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Jul112010

South2 West8 Camp Packs

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—01. Red.
—02. Blue.

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While some of the South 2 West 8 garments don't seem to fit us westerners too well, it's hard to go wrong with their bags. Almost all of them are made in the USA where it seems some of the best backpacks are coming from - barring Seil Marschall. They're a good size, have a nice selection of pockets, and the colours and small leather accents are about as classic as can be.

South2 West8

Saturday
Jul102010

The Real McCoy's USN Utility Jacket

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—01. Olive herringbone twill.
—02. USN stamp.

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The USN Utility jacket is based on an American issued 1940s army jacket. The simple 3-pocket jacket comes in an olive herringbone fabric that isn't too structured but is quite tough and very durable. The black donut buttons have a small insignia and there is a 'USN' stamp on the chest. It's made in Japan and is a great all-season item that works well as a light jacket or a layering piece in the fall.

&mdashAvailable at the Inventory Stockroom

Saturday
Jul102010

Engineered Garments Fall Bedford Jackets

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—01. Patterned wool Bedford jackets.

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The Bedford jacket by Engineered Garments is probably my favorite model, closely followed by the Baker. This fall it wasn't offered in too many fabrics or patterns that I loved, but these two special versions are particularly nice. The fabrics were originally from the FWK collection, but have been made up in these two Bedfords for the EG store in Tokyo and the new Nepenthes shop which is opening this fall. I especially like the navy wool with the red and white pattern.

Images via Houyhnhnm

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Friday
Jul092010

Nepenthes Fishing Oxfords

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—01. Available in black and brown leather, and beige suede.

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The ripple sole oxford is a shoe that I've had a bit of a crush on for a few seasons now. New versions from Yuketen and Russell Moccasin, and old factory samples from Alden offer a really unique and great looking option. Nepenthes, however, are arguably the masters of creatively interpreting American products for the Japanese market. This might just be another case of what they do best, because I don't see anybody around these parts wearing the ripple sole oxford - that's a challenge.

Nepenthes

Thursday
Jul082010

Roden Gray, 8 Water St.

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—01. Scheduled to open in mid-August.

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Roden Gray has been one of the best shops in Vancouver since they opened their doors a couple years ago. With their sucess came the need for more space and a new location, this summer they found that space. Moving a little further into Gastown, the new Roden Gray will be about 2500 sq ft. and will reside just one block from the Inventory Stockroom. The neighborhood has been growing nicely and now with Roden Gray, Haven and the Stockroom within 2 blocks of each other, the variety of products available is quite good. The new Roden Gray shop is scheduled to open in mid-August, just in time for the fall season. Until then you can find their product offering in their online shop.

Roden Gray

Thursday
Jul082010

Chester Wallace Canvas Bags

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—01. Black canvas.
—02. Natural canvas.

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This small brand from Portland, Oregon is run by Patrick Long, who named the brand after his grandfather. The canvas bags are simple, useful and nicely designed. I'm usually more into plain bags with less colorful details but I can imagine these bags being very well received. Using vintage canvas, the bags are made in the USA, and with prices ranging from $98-132, the value seems to be pretty solid as well.

&mdashAvailable at Blackbird

Wednesday
Jul072010

Engineered Garments Navy Herringbone Fatigues

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—01. Navy herringbone cotton.
—02. From the Workaday collection, made in USA.

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Last fall I caught a glimpse at the lighter blue version of these Workaday fatigue pants. The decision between the green and blue was tough. However, I think the navy herringbone could be the best yet. While the green is very classic, the added subtly in the fabric and wash makes these pants a great item to have. I also think the pants being navy instead of green lightens up the reference a little which can make them easier to wear for some people.

&mdashNepenthes

Wednesday
Jul072010

Vintage REI Day Pack

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—01. Blue sky and mountains.
—02. Worn down path.
—03. REI bag, found on eBay.

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Recently a reader sent me an image of a favorite bag of his. Instead of just passing along the image of the vintage REI pack, he included these two landscape photographs as well. Something about it just made sense and the colors and mood just fit perfectly. I've been hunting on eBay for old Kelty and REI bags over the past few months although I've yet to pull the trigger. There is something about the metal frame hiking bags that just looks great, although this small day pack is a bit more useful for regular use.

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