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Wednesday
Feb162011

Nike Lunar Vengeance Terra+

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—01. Part of the spring ACG collection.

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Somewhat on the opposite side of the Nike's I posted last week, these ACG Terra+ trainers look great also. I like the off-white/bone color and the ACG color touches, shape and fabric all blend nicely. I'm also a bit of a sucker for a speckled Nike mid-sole, accented nicely by the orange hits. These seem to be popping up in a few European retailers, definitely a nice trainer for the summer.

Available at Tres Bien

Tuesday
Feb152011

Feature: Making History Continued...

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—01. & 02. Maurizio Donadi by James Pearson-Howes.

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Continuing where Issue 03's Making History feature left off, Maurizio Donadi goes into more detail about Levi’s Made & Crafted, discussing its significance as a Levi’s project, as well as his hopes for the brand beyond its infancy.

Feature: Making History Continued...

Tuesday
Feb152011

A Good Proxy

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—01. Ideal for items like these...

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When I first heard of the term, it seemed pretty odd and I didn't think I would have to use a proxy. The more internet scouring and specific my taste got, it was only a matter of time before I needed help buying things from overseas. It's no secret, especially if you read this site, that Japan has an incredible number of exclusive and hard to find products that we'll never see here. So, after some time, I found out about Sharp Service. The cost is not prohibitive, the shipping is quick and the communication is great. I've found things for much cheaper, or that I could never get here with the help of Hide and his team, so I am happy to pass along their info as we've got a lot of emails about proxy help over the years.

Sharp Service

Monday
Feb142011

Visvim Spring Footwear

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—01. Flynt Lo Suede.
—02. Yucca Moc-Folk Leather.
—03. Yucca Moc-Folk Suede.

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Speaking strictly on the footwear, Visvim's latest offering isn't my favorite. They've moved some of the production to Japan which has resulted in higher prices, along with said higher quality - however beyond the pricing and country of origin, I personally prefer some of the older models more. Looking at the Yucca Moc, I would say the Hockney Folk and Americana Deck were both a little cleaner. The new chukka model looks nice however and uses some great fabrics and colors. All in all, its a solid handful of models from an extensive range, and I still wouldn't mind wearing them.

Available at Surrender

Monday
Feb142011

South 2 West 8 Spring Collection

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—01. My favorite outfit from the Spring '11 look book.

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It's nice that South 2 West 8 is finally available in Northern America, although the Nepenthes store doesn't carry a whole lot. Besides the very solid bag collection, the cut and sew goods always look good. I find that the look books are very well done each season, giving the garments a nice context and also being styled very nicely. It's a bit harder to find stand out specific pieces in the collection, but mixed in, and worn well, its a great offering of clothes.

South 2 West 8

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Sunday
Feb132011

Restocked: British Folk Part One

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—01. British Folk Part One by James Pearson-Howes.

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We just received a restock of British Folk Part One and this is the last batch we'll be getting. James has officially sold out and is working on Part Two, so if you've been thinking about picking up a copy, now's the time to do it.

—Available at Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market

Saturday
Feb122011

Sassafras Seed Jacket

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—01. Olive satin cotton.

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It's getting close to full blown gardening season so it's good timing for Sassafras spring items to start hitting shops. I don't usually like this sort of cardigan style jacket with no collar, but the collar, buttons and back detail make it work for me. The pockets are useful even if you're not packing a full load of bulbs, the color is perfect and Sassafras always use interesting fabrics.

Available at Starling

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Friday
Feb112011

Preview: Engineered Garments FW11

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—01. Shot in the Nepenthes NY shop.
—02. More olive, khaki and brown ahead.

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Although shops are receiving spring goods like there's no tomorrow, we can't help but look ahead as we're finishing up our fall-winter buying. Of course Engineered Garments is one of the brands we look forward to most, and it will be no different for 2011 as Daiki Suzuki has put together another outstanding collection. Featuring some great wools, some classic staples and some new styles, it was fun to buy and will be one of the highlights next fall.


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