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.
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.