Fresh of their collaboration shoes with Engineered Garments, the brand that focuses heavily on their made in the USA garments jets over to the UK for another round of brogues. This time they've teamed up with Tricker's on two different models; the multi-tone wing tip and a cap toe brogue. I'm actually not really much of a cap toe fan myself, but the multi-tone and material wing tips definitely look appealing. The use of the pebbled leather, suede and a black and brown actually come together rather well to make a shoe that I can't imagine selling in North America. I suppose that's why they aren't available here and why Japan is the only place that could figure out how to wear them (for the most part) and pay the price to do so. That said, if you like them enough, you can always contact Tricker's and do your own personal collaboration. —
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The Baker jacket was on the top of my list coming into this fall. After seeing the full collection back in January, it felt like an easy wear and the variety of fabrics meant I could easily have taken three or four home with me. I decided to go with the navy serge wool early on and have enjoyed the decision all season long. I was actually surprised that so few shops had bought the jacket as I had to go overseas to The Bureau to track it down. Now, I'm even more surprised to see that Odin is the only shop where I've seen this version of the Baker. Not only does the cotton twill look really great, it comes in at a much nicer price of $350. It's still not cheap, but for a jacket that looks, feels and fits like this – it's well worth the purchase in my opinion. I find the Baker to fit a little on the big side, so although there is only a small left in stock, it could be somebody's new favorite jacket quite easily. So somebody pick it up asap and wear it all the time, thanks. —
We've had some great weather in Vancouver this week. The sun has peaked out again for the most part and the temperature has been quite pleasant. It's made for a little break from rain coats and umbrellas and it's nice to not worry about what shoes to wear. Saturday was particularly nice as Owen and I rolled around town to a couple vintage furniture shops, checked out the soon-to-open Haven shop and of course spent some time packing magazines. Staying warm and comfortable are usually wardrobe requirements, but even more so on the weekend, so it was turtleneck time for me. I've had the most luck with the high necked knit when layering it over a flannel and letting the collar poke out the top and bottom for a nice bit of pattern and texture. I've been wearing the Workaday cords most days of the week in one colour or another, so that isn't much of a surprise. Since the sun has been missing there has been no time for no socks, but today was just warm enough to slip the peanut grizzly Quoddy's back on, and how good they feel. The red Inverallan cap was thrown on when the sun dipped below the horizon and there you have a handful of clothes I wore on a Saturday.
One of the items that I will definitely remember from Tokyo – partially because I didn't end up purchasing it and partly regret it – were these special edition Bedford jackets from the Engineered Garments store. They jackets themselves are made from a washed-out cotton twill material which was extremely soft and very comfortable from the first time you put it on. I'm not sure, but I think it may have been a treated version of last spring's unlined navy twill Bedford. The patches apparently come from Daiki Suzuki's collection of deadstock goodies. Picked up over the years, there is only one combination of jacket and patch, which means your choice when picking your patch/size gets pretty slim, pretty quick. The patches are from old baseball teams and definitely fit well with the aesthetic of the sport coats. Although you could surely find your own patch and sew it on yourself, there is always something nice about finding a really unique piece and making it yours. —
It's no secret that Engineered Garments is probably my favorite brand these days. I just find that their pieces fit me and my lifestyle perfectly. From the variety of jackets, to the materials offered, to the small details in tags, collars and buttons – nothing feels overdone, out of place or unconsidered. I started throwing this look together and I didn't mean for it to be all Engineered Garments, but just like getting dressed in real life, it seems to be a common theme. I've been dying for a nice down vest to wear over a sport coat and the EG vest and Baker jacket couldn't be a better pair in my opinion. Throw in brown Workaday cords, a broadcloth 19th Century BD and a rare but ideal EG tote bag and you're set. The two other pieces come courtesy of Quoddy for the crepe sole ring boots and Inverallan made the kit cap – which will be available next week in the Stockroom.
The variety of wools in the Engineered Garments fall collection is quite impressive. Each jacket or coat seems to be offered in two or three different forms of the warm winter material, so it's not hard to find the perfect version. The duffle coat by EG has always been on my rader, but I've rarely come across it in person. The navy blue melton wool is perfectly complimented by the white rope and natural wood toggles. The fit is great and it falls on your body very comfortably while keeping you nice and warm. My only change would maybe be to move the top toggle down a little as it feels a bit high to do-up while wearing. I'll let it slide however since the hood detail makes up for it. It can actually flop inside or outside to throw over your head, or actually be worn as a bit of a shawl neck if you play it right. —
While most stockists have bought the wool argyle pattern, the best option in the classic Bedford jacket comes in a great sateen cotton or serge wool. The absolute staple in casual sportswear seems to get better season after season, and this fall's navy option is another favorite. While visiting the Tokyo Engineered Garments flagship, we were lucky enough to see a couple special editions of the coat. The jackets are in a brushed twill and come with a deadstock one-off baseball patch from Daiki's collection on the left pocket. We're still debating picking up one of these rare Bedfords, but you could always get this one and find your own patch.
Visiting the Engineered Garments store in Tokyo yesterday was one of my highlights of the day, needless to say. Seeing the full collection together in one place, curated nicely with bags by Duluth and Wm J Mills as well as shoes by Russell Moccasin and Hawthorn was something special and I look forward to going back again on this trip. The beauty of Engineered Garments is in the basics, of course. With everything around, all the items I love and want, the items that I still get excited about seeing in person were these Workaday oxfords. Call me boring, but I love seeing these classic shirts on the 19th Century block, heavy weight oxford cloth, beautifully washed out stripes, dead stock buttons and the familiar single needle tailoring. If you're not in Japan, they are also available at The Bureau.