Short sleeve shirts are not generally my favorite to wear. I generally have no problem rolling up my sleeves and actually prefer to when I can. It adds a bit more texture and a bit more material to play with. In the summer months however, it definitely gets hot enough to the get rid of the forearm portions and get the ventilation flowing. I haven't seen a shirt better suited for this than Gitman Vintage's madras short sleeve shirt this spring. Nobody can deny that Madras is one of the best summer cottons out there, and this is the best pattern I've seen it come in this year. The all out patchwork can be a little much for the most part, but the nice orange and grey plaid in this shirt come together really well. It's easy and comfortable to wear, goes with khaki nicely and should be on the list of spring items to buy. The shirts are made really well, in the US, and fit better than anything else I've found in the market. I'm not sure where this pattern will be retailing this season but I do plan on finding out. ...another nice version by Gitman Vintage
For those of you not ready to step into the realm of the loafer, Quoddy's pebbled leather slip on might be a good option this spring. The east coast American footwear brand has definitely been gaining some steam in the last few seasons with collaborations with Albam and Rogues Gallery. It is their own in-house collection that really does it for me however. Their bluchers, boat shoes and ring mocs are really beautiful shoes with the hand made quality a lot of us are looking for these days. For some reason South Willard seems to be the only shop the carries their collection and seem to have an exceptionally good retail price as well. I'm not sure how it works that they retail them for less than they are to order from Quoddy, but either way it's good. The slip on is a pretty versatile shoe that you could wear as slippers, with chinos and maybe even 'tha club' if you were so inclined. The pebbled black leather is a great touch and beautiful finish, I would recomend to anybody looking to buy and wear shoes.
Duluth have been making great looking bags for years. We first came across them last fall with the all of the intensive searching of Japanese websites between a couple different blogs. This spring, their bags are again hitting some of those shops. I have yet to see a Duluth product in a menswear boutique on this side of the world, and it may be unreasonable to expect to see much beyond Filson in terms of traditional field gear. This pack sack by Duluth is one of the most usable and one of my favorite looking from their collection. I really love the aesthetic of a canvas and leather back, as well as a ruck suck style bag. The bag is so stripped down of any bells or whistles that I'd be surprised if it even had an inside pocket, let alone a laptop sleeve. While it looks great, it wouldn't be the most ideal bag for day to day use, but for a quick bike ride, grocery run or a great looking accessory - perfect.
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To be honest, I'm not sure why I like Allen Edmonds any more than other old fashion American footwear brands. For some reason the brand comes off cool to me. I love my two pairs that I have, although purchased for cheap on eBay - the shoes have taken a serious beating over the last half year and are still looking and feeling great. I've been looking for a new loafer that will be my all summer shoe, it turns out Allen Edmonds actually released a new model that might be it. The Coppell shoe takes a classic beefroll penny loafer and adds the rubber sole and a saddle calf leather upper. The shoe isn't a huge departure from the boat shoe ruggedness, but also includes the hand-sewn class usually associated with AE's footwear. I think this shoe has the perfect balance between a dressy loafer and the casual nature of the boat shoe, and won't be found on every UO mannequin in a city near you (I hope).
I plan on wearing tan/beige/khaki coloured shoes (preferably oxfords) pretty often this spring. I don't have any yet, but I saw these 'Coopers' by Grenson at Gravity Pope the other day and they're definitely looking the part right now. Great colour, the suede is buttery soft and smooth and I love the shape and simplicity of them. They're like Vans for grown-ups. Normally I like a nice leather or wooden sole but I'm feeling the rubber one on these. These would go perfectly with those CdG SHIRT chinos down below. I can't wait for summer.
Speaking of Mr. Olch, his website has been updated fairly recently with the spring/summer collection of ties. In the growing selection offered this season, the red and white seersucker is definitely my top choice. The grey wool tie was definitely my pick of last winter, and I'm going to have to go with these colors and material for the spring. Why, you ask? Well, with all of the blue shirts, pants, shorts and jackets coming out right now, I think a little bit of red could be a nice classic accent to your blue oxford button down. The tie also appeals to me because of the casual nature of seersucker. I am not particularly into wearing full suits and silk ties too regularly, but I still like to wear a tie, so it needs to fit my casual ensemble easily. Designed and made in New York, retail $130.
While the short month of February snuck by pretty quick, we've been as busy as ever trying to pull together our latest offering. Issue 11 is on the way, but its still a few days away. I'm pretty excited about the issue as we spoke with some really great and interesting people, as usual. We have a nice feature on The NEWS, one of New York's best showrooms, Alexander Olch, Dana Lee of A-Z Collection and we are taking a look at Tres Bien's new location and their big changes on and offline. We also caught up with Angelo from Supreme just as their spring campaign is in full swing and the new collection is set to drop next week. It should be another good read, and of course there are some pretty pictures to go along with it.