I haven't been 100% sure what I think about Garbstore until this past season. I'd never really seen it in person, I didn't really know who was making it, and honestly there were small details, like the logo, which I didn't particularly like. I got to met Ian Paley in Las Vegas last month and it was a pleasure. We got to share a cab and talk about what he's been doing, as well I had a nice look at the fall/winter collection. I am definitely on board now. Especially after seeing these really nice looks of the spring collection which I would imagine is now available in Garbstore, London. The photos are really nice, the styling is precisely what it should have been and the products look great. I really like the work coats, blazers, parka and shorts. The colors look really nice together, especially that rich khaki/brown and great blue. Just a good looking bunch of clothes, I'm not sure what else to say.
I have become addicted to The Monocle Weekly editions in the past month. Every Sunday, Tyler Brule, Robert Bound and the gang bring on a couple interesting people and talk about what's going on in the world. The show runs about 35-45 minutes long and touches on topics such as Tokyo's mission for the 2012 Olympic games, the development of cultures from Korea to Africa, and the state of retail for independents and large companies. This edition Olivier Spencer was a guest as they spoke about how well established and important the online retail scene is in the UK. It's interesting to hear the differences between North America and the UK in these aspects and to hear a designers take on it is kind of fresh. There is so much going on in the world these days, often too much to read and cover yourself, so I find the Monocle Weekly gives a nice little insight into some of the positives around the globe. Of course having a little sense of humor and nice taste in music doesn't hurt either. The editions are fresh, quick moving and really easy to digest, definitely a recommended at-work listen.
Our friend Jake Davis made a couple posts last week on the place of grey sweat pants in a man's wardrobe. They've been in front of our faces with spring and summer looks, but nobody has really talked about them or mentioned them like this. They do seem like a 'new thing' when paired up with a button down and a toggle coat, but when you see the athletic images of Mr. Ali running around in them, there is something more there. Both styles and looks are slightly different, but Jake's point of a truly stylish person taking their aesthetic to everything they do, whether it's the library, the gym or a date, is really interesting. I agree with Jake's comments on both the potential of great sweats the ease in which you can make them look really bad. It probably does take somebody with a extra good eye and taste to pull them off well, but you really should be able to make them look just as good when you're hitting the gym. So good luck to those who are willing to try it, check Jake's blog for more insight.
Short sleeve shirts are not generally my favorite to wear. I generally have no problem rolling up my sleeves and actually prefer to when I can. It adds a bit more texture and a bit more material to play with. In the summer months however, it definitely gets hot enough to the get rid of the forearm portions and get the ventilation flowing. I haven't seen a shirt better suited for this than Gitman Vintage's madras short sleeve shirt this spring. Nobody can deny that Madras is one of the best summer cottons out there, and this is the best pattern I've seen it come in this year. The all out patchwork can be a little much for the most part, but the nice orange and grey plaid in this shirt come together really well. It's easy and comfortable to wear, goes with khaki nicely and should be on the list of spring items to buy. The shirts are made really well, in the US, and fit better than anything else I've found in the market. I'm not sure where this pattern will be retailing this season but I do plan on finding out. ...another nice version by Gitman Vintage
For those of you not ready to step into the realm of the loafer, Quoddy's pebbled leather slip on might be a good option this spring. The east coast American footwear brand has definitely been gaining some steam in the last few seasons with collaborations with Albam and Rogues Gallery. It is their own in-house collection that really does it for me however. Their bluchers, boat shoes and ring mocs are really beautiful shoes with the hand made quality a lot of us are looking for these days. For some reason South Willard seems to be the only shop the carries their collection and seem to have an exceptionally good retail price as well. I'm not sure how it works that they retail them for less than they are to order from Quoddy, but either way it's good. The slip on is a pretty versatile shoe that you could wear as slippers, with chinos and maybe even 'tha club' if you were so inclined. The pebbled black leather is a great touch and beautiful finish, I would recomend to anybody looking to buy and wear shoes.
Duluth have been making great looking bags for years. We first came across them last fall with the all of the intensive searching of Japanese websites between a couple different blogs. This spring, their bags are again hitting some of those shops. I have yet to see a Duluth product in a menswear boutique on this side of the world, and it may be unreasonable to expect to see much beyond Filson in terms of traditional field gear. This pack sack by Duluth is one of the most usable and one of my favorite looking from their collection. I really love the aesthetic of a canvas and leather back, as well as a ruck suck style bag. The bag is so stripped down of any bells or whistles that I'd be surprised if it even had an inside pocket, let alone a laptop sleeve. While it looks great, it wouldn't be the most ideal bag for day to day use, but for a quick bike ride, grocery run or a great looking accessory - perfect.
Yes, we're a little bit behind the ball on catching up with the social networking media outlets of our time. But we're on top of it now, and would like to invite all readers who aren't sick of us between the Dailys and monthly issues to join our Facebook fan page. You can even follow us on Twitter now too. Our facebook page actually has images from all of our 10 issues, as well as a RSS feed from the blog and all the other incredibly uselessful Facebook features. We're actually going to be keeping it up regularly and maybe even previewing some exclusive pieces on there. Twitter has actually been semi fun to check out in the last week as well, it's nice not having to think too much and still get a post online. We are also streaming the RSS feed through our Twitter page, but we plan on keeping up what's happening in the studio and in the field too. Thanks for the support. h(y)r collective Facebook Page h(y)r collective Twitter
To be honest, I'm not sure why I like Allen Edmonds any more than other old fashion American footwear brands. For some reason the brand comes off cool to me. I love my two pairs that I have, although purchased for cheap on eBay - the shoes have taken a serious beating over the last half year and are still looking and feeling great. I've been looking for a new loafer that will be my all summer shoe, it turns out Allen Edmonds actually released a new model that might be it. The Coppell shoe takes a classic beefroll penny loafer and adds the rubber sole and a saddle calf leather upper. The shoe isn't a huge departure from the boat shoe ruggedness, but also includes the hand-sewn class usually associated with AE's footwear. I think this shoe has the perfect balance between a dressy loafer and the casual nature of the boat shoe, and won't be found on every UO mannequin in a city near you (I hope).