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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

Monday
May172010

Levi's Vintage Clothing 50s Pocket Tee

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—01. White 50s tee.
—02. Great labels.
—03. Washed out green.

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The pocket tee is one of the most simple and iconic items when it comes to summer. Paired up with denim or chinos, it's hard to go wrong. Yet so many people go wrong making pocket tees. Levi's continue to make a few things well, besides the LVC denim, the tees are probably their next strong point.

Available at Nitty Gritty

Sunday
May162010

MHL Pleat Pocket Jacket

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—01. Navy Twill.
—02. Grey Twill.

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This spring one of the nicest MHL pieces is the Pleat Pocket Jacket. It's available in both a navy and a dark grey. The cotton jacket is garment dyed and has two patch pockets and one flap chest pocket. The fit is a classic Margaret Howell casual silhouette which makes the jacket quite versatile. The twill cotton is fairly structured and it's also lined with a lightweight cotton which gives the jacket a heavier feel than you might expect for spring. This is really an all season piece that will look great after being broken in for a few months.

Available at Inventory Stockroom

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