There has been no shortage of blog coverage on Our Legacy in the last few months. The Swedish label have put together their best collection yet for the spring, with great fitting garments, well constructed shirts, coats and accessories, and all a reasonable price. As one of the few brands that could actually fill my closet, they have gone an extra step this spring by introducing their first denim pants. The wash on these jeans couldn't be better. Now, I know there is a big argument for creating your own wash through living in your jeans, but I honestly don't have a big problem buying them if they look like this. Of the two washes, I would go with the darker color. The very natural looking washed out jeans look great, and would look even better complimented by a nice button down oxford and some Common Projects Achilles - and you're set all spring long. I haven't had an opportunity to try on the denim, but they appear to have a casual fit, ideal for rolling and looking good. Now available at Kiosk 78.
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A couple of Our Legacy's essential items for spring have dropped at the UK's Oi Polloi recently. While we are looking forward to seeing the most extensive showing through Tres Bien's new web-store at the end of the month, Oi Polloi gives us a small sample of whats to come. While the items are very basic, such as the 'great' crew-neck sweater and button down collar dress shirts, the subtle touches make them stand out from the rest. First off, it seems Jockum and Christopher have also been hunting for that perfect soft red color crew-neck and had about as much luck as me. Fortunately they were in a position to make their own, and it looks great with the slight contrast stitching, nice neck and good fit. They also used a slight variation on their staple oxford shirt. For the spring season I think it's a safe bet to say a lot of brands will be using the seersucker cotton in their shirting and Our Legacy are one of them. I find the Swedish brands shirts slim, long fit to be a nice treat so their version of seersucker is one of the more appealing to myself. It's a hard fit to find these days, or used to be.
This is my favorite item I have seen for fall 09 so far. There have been some great collections and pieces from all of the brands I mentioned quite regularly here. Nobody has disappointed me yet which is a great sign of things moving forward and becoming even more refined. Nom de Guerre, Common Projects, Engineered Garments and Our Legacy are definitely among my top picks. However Patrik Ervell keeps coming up with items that I really like. This button up coat in a speckled wool in both a blue and a camel color is my favorite piece I've seen so far. The big pockets, the buttons and the great collar combined with a really subtle and casual silhouette and perfect colors are putting it on top of the list. I haven't really seen a lot of jackets with the same shape that have en executed so well. Definitely one of the things I'm already looking forward to, and trying to get somebody to order for me...
I've been going back and forth with Steven at Black Lodges for a couple months on a lot of things, but one of the ideas we are doing on Black Lodges is "It's a walk off!" I have to fully give Steven credit for the title. It definitely keeps the tone casual and pretty funny, which is really the vibe at BL. This is the outfit I came up with as my Winter to Spring look. It's layered enough to keep you warm, but incorporates some of the lighter tones and shades that you should be wearing this spring. What I found pretty funny was that both of our looks we're pretty similar, and both of them are more or less what we are wearing on any given day. Anyways, the intro is worth a read and it should be fun to see the website develop over at BL in the next little while. Walk off - Round 1
Well I just finished clicking through the highly extensive Buyers Guide for Spring 09 put together by Mens.Style.com and several of the top stores in the USA, from big to small. First off I would like to say thanks to Steven Torres for taking a lot of really nice product shots, along with the rest of team over there. It was well done for the most part. I guess my bone picking is more directed to the buyers featured in the article. Now I'm not running a store, not trying to pump up my own zebra pattern collaboration or buying for a huge department store, so my opinion is just that, my opinion. I do feel like I have a pretty good idea of what looks good and what I might actually think about buying. No I'm not in a huff because nobody picked anything by Engineered Garments. But I went through the whole feature and only pulled 8 out of the 60-something products. For the most part it was the smaller shops that had the items I liked, unsurprisingly. Odin, Blackbird, South Willard, Opening