The continuing series of Red Wing collaborations with Ronnie Fieg have recently resulted in my favorite model yet. The "Ashy Navy" 875 6" model has been done in a really nice treated navy this fall. I've seen some navy suede versions that people have customized, or the low top version by South 2 West 8 but this muted nubuck leather has a very appealing look. It's a little more subtle and I feel I could wear it with a little more ease. The collaboration resulted in some 877 8” models which also came out quite well, but it's the navy for me. They release at David Z this Thursday for $250. There are a number of great boot companies out there but I find I am always drawn to Red Wing products. I've owned a few pairs and if I hadn't just acquired some, these would be high on my list. Images from Highsnobiety
Roden Gray has just re-opened after a quick one-day remodeling of their Vancouver shop. The store now houses a small Gitman Vintage shop-in-shop featuring the fall/winter collection. The room within Roden Gray was built out by the owner, Rob Lo, and his helpful staff. The walls feature wheat pasted newspapers and old Gitman Bros. clippings and news. On the racks and shelves you'll find a nice variety of oxford cloth, gingham, plaid and flannel. Roden Gray was actually one of the first shops to bring in the Gitman Vintage collection and continues to be one of it's biggest supporters. The Gitman shirts are some of my personal favorites and I'm not alone, as they've been selling well around the world this fall. With such a good product that essentially sells itself, it's nice to see a retailer make the extra effort to really get behind a brand and merchandise it with some added attention.
Usually when I get an item or two I wear the hell out of them for a few weeks in a row. When I feel like a certain sweater and shirt combination feel right or a particular pant and shoe come together well, I don't hesitate to wear them a couple of times in a week. Lately the EG work shirt and S.N.S Herning Naval sweater have been that combination. September and October are some of the nicest months of the year and I often like to go with a little urban camouflage to match the leaves falling around town. So the Workaday cords in tan and the J. Press socks in a dark olive green paired with the Filson wool hat definitely make me feel at home. To top off the outfit the Duluth for Inventory Items Utility Pack is perfect for this casual look and for carrying anything I'll need through the day.
While Margaret Howell continues to be strong in Europe and is beginning to trickle in the US, it's biggest supporter is of course Japan. After a browse through their Japanese website, I found this wonderful grey Harris Tweed coat. I feel like a grey wool coat might be one of the best pieces of outerwear you could own come fall. While it may not be the best performer in the rain, the light or dark grey tones are often the perfect compliment to the red, orange and blue plaids that pop up in the cold weather. This piece looks to have just enough room for some layering underneath as well. The dark collar and simple 4 button front work nicely with the side cinches and low flap pockets. I wouldn't mind seeing a chest pocket on the left, but otherwise it's pretty close to perfect.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to make it to Paris, France during men's fashion week. It was an exciting time to be in the city and it was wonderful to be able to meet some of the designers and people behind my favorite brands. I met with Kyrre Alver from Blender Agency and Secrety Society to spend the day touring some of the nicest showrooms in the city. We paid particular attention to Comme des Garcons and Visvim while we also had a meeting with Mr. Nigel Cabourn at Tranoi. The feature offers a small glimpse into some of the decisions and the process when buying for your own shop. Both Kyrre and I placed orders in Paris but the experience and company was the highlight of the day. What better way to see the city; Buying Paris. - Inventory ISSUE 01
The varsity jacket is a very difficult piece to master, at least it would seem that way. There are very few that I would like to buy off the shelf but Supreme's fall varsity is really growing on me. I think you should go with no patches or a lot of patches, Supreme obviously went with the latter and came up with the perfect combination of animals, numbers and cursive. The classic colorways are spot on as the New York brand aced this piece, along with most of the fall collection. It's not a jacket I would have put money aside for the second I saw it, but the more I look at it, the more I want to wear it. The 24oz. Melton wool is great for the fall and the leather sleeves are a great compliment, and a necessity for the perfect varsity. There are still a couple left online, but I doubt that will be the case for long.
The WWI belt from Nigel Cabourn's fall collection seems to be moving quickly. I'm not sure if it's because it's a perfect brown leather belt or because it's by far the most affordable piece in the collection. Taking inspiration from the British Mountain Forces waist wear, the tough brown leather accessory is about as simple as can be, but with nicely treated metal, two belt loops and the leather roll on the buckle, it stands apart. Although the piece might seem somewhat insignificant when surrounded by such incredible knits and outerwear, it also feels like a very acute representation of the brand. Available at END
New Balance has quite an interesting history and story as a brand, but I feel they have missed the mark in North America more often than not. While their functional running shoes are highly praised for good reason, the successful casual models and co-branded products seem to be limited to Europe and Asia. I've always liked their hiking shoes and this fall Nonnative put together one of my favorite takes on their H170. The sole has been given a vintage treatment which looks perfect with the two shades of brown. Topped with with a subtle red hit, these are definitely a pair of New Balance's I would wear this fall.