If you think the onslaught of snow on the East Coast is over, think again. Word is there’s another cycle visit the region next week. With that in mind, if you haven’t gotten the proper footwear for the region, we suggest you head over to New York’s footwear temple, Leffot. Lead man for the retailer, Steven Taffel, recommends the Alden PTB in a Kudu leather finish. “Kudu is an oily leather perfect for foul weather. In addition these boots have Goodyear brand lug soles, think snow tires for your car. Made on the Barrie last there is plenty of room for heavier socks to keep your tootsies nice and warm.”
There are very few things I’d be willing to travel across the world for and the menswear lines coming out of (or actually staying in) Japan rest atop this list. The scene is definitely one to envy. The future men’s fashion capital of the world is lead by labels that challenge their designers’ creative ambitions and break away from structured design philosophies all-while leaving us, the consumer, stunned. Kapital‘s collections are flawless, with pieces as well-crafted and timeless as we’d want them. Items on display for this season are made of thick fabrics to keep us warm and fitted with artful styling details. If I’m ending this statement pre-maturely it’s because I’m at a loss for words. I hope that we get to see more Japan’s hidden gems in the near future.
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On January 22nd, Danish luggage makers Mismo will drop an all new collection at (capsule) Paris titled “Wrinkle” Collection. Hypebeast tells us, “The limited edition run of bags features a special Mismo-exclusive full-grain leather which features a soft yet rugged feel to the leather. The collection includes three pieces, a totebag, a laptop case and a duffle bag.”
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For the fourth instalment of signature limited edition helmets, Jérôme Coste, the Creative Director behind Les Ateliers Ruby, teamed up with the fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld to design a lineup of impeccably crafted collector’s headgear. This fresh take on the classic Pavillon Helmet brings us four versions, which premiered in Karl Lagerfeld Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. The first model, covered in black and white tweed, has already been released but we’re not sure if they’re still in stock as its availability is so limited.
The remaining three versions features some amazing enhancements, none of which we’d personally wear, but definitely admire. We’re talking pearls, black shiny mink and white rex rabbit fur.
Eugene and company at Hypebeast have turned us to this leather beauty from PHIGVEL. “Relatively design-heavy, the brown veggie tanned jacket features a number of pockets including diagonal slash pockets as well as a zipper pocket and button pocket.” The jacket is available through pre-order via anoutcommune Meta.
Sjaak Hullekes calls his Fall collection “Small Town Boy,” but his success from seasons past shows the designer’s maturity and experience. “Hullekes approached fall’s range with a great tenderness. Drawing colors from the season, muted shades of brown and orange make a significant impact. Graced with well-tailored suiting separates, a narrow silhouette works well with cropped jackets and luscious knits.”
This navy barn coat from Orvis is well-crafted and comes from a label that’s been curating fine men’s products for over 150 years. This specific piece is durable, comfortable, and “built for all your outdoor pursuits”. The coat’s made of a warm wool and breathable cotton blend that insulates plus helps to repel wind. Finer details include a leather throat latch, interior drawcord-adjustable waist to shut out wind, adjustable cuffs, and three interior pockets plus a pen pocket.
Buy It: $329 at Orvis
Tennessee-based Colonel Littleton has been crafting American-made accessories for quite sometime and the No. 3 Grip travel bag gives us Garry Littleton’s depiction of Americana. The bag measures 21″ in length so it’s not too large and not too small plus the straps on the back are there to secure your umbrella. The Colonel’s signature brown native American steer hide is dry milled, making the bag soft and supple. They’ve retained natural hide markings to add to the character of the bag so expect this piece to get better with age. One of the defining qualities about Colonel Littleton is that they allow each of their pieces to be personalized. This is no different with the No. 3 Grip as you can have up to 3 initials placed on the brass oval plate.
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A while back, James and Gwendolyn Jurney’s famous New York brand/store Seize Sur Vignt took an offshoot in the name of Troglodyte Homunculus and brought out collections that blended vintage appeal with Italian manufacturing. The Tartan wool tie is a recent piece that caught our eye. It’s a great blend and hand made, which is the reason why there are some slight variations in color and pattern.
Buy It: $90 at Troglodyte Homunculus