(CAPSULE) // BRAND HIGHLIGHT: TIMBERLAND

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Probably one of the more surprising showings was from Timberland, yep, that Timberland. Looks like they’ve been changing their tune a bit with the entirely new workwear inspired line, Abington, and freshly revamped GT Scramble line up. Both are good moves for the brand, which is smartly seeking more traction with forward-dressing urbanites, and I … Continue reading

(CAPSULE) FEATURE // OVADIA & SONS

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While there were many noteworthy collections at (capsule) this year, one name was on everyone’s “must see” list: Ovadia & Sons. After a strong showing at the S/S (capsule) last year, greatness was anticipated by many, and I think I speak for everyone when I say Ariel and Shimon exceeded expectations. I was fortunate that … Continue reading

A LOOK AT HASSO SPRING/SUMMER 2012

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The answer to finding a quality every day bag is usually found in USA or European made goods. In the US we celebrate American made brands from Filson and J.W. Hulme, to Billykirk and Wm. J. Mills & Co.  Then there are the more ‘luxury’ European labels, such as Mismo, WANT Les Essentiels, and Valextra.  Enter Hasso, to provide us with a … Continue reading

LBM 1911 SPRING / SUMMER 2012

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2011 was a good year for LBM, they celebrated their 100 year anniversary and simultaneously came into their own as an iconic mid-level menswear brand. Over the past year, I’ve heard LBM referred to as a “poor mans’ Boglioli” and seen almost every one of my menswear comrades snag a few blazers and proceed to … Continue reading

COLLECTION | BARBOUR x TO KI TO A/W ’11

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Barbour x To Ki To.  Is there really anything more to say? Well, no. But humor me: Usually I’m pretty persnickety about covering things I’ve never seen in person, but there are some exceptions, and this collaboration is always one of them. Barbour and Japanese designer Tokihito both have impeccable track records and together they’ve produced an impressive collection for several … Continue reading

COLLECTION | NUDIE JEANS A/W 2011

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Previous to this year, I was not extremely familiar with Nudie, a Swedish label founded in 2001. I knew the brand for for it’s excellent reputation in men’s denim, perpetuated by a loyal and vocal male customer base, and it’s not so great reputation for rather amateurish apparel.  Fast forward to last month when I … Continue reading

COLLECTION | NONNATIVE S/S 2011

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A few weeks ago Japanese brand Nonnative dropped this beautifully styled S/S collection during a stretch when I was too busy to write anything. Sure, four weeks after the fact seems a bit late but when my browser tells me I’ve visited a site over 40 times in two weeks I generally take it as … Continue reading

LOOKBOOK | L.B.M 1911 FALL / WINTER 2011

I’m not big on lookbook posting, but this collection is just too notable to pass up.  The L.B.M 1911 line comes from Italian tailoring house, Lubiam.  The company has been around since – surprise! – 1911, and has garnered a reputation for challenging the Italian norms. Even so, this collection takes on a more modern … Continue reading

COLLECTION | FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB F/W 2010

Yes, this outerwear centered collection promises to be quality –for when has Freemans ever done us wrong?– but it’s the look book that has left be at a loss for words.  Photographed by Tim Barber, of Urban Outfitters and Nike fame, it’s all satire meets stereotype and I love it. What better way to ring … Continue reading

YES, PLEASE | RBY45RPM WINTER LOOK-BOOK

I’ve become enamored of Rby45rpm over the years and this collection is only increasing that trend. After 10 years, they’re masters of marrying so many influences without seeming schizophrenic or overly trendy. Raw textures, beautifully dyed textiles, tailored and unstructured silhouettes, asian and western details – it’s all expertly controlled, harmonious, simple.  The look-books are also impressively … Continue reading

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