I like blue on blue plaid, and I really like fish tail parkas, so it's not surprising I like this spring jacket from Uniform Experiment. I don't particularly like the price tag of around $750 us however, but the piece looks great. I think the deep blues and pale tones are going to be the way to use blue this spring.The thin red line is also a great accent on this jacket and with blue in general. The jacket is quite subtle for being such a big piece in terms of coverage, with a pattern all over it. I really like when parkas have the waist draw string along with the bottom string, and throw one on the hood for good measure. I am quite sure I am going to pull the trigger on a parka this spring, but I'm between something with this shape and a mountain parka. I'm really leaning towards Engineered Garments parka but time well tell what kind of deal/price/piece comes up.
Although I didn't officially play cricket in high school, we did have a pitch at our school, and it was pretty fun when we got to partake in PE class. There are a couple other beautiful spots in Victoria and Vancouver where the game is played in the summer months. I really love the all white attire and mix of slacks, casual sweaters, shirts and hats that are a big part of the game. The cricket sweater is probably the easiest piece to take from the sport and reappropriate into modern menswear. This spring Hickey have put out a version of their own with some success, and some...less success. I feel the sweater should be kept basic in terms of colors. It can be a cable knit or not but I don't think it shouldn't have more than two colors, ie. white and navy, or white and green, navy and grey etc. Needless to say, I find a couple of Hickey's versions to have a little too much going on in terms of colors and stripes. The brown/khaki model is my favorite from the batch and since I like the colors especially this season, I thought it was worth a post - and probably worth a purchase on sale.
Patrik Ervell might be my favorite collections I don't own anything from. Mostly because I have a really hard time finding the items I want. In Vancouver the only retailer is big ol' Holt Renfrew, and needless to say their buying and customer experience are far from what I'm looking for. Otherwise there are only a handful of online retailers like Tres Bien and South Willard, where these items are available. Now the prices on Mr. Ervell's collection are not too low, but they are beautiful. These spring items are some of the basics and most classic items he does really well. The chambray with the club collar is a great looking shirt that you can wear pretty much any time. Both sweaters look soft and very wearable, great colors for the spring. Patrik Ervell's fall collection is one of the nicest I've seen as well through the last month or two of tradeshows and showrooms. I hope that the collection gets picked up a bit more and represented a bit better, both for Patrik, and for my closet's sake.
Klaxon Howl is a beautiful shop on Queen West in Toronto I first heard of, and visited, last summer. Kyle from Dejour mag took me through for a look at the vintage denims, military jackets, boots and helmets, and whatever else the shop had accumulated. It seemed to be a haven for all things vintage, military and cool. While it was hard to get too excited about heavy wool jackets in the middle of the heatwave of the summer, the shops goods were definitely exciting to browse through. This year the shop has put together their very own collection. Inspired by the items around them and the techniques used in their manufacturing, the filtered military and work wear pieces look great. The collection of shirts, denim and outerwear are said to be inspired by the 'frontiersmen and prospectors, soldiers and sailors, aviators and American Indians' that made use of the original designs. While the shop's items seem rather 'on trend' as some like to say, it only takes a quick look through the retail location to see these folks are serious about their wears. From the vintage buttons to the gun shell cases, to the hunting knives and the old Levis posters, Klaxon Howl is the real deal and I look forward to seeing more of the collection for fall/winter 2009.
I just got put onto the Brooklyn Radio website the other day and it might be one of the best online resources for great music listening ever. With hours and hours of free steaming or down-loadable, well mixed sets covering the history of hip hop from 1990 up to 2008, what more could I ask for? If you don't read the music reviews every month, not only are you missing on some gems, but you might not know that we at h(y)r collective love our hip hop music. I'm constantly looking for good sites or mixes I can let play at work all day, or especially when I worked retail it would have been great. Something classic, easy to listen to and that you don't get bored off. That's exactly what this website has. 'The Rub' is a small gold mine of some seriously good tracks from classic artists throughout the last decade and a half of music. Brand Nubian, Tribe Called Question, Black Moon to Nas and Ludacris to Sean Price and De la Soul. I doubt you'd be disappointed by a single track as each song is picked from a year of great music and whoever is in charge is doing a great job. Check The Rub here.
I have been following this blog a lot more in the last couple months, and in the last week or so the author has written a couple posts I've quite enjoyed. The latest titled 'The Bean Blucher vs. The Frau Blucher', talks about the old Bean Blucher moc in comparison to what the brand is making today. The other post I quite enjoyed was titled 'I can't wear what?' The post touches on a current issue of people wearing clothing meant to be worn in the bush or while hunting, and it's recent appropriation to the city dwellers. The perspective is refreshing and the words are strong. In the end you can't tell him (and I) what you shouldn't wear, but you can't stop somebody from wearing it. This whole debate whether people should be wearing work wear if they aren't actually doing manual labor etc is getting a bit tired. If you like it, you enjoy the aesthetic of it, and you feel comfortable, I feel you should be all means not be stopped or discouraged. That doesn't mean I won't pass judgement if I don't like it, but I'll respect you for wearing what you want.
Light jackets are key items these days as the temperature rises as we move from winter into spring. Stafford & Sons' safari jacket looks to be another solid outerwear option. Made from poplin it looks to be a perfect weight for chilly spring nights and the in between weather like now. Made by another genuine American workwear company it comes in usual the beige or olive and has the customary nice big button down pockets with good buttons. The single pleated back is looking good too but for me, it's the waistband that really makes this coat. You can do it up and it slim the coat down and give it a nice lean silhouette. Or leave it hanging and layer it up for you 'anti-fit' looks. A jacket like this probably isn't for everyone but it's a good alternative, and a great one if you're worried about one of the many other options (military jacket, toggle coat, Harrington) becoming too trendy.
Opening Ceremony has a pretty vast range of footwear that seems to grow more every season. While there are a number of hits, they also tend to come with a fair number of misses, like these zip up oxfords. While the quality of the New York brands footwear has often come under question, the staples of their seasonal offerings remain fresh and undeniably good looking. This spring Opening Ceremony are offering a leather trim sneaker for the first time, at least that I'm aware of. Coming in black and teal, the shoe's silhouette is much like the Vans Authentic and others following the very similar style. This version however is slightly different, with the metal eyelets, leather laces and a couple different leather hits to compliment the canvas body. The shoes are also leather lined which is definitely a must for the price, and if you plan on leaving your socks in the drawer. I'm not personally into the teal color too much but the black does appear to have nothing wrong with it from the pictures. Without laying my hands on these, it's really hard to determine how they feel, how well they might stand up and the value in which I would put on them. I probably wouldn't recommend buying Opening Ceremony online, especially if its a model you haven't handled or seen before. But in case you're up for some excitement, they are available here.