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GAR-DE

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Yale turned me on to this Jacket and I think its pretty awesome. I’m always impressed with the eye Oak has for picking up up-and-coming brands, and Gar-de is no exception. This is from their first season and I think each season they take a new inspiration and use it for the collection, this season being leather. The fit looks solid, and the leather beautiful.  The red check sleeves make more sense now than ever, but still manages to be classic while being new and interesting.

ALEXANDRA CASSANITI

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After blowing off the shelves at such fashion emporiums as Colette and Opening Ceremony - I needed to find out exactly who is the creative force behind cutting-edge label Alexandra Cassaniti. Finally, I got to the woman herself. Cassaniti encompasses the “surf life” vibe to a T. Mixing in her quirky humorous side with her eye for details and distress - Cassaniti is one to watch. Find out how an elongated stint with pink eye lead to her recent success. By Yale Breslin

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AND NOW, IN TOTE BAG NEWS

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All over the web there has been a bunch of tote bag round ups and blog posts, so here is another to add to the pile. Jason from Makr tipped me off on this new style and I’m definitely into it. Canvas and leather and clean lines make for a good product. I sometimes wish my Filson tote came in black. It doesn’t hurt that its made stateside either.

DISPATCH

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A look back at the work of Marc Jacobs’ favorite photographer Jurgen Teller. Fashion Indie

Wear this Visvim jacket with your double denim. h(y)r collective.

Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah… grape juice? The Dieline

An interview with Chrissie Miller, from the awesome line Sophomore. NY Mag

If Holden Caulfield had a blog… Life is Better With Holden

IN THE LAND OF DESIGNER T-SHIRTS…

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Still think that LA is full of flip flop and Ed Hardy shirts?  It’s still got a handful of that but in the past little while it’s been making great progress with recent openings of APC and Margiela and home to some favorites, Maxfield and South Willard, and now the new shop, Confederacy.  Owned by Danny Masterson a.k.a. DJ Mom Jeans, and stylist, Ilaria Urbinati.  The opening makes more sense now than ever as Confederacy stocks all the typical high end American brands (Tim Hamilton, Patrik Ervell etc.) that are all the rage right now.  Get the full scoop at men.style.com.

SPEECH BY MICHAEL MERCANTI

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Jewelry has always been one of those things that men are unsure about.  I personally think it works when done tastefully and with restraint.  In terms of affordable jewelry, I’m a big fan of the Surface to Air and Alex + Chloe, but have always though I would like something a little more organic.  This is where Speech comes in.  Handmade in Toronto, by Michael Mercanti, Speech takes influences from all over the spectrum but manages to create a cohesive and exciting first collection.  Below, Michael speaks about Speech. By Kyle Morrison.

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DOUBLE DENIM

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I know most people think double denim strays into socks and sandals category but is it really so bad?  I’ve been doing the look a lot recently and I think when done well, can look pretty good.  It makes sense now more than ever, with every magazine doing some feature on work wear, and what’s more blue collar than double denim?  It’s a really rugged look that’s not appropriate for all occasiona, but it definitely has it place.  I’m not sure what’s the protocol though with mixing raw/faded, light/dark.  Do you go tonal or do you mix it up?  Lately I’ve been doing a faded pair of APCs with a vintage Levis shirt, both similar in color.  I’m just not a fan of anything Western-ish.  How do you feel about double denim?  What about triple and throwing in a jacket?  Too much of a good thing?

DAN MARTENSEN

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Photographer extraordinare Dan Martensen knows a thing or two about fashion photography. Whether he is shooting the latest editorial spreads, lookbooks or advertising campaigns - Martensen has a way of connecting the subject to the camera lense that is unparalleled. Always reinventing his shots and adding meaning to his portraits, we recently got to chat with Martensen about the demise of Polaroid film and his most obscure shoot to date. You can tell from his photographs that Martensen has to be an interesting guy…..and he managed to surpass my sepctulations. By Yale Breslin. Photo: Alexander Wang
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SUBTLETY IN SPADES: LOVA

The American causal men’s market has been getting saturated lately with a handful of purveyors of classically cool style.  Get a glimpse inside the heads of the minds behind one of those brands leading the pack, LOVA.  By. Jose R. Mejia

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SWEATPANTS

Damian from Silver Spoon, based out of London sent me a preview of their new S/S 09 collection and I like what I saw, but the one stand out piece for me were these grey trousers made with a thick cotton sweatpant material.  The fit looks spot on (slim, but not too slim) and they look amazingly comfortable.  I’ve seen the high fashion ones and the progressive drop crotch ones which I’ve liked the concept of but could never see my self wearing or spending a grand on a pair of Lanvin sweatpants but these are doing it for me.  Check out the whole collection online at www.silverspoonattire.com

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

There’s this whole new wave of online blogs and sites much like this one, but Contributing Editor takes a different approach.  They do their thing in typical print magazine style and upload the .pdfs in a slick reader.  They have some pretty good original editorials and some interesting reads.   They just did a little shoot with The Virgins (above) and it turned out pretty well.  Check out the site, it’s an interesting read and an interesting take on adapting print to web.

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 

WORK (INSPIRED?) BOOTS

 

So, I’ve been looking for a pair of work/mountaineering boots for a while but still haven’t decided on a pair.  I recently came across this roundup in a Japanese magazine, Men’s Non-No, and while there are some amazing boots, it’s pretty impossible to get most of these without being in Japan or speaking Japanese.  They do have some domestic L.L. Beans, and you can get a pair of Quoddys (top left, below) or Russells Moccasins (top right, below) which are awesome, but I also like the two modern interpretations below.  On the bottom left is a pair of Timberlands designer by Alife and on bottom right are a pair of Rachel Comeys, which might be my favourite of the lot.

 

  

BASS WEEJUNS

You know I’m a huge fan of all things classic and American, so this post should be no surprise.  After we’ve seen boat shoes infiltrate the city streets this summer, I’ve realized that with the fall coming, it’s time to step it up to something a little less kitschy and equally as classic.  That’s where the Weejun by G.H. Bass comes in.  It has a similar shape to the  top sider, but a more substantial heel and is a good choice for the cool weather of early fall.  They look great with jeans and chinos and are a pretty polished casual shoe.  I just picked up a pair in black and am really happy with them.  I know there are a bunch of people who still look for the vintage made in Maine ones, but they’re tough to find.  Last year, Jeffrey and Bass teamed up to produce an updated model, which is hard to find now as well, but I’m happy with the classic ones as a third of the price.  Now the only question is do I put a penny in them or not?  (I’m going with not).

ZISSOU HATS

 

Wes Anderson makes some pretty stylish movies, but the last one you think to take style inspiration from would be The Life Aquatic (featuring my friend Waris), but that’s not the case.  I was at a party this weekend and a friend was wearing a red hat, much in the style of Steve Zissou.  I mentioned it to him, and he didn’t even think of the connection, but that was the first thing I thought of.  I like the look as it goes well with all the sombre colors of fall.  Ryan from h(y)r collective mentioned this a bit a go and and showed you one from one of my favorite brands, Our Legacy.  Another brand I like, and showed you last seasons collection, Happy People also from Sweden is doing a hat in blue and orange (instead of red) and is calling it the Zissou Hat.  I think Ryan might be right on this though, the place to get one is definitely a work-wear type store.  Pictured below, on the set of the Happy People lookbook shoot.

  

WILLIAM EADON


 I’ve always heard mention of the infamous William Eadon jeans, but not much more that that.  Recently, Yale (who has great taste) from We Are The Market,ran a quick interview with him and introduced me to more of his work, which lead me to his website.  I’m a big fan of the way he set it up in an organized chaos sort of way, and some of the photos are pretty incredible.  The subject matter is cute and whimsical at times and I love the way the images end up. Above is the beautiful Hollie Witchey, shot by William.Check out the interview here, and his website below.

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JAK & JIL

I’ve seen this site before and have always like it, and I just rediscovered and noticed that it has been redesigned.  I especially like the  blog section and the simple use of courier.  It’s a little more women’s oriented and a little more high fashion than i post about, but I love the candid photos captured.  I love french girls and they have a penchant for the amazing Carine Roitfeld.  Pictured above is Olivier Zahm from purple magazine and Dash Snow riding on the Paris Metro.

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EXCESSORY BAGGAGE

Just when you though LV appropriation was over…  Meryl Smith is amazing.  She made these ‘bags’ out of metal screen, paper mache, leather, gold paint and zipper as part of an exhibit where artists were required to create pieces to fit within the carry on baggage requirements.   



 

ADDED VALUE

So the blogging’s been sparse and I don’t want to start regurgitating stuff, but this is more about the concept as a whole, rather than the product.  Anyways, I love HUgE magazine out of Japan and they always are on point with their spreads.  Sometimes those Japanese mags give little gifts out with the magazine too, like a towel or shirt or tote bag.  This one I am especially fond of.  A beatufiuly presented package of a comb and nail file from the Japanese brand W-Taps.  I love when brands do stuff like this, produce artisanal, interesting lifestyle products that they wouldn’t normal do, but I guess I’m a sucker for them.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, I’ve always been a fan of what supreme puts out too - baseball bats, ash trays, lighters, flashlights and now boxing gloves.  I expect a lot of brands to be branching out like this in the future, as it helps brands establish them selves as something special, a little more than one of the hundreds of brands on the market.  

 

LOOKBOOK.NU

 

I don’t know how blown up this site is, but either way It’s a good browse.  It’s mostly cute young hipster girls and skinny dudes posting their looks, but there are definitely some gems in there.  I particularly like this one of Jane from Dallas in a vintage dress and Balenciaga boot(ie)s.  The kids get pretty into it and there is some great art direction and photography in a bunch of the shots as well.  It’s crazy - you have some 16 year old kids decked out in head to toe Dior Homme and then others with good, if not better outfits costing under $20. 

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DEJOUR ENDORSES: ALBAM

Albam does classics and they do them well. They follow the philosophy of “it doesn’t have to be radically different, just a lot better”.  Based in London, they operate solely on a mail order basis because they don’t believe in passing the costs on to the customer through a retailer so they manage to keep their cost fairly low for the quality you are getting.  Everything is hand made by classic purveyors of traditional manufacturing from the Oxfords and Dessert boots in England to my favorite from the collection, the high top boat shoes which are manufactured in Maine.  Rounding out the line are classic oxfords, Japanese denim and solid leather accessories.  I’m surprised I haven’t heard of them sooner.

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