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.
Entries in Inverallan (13)
Since I'm spending most of my hours in front of a computer this week, and for the rest of the year, it's always good to be cozy and comfortable for the long days. For some people that might mean bring out the sweats, but I'm probably more comfortable in a great pair of chinos and a chambray. If I'm not going to wear a jacket and opt for a nice piece of knitwear for my exterior layer, I might wear two shirts underneath to stay warm, and to add a nice contrast in materials. The tab collar shirt by EG is high on my list right now and the Woolen Mills Cruiser shirt is a recognized winner. The Blue Seal chinos by The Real McCoys are a recent acquisition and definitely feel like they can stand through a winter or two – incredible quality, made in Japan. Red Wing oxfords, Inverallan cap and SNS Herning cardigan all seem to make sense to me as well. It's not overly excited, forward thinking or mind blowing, but its comfortable and looks great.
We knew that Inverallan had been a well known knit wear supplier to the Japanese market before heading over, but I really didn't know what to expect. It was through the leading retailers like Beams, B-Shop and Museum Ark that we found the Scottish brand and sought them out to work together this fall, but the incredible variety of knits from Inverallan in Japan was very impressive. Several models, versions and wools I didn't know they made could be found on the shelves, alongside classic heavy cardigans and crew necks that Inverallan are well known for. This take on the Nordic style sweater is really nice for the fall–winter season and can be a great layering piece. The wool isn't too heavy and is quite soft, it sits well on top of a BD shirt and looks great peaking through a couple outer layers of olive, navy or red. Unfortunately we did miss the boat on these, but our cardigans and knit caps will be available very soon. —
I told you yesterday; if it's wool and it's speckled like stucco then I'm going to like it. Combine it with burgundy red (which I'm all about this fall) and I'm going to love it, just like I do this Inverallan cardigan. I was never really a fan of the full button up cardigan until recently when a friend of mine started wearing his S.N.S. STARK more and more. Now I think I need one for myself and the Lumber style from the Scottish knitters is ideal with its two front pockets and slight collar. The pattern is great and the colour better. I myself can be a bit of a sucker for the stories behind the clothes too which makes Inverallan and the 90 hours of handy work that go into each sweater even more impressive to me. The price tag is hefty but if you break it down, the hourly rate for a sweater that's going to last a lifetime or two isn't so bad. Available at Doo-bop.
Museum Ark has tracked down another great heritage brand for their shop. These hand knit Aran sweaters from Scotland look great. Inverallan claims to be second to none when it comes to quality and complex Aran patterns. The style of knit came from Scotland has been recorded as far back as the 9th Century and perfected by fisherman's wives over the years in the cold Northern UK. Inverallan seems to have a great idea of their color palettes and very tasteful use of the cable pattern and shawl collars. I think this navy blue cardigan is one of my favorites. The sweaters are pretty much the best thing to have in cold weather. They are made to withstand the elements and test of time - and they look beautiful.