurprising coming from Visvim but everything looks great. The space, the lighting, the white shoe pillars and glass clothing racks, the grass, candles and flowers: all perfect. As for the line, it looks good too, although its much more of the usual; Lots of leather and gore-tex outerwear, plaid shirts, striped tees and very strong footwear and accessories. From what I can see in these photo's, the clothes I'd like to see more of are the polos, denim and sweaters. As for accessories and shoes, the duffle bags look amazing, as do the mustard looking leather Kiefers. See the showroom below.
As the title states, this is an essential belt. It's pretty much perfect for spring to keep up any of your denim or chinos and looking great. The colors available are really nice and compliment the soft brown leather quite well. I actually have something almost just like this and I really like it, nice and casual. I think the navy and khaki in particular are looking pretty good. A belt has to be nice on it's own, but it has to play the background and be sublte enough not to take any attention from the rest of your outfit. Accessories are just that. And these are just good, very affordable belts. Available at LL Bean for $30.
Parkas have definitely been a rather current topic on the blog/style front in the last couple months and I've now found two that are pretty much perfect, both made stateside and available stateside. The first one is this Crescent Down Works 60/40 Parka. The brand was started back in 1974 and is based in Seattle. The light weight, navy blue shell is perfect and very nicely complimented by the tan interior. Although it doesn't have the leather toggles, you could probably find some to put on. It's doubtful you're going to get a slim fit with this coat but again, that's not really the idea with a mountain parka. For $300, this might be one of the best options if you aren't lucky enough of eBay. Available at South Willard.