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Monday
Jul262010

Preview: Mismo Ruck sack

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—01. Available in olive and navy canvas.

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Mismo might not be known for their back packs but it seems more and more luggage collections are trying their hand at the rugged looking ruck sack. Mismo presented their version recently which will be available in their SS11 collection next year. The clean design and high quality materials are no surprise. The interesting hardware and subtle design features make it a definite standout, but you'll have to wait a few months to check them out.

&mdashMismo

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Monday
Jul262010

Look | Pacific Days

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—01. "Palos Verdes Cove".
—02. Sweater and shorts by Woolrich Woolen Mills.

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It's the middle of summer and spending the days by the oceanside are feeling slightly more appealing than shopside, well sometimes. I'll be the first to point out that these particular shorts by Woolrich Woolen Mills aren't for surfing, but they are for looking good and feeling the breeze in the heat - they are also on sale at Odin right now.

&mdashSurf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

Thursday
Jul222010

South 2 West 8 Fall 2010

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—01. A snow-swept setting
—02. Inspired by the outdoors

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Classic outdoor detailed modern fashion wear. That's the concept of Nepenthes' other brand South2 West8 is and their lookbooks always underline it. For me it's more of a Fall brand so this collection is a little more exciting than their last. In some nice brown and natural tones mixed in with darker greys and blacks, the collection makes good use of wool. Many of the looks have a good texture about them without overbearing details. I'm really liking their camouflage pattern as well as the band collared shirt.

South2 West8

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Wednesday
Jul212010

LOOK | Outdoor Summer Nights

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—01. Enjoying the outdoors
—02. Nice palette with comfort & utility

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Sunny summer days bring out the nature lovers in all of us and this photo I saw on my internet travels today reminded me of a long summer day spent hiking and camping. It provided the inspiration for this above look. The shorts and shirt (from Polo and Chimala respectively) are cool and light enough in the heat but are still durable and the boots provide sturdy footwear for exploring the outdoors. The hat keeps the rays off the face, and a pocket square is handy for wiping the sweat from your brow. When the sun sets and you're gathered round the campfire, you can't beat a good flannel.

&mdashMountain Research Flannel
&mdashChimala Workshirt
&mdashPolo Masai Shorts
&mdashK.C. Monarchs Cap
&mdashRed Wing Chukka
&mdashThe Hill-Side Pocket Square

Wednesday
Jul212010

Buying: Spring-Summer '11

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—01. Daiki Suzuki, Pitti Uomo.

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While we are patiently awaiting our first fall-winter deliveries, Simon and I are in New York finishing up our buying for next spring. Our brand list is small and we plan to keep the selection of items we buy well edited and curated in a way that compliments our brand as well as our own personal tastes. Daiki Suzuki is one of the people who makes this quite difficult as the collection is so large and it's one we're particularly fond of. We were fortunate enough to see the Engineered Garments SS11 offering in Florence last month and again in New York yesterday. We've made our final edit, and as fall approaches, we're already excited for next spring.

&mdashArriving soon in the Stockroom

Tuesday
Jul202010

Band of Outsiders Fall Shirting

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—01. Faded black and red stripes
—02. Blue woven end on end fabric

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Band of Outsiders' Fall goods have started arriving in shops and as to be expected, the shirting looks good. The backbone of the brand has always been their simple, well fitting shirts in nice colours, interesting patterns and top quality materials. South Willard in LA has just received some of these shirts and there are a handful of perfectly faded stripes and muted colours that may well be meant for the Fall but feel just right for right now.

&mdashSouth Willard

Sunday
Jul182010

Diemme

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—01. Brown suede with red laces.

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There are a couple companies that make classic looking hiking boots but often they aren't that easy to get or they are really heavy - because they are made for hiking or climbing. Diemme has managed to slim down the classic silhouette, add the lightweight Vibram sole and offer a nice looking boot that is ideal for wearing in the city and on the trails if need be - maybe stick to the path however. They are just starting to release in North America this fall at select shops. They will also be showing the collection in New York this week.

&mdashNow available at Tres Bien

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Saturday
Jul172010

Stockist: Albam

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—01. Shopping bags behind the counter at the Spitalfields shop.

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Albam has been one of the biggest supporters and sellers of our magazine and it's been great to work with the company over the last year. While they've helped spread our product, they have grown at a tremendous rate themselves over the last 12 months. Since I met James and the crew last summer, they've added two more shops and a number of new products. On my recent visit to London I was able to see the Spitalfields shop and quite liked the new space. I would have to say it's my favorite Albam shop of the three locations and it was nice to see the increasingly nice selection of print alongside the increasingly good offering of soft goods.

&mdashAlbam

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