I'm a big fan of all of the chambray shirting by Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills so it's no surprised I've made note of most of them this season. The Cruiser chambray shirt is another simple and easy to wear shirt that looks great. The colour is great and I usually prefer my chambray with white stitching and white buttons. The nice bar tacks and button flap pockets on the chest have small cotton pockets on the inside keep things organized. Another thing Daiki has perfected is the size of the collar on his designs. I think he has just the right ratio across the board on his BD shirts to the work shirts - where many other designers or reproduction pieces just don't feel right on me. The slightly different pockets, curved back yoke and tab button collar are enough to make me want to add it to the chambray collection this fall.
I don't usually write about much other than clothing, but there are certain pieces, products or things that I feel I connect with even if I don't know much about them. Legendary designer Charles Eames is responsible for some of the most recognizable seating tools out there, and they just happen to be some of my favorite as well. I'm really drawn to the simplicity and clean design, especially showcased with the shell chair. Beyond the beauty of the chair, I've become addicted to browsing Sit and Read Furniture for the really great curation of items. The worn wooden floors and soft light are perfect settings for the well designed and well used furniture featured and for sale. I'm starting to think about a new office space so a blog shop like this is the perfect inspiration.
It's been a bit of a wait this time around but the bi-annual magazine have pulled things together for their 11th issue. The latest offering features Ethan Hawke and/or Sonic Youth on the covers as they continue to choose off key celebrities for their cover story. I haven't been able to scoop the latest issue but I will hunt one down this weekend. The magazine is from Vancouver and it's one of the more beautiful publications in the world. With an excellent use of photography and white space, it was definitely something that influenced me when starting h(y)r collective. The distribution seems to be growing and thanks to Hobo's new website, it's much easier to find a local retail outlet. You can also snag back issues from Hobo on their new site which I always find nice. The copies usually go fast so at the very least find a copy to browse through.
The continuing series of Red Wing collaborations with Ronnie Fieg have recently resulted in my favorite model yet. The "Ashy Navy" 875 6" model has been done in a really nice treated navy this fall. I've seen some navy suede versions that people have customized, or the low top version by South 2 West 8 but this muted nubuck leather has a very appealing look. It's a little more subtle and I feel I could wear it with a little more ease. The collaboration resulted in some 877 8” models which also came out quite well, but it's the navy for me. They release at David Z this Thursday for $250. There are a number of great boot companies out there but I find I am always drawn to Red Wing products. I've owned a few pairs and if I hadn't just acquired some, these would be high on my list. Images from Highsnobiety
Roden Gray has just re-opened after a quick one-day remodeling of their Vancouver shop. The store now houses a small Gitman Vintage shop-in-shop featuring the fall/winter collection. The room within Roden Gray was built out by the owner, Rob Lo, and his helpful staff. The walls feature wheat pasted newspapers and old Gitman Bros. clippings and news. On the racks and shelves you'll find a nice variety of oxford cloth, gingham, plaid and flannel. Roden Gray was actually one of the first shops to bring in the Gitman Vintage collection and continues to be one of it's biggest supporters. The Gitman shirts are some of my personal favorites and I'm not alone, as they've been selling well around the world this fall. With such a good product that essentially sells itself, it's nice to see a retailer make the extra effort to really get behind a brand and merchandise it with some added attention.
Usually when I get an item or two I wear the hell out of them for a few weeks in a row. When I feel like a certain sweater and shirt combination feel right or a particular pant and shoe come together well, I don't hesitate to wear them a couple of times in a week. Lately the EG work shirt and S.N.S Herning Naval sweater have been that combination. September and October are some of the nicest months of the year and I often like to go with a little urban camouflage to match the leaves falling around town. So the Workaday cords in tan and the J. Press socks in a dark olive green paired with the Filson wool hat definitely make me feel at home. To top off the outfit the Duluth for Inventory Items Utility Pack is perfect for this casual look and for carrying anything I'll need through the day.
While Margaret Howell continues to be strong in Europe and is beginning to trickle in the US, it's biggest supporter is of course Japan. After a browse through their Japanese website, I found this wonderful grey Harris Tweed coat. I feel like a grey wool coat might be one of the best pieces of outerwear you could own come fall. While it may not be the best performer in the rain, the light or dark grey tones are often the perfect compliment to the red, orange and blue plaids that pop up in the cold weather. This piece looks to have just enough room for some layering underneath as well. The dark collar and simple 4 button front work nicely with the side cinches and low flap pockets. I wouldn't mind seeing a chest pocket on the left, but otherwise it's pretty close to perfect.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to make it to Paris, France during men's fashion week. It was an exciting time to be in the city and it was wonderful to be able to meet some of the designers and people behind my favorite brands. I met with Kyrre Alver from Blender Agency and Secrety Society to spend the day touring some of the nicest showrooms in the city. We paid particular attention to Comme des Garcons and Visvim while we also had a meeting with Mr. Nigel Cabourn at Tranoi. The feature offers a small glimpse into some of the decisions and the process when buying for your own shop. Both Kyrre and I placed orders in Paris but the experience and company was the highlight of the day. What better way to see the city; Buying Paris. - Inventory ISSUE 01