Now, please don't get too mad at my outfit this time...But round 2 of the Walk Off series is now up on Blacklodges. This time Mr. Vogel was just facilitating the battle as I took on Nick and Chris Schonberger. The east coast brothers seem to be bracing for cold weather, hunting large animals, rain (at the strip club) and some basketball. Blue seems to be the color of spring 09 so I went with a lot of different blues for my look. I think it's still an extremely easy to wear composition that would do well anytime, anywhere. Of course the chinos would be rolled and the comfort level would be high. I had to include a couple of my favorite items that got blogged in the last week as well since they've stayed on my mind. That cardigan is killing me though. For the price I know I couldn't even get it for 50% probably, but the suede bucks are in stock in my size, for a more manageable price... Black Lodges / Walk Off Pt. II
If you're looking for an affordable leather travel bag, this unfortunately isn't the one. At 50% off right now, it's still sitting at $1,098 US. Other than that the bag looks beautiful. I really like the brown leather tone of the bag and the black zippers and hard ware feel like they go really nicely together. The strap placement does seem a bit odd to me, but I can't say its bad until I was able to pick up the bag and give it a good test. The handles and shoulder strap look well balanced and I can imagine how great it would look after a year or two of use. It's pretty difficult to find a great duffle bag for a really solid value I find, especially in all leather. Perhaps this bag is actually of great value if you get it for half price, but the price range is so far up there that most of us would probably have to live on the streets for a month to pay for it. Well, some of us...
Dries Van Noten has extended their stockists to include a couple of our favorite shops this spring, Tres Bien and South Willard. The LA based boutique has received a really nice selection of spring items that are looking particularly expensive good. While part of me doesn't want to post this soft blue cardigan as it retails for $1075, I also can't help it because I love it. The blue is perfect. The linen/silk combination looks extremely soft and it appears to be just the right weight for a spring/summer layer. The white buttons are also a nice touch for a warm weather piece, along with the option to add the pin. This might be one of my favorite pieces I've seen this spring so far, it's beautiful, and I feel I could get a ton of great wear out of it, but at that price point, I just can't make it happen. I am also a fan of this two button blazer with elastic sleeves. I have a feeling nothing will look that great for a couple days after seeing this cardigan. I just hope it's not spending much time on the hanger.
I've never been a huge fan of Steven Alan's reverse stitched seams and how they fit me. I've never owned one, and probably never will. I think that he comes with some great colors and patterns but the fit just isn't right for me. I am quite interested in a lot of the outerwear, as well as these Double Gauze shirts. Coming in both a charcoal and a light heathered grey, the shirt looks like a very wearable spring piece. I particularly like the lighter color and the way the shirt has some of the western details while keeping it subtle. The shirt has the flap pockets white buttons and 3 snap cuff but it doesn't appear to have the big rounded material cut on the shoulders which I often find is a little more than I need. I'm not too familiar with a 'double gauze' shirt, or what that means even, but I would be interested in feeling up this shirt and checking the fit.
More Visvim, sorry (last one for a while). But, thanks to a spread in Japanese magazine Sense, us North American fiends get the most comprehensive look at the Spring line as well as a bit of a lookbook shot in Cuba. You've probably seen most of the stuff already but there is still more 'new' items. A handful of spring jackets, madras and some new models of footwear. While it's nice to see the whole collection together, it's the lookbook that I'm excited about. The photography and Cuba looks really awesome and it's especially nice to see full Visvim looks. A lot of the pieces on their own can look kind of odd and have you (or at least me) wondering how and why anyone would wear them. Pieces like a madras bucket hat, eggplant FBTs and a zip-up team jacket with little purple clouds all over it are some examples. But then you see them in the look book and they look amazing. Maybe, or probably, it's just a case of perfect Japanese styling but it makes me want to try and look like a Son cubano drummer this summer. Check the spread below. Thanks to CADMUSfamily for the scans.
Surprisingly nobody has been able to put together any collaborative works with Seattle's renown hunting/lifestyle brand, until now. Filson make some of the most classic, iconic and attainable bags on the market. With strong canvas and nice saddle leather, there is no denying their appeal. Apolis Activism have managed to put together a bag with them for fall, utilizing some of the special factors of their business. Apolis Activism isn't just a catchy name, the seem to work hard to actively try to help people and their surrounding economy. For this project they contracted Invisible Children from Uganda to source and develop their native canvas for the bag. Apolis tries to "create opportunities for developing economies by connection them to the global market place." I had heard about the project a little while back but it's nice to see the result. I like the color choices, label placement and red cross, although it probably wouldn't have been my choice of bag to work with. Overall well done, thanks to Secret Forts for sharing the info.
We all know spring is almost here and all you are going to need are a couple oxford shirts, a light sport coat and a jacket. So we can start picking out specific items for fall I figure. I am actually not a huge fan of Helmut Lang collections although like many others, there are pieces I like a lot. This fall Helmut Lang is offering this beautiful long wool cardigan. The soft roll of the collar into a bit of a shawl neck combined with a great blend of ribbing and a perfect tone of grey is making this look great. I am totally a fan of the long, cozy cardigan look in the fall/winter season. I think it can be really comfortable and warm while looking quite 'stylish'. I don't see too many people wearing cardigans like this and I don't think they are too hard to pull off with some decent pants and some nice boots. The look overall is a great fall day outfit.
Surface 2 Air have developed their collection into a well known and respected label around the world. With some of the best stockists and a beautiful flagship location in Paris, France, the brand has grown with its owners and directors into a very complete, strong offering. I personally am always a fan of their bags, sweaters and outerwear. These spring trench coats are looking really nice. Both the black and light khaki color are really classic looking with a nice slim cut. The viscose lining is quite a nice touch, and definitely can add to the feel of any item, while the waxed cotton outer keeps the trench a little more modern and still maintaining the classic style. I have been looking for the perfect trench coat for a while now. So long that I've become so picky that I may never find it. Junya Wantanabe CDG has a great version last winter that I'm really wishing I just pulled the trigger on, but I didn't, so I'm still looking. Surface 2 Air seems to have covered all the angles with this piece; color, waxed cotton, horn buttons, viscose lining and even the belt, tied casually behind the back.