Unsurprisingly, Beams have been one of the most impressive retailers we've come across in Tokyo. From everything I've heard and seen, my expectations were high for the specialty shop and I haven't been disappointed at all. Between the in-house Beams Plus collection, the well edited selection from brands like EG and Sunny Sports and the Beams collaborations, the shops are definitely an example to be noted. One of the stand out products for a good price were these Thorogood for Beams oxfords. Much like the pair I featured by Red Wing, the low cut boots feature a low profile sole and moc toe stitch pattern. However, there isn't actually a raised seam on the toe, the 4 track stitching forms the pattern and creates a great look for the shoes, while keeping them more toned down and wearable. —
Visiting the Engineered Garments store in Tokyo yesterday was one of my highlights of the day, needless to say. Seeing the full collection together in one place, curated nicely with bags by Duluth and Wm J Mills as well as shoes by Russell Moccasin and Hawthorn was something special and I look forward to going back again on this trip. The beauty of Engineered Garments is in the basics, of course. With everything around, all the items I love and want, the items that I still get excited about seeing in person were these Workaday oxfords. Call me boring, but I love seeing these classic shirts on the 19th Century block, heavy weight oxford cloth, beautifully washed out stripes, dead stock buttons and the familiar single needle tailoring. If you're not in Japan, they are also available at The Bureau.
One of the most iconic items from Supreme aside from their box tee logo is probably the camp cap. The five panel adjustable lid has been well adorned by NYC skate rats for years but as we grow order and put together smarter outfits, the camp cap will always be relevant and still looks great. This fall's tonal cotton twill series has a couple of absolute classics and must-haves if you're into the hat. I've been stock piling camp caps for a few years the khaki on khaki is calling my name this fall. It goes with almost everything and has a nice fall weight to it.
The INVENTORY team have just woken up in Tokyo after flights coming in from Vancouver and London. Simon, Owen and myself (Ryan) are here for 8 days of exploring, interviews and meetings. We've got an exciting list of things to do including interviews with White Mountaineering and BEAMS in our first few days. We wanted to apologize for a little bit slower than usual action on the Updates, but we will try to keep everyone updated on the shops we visit, products we see and places we go to. We have a laundry list of stores to see but if anybody has recommendations to add to the list, or good restaurants to try, feel free to leave comments. The response has been great regarding our first printed issue as well. They are flying out of the Stockroom so far, and we are adding more stockists to the list each day. More updates on that on our return. Thanks, –Inventory Team
There are so many classic items out there that are essential pieces to a man's closet. Some of them have been perfected years ago and yet new collections continue produce new versions of some of the most iconic items. Waste(twice) have produced a great looking pea coat this fall in the most classic of colours. The tonal buttons and nicely cut pockets keep it simple and the slimmed down cut improve its appeal. One problem I find with most pea coats is the size of the collar. Waste(twice) have toned it down with this fall's version and come up with the perfect balance. We're looking forward to visiting Waste(twice) next week here in Tokyo.
The fall's cool weather brings every opportunity to layer up, as does Post Overall's winter collection. With a great selection of chambray's, denim, twill and flannel, the EZ Cruiser is one of the more diverse and fall friendly items available. Coming in a simple navy flannel, the shirt features two button chest pockets, runaway chain-stitching and multi colour thread. Made in New York and available in the UK.
One of the best things Acne does is provide simple, well made knit basics. I consider the cable knit pullover as a basic because it it's a pretty generic piece of knitwear that gets done often but a really good option is often hard to find. A nice medium weight like this one is a staple in any wardrobe though. The relaxed but not slouchy fit and proper sleeve proportions is key. On this one I'm drawn to the perfect spacing between cables and the cuff and collar. I like the slightly larger neckhole for the glimpses of button down shirt poking out as shown. It's a little thing but one that shouldn't be overlooked. I realize that the lighter baby blue might not be of everyone's tastes but I think that it's a nice soft shade that borders closely enough to grey. It'd look great under a darker overcoat. Courtesy of Opening Ceremony
A.P.C. isn't generally known for their technical outwear or cold weather goods, but this fall they've put out a pretty great looking down jacket. I still might be hesitant to put all my eggs in one basket with A.P.C.'s outwear for a winter. But if you are going for the puffa look, there aren't many better looking options. I love the combination of the tan and brown leather. The front pockets, snap buttons and removable hood are all positive marks, but it's the not over the top puff action that makes the jacket the most appealing. Whether you're trekking around downtown New York or catching a late season run on the mountain, A.P.C. have done well with this fall's outerwear and this is my favorite of the season.