Is this not suppose to be one of the go-to magazines and/or websites in North America? After reading a very correctly worded post on The Selvedge Yard calling GQ, Getting Questionable, I still had some faith in this iconic American publication. I thought they could probably still hold it down online and help men find their way. Unfortunately hope is lost. While there were some spring trends predicted that weren't totally off the mark, like Ralph Lauren. (How is that a trend?) But specifically calling out an ugly D&G boat shoe that costs $500 US? Really? That's a trend? It could have simply been 'Boat Shoes' and then take a picture of 3 different ones, that cost less than a house in Fishtown. Then we come to the full outfits. While the poor fitting D 2squared looks from Italy aren't quite doing it for me, the styled model shots look about half as interesting as an Urban Outfitters mannequin. There were a couple gems in the mix such as Yuketen's mocassin, Supreme's parka and the Cresent Down Works Parka we blogged a little while back, for the most part, the article is, as usual, very uninspiring. The market is getting educated, we know you can do better, you have every resource at your fingertips - sell me something good.
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While the short month of February snuck by pretty quick, we've been as busy as ever trying to pull together our latest offering. Issue 11 is on the way, but its still a few days away. I'm pretty excited about the issue as we spoke with some really great and interesting people, as usual. We have a nice feature on The NEWS, one of New York's best showrooms, Alexander Olch, Dana Lee of A-Z Collection and we are taking a look at Tres Bien's new location and their big changes on and offline. We also caught up with Angelo from Supreme just as their spring campaign is in full swing and the new collection is set to drop next week. It should be another good read, and of course there are some pretty pictures to go along with it.
Most people have probably seen a lot of the Supreme spring line, but I figured I'd mention a couple of my favorite items. The brand will always be pretty cool, as I've mentioned, so a little branding never really hurts. The heathered sport T shirts are probably my favorites, and I fully intend on getting one or two. The colors of the blue and soft red are perfect. They remind me of a cop training shirt or something. Whatever the case, great for wearing all the time. I also quite like the stripped hoody and spring parka. The baseball jacket is a bit more on the loud side, but I can't help liking it. Whether I would get much wear out of it or not these days is another thing. Again, Supreme's collection doesn't blow minds, but they have done a great job tweaking some classic pieces in their New York way and are offering a solid collection of affordable, well made, good looking clothing.
Supreme are about to drop their spring collection in the next few weeks and I am also into something they are doing. Whether it's the marketing side of the brand, a specific collaboration or the increasingly good cut and sew pieces. The brand is essentially cool and I feel it always will be, no matter how many more people find out about it. Mr. Jebbia and his tightly knit crew have done an impressive job season after season on all angles, so this spring should be another step forward. While this handful of items are likely not the most exciting to come, they give us an idea for the vibe of what's going to be hitting the shelves in the near future. *I am a sucker for their product shots as well. I'm not trying to wear a fitted hat, but the crispy colors and clean details make me want to sometimes.
One of my favorite items I haven't been able to track down this winter is the chore coat. I've been more looking for a vintage find to capture the essence of the jacket and some pre-wear never hurt. The chore coat can be and has been worn throughout America's history by blue collar workers in engineering, labour, construction and several other trades. It often comes in a denim or heavy canvas with a contrast collar usually in a canvas or corduroy. The rounded pockets are easy to scoop anything out of quickly while the piece has been worn as both lightweight outerwear or an over shirt. While I am looking consistently on eBay and in vintage shops, Supreme actually released a really nice version this winter which is now on sale on their online shop. The chore coat might not be a necessity for everyone but it's a great, versatile piece that will definitely be on mind until it's on my back.
I saw this Sierra Designs parka over at A Continuous Lean today and pretty much am in love. Between the plaid lining, the navy color, perfect pockets and soft lighting and white background, I need this coat - or at least one really close to it. I have obviously been speaking on several parks in the last month or two and probably the nicest ones that released this winter were definitely modeled after this (by Haversack and HP+ and Traverse). It was mentioned that Engineered Garments had a similar one as well but I never came across it so I can't really comment. I do think Supreme's mountain parka is another good choice. Anyways, back to this Sierra Designs piece. It's great, it's what the rest are modeled after and if you can track one of these down, you're a lucky guy. Let the eBaying begin...