Roden Gray has just re-opened after a quick one-day remodeling of their Vancouver shop. The store now houses a small Gitman Vintage shop-in-shop featuring the fall/winter collection. The room within Roden Gray was built out by the owner, Rob Lo, and his helpful staff. The walls feature wheat pasted newspapers and old Gitman Bros. clippings and news. On the racks and shelves you'll find a nice variety of oxford cloth, gingham, plaid and flannel. Roden Gray was actually one of the first shops to bring in the Gitman Vintage collection and continues to be one of it's biggest supporters. The Gitman shirts are some of my personal favorites and I'm not alone, as they've been selling well around the world this fall. With such a good product that essentially sells itself, it's nice to see a retailer make the extra effort to really get behind a brand and merchandise it with some added attention.
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Opening Ceremony have put together a couple nice looking collaborative shirts with our favorite American shirt makers this fall. While we'd seen the tie dye and had sneak peaks of the multi-color, it's definitely the tab collar shirts that look the best. With a great selection of patterns, Opening Ceremony have added a simple tab button to the short cut collar to make it a little different. Sublty hasn't always been Opening Ceremony's claim to fame but it's nice to see them taking a more tame approach with this Gitman piece. Both colours are available online for a good price of $140.
The Bureau might be my favorite store these days, at least I know they are getting a fair share of my earnings lately. Their selection of Engineered Garments, Margaret Howell, S.N.S. and Gitman Vintage is right up my alley - and there are several other items and brands that could have made that list twice as long. One of the EG items they recently received caught my eye as I haven't seen it elsewhere this fall. The WA Field Jacket is a really ideal version of the classic military M-65 coat. The navy wool serge works really well with the cut and is a great weight for the piece. I picked up the Baker in the navy wool serge and OP has the WA Field Jacket from spring, so I can imagine the two combining for a really classic and easy to wear jacket. The lack of epaulets and addition of the button across neck is just the right combination to keep the jacket subtle and useful. I'll definitely be chalking this up on the list of things I'd love to have and wear but just can't pick up this season.
I have an illness and the only cure is more oxford cloth - or something like that. I honestly can't get enough oxford shirts, however until recently it's been almost exclusively button down collars. My desires are now fixated on the white contrast club collars at Tres Bien. I don't think anybody makes this shirt better than Gitman and yet we still have to go to Sweden to find them. The club collar works well buttoned all the way up on its own, but I'm particularly fond of pairing it with a bow tie right now, and those soft stripes are just making that option more appealing. The shirts themselves are classic 2 ply oxford cloth which is nice and solid for the winter, but really do work year round. Both of these are soon to be added to my closet where they will be met by plaid and grey ties and casual sport coats. The look is definitely done best by the Trad community or those residing in the far east - both recommended influences for getting dressed.
Not that I need to get into the history and direction of Gitman Bros., but you can easily see the collection landing with our favorite retailers this fall. Back in January there was definitely one shirt that stood out to me on the rack of many. I wanted it then and till want it now. Navy blue shirting isn't usually too easy to find, but this herringbone twill shirt by Gitman is just right for the fall. It's soft, fits well and doesn't break the bank. Unsurprisingly it was picked up by a few retails such as Context and most recently, The Bureau. The shirt is cozy, great for layering and is a nice alternative to EG's twill work shirt if you weren't able to scoop one this season. Also, if you're into the navy, but would like to see it in an oxford cloth you aren't out of luck, you'll just have to wait a couple months...
Short sleeve shirts are not generally my favorite to wear. I generally have no problem rolling up my sleeves and actually prefer to when I can. It adds a bit more texture and a bit more material to play with. In the summer months however, it definitely gets hot enough to the get rid of the forearm portions and get the ventilation flowing. I haven't seen a shirt better suited for this than Gitman Vintage's madras short sleeve shirt this spring. Nobody can deny that Madras is one of the best summer cottons out there, and this is the best pattern I've seen it come in this year. The all out patchwork can be a little much for the most part, but the nice orange and grey plaid in this shirt come together really well. It's easy and comfortable to wear, goes with khaki nicely and should be on the list of spring items to buy. The shirts are made really well, in the US, and fit better than anything else I've found in the market. I'm not sure where this pattern will be retailing this season but I do plan on finding out. ...another nice version by Gitman Vintage