I never really know what sparks these outfits but today I'm sure it was the SNS Herning Gang Cardigan. It's the perfect layering piece with the right cut, the right buttons and this amazing color really grabbed my attention. Chambray had to be it's best pair in my mind, followed by the Junya x Baracuta G4. With the use of these different single color items, I decided it would be best to stick with the theme as I went with the burgundy Workaday cords and the olive Porter x Monocle tote. The JS Homestead socks are of course hot on my mind from yesterday and the perfect low cut oxford boots finish off the look. Although I only own a couple of these items, it is a pretty good example of the sort of thing I would wear all fall long. The oxfords and cardigan are high on my list of items right now, while I'm waiting for the slightly modified version of the Porter x Monocle tote with longer handles which I will be receiving in November.
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SNS Herning's oldest knit pattern dates back to 1931 with this heavy weight turtle neck. I recall touching on the subject of the long neck knits last winter and now I can't help but return to the topic. While I don't personally know somebody who regularly wears a turtleneck, I have to note that most females I know (my mom and girlfriend) do like them on guys and the comments are usually positive. I've noticed Monocle's fashion director often includes them in their fall spreads and the result is almost always appealing. I think an important feature of a wearable turtle neck is having some sort of texture or knit pattern. A thick cable knit or something dating back to the past of Denmark like this would be ideal. I also think it shouldn't be too slim in the body and rather promote a cozy, casual look while still fitting under a sport coat. It's not an easy one to pull off, and really not an easy item to find in the market.
SNS Herning is definitely one of my favourite knit sweater companies in the world and I'm excited to see they now have an online shop up and running. This fall's collection isn't fully represented, but I could easily find about five pieces I would love to have right now. Fortunately I was able to get in a couple personal orders and am anxiously awaiting them as the weather has already turned to fall in Vancouver. SNS's philosophy and outlook on both themselves and the products is really great. I haven't met many people as nice and I was excited to meet them in Paris last season. The fall sweaters dig into the archives again and include some new styles. It's usually the classics that get me excited and the two sweaters pictured would be very ideal to have on hand for the next few months. Be sure to check out their website and browse the recently opened online shop if you feel so inclined.
...and in Paris, you should probably stop by this little concept showroom that will be open for the month of March - and spend the rest of your money. SNS Herning, Gitman Bros. and Mismo have come together to show their fall collections for the remainder of the buying season. Each of these brands are highly specialized and do their own product extremely well. I hope a concept for a showroom like this can work because I really like the idea of presenting the different elements of a wardrobe with a more cohesive feeling, rather than the 'this or that' you find in a lot of tradeshows and showrooms. With great sweaters, beautiful bags and perfect oxford shirts, it would seem there is room for footwear, a trouser and possibly some outerwear to join the ranks. I can think of a couple labels I'd like to see beside these brands, hopefully our market will be able to support good ideas and products.
I have always had a bit of an obsession with sea fairing gear. Whether it be brass clocks, wooden beams or pea coats. I haven't yet dug deep into the culture to find out all of the interesting history but I will I'm sure. In them meantime, one of the best and most wearable pieces inspired by the sea is the stripped shoulder button sweater. Especially in a navy and white color way, it feels like you could go shopping, walk down to your row boat and take out the yacht for a weekend. The sweater is subtle, has a nice reference and looks good. I used to not love the shoulder button feature too much but have since come around in the last year or so. SNS Herning and A.P.C. have two of the best versions I've seen on the market right now. While navy, cream and white are the best colors, I have noticed a soft red and green seem to be usually in the mix as well. The sweater looks great with denim, chinos and work pants. I guess whatever pants sailors where would work well too.