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.
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We've given a fair bit of attention to Nigel Cabourn's fall collection this year and why not? It's amazing. An unexpected stockist, Opening Ceremony, just received their shipment of the season's offerings from the English designer. We can finally see those lovely prices in landed USD and run for cover. Well, maybe not. The prices are high but the products are probably better than anything you can buy. From the quality to the materials to the 40 years of research the lead to this collection, it is worth the money. I personally can't afford to buy the gray Cameraman parka but I would love to. I think it's the best parka for sale this fall and the Macintosh/Harris Tweed body feels great and fits even better. It will be interesting to see how Opening Ceremony do with the collection this fall. Their stock list continues to grow exponentially and the store seems to have more product than racks - but at least their online merchandising has taken a step up with nice quality photos this fall.
Opening Ceremony are no stranger to making good looking shoes. I do sometimes question the quality of the materials and the construction for the price you're paying, but you can't deny how nice looking models are every season. The footwear collection has expanded nicely over the last few seasons, sticking with the winners and continuously trying something new. For me, this spring, the brogues and the loafers are my top choices. Their suede desert boots look good as always with the thin leather sole, but these are so classic looking. The color of the brown looks perfect, the height of the sole, everything. Now available at Tres Bien.
Opening Ceremony has a pretty vast range of footwear that seems to grow more every season. While there are a number of hits, they also tend to come with a fair number of misses, like these zip up oxfords. While the quality of the New York brands footwear has often come under question, the staples of their seasonal offerings remain fresh and undeniably good looking. This spring Opening Ceremony are offering a leather trim sneaker for the first time, at least that I'm aware of. Coming in black and teal, the shoe's silhouette is much like the Vans Authentic and others following the very similar style. This version however is slightly different, with the metal eyelets, leather laces and a couple different leather hits to compliment the canvas body. The shoes are also leather lined which is definitely a must for the price, and if you plan on leaving your socks in the drawer. I'm not personally into the teal color too much but the black does appear to have nothing wrong with it from the pictures. Without laying my hands on these, it's really hard to determine how they feel, how well they might stand up and the value in which I would put on them. I probably wouldn't recommend buying Opening Ceremony online, especially if its a model you haven't handled or seen before. But in case you're up for some excitement, they are available here.
Bass is well known in America for their loafers (Weejuns) and their saddle shoes. Now they have teamed up with Opening Ceremony to provide us with some classic looking loafers, saddle boots and an ankle boot. I called the comeback of the loafers and if this isn't one of North America's leading menswear lines, shops and showrooms stepping fully into the loafer world, I don't know what is. Teaming up with Bass is a great move to incorporate the American feeling while utilizing a decent manufacturer already making a nice product. The two tone brown loafer and the ankle boots are definitely my favorites, while I might personally steer clear of those saddle boots. Look for these to drop around the end of the summer.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Opening Ceremony show room for the first time today, and quite enjoyed it. I was there to see Nom de Guerre's fall collection which to no surprise looks beautiful. The colors, the knits, the outerwear and even a pretty exciting collaboration with another brand we are quite fans of. More to come on that of course, but also in the show room was some specialty items for Opening Ceremony by a great footwear brand, including some loafers, and a classic work wear, pattern maker. I don't know if I am suppose to disclose details, but I probably will in a further post. Anyways, besides Nom de Guerre, Patrik Ervell's fall 09 collection was really, really nice. There is one particular coat I will buy 100% this fall and a whole lot more I could easily live in. The cuts, materials and colors were really beautiful. Very warm, more camel, warm blues and a really interesting footwear collaboration to top if off. I am very exciting about the fall season already and had to remind myself that stealing is wrong on a couple occasions... Pics to come...I'm stuck in a hotel in Toronto