Friday, August 29, 2008

Fall 2008: Converse by John Varvatos

The first pieces of our Converse by John Varvatos shipment have arrived. This fall's collection is all about tailored comfort and it certainly shows in the construction and detailing. As always, Varvatos works the Converse heritage into garments that showcase his eye for classic American sportswear.

Waxed cotton filled jacket, $295

If you're looking for that one jacket to last you through the cold season, this might just be it. The exterior is a quilted waxed cotton with a lightweight, but very warm, polyester fill. The sheer number of details on this jacket is ridiculous: customized zipper-pulls, front double-zip closure, two interior pockets, welt side pockets, zip and snap-closed front chest pocket, different lining for the torso and the arms, knit cuffs and side inserts. The arm has special construction to allow for full movement without pulling at the back. We've only got a few of these, so get them now before it's too late. Color is a deep, dark brown.

Twill jersey waist coat, $145

This fall, it's all about layers (but in the Bay, when isn't it?) and this vest is the perfect combination of thick, sturdy twill and soft, comfortable jersey. Features a distressed neckline and snap buttons at the back for an adjustable fit. Signature red star embroidery on the back.

Mini check shirt, $125

Ever the master of deconstructed cool, Varvatos rethinks the button down by doing in a great all-over check in cotton that looks great both perfectly pressed or rumpled out of the dryer. Grommets at the back of the neck and reinforced stitching at the cuff add subtle sophistication.

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