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A Closer Look: Supreme Spring/Summer 2011 Pt. 2

Here’s pt. 2 of our extensive overview of Supreme’s s/s 2011 collection, with the highlights of this round definitely being the hat selections. So much good here, now I just need to take out a line of credit for snapback re-ups… click though for the full rundown.

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A Closer Look: South2 West8 Spring/Summer 2011




We previously showcased the lookbook from South2 West8 for their spring/summer 2011 collection. I don’t know what it is that I like so much about the label, but their obscure interpretations of the heritage outdoors style just works for me. Although I don’t think I could wear 3/4 of their stuff I can really appreciate it for what it is. I just like how far they take things, such as a tie dye hooded sweat poncho. Here is a closer look at pieces from the spring/summer collection that were key favourites…

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A Closer Look: Blue Lug Originals

Japanese bike-centric brand/retailer Blue Lug has been a favourite of mine for years now, pushing cycle styles in a way only the Japanese can… contemporary, fashionable, and of course, supremely functional. It’s been a minute since they’ve been featured on the blog, so here is a rundown on my current choice pieces and accessories from the line. I’m loving the pant selection, great fits with cycle-specific durability, as well as the bag and headwear selections. The flannels look great too, with pocketing very similar to Engineered Garments. Looking at all the amazing product available in Japan always makes me envious and somewhat angry… when are we gonna get our act together in North America and obtain a greater aesthetic sensibility?! Anyway, if I didn’t scare you away with that rant, click through for the rest of my current Blue Lug favs.

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A Closer Look: Nari/Furi F/W 2010

Tokyo-based label Nari/Furi has a seriously expansive f/w 2010 collection  designed with the cyclist in mind, covering everything from outerwear and bags through to socks and gloves. I was tipped off to the line via the bike blogs this week, and sorting through their f/w offerings there is so much good stuff to choose from. Once again the Japanese take inspiration from NA standards like Patagonia and Marmot and put their own aesthetic spin on it, which is generally for the clothing’s betterment. This collection looks both functional and stylish, with the three pieces featured above being my highlights, as well as the backpacks, camo shorts, slim fit cargo pants, and 3/4 sleeve button-ups. The line is available almost exclusively in Japan, but if you’re an east coaster you can find them at Superb Bicycle in Boston or Chari in NYC. Click through for more from Nari/Furi for f/w 2010.

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A Closer Look: LL Bean Fall/Winter 2010

Here we continue our Closer Look series with an inventory of LL Bean‘s f/w 2010 offerings, sorting through the endless supply of dad jeans and fleece moc-necks to find the hidden gems in the east coast giant’s massive seasonal collection (the standard collection, not Signature). As a kid growing up in the Canadian maritimes I always looked forward to our trips down to Maine, as it meant a stop at LL Bean for new sandals and sweatshirts. Upon our move out west we started receiving the catalog, and it usually sat on the coffee table next to another practical domestic supplier, Lee Valley. With the current trending in menswear LL Bean has been well citied for its influence upon the rugged outdoorsmen styles that are so prevalent today, especially in east coast labels. The line itself still produces some quality contemporary looks, although you have to dig a little to find them…. for me, the highlights are the flannels and the footwear, and while I may have omitted the classic 6″ Bean Boot, there’s plenty of loafer goodness to take its place… keep reading for more of my top LL Bean picks for f/w 10.

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A Closer Look: Norse Projects A/W 2010


Norse projects are quickly becoming one of my favorite lines, with their great looking takes on classic pieces. The Danish line have teamed up with the likes of Oi Polloi, Elka, Hestra and P.A.M. for a some collaborative projects for the season. The line itself is full of highly wearable but still unique looking pieces, from the fantastic outerwear to the sweaters, shirts, pants and headwear, the line is chalk-full of winners. Keep reading for more of my favorites from Norse Projects for the a/w 2010 season…

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A Closer Look: Martin Clothing at Blue Lug

A line we’ve been following closely over the past year or so, Martin Clothing finally has a comprehensive web presence, thanks to the good folks at Blue Lug Japan. Martin Clothing is the project of Mike Martin, best known as the driving force behind MASH SF, the San Francisco track bike film/crew/brand that exposed the burgeoning fixed gear culture to a broader audience. Such an authentic feel to everything Martin puts his name to, yet his clothing endeavor has only been shown in bits and pieces, making this reveal nice to see for those who’ve been waiting for a closer look at the line. Regarding the relationship with Blue Lug, Martin states”it’s always refreshing to see others respond to what you’re passionate about. I have not been screaming about this project yet, just happy to be producing quality pieces with friends. It has been a truly hands on project with most, if not all styles made in San Francisco, start to finish.”

To me, the pieces look as strong as the previews have hinted at. Solid basic designs with an eye towards cycling functionality, without having the items overpowered by it. I really feel the jeans and pants, with unique yet subtle pocket designs practical for bike folk. Shirts and sweaters look nice as well, all interesting takes on tired-and-true basics. If the quality of the pieces is as it should be, Mike Martin is a serious new player in the congested menswear market. Click through to see all of Blue Lug’s Martin Clothing offerings.

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