—01. Photo by Brian Ferry.
—01. Photo by Brian Ferry.
—01. Features a Vibram sole, ideal for the fall.
While I'm still overly excited about our Maine Guide shoes, I have to admit that these suede Anlger Mocs on the Vibram Christie sole look really good as well. I am feeling like the Angler might be one of my favorite models from Yuketen, especially for low cut moccasins. The Vibram sole, rather than the crepe, looks really nice and is ideal for the fall weather ahead. The shoe is just plain great looking and very well made.
—01. Available in natural, Shetland wool.
We received our fall delivery from Margaret Howell last week. We'd been looking forward to it for a while and weren't disappointed. We put most of our focus on the brand's classic pant styles and beautiful knits, but there's also a little shirting and outerwear mixed into the buy. The knitwear is a real standout, not only within the collection, but across the market in general. This Fair Isle crew neck is the perfect example. The sweater is made from Shetland wool and features a very subtle and wearable Fair Isle pattern. It also has a traditional fit which works well with a more natural silhouette, and that makes it one of my favourites.
—01. Khaki Macintosh coat.
—02. Made in Japan.
Nanamica has finally made it into the European market this season and from what I've seen, they haven't disappointed. Their updated versions of classics, fabric choice and general styling is just as it should be. Other people seem to be stuck up on their affiliation with North Face Purple Label, but I think the Nanamica brand itself is more interesting. This fall mac is a fine example of that and a great piece.
—01. Available in navy, orange & olive.
Mountain Equipment Inc. make this bag in the USA, but in Japan the collection falls under the Nepenthes umbrella. I'm not sure how this relationship works exactly, but I'm quite sure these bags are awesome. Clean and classic design, nice color options and a leather bottom are always good elements in a backpack.
—01. Grey Marl.
—02. Made in the UK.
People definitely seem to be coming around on the rollneck sweater again this season. Whether it's from Nigel Cabourn, SNS Herning or relative newcomers to knitwear, it feels like the classic style is having a small revival. Albam have made their version in grey marl, charcoal and red. The fit is casual, the wool is warm and the price is very reasonable.
—01. Natural cotton webbing.
The classic is back. The Ice Bag has been hard to keep in stock, but we finally got a few more made up - this time with a natural cotton webbing. The fabric is a bit tougher and has a nice almost flecked/off-white tone to it. The heavy canvas is sturdy, durable, useful and looks great; new and battered. The tan color is a new one for us as we thought it worked a little better for the fall season. All three colors are now available online and in-store.
—01. Front view
—02. Nylon neck cinch.
—03. Zip pocket on back.
I've been hunting around for a bit more vintage lately - of course, when it's 1am, that means I'm on eBay. I just came across this old North Face top and got pretty excited. Not only is the pattern on the fleece body nice and rascal, but the neck cinch is an interesting detail. The zip pocket on the back is also a great functional piece of design. It might be a difficult item to mix into your daily wardrobe but I can see menswear designers incorporating more climbing and hiking details into things in seasons to come. There is definitely potential for some interesting designs combining these old-style features with today's tailoring and technology.