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Wednesday
Jul282010

In stock | Viberg 145 Oxford

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—01. Tan rough-out leather, Vibram sole, leather laces

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Our latest addition to the Stockroom comes from a brand in our own backyard. Based in Victoria, B.C. Viberg Boots has been making footwear for over seventy years. The brand has been catching our eye for the last few years thanks to its relationship with a number of high profile Asian brands. We were very excited to get the chance to add one of our own to their long list of custom make-ups, and we couldn't be happier with how it came out. We chose to make the 145 Oxford boot which is a lower version of the iconic 36 Bobcat. The height felt better suited for the time of the year which we took into consideration when deciding on colour/material as well. The rough-out leather in tan is a perfect light colour right now and the texture of the reversed leather is amazing without sacrificing durability. We also left out the fibreglass box toe for a more comfortable feel. The coup de grace for us was swapping out the usual sole unit in favor of a white Vibram Christy. The result is a beautiful boot that's going to age well and last for many many years to come.

&mdashAvailable now in the Inventory Stockroom

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Wednesday
Jul282010

Clarks Cola Desert Boots

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—01. Cola suede.
—02. Front view.

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Clarks is one of those old companies that often feels they have to reinvent themselves to stay relevant. While the core consumers are usually after classic models in timeless colors and materials, the lack of a wider demand seems to put an end to some of the better options. At least for now these Cola Desert Boots are still available at Oi Polloi. They don't have the dark layer in the crepe sole, but the lack of any sort of patterned lining makes them nearly perfect.

&mdashAvailable at Oi Polloi

Tuesday
Jul272010

Fall Look 01

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—01. CPO shirt, 19th Century shirt and pocket square by Engineered Garments, pants by Sassafras, knit cap and t-shirt by The Real McCoy's, socks by J.Press, boots by Red Wing.

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Normally I don't get too excited about fall in July, but with the knowledge of the items on their way to Vancouver I can't help it. There are a couple of things I miss in the summer - my Red Wings and knit caps in particular - but there are also a couple of other items I am looking forward to picking up this fall, especially the brushed flannel CPO shirt by Engineered Garments. As you can see here, it's one of those simple pieces that works well with everything. The tones in this outfit are easy and I think this is one of those blog posts where I will catch myself looking exactly like it when the weather cools down enough.

&mdashKnit cap and t-shirt available at the Inventory Stockroom now; CPO shirt coming soon.

Tuesday
Jul272010

London Shots

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—01. Margaret Howell, Wigmore St.

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I spent just over a week in London at the end of June. In between buying trips to Florence and Paris, Simon and I had a few meetings, visited several retailers and plotted for future seasons. London has been a great supporter of our magazine and with a growing number of high quality retailers and partners I don't see that changing. Any time spent with Mr. Roe is productive so we made the most of our time in the city. Just last week I got a few rolls of film back from my F1 and was particularly happy with some of the black and white shots.

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Monday
Jul262010

Preview: Mismo Ruck sack

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—01. Available in olive and navy canvas.

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Mismo might not be known for their back packs but it seems more and more luggage collections are trying their hand at the rugged looking ruck sack. Mismo presented their version recently which will be available in their SS11 collection next year. The clean design and high quality materials are no surprise. The interesting hardware and subtle design features make it a definite standout, but you'll have to wait a few months to check them out.

&mdashMismo

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Monday
Jul262010

Look | Pacific Days

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—01. "Palos Verdes Cove".
—02. Sweater and shorts by Woolrich Woolen Mills.

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It's the middle of summer and spending the days by the oceanside are feeling slightly more appealing than shopside, well sometimes. I'll be the first to point out that these particular shorts by Woolrich Woolen Mills aren't for surfing, but they are for looking good and feeling the breeze in the heat - they are also on sale at Odin right now.

&mdashSurf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

Thursday
Jul222010

South 2 West 8 Fall 2010

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—01. A snow-swept setting
—02. Inspired by the outdoors

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Classic outdoor detailed modern fashion wear. That's the concept of Nepenthes' other brand South2 West8 is and their lookbooks always underline it. For me it's more of a Fall brand so this collection is a little more exciting than their last. In some nice brown and natural tones mixed in with darker greys and blacks, the collection makes good use of wool. Many of the looks have a good texture about them without overbearing details. I'm really liking their camouflage pattern as well as the band collared shirt.

South2 West8

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Wednesday
Jul212010

LOOK | Outdoor Summer Nights

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—01. Enjoying the outdoors
—02. Nice palette with comfort & utility

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Sunny summer days bring out the nature lovers in all of us and this photo I saw on my internet travels today reminded me of a long summer day spent hiking and camping. It provided the inspiration for this above look. The shorts and shirt (from Polo and Chimala respectively) are cool and light enough in the heat but are still durable and the boots provide sturdy footwear for exploring the outdoors. The hat keeps the rays off the face, and a pocket square is handy for wiping the sweat from your brow. When the sun sets and you're gathered round the campfire, you can't beat a good flannel.

&mdashMountain Research Flannel
&mdashChimala Workshirt
&mdashPolo Masai Shorts
&mdashK.C. Monarchs Cap
&mdashRed Wing Chukka
&mdashThe Hill-Side Pocket Square

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