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Thursday
Jul082010

Roden Gray, 8 Water St.

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—01. Scheduled to open in mid-August.

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Roden Gray has been one of the best shops in Vancouver since they opened their doors a couple years ago. With their sucess came the need for more space and a new location, this summer they found that space. Moving a little further into Gastown, the new Roden Gray will be about 2500 sq ft. and will reside just one block from the Inventory Stockroom. The neighborhood has been growing nicely and now with Roden Gray, Haven and the Stockroom within 2 blocks of each other, the variety of products available is quite good. The new Roden Gray shop is scheduled to open in mid-August, just in time for the fall season. Until then you can find their product offering in their online shop.

Roden Gray

Thursday
Jul082010

Chester Wallace Canvas Bags

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—01. Black canvas.
—02. Natural canvas.

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This small brand from Portland, Oregon is run by Patrick Long, who named the brand after his grandfather. The canvas bags are simple, useful and nicely designed. I'm usually more into plain bags with less colorful details but I can imagine these bags being very well received. Using vintage canvas, the bags are made in the USA, and with prices ranging from $98-132, the value seems to be pretty solid as well.

&mdashAvailable at Blackbird

Wednesday
Jul072010

Engineered Garments Navy Herringbone Fatigues

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—01. Navy herringbone cotton.
—02. From the Workaday collection, made in USA.

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Last fall I caught a glimpse at the lighter blue version of these Workaday fatigue pants. The decision between the green and blue was tough. However, I think the navy herringbone could be the best yet. While the green is very classic, the added subtly in the fabric and wash makes these pants a great item to have. I also think the pants being navy instead of green lightens up the reference a little which can make them easier to wear for some people.

&mdashNepenthes

Wednesday
Jul072010

Vintage REI Day Pack

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—01. Blue sky and mountains.
—02. Worn down path.
—03. REI bag, found on eBay.

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Recently a reader sent me an image of a favorite bag of his. Instead of just passing along the image of the vintage REI pack, he included these two landscape photographs as well. Something about it just made sense and the colors and mood just fit perfectly. I've been hunting on eBay for old Kelty and REI bags over the past few months although I've yet to pull the trigger. There is something about the metal frame hiking bags that just looks great, although this small day pack is a bit more useful for regular use.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Nike Player

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—01. White canvas.
—02. White metal eyelets.
—03. Tonal branding.

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It doesn't get too much more classic than white canvas sneakers. Several of Nike's ankle cut shoes have been a little too padded for me to wear, but with the subtle tonal branding and the clean white canvas, these are a pretty nice blank canvas for a summer beating.

Available at Haven

Monday
Jul052010

In Stock: Inventory Items by Gitman Bros. Organic Japanese Cotton Shirts

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—01. Available in light blue and navy gingham, grey and navy stripes.

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Our collaborative products with Gitman Bros. continue this summer with a range of organic Japanese cotton button down shirts. Gitman have found a couple of new suppliers and we were able to dig through the fabric swatches to pick out some of our favorites. The shirts are incredibly soft and the perfect weight for summer, but work well all year round because of the subtle colours and patterns we chose. The navy, light blue and grey are all easy to wear and pair up well with chinos, denim or shorts. They all have our signature touches and a nice straight, slim fit.

The light blue and navy gingham are currently available online; the striped versions will be added shortly. All four options are in-store now.

Inventory Stockroom

Sunday
Jul042010

Sassafras Hickory Stripe Pants

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—01. Front view.
—02. Donut button fly.
—03. Hickory stripe fabric.

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Due to the fitting issues that some of us have with Japanese brands, it seems more and more often that the pants are the best items to embrace and wear with ease. Sassafras is one of those brands and these pants are one of my favorites. They might not work for everyday wear, but the nice stripes, detailing and overall finish make for a well rounded, good looking item that's well worth having around.

Available here

Saturday
Jul032010

Plants

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—01. A nice little planter
—02. Great looking foliage

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I've been scouring over interiors a lot lately as I try to finally piece my apartment together after months of neglect. While there are so many amazing spaces out there of so many varying styles one constant I've noticed in all of the places that I like is their great vegetation. Furniture is often hard to find and the process can take a while so a nice looking plant put in the right place or in a nice planter is a pretty easy way to fill a space and make things look great. Small trees, cacti, succulents and air plants have all been catching my attention lately and it's fun playing around with different combinations and locations.

&mdashPhotos via design sponge

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