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Monday
Aug092010

Engineered Garments Fall Irving Jackets

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—01. Tan corduroy.
—02. Grey wool herringbone.

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The fall collection from Engineered Garments has begun to hit shops in North America and while I'm excited as a consumer, we are also fortunate enough to be one of the few new stockists this season. The Irving jacket is one of the collection's best items, and was offered in a variety of beautiful fabrics. The casual sport coat has a slightly more refined look than the iconic Bedford, and though it fits a little neater, might be even more versatile in its styling. I'm most excited about the tan corduroy version, which I picked up for myself. However, the olive and herringbone options are extremely nice too, and slightly warmer as they have a subtle quilted lining. Overall, these jackets are a fine example of what Engineered Garments do best: the perfect casual silhouette.

&mdashNow available in-store at Inventory Stockroom

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Monday
Aug092010

Nigel Cabourn by Matt Hind

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—01. The Everest Parka .

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Simon told me about Men's File ahead of issue one's release, but I hadn't seen a copy in the flesh until recently. That issue was the 3rd and it features a great Nigel Cabourn editorial photographed by Matt Hind. The shoot in the Alps blew me away. The photographs are beautiful and the clothes, which took quite a beating, look amazing. It's undoubtedly the highlight of the issue and it made me even more excited for the arrival Nigel's fall collection. If you're a Cabourn fan, I recommend picking up the issue for the editorial alone, which is also accompanied by a small article.

&mdashMen's File
&mdashMatt Hind

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Sunday
Aug082010

Warehouse & J.Crew

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—01. LOT 403 Sweatshirt.

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Probably my favorite thing that J.Crew is doing right now is their work with Warehouse. The Japanese company is one of the best in the world when it comes to classic reproductions. Both pairs of jeans look beautiful in person and have the same single rinse wash. I have always loved the cinch back so the 700J model would be my choice if I was in the market for another pair of jeans right now. The sweatshirt looks great as well, but there is only one size available and it's worth trying on before purchasing. It fits quite small and definitely stays true to its 50s athletic reference. That said, if it fits, add some boots and a military jacket to the mix and you're all set for the fall.

J.Crew

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Saturday
Aug072010

New Balance, USA

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—01. New Balance factory in Skowhegan, Maine.

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Earlier this year we had the opportunity to visit New Balance's Maine factory. Not only did we get to see the process of the trainers being made, but Owen, Ken and myself got to join the STS33 line on the top floor of the Skowhegan factory. We each got the chance to stitch down a couple of uppers and line up a few N's on the 996 model that was in production. The people at New Balance were great, and the 2-day experience turned out to be one of the best trips we've taken. I was really happy with the final article too. These are a few extra shots I took while Ken was photographing the factory.

New Balance Feature, Inventory Issue 02

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Saturday
Aug072010

Leather Soul Hawaii Navy Suede Aldens

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—01. Beautiful unlined suede.
—02. Plain toe boots.
—03. Deep navy with hints of grey
—04. On oiled flex sole

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By now it's pretty much common knowledge that Alden makes great shoes and the various options for customizing them is virtually endless. If not, one only needs to look at the great make-ups Leather Soul Hawaii continues to produce again and again. Just in time for the end of summer and early autumn, they've produced a great pair of plain toe bluchers with the nice lower profile oiled flex sole and the classic plain toe boot on a plantation sole. While the silhouettes of both pieces of footwear are great in basically anything, the deep navy suede really makes them. A great colour but just neutral enough that you can get away with wearing them with so much more.

&mdashAvailable at Leather Soul Hawaii

Friday
Aug062010

Yuketen Fall Delivery

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—01. Peanut suede Angler Mocs.

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Yuketen is definitely one of the brands we are most excited to see each season. The brand and people behind it are great, and the products are always exceptional. We just received our first fall delivery which includes the Melton wool backpack, with natural veggie leather straps and accents. It's a serious bag, made by hand and lined with red canvas with multiple compartments. The first shoe to arrive is the Angler Moccasin in peanut suede - a great shoe that's arguably better than the Ranger Moc. We are looking forward to the arrival of a couple more styles in the coming month, including an INVENTORY/Yuketen collaboration.

&mdashInventory Stockroom

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Thursday
Aug052010

RRL

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—01. Selection of RRL items available at Present.

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One of the most mysterious brands, at least in the realm of the Internet, has to be RRL. The brand enforces strict rules against online sales, publishing of images, self promotion and generally all the things that help brands thrive and/or survive today. This means if you don't live in one of the few cities with a RRL shop, the brand hardly exists, and that's a shame because it's great. Sure, it's made mostly in China, but it's made well, with great fabrics which have been processed beautifully. For those of you in London, Present are now stocking a selection of items from RRL.

&mdashAvailable at Present

Wednesday
Aug042010

Nigel Cabourn Everest Parka

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—01. Orange parka.
—02. Waterproof Ventile outer.

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One of Nigel Cabourn's most iconic pieces is back this fall. The Everest Parka was originally part of his 2003 Edmund Hillary inspired Ascent collection, and has been one of the more anticipated jackets this season. Like many others, I didn't see the original collection in the flesh so there's a certain mystic to buy into with an item like this. The whole FW10 collection is very strong, but the stand out orange jacket is key to the Cabourn story.

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