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Saturday
Jan082011

Essential Small Spaces

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—01. Spread from Essential Small Spaces.
—02. Book by Terence Conran.

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I hadn't really read or known much about Terence Conran or his studio until recently. My parents gave me his latest book, Inspiration for Christmas and I've really enjoyed looking through the book. His work with interior and product design is quite legendary, but I've been drawn to his smaller book about small space design. The Essential Small Spaces book features some interesting thoughts, good ideas and beautiful photography.

Terence Conran: Essential Small Spaces

Friday
Jan072011

Engineered Garments Brushed Poplin CPO Shirt

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—01. Available in khaki, olive and navy.

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The spring version of the CPO shirt from Engineered Garments is probably one of the best pieces we didn't buy for our own store. The classic fit, nice fabrics and classic color palette make it very easy to wear and not overly expensive. I think the khaki and olive might be my favorite versions, but the navy is not too shabby either. The shirts have landed in Japan and at Nepenthes, I think, so they should be hitting most western retailers by the end of the month.

Available at Nepenthes

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Wednesday
Jan052011

2nd Snap

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—01. Spread from Snap edition; featuring 'Outdoor style'.

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While Free & Easy still is probably the most famous of the Japanese fashion magazines in our little world, 2nd has quickly become one of our favorites. The content is often a bit more focused and sometimes a little nicer put together, but it is their special edition books like the Red Wing version and now the 'Snap' edition that I really like. The latest special magazine features street style shots from all over Japan. Showing shop keepers, random people on the street and a couple designers, it definitely is a great way to see some interesting outfits. Whether inspiration for getting dressed or finding a specific garment, its definitely a great issue to have around.

Available at Inventory Stockroom

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Early Spring Inspiration

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Some tones, colours, textures and patterns for the upcoming season. I particularly like the multi-floral in the photograph by Jeremie Egry.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Sierra Designs x Pendleton

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—01. Pendleton wool lining.

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We've seen a few of the North West inspired brands make an appearance in the western world now, Crescent Down Works and Mt Rainier Design are quickly becoming the standard, but Sierra Designs still seem just beyond reach most of the time. This version of their classic 60/40 mountain parka is made with Pendleton wool, which accents the exterior green nicely and adds something extra in terms of style and warmth to an already great jacket.

Available at Takanna in Small & Medium

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Monday
Jan032011

Reportage: Vince Tsang

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—01. Miyajima Island, Japan.

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Fellow Canadian and photographer, Vincent Tsang has been traveling around Japan over the holidays. He's visited a handful of cities, shops, regions and people so far, but along his way he'll be capturing some images for the next issue of Inventory magazine. His shots are very clean, nicely composed and give a nice view of Japan in the winter.

Photography by Vincent Tsang

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Sunday
Jan022011

In Stock: Free & Easy 'Rugged Ivy'

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—01. Issue 148, February 2011.

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While we've just started the new year, somehow the Japanese publications are already producing their February 2011 issues. The latest arrival in the Stockroom is the new issue from Free & Easy. The Japanese Bible of ruggedness always sells quickly, but the latest offering looks at the 'Rugged Ivy' way of life. Keeping with Free & Easy's 'all rugged' ways, its another strong mix of product, craftsmanship and styled looks.

Available at Inventory Stockroom

Friday
Dec312010

Happy New Year

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—01. Goodbye 2010.

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2010 has been a very excited and busy year for us. It's been one of the most fun of my life personally and I want to thank all of those who we worked with over the last year, those who helped us out and those who supported us. We've got lots planned for 2011 and don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. On behalf of Inventory, I'd like to wish the best 2011 to all of our readers, supporters and contributors, and say thanks for a great 2010.

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