It's no secret that the Woolen Mills spring collection is one of my favorites. It's peppered with great pieces from shorts to shirting to outwear. It's not surprising that Monocle and Woolrich have continued their on-going work relationship and have put together a short editorial spread in Monocle's 31st issue. The shoot highlights my favorite piece in the collection, the anorak, along with some others we've previously mentioned. Monocle's styling might not be exactly how I would have done it, but it definitely stays true to their style and the layout looks a good as ever. The type and simple graphic elements let the clothing to shine which is what a good magazine should do ideally. The full menswear editorial also features pieces from Yuketen, Engineered Garments, Post Overalls, Nigel Cabourn and Nepenthes - needless to say it's worth picking up. —
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These scarves aren't really that new and definitely aren't news - but they are really nice. I've been almost solely relying on my Drakes boiled wool scarf this fall and couldn't be happier about the purchase. Drakes have got the process down over the years and this fall have put together some great colour options of their own in their boiled wool. The mismatched tartans were a great idea, but I do particularly like the tones Monocle have put together. Unfortunately for me, I often don't even think about scarves until I'm walking around in an icy breeze and wishing I had just made the purchase when it was in front of me. For £95 you're not looking at a bargain, but there are far more expensive things out there that aren't as functional and good looking. —
While Monocle have been driving the media and publishing world into the future with innovation through smart creative thinking, their online retail outlet felt a little bit dated and often made it difficult to check out. No more – the global media brand has just launched an updated online shop which now allows you to purchase specific back issues for the first time outside of their London and LA shops. The clean layout is easy to use and fits well with the Monocle brand. The products of course are top notch, my favorites include the Woolrich duck canvas jacket, the post card set and the day tote by Porter for Monocle. It's worth a browse if your looking for a lost issue, need a versatile travel bag or just need to empty your pockets. —
The Porter for Monocle collection continues to grow this fall with the latest edition, the garment bag. Not as bulky and big as the average travel companion, it is much more practical for short trips that require a suit or more formal attire that might not fit into the Boston bag. It comes in the standard Monocle colour options – black and olive. It fits a fair amount of clothing while packing more than enough interior pockets, zip pouches and places to put one of your passports. I wouldn't have really considered purchasing a garment bag before, but the price isn't outrageous and the functionality is undeniable the more I seem to travel. It will be available from Monocle next month.
Monocle have been working on a couple additions to their Porter luggage collection and my favourite of course is the new Day Tote. It's a little shorter and wider than the first tote bag and comes with some longer handles, which is just what I asked for. There is a good chance I will be carrying one of these around in the near future as it will be a little more functional compared to the Wm. J. Mills I'm currently hauling. It has a nice variety of pockets and pouches on the inside as well as a zip bottom "brolly" (umbrella) compartment and finished with a zip-up top. It's definitely a fall friendly bag and I hope to put it to the test in the near future – in olive. – Available at Monocle, £165
Monocle continues on a strong run of collaborations this fall including new bags with Porter, crew necks sweaters with Tomorrowland and their second jacket with the Daiki Suzuki helmed Woolrich Woolen Mills. The fall collaboration uses a 4-pocket field jacket I haven't really seen from Woolen Mills in navy blue and olive green. Made from army duck canvas made in Japan, the jacket is built for diverse weather situations while keeping a slimmed down silhouette. Complete with leather drawstring toggles, detachable hood and a button fastened chest flap, the jacket appears to be very durable for the fall / winter. There are only 55 jackets in each color so I would expect to see them sell out before the season's finished. At £385 it's not an easy trigger to pull, but I know I am already regretting missing their first co-branded piece so the anticipation for this release is even higher.
Monocle is having themselves a big week as they just launched the new Monocolumn and now we've just received the latest issue 29. The fall offering from Monocle is their largest magazine to date and filled with the usual interesting content and co-branded information. The bumper issue was exciting as it has a 30 page Style Survey featuring notes from top international buyers, some classic Monocle styling, product focus and an unusually interesting story about mannequins. The magazine's reach continues to spread as the Weekly podcast is back in action for the fall and there are a couple new bags with Porter on the way for next month. Available in The Shop, $10
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