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Monday
Sep272010

Margaret Howell Fair Isle Sweater

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—01. Available in natural, Shetland wool.

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We received our fall delivery from Margaret Howell last week. We'd been looking forward to it for a while and weren't disappointed. We put most of our focus on the brand's classic pant styles and beautiful knits, but there's also a little shirting and outerwear mixed into the buy. The knitwear is a real standout, not only within the collection, but across the market in general. This Fair Isle crew neck is the perfect example. The sweater is made from Shetland wool and features a very subtle and wearable Fair Isle pattern. It also has a traditional fit which works well with a more natural silhouette, and that makes it one of my favourites.

Available at the Inventory Stockroom

Monday
Sep272010

Nanamica Gore-Tex Mac

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—01. Khaki Macintosh coat.
—02. Made in Japan.

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Nanamica has finally made it into the European market this season and from what I've seen, they haven't disappointed. Their updated versions of classics, fabric choice and general styling is just as it should be. Other people seem to be stuck up on their affiliation with North Face Purple Label, but I think the Nanamica brand itself is more interesting. This fall mac is a fine example of that and a great piece.

Available at Present

Sunday
Sep262010

MEI Day Tripper

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—01. Available in navy, orange & olive.

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Mountain Equipment Inc. make this bag in the USA, but in Japan the collection falls under the Nepenthes umbrella. I'm not sure how this relationship works exactly, but I'm quite sure these bags are awesome. Clean and classic design, nice color options and a leather bottom are always good elements in a backpack.

Available at Midland Ship

Sunday
Sep262010

Albam Rollneck

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—01. Grey Marl.
—02. Made in the UK.

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People definitely seem to be coming around on the rollneck sweater again this season. Whether it's from Nigel Cabourn, SNS Herning or relative newcomers to knitwear, it feels like the classic style is having a small revival. Albam have made their version in grey marl, charcoal and red. The fit is casual, the wool is warm and the price is very reasonable.

Albam

Saturday
Sep252010

In Stock: Wm. J. Mills & Co. Ice Bags

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—01. Natural cotton webbing.

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The classic is back. The Ice Bag has been hard to keep in stock, but we finally got a few more made up - this time with a natural cotton webbing. The fabric is a bit tougher and has a nice almost flecked/off-white tone to it. The heavy canvas is sturdy, durable, useful and looks great; new and battered. The tan color is a new one for us as we thought it worked a little better for the fall season. All three colors are now available online and in-store.

Inventory Stockroom

Friday
Sep242010

Vintage: North Face

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—01. Front view
—02. Nylon neck cinch.
—03. Zip pocket on back.

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I've been hunting around for a bit more vintage lately - of course, when it's 1am, that means I'm on eBay. I just came across this old North Face top and got pretty excited. Not only is the pattern on the fleece body nice and rascal, but the neck cinch is an interesting detail. The zip pocket on the back is also a great functional piece of design. It might be a difficult item to mix into your daily wardrobe but I can see menswear designers incorporating more climbing and hiking details into things in seasons to come. There is definitely potential for some interesting designs combining these old-style features with today's tailoring and technology.

eBay Link

Thursday
Sep232010

Preview: Stussy x Neighborhood Boneyards

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—01. Top items in the collection.

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With the second installment of the Stussy x Neighborhood Boneyards project around the corner, we take a look at some of the best items in the collection. While some are simple, the two brands have definitely put their mark on them in a subtle and effective way. The Levi's jacket with leather sleeves is an obvious stand out and will probably be a quick piece to go - perhaps our Gastown neighbors will give us a sneak peak.

Stussy

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Post Overalls Tote Bags

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—01. Made in New Jersey.
—02. Cotton fabrics, olive webbing.

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I have a bag problem, and I have addmitted it before. I just love the use of different fabrics, and the simplicity and functionality of tote bags especially. Recently I snagged one of these small Post Overalls tote bags in New York when we met with Takeshi and Katsu. The fabrics are tough but have a light, all season feeling to them. The olive webbing is a nice touch. The size isn't my favorite, but I really like the styling and finishing.

Post O'alls

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