Well, since nobody seems to have a problem with the onslaught of Engineered Garments spring items being featured one at a time, here's another gem. The 'Bird Shooter' coat is another model I haven't really seen too much of, and in this military green, I want to hit the woods and find some quails asap. I am much more in love with buttons than zippers. I think they look better, feel better and wear better. A worn button hole or even missing button has a lot more character then a broken zipper, which is just a pain in the ass. Back to the coat, it's great. The layered pockets look very nice, the button pockets, sleeve holes and collar are perfect. Although I really do like a lot of the EG spring collection, I don't have the money to buy every piece, but it's safe to say this coat jumped to the forefront for me. Only available at Nepenthes as far as I've seen so far.
We just gave you a look at Our Legacy's fall collection in bites and pieces a couple weeks ago, but we now have a couple shots of how the looks come together from the Swedish duo. I've said it 100 times in the last 7 months, I love Our Legacy and the incredibly easy to wear, natural style of the collections. I would have no problem if their collections were handed out as a man's uniform to wear as you want. I suppose it would take away from the fun and personal aspect. The point I'm trying to make is it would be pretty easy to look good in a Our Legacy head to toe look. Of the fall pieces, there are a few on my want list, but on the top is this casual double breasted sport coat in black. It looked great on Jockum at Capsule, it looks good on the model and I plan on making it look good on me later this year. Look for the spring collection to hit Tres Bien and Jonathan+Olivia next month.
This is a great find for a couple reasons, thanks to James at Secret Forts. These shawl sportsman jackets are beautiful. I was excited when I saw the red plaid on his blog but when I followed the link to find a perfect shade of grey, I feel a bit more in love. Only while scrolling through the bold Japanese type I happened to notice in all caps, "Made in Canada". Upon further inspection, a blurry tag image revealed these incredible items are actually made in Vancouver, BC - where I live. I haven't been able to find anything about the brand online but best believe the hunt is on. I am going to search this city until I can find these coats. Not only do I want one for myself, but I want to get to the bottom of these North American brands making items strictly for the Japanese market and leaving us out. I'm coming for you National Anthem. *Unfortunately their brand name is really not helping the cause in terms of searching online.
Well we are about to hit the double digits for our monthly issues. It's both big and seemingly small in perspective. Only 10? Really? That's nothing vs. That's right, 10 great issues covering the menswear market unlike any magazine, printed or online. I feel like things have developed in the direction I wanted so far which is a great feeling. A lot more in the pipeline and well we are still pretty new, I am very pleased to be able to deliver some pretty interesting editorial content on a regular basis. Of course without you readers it wouldn't be possible, so I'll be thanking you for a long time. Okay, issue 10. We have the full Common Projects spring/summer collection to show you, we spoke to new designer of the year nominees Shipley & Halmos, we got behind the Italian canvas for a deep look at Mismo and their bag collection. We also let our love for sneakers sneak back out with a pretty interesting interview with Eddie Cruz and James Bond in correlation with the latest collaboration with Puma. There are a couple more gems in the issue including a Canadian history lesson so stay tuned for the release next week. Also, I know there are a lot of new readers, so catch up and read Issue No. 9 before it vanishes into our labyrinth of unorganized archives.
I know, more Engineered Garments. I hope you readers don't get too tired of it this spring but it's one of the few lines that has me particularly excited. This chambray ground jacket is yet another reason why. It's also a piece I haven't seen from the EG collection before. The hood actually comes off as well turning it into a bit of a coach jacket, which looks great for spring in the material. I think the tone of the chambray is pretty much perfect along with the silver hardware the the obvious attention to historical details Engineered Garments pride themselves on. I was pretty stoked on the collection before I visited New York, but after looking through the fall collection and hearing about all of the care and though that goes into each detail and material, and how they hunt down dead stock wools, cottons and denims, it definitely got me even more excited. I also find their prices are generally pretty reasonable, especially at Hejfina. It's a bit of an odd online shop out of Chicago, but they actually have one of the best brand lists I've seen for men, as well as some of the lowest US retail prices.
WANT Les Essentials is probably the nicest accessory brand coming out of Canada these days. With very useful pieces geared towards the Macintosh using global citizen, their leather iPhone, Mac Book and iPod holders were great items last fall. Back in our issue 6 interview with Dexter and Byron, they hinted about their new organic cotton collection - which have now arrived at Nomad. The prices are definitely not something to overlook for most of us, but you also have to realize what you're getting and the long term investment in something that will look even better with time, be convenient and keep your goods safe. I would definitely like to get my hands on the passport wallet myself, even though it's not from the organic selection.
Jill Sander is definitely a designer I don't know a whole lot about, and that's okay with me. The shops are a bit intimidating although the products I've seen at Oki-ni look quite wearable. Anyways, it's one of those brands that's there and makes nice things, but I just don't have a personally connection. That being said, who doesn't have a personal connection to some desert boots? How about in blue suede with a white sole? Definitely not unlike Kitsune's low top rendition this spring, but I prefer the Sander version with a more muted blue and I really like the natural leather around the mid sole of the boot. While blue has been informally announced the color of this spring, I don't think I am personally going to jump into some blue footwear too quickly.
This if for any readers out there in the creative field who find yourselves checking blogs like ffffound, jjjjound, graphic-exchange or the likes. There are a lot out there with great fashion, graphic design, typography and photography but not all pulled together like they are now. Greg Washington from Inqmnd came up with the idea, designed and directed this project which was put through the interactive design studio he works at in Toronto, Tehann+Lax. With some really great developers on hand and some nice design work, they managed to pull together Image Spark in what seemed to be a pretty short period. Basically you can upload images from your desktop, save pictures from the Internet and save images from other Image Spark users - the community. You also have the option to have 2 mood boards of your own which are pretty handy for new projects and the maneuverability is nice. I got the sign up email yesterday and jumped on right away. I think its a pretty fresh tool and should be great to keep the creative juices flowing, plus it looks dope. Sign up here