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If you like the style of vintage hiking backpacks from the ’60s and ’70s, then you might want to check out Bitterroot Gear. It seems they make stuff in the spirit of famous brands such as Gerry and Alpine. Unfortunately I have no first hand experience with their products, but the specs sound pretty nice — sturdy 1000-denier Cordura fabric, full grain leather details, and polyester threads (polyester being one of the more durable thread materials out there). I have a Ralph Lauren backpack that looks similar, and it’s one of my favorite casual bags. 

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Our Beloved Sponsors

Many thanks to our five sponsors this month for their support. Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, just received a bunch of new umbrellas and shoehorns from Mario Talarico. Talarico is a craftsman in Naples, Italy, who runs a small two-man workshop with his nephew (also named Mario Talarico). Together, they hand make about four umbrellas a day using single stick woods from around the world. The Hanger Project also just introduced a new line of unique shoehorns from Talarico, using the same sticks that the workshop uses for umbrellas.

Our second sponsor Gustin just got into the work shirt game. Included are some saturated indigo denim shirts, plaid cotton twills, and brushed cotton flannels. The shirts are triple needle stitched and feature a chain stitch run off (a detail often found on vintage work shirts). Production is done at a small workshop that sews for Japanese brands, but since Gustin crowdsources everything and sells directly to customers, they’re able to offer their shirts at half- to a third-of-the price of their competitors.

Next, Proper Cloth has been busy putting together their first fashion show in New York City this week. They do online custom made-to-measure shirts, where customers can input their measurements, select their fabrics and shirt’s details, and receive their shirt delivered to their door. At the moment, they have a bunch of lookbooks from previous’ collections on their website, but you can expect the fall/ winter book to drop sometimes soon.

Finally, we want to thank Ledbury and Chipp Neckwear for their support. Ledbury just added a ton of new shirts to their Labor Day sale, while Chipp continues to offer the lowest prices on grenadine, raw silk, and ancient madder neckties.  

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Boro: The Beauty of Thrift

I’ve become really interested in other forms of textiles lately. Lots of stuff such as Middle Eastern rugs, Navajo weavings, American quilts, and Japanese boro. Boro comes out of Japan’s countrysides, where cloth used to be very precious and valuable. Since disposing things wasn’t an option, the wives of farmers and fishermen would patch and mend bags, blankets, futon covers, clothes, and even diapers. As a result, you get these beautiful objects with hundreds of shades of indigo, often pieced together with a type of rough running stitch known as sashiko

Boro used to be a source of embarrassment for many families, because of its association with poverty, but in more recent times, they’ve become collectors items. If you’re in NYC, you can check some out at Shibui (at least until they move locations in a few weeks) as well as Sri Threads. The second is an appointment-only gallery run by Stephen Szczepanek. You can read an article about him at the New York Times, and check out his wonderful blog, where he posts about the things he’s found in Japan. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite entry, but this one would be a contender. Notice that the stitching forms an interesting geometric pattern across the whole garment. As Stephen writes, those shapes represent masu — a type of wooden box used to measure rice during Japan’s feudal period. 

The price of boro can really range. Sometimes you can find them on eBay for $150-300, but the designs tend to be somewhat simple. Nicer pieces can be found at galleries and speciality auction houses, but in the thousands of dollars. I’m hoping to find a nice, but affordable, piece in the next year, and use it to line the inside of a black leather moto jacket. Fingers crossed. 

(Photos via Sri Threads’ blog)

Your Sunday Square
This vivid floral number is silk that came home in my luggage from London. Even better, it’s on sale, at $45. You can find many more of our squares in our shop.
(Thank you for the suggestion, Yaara! If you’d like to suggest a square for next week, @message us on Twitter!)

Your Sunday Square

This vivid floral number is silk that came home in my luggage from London. Even better, it’s on sale, at $45. You can find many more of our squares in our shop.

(Thank you for the suggestion, Yaara! If you’d like to suggest a square for next week, @message us on Twitter!)

It’s On Sale: Filson Stuff

Sierra Trading Post just received a large shipment of new Filson items. Included are some of Filson’s bags, which are pictured above. As usual, to get the best prices, you’ll want to use one of Sierra’s many discount codes. They mail a new one out every day to their DealFlyer newsletter subscribers and post them on their Facebook page (the codes are different, so it’s good to both sign up for their newsletter and check their Facebook page). With the code, you an expect to knock another 30-45% off. 

Spotted at Pitti Uomo.

Spotted at Pitti Uomo.

Put This On’s Inside Track for the week of August 31st - September 6th

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Declaration of Tweedependence
This tweed is authentic as all hell. Styleforum member Zissou posted the certificate of authenticity for the cloth for a friend’s father’s jacket,  handwoven in Scotland in 1959 by Don MacDonald (presumably from a long line of Donald MacDonalds), and certified at Stornaway, which is way the heck up there. I bet that jacket is SICK.
-Pete

Declaration of Tweedependence

This tweed is authentic as all hