This is one of those items that have sparked a desire deep within and rather than falling by the wayside as the blog posts pile up, it has grown stronger. Baracuta's G9 definitely receives most of the attention from the family. Recently we saw Junya pull the G4 from it's stepchild position into the spotlight. However its the khaki colored slim cut G4 that has my attention. The jacket currently comes in two colors I'd like to own, navy blue and the lighter tan, both come in the tradition Teflon fabric with the original Fraser Tartan lining. Although these look great and I would be happy with either, I really want this jacket in a slightly softer, more natural cotton. A mid-weight khaki cotton twill with either the Fraser Tartan or perhaps a Blackwatch plaid would really put the touches on my perfect casual short jacket. We'll see what we can do about that, but until then you're probably best off ordering from the website. Other features include side adjusters, adjustable cuffs, 2 front button pockets all for £160.
Seeing Simon's socks yesterday jogged my memory a bit and I remembered this vest I saw at Polo the other day. It's my favourite piece of Fair Island pattern that I've seen this season. Despite being much maligned for their inherently preppy look, the sweater vest is still an underrated and useful garment in the fall for any style. A nice earthy Fair Isle pattern is a bit more off-key on it's own (not a bad thing by any means) or it plays as a nice layer to break up similar or matching tones. I always preferred vests for this as they don't get too hot or uncomfortable. Being a super soft cashmere cotton blend doesn't hurt either (the skin or the wallet). I don't want to get my grandpa look on too badly though so I'd leave the green cords behind for some navy chinos or denim. I'm definitely not ruling out a tie though.
There has been a reasonable amount of anticipation for Joe McCoys fall offering this year. With about as much of a push for chambray shirts and hunting jackets as possible, McCoys have to offer some of the best. This fall hunting jacket bears an obvious resemblance to the Junya rendition, minus about four other patterns and materials. This more classic version comes in a cotton sateen, features the standard shoulder shooting back and is made in Japan. The McCoy brand is one of our favorites when it comes to repro gear and this great looking outerwear is a leading reason right now. Superdenim have received an extensive shipment including some great sweats, Letterman jackets, denim and flannels. Be sure to check it out and get your fix on some well traveled work wear.
Fall is essentially here now that it's September, and what says fall like grey. This particular fall seems to be bringing a nice selection of grey footwear including these options from Visvim, Band x Sperry and Common Projects. Of course none of these options are cheap, but they are all great looking. Both the Band of Outsiders and Common Projects come in a grey wool which I've never personally sported on a shoe, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't right now. The respective shoes are very simple, and leave a nice amount of room to play with good slacks and socks to make them look even better. The United Bamboo x CP was an unexpected collaboration, but somehow the result was even more surprising. Much better than the outcome with Mr. Ervell, the grey wool achilles looks great. Visvim's latest classic upgrade is a great rendition of the Desert boot. Again the appearance of the heel counter shows up with top grade natural crepe soles and a fine grey suede. I definitely prefer this model to the original and would love to get my feet in a pair this fall. However likely that is, I want them just same.
This is it. Not only the last of our re-order from the Gitman for h(y)r collective collaboration, but the last h(y)r branded product period - more on that soon. The grey oxford was another quick seller and one that has gotten a lot of wear from my own closet. It was the first sample I received back in January and the first time I was able to wear a product with my own brand on it. It definitely will have a bit of a sentimental value with myself, as well as the future owners I hope. The grey is a slightly lighter oxford 2-ply due to its washing and color dye. The grey is one of the most versatile and easy to wear shirts you can buy. This one comes with our signature red stitch on the back of the collar, custom cut gussets and standard Gitman Bros. quality. Again, made in the Ashland, USA - THE oxford. Available at The Shop, $150
We haven't mentioned of Dave's Quality Meats on the site much before, not for any real reason, but that might be changing thanks to their latest collaboration. They've enlisted the master 60/40 parka makers from the north west to produce two great looking mountain parkas for DQM's fall offering. They went with two very classic colors and we are happy they did. The navy blue with forest green lining looks very nice - very subtle, goes with everything and is quite functional. I'm personally more drawn to the tan 60/40 myself. The lighter color is hard to find in a parka sometimes and the stripped down details and the blaze orange lining is a nice accent colour. Both of these jackets will be available this fall at DQM and are made in Seattle, Washington. I'm not too sure whether these will sell out right away or how many numbers are being made, so you might not want to hesitate knowing you'll have this piece for years to come. Releasing on September 11 for around $320.00
There are a lot of interesting lessons, facts, people and stories surrounding footwear alone. Enough to leave you hungry for more every time. I personally have never dug too deep into the history or background of shell cordovan because it's never been my first choice in a shoe. The slick, shiny and expensive part of a horse has often been left behind as I go with elk, calf skin or nappa. However, shell cordovan is something I probably should have read more about earlier, but since I didn't I am fortunate enough that Jordan at Winn Perry was kind enough to enlighten those of us left in the dark. The quick history is interesting, to the point and I felt like I was caught up on what I should have known. To top it off, he has a beautiful pair of Alden's 990's in the fine Horween developed shell cordovan.
We've been seeing more and more from Takuji Suzuki’s collection lately. The styling and individual pieces are looking better and better the more that releases - unfortunately not round these parts yet. Pull over parkas and windbreakers are usually interesting to talk to designers and buyers about however. Although I personally like the pull over option, they don't sell in store, therefore don't sell in the showroom. This simple equation often leaves us with no good options for the half zippered jacket. ts(s) has put together a great looking and very wearable version that looks great for tossing on when the dark clouds roll in. Either in black or deep green, this pull over parka would be very useful and will only run you about $320 at Nepenthes.