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Friday
Apr162010

Look: Refreshing

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—01. Calpico is the key to staying refreshed.

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Once again the weather has been teasing us in Vancouver with some of the warmest days of the year. I actually thought about wearing shorts yesterday, so I am today – at least in this post. Along with the warm weather you need to stay refreshed with fluids and since the bottle of water didn’t go over too well last time, I’ve opted for a new Inventory favorite. As well, we have a couple of new items in, and coming into the Inventory Stockroom, including these great looking peanut grizzly canoe moccasins by Quoddy and our recent Inventory Tattersall BDs by Gitman.

Quoddy Canoe Mocs
Inventory Items Tattersall BD Shirt by Gitman Bros.
Margaret Howell Cotton Tote Bag

Friday
Apr162010

A.P.C. Jacket

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—01. Nice muted camo pattern.

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A large chunk of their clothing is inspired by the military, so it’s hardly surprising how blatent the reference is here. The lighter desert themed camouflage is a nice lively pattern for the spring and it’s a little bit more subtle than the desert storm camo you might find on surplus jackets. The washed out faded tones of the jacket make it easy to wear with basically any colour and the straightforward, somewhat slim cut allows for it. As with all A.P.C. the jacket’s utility is great as it’d look just as good on its own as it would under a windbreaker.

A.P.C.

Thursday
Apr152010

Warehouse x Heller’s Cafe BD Shirt

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—01. Indigo Dot pattern, Made in Japan.

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Warehouse’s ongoing relationship with vintage company Heller’s Cafe always seems to result in great pieces of vintage reproduction that I’d happily add to my wardrobe. One I’ve been eyeing lately is this deep blue, heavy cotton shirt with printed dots at Blue in Green. The dotted workshirt is a somewhat unique pattern and a nice reference point which I like. The pocket configuration is perfectly simple and I’m always a fan of little details like run-off stitching. The collar seems a bit pointy and long as it’s done up here, but once washed and worn it would be fine.

Blue in Green

Thursday
Apr152010

Sit & Read at Unis

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—01. Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm. at Unis, 226 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.

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On April 22nd a couple of our friends are getting together in New York. The Unis shop on Elizabeth St. will welcome Sit & Read Furniture’s Kyle Garner in to furnish parts of the store with his collection of vintage pieces. The combination of the space, the Unis brand and Kyle’s taste is definitely a great marriage and it should keep the shop even more interesting and fresh looking beyond the already strong spring collection from Unis. It also turns out that our Spring–Summer issue of Inventory magazine, which comes out at the end of the month, features both Unis and Sit & Read Furniture. To top it off, one of our most valued contributors, Ken Tisuthiwongse has photographed a couple of looks for the collaboration and to showcase the Unis spring items.

Sit & Read Furniture
Unis

Thursday
Apr152010

Post Overalls Calico x Blue Royal Traveler Vest

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—01. Traveler Vest.
—02. Collar detail.
—03. Button detail.

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Post Overalls aren’t always a brand to explore with a lot of different patterns, but this spring they’ve done a very nice looking version of their classic waist coat in a calico royal blue. The pattern is interesting, but subtle enough to look great with chambray or a blue oxford cloth. It’s definitely one of my favorite items in the spring collection.

The Bureau

Tuesday
Apr132010

Wtaps Spring Scarves

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—01. Navy gingham.
—02. Label detail.
—03. Black gingham.

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A nice lightweight scarf is a great way to top off a transitional spring outfit. There are plenty of choices on the market each season, but that just makes the hunt for something special a little harder. Wtaps have a couple of very nice looking gingham scarves in easy to wear black and navy.

Firmament

Tuesday
Apr132010

Anachronorm Spring Jackets

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—01. Dip dyed shawl neck.
—02. Blue chore coat.
—03. Tan chore coat.

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Anachronorm has been on our radar for a couple of seasons now and after a careful inspection in Tokyo last fall, I was definitely still impressed. The brand has just made it’s debut in the US by way of Union LA. Chris Gibbs continues to bring in new labels, usually from Japan, and Anachronorm is a welcomed member to their very nicely edited stocklist. The spring jackets offer something different between the more traditional work wear chore coat, completely with a nice lining and corduroy collar – definitely the easier of the too. It comes in two nice color options while the dip dyed jacket looks a bit crazy in the image on its own, when styled nicely, it can look great.

Anachronorm at Union LA

Monday
Apr122010

MHL Drill Trousers

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—01. Great green tone.
—02. Cinch back.
—03. Nice buttons.

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While the Margaret Howell collection continues to improve and be one of the most impressive season after season, their place in the Japanese market can’t be overlooked. With their strong retail presence comes the push for more items and unfortunately some of the great pieces only get released overseas, even with great hometown shops in London. These cotton drill trousers from the MHL line are really nice looking and have a number of details I’m often looking for.

Margaret Howell JP