Michael Williams and company at A Continuous Lean continue their ongoing collaborative efforts with Club Monaco as they release this season’s “Made in the U.S.A.” capsule collection. The offerings are all made right here in the States and range from classic shirts and blazers to neckwear, belts, and other fine accessories. The lineup is perfect for the spring and summer seasons as shades of blue, purple and even orange look to dominate the color palette. The Made in the U.S.A. collection is available now at select Club Monaco stores and through the retailer’s online shop.
Here we have a few styled shots from the folks at Club Monaco for their Spring 2012 collection. This will most likely be the first batch of product to drop next season so we’re expecting more great stuff from the brand.
The seasonal color palette starts off with nature inspired tones of rock grays, fresh taupes and wood browns, then becomes warm with diffused, sunny yellows and marigolds in faded floral prints and cheer chiffons. He travels in classic Californian outdoor rugged style, with washed pea coats, patterned sweater blazers and chinos accented with distressed leather accessories.
More looks below. (via Ruben Hughes)
There’s something special about the work that Ben Clymer of Hodinkee does. He connects readers with products that they normally wouldn’t be able to see and talks about complicated timepieces in a way that folks can relate to and the unique content he dishes out on the daily is by far some of the best watch coverage on the digital web. He’s been steadily growing his following and this is one of his many “stamps of approval” in the past few months. He’s been doing some close work with TAG Heuer and Audemars Piguet and has ongoing collaborative efforts with the teams over at Gilt. Now, Club Monaco commissioned Ben to find some vintages military-style watches that were made right here in the US of A as part of their Made in the USA collection in conjunction with Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean. Of course, he delivered and now the goods are being sold at the Club’s New York flagship at 21st and 5th and Toronto’s Bloor Street location. There are less than ten pieces in total and we’re not sure which ones are even left but we suggest getting in to one of these shops if they’re local and check out the beauties for yourself.
Read more about the collaboration on Hodinkee.
The GQ Eye turns us to a first look at Club Monaco’s new ‘Made in the USA’ Collection. The Club teamed up with Michael Williams of ACL to bring us this carefully selected collection of apparel and accessories, all of which are made right here in the states. The offerings range from shirts and ties to blazers and trousers. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee was also brought in to deliver a amazing list of vintage military watches that will be available exclusively at Club Monaco’s new 5th Avenue men’s shop. Other collaborations in the works include Tanner Goods, Cunningham Classics, Archival Clothing, London Undercover, Goruck, Dandux, Ernest Alexander, American Optical, Wolverine and Terrapin Printers & Engravers.
Club Monaco dropped some looks from their Fall 2011 collection and we are definitely feeling the direction that they are headed. The inspiration comes from 1950′s beatnik movement and what they are calling “suburban prep”. While there are most certainly some quintessential prep pieces, there are also more European influences as seen in the unstructured jackets, merino cardigans, and scarves. It seems that there’s a little something for everybody in this collection.
The fine folks at Free/Man have turned us to Club Monaco‘s latest fall offerings. There’s much to be had including the Nylon Down Snorkel Coat (above) which is based on the US Air Force model of the 1950′s. “In the mix were some authentic Donegal Wool sweaters knit especially for them by Scottish label JC Rennie who has been spinning wool since 1818.”
With the spring season now in full swing, it’s time you pull out your go-to pieces. Atop the pile should be atleast one seersucker shirt, and we think Club Monaco may be the right place to go in case you haven’t already picked one up. Their super-soft cotton seersucker shirts are back and they look exceptional. Expertly washed for softnees and available in long and short sleeves, we’d say the label’s really outdone themselves this time. The shirts are available now at all CM locations. (more…)
Recently, I got an email from Club Monaco letting me know about their collaboration with Levi’s. The company’s begun to offer Levi’s iconic 501 jeans at their retail locations. The jeans will be available in both pre-shrunk and shrink-to-fit styles. No word yet on if Club Monaco’s offering exclusive washes or just the same finishes we can find at other retailers. For a $79 to $89 pricepoint, they sure as hell better be different, amiright?