Shopping from Arnys

by Tom Bonamici

Lesli has a nice little stack of Arnys catalogs that I can’t put down. It’s a mile apart from our usual shopping – nothing in here could be found at a thrift store, logging camp, or Cyclist’s Special. The prices are… aspirational? Improbable? Beyond our reach, at any rate. But that won’t stop me from longing for a Forestière jacket, or a massively-pocketed trench, or trousers with integrated spats.

The patterns and colors are subtle, the materials are gorgeous, and the styling is distinctive, but generally trend-resistant. No skinny jeans, thank God, no desert boots, no buffalo plaid – Arnys is operating at a different plane. However, there are plenty of details that could translate nicely. Many of the jackets seem to be available with or without sleeves – why couldn’t Filson make a sleeveless Mackinaw? We’re both especially fond of the consistent use of a contrasting lining in cuffs and collars. And the introduction to one of the more recent catalogs has a terrific call-to-arms for the stylish gent, bemoaning the fall in standard of men’s dress and, essentially, telling men to step it up. I’m working on translating this piece, and will post it soon.

Honestly, even if I could afford it, I couldn’t wear most of this stuff, given how rarely I wear even a tie, let alone a suit. It’s just a lot of fun to browse the catalogs and admire a job done perfectly well.

6 thoughts on “Shopping from Arnys”

  1. Hi, I didn’t know who else to turn to. I have been looking for a good looking hiking boot and I would really like to add a pair of Danners to my shoe collection. I do like the Mountain Like, but it is maybe a bit too high tec for my general style, and I saw the Danner JP edition boots, that you posted earlier which I found incredible. Do you know if the Japanese Danners come in larger sizes like an 11US (or at least 10.5US)?

    Best regards Simon

  2. Did Arny’s models die and nobody told them not to turn up for work? Anorexic male models are no more appealing than anorexic females.

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