Are you looking for the ultimate chambray shirt? Well, it's not really a work shirt, but it has been pushed to the limits by Iron Heart in three perfect colors. It's apparently the heaviest chambray that the folks at Self Edge have ever seen - and that is saying something. The western style pockets and shoulder details sometimes through me off, but it's subtle enough and combined with the triple track stitching, snap buttons and chain stitch run off, this might be the chambray of the season. It's made in Japan from a heavy selvedge and is already running a bit low on stock. I really would love to try one of these on - just looking at the images I'm impressed. The red and black colors are surprisingly difficult to find in a good chambray, so if they still have your size, I wouldn't wait too much longer to end the search. Self Edge Link
Band of Outsiders have quietly added a slightly different cut to the collection this fall. Some of the oxford BD and flannel shirts have a slightly elongated size tag which signifies the body shape. They actually tried this a few seasons ago and it didn't quite work out, however this fall's new body shape is a winner for me. Finally a few of the shirts fit my frame a little better. Even though I wear a large as apposed to my regular medium, the slim shirting is long enough on the sides while still coming with the right size neck and wide enough shoulders. Of the patterns in this shape, the red plaid flannel is one of my favorites. It's about as classic a fall shirt as you can get and done as well as you could hope for. It's available at END and Roden Gray.
I've made note recently of a few S.N.S. Herning pieces and it can be attributed to a few things. I recently received a couple sweaters from them, we have an article about them on it's way and it's fall. Now that we're in October its definitely time for the knitwear to come out and the layers to begin to pile up. S.N.S. Herning make some of my favorite pieces when it comes to wool sweaters. I never find the wool too itchy and the fit is very comfortable. The authentic pieces from 1931 and the pieces from 2009 fit seamlessly together and offer a great reference to the sea in a product that works everywhere. The START cardigan is not one of the knits I picked up, but it was one that was high on my list. The pattern in the sweater is nicely contrasted by the ribbed waist band and the metal buttons. The olive version at END is a really good alternative to the classic navy as well.
Recently Haven became the only North American retailer that I'm aware of to stock the Head Porter Plus collection. While the collection may not seem overwhelmingly exciting upon first glance, the chinos and oxfords often have subtle unique details hidden away that you can find on your own. It's a brand we've often written about here due to their understated approach to design and the wear-ability of most pieces. The collection is made in Japan and is finally sold in Canada. Haven's first shipment was small but well edited and we should continue to see some new collections arriving in the store. We might even see the store arriving in a new city, who knows.
Visvim's Elmendorf jacket might be my favorite version of the Type A-2 leather jacket. It's classic reference is obvious and there is really not need to sky away, just make it better. The simplified cut, collar size and use of chromexcel leather works so well to create the perfect leather jacket, in my opinion. I would imagine the jacket would take some wearing to cozy up to, but it would certainly be a piece to last you a lifetime. Coming across vintage pieces of a similar cut, I can usually fit both my arms down on sleeve. As seen in Hiroki's visit at Horween, you can tell he has slimmed down the cut nicely - although it may not look like it in the product shot. European Visvim distributors have brought in the stand out jacket for their Italian shop and if you have an extra couple thousand sitting around, this might be a good thing to spend it on.
While most people may not look forward to Monday morning too much, I actually get a rush out of a full email box, drinking a 4 shot Americano and getting dressed up to get some work done. So far this fall I have been getting a lot of wear out of my chambray and club collar shirts which both have been accompanied by more neck wear than usual. This Drakes knit tie is looking great right now. I think it brings a nice casual feeling along with it, going well with an oxford cloth - its also an ideal tie choice for somebody who doesn’t need to wear a tie. The EG Bedford is a classic casual sport coat and goes well with the cords and is flexible enough to get some work done before popping into a meeting. I have been off wearing Vans for almost a year or two, only recently I picked up a pair made in the USA in white canvas. They’ve been getting loads of foot time with and without socks and I think with the right mix of fabric and patterns through the rest of the outfit, Vans can work well with a tie without looking like a poorly executed GQ spread.
My steering wheel was cold this morning. Cold enough to make me wish I had a pair of gloves on. Even outside the car, driving gloves are my finger holsters of choice. Perfect for right now in the midst of fall when it's chilly out, but not down to the bone cold. I'm usually always a black glove man myself, but I'm really liking brown for accessories these days. Eurochasse is a hunting clothing supplier who make top quality leather goods. Those goods are usually shell holsters, I'm not worried about their dur. Normally the knuckle holes are the deal breaker for driving gloves but the double tracked holes along the fingers and coffin shaped (for lack of a better word) opening are perfect details for pushing whatever whip you want. Get them here.
I've definitely taken a little while to warm up to the knitted ties with this sewn off ends, but Drakes is making me nice and warm with these. The raw silk is spun, dyed and finished in Switzerland in efforts to ensure a particular hand with the ties. The certain crunch when feeling the silk is difficult to get, as well as the perfect shape. These particular pieces are knitted on hundred-year old frames and each of the dots are individually sewn on. You can quickly understand why the price has crept up to £100 with the attention to detail and techniques used in the process. I feel like the navy and off-white colors are really perfect casual ties and would pair with an oxford shirt just right. I featured the navy one in my Monday look, but these knit ties definitely deserved a little more attention for me as it was the piece that really brought the whole ensemble together.