Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall 2008: Artificial Flavor

Flak jacket, $155

Taking their cue from military flak jackets, the guys at Artificial Flavor have stripped away the bulk for a simple, clean look. Snap-covered front-zip, rivets, 4 front pockets, wrist strap, cotton/spandex shell, cotton/nylon lining.

V-neck in grey, $39

V-neck in black, $39

When it comes to basics, Artifical Flavor goes for the "less-is-more" approach. Simple v-neck t-shirt made from 100% cotton with faux-raglan seaming.

Waffle knit T-neck long-sleeve, $75

This long-sleeved tee, done a soft cotton waffle knit, has an extra-long button-up neck for bundling up when it's cold. But the moment it warms up, undo them for a relaxed, sleek angled collar. Extra button detailing.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2 Kinds of Converse

New interpretations of Converse classics have arrived in the store, one by the Converse mainline and one by John Varvatos.

Converse by John Varvatos Rubberized Hi-Top, $125
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While the silhouette might be familiar, the material and treatment makes these high-tops completely new. John Varvatos has taken the standard Chuck Taylor sneaker and rubberized it, making for a totally new texture and shine that's totally new. Comes with two sets of leather laces in white and black. Get these quick, as we have a very small size run.

Converse Wingtip Oxford Sneaker, $85
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The lo-top shoe grows up, but just a little. The treated leather upper has wingtip brogueing on the toebox, along the side, and at the heel for a combination of casual and classic. Fully lined.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fall 2008: Sameunderneath

Since 1999, Ryan Christensen's label Sameunderneath has set out to make clothes that looked good, felt good, and did good all at once. Committed to being sustainable and responsible, not only does Sameunderneath produce comfortable classics, but they also spend their time educating the nation's youth. So every garment you buy is another step forward for their Sameunderneath Foundation and a great new piece for you.

Knit blazer, $218

The Ivy League goes sustainable with this relaxed fit knit blazer. But don't let the comfy exterior fool you; one-button closure, functional surgeon cuffs, interior chest pocket, exterior flap pockets, and carved buttons. What else would you expect from such a thoughtful brand? 75% organic cotton, 25% polyester.

Argyle rugby, $96

Using their signature bamboo-derived fabrics, Sameunderneath reinterprets the staple rugby shirt in a mellow brown. Instead of printing or weaving, the argyle pattern is sewn on as a series of colored patches with contrast stitching. Embroidered logo on back collar.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Name: Schmoove

Schmoove has been making sneakers sleeker for years and we're glad to bring them into the store for everyone. Their signature fusion of dress shoe style with sneaker sensibility (with a definite sense of wit) makes Schmoove one smart-looking shoe.

Unboxing our shipment.

Barocco Hi Collar Lambskin Black $198

The high-top receives the royal treatment in a supple black lambskin. It might be minimalist, but it's definitely not boring. Vulcanized rubber sole, padded ankle for comfort, velcro strap over lacing, and signature elongated silhouette.

Jamaica Easy Derby Chicken Brown $165

Schmoove's classic shoe, the Jamaica, comes to us this season in a more relaxed version. Done in a wrinkled brown leather, the Jamaica Easy Derby takes the detailing of your favorite leather derbies and combines them with a vulcanized rubber sole for a look that's classic and new, all at once.

Barocco Derby Tumble Navy $178

Even the classic chukka boot shape gets a facelight for the modern day. Vulcanized rubbed sole meets pebbled navy leather upper with welt detailing at the heel for a shoe that looks as natural with your skinny jeans or some straight leg trousers.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall 2008: Converse by John Varvatos

Double face tuxedo jacket, $395

A 100% cotton jacket that's perfect for dressed up casual looks, this blazer shows off Varvatos' craftsmanship: partially trimmed peak lapels, full lining, one-button closure, chest pocket, three outer flap pockets, two internal chest pockets, and double vented for a comfortable fit.

Double face waistcoast, $195

Peak lapels and an elasticized back give this waistcoat a refined edge. Four button front and two pockets. Wear it with the jacket for a complete look or without for a look that's effortlessly sophisticated.

Double face tuxedo pants, $185

The last piece to finish the ensemble. These slightly tapered cotton pants feature two front pockets, two back welt pockets, notched waist, and silkscreen detailing inside on the pocket bags. A classic trouser if there ever was one.

Bar stripe shirt, $125
(sold out)
Another great button-down, with a similar fit to the micro check shirt we got in our last shipment, but this time in a rich, striped pattern with shades of brown, olive, and pale taupe.