Ceremony and Jake all came through with an item or two. So what are the top picks that will save you clicking your mouse 73+ times? Woolrich Woolen Mills Upland jacket, Patrik Ervell grey blazer, Kolor double breasted blazer, Common Projects canvas safari boots, Quoddy blutchers, Our Legacy cable knit, Band of Outsiders plaid shorts and the blue corduroy YSL shorts. There you go, that's all you need this spring, notice how they all even look good together. ------------ Turns out Ryan and I wrote a post on the same thing at the same time, so for what it's worth here's how I feel about it. GQ's buyers guides are generally good. Their shop selection is good, each owner/buyer's picks are usually pretty good and it's always interesting to hear their forecasts. However, their latest installment for Spring is not bad, but slightly frustrating. Everyone knows the state of the economy, so I agree with quotes like these: "Spring 2009 is the next stage in the evolution of the modern, style-conscious man's wardrobe, and one that focuses on investment pieces." and, "...invest in must-have fashion that is memorable and adds value." They make sense, we as consumers should be buying smarter. Which is why I'm confused as to how one could consider a $275 deconstructed sweater (aka 2 sweaters cut in half and sewn back together) or a $1,715 blazer with paint splattered on it a good wardrobe investment. Unfortunately there are a handful of other not so great picks. I get that the guide is a marketing tool for these stores but it's not that hard to select items for promotion that are actually smart buys; just like most of the independent boutiques did. In addition to the stuff above, I don't mind the look of the Acne x Lanvin overcoat (but denim?) and the Marc Jacobs bomber (I'd rather a Baracuta though) for those inevitable spring showers. I'll give them half a point each to make it 9/64. -OP
We just gave you a look at Our Legacy's fall collection in bites and pieces a couple weeks ago, but we now have a couple shots of how the looks come together from the Swedish duo. I've said it 100 times in the last 7 months, I love Our Legacy and the incredibly easy to wear, natural style of the collections. I would have no problem if their collections were handed out as a man's uniform to wear as you want. I suppose it would take away from the fun and personal aspect. The point I'm trying to make is it would be pretty easy to look good in a Our Legacy head to toe look. Of the fall pieces, there are a few on my want list, but on the top is this casual double breasted sport coat in black. It looked great on Jockum at Capsule, it looks good on the model and I plan on making it look good on me later this year. Look for the spring collection to hit Tres Bien and Jonathan+Olivia next month.
Just as Our Legacy's spring collection is about to start landing in North America in bigger numbers than we've seen before, I had a chance to look through the fall collection at Capsule. With Jockum making some of the fresh samples look very nice on, the rest of the fall offerings looked almost as good on the rack. Our Legacy were able to source some interesting Japanese cottons and wools while sticking to their classic oxfords and very nice plaids. After seeing three of my favorite lines for fall yesterday, I am happy to say that camel-khaki tones are going to be a strong accent of the fall. Great casual sport coats, shirting and sweaters complemented the growing options of chinos and washed out denim by Jockum and Christopher. There were also some great looking club collar chambray's and some nice accessories like the brown leather duffle pictured after the link. Again one of my favorite collections to look forward and a definite highlight of Capsule. The wool sport coat... The colors... The Jockum... The Chambray... The duffle... The tag...
There are a lot of great looking collections surfacing for the spring. Our Legacy, Nom de Guerre, Kitsune, Mjolk, Band of Outsiders, Engineered Garments among others are looking really great. But when it comes down to the hot weather, this is what I will probably be wearing. I like simple things. I like white tees and oxfords. While this chap's shirt might be a little less fitted than mine, this is pretty much what I am going to live in come summer time. The oxford shirt has really become like my T shirt for the most part. Of course it doesn't work as well for layering, but for throwing on the chinos, denim, slacks or shorts - an oxford does the trick. I feel really comfortable, never under or overdressed and I think it looks good. For the in between months of spring, jackets and slacks from these mentioned labels will fill the spaces and patterns for me. I know it's not really that exciting but a great pair of loafers, oxfords or sneakers paired with a wrinkled oxford shirt is enough for me.