You may have browsed through a selection of Band of Outsiders clothing at one time and come across a beautiful cardigan or vest and thought "damn, why is this $1,200?" Well, it might just have been a custom made plaid from the elderly Glenmac factory in Harwick. Band of Outsiders have enlisted the known tartan specialists on a few projects and have published some beautiful photos in classic Sternberg Polaroid style. The brand continues to move into the future with an seemingly easy task of making modern American sportswear. It doesn't take too much effort to see there might be something special involved from Scott himself to the folks he enlists to help. The Glenmac tartan factory has done some great work for Band and shots are worth having a look through.
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This fall look book by Band of Outsiders is precisely the reason why I love the brand of Band of Outsiders. While I still have a hard time finding items that fit me right, I really do enjoy the aesthetic and atmosphere created by Scott Sternberg. He does such a great job with the overall look, subtle designs and use of American tailoring and high quality materials. His eye for clothing and people seem to come together just right with his polaroid photo shoots and this is another great example. Featuring actor Jason Schwartzman, the shoot follows him around Chung King Road in Los Angeles. I really get the feeling from the clothing and shots that Scott is having a lot of fun with his collections. The playful items and general comedic scenery remind us why we like clothing and how you can have fun with it. Look for one of the best Band of Outsiders collections to continue landing in shops near you over the next month. Thanks to HB for the heads up.
It feels like there has been a bit of an overload in the last month between from of the fall collections showing in Milan, Paris, Sweden and now with New York getting well underway. It's hard to take time out and look through every collection and every piece when we won't even be able to wear it for half a year. I think for myself, there are definitely a handful of pieces I have my sights set on already, but know knows by the time fall comes around. While Band of Outsiders usually does have a couple stand out pieces as well, I find I end up taking more from the color combination and general styling than from specific items. Maybe it's because I can't afford Band of Outsiders and it doesn't fit me? Anyways, the fall collection looks about right from what I've come to expect from the LA designer, Scott Sternberg. With the looks becoming slightly more cropped, we see some great rusty reds, camels and heathered greys. Some of the interesting choices are the grey sweat pants and going with all clip on ties. This fall I am looking forward to some double breasted action and it appears Band of Outsiders has answered the call with a great classic looking coat with gold buttons. As well, we can see more of the fall Sperry collaboration, however the grey ankle deck shoe didn't make it into the look book, but it might make it into my closet. Again, images via Mens.Style.com
While we just saw a pretty great pair of Band of Outsiders shorts recommended by South Willard on the Spring Buyers guide, here is another pair of nice and expensive shorts by the LA based label. Shorts are hard for me to get too excited about any time of the year and it seems good shorts are not easy to come by. From what I've seen, Band of Outsiders seems to have a good understanding of the proper length of a short and how it should be worn, and of course look. However spending $250 on shorts is something I would probably don't have to do, in these times especially. I don't wear shorts super often so I am personally okay with Club Monaco's selection for about $50-70. On the other side, Band of Outsiders are going to offer a refined fit, possibly better materials and definitely nicer patterns, color palettes and details like the cuffed bottom. Not to say you can't find this else where for make it happen yourself, but if Band of Outsider's looks and pieces are inspired the look you're trying to pull together, they must be doing something right.
