Around these parts it's deceivingly nice out. You look out the window and the sun is shining bright and there's blue skies abound, but then you walk outside you get a wake-up call. The air is crisp and cold and I've been caught out with just a shirt on a couple of times and it hasn't been pleasant so I've started doubling up. A warmer wool shirt over a nice simple check shirt creates for a nice contrast and the Warehouse x Free & Easy version in brown is one of my favourite shirts in recent memory. I think it works really well with the cream coloured Cabourn Medical shirt. Throw the down vest on there for some more warmth as well as lightening things up with the tan and yellowy shoulders. The boots, gloves and glasses help tie it all together and add a few more tones which is what this look is all about. This was a look I originally put together for Brennan Woods' series The Aesthete, check out more from various other bloggers here.
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Free & Easy knows a thing or two about workwear, and it's hardly surprising that when they team up with the likes of Warehouse, one of the best vintage reproducers around, they put out amazing products. The most recent of which might be my favourite yet. Based off of a 1940's Big Yank Outerwear shirt, the 2009 edition is fantastic from top to bottom. I'll be the first to admit that brown usually isn't the most appealing colour for tops but the shade and texture of the woven wool is perfect for a fall work shirt. The classic pocket arrangement of one pen and one peaked is complimented by nice light, bordering on lime, green bar tacks that give the brown a bit of life. The black buttons are perfect too. The shirts got a pretty care free free fit (unless you've got long arms like Simon and I) and would pair up great with a tan or olive coloured vest or coat or a combination of both. It comes in navy as well but the brown is much more unique I'd say. —
Free & Easy have paired up with Warehouse for another great piece this fall. I know, it's a mind blowing garment to look at laying flat on a white background. But try to image the peak of a ruffled collar poking out of the high crew neck, a tattered shirt tail twisted to the side and blowing out the bottom, a pair of well worn chinos, perhaps reinforced at the knee, along with a bit of stain from swabbing the deck or polishing the brass finishings on board. Maybe a nice pair of mocs, deck sneakers or a knit cap to top it off and the picture is nearly complete. I know you're feeling far away from this blog right now, but let's bring it back to reality – this USS Navy Sweater is made from 100% wool by Warehouse in Japan, just for Free & Easy's Rugged Musuem, and that's just where you can find it. —
The Rugged Museum was high on our list of shops to visit in Tokyo. We finally made it to the HQ of both the retail store and the editorial offices to peruse the impressive selection of boots, denim, vintage and Free & Easy collaborations. Aside from the items we've highlighted in the past months (Nigel Cabourn Tenzing & Red Wing oxfords), a pleasent surprise was the recent release of these Warehouse t-shirts. The simple and classic irregular grey cotton comes in a thick loop wheeled pattern. Inspired by 40s and 50s military issue shirts, the nice prints offer a great fall layering piece, or just something to wear around the house. The shirts fit surprisingly well and we're the perfect souvenirs along with the last couple issues of Free & Easy. —