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.
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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.
One of the missing ingredients from my well rounded fall wardrobe is a good down vest. I've only had a couple in the past but I haven't been able to come across the right one in person lately. There are a number of great looking vests on the market this fall. Some are made in Canada or the USA, others are only found in Japan or the UK – with a fair number of variables, your ideal vest could come in wool, chambray, rip stop, have several pockets or no pockets, and of course come in a selection of weights. Here's a few of my favorites that I've seen this fall. My top choices are from Engineered Garments, Crescent Down Works and Rocky Mountain Featherbed. —
Engineered Garments *Note the particularly nice styling over a sport coat —
There isn't anything too special about this outfit, but it is perfect for fall. We have seen a definite temperature drop here in Vancouver so layers of wool are essential. I'm just as fond of the red and black lumberjack as anyone and still haven't acquired a Filson Mackinaw – but the hankering has been kicked up a notch lately. Engineered Garments tab collar broadcloth shirt and wool cardigan are a perfect match and the blue tones go really nicely with the Mountain Research scarf. The South 2 West 8 cords worked nicely with the flap pockets and good buttons, and of course the colours sit nicely with the Alden Indy's from Blackbird. Finished off with our own Duluth Pack collaboration bag and you're set for another fall day.
The Workaday collection from Engineered Garments has definitely been on my mind this fall as they offered the best pair of cords I've come across. The items are so simple and basic, but have great cuts, top quality and the most essential of design. Beyond the heavy weight oxford BDs and corduroy pants, the one rinse selvage denim now have my eye. The cut is the same as the cords, so you have to size up, but once you do the fit through the legs, the rise and straight cut is perfect. The jeans have an interesting weave and I love the look of the white selvage line. If I hadn't been living in my rinsed 1966 SCs I would have snapped these up by now.
It seems like The Bureau's long term relationship with Engineered Garments is paying off this fall as they've been able to bring in the Workaday collection and now they seem to be the only English speaking stockist for the Intermediates offering. I've only seen Intermediates in Japanese shops, so I'm not quite sure of the distinctions and differences from the other labels, however I know what they have in common - they're all great looking products I want. These heavy twill cotton chino pants have a wider straight leg shape and come in the perfect tone for a khaki pant. These are essential for me, I have a pair of RRL pants that are almost the same and I love them. The the cut of the pockets to the simple buttons, they are just an overall good pant.