I kind of hate the fact that the industry has evolved to the point where my mind is a season ahead of what season it actually is. It's hard though when you've got this footwear syndrome and companies like Visvim exist. This time, they've put out what I'll go ahead and say is the best deck shoe I've ever seen. The cherry brown Horween hide creates an amazing colour palette coupled with the off-white and black accents. It's one that's ideal for any occasion and carries over well even between seasons. Add the low profile folk sole, horse hide lining and cork insole and you've got a perfect looking shoe that I'm sure feels even better. Sure they're expensive but then again so are TV's, and I definitely spend more time wearing shoes than I do in front of the tube. Besides, who needs a TV when you can just stare at these?
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It already feels like it was a while ago that we re-branded and launched the new website. In a short period of time we've put together our first printed magazine, five collaborations and finally two online issues. Deep in the fall season, we take a look at some of our favorite fall items in Fall Edits, an editorial following our editor in and around the office through the week. We also visited the Visvim showroom and have a sneak preview of some of the items that are coming in spring. While we've been busy here in Vancouver - Apolis Activism and Rapha have been riding bikes around Nepal and making some beautiful cashmere products along the way. Finally - our latest Inventory Item is one of the most classic and a product that helped put our collaborations on the map - The BD shirt by Gitman Bros. We take a look back at the recent rise of the Gitman Vintage collection and some of the details that make our shirts special. — Inventory ISSUE 02
Visvim's subtle touches into the work wear aesthetic have been very tasteful and quite subdued for the most part. The brand hasn't made many pieces with a really rugged feel to them, but the hickory stripes on these reinforced carpenter pants can't help but feel that way. They look like they need some oil stains and maybe a worn out patch on the high or knee. While I always like the look of the hickory stripe on pants, I don't find the pattern very often in a silhouette or feel I'd actually consider. It's not easy to find a good cut in these pants, but Visvim have refined their bottoms very nicely over the last few seasons. As well, if you're not going to be in the garage working in the pants, you might as well go with some Fluxus denim and be as comfy as possible. Now available at Union LA.
If you're a heavy blog browser you may have seen Visvim's latest boot offering in the Beard-Folk model. It released while we were in Tokyo and fortunately we at least got to have a look at the boots in person. They model is one of my favorites I've seen from Visvim since the Virgil. I prefer this hiking style boot over the Serras of late, and it didn't hurt to see a perfectly balanced Vibram sole and a beautiful selection of colours. The Beard-Folk also marks a slight change in direction from Visvim as they used a Kudu leather on all of the uppers. After years of working with Elk, Visvim may have found their new leather of choice, at least for the time being. —
We all know that Visvim's garments aren't cheap, especially outerwear – so let's leave those comments at home today. I had to make note of this piece because it is simply beautiful. The cashmere blend body is really soft and of course lined with Gore Windstopper material to make it just as functional as it is good looking. The white elk leather sleeves are tough and thick enough to stand up to the winter weather, but subtle and soft enough to be very comfortable. It's one of the most refined and minimal varsity jackets I've seen and probably the nicest version I've ever tried on. It's featured in the 'I Want That' piece in our first issue of Inventory, which is now available online and shipping out to wholesale accounts this week. Back to the jacket, it's available in navy at The Glade and green at Union LA. —
Visvim don't often slack off when it comes to outerwear and this fall's pea coat is no slouch. In recent seasons Visvim have taken pride in developing custom textiles, working with Gore-Tex like no other brand and putting the technical functionality together with some of the cleanest designs in the world. The approach, aesthetic and end product are truly beautiful and the Lieutenant Coat 3L is a great showing of all of Visvim's positives. The Gore-Tex membrane will keep you safe from the wind and rain while the Harris Tweed keeps you warm and looking proper in the fall. This is one of my favorite pieces from the collection and it's now available at Firmament. —
Visvim's fall collection continues to release piece by piece at F.I.L. locations while stockists around the world get their more substantial drops. One of the more recent items are these "Survey Pants" in a fairly heavy stiff wool. We had a chance to get them out in person at the Tokyo F.I.L. the other day and I was definitely impressed by the weight and the cut of the leg. The silhouette seems to be improving each season with Visvim's bottoms, and these are a good example of the direction of the brand. While many still consider the Japan label a streetwear collection, these trouser would hold their own alongside Sander, Comme and the like.
Anybody familiar with Visvim and Hiroki Nakamura knows that the brand is always in search of ways to offer the best product possible. We saw images from Horween's blog about Hiroki's visit earlier this year and we didn't have to wait long to see some of the end results. This fall the legendary FBT and Serra Hiker come curresty of Horween tanned leathers. Well known for their work with Alden and their #8 Cordovan, The somewhat unlikely pair deliver one of the finest versions we've seen in either model. I sort of felt I was personally over the FBT model, or at least not in need of another pair, but these are making me think again. Both pairs are now available at Union LA. —