The Brooklyn Circus has teamed up with Red Wing Heritage to shed some light on one of the bootmaker’s most iconic designs – the Iron Ranger. Iron Ranger boots were built with a double layer of leather over the toe to provide miners in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range with an extra measure of safety. The heel pocket, a boot feature designed to provide extra support, was moved to the outside of the boot. This design eliminated a seam and provided a smooth and comfortable one-piece surface on the inside of the boot. It was a solid blend of design and function, hence the reason the boot’s so popular to this day. The BkC and Red Wing cooked up these styled looks featuring Red Wing Heritage styles 8111, 8113, and 8114. More looks below.
With PROJECT and Nick Wooster reconnecting next week for the second season of PROJECT Wooster in Las Vegas, we’ve got a preview video highlighting the collaborative effort and seeing what direction Mr. Wooster is going to take the initiative this time around. Nick and PROJECT president Andrew Pollard took a trip to Japan to see how American heritage is being perceived there. Look for this to be the focus of this season’s PROJECT Wooster with brands like Visvim, Monitaly, Kapital, Nepenthes, United Arrows, and a few others on display. “Regardless of what you’ve seen in Florence, Milan, Paris, or New York, there will be some surprises. And I’m excited for several new collaborations with brands that I really respect.”
PROJECT Vegas hits Mandalay Bay from February 13th to February 15th. Preview video can be found below. (via GQ Eye)
Let’s talk basics, shall we? San Francisco-based American Giant launched today, giving us high quality essentials at a really affordable price-point. Affordability is all relative but we’ve never seen American-made pieces like these be so wearable without breaking the bank. Before. The designs are simple yet authentic and extremely versatile, allowing you to get a lot of wear out of each piece. The lineup includes sweatshirts, hoodies, and cardigans, all offered up in some great colorways.
American Giant‘s e-commerce site is now live with all the product up for grabs. We’ve got looks of some of the goods offered, we suggest dropping a size for a slimmer fit.
We’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now and Uniqlo has finally released looks at their recently-announced collaboration with UNDERCOVER of Japan. The UNDERCOVER for Uniqlo Spring/Summer 2012 “UU” capsule collection succeeds Uniqlo’s collab with Jil Sander’s J+ label which ended this winter. This is a bit more comprehensive and looks to appeal to the entire family as looks at offerings for men, women, and children are highlighted throughout the imagery. Expect some season-appropriate florals and striped goods as well as a solid lineup of blazers, hoodies, chinos and leather jackets. Jun Takahasi and wife and partner RICO did an exceptional job designing the line. Look for the “UU” capsule collection to launch on March 16 through the Uniqlo Ginza global flagship store in Tokyo before rolling out to 32 Japanese doors and 11 international locations shortly thereafter.
Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean recently took a trip over to London for a tour of the MR PORTER Headquarters in Shepherd’s Bush. It’s a massive space, one that houses the site’s entire editorial staff, retail departments and a handful of design studios to keep things running smoothly at all times. The meeting spaces scattered throughout the building are well thought out and are extremely inviting. The fact that such a magnificent space is housed atop a mall in London reminds us that large office spaces are extremely limited in London. Not many areas can keep up with MR PORTER’s growth so this spot is perfect for them now and as they continue to build. Read more over at ACL with some of our favorite shots below.
New York designer Thom Browne continues his collaborative efforts with California-based eyewear manufacturer, Dita. The Spring 2012 offerings were inspired by architecture and machinery of the mid-20th century, giving us a variety of styles. Pieces are made from titanium, leather, 18k yellow and white gold, as well as zyl acetate with production taking place Japan. With the extreme that’s gone into each piece, it’s no surprise last season’s goods were so well-received. Expect the same thing this time around. Look for these to be available through the Thom Browne boutique in New York as well as select stockists worldwide including Restir.
Earlier this month, Scott Schuman, most notably known as The Sartorialist, hosted a lunch at a small Trattoria in Florence. The setting was simple yet timeless, perfectly in line with the gentlemen that would be on hand. This would also be the set for the first video from a man that’s known for his effortless stills. The Inaugural Sartorialist Lunch took place during Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy and will be a biannual event moving forward. Here’s how it all came to be:
As we transition between seasons, here’s a down vest from Vilebrequin that’s light enough to work through the spring but warm enough to be a go-to mid layer piece until temperatures begin to rise again. The design’s pretty basic but comes from a brand that’s known to protect and last. The duck down fill will surely do the trick while the fit and colorways will make this a classic piece in your wardrobe.
Vane and Sebago continue their fruitful relationship with the release of three new boots as we transition out winter and look forward to the warmer months. The beauty is that these boots will work well year round, with a balanced mix of premium full grain leathers and waxed canvas quarterpanels. The Jungle Tactics Boot is a reinterpretation of the classic Vietnam boot and is lined with suede detailing.
The premium boots feature full grain leathers, waxed canvas quarterpanels, and slim, low-profile Vibram rugged outsoles. The Orbital Command Boot is a fresh take on a combat style moc-toe boot and comes with a set of removables spats that can be worn in combination with other footwear. The Camo Exo Boot is the Vane signature double boot pattern, featuring an outer digital camo print quarterpanel with perforated suede detailing.
The Boots are limited to 150 Pair globally, and are available at the Vane webshop and their New York outpost at 125 Rivington Street.
The boys over at Selectism give us a look at Rolling Stone Italia’s debut Rock & Roll Style issue. It was specially produced to be released during Pitti Uomo and Milan Fashion Week, with a well-produced stream of content for the Italian gentleman. Topics ranged from product reviews and style tips to some more in-depth features like those for Brooks Saddles and Victorinox knives. The price for such an exceptional read? Free.