I'm not sure if A.P.C. is really considered best-in-class for any specific product, maybe affordable raw denim, but they sure do a great job overall as a brand and a collection. It's one of the few brands that can't do much wrong and seem to effortlessly do a lot of right. Their latest version of the weekend duffle comes in a full grain leather. The classic shape takes a fair bit of leather to get the job done and with the subtle branding stamp, good size for it's use and perfect colour, it's a great looking bag. Without actually feeling the leather and putting it to use I would say it's one of their better bags in my opinion. The detachable shoulder strap, nice looking handles and satin lining are as they should be, so as long as the bag holds up it's only going to look better and better.
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A.P.C. can't really do a lot of wrong, at least from my perspective. I haven't purchased anything from the brand in a season or two now but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things I'd happily wear. The brand has always done a nice job re-making military inspired pieces and this spring is no different as they've done this pair of jackets which I quite like. The khaki and olive green are always personal favorites, along with the cleaned up military styles. The parka is definitely something I'd be interested in picking up once I try it on. It's tough to find a nice M-51 style jacket and I would expect A.P.C.'s version to have a fairly nice fit. The jackets are priced around what you'd expect and could easily be worn year-round due to their layering potential and nice colours.
A.P.C. isn't generally known for their technical outwear or cold weather goods, but this fall they've put out a pretty great looking down jacket. I still might be hesitant to put all my eggs in one basket with A.P.C.'s outwear for a winter. But if you are going for the puffa look, there aren't many better looking options. I love the combination of the tan and brown leather. The front pockets, snap buttons and removable hood are all positive marks, but it's the not over the top puff action that makes the jacket the most appealing. Whether you're trekking around downtown New York or catching a late season run on the mountain, A.P.C. have done well with this fall's outerwear and this is my favorite of the season.
A.P.C. have produced another great looking collection this fall. The French label have made more work wear inspired garments than usual with piecese like the tab collar chambray, hunting jackets and heavy flannel that give Filson's guide shirt a run for it's money. I recently popped into Eugene Choo in Vancouver and found a number of pieces I liked. From the navy wool varsity to these great red knits. The red is the perfect colour without being too bright and in your face. The texture and tone of the color came out really nicely and would be a perfecting layering piece to add some color to your outfit. I found the cardigan to fit fairly well although I wish the collar was a bit tighter around my shirt collar. The Shetland virgin wool pieces have a good cut through the body, nice length on the sleeves and look great on. I could use a couple more lightweight cardigans in my fall closet and this A.P.C. option is now the frontrunner.
This great piece from A.P.C. includes a couple of my favorite things this fall - cardigans and flecked wool. They've mashed up perfectly here and topped off by the soft blend including %30 cashmere. A.P.C.'s knits, like most of the collection, are more often than not right on point. Nice slim cuts, sturdy materials and an understated aesthetic are all constants and are emphasized with this cardigan. It would be easy to wear this sweater 4 days a week and not really have a problem with it. It works nice with many options, layered and on it's own with a white tee shirt. If you're not nearby an A.P.C. flagship, then you can check out the cardigan at End.
Tres Bien have just received the fall footwear offering from A.P.C. and it’s well worth a look. There are three pairs in store but I couldn’t put the other ones on this website. The ankle boot comes in a dark brown suede and is lined with a warm cream coloured sheepskin. The crepe sole is a nice touch on the seasonal low cut shoes, but it’s definitely the work boot I’m more interested in. With an obvious Alden reference, these vegetable tanned, leather soled boots really do look beautiful. The shade of brown is perfect and it combines really well with the metal hardware, nice height and great looking sole. I'd probably rather buy the Alden Indy boot for less money and a more authentic product but A.P.C. has still done an excellent job with their nod to the American classic.
A.P.C. have brought back their washed out denim, without having some random person actually wear them this time. They used to make a pair quite similar a couple years ago that were available in the Cure and the Standard cuts. I managed to track down a pair on eBay about a year ago and they've been my favorite pair of jeans since. While A.P.C.'s standard cuts are among the most universal on the planet, they managed to reproduce one of the most natural looking washes available. This new Pioneer version has a little bit more detail in the wear wrinkles, but still have a pretty natural look. These are not totally unlike the version Our Legacy have in their spring collection, but I would imagine A.P.C.'s version to have a slimmer cut. Again, there are higher quality denim pants in the market, but for the price and cut, it's hard to beat A.P.C.
As spring and summer get closer, I feel the warm days by the water creeping more near. The nautical theme has been pretty strong in the last summer or two, but I think there is still room for more. I don't particularly think this Uniform Experiment cap was made to wear at sea, but navy with white stripes pretty much always reminds me of a sail boat, or at least what you should be wearing on one. Navy and white go well with some khaki, which goes great with some worn in brown or black boat shoes, which are all comfortable and can be worn anywhere. So simple, and it can start with this cap, or this APC sweater, which I'm wishing I bought.