Rag & Bone...it's good right? I have been tittering on the fence in the last couple months with how much I like the brand as a whole - since they won't email me back... I have found that there are usually quite a few pieces each season I like a fair bit, but they either don't fit quite perfect, or are a little bit more than I feel I want to spend on them. I guess that isn't a bad thing, I've just gone to potentially buy something a few times, and it never really works out, so maybe there is a jaded consumer in me somewhere. Either way, I've seen the collection look great in the real world mixed into classic wardrobes of friends and colleagues. I particularly like the cut of the short shawl cardigan. Their shirts are usually quite solid as well, and of course I like the selection of blues quite a bit - the more blues I see together, the more I like blue. Available at Nomad
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Rag & Bone have consistently put out nice pieces for the last few seasons. After this springs show in New York, I've read a few people saying they might be trying to do to much. With the men's and women's collections growing at a pretty steady rate, it's hard to imagine a designer can really perfect a piece while adding another 5 each season. I think there are some staples in the Rag & Bone collection that are great. There is some nice outerwear, great shirts and some nice accessories, but I am finding a bit less I am really excited about. This tote bag however looks really nice. The navy blue canvas with light brown leather and antique rivets is not a new combination of elements, but the simplicity and stripped down aesthetic is appreciated. Although, at $255 there might be other options on the market like Mismo, or two Filson bags. Still, the tote is nice, along with a number of items in Rag & Bone's spring collection which is now available at Odin.
Rag & Bone have decided to continue growing their collection at a pretty sturdy rate by adding sneakers into the mix for this spring. Footwear isn't a new addition but these oxblood, leather lined sneakers are definitely new (unless I am totally out to lunch). There is definitely similarities to a Stan Smith as we've seen a couple brands use the classic silhouette in a new form. I have to say I am really not feeling Rag & Bones loafers, dress shoes or metallic versions of the sneaker very much. The oxblood is a great color and the tonal details keep the shoe looking subtle enough. However for $350 US, I don't know if it would be my first choice for a dark low top sneaker. It is encouraging to see the men behind the line continuing to push the collection in different directions. You can't make winners all of the time and the dress shoes and loafers might be great on or in person. The metallic version is unfortunate and about 4 seasons late for it to have any chance of selling...to anybody.
As some of you readers might have picked up on, I am in New York for a short, but productive trip. First off I have to apologize for any lull in blog posts but I am trying to keep up. I spent the day walking around a lot of the Soho and West Village enjoying the delightful feeling of a frozen face. At least the ground was dry, I guess. It was nice to check out the new editions to the city such as Rag & Bone but I have to still track down the J Crew and Thom Brown shop in the next couple days. I have some pretty exciting meetings in the next couple of days which will help determine and direct the next few months of h(y)r collective. I am excited to report back the progress as well as a couple Capsule updates starting Monday so stay tuned for some previews of whats to come for fall. In the meantime, everything in this city is 50-80% off. It's crazy. Nom de Guerre, Odin, Rag & Bone and Union all have notable sales with some great items. I didn't have a ton of luck finding my size in a lot of things I wanted but the search will continue and I doubt I'll leave empty handed.
Rag & Bone are back with another nice glove for the spring. Their finger flap hobo gloves from the winter were some of my favorites except for they were too big. The driving glove definitely got some press the last few months so it's not surprising to see some of the better brands providing those in need. I like the worn hard wear on the snap quite a bit although I am slightly skeptical of the suede and leather. Although this isn't the best product shot, the suede isn't looking particularly great. I'm sure they would look better in person but I would have to say that you should at least have a car, if not drive often to have a pair of driving gloves. Preferably this.