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Friday
May212010

Atlantic Works for Beams Plus

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—01. White suede beef-roll loafer.
—02. Nice silhouette.
—03. Red brick sole.

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Atlantic Works and Beams Plus seem to have formed a fairly strong relationship in the last few seasons as the footwear company has now made a handful of great looking shoes in collaboration with the Japanese retailer. These loafers are given a preppy twist by adding the red brick sole and pairing it with a white suede. It's usually a combination reserved for bucks, but in this case the result is a great summer shoe.

Beams

Thursday
May202010

In Stock: National Anthem

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—01. Russian Sailor Shirt.
—02. Made in Canada.

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National Anthem was one of those brands that looked great when we discovered it through select online Japanese web stores. After closer inspection and finding out that it was made in Vancouver, we had to dig a little deeper. Having been able to sneak a couple of their classic spring items into a recent production run, we are happy to add the brand to our stock list. These National Anthem Russian Sailor shirts are made from medium weight cotton in a classic Breton style, but instead of the usual wide cut neck, they have a nice crew neck. The overall shape is great and they work just as well over a shirt as they do on their own.

Available at the Inventory Stockroom

Wednesday
May192010

Spring Patterns

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—01. Blue gingham.
—02. Hank Schmidt in der Beek, artist.

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These images have been going around the Internet for a little while and I couldn't help but post them. The concept is pretty humorous, but the photographs themselves are great. All the elements are perfect; not only the colours in the shirts and on the canvas, but also the hazy backgrounds and really lush green landscape.

Wednesday
May192010

Decho Camouflage Hats

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—01. Works well with the simplicity of a white shirt.
—02. Interior details.
—03. Interesting patchwork fabrics.

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While people are saying camouflage is coming back, or has come back, I still haven't seen a lot of good new items showcasing the pattern, and I've seen even less people sporting it well. It's definitely more difficult to wear than a plain olive or khaki, but I always feel it works nicely in small doses. If you're one for the safari or bucket hat, these versions by Decho might be just right. The colors are great and I like the leather accents too.

Available at Utility Coop

Wednesday
May192010

White Mountaineering, Tokyo

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—01. 2nd floor shop in Daikanyama.

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One of the most interesting visits we made last fall was to the White Mountaineering shop in Tokyo. We had seen a lot of the brand online and never in person, so it's always exciting meeting something in the flesh for the first time. The shop was definitely striking, from the stairway to the window to the wall. Painting things white is nothing too revolutionary, but these photos of the shop felt pretty beautiful.

In our spring issue, Owen Parrott describes the trip and afternoon we spent with White Mountaineering.

White Mountaineering

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
May182010

J.Press Gingham Pocket Squares

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—01. Red.
—02. Navy.
—03. Olive.

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You can always count on J.Press for seasonal basics done well. These gingham pocket squares are simple, colourful and can add just the right touch to an outfit. Stuff it in your back pocket or in your blazer, but try to avoid having it look like a bouquet of gingham growing out of your pocket.

J.Press

Tuesday
May182010

Head Porter Plus Cuba Shirt

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—01. Nice classic open collar.
—02. Back collar.
—03. Nice pocket detials.

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The summer weather has hit already in a few cities and it's definitely been warming up in Vancouver lately. While I've still yet to wear a short sleeve shirt, they are more on my mind these days. One of the options I haven't often considered is this sort of South American style. Head Porter Plus have done a nice version in red plaid which has just enough of the reference to keep it wearable and clean for the summer.

Haven

Monday
May172010

The Hideout + Norse Projects + Barbarian

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—01. Red short sleeve.
—02. Navy long sleeve.

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Barbarian is another company that has its roots in North American history, specifically Canadian history, yet has thrived in Japan in recent years. As a tougher alternative to a Breton top, the rugby shirts offer a shirt/jacket/sweater option that can be quite diverse and look great. We haven't seen the brand reach out beyond the East, except for on rugby pitches, but Norse Projects and The Hideout have done a great job putting together a couple of spring shirts. The colours, white collars and long and short sleeve options are nicely done.

Norse Projects / The Hideout

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