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Tuesday
Dec142010

Beams Plus Shetland Crews

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—01. Available in navy and grey.

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Beams Plus have always done a great job with classic garments. It's what the company's based on, whether it be importing or producing themselves, the end product is usually tough to beat. This fall Beams imported some of the finest traditional Shetland wool to make a couple of simple winter essentials. The only unfortunate thing is that these sweaters come up a little small, but for the folks they do fit, they're a great layering piece, perfect year after year.

Inventory Stockroom

Monday
Dec132010

MHL Wool Pea Coat

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—01. Grey blanket wool.
—02. Tartan plaid lining.

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This pea coat has been available all season, and if you're in the market for a double breasted coat, I would recommend snagging this one before its gone. The grey blanket wool is nice for the exterior; warm and comfortable. The lining is a nice subtle touch and the fit is classic for the style.

Available at The Bureau

Monday
Dec132010

Paul McCobb Planner Group

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—01. Vintage advertisement for the Planner Group series.

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US born Paul McCobb as been a household name since the Planner Group series came to prominence in the 1950s. I learned about him recently when I asked Kyle Garner about some of his favorite designers, and the chairs in this series came up. My curiosity combined with an increasing interest in furniture lead me to some reading and the rest of the Planner Group series. It's a beautiful selection of pieces from the chairs to the storage units. The angles and round shapes he used makes them just as appealing today as they were 61 years ago when they came out. While they do go for a decent price, you can still find reasonable deals in bigger cities and even through eBay.

Selection of McCobb's designs

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Saturday
Dec112010

The Real McCoy's CPO Shirt

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—01. Reproduction CPO shirt.
—02. Anchor buttons.
—03. Made in Japan.

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CPO shirts are one of the best pieces to have around. They're warm, they look good and they can work well for about 3/4 of the year. Engineered Garments make my favorite version, but this fall The Real McCoy's made a great reproduction. With heavyweight wool, a nicely sized collar and pocket, it stays very true to the original, which is just what you want with an item like this.

Superdenim

Friday
Dec102010

Online Updates: Makr & Old Faithful

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—01. Canvas fold weekender.
—02. Makr wedge hook.

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Who doesn't like shopping? Especially from your own home or work, where you can also comment on blogs from safety. Just in time for the holidays, Makr and Old Faithful have just launched new online stores. Makr features a tidy, clean design featuring beautiful product photography and new products including their fold weekend tote bag and the leather and steel clothing hooks. Old Faithful finally makes available some of their great selection such as the Bag'n'Noun bags, wool blankets and Opinel knives. Both stores make it easy to shop and easy to find something I want.

Makr
Old Faithful

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Thursday
Dec092010

01: New Issue

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—01. Early sketches of Inventory pages.

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It seems like the world of online magazines has expanded and grown well beyond what I ever imagined it would be like. However, I might argue that the best have all come from Canada, and 01 magazine follows suit. Their latest issue is filled with interviews, editorials and photo stories. Besides the interview with Visvim's Hiroki Nakamura, they also spoke to Chris Allen, who is largely responsible for the look and feel of Inventory magazine. The new online issue also has some great photography by Jennilee Marigomen, especially the shots from 'Kim's Closet'.

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Chris Allen Studio

Wednesday
Dec082010

Preview: Stussy Canada

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—01. Black crewneck sweatshirt.

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A couple of weeks ago Owen and I started working on a small project for Stussy. The international brand has played a huge role in the growth of streetwear and the way that collaboration has become a big part of the market. This Saturday, Stussy is launching a Canada specific range featuring simple, basic items such as fleece sweats, cotton tees, button up shirts and a hand-knit Cowichan sweater made by Canadian Sweater Company. I recently shot some looks for the small capsule collection and Owen will be producing a short video aspect of the project within the next couple of weeks.

I shot all of the images with my Canon F1 35mm camera. I used a mix of colour and black and white film for the shoot. I was mostly focused on using the black and white as much as possible, and I felt pretty good about how the shots came out overall.

Stussy

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Tuesday
Dec072010

Free & Easy in London

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—01. EP.
—02. Coombs Ring Boots.

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January's Free & Easy has just been released and the theme of the latest edition is boots. It's a great issue, and a special one for myself and James as we were both asked to contribute. I was interviewed and James produced a series of portraits. You'll have to pick up a copy to see the former, but here's a selection of James' photographs. Thanks again to everyone who agreed to take part, and to Free & Easy for asking us to be involved.

Available at Inventory Stockroom

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