The field pant by Woolen Mills is quite possibly the best cargo style pant on the market. With small, perfectly placed thigh pockets the pants take on a much slimmer silhouette than other options in the category. The snap button bullet shell-style pockets look really nice and really set the tone for the pants overall. I've been on the fence with plaid/flannel lined pants for the last couple seasons but with the other elements in this pant, I would definitely be able to jump off. Either olive, khaki or grey would be great choices in the French twill cotton. While I prefer the styling on Doo Bop, where these images are from, you can also find the pants at Context.
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Monocle continues on a strong run of collaborations this fall including new bags with Porter, crew necks sweaters with Tomorrowland and their second jacket with the Daiki Suzuki helmed Woolrich Woolen Mills. The fall collaboration uses a 4-pocket field jacket I haven't really seen from Woolen Mills in navy blue and olive green. Made from army duck canvas made in Japan, the jacket is built for diverse weather situations while keeping a slimmed down silhouette. Complete with leather drawstring toggles, detachable hood and a button fastened chest flap, the jacket appears to be very durable for the fall / winter. There are only 55 jackets in each color so I would expect to see them sell out before the season's finished. At £385 it's not an easy trigger to pull, but I know I am already regretting missing their first co-branded piece so the anticipation for this release is even higher.
It seemed like it was about time for another curated Sunday outfit. Built for milling around town, carrying some firewood, drinking multiple cups of Joe and fixing a set of French doors - this outfit is comfortable and easy to wear and should get you through any weekend event. The items feel sort of thrown together in terms of their color and different array of materials, but that's kind of how my Sunday's are. The EG workaday cords just jumped onto my must buy list while the other items are all classic stand alone pieces. Woolrich shirt, Barbour vest, Alden boots, Scala bucket hat, WM socks and Sierra Designs parka. You can strip down the layers if need be but at this time of year scarves and gloves aren't needed, just some corduroy, wool and water repellent materials for an easy indoor-outdoor ensemble.
Here's another great piece of cloth for your head by Woolen Mills. They do have one of the best versions of the bucket cap on the market and this fall's material choice is great. Whether you use the snap pocket or not, it looks great subtly placed on the herringbone wool explorer. The current Woolen Mills season is probably my favorite to hit shops and I would expect to see more this fall from their collection. The subtle hints of color mixed with the grey fall materials is just right and very easy to work into your everyday wears.
The red and black marl wool caught my eye when I first saw the Woolen Mills fall collection and now that it's out I'm not disappointed, and probably want it even more. It's not the classic red cable knit cap that is still on the want list, but the red and black blend really nicely in this particularly warm winter cap. I think it would like really great just above a chambray shirt and a wool vest of some sort. The colors are perfect for head wear as it adds a bit of color but is still muted enough to act as a good compliment. Coming in at about $90 it's not a bad price for a cap you'll definitely have for a few years. While some people complain about the price of a cap, it's actually an item that you can easily wear 5-7 days a week without worrying about it. That gets the cost-per-wear down quickly and makes a $100 hat not seem so bad.
Ripstop seems to be one of Daiki's favorite materials this fall and I'm not complaining. Coming in a beautiful red, this field jacket has a certain pop to it that would bring a little life into any get up. The cotton shell is function in keeping the elements off your back while the wool lining is nice and warm. I'm not usually too into zip up only jackets, sweaters or anything, but the balance of the pockets and look of the collar and neck somehow make this version appealing. It definitely feels like a piece more geared towards the outdoors, so don't hesitate to pair it up with some Bean boots and shovel your driveway in a couple months. Of course there are more enjoyable outdoor activities you could try with the field jacket, either way it looks great. Available at Farinelli's
No doubt we'll be looking at a lot of plaid shirts over the next few months but so far, this is one of my favourites. I'm sure everyone's familiar with the brand's history and Daiki's role in this project so I'll focus directly on the garment. In the same way as EG's 19th Century style, the Upland Button Down has become something of a staple for Woolrich Woolen Mills. It's a shirt that's full of character. The reinforced elbows, shoulder patch and bellow chest pocket all reflect a more functional influence. However, these features aren't overwhelming and the overall appearance is still very balanced. This is achieved by adding a series of more refined details. The cut, while not slim, has a considered shape, and the gussets and extra button on the back of the collar are always nice touches. Both colours work well but I particularly like the classic combination of red, white and blue. These shirts are currently available from Nepenthes but expect them to start appearing at other WWM stockists very soon.
Surprisingly, the Woolen Mills branch of Woolrich is still a little tough to find around here. While it's not even allowed to be sold in Canada, the licensing arrangements and price points leave the brand in a tricky middle ground and if you don't live in a major US city centre, you have to track it down online just like us. This fall the collection looks great again, especially the outerwear. The Woolen Mills aesthetic has been well defined with Daiki Suzuki at the helm, but he only has three seasons left with Woolrich before a new designer takes over. So if you like the more rugged, outdoorsy approach that has a certain Daiki feeling, I suggest stocking up on some of these classics. Blackbird has a small but well edited selection in store right now worth checking out. The plaid Upland, wool Pen coat and ripstop Parka are all great options that I would happily add to my closet.