Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MB for Gant Double-Breasted Blazer: Things I Want

Perusing through Park & Bond tonight and came across a great fall look... all by Michael Bastian for Gant (quelle surprise!).

I'm hooked on getting a navy double-breasted blazer for Fall, and I love this one, in moleskine. Makes it just casual enough to pair with the camo pants (which I also love).

To be honest, I'm never one of those "shop the look" guys... I prefer to buy pieces and put them together myself. But whoever did this one (Mr. Wooster perhaps?) rocked it out!

See the whole look at Park & Bond.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Quilted Tote Bag from Bonfanti: Things I Want

The bag addict in me perked up when I saw this quilted tote bag from Italian brand Bonfanti.

I was just talking about how I needed to transition into a new bag for Winter, one with a different color and texture, and I think this could do it. I like the puffiness of the quilt, the gray with the black leather accents and handles.

Bonfanti offers three styles (of course the tote is my favorite) and in three colorways. Check it out at Selectism.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

United Arrows Fall Lookbook: Things I Love

Japanese retailer United Arrows always impresses me... every time I am in Tokyo I have to stop by and check out their wares.

For Fall they've done a really fantastic lookbook bringing together pieces, colors, textures.

This was my favorite -- loved the hat, overcoat, and the vest:

But check out the rest of the images over at Selectism.... you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cable Knit Cardigan from S.N.S. Herning: Things I Want

I guess it's a shawl collar cardigan kind of week... recently posted about a great Thom Browne sweater, and then came across this cable knit from S.N.S Herning.

Of course it's navy, my go-to color, and I am such a shawl collar fan. This sweater is hand signed by the person who knitted it -- not just a fun addition, but something that goes towards the quality and craftmanship of the brand.

Fall is coming + I want this in my closet! See a lot more detail at Mr. Porter.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Shawl Collar Cardigan from Thom Browne: Things I Want

My fixation on Thom Browne continues, with this marled shawl collar cardigan for Fall. Spotted this piece at Odin a couple of weekends ago and thought it was great.

Of course with the usual TB elements -- the red/white/blue stripe around the collar and wrist, and the white armbands. The flecks in the gray add some nice dimension and texture to the sweater, and I could easily see pairing it with one of my Thom Browne oxfords.

Close up views available at the Odin site!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Handmade Gingham Bow Tie: Things I Have

Last month I had a long overdue catch up with my Aunt Diane and was telling her about my growing bowtie collection. My aunt is crafty, creative, and very good with a sewing machine... she asked, if she made me a bowtie, what would I want.

Well... a few weeks later the result arrived! A brown gingham for Fall! I am so excited, it is exactly what I wanted + I can't wait for the weather to change so I can wear it... I think it'll be perfect with my new Gant Rugger tweed blazer.

A huge thanks to my aunt, for this handcrafted bowtie for Fall 2011!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

W.R.K Fall Collection: Things I Love

Today I came across the Fall 2011 collection for NY based W.R.K (standing for work, rest, karma). Designed by Matteo Gottardi, I have to say I was really blown away by this menswear line.

Fall had some great fabrics, textures, and colors... and some of my favorites included the shawl collar cardigan, the nubby "Spectator blazer", and the paneled two-tone jacket.

The line is carried at Neiman's and you can peruse it (and a lot of other great information) at the W.R.K site.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wallet from Commes des Garcons: Things I Want

Back in March I bought a Commes des Garcons leather pouch, as my carry-all for flying. It holds my passport, iPod, breath mints.... everything I need in-flight!

Now of course, I want the wallet to match. My current CdG wallet (in tartan) has started to fall apart from overuse, and so I want to grab the fantastic brown embossed version!

Everytime I am in Opening Ceremony I check for it, but it is nowhere to be found. And even on their website it is on backorder. Boo!

So I will sit and wait. Patiently. Sort of.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Denim from J Brand: Things I Have

My denim affections have fluctuated over the years. At one point I solely wore Diesel. Then more recently I was all about Uniqlo. However I've started to realize that 100% loyalty may not get me the best pair of jeans.

Months ago I heard colleagues talking about J Brand, a label founded in 2004 and based in sunny Southern California. While starting out with women's, they've been jumping into men's -- and recently I noticed their version of a slim cargo featured in GQ.

