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Sacai | Contrast Cotton Windbreaker

January 28, 2014

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I’m not exactly sure what to call this oddly enchanting piece of clothing.  Shirtbreaker?  OCBWB?  I’m just gonna go with Contrast Cotton Windbreaker and call it a day, even though what is essentially a OCBD isn’t gonna do much wind breaking, so be warned of my shitty make believe moniker.

Aside from the function being pretty much worthless for anything other than just being a shirt, this Woosterstein’s Monster is a powerhouse in the form depo. And let’s all be honest, form trumps function everytime unless you plan on summiting the Adirondacks.

More info at Mr. Porter.

- DJS

Nike | Neo Turquoise Flyknit Racer

January 26, 2014

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Every time I consider buying any other sneaker, I find myself making my way back over to the Flyknit. This time, it’s the blue/red combo on the Racer that sucks me in. And while my lazy ass isn’t gonna be doing any racing in these, I still can’t wait to wear them sitting or walking. How come shoes that specialize in “walking” are only marketed to waitstaff and the octogenarian crowd?

All sold out on Nike so feel free to overpay on eBay like I did.

- DJS

Reigning Champ | Heavyweight Fleece Blazer

January 23, 2014

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This fleece blazer from Reigning Champ somehow merges my current day office wear with my previous life of high school sports domination. I have no shame that I earned my first varsity jacket for playing 3 years of Junior Varsity baseball. You want full disclosure, fine. I didn’t really “earn it” and the fit was similar to a baggy ass rental tux jacket but I still rocked that shit on the daily. Single tear that my pleather-sleeved, sand papery, wool coat has no place in the adult world and has taken up residence in a box in my parents’ attic and will more than likely never again see the light of day.

From Woodlands, “When renowned Japanese photographer and creative director Takashi Kumagai visited us in Vancouver, he designed this custom blazer with Reigning Champ’s signature Heavyweight Fleece. Kumagai was inspired to mix varsity style with tailored suiting, and this slim distinct pieces were the result.”

If you too are suffering from varsity blues then head over to The Woodlands and relive the glory.

-KTS

Ages | Camo Vegan Leather Joggers

January 22, 2014

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Unfortunately these “pants” actually exist. I think we’ve taken this sweatpants thing too far. Or this camo thing, either way, someone needs to do something. Been thinking for like, a 1/2 hour and can’t envision a scenario in which these “joggers” are appropriate that isn’t ironic.

And “vegan leather?” The info section says they’re made from 100% polyurethane, which I thought was used to stain wood on patio decks. Also, it says you can just throw ‘em in the wash but don’t believe the hype unless you want to ruin everything you own. And don’t forget the zip leg bottoms so you can, of course, put your shoes on before your appalling polyurethane pants. But my favorite detail is that they are simply “Imported.” I think they forgot to add “from Hell.”

More inauspicious info for the stouthearted (or masochistic) at Karma Loop.

- DJS

CHUP Socks

January 19, 2014

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I know, I know, a post about socks? But it’s been cold as a welldigger’s ass and even those of us in the sockless set have been breaking out the cloth foot coverings (aka socks) here of late. And if you’re gonna wear socks (which, it’s winter and you should be) don’t just pull those thin ass Lauren Ralph Lauren one’s out your mom got you from T.J. Maxx. Get your dogs into some Sherpa approved harlequin shit from CHUP. (*Editor’s Note: CHUP socks have yet to be officially approved by the Sherpa people).

From Haven, “CHUP “Classical Human’s Universal Peace” is an in-house original brand by Japanese textile and sock manufacturing specialists, GLEN CLYDE. The company has been working closely with retailers and other brands since 1993 to produce high quality socks. Each sock is originally designed in-house with ethnic inspirations from all over the world; including various motif patterns, family emblems, and textiles. In their pursuit of “earth-friendly” products CHUP utilizes recycled Eco Yarn in their production. Each sock is produced with a special stocking frame machine to offer comfortable and perfectly shaped socks. Due to the complex designs and efficiencies of this machine CHUP socks are produced in limited numbers.”

Plenty to pick from at Haven. Just think of them as foot gloves.

- DJS

Need Supply | New Balance 997

January 18, 2014

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When the NB 997 made their maiden voyage in 1991, I was in sixth grade.  By that time, I had already sold my soul to Nike, but my dad on the other hand was chomping at the bit to wrap his hairy size 12’s in luscious grey suede.  I was with my dad when he bought his first pair of NB’s.  Mom was yelling at him that they were too expensive and couldn’t understand why he just wouldn’t buy a pair of Nikes.  Dad sitting on one of those little shoe benches at Foot Locker looked at my mom and with fire in his eyes said one sentence that neither my mom or I could counter, “They are made in the USA, that’s why the fit is so good.”  BOOM.  DAD OUT.  I left the shoe store learning two important truths: 1) Men run in New Balance and 2) Craftsmanship and USA-made products trump a price tag.

Now NB is going to sell you on the fact that the 997’s merge shock absorbing ENCAP and C-CAP technology providing mid-foot support, blah, blah, blah.  I think that science was around by 1991, but by looking at these shoes I am hard-pressed to find any form of technology integrated in this 14-pound running shoe.  I know what you’re thinking: they’re four different colors of grey, their logo is a fucking letter of the alphabet, and they are not selling them at 1991 prices.  Here’s why you look past Strike 1, Strike 2, and Strike 3…the grey-out NB 997’s are shoes a MAN wears.  You want to be a man don’t you?

Technology is dead on these shoes, but they will lead you from boyhood to manhood.  If you have a son or ever plan to have one show him how it’s done.  Moral of my boyhood story: The no-frills grey suede/white laces combo will be noticed, they will last forever, and even if the tongue said “Made in Bangladesh” these would still be bad ass shoes.

Get over to Need Supply and check out a pair of the NB 997’s and tell them every middle-aged man that loves USA sent you.

-KTS

Uniqlo | Selvedge Denim

January 15, 2014

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When Uniqlo called to tell me about their new selvedge denim for $49.90 from Kaihara Mills (and by “called to tell me” I mean I stumbled across them yesterday on their website while stocking up on cheap underwear) I didn’t believe it. Taking a look at the images, the jeans actually look pretty damn legit.

I’ve always wondered if lower cost selvedge (see Gustin) or mass retail chain producers (see Gap) would be the death of the raw selvedge craze but let’s be honest, those days are already many miles in the rearview mirror. Today wearing raw selvedge is about as original as wearing Diesel jeans, but that doesn’t discount the simple fact that they are still the most viable option for anyone wanting down-to-earth denim with minimal embellishments.

Personally, I can’t see any harm in the ubiquitous use of raw selvedge for the everyman. Of course, historically jeans were simply hard wearing pants worn by factory workers. And thanks to Uniqlo, now current day factory workers can afford to purchase selvedge denim.

Move over to Uniqlo for more info.

- DJS

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