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Monday
Feb062012

South 2 West 8 Deer Camo Products

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—01. Spring camouflage.

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Fall and winter are usually the seasons for solids, but once the sun is shining a little brighter, and staying up a little longer, it seems more people are willing to wear a printed piece or two. In recent seasons a lot of brands have offered something interesting print-wise in the short department, but South 2 West 8 have decided that this spring it's time to go deer camo crazy. This great pattern features on everything from shirts and jackets, to scarves and hats in the new Spring collection, so there should be an option for almost anybody that's a fan of this unique looking camouflage.

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Available at Takanna

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Sunday
Feb052012

Visvim 101 Corduroy Jacket

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—01. Available in brown & blue.

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These corduroy jackets keep pretty close to the original inspiration, while still updating the fabrics, fit and small details subtly. This is a nice example of why I first fell in love with the brand. Visvim's simplified contemporary versions of classic Americana items are always among my favorites.

Available at Union

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Sunday
Feb052012

Midori Stationery

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—01. A January recommendation from Fantastic Man.

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I was reminded about this Japanese stationery brand twice recently. Firstly back in January Fantastic Man wrote a daily recommendation that sounded eerily familiar (thanks to the 6 man, hour long examination of the store we undertook in November): "We must have been doing something wrong during a recent visit to Japan, because unlike what we’d expected, we weren’t particularly successful in finding fabulous examples of the famed Japanese designer stationery and desk accessories. (The department store TOKYU HANDS is big, but not a great treasure source – where should we have gone instead?) Luckily, others are doing the search-and-select process for us, such as Amsterdam-based mail-order store Miscellaneous. Among lots of great objects are these attractive numbered brass paper clips. Much nicer than the common Post-It or the folded corner of a page." The paperclips are the work of the excellent Midori stationery company, and you can add Present to the list of the brands stockists should the above, and below, appeal to you. Present have themselves just received a reorder of the fantastic stationery, which was actually the second of the two recent reminders I mentioned earlier.

Midori Stationery
—Available at Present and Miscellaneous

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Saturday
Feb042012

Unearthed: Made in U.S.A. 2 - Scrapbook of America

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—01. A well-thumbed cover.
—02. Bags.
—03. Shoes and boots.

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This 1976 edition of the once popular, and perhaps subculture defining, publication has frequently appeared in front of me at various times, and in various places, throughout the last year. Most notably during our trip to Tokyo at the tail end of 2011, where if it wasn't being spotted in the locked cabinet of a bookstore, it was on the desk during a meeting, or in someones personal collection at home; being used for both inspiration and reference. During the course of my limited viewings, it's been easy to see why the magazine has been so highly sought after, and so extremely influential to those that own it. It would also appear that the near-constant haunting of it's influence will no longer be limited to the real world either: this week it was featured on Swimsuit Department, as part of their 'Lucky Wednesday' discovery.

Swimsuit Department

Friday
Feb032012

Finding Hope In Teenagers by Katsuyuki Honjo

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—01. Shirt and pants by Needles, shoes by McKinlays.

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Nepenthes have just updated their website with a new editorial. Directed by Katsuyuki Honjo and shot by Go Tanabe, it features products by Engineered Garments, El Resero, Needles, McKinlays and South 2 West 8, and can be seen in full by clicking on the link below.

Finding Hope in Teenagers

Friday
Feb032012

Buzz Rickson's N-1 Demotex-Ed

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—01. Made in Japan.
—02. Lined with Wool and Alpaca.

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There has always been something about N-1 jackets that have always struck a strong cord with me, the functionality, the silhouette, and the heritage are all aspects of this Buzz Rickson coat that make it work for me. Visually, the durability looks like it could handle itself through various weather elements and outdoor conditions. The khaki colour and darker toned lining work nicely together, the details that I appreciate haven't been overlooked and that's to be expected coming from Buzz Rickson.

Available at Ark

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Thursday
Feb022012

Arc'teryx Birds Nest Project

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—01. Gore-Tex cape.
—02. Over 700 capes made in 2011.

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It's well know that Vancouver has a large population of people living on the streets. Many people ignore the fact, but for three years Arc'teryx have been taking action by donating their materials and time to help those survive the rugged conditions of the west coast. Their design team has come up with a simple product, easy to make, using Gore-Tex to create a cape-like jacket. The company donates the materials and their employees donate their time to produce this functional, and rather good looking piece. Last year Arc'teryx provided over 700 Gore-Tex capes to people in need throughout Vancouver.

Arc'teryx

Wednesday
Feb012012

Received: The Green Soccer Journal

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—01. Featuring Buffon on the cover.

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"Issue Three of The Green Soccer Journal focuses on what it takes to be a professional goalkeeper in the modern era; the pressures and responsibilities involved, and the mental strength needed to survive what can be a parlous undertaking."

Available at Inventory Stockroom

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