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Friday
Apr092010

In Stock: Yuketen Sport Chukka

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—01. Hand sewn in the USA.

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The Yuketen spring collection has been one of the most anticipated this season - at least in my own mind. There were a lot of great models, leathers and new styles but I felt that the three we choose for the Stockroom made a great little collection. Going with crepe soles across the board, a slight variety of brown leathers and suede and three very strong shoes. The Sport Chukka is the last of the three we ordered for the spring and they just arrived today. As usual, they look even better then I remembered from last summer.

Inventory Stockroom

Thursday
Apr082010

Challenger Chambray

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—01. Pattern on cuffs & collar.
—02. Flap pockets.
—03. Made in Japan.

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Challenger is quickly becoming one of my new favourite brands with pieces like this. Their twist on a simple chambray shirt here is brilliant I think. Taking the classic reference of a bandana pattern and using it on the cuffs and collar provide for some great detail when worn underneath a sweatshirt or maybe another shirt. The hits on the flap pockets tie the whole shirt together for when it’s worn on its own, and it’d be a great option if you’re still unsure on wearing a neckerchief too. It’s the kind of shirt that’s seemingly a bit crazy but it’s so well done it almost feels natural and once on would feel totally normal and simply just look good.

Thursday
Apr082010

Where the Past Will Take US: Kiya Babzani

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—01. Kiya Babzani.
—02. In the SF location.
—03. Self Edge, NY.

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Hypebeast continue their push of online content with another interesting interview, this time with Self Edge’s Kiya Babzani. I feel like I’ve read a good handful of conversations with the retailer in the last few years, but he’s always working on something new and is just generally an interesting guy. The feature includes some nice photographs, good questions and light hearted answers – all worth checking out.

Hypebeast

Wednesday
Apr072010

Look: Just Another Day

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—01. A couple Stockroom goodies.

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Sometimes getting dressed is just as easy as it should be. The staples of spring often work just as well all year round, but they look particularly nice as the weather turns and the lighter tones come together. The socks are left behind and the layers are light and comfortable.

Gitman for Inventory Items Tattersall BD Shirt
Woolrich Woolen Mills Trail Parka
Wings+Horns West Point Chinos
Yuketen Country Rangers
Wm J Mills Sag Canvas Duffle Bag
Muji A6 Notepad

Tuesday
Apr062010

Wigwam Cypress Socks

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—01. All three great options.
—02. Close up.

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While best suited for the cold, wool socks are not just a winter fixture. These Cypress socks from Wigwam, one of the grand daddy’s of the wool sock world, are certainly proof of that. The softer spring colours marled with white are perfect for use with a boot or if you throw caution to the wind and wear with some sandals (preferably Birkenstock Bostons please). Wigwam construction is excellent too although I’m not sure if these have the fitted sole and foot bridge elastic. I’m hoping I can find some at Mark’s rather than having to look overseas.

Eggplant

Monday
Apr052010

Viberg Hiker

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—01. Front view.
—02. Outside.
—03. Inside.

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While boots can often equal fall for many, the hiker’s time to shine is right about now as the weather starts to turn. Viberg’s version of the boot is one of my favourites. Sure there are cleaner and sleeker options from the likes of Diemme or even Visvim, but the bulky ruggedness of the Viberg staple is more endearing to me. The light brown suede on top of the chocolate sole unit is the ideal hiker combo although a pair of red laces would definitely need to be added. Admittedly I’d probably get them first for the actual outdoors, I could easily find them slipping their way into plenty of urban looks. It’s as simple as fatigue pants and a work shirt.They’re on sale at Superdenim now too.

Superdenim

Sunday
Apr042010

A.P.C. Striped Pullover

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—01. Nice simple palette.

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For me Spring is about simplicity and comfort. Clothes that are easy to wear any time of the day and with anything else in your wardrobe. It’s in this department that A.P.C. excels in and this striped sweater is a perfect example. The copper and navy make for a fantastic colour combination that’d go nicely with a lighter shade of pants or shorts. A nice thin weight knit is a great alternative to pull on instead of the usual t-shirt when it gets a little warmer too.

Nomad

Saturday
Apr032010

Visvim Folk

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—01. Visvim heel counter.
—02. 7-Hole 73 Folk.
—03. Welt sole detail.

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Fresh on the heels of their trunk show with Union LA last week, (Was anyone lucky enough to make it to Chateau Marmont for a custom fitting/bespoke pair of Virgil Boots?) Visvim have recently updated their website with some extremely wise words into the brand’s philosophy which is epitomized by their Folk line. For me personally, it’s this type of mentality that makes me appreciate the brand beyond just the end products. A mentality which has unfortunately become a rarity.

How do we know when a made thing is good? Good craftsmanship makes us happy, so we naturally want to make good things. This holds true whether we manage a brand or design a specific product. It’s practically impossible to innovate a high-quality product in such a short, three-month business quarter. Yet we’re often told the exact opposite. Advertisements claim that new and groundbreaking products have appeared in stores overnight, but this is pure marketing. If we move past these bluffs, we can find sign that hint where we should go next. We can only move forward as long as the process of discovery keeps its momentum, and this cannot happen if there is no meaning for a product to exist.

Visvim