I've recently done posts about similar jackets by Supreme and Margaret Howell - each one influenced by brands that have shaped outdoor clothing culture. Though based around different reference points, both clearly benefited from an understanding of this history. Neighborhood have taken things one step further. Much like their work with Viberg, the decision to collaborate with Marmot reflects a genuine appreciation of tradition. It may seem like an unusual choice but the classic American brand have been crafting quality outdoor products since the early 70s. By drawing directly on this experience, Neighborhood have produced something even more substantial. I'm sure it's a jacket they could have done alone but the outcome is undoubtedly improved by Marmot's involvement. The two brands are very different but each has played to its strengths. Neighborhood's contribution is evident in the overall styling. The patches and pocket placement reference a different era and give the jacket a more traditional feel. Marmot's considerable experience is at the forefront of the production, ensuring an outcome that's much more than a fashion item. It's a union based solely on creating the best possible product. In an age of widespread collaboration, that's rare and something I find really refreshing.
Visvim's ability to meld fashion and function are again shown off with this fall's PFD Field Jacket. The piece features a custom herringbone cotton exterior complete with a Gore-Tex membrane on the inside. Apparently Visvim is the first brand to play with a multi-colored and branded Gore inner seam tape as well, which adds just one more special touch by the Japanese brand. The olive color is my favorite and comes packed with four front pockets and a nicely shaped sort of Maine collar. Hiroki continues to push the brand and offers some great insight and quotes on the direction of Visvim in the feature in Sense magazine. It's worth trying to scoop a copy if possible, but you might be better off just getting this jacket instead to experience what he's talking about. Available at Union LA this fall
Nope, I haven't really seen it in the runway images so far and yes it is apart of every spring/summer season. However, I have a strong feeling that for myself gingham is going to play a nice role next summer. With the variety of colors, materials and check sizes becoming available, there is a nice amount of room to play with multiple ginghams. Reds, blues, yellows and greens should be staples, but mixing in a secondary is up to you. Either with a tie, hat, belt or pants gingham looks great in madras or seersucker and can even pair well with a nice plaid. There aren't really any rules so going with tonal ginghams can be just as good as opposite colors. This fall is going to be pretty muted with greys, blue and black chambray and navy wool, so I'm already looking forward to a spring full of little colorful checks.
The Head Porter Plus collection seems to be getting more and more refined each season. This fall, from what I've seen, the patterns, materials and details are very tame and we are now starting to see grey wool slacks in the mix. There are still the classic chinos and oxfords to count on, but you could easily find your self dressing up a little more this fall. The black window pane shirt is a good subtle pattern and easy to work into the rotation while the belt and slacks are probably the two pieces I would buy. All are available at honeyee's online shop, but there is a rumor that the HP+ collection will be back in North America sooner than later.
With all of the leather companies and designers in the world, there are still only a handful of people making really great belts. The Whiley Brothers make their belts from the finest bridle and cordovan leather on their farm in Pennsylvania, USA. Ian Paley from Garbstore tracked down the fine artisans and had a few styles made up specially for his London shop. This harness belt in tan with brass hardware is my favorite version of the selection. The simple design, ideal size and sturdy materials are just what I need in a belt.
This great piece from A.P.C. includes a couple of my favorite things this fall - cardigans and flecked wool. They've mashed up perfectly here and topped off by the soft blend including %30 cashmere. A.P.C.'s knits, like most of the collection, are more often than not right on point. Nice slim cuts, sturdy materials and an understated aesthetic are all constants and are emphasized with this cardigan. It would be easy to wear this sweater 4 days a week and not really have a problem with it. It works nice with many options, layered and on it's own with a white tee shirt. If you're not nearby an A.P.C. flagship, then you can check out the cardigan at End.
Just when you think you might have seen every version of the tote bag possible, Makr has put together a very nice new bag. The Snap Tote is Made in the USA from some of the finest tote bag materials known to man. Besides the heavy duck cotton, deer tanned leather and gunmetal snaps that hold this subtle beauty together, the bag brings an interesting handle design forth. The all black bag looks really durable and comes in a very handy size for daily use. The key ring and clean interior branding round off this gem in the right way. Having both shorter and longer handles look great in the photos and would likely work well in the field, but I am curious to find how it feels in your hand and if having 4 handle loops in total would really be a benefit. That said, the bag looks great and follows suit with Makr's recent products.
I have an illness and the only cure is more oxford cloth - or something like that. I honestly can't get enough oxford shirts, however until recently it's been almost exclusively button down collars. My desires are now fixated on the white contrast club collars at Tres Bien. I don't think anybody makes this shirt better than Gitman and yet we still have to go to Sweden to find them. The club collar works well buttoned all the way up on its own, but I'm particularly fond of pairing it with a bow tie right now, and those soft stripes are just making that option more appealing. The shirts themselves are classic 2 ply oxford cloth which is nice and solid for the winter, but really do work year round. Both of these are soon to be added to my closet where they will be met by plaid and grey ties and casual sport coats. The look is definitely done best by the Trad community or those residing in the far east - both recommended influences for getting dressed.