What are your expectations for an iconic brand collaboration? In the case of Barbour x Engineered Garments, I’m looking for more of a Shackleton crackup, corduroy collar meets crazy pocketing. These jackets are a little subdued for my tastes, a too polite exchange of zippers, snaps & fabric.
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Office style, by Beams Boy
A spot check on the Beams Boy Instastory redirected me to this curious “office style fair” capsule collection. I’m still trying to put my finger on the persona or segment archetype represented by this clothing.
My guess: Jules and Jim meets Tokyo librarian.
It’s winter and I’m months away from wearing anything made out of ultralight nylon. However, I’m curious about this Hender Scheme trail cap that was recently featured in a recent Takanna e-newsletter (the only Gmail inbox promotions folder fodder I don’t delete). I love that the cap is reversible, pocketable, and unstructured — things that make it perfect for dry weather hiking, flyfishing or cycling (as an under-helmet sun shade).
Bonus: the adjustable cinch cord gives the cap a surprising bit of adjustability. I’m also a fan of the low crown and floppy brim. Glad to see some brands moving away from stiff peeked, rigid brimmed trucker hats (ugh).
Complaint: I’m not wild about the large leather logo patch, but that’s a detail that could easily be tweezered away.
Each refresh of the Japanese cycling outfitter Rin Project site reveals a new product obsession: wool cycling sweaters, retro hairnets, knicker hose, mod coats, leather cycling shoes and Brompton compatible shoulder satchels.
My top Rin Project product pick is this cycling pullover with retro-inspired front carrying pockets and wool sourced from the UK. It reminds me of the derby tweed sweaters that Rivendell Bicycle Works used to make in the 1990s.
This is the sweater to wear during your recreation of the Tyneside endurance test.
It’s 2018, Amazon prime time, and I love that there are still brands that I can only buy in Japan. My running list: Rin Project, Danton, Anatomica, Beams x Fennica, Orcival and Rocky Mountain Featherbed. Obsession of the month: Rocky Mountain Featherbed (RMF) Six Month Vest (aside admiration for the slightly off kilter translation of RMF’s Japanese-English product names). What brings me back to Japan-only clothing are the fresh designs and build quality (even on everyday, less-than-luxe items). RMF, like all my fave brands, design products in dual lines sizes for men and women (rather than shoehorning everyone into unisex styles). Note: colorways are the same for men and women.
I spotted this patchwork chore coat from Tigre Brocante last Fall. Unfortunately, a half year later, the jacket (nicely styled for men and women), has disappeared from the site. You may not be able to buy this jacket, but you can still mimic the look. Check out Corridor’s Duck Dyed Overshirts (on sale) as a worthy, patch-free alternate. Pair w/Corridor Bucket Hat and Troentorp (mandatory style staple) for a seasonless, timeless, unisex ensemble.
I’m tapped out after a trip to Japan. Nevertheless, I’m saving up my shekels for a new Danton chore coat. Danton, a French brand licensed for distribution in France, offers sturdy, unisex work clothing for men and women in staple fabrics including poplin, cotton, and now, sturdy moleskin. Danton, like Engineered Garments, produces a line of stock styles in a seasonal refresh of heritage fabrics. Find your Danton via Zozotown, Rakuten, or B-shop (a proxy shopping service like Sutocorp may be required).
Scouting Rakuten, I spotted this curious looking Brady Nevis backpack (which reminds me a bit of something a character from 400 Blows would carry). My house is filled with Rubbermaid bins of bags (Archival, Brady, Filson, Hunting World, Bertram Mann, Zo, Domke, etc.). I don’t need a single new bag – and yet – I am always open to curious mashups of stock bag styles (Rucksack meets a messenger bag, the movie!). Brady bags are never cheap and there are quite a few classic models that I’m hoping to aquire (the Gelderburn and MacLaren to name a few). However, I’m tempted to save up and nab a Nevis before they disappear from the market. This model appears to be one of those frustrating, Japan only iterations: available via a few web shops and than slated to taunt you as “product unavailable” when you launch your Google search – a few years too late.
Inspired by Japanese web shops, I’m stripping off my socks and yanking up my pants. Loafers, clogs, or mocs, it doesn’t matter. Put those Anonymousism socks away for winter 2018 and start showing some ankle. Add khaki and a slim fitting Danton windproof jacket for full French factory worker flair.