It's been a little bit since we caught up with some of Tanner Goods latest products, but this spring they are introducing their 'Traditional Belt' which is looking really good to me. I don't have the price for it, but I feel pretty safe to say it would be less than the Gilded Age pieces, and these ones you get to work in yourself. The main difference is the brass center-bar with hand burnished edges and two brass snaps for the interchanging buckle. The leather is the classic 9/10 oz bridle leather in Tanner's regular natural, deep brown and whiskey brown leathers.
While this might just sound like another great pair of denim pants by Self Edge's Kiya in collaboration with one of his choice Japanese artisans, it's actually pretty special. The fact that an actual Internet forum has the power and influence to essential design it's own pair of jeans - and really good ones - is pretty crazy. Over the last few years Superfuture has obviously grown into a massive resource for mainly male clothing, although it does have other functions, or so I hear. I still find it pretty cool how websites and forums are able to grow an online community so strong that it is able to produce a high quality product in the real world. Of course a lot of credit has to go to Self Edge and Kiya Babzani as a highly involved member of Superfuture and purveyor of fine denim in North America. The tag was designed by a Sufu member as well, which came out really nicely. Overall a great jean for a reasonable price of $275. It will go on sale February 28th at Self Edge and in their online store. I would not expect to see them last very long. Details on the denim below. "With the SEXDBXS09 jean we've allowed the users of Superfuture and Superdenim to give their input on styling, cut, and accents for a very special jean to be released on February 28th; even the leather patch was designed by a renown artist from Texas named JimmyC from Superfuture. The SEXDBXS09 jean has been produced by Dry Bones, one of Japan's longest running vintage Americana style denim manufacturers. Months were spent getting the denim exactly where we wanted it and the denim was woven for this project; as the denim has never before been used on another garment nobody knows exactly how it will age. Self Edge has chosen a denim with a little more weight than the classic styles, at 16oz it's got heft to it, and with massive amounts of character showing from the warp and weft it's sure to age well. The fit is that of a straight leg jean, slightly slimmed down, with a button fly and a long inseam which can be hemmed to the wearer's length without altering the silhouette. We're proud the way the denim has turned out, it's something we've never had in the store before. The denim has been calendered and singed, yet hasn't lost any character which is instantly recognizable even at a quick glance. Rounded out with hidden rivets, cowhide leather tag, Superfuture dual-tone "Rep Bar" stitch, military grade green rear pocket linings, coin pocket selvedge, and a cotton poly-core stitch; this jean is exactly what we want to be seen in."
Mister Freedom is at it again for the spring with a pretty cool looking vest. His fall collection was really beautiful work which we saw retail at Self Edge, who did a great job with the art direction of the product photos. Christophe's direction of the brand remains with the hardcore references and detailing inspired by the sea. Made for shore leave, "our Sailor had this denim vest custom Tailor made by the “MFSC Naval Tailors”, Naval Supply Research Dept." With a total of 8 pockets and the yellow coated twill lining, this vest is about as function as cool looking. While probably not an easy wear for most people, if you plan on some swashbuckling and open seas this summer, you've found your prize.
Robert Geller is fresh off his new menswear designer award and spring collection is now hitting stores. I wouldn't expect him to change his ways too much in the near future. He seems to bring an interesting mix of really awkward pieces I would never touch, and a good selection of more classic looking items. This Drifter jacket is one of the pieces that falls to the more classic side in terms of its aesthetic. The coat is made of washed cotton/linen and has been sewn up with some French seams - which I generally find to be a good thing. The color of the jacket is nice and versatile and the casual washed material allows for it to be dressed down nicely, the flap body pockets also help with that. It looks good with the lapel up or down which is pretty important for a casual sport coat. It's now available at Odin.
I've had more of a fascination with glasses lately than anything else in the last couple weeks. A friend of mine at work got a great pair of vintage Dunhill frames the Geller Marcello's have my attention as well. I also really like a good aviator and need to get something for summer. These Karen Walker glasses are among my top picks right now. The shape of the frames are pretty classic looking, while offering something a little different from your standard Ray Bans. The metal frames look beautiful with the tortoise arm ends and subtle branding. For the price of $200, these are definitely a pretty solid option that will look great for summers to come. Available at Gargyle
Beams in-house line has grown to offer a fairly complete selection from footwear to glasses, to bags and chinos. This spring you definitely need to have yourself a pair of soft cotton pants in one form or another. These Beams Plus chinos come in both navy and khaki and appear to have a pretty ideal fit. Last summer I was really hunting for the slimmest chino I could find and not having much luck. I've let go a bit and find myself more comfortable in a slightly more relaxed fit, although it's just as difficult to find in the right weight, well made and still with a proper straight leg or slight tapper. I'm still really happy with my Wings+Horns chinos, but I would love to get myself a pair of navy blue slacks for the spring. The Beams pants are also lined with a plaid cotton which I'm still on the fence with. I think the idea works better with a winter pant, and might be better concealed the majority of the time. Unfortunately not so good for the tuck-and-roll.
Take a look at that photo! I let out a legitimate yelp of joy when I saw it and put two and two together to realize that Rick Rubin is actually going to produce a song (or two if we're lucky) for Clipse's upcoming album. If you aren't familiar with Rick Rubin well
shame on you here's a crash course: founded Def Jam, OG Beastie Boys DJ, produced mega-hit albums for LL Cool J, Run DMC and Public Enemy in the late 80's. Then he shifted gears to produce albums for the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Slayer. While he hasn't really made too many forays back into the hip-hop world, his last three tracks have been certified bangers. (Yes even the Lil Jon one, just think of what Weezy should/would/could do with that beat.) I'm always already fiending for anything new from Clipse but now... so incredibly excited. Oh yeah, and they've got a song with Kanye.
I just saw this pretty interesting concept that was executed by Cunning Agency and HSBC for their Premier branding. The idea was to offer travelers coming through Heathrow Airport in London and chance to essentially make their own magazine. There were a number of articles to choose from, and each person can pick their favorites and the order they come in and have the magazine bound right there in the airport. The concept and execution does look great, but of course in the large scope it's probably not ideal - especially for publishers. The thing with a printed magazine is that it is becoming more of an art and the composition of the articles and pages and how they are laid out and order are what make it particularly special. For the most part, you can pick and choose the information you want already thanks to the Internet. So taking away a lot of the artistic influence and execution of a printed magazine is something I wouldn't recommend. But they aren't trying to do it long term, and I think for the concept 2-week period, it looks great. Check the video below for more info.