I've never met anyone from Norway myself but people say that Norwegians are always so nice and happy and bubbly. Now I know why; because the best Nordic patterned sweaters are made in most of their proverbial backyards in the tiny town of Dale. By no means am I writing off marled wool or cable knits here, but the snowflake adorned pattern sweater could be working it's way onto the must have list for fall. It might even be, dare I say it, on the verge of trending. Considering they've been around since 1879, Dale of Norway is the de facto inventor of the pattern so you might as well go for the authentic. The Setesdal patterned vest is basically perfection but I wish it were a full cardigan. My other favourite is their 130th Anniversary knit which is a re-creation of the sweater that was first produced for the 1956 Norwegian Olympic team. Two historic knits that remain relevant today and could be easily incorporated into most wardrobes.
Tres Bien have just received the fall footwear offering from A.P.C. and it’s well worth a look. There are three pairs in store but I couldn’t put the other ones on this website. The ankle boot comes in a dark brown suede and is lined with a warm cream coloured sheepskin. The crepe sole is a nice touch on the seasonal low cut shoes, but it’s definitely the work boot I’m more interested in. With an obvious Alden reference, these vegetable tanned, leather soled boots really do look beautiful. The shade of brown is perfect and it combines really well with the metal hardware, nice height and great looking sole. I'd probably rather buy the Alden Indy boot for less money and a more authentic product but A.P.C. has still done an excellent job with their nod to the American classic.
Thicker shirting may become more widely available during the winter but regular options shouldn't be overlooked. They still have an important part to play in layering and that's always worth considering during the colder months. Whether it's under a piece of knitwear, a jacket or even another shirt, a good selection can be useful all year round. At first glance this might seem like a routine choice but as with all Margaret Howell products, the appeal is in the overall quality and attention to detail. First and foremost, the colours are particularly good. There's certainly similar options available but a lot of them fall into the same trap - choosing a fabric with too many colours or ill-suited combinations. In this instance, however, the grey, red and yellow sit perfectly together. Combine that with a neat button down collar and a classic cut, and what appears to be a fairly simple shirt, will quietly outshine other versions every time.
Visvim have introduced a handful of new models again this fall - arguably their best season to date - and this F.I.L. exclusive is probably my favorite. A beautifully updated version of the veggie mocs now come with the crepe sole and heel counter that are now showing up on most of the new folk models. The small touches and design features like the heel piece really set Visvim’s footwear apart from the rest of the field. The subtle tech looking feature, combined with a great choice of naturally tanned leather and the perfect cut for a chukka boot, puts them at the top of the list of things I want. It’s unfortunate another one of their best shoes is so exclusive, but I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. It's released today if you’re near a F.I.L. location.
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I don't know why I keep a secret affinity for Original Fake buried within myself. Something about the brand seems cool to me, while I have never purchased a piece in my life. Maybe it's pieces like this that come out really nice. This shawl bomber looks great. It's just a really wearable, easy jacket, with nice leather details, good buttons and a simple white stripe around the bottom. There seem to be a lot of varisty style bombers and shawl necks available on the market, but there aren't too many better than this. It would look great, be easy to wear regularly, and be subtly different from the rest of the pack. Those are all pretty good characteristics in my book. I'd have to say, I straight up want this. Available at Haven
I've been waiting for this piece to drop all spring. Wings+Horns have one of my favorite collections this spring, and for next winter. I've been wearing my chinos non-stop and plan to continue doing so. This trench coat from Wings+Horns looks like the perfect spring coat too. The khaki color, especially, is really appealing, the light tone just feels like spring, while the slim cut and great details will keep it feeling fresh for seasons to come. I really like the classic details of the hidden buttons and adjustable wrist straps. The Japanese materials are always a nice touch, and again it's good to see a brand that's manufactured and designed here in Vancouver putting out such a high quality garment. Available at Nomad and Roden Gray.
St. James makes some of the most classic looking nautical sweaters around. With spring and summer approaching, it will be time to hit the high seas again soon so you have to make sure you're prepared. You've probably got yourself some boat shoes by now, but you also need to stay warm when the wind kicks up and you have to act fast on the jib-sheet. This red sweater is a slight departure from the navy/white stripes we're used to from St. James, but it might be useful if you go overboard. I personally quite like the strong color and I think it would look nice with some khaki shorts and some white footwear. Now available at Smith+Butler.