Had to post this fly eBay find for all of the folks out there that have had enough of the work wear/Americana heritage movement. I know you've been getting a good dose the last year, but I just haven't had enough myself. Although if I picked up this nice Woolrich Woolen Mills suit I might reach my capacity. To be honest as it sits at a price of $10, I am thinking of buying it just for the pants. The elastic bottoms with knee patches could translate into something pretty cool - if not something to wear while looking for firewood. I have almost heard enough people saying how trendy work boots or clothing is. The same commentary happens every time a 'trend' happens. I just so happen to love this 'trend' and will continue to embrace it with open arms. Enjoy. Red & Black Woolrich Woolen Mills pants and jacket outfit
We first caught wind a couple months ago that with the release of the spring collection Engineered Garments would be opening up their first free standing retail location, now it's here and open. Well, unfortunately it's not here, it's in Japan. But the shops minimal aesthetic, light tones, wood furniture and open space allows the collection to breath nicely. There is a true art to retail which few folks outside of Japan have really accomplished. It is their educated market and demand for high quality details and experiences that pushes that level and it is unfortunate we don't demand the same level here. Anyways, the store does look great, along with the collection - what else did you expect? It's hard to tell where the images are actually from so thanks to Hypebeast for the update.
While we just saw a pretty great pair of Band of Outsiders shorts recommended by South Willard on the Spring Buyers guide, here is another pair of nice and expensive shorts by the LA based label. Shorts are hard for me to get too excited about any time of the year and it seems good shorts are not easy to come by. From what I've seen, Band of Outsiders seems to have a good understanding of the proper length of a short and how it should be worn, and of course look. However spending $250 on shorts is something I would probably don't have to do, in these times especially. I don't wear shorts super often so I am personally okay with Club Monaco's selection for about $50-70. On the other side, Band of Outsiders are going to offer a refined fit, possibly better materials and definitely nicer patterns, color palettes and details like the cuffed bottom. Not to say you can't find this else where for make it happen yourself, but if Band of Outsider's looks and pieces are inspired the look you're trying to pull together, they must be doing something right.
This is my favorite item I have seen for fall 09 so far. There have been some great collections and pieces from all of the brands I mentioned quite regularly here. Nobody has disappointed me yet which is a great sign of things moving forward and becoming even more refined. Nom de Guerre, Common Projects, Engineered Garments and Our Legacy are definitely among my top picks. However Patrik Ervell keeps coming up with items that I really like. This button up coat in a speckled wool in both a blue and a camel color is my favorite piece I've seen so far. The big pockets, the buttons and the great collar combined with a really subtle and casual silhouette and perfect colors are putting it on top of the list. I haven't really seen a lot of jackets with the same shape that have en executed so well. Definitely one of the things I'm already looking forward to, and trying to get somebody to order for me...
This jacket is great, definitely not a new design as it's very similarly modeled after the Canadian military jacket of decades past. It's one of my favorite military inspired jackets and Wings+Horns did a great job updating and upgrading the look while using the original elemtents and perfect choice of colors. The spring coat is made from 100% Japanese cotton with an oxford shirt lining and slim fit in Wings+Horns fashion. The piece is apart of the first release of the season by the Canadian brand and it only makes sense it dropped at their biggest supporters shop, Roden Gray. The collection is moving in a direction I am pretty happy to see personally. I've been growing along with it and feel like every season there are a number of items I would love to have. I would expect to see a few more stand out pieces dropping in the near future.
Wow, this looks good to me. The colors are completely boring, all of the classic styles have no new angle or twists and even the model is old and has a huge beard. I was a bit sad to find that the model wasn't actually Umit Benan after Mens.style.com used such a good bearded metaphor on the blog post. This is pretty close to my idea wardrobe I'd say. The nice subtle patterns, greys, blues, worn oxfords and washed out denim with nice boots and casual looking sport coats. If the garments are as nice on the inside as they say, (a good beard?) then I am of course expecting a high price tag. But I am also expecting a great collection. I really don't see anything I don't like from this selection of Umit Benan's fall looks. I don't even mind the leg warmers because I assume it's going to be cold next winter and those will go under another pair of pants. I'll be curious to hear where the collection will be available because I want all of it.
I've been going back and forth with Steven at Black Lodges for a couple months on a lot of things, but one of the ideas we are doing on Black Lodges is "It's a walk off!" I have to fully give Steven credit for the title. It definitely keeps the tone casual and pretty funny, which is really the vibe at BL. This is the outfit I came up with as my Winter to Spring look. It's layered enough to keep you warm, but incorporates some of the lighter tones and shades that you should be wearing this spring. What I found pretty funny was that both of our looks we're pretty similar, and both of them are more or less what we are wearing on any given day. Anyways, the intro is worth a read and it should be fun to see the website develop over at BL in the next little while. Walk off - Round 1
Well I just finished clicking through the highly extensive Buyers Guide for Spring 09 put together by Mens.Style.com and several of the top stores in the USA, from big to small. First off I would like to say thanks to Steven Torres for taking a lot of really nice product shots, along with the rest of team over there. It was well done for the most part. I guess my bone picking is more directed to the buyers featured in the article. Now I'm not running a store, not trying to pump up my own zebra pattern collaboration or buying for a huge department store, so my opinion is just that, my opinion. I do feel like I have a pretty good idea of what looks good and what I might actually think about buying. No I'm not in a huff because nobody picked anything by Engineered Garments. But I went through the whole feature and only pulled 8 out of the 60-something products. For the most part it was the smaller shops that had the items I liked, unsurprisingly. Odin, Blackbird, South Willard, Opening Ceremony and Jake all came through with an item or two. So what are the top picks that will save you clicking your mouse 73+ times? Woolrich Woolen Mills Upland jacket, Patrik Ervell grey blazer, Kolor double breasted blazer, Common Projects canvas safari boots, Quoddy blutchers, Our Legacy cable knit, Band of Outsiders plaid shorts and the blue corduroy YSL shorts. There you go, that's all you need this spring, notice how they all even look good together. ------------ Turns out Ryan and I wrote a post on the same thing at the same time, so for what it's worth here's how I feel about it. GQ's buyers guides are generally good. Their shop selection is good, each owner/buyer's picks are usually pretty good and it's always interesting to hear their forecasts. However, their latest installment for Spring is not bad, but slightly frustrating. Everyone knows the state of the economy, so I agree with quotes like these: "Spring 2009 is the next stage in the evolution of the modern, style-conscious man's wardrobe, and one that focuses on investment pieces." and, "...invest in must-have fashion that is memorable and adds value." They make sense, we as consumers should be buying smarter. Which is why I'm confused as to how one could consider a $275 deconstructed sweater (aka 2 sweaters cut in half and sewn back together) or a $1,715 blazer with paint splattered on it a good wardrobe investment. Unfortunately there are a handful of other not so great picks. I get that the guide is a marketing tool for these stores but it's not that hard to select items for promotion that are actually smart buys; just like most of the independent boutiques did. In addition to the stuff above, I don't mind the look of the Acne x Lanvin overcoat (but denim?) and the Marc Jacobs bomber (I'd rather a Baracuta though) for those inevitable spring showers. I'll give them half a point each to make it 9/64. -OP