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New A/W releases: Bshop inc.

October 14th, 2019

In 2019, it’s hard for me to get excited about fall product releases. So many of my favorite heritage brands (and shops) have either disappeared or morphed beyond recognition (releasing so may products, collaborations and must-haves that it is nearly impossible to locate items from their core lines)(suddenly: brass match holders and Bison hair drink cozies).

Perhaps the only place where I still eagerly shop for seasonal releases is Japan. Specifically, I check in with B-shop, a web/brick and mortar store specializing in simple, classic, well made clothing and housewares from Europe and the UK. Each fall, I point my web browser to Bshop online, anticipating the exciement of seeing new collaborations, updated product lines, brand mixes and refreshed lookbooks. Sometimes, a seasonal tweak comes in the subtlest of forms: buttons are replaced with snaps, cotton is swapped out for black watch wool or canvas duck transforms into patent leather.

Bshop also wins my heart for offering almost all of their garb in unisex sizes. They also host curated offerings from Labour and Wait.

Here are a few of my fave A/W 19 offerings:

Brady Brady 130th Anniversary Ariel Trout
Vetra

Catch and Release: Beams Boy Hunting Jacket

September 29th, 2019

I spend a lot of time on ebay sleuthing pint sized sizes garments from Japan and Europe. Here’s a jacket from Beams Boy that I’m catching and releasing. It’s a style that frequently appears in the Beams mix in a range of fabrics (primarily poplin and cotton duck). I’m a sucker for the doll-sized hunting-esque jacket look, but I’m not a huge fan of the back belt or plastic buttons (miming the fancy fawn-embossed brass types you see on tyrolean wool tunics).

As you may know, I’m a petite woman. It’s nearly impossible for me to find the type of vintage and outdoor clothing that I love (hunting-inspired garb, waxed cotton jackets, french knitwear, etc.) in sizes that fit. And my Kondo-mission at the moment is to only only buy clothing that I would wear on a weekly basis (or I must release back into the ether). So I’m clicking like on this jacket, posting some visual evidence for future reference, and letting go. If you read this post in the next few days, it’s yours!

New Cycling knickers from Grand Bois

September 17th, 2019

I have a thing for cycling breeches and plus fours (aka knickers). When UK outdoor custom clothier Hebden Cord closed shop, I bought up ten pairs of breeks in assorted fabrics (cord, tweed, ventile) on eBay.

True confession: I admire these garments more than I like to wear them. In practice, on my bike, I prefer the more tech-fabric-y versions sold by Rene Herse. These work brilliantly as a light, wind-blocking layer over my (less scenic) cycling shorts during winter months (and during bike check at Paris-Brest-Paris).

I just spotted these CCP knickers on the Grand Bois site. I want these but I’m not sure if these will fall into the category of loved-but-not-worn or super functional, more trad looking versions of the Herse knickers. Thoughts?

Engineered Garments x Barbour

March 6th, 2019

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.

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Irving Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Irving Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Unlined Graham Jacket

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Unlined Graham Jacket

Beams Boy Office Style Fair

March 2nd, 2019

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.

Hender Scheme reverse nylon cap

February 27th, 2019

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.

“Origin is Everything”: Rin Project Cycling Sweaters

February 12th, 2019

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.

Shopping for myself: Rocky Mountain Featherbed Down Vest

December 24th, 2018

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, AnatomicaBeams 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.

Rocky Mountain Featherbed Six Month down vest

Rocky Mountain Featherbed Six Month down vest

Rocky Mountain Featherbed Six Month down vest

Rocky Mountain Featherbed Six Month Vest

Reinforcing twill tape and locker loop

 

Stuff sack for six month down vest

Every garment has its own stuff sack

Rocky Mountain Featherbed down muffler

Matching down muffler

Patchwork Dreams

July 11th, 2018

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.