Well I just finished clicking through the highly extensive Buyers Guide for Spring 09 put together by Mens.Style.com and several of the top stores in the USA, from big to small. First off I would like to say thanks to Steven Torres for taking a lot of really nice product shots, along with the rest of team over there. It was well done for the most part. I guess my bone picking is more directed to the buyers featured in the article. Now I'm not running a store, not trying to pump up my own zebra pattern collaboration or buying for a huge department store, so my opinion is just that, my opinion. I do feel like I have a pretty good idea of what looks good and what I might actually think about buying. No I'm not in a huff because nobody picked anything by Engineered Garments. But I went through the whole feature and only pulled 8 out of the 60-something products. For the most part it was the smaller shops that had the items I liked, unsurprisingly. Odin, Blackbird, South Willard, Opening Ceremony and Jake all came through with an item or two. So what are the top picks that will save you clicking your mouse 73+ times? Woolrich Woolen Mills Upland jacket, Patrik Ervell grey blazer, Kolor double breasted blazer, Common Projects canvas safari boots, Quoddy blutchers, Our Legacy cable knit, Band of Outsiders plaid shorts and the blue corduroy YSL shorts. There you go, that's all you need this spring, notice how they all even look good together. ------------ Turns out Ryan and I wrote a post on the same thing at the same time, so for what it's worth here's how I feel about it. GQ's buyers guides are generally good. Their shop selection is good, each owner/buyer's picks are usually pretty good and it's always interesting to hear their forecasts. However, their latest installment for Spring is not bad, but slightly frustrating. Everyone knows the state of the economy, so I agree with quotes like these: "Spring 2009 is the next stage in the evolution of the modern, style-conscious man's wardrobe, and one that focuses on investment pieces." and, "...invest in must-have fashion that is memorable and adds value." They make sense, we as consumers should be buying smarter. Which is why I'm confused as to how one could consider a $275 deconstructed sweater (aka 2 sweaters cut in half and sewn back together) or a $1,715 blazer with paint splattered on it a good wardrobe investment. Unfortunately there are a handful of other not so great picks. I get that the guide is a marketing tool for these stores but it's not that hard to select items for promotion that are actually smart buys; just like most of the independent boutiques did. In addition to the stuff above, I don't mind the look of the Acne x Lanvin overcoat (but denim?) and the Marc Jacobs bomber (I'd rather a Baracuta though) for those inevitable spring showers. I'll give them half a point each to make it 9/64. -OP
Is there something wrong with me if I know the shirt isn't going to fit but I want it just as bad still? Regardless, that's what's going on in my head right now with the first of many Band of Outsiders spring arrivals at Blackbird. I'm loving these solid coloured batiste shirts which are a nice alternative to grainier oxfords. The grey is OK, the black is nice but the red is definitely my favourite. Probably not a shirt you could wear everyday, but a nice vibrant colour for spring that's surprisingly hard to find. Toss a navy linen jacket on overtop and you're set. The contrast button-hole stitching is a nice touch too. I know BoO has become extremely popular lately and I've heard that their garments aren't the best quality and whatnot which turns a lot of people off of but it's still a great label in my opinion. I just wish the shirts were longer.
I just came across the page spreads from Kanye's latest Vibe cover and feature article and was again pretty happy with what I saw and read. I know we've had the debate between a few posts about his style, influence and personal brand. But I have to point out how well put together he is here. RAF Simons blazer and Band of Outsiders shirt, unfortunately we can't see the pants (if he is even wearing any). Of course you can't just put on some nice labels and come out looking good, but I feel like Kanye did come out looking pretty good. I wouldn't recommend on of the Lego hearts for daily wear but considering Kanye's recent album, it's perfect. I suppose I like it because it's very simple and something I would wear daily. I also wonder if he would pick this outfit himself or have a stylist handle that? Either way, he's probably the only megastar wearing clothes I want to wear daily, but on the cover of any magazine he wants.
While Band of Outsider's oxfords haven't seemed to fit me yet, I am determined to will them into myself every season. I really do like the balance of the shirts, the darting and the well cut collar. They just don't seem to work on my torso, but maybe this spring will be different. The seersucker cotton essence was captured in the summer months by Cator Sparks as he was a big advocate for the material, on and off the blogs. This spring a lot of brands seem to be playing with it, for the most part, it seems to be working. This plain red/white seersucker oxford looks about perfect from Band of Outsiders. I know it fits a lot of people well so this is for you. I think it can work great with everything; shorts, denim, chinos, even a tie (bow or not). A fair arrival of Band of Outsider's spring shirts are now available at South Willard.