So when I was asked if I wanted to try a pair, I jumped at the chance. And I have to say the Kane fit, in Raw, is a great addition to my denim collection. I love how the waist sits, I like that they're a little long so I can easily cuff and roll, and the wash is fantastic.

Here they are on the J Brand site... go check it out!

Note: The denim were a gift from the brand.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Julius Boot from Peter Nappi: Things I Want

There is a lot of discussion in menswear about local production and about craftmanship, and so when I was recently pointed in the direction of Peter Nappi leathergoods, I was definitely blown away.

Working in a studio in Nashville, the current iteration of the brand was launched by Phillip, the grandson of Peter Nappi, who had been a shoemaker himself.

When I first started looking at both the boots and bags on offer, it was truly breathtaking to even visually see the level of quality and craftmanship. And I was immediately drawn to the Julius boot.

The construction of the Julius was a big sell -- I liked the long toe, the subtle seam between the upper and the sole, and the height of the boot. This style comes in three colors, and my preference is for the Bitter Chocolate.

Until I get to Nashville myself to see the goods in person, I'll just keep drooling over the photos, and keeping these boots high on my Things I Want list. And until you get there too, I highly recommend checking out the full website: Peter Nappi.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cricket Sweater from Gant Rugger: Things I Have

In another (pleasant) occurrence of turning something I "Want" into something I "Have"... this is was the second item I picked up at the Gant Rugger store over the weekend.

I'd written about the Cricket Sweater last month, and then had seen it in the window at Urban Outfitters the past two weeks, every morning on my way to the gym. It proved too much temptation to withstand.

I'm so excited for some Fall weather, so I can put this on for work, or out on the weekends... it reminds me of varsity sweaters I used to wear in high school, but the weave is so much lighter (and updated).

Thanks to Joe and Greg at the Rugger store on Bleecker for all of their help!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Timex Weekender Watch: Things I Have

For the past two years my go-to casual watch was a bright yellow Nixon. I loved it + got a lot of compliments... but it was starting to feel stale and I needed a change!

So the last time I wore the Nixon, someone complimented me on it and I gifted it to them. Which meant I needed a new watch! Timex has been doing some really fun stuff (starting with their inclusion at J Crew stores) and the price point is definitely right.

The Weekender was featured on Por Homme (a favorite site of mine) and I snatched one up.

When I went to the Timex site, they were offering 20% off... hurry up!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tweed Jacket from Gant Rugger: Things I Have

Even though it is the middle of summer, I cannot get my mind off of Fall! I am itching to wear sweaters, cords, and jackets. So today I had a bit of a spree on Bleecker Street and started my Fall wardrobe off right! Black Fleece, Gant Rugger, Tommy Hilfiger....

I walked into the Gant Rugger store and immediately saw this tweed jacket. Tried it on + thirty seconds later handed it to the salesperson to take it home! It's amazing -- I love the fit, the tweed isn't too heavy, and it has nice (and expected from Gant) detailing.

Cannot wait to get some wear out of this come chillier weather!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Elle Canada Floral Fantasy Editorial: Things I Love

So I know it's not revolutionary, the whole floral-on-floral thing. In fact I was just going through photos recently that I'd taken at Art Basel, and there was also a series of paintings done in a similar way.

But... I still love it. And here I love the purple hues, and how the model's features really contrast with the background and the fashion (and she reminds me of Florence Welch).

Done for Elle Canada's September 2011 issue, the editorial is titled Floral Fantasy.

You can see the full thing at Fashion Copious!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

McNairy Longwings for Engineered Garments: Things I Want

I'll be the first to admit that I have fallen onto the Mark McNairy bandwagon, head over heels. Everything he's been doing lately has been incredible. Still kicking myself that I didn't pick up the two-tone derby I tried on in Hong Kong.

Well, it is no surprise that I would love these longwings he did for Engineered Garments.

The deep rich color caught my eye, as well as the classic detailing. These shoes are definitely added to my top 10 for Fall '11.

And what I didn't notice at first (until Selectism pointed it out), is that the left and right shoe are slightly different. It took me a minute to find what that difference once, but it is subtle enough that you'll be the only one who knows.

Check out a few more pics at Selectism, and then go to Tres Bien shop and snatch them up!