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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
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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)
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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.

“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.

Archival Field Trip: Cycles Grand Bois

February 25th, 2018

It’s always fun to match a fave brand to its foreign, brick and mortar store. During my recent trip to Japan, I visited Cycles Grand Bois, a venerable bicycle company known for its elegant handlebars, polished bike parts, custom frames, and 650b tires. Thanks to a rando pal who knows how to navigate Google maps in Japanese, we found GB in a suburb of Kyoto. Trading shoes for slippers, we explored the main shop area and talked to the manager. The showroom space is cramped, with bikes packed in tight bunches on the main floor and auxiliary frames stacked in window display pyramids or hung from the rafters. I’m including a few snaps from my visit. Follow Grand Bois on Instagram for a more immersive view of the shop.

Kyoto storefront

Rene Herse beauty

Vintage basket bike updated with a motor

Shop bikes stashed outside

Custom bike bell

 

South2West8 Tie Dye Bug Net Parka and Landing Net

October 10th, 2017

Many of my Archival blog posts are intended to remind me, in a few years, of random and extraordinary web finds. As my attention diminishes and the web redoubles, I frequently find and than drop the thread of a super fruitful search string (typically ending in Japan). Here’s one I never want to forget: a South2 West8 tie dye bug net parka (and matching landing net).

 

Shopping from Japan – Kapital Jacket

September 16th, 2016

I started stalking Japanese web shops in 2006 and the experience never gets old. Even cursory check ins with fave web shops turn up exciting new finds. While heritage as a codified style may be petering out in the US, Japan keeps churning out unique variations on workwear staples like the button front chore coat. Case and point is this jacket from Kapital available via Takanna (a web shop that ships to the US). The jacket is made from 12 ounce denim from Okayama. What I love about it is the shape and distribution of front and rear pocketing. I’m a big fan of hunting jackets with their rear facing game pockets. This may be the first time I’ve seen this feature incorporated into a more casual, denim jacket. While Kapital sizing goes down to a Japanese 2, I’m leaving this item as a catch and release given that there is no scaled down version for women.

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Shopping from Japan: Danton Round Collar Shirt

June 6th, 2016

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While I like to think that  I am relatively current with heritage clothing brands in the states and abroad, I was pleased to discover Danton during my PDC trip to Tokyo last Spring.  Danton is a french workwear brand sold in Japan. I’m not quite sure whether there really is any more Danton sold in France (readers?!) although web retail reports indicate that the company was indeed founded in France in 1931.  I came back from Japan with a few different Danton garments including round collar shirts in short and long sleeves. I love that this style combines my favorite shirting elements: round collar, popover design, short cut, and on seam pockets.  The garment is unisex; I’ve seen it on offer on several Japanese web shop for women and gents including B-Shop and Woody Company. Depending on the season, you can order this shirt in light chambray or a heavier weight oxford cloth. Now that Rakuten is opening up space to more second hand clothing shops, you can most likely purchase Danton plus shipping to the states for less than $100 (pretty good for an item that you will most likely wear for years to come).

I know that we live in a state of denim elysium but if you are looking for new fabrics and fits,, give this Danton a try.