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Saturday
Sep172011

Mr. Kitly

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—01. Entrance.
—02. Ceramics.

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There aren't a ton of shops I get excited to stumble across, online or in person. It's difficult to offer something fresh with an ideal atmosphere and unique product range. While Mr. Kitly doesn't exactly break down barriers set by modern retail, it's homey feel, lovely curation of print, homewares and accessories and general 'vibe', all look great. The small upstairs shop resides in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and also has a neat online shop.

Mr. Kitly

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Saturday
Sep172011

New York Made Us This Way

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—01. Familiar fonts.
—02. Printed interior.

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If they mean: cash strapped, highly strung, and homesick; then yes, New York certainly did. Meant as an ode to the city, and the people that inhabit it (some of whom are partial to a good outfit or two), New York Made Us This Way is an exhibition of works by Jake Davis cultivated from his Test Shot project, and currently on display at Nepenthes New York. To celebrate the event, which also coincides with the store's first anniversary, Nepenthes have released a rather interesting take on a traditional white pocket t-shirt. A familiar font adorns the center, giving the pocket an unusual looking placement; one that's perhaps more washing and camera trickery than design. The back features a montage of screen shots from various Test Shots Jake has produced over the last couple of years, which has been printed on the interior of the shirt rather than on outside of the fabric. Years ago I once saw a similar design on a Bjork t-shirt at Magma in London; I thought it looked good then, and still think it looks good now.

Jake Davis
Nepenthes NY

Friday
Sep162011

Unearthed: Duxbak Shooting Jacket

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—01. Hidden cigarette pocket.
—02. Classic styling, surprisingly slim fit.

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Maybe it's something about the cooler damp weather that's blown in over the last couple of days, but two thoughts have recently been preying on my mind. The first is adding an extra layer, as the temperature slowly starts to drop, and the second is an early morning wonder around the flea markets on the weekend. I'm lucky enough to live blocks from one, but during the summer months the harsh sun and shadeless asphalt are often a little too much for me to take for long periods of time. Hunting for diamonds-in-the-rough is not particularly a speciality of mine, which is why I'm happy to rely on updates from the always excellent Ready 4 The House to get my inspiration levels raised. The Duxbak shooting jacket above, looks to be exactly what we're all hoping to unearth when we're on the hunt: a well fitting, classic piece in excellent, or at least interesting, condition.

Ready 4 The House

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Thursday
Sep152011

Arc'teryx Veilance Fall 2011

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—01. Insulated Shell Jacket.
—02. Field Jacket SV.
—03. Hooded Wool Jacket.
—04. Insulated Field Jacket.

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"Just as Arc’teryx redefined outerwear for extreme conditions with absolute dedication and technical innovation, their Veilance line channels that same groundbreaking spirit with added elegance for an urban environment to elevate expectations of what men’s apparel can be. For Fall 2011, warm but unobtrusive linings are present in a selection of outerwear designs. Silhouettes in the collection remain progressive, supported by advanced materials and intelligent fabrications."

It's rare to be able to stand behind a product unequivocally, but in my opinion, Veilance is that kind of product. It is expensive, but it's also the absolute pinnacle of modern technical outerwear, and once you've worn one of these pieces, particularly in adverse weather, it's difficult to consider anything else.

Arc'teryx Veilance
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Thursday
Sep152011

Tangiers by Pablo Delfos

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—01. Wool.
—02. Straw.

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These photographs by Pablo Delfos, taken in the city of Tangiers in the North African country of Morocco, are a goldmine for reference and inspiration. Tangiers has, in the past, been both a getaway and a retreat to the likes of William S. Burroughs, Bryon Gysin, and Alan Ginsberg, and like their literary counterparts the men in these photographs have developed a style for themselves, that is neither derivative of another nor contrived in any way.

Pablo Delfos

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Wednesday
Sep142011

Crescent Down Works at The Bureau

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—01. Olive.
—02. Navy.

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The Bureau have recently received their first delivery of Crescent Down Works for Fall. The pop of colour provided by the burgundy interiors is a nice addition to their classic styles this season, and as Ryan mentioned yesterday: it's hard to go wrong with navy or olive at any time of year. I've personally always liked the Down Shirt, finding it a nice balance between a traditional outerwear piece and a classic over shirt; my preferred Fall layer. Both these styles however look more than adequate for the impending New York winter; a brutality that feels closer to arrival as each day passes.

Available at The Bureau

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Wednesday
Sep142011

Reef Imaginarium

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—01. Photographed at Teahupoo.

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According to Reef photographer Chris Straley, “Our concept isn’t 100 percent original, as underwater photography has been seen before, but we wanted an organic, raw feeling. We didn’t want to do helicopters or any of that shit because it doesn’t fit with our brand direction. We’ve seen so many rad below-the-surface photos that guys like Brian Bielmann have shot, and that gave us the idea for an underlying theme—which is to try and portray what a reef would have seen throughout the years since the creation of surfing.”

Transworld Surf

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Look: Fall's Coming

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It's now the second week of September and although its still pretty warm in Vancouver, I can't help but look forward to some early fall attire. The knitwear from Margaret Howell, oxford shirts, fatigue pants and Red Wings all feel like they are ready for some wear. No matter the season however, olives, blues and suedes seem to be a continuous thread. They always seem to work well together, and especially when a couple more layers are involved.

All items available at Inventory Stockroom

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