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Monday
Feb212011

In Stock: Superior Labor Socks

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—01. Grey melange.
—02. Tan melange.

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For our 11th Inventory Item we worked with Superior Labor to produce some of the finest melange socks around. When we visited them in 2009, I picked up three similar pairs and have worn and washed them countless times since. The quality and comfort is second to none and when we decided to make some of our own, choosing a collaborator was simple. Made from 90% Japanese cotton by craftsman who have been in the same line of work for 40 years, they are knitted on a low gauge machine that was made in Japan during the 60s and 70s. There are less than 100 of these machines currently in use - they are no longer produced as all the parts are handmade, making them too expensive by modern standards. The process of collaboration was one of the easiest and most enjoyable we've been involved in and we're really happy with the results. Our first batch comprises two colourways and they've been selling so well, a second set are now in the works.

—Available at Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market

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Monday
Feb212011

Guest Post: Yoyogi Park by Walter Manning

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—01. Article by Walter Manning; owner of Old Faithful Shop.

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A few weeks back I was luck enough to travel to Tokyo, Japan. If you are an avid reader of Inventory Magazine, then you are already familiar with the level of quality product that is either produced in Japan or produced specifically for Japan. The shops were easily some of the best I've ever seen: quality product assortment, intriguing merchandising/display and intuitive customer service - they have a keen eye for the details.

One Sunday in particular I was able to hit up the Yoyogi flea market. I arrived early and a lot of people were beginning to set up for the day: spreading out tarps and navajo blankets and either dumping their goods in a large pile or laying them out nicely. 95% of the items for sale were clothes and there were more than a few vendors selling some incredible stuff. Great Pendleton shirts, Red Wing Boots, stacks of Barbour and Sierra Design Jackets - all in really great shape.

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Sunday
Feb202011

Items of Interest

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—01. Engineered Garments.


—02. Wtaps.
—03. Neighborhood.

Saturday
Feb192011

Kelty for Beams Plus

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—01. Camouflage hiking pack.
—02. Back view.

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Kelty Japan makes a lot of great looking, small, functional bags - they've been working with Beams for a few years now. When they get together they make even better looking bags, but we still can't get them over here, maybe soon. This camo day back looks great and I really like the simple design, leather accents and size.

Beams

Friday
Feb182011

Items of Interest

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—01. Colour palettes.


—02. Post Overalls.
—03. Herringbone.

Friday
Feb182011

Beams Plus Ginghams

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—01. Available in blue and black gingham cotton.
—02. Close up of blue gingham.

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Probably the best part about Beams Plus is their shirting. The quality of fabrics, build and fit is very difficult to beat for its price range. There are a handful of good American shirt makers, but Beams Plus might be doing it better; from the silhouette to the quality. We just received two gingham shirts for the spring which look great. Again the fit is spot on, and especially the royal blue option looks perfect.

Beams Plus shirting @ Inventory Stockroom

Thursday
Feb172011

Our Legacy in NY

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—01. Shop-in-shop at Odin.
—02. 199 Lafayette St., New York.

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Our friends from Sweden recently stopped by Odin in New York to set up their first real Our Legacy retail experience. Taking their aesthetic and the look of their stores at home, Our Legacy have taken over a portion of the downtown shop and converted it into a nice little space. Featuring their new spring collection, Odin plays host to probably the biggest selection of Our Legacy in North America this season.

Our Legacy

Wednesday
Feb162011

Nike Lunar Vengeance Terra+

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—01. Part of the spring ACG collection.

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Somewhat on the opposite side of the Nike's I posted last week, these ACG Terra+ trainers look great also. I like the off-white/bone color and the ACG color touches, shape and fabric all blend nicely. I'm also a bit of a sucker for a speckled Nike mid-sole, accented nicely by the orange hits. These seem to be popping up in a few European retailers, definitely a nice trainer for the summer.

Available at Tres Bien

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