I have been enjoying my anti-fit pants these days. While the overalls ended up being extremely baggy on one extreme, I would love to find a pair of navy slacks that are still loose fitting but more wearable in everyday situations. These pants from Peter Jensen's spring collection look like they might be perfect. I would hope that they are pretty close for C$495. The pants look very casual with a bit of a wrinkled material that is able to hide the subtle pleats really nicely. I am not a fan of super starched pleats, but when they look broken in and are just barely noticeable I think they look great. Gravity Pope even rolled them up for you so you can't get the look wrong.
There are a lot of jackets on the market this days it seems. I guess probably more than have ever been available on the planet Earth. However, it still doesn't seem like there are that many good looking jackets that can fend off the most hated weather around, rain. A.P.C. has put forth a really nice looking stone colored hounds-tooth rain jacket made from 100% cotton. So coat isn't actually rain proof, but repellent is usually good enough. A.P.C. usually have a jacket in this similar 'Mac' style and they are some of my favorite. I think the French labal does a great job stripping it down to the basic essential details. Adjustable button tab on the wrists, slant cut pocketing, nice big buttons, raglan sleeves and a nice fitting collar. It's probably not going to stop traffic, but it's going to look good and get a lot of wear.
Museum Ark is at it again with some great styling. I was immediately drawn to this look put together with items in the shop. The color palette is perfect and combined with a great mix of classics worn in a fairly interesting way. While I went through to inspect each item, I wasn't totally blown away, they are nice, but when all put together, I love it. This again shows the power of some extra effort from the retailer in making me want a look, rather than just a piece. On one hand, it makes me want to shop there because I feel like the people have a great idea of how to put it together and must know what they are talking about. On the other hand, since everything is fairly uncheap, and in Japan, I am just as happy to take this as inspiration and you could probably come up with something locally that works nearly as well for a lot less. As Pusha T says, money can't buy swagger. A lot of people try, they spend lots of money - but it really comes down to how well you put it together. Check the image after for how these items come together. *Stand out item is the shoes, I love them.
I like blue on blue plaid, and I really like fish tail parkas, so it's not surprising I like this spring jacket from Uniform Experiment. I don't particularly like the price tag of around $750 us however, but the piece looks great. I think the deep blues and pale tones are going to be the way to use blue this spring.The thin red line is also a great accent on this jacket and with blue in general. The jacket is quite subtle for being such a big piece in terms of coverage, with a pattern all over it. I really like when parkas have the waist draw string along with the bottom string, and throw one on the hood for good measure. I am quite sure I am going to pull the trigger on a parka this spring, but I'm between something with this shape and a mountain parka. I'm really leaning towards Engineered Garments parka but time well tell what kind of deal/price/piece comes up.
Although I didn't officially play cricket in high school, we did have a pitch at our school, and it was pretty fun when we got to partake in PE class. There are a couple other beautiful spots in Victoria and Vancouver where the game is played in the summer months. I really love the all white attire and mix of slacks, casual sweaters, shirts and hats that are a big part of the game. The cricket sweater is probably the easiest piece to take from the sport and reappropriate into modern menswear. This spring Hickey have put out a version of their own with some success, and some...less success. I feel the sweater should be kept basic in terms of colors. It can be a cable knit or not but I don't think it shouldn't have more than two colors, ie. white and navy, or white and green, navy and grey etc. Needless to say, I find a couple of Hickey's versions to have a little too much going on in terms of colors and stripes. The brown/khaki model is my favorite from the batch and since I like the colors especially this season, I thought it was worth a post - and probably worth a purchase on sale.
Patrik Ervell might be my favorite collections I don't own anything from. Mostly because I have a really hard time finding the items I want. In Vancouver the only retailer is big ol' Holt Renfrew, and needless to say their buying and customer experience are far from what I'm looking for. Otherwise there are only a handful of online retailers like Tres Bien and South Willard, where these items are available. Now the prices on Mr. Ervell's collection are not too low, but they are beautiful. These spring items are some of the basics and most classic items he does really well. The chambray with the club collar is a great looking shirt that you can wear pretty much any time. Both sweaters look soft and very wearable, great colors for the spring. Patrik Ervell's fall collection is one of the nicest I've seen as well through the last month or two of tradeshows and showrooms. I hope that the collection gets picked up a bit more and represented a bit better, both for Patrik, and for my closet's sake.
Klaxon Howl is a beautiful shop on Queen West in Toronto I first heard of, and visited, last summer. Kyle from Dejour mag took me through for a look at the vintage denims, military jackets, boots and helmets, and whatever else the shop had accumulated. It seemed to be a haven for all things vintage, military and cool. While it was hard to get too excited about heavy wool jackets in the middle of the heatwave of the summer, the shops goods were definitely exciting to browse through. This year the shop has put together their very own collection. Inspired by the items around them and the techniques used in their manufacturing, the filtered military and work wear pieces look great. The collection of shirts, denim and outerwear are said to be inspired by the 'frontiersmen and prospectors, soldiers and sailors, aviators and American Indians' that made use of the original designs. While the shop's items seem rather 'on trend' as some like to say, it only takes a quick look through the retail location to see these folks are serious about their wears. From the vintage buttons to the gun shell cases, to the hunting knives and the old Levis posters, Klaxon Howl is the real deal and I look forward to seeing more of the collection for fall/winter 2009.
I just got put onto the Brooklyn Radio website the other day and it might be one of the best online resources for great music listening ever. With hours and hours of free steaming or down-loadable, well mixed sets covering the history of hip hop from 1990 up to 2008, what more could I ask for? If you don't read the music reviews every month, not only are you missing on some gems, but you might not know that we at h(y)r collective love our hip hop music. I'm constantly looking for good sites or mixes I can let play at work all day, or especially when I worked retail it would have been great. Something classic, easy to listen to and that you don't get bored off. That's exactly what this website has. 'The Rub' is a small gold mine of some seriously good tracks from classic artists throughout the last decade and a half of music. Brand Nubian, Tribe Called Question, Black Moon to Nas and Ludacris to Sean Price and De la Soul. I doubt you'd be disappointed by a single track as each song is picked from a year of great music and whoever is in charge is doing a great job. Check The Rub here.