The only thing better than the things you can have, are always the things you can’t. I stick to my belief that menswear in Japan is leaps and bounds ahead of what we get here in the States. Of course, maybe that is just because I’m here and Japan is, well, there. Everything in the below was basically created by the Americans or the British, but more than anything I see this as a purely Japanese look. Of course, maybe it is just me. Take the spirit of this and translate, coagulate and/or appreciate it as inspiration from our friends in the East.
There is no reason why you should be reading these words and not looking at the amazing photos below. There is nothing I really need to say other than, look at the images below and enjoy the pure beauty and spectacle that is a Ralph Lauren fashion show. If there is one event I wish I would have attended this New York Fashion week, this is it. This first picture of the young lady in the overalls, good God, stunning.
All photos via Marcio Madeira and Style.com
Since we are riffing on the arrival of autumn weather, what store could be better to highlight than the perennial fall favorite, Orvis. The hook and bullet shop has a pretty awesome line-up for fall including some tasty Alden boots, loads of Barbour and all of the waspy staples that one would ever need. When I worked in Midtown (Manhattan), I would sneak away and waste all sorts of time at the Orvis outpost on Fifth Avenue. I love the idea of being in a massive city and looking at fly fishing accoutrements and other assorted man-gear. Some of my favorite items below.
It doesn’t get better for me than Levi’s, and meeting with Lynn Downey the Levi Strauss & Co. archivist and historian was an interesting an informative glimpse into the history of one of America’s most iconic companies. The second half of our conversation is below.
ACL: What was the highest amount you have paid for a pair of Levi’s?
Lynn Downey: The most we have ever paid was $46,532 and that was for the “Nevada Jean” which is — it’s not a 501 — it’s like a carpenter jean from the 1880s. It has a pocket for a folding ruler on the left thigh. Somebody found them in Nevada somewhere, and because we lost everything in 1906 in the earthquake and fire in San Francisco we didn’t know the original name or lot number, so we just decided to call them the Nevada Jeans, because they were found in Nevada.
The series “That Autumn Look” probably generates more reader email than anything I have ever done on this site. The looks are a lot of fun to put together, but the process can be tedious. I’m not one to be excited for spring and summer dressing, so I’m happy to keep my still life looks to the autumn variety. The first installment for 2009 is inspired by my adventures (read: meetings and appointments) in and around the city. Here’s to crisp days with soft jersey zip-ups, chambray, leather boots and a good helping of waxed canvas.
Behold the list / map / guide to flea markets across the U.S., plus a few international editions. This list is by no means complete, so if you see something that is missing feel free to suggest in the comments. Happy flea market hunting.
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The folks at Steven Alan teamed up with the Ironwood, Michigan based Stormy Kromer Mercantile on a small collection of caps in the company’s classic shape. Normally a fall and winter staple, Steven Alan decided to produce them for SS10 in warm weather friendly fabrics. It is good to see two American List companies collaborating and updating a classic. With cold weather coming our way soon (speaking to my east coast people), I’ll be okay with wearing my wool Kromer until next spring when these puppies are available.