Fall is essentially here now that it's September, and what says fall like grey. This particular fall seems to be bringing a nice selection of grey footwear including these options from Visvim, Band x Sperry and Common Projects. Of course none of these options are cheap, but they are all great looking. Both the Band of Outsiders and Common Projects come in a grey wool which I've never personally sported on a shoe, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't right now. The respective shoes are very simple, and leave a nice amount of room to play with good slacks and socks to make them look even better. The United Bamboo x CP was an unexpected collaboration, but somehow the result was even more surprising. Much better than the outcome with Mr. Ervell, the grey wool achilles looks great. Visvim's latest classic upgrade is a great rendition of the Desert boot. Again the appearance of the heel counter shows up with top grade natural crepe soles and a fine grey suede. I definitely prefer this model to the original and would love to get my feet in a pair this fall. However likely that is, I want them just same.
This is it. Not only the last of our re-order from the Gitman for h(y)r collective collaboration, but the last h(y)r branded product period - more on that soon. The grey oxford was another quick seller and one that has gotten a lot of wear from my own closet. It was the first sample I received back in January and the first time I was able to wear a product with my own brand on it. It definitely will have a bit of a sentimental value with myself, as well as the future owners I hope. The grey is a slightly lighter oxford 2-ply due to its washing and color dye. The grey is one of the most versatile and easy to wear shirts you can buy. This one comes with our signature red stitch on the back of the collar, custom cut gussets and standard Gitman Bros. quality. Again, made in the Ashland, USA - THE oxford. Available at The Shop, $150
We haven't mentioned of Dave's Quality Meats on the site much before, not for any real reason, but that might be changing thanks to their latest collaboration. They've enlisted the master 60/40 parka makers from the north west to produce two great looking mountain parkas for DQM's fall offering. They went with two very classic colors and we are happy they did. The navy blue with forest green lining looks very nice - very subtle, goes with everything and is quite functional. I'm personally more drawn to the tan 60/40 myself. The lighter color is hard to find in a parka sometimes and the stripped down details and the blaze orange lining is a nice accent colour. Both of these jackets will be available this fall at DQM and are made in Seattle, Washington. I'm not too sure whether these will sell out right away or how many numbers are being made, so you might not want to hesitate knowing you'll have this piece for years to come. Releasing on September 11 for around $320.00
There are a lot of interesting lessons, facts, people and stories surrounding footwear alone. Enough to leave you hungry for more every time. I personally have never dug too deep into the history or background of shell cordovan because it's never been my first choice in a shoe. The slick, shiny and expensive part of a horse has often been left behind as I go with elk, calf skin or nappa. However, shell cordovan is something I probably should have read more about earlier, but since I didn't I am fortunate enough that Jordan at Winn Perry was kind enough to enlighten those of us left in the dark. The quick history is interesting, to the point and I felt like I was caught up on what I should have known. To top it off, he has a beautiful pair of Alden's 990's in the fine Horween developed shell cordovan.
We've been seeing more and more from Takuji Suzuki’s collection lately. The styling and individual pieces are looking better and better the more that releases - unfortunately not round these parts yet. Pull over parkas and windbreakers are usually interesting to talk to designers and buyers about however. Although I personally like the pull over option, they don't sell in store, therefore don't sell in the showroom. This simple equation often leaves us with no good options for the half zippered jacket. ts(s) has put together a great looking and very wearable version that looks great for tossing on when the dark clouds roll in. Either in black or deep green, this pull over parka would be very useful and will only run you about $320 at Nepenthes.
Thick red socks always look great during the winter. An Argyle pattern can also be good but there's something about Fair Isle that's even better. I pulled these off the White Mountaineering site as a reminder to get something similar and thought I'd do a post as well. I've got a couple of Ralph Lauren pairs in the same pattern and while they're still going strong, I definitely want to track down a few more options. The right colour combination is obviously important but I always think a well chosen sock speaks volumes. It's a detail that many people overlook but as part of an outfit, they provide a great point of interest. These are a good example of that. All four colours work really well and my hunt for similar versions begins in earnest this week.
While Nigel Cabourn's outwear is often the star of the show, this fall the collection is very well rounded and this knitted vest is a good reason why. The casual pockets and nice looking fit are great, and I seem to want this piece the more I look at it. It's surprisingly hard to find nice waist coats that don't have that nylon/synthetic back on them, so since this version is completely knit and made from lambswool, you're unlikely to find a better option out there. Of course that will come down to personal taste, but the cut of the V neck allows for several options including a Tee shirt, oxford shirt or a tie. It also would layer very well and coming in grey and navy blue couldn't be better options.
I was a huge fan of this sweater when I first saw the sample way back in January. So last Thursday was almost like Christmas morning for me when it finally arrived after waiting so long for it to come and seeing it pop up everywhere else. Months later, I still love it. A good chunky knit cardigan is something that I think everyone should have and this one is the best. I really have no problem saying that now that I've got it, felt it, tried it on and seen it on other people. Made from 80% Lambswool and 20% nylon the sweater is much softer than you'd expect from a thick wool sweater like it. The colour is unbeatable too. The marled oatmeal is something a bit more interesting than your usual black or navy piece of fall knitwear and looks good with every shirt type and colour we've thrown at it. Jeans, chinos and suit pants all stood up to the test as well. Expensive yes, but the investment is definitely worth it as the slightly slim fitting cardigan fits fantastically and has endless co-ordination options. The tight knit and nylon mean the sweater will hold its shape for years. Available at The Shop PSA: Plugging our own store is unbecoming. I know. The only reason this post wasn't written 2 weeks ago is because we wanted to shoot it ourselves to give the piece some justice. If you live in Europe you can also get it at End.