It's rare we can blog about Engineered Garments landing in Canada as there are only a few retailers carrying the collection. As one of my top picks for the spring I am excited to see a couple great items like the Andover jacket and the 19th Century BD in the first shipment. The shawl vest in navy plaid is also a great surprise. I tried to track down this piece in the winter with no luck in a grey wool. I am definitely feeling the subtle plaid for the spring but still have a hard time dropping $200+ on a vest. The EG work chinos are some of my favorites as well. I am wearing a fall version in olive as I type this and I wouldn't mind adding a lighter tone for the summer months, especially in contrast to that great coat. Okay...sorry, you get it. Available at Nomad now.
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I couldn't let these images go by without blogging them. I first saw them on Selectism a day or two ago and was surprised to see nobody had blogged the hell out of them yet otherwise. Anyways the Woolrich Woolen Mills collection has grown into probably THE most highly regarded work wear collection in North America. While Engineered Garments has my vote the last couple seasons, WWM has a great use of color and more playful patterns that turns it into art a bit. The modern day unpractical uses for the pockets and functions of the coats has to be noted, while they still look incredibly good layered on vests, ties and plaids. I am a fan of all of these looks and only wish I could afford them. Look for this collection to be added to the already great stock list at Tres Bien. Last image from Mens.style
Believe it or not, I don't have one of these work shirts. There have been great versions by Engineered Garments, Woolrich Woolen Mills, RRL and even J. Crew. However none of these brands are available in Vancouver, or at least this shirt didn't show up in the order. I thought for sure my trip to New York would produce the chambray work shirt without a problem. Three days in, one to go and I've had no luck. I'm not thinking about taking advantage of the sales on the Eggplant website as they have some great EG and Post Overalls pieces marked down for once. Although I need to save some capital to take h(y)r to a new level, I was full planing on buying at least one good item in New York and it hasn't happened. To my disappointment, even with the insane sales, there just hasn't been anything in my size that has lasted this long.
You can pretty much bank on a lot of Engineered Garments posts coming up in the coming months as the spring collection starts to show up in Japan as well as stateside. Your welcome if your a fan, sorry if you're not - but you should be. This field jacket is another good reason why. I like that Engineered Garments really sticks to the traditional styles and doesn't really play with the base models a whole lot. Being able to find certain pieces season after season is a nice feature for some brands. This chambray looking version of the field jacket is definitely a pretty good looking piece. I can imagine it with some thick khaki chinos and some boots in the spring already. The shawl collar and pocketing is pretty much perfect and no doubt the fit would help you accomplish the anti-fit quite nicely on top of 2-4 other layers.
Made popular by Americana work wear, made available by Daiki Suzuki via Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills and made awesome by great Japanese styling. While a lot of us have grown with more traditional 'fits' of slim pants, denim, jackets and shirting, there is something extremely appealing in the aesthetic conducted by some of Japan's designers and stylists which page homage to some classic Americana pieces. The baggy work pants, loose fitting blazer, wool vests, big knotted ties and more often than not, some great boots. A great example can be found in the last two Engineered Garments look books. It is however a slightly tough transition from a slim, well fitted outfit, to either incorporate some of these pieces or go all the way into the 'anti-fit'. I personally really like the look and have been doing a more slow incorporation with a couple items. It's been a common topic with a couple friends lately so I thought I should touch on the subject. When done right, there isn't much better, but doing it right isn't a particularly easy task unless you're buying full EG collections and happen to be aesthetically blessed. I think the keys are cohesive materials, tonal colors, use of wools and the footwear and how the pants hit the shoe. Of course these are general points but any of them done right or wrong can make or break the entire look.
I bought a lot of stuff this fall, probably too much. Well maybe not. I feel like I made smart purchases and have been more selective than ever. So looking forward to the spring months, I am not feeling like there is a lot of items that are really missing from my wardrobe. Of course there will be some I get excited about but I have to be more careful than ever where I spend my dough. The point of this rambling is that Engineered Garments is one of the few collections I am almost certain I will buy from this spring. I really like a lot of it from this work shirt to the floral patterns and the straw hat. I am going to Hawaii in August so I could even justify that button up if I had to. It's a great looking collection and probably if I had to pick one I was most looking forward to, EG would be it right now. These are a couple reasons why. Images via Hypebeast and Museum Ark
I saw this Sierra Designs parka over at A Continuous Lean today and pretty much am in love. Between the plaid lining, the navy color, perfect pockets and soft lighting and white background, I need this coat - or at least one really close to it. I have obviously been speaking on several parks in the last month or two and probably the nicest ones that released this winter were definitely modeled after this (by Haversack and HP+ and Traverse). It was mentioned that Engineered Garments had a similar one as well but I never came across it so I can't really comment. I do think Supreme's mountain parka is another good choice. Anyways, back to this Sierra Designs piece. It's great, it's what the rest are modeled after and if you can track one of these down, you're a lucky guy. Let the eBaying begin...
Now I think we can all agree that yes, these are overalls. And yes I do want them. It might be one of those odd items I have build up a bit of current fascination with and might not wear a ton, but part of me wants to make these happen. I think with some Redwings, W+H boots or Bean Boots, a white tee or button down and a fitting coat, it could be a fresh look. It would definitely be taking the work wear look to another level beyond denim and a flannel, and I think I want to take it there. I saw the pants in Paris at a shop called Bellerose. They had a small EG selection I'd hunted down, including the ground pant. They were definitely more expensive than they are at Montreal boutique, U&i. With a pretty reasonable sale price on them, I'm very tempted to give these a go. The weight of the pants would be great for fall through spring and the navy color would work with a lot...we'll see.