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Canterbury of New Zealand spring/summer 2012

I typically can’t stand clothing with the brand’s insignia embroidered on it, but there are a number of reasons why I find this particular collection awesome: the models are fetching; forest green and mustard yellow is my favourite combination—and I’ve been looking for a varsity jacket with this colour combination; and I really like the colour-blocked windbreaker. That’s it, that’s all. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you.

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COMUNE fall/winter 2011: how to dress simply, but well

Gentlemen, meet COMUNE, a brand from LA that couldn’t be further from what I view as “LA.” I’ve tried to let my imagination run wild (yes, even trying to picture the COMUNE model as Emile Hirsch in Lords of Dogtown), and I’m still not really sure how COMUNE is based out of Los Angeles, but that’s neither here nor there (clearly they exist somewhere, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about ’em). They call themselves a lifestyle brand, and that lifestyle—as you’ll plainly see—is one that relies on minimal effort, like a one pot meal.


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Junya Watanabe reinterprets the field jacket

Junya Watanabe makes amazing jackets, plain and simple. I was coveting the duck jacket, and now I want this reinterpretation of a field jacket, complete with leather patches, wool flannel and drill cotton. The best part is, the hood is detachable, and I seem to have this problem where a hood does not welcome my gigantic head, so a point always forms at the top and I always seem to look like I’m representing a non-existent fashion branch of the KKK. Frankly, that’s not really what I’m going for.

 

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Please, forget about the Ben Sherman you thought you knew

 

 

Think about what you know about Ben Sherman. Target-Underground branding, mod fits (that fit no one correctly), but ultimately pretty cool (and you wanted to wear the clothes, but most of the time, couldn’t, because, well, the fits were pretty wonky).

The skirts and club collared poplin shirting is gone for the girls, and now, in what seems like a whole new world (for Ben Sherman), Sherms has taken to a full-on menswear concept debut entitled Plectrum, which, to be completely crass, is fucking awesome.

The Plectrum look is heavily workwear-inspired and highlights basics (well, of the genre) like plaid shirting, chunky knit crewneck sweaters, corduroy pants (that I actually like), and very dapper, seemingly cocoon-like suitable-for-maybe-Russia-and-Canada coats (so, hooray for me). So, it is me. I inspired this collection. Okay, I didn’t, but take a look and tell me what you think. I love the green pants.

 

 

 

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UNIONMADE Fall/Winter

UNIONMADE GOODS carries brands from Alden to Woolrich and their fall/winter look book reflects the vast catalogue of brands, but also the threaded aesthetic among them, which for fall/winter is design inspired by anything and everything rustic. You’ll notice hard-wearing uniforms that take reference from the collegiate, fisherman, Navajo and the blue collar workman. This is a pretty wide reaching theme in contemporary menswear and the vibe of this shoot really hits the nail on the head – old generational comforts, with modernity in mind. .

Check out some of the great exclusives seen in the look book above and below.

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Junya Watanabe Duck Jacket

Leave it to Junya Watanabe to reinvent the chore jacket. What would normally be a boxy nostalgia offering has been updated with duck canvas, corduroy, leather and plaid flannel (on the sleeve). It is one of the best jackets I’ve seen in a really long time – apart from the Gloverall duffle, which will never go out of style. For a trend item, this is pretty close to perfect.

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Something to Swear by this Summer

These shoes by Swear in London are incredible. Mismatched colours add an oddball sense of humour to your outfit (which, in my opinion should comprise of solids – anything else would be overkill), but the formal construction means you could wear a smart blazer or linen suit and it would still look fairly dapper. I think I’d prefer these with a darker lace, because they look a tad too virginal for my tastes. Otherwise, this is a great summer effort from Swear and likely a favourite for any ol’ dandy.

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