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.
I have yet to break out a beanie, toque or knitted cap this season, but I know the time is coming. The fall is on it's way and just as much I as I looked forward to summer, I am now looking forward to this cool weather. J. Press just updated their website with a number of great fall pieces, but it's the knitted caps that really make me want to put my head in them the most. Chunky wool cable knits are definitely one of the best things about this season at hand. There are so many benefits from a good cap like this. You can accent any outfit, you can feel more comfortable outdoors and you can just let your hair go and not worry about it because you can just cover it up nicely. Of these two colors, it would be a tough choice, so for under $50 each, you might as well get both. However, if your hankering for a navy or red you might want to wait it out and see what pops up in the Shop.
Sales: It's the last day of Garbstore's sale today. That means up to 75% off their own product as well as the likes of Post Overalls, Bedwin and Hunting Jacket Research. As if that wasn't enough, they've also got a selection of new pieces from EG, Wood Wood and Gitman. See you down there. | Garbstore Film: 242 ways to say it's over. | Flickr Magazines: The Autumn/Winter edition of Pop is out. It's not always essential but this is definitely a good one. An impressive start by Dasha Zhukova. | Great Magazines Blogs: Good taste across the board. Posts featuring Gary Snyder, Akron/Family and Leonard Baskin have been some of the highlights so far. | Sympotein
When it comes to waterproof jackets, I definitely like to have a few options. Barbour and Mackintosh cover the traditional angle very nicely. I'm also a fan of the classic four pocket parka we're seeing a lot of at the moment. However, of all the styles available, I have a particular fondness for more technical looking pieces. Not only do they function well but I like the off-key element they can bring to an outfit. I love the styling of old Berghaus jackets. Marmot and Patagonia are great too and I think Supreme have done a fantastic job in the same vein. They've produced this jacket in black and blue but this colour's undoubtedly my favourite. The red and purple feels like such a classic 90s combination. This was something of a golden era for technical clothing and it's a great reference point. Supreme have made these jackets using 3-ply waterproof ripstop. This is not only practical but gives the shell an even more interesting appearance. They've used taped seams throughout and I really like the pocket positioning. As Ryan mentioned recently, this season's collection is particularly strong. There's a few things I want but if I could only choose one item, this would be it.
This Pendleton shirt is a big double negative for me. I'm a fan of jean jackets and I wear jeans a lot, but I've never really been able to get down with the denim shirt. Western shirts haven't ever been too appealing either. The combination of both in this shirt though, I'm really feeling. The shape of the shoulder stitch is a little smaller and more subtle and the pocket flaps aren't too pointy. The shade of the denim is fantastic nor too marled looking and the simple leather tab on the pocket tops off the detailing. Being tall and lanky is often a challenge fit wise but these fit long so sizing down works out nicely. I'd have no problem wearing denim on denim like this gentleman but I could see it be worn over another BD shirt pretty easily too. At Tres Bien it's got a price that's nice that won't make you think twice. And with that Swedish VAT your wallet stays fat.
One of our favorite UK designers and characters, Nigel Cabourn has opened his own flagship retail shop. It's of course located in Tokyo Japan, as it is probably the only place in the world that can truly support him to the fullest. That said, his fall collection is absolutely amazing and we hope that people will take note in North American and be able to buy into his product range. The hooded parkas, chambrays, utility pants and incredible fabrics are unmatched. The Nigel Cabourn collection is quickly becoming one of my favorites. His new shop looks just as good as you could imagine. With perfectly selected industrial lighting, worn wooden shelving filled with books and boots and rugged looking racks filled with some of the best in menswear, it's hard to imagine a better place to spend some time and money. Everything considered; the Army Gym tags, the product and the experience. Nigel Cabourn's comeback is a welcome one and I look forward to visiting his new shop when I get the chance. Until then, we can look forward to an in-depth feature on the man in the near future by our UK Bureau Chief, Mr. Roe.
I was browsing through a lot of Visvim's fall collection online the last couple days. Picking out a couple items is really tough as it is so deep. The brand has grown so much in the last few collections. I personally appreciate and love a lot more of their soft goods now over much of their footwear. Beyond their technical outwear, the knits, denim, cottons shirts, oxfords and chinos are among some of the best. There is a lot more versatility now and you can put together some great looks without going outside of the collection. An on-going debate in the HQ is if you could only pick 3 brands to wear forever, which would they be? Feel free to answer with yours, but one of mine is definitely Visvim - without hesitation. After browsing the collection, here is just one casual look I put together that I know I could get a lot of wear from. Simple layers, plain colors and essentials on their own, the use of texture, materials and comfort is what make the brand so special to me.
With our oxford shirt scene being currently dominated by Gitman Bros., Mark McNairy is taking a run at the classic with a nice looking selection of SS10 styles. The oxford BD shirts come in classic colors and patterns, as well as an interesting mix and use of the panels and portions of an otherwise straight forward piece. I'm personally not really into the yellow mixed with stripes but I can definitely have some fun with the flat color panels, especially the grey and white. The shirts are made in the USA and will retail for about $130 USD. With Gitman's prices going up, I could see these shirts doing well. Mark's clean aesthetic, nice labeling and interesting approach to his brand and design is one that drew us in, and there should be more interesting pieces on the way soon. Photos courtesy of Michael Williams