This spring we have continued our on-going relationship with Minnesota's own, Duluth Pack. The canvas specialists have perfected their craft in the last century of making bags of all shapes and we've used a modified silhouette of the original 51 pack again this spring. We loved our fall version so much that we didn't need to make many changes for the spring. We've added a locker loop to easily hang or carry your bag, as well as updated to a little bit lighter tone of the khaki canvas. The bag has been narrowed in width from Duluth's 51 pack, as well we still have our shorter third middle strap, zip pocket on the inside and our Inventory Items patch underneath the flap of the bag. We are really happy with how the bags turned out again and can't say enough about how nice the folks at Duluth Pack are to work with. The bags come with Duluth's lifetime guarantee, the signature of the person who made them on the inside and will only be available at the Inventory Stockroom and Dover Street Market. — Inventory Stockroom, $185
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Last week in New York I had one item on my hit list and as a timely email came in from a thoughtful reader I was able to find my Newport at a much better price on sale. I really love the aesthetic of a double breasted jacket and I have been wanting to pair it up with a more casual pair of pants since my last LOOK post. The medium fit a bit more slim than expected but in a good way, so it worked nicely with a pair of fatigue pants, bow tie, oxford BD and our lovely Inventory Items Bucks - which are nearing sold out status. It was a tough decision between the navy serge wool and the grey tweed but I decided the grey would be best in terms of the other pieces I already had. It went straight to work as I finally had my nice mix of formal and very casual elements coming together or clashing, depending on your perspective. Either way, I'm happy about the jacket and I'll be wearing it regularly once my missing bag arrives back from New York.
After a long wait we're pleased to start 2010 with one of our most anticipated Inventory Items, the BD shirt by Gitman Bros. The American shirt makers have become a household name in the last two seasons and continue to move forward with a growing variety of fabrics and collars - but one thing remains the same, they are great shirts. Working with US producers has definitely opened our eyes to the difficulties of small run production and making sure the details get through from our Vancouver HQ to the factory in Ashland. While it will always be a learning process, we are extremely pleased with the end result and our winter shirting. The washed navy blue oxford is perfectly broken in and wrinkled and has been a surprisingly tough colour to find in a 2-ply oxford cloth. While the chambray BD was the more difficult of the two to achieve, the final shirts turned out really nice. We had decided awhile back to go with the white stitching on the blue chambray as it felt more natural and came down to personal taste. We had planned on a chest button as well, but unfortunately it became one of the casualties of cross continent communication. The chalk buttons compliment the chambray nicely while the synthetic pearl buttons look sharp on the navy blue oxford. Our red stitch subtly sits on the back of the neck and the scalloping came in at the perfect height. The shirts are now available online and are going quickly so we don't recommend waiting around too long for your size. — Available exclusively at the Inventory Stockroom, $170 |
If you've picked up Inventory magazine or have been paying attention to the Stockroom, you might know that we have some Gitman Bros. shirts on the way. It's definitely later than we'd hoped to have them, but ordering the custom fabrics and having to tweak the body and gussets added to the rigid time line. Anyways, better late than never and the shirts are now on their way to our HQ and we couldn't be more excited. Gitman Vintage has quickly become one of the best known oxford shirt suppliers around the world, and for good reason. The shirts have a great fit, are made in the USA, they're tough and they just look great. I don't need to go into the details of why Gitman makes good shirts - but our shirts are particularly good as we've made up a couple fabrics that we couldn't find in the cut we wanted. The navy oxford cloth is a great year-round weight and colour. Although working nicely with dark winter tones, the light coloured buttons keep the shirt very versatile. The chambray BD was just what we needed and offer a great alternative to EG's 19th Century, which has a more boxy, traditional fit. Our chambray is easy to wear and works perfectly with a casual tie. We also tweaked the gusset on the body to find the right height and a great aesthetic. We aren't accepting any more pre-orders for the shirts, but we're hoping they will be available in the Inventory Stockroom by the end of the week. Note: The final chambray has white stitching throughout and unfortunately didn't show up with the chest pocket button. —
It already feels like it was a while ago that we re-branded and launched the new website. In a short period of time we've put together our first printed magazine, five collaborations and finally two online issues. Deep in the fall season, we take a look at some of our favorite fall items in Fall Edits, an editorial following our editor in and around the office through the week. We also visited the Visvim showroom and have a sneak preview of some of the items that are coming in spring. While we've been busy here in Vancouver - Apolis Activism and Rapha have been riding bikes around Nepal and making some beautiful cashmere products along the way. Finally - our latest Inventory Item is one of the most classic and a product that helped put our collaborations on the map - The BD shirt by Gitman Bros. We take a look back at the recent rise of the Gitman Vintage collection and some of the details that make our shirts special. — Inventory ISSUE 02
It's been a little longer than expected due to spending a lot of time at the post office this month, but our second online installment is on its way. Hopefully by the end of this week we will publish online ISSUE 02 featuring a fall editorial spread, Apolis Activism and Rapha in Nepal, the opening of Haven Select in Vancouver and a look at Gitman Vintage, it's success and our latest collaboration. Our online issues are fairly compact and focused with looks around the globe at the product and people that are producing good product - whether that be in retail, design or garment production. We also have the latest ReViewed on it's way as take an in-depth look at arguably the best made boot in the world - Viberg Bobcat. Stay tuned next week for the update online, as well as the release of our Gitman for Inventory Items BD shirts.
This Friday we launched INVENTORY magazine at Roden Gray in Vancouver. First off we'd like to thank everyone that came out for the drinks, chat and support. We had a great turn out and a few people left with some new reading material fortunately. Aside from a nice evening with our wonderful hosts at Roden Gray, we also had a shop-in-shop set up that will continue to occupy the corner in the Vancouver boutique. Along with the official launch of Volume 01 Number 01, we also launched our fall collaborations with Inverallan - including the shawl neck cardigan and knit caps. They knitwear is only available at Roden Gray until next week when we launch it in the Inventory Stockroom. Of course our Bucks, ties and Duluth Packs are on hand at the moment too. So, if you're in the area, it would be great to see you down at the shop while we're still there. Thank you again to everyone who came out and we look forward to the release of issue Number 02, just give us a few months. —
Just a reminder to those in the Vancouver area about our launch party tomorrow night at Roden Gray. We're going to have both covers of Inventory Volume 01 Number 01 featuring articles on Engineered Garments, Nigel Cabourn, Yuketen, Willo Perron and Mister Freedom. The 140 page bi-annual also features articles on our Inventory Items - featuring Mark McNairy, Alexander Olch, Gitman Bros. and Inverallan. This weekend at Roden Gray we are launching our collaboration knits with Inverallan including the navy cable knit cap and shawl collar cardigan. They will be available online from Saturday. — Thanks to everyone who has supported, read or picked up a copy of Inventory. See you Friday, November 27 at Roden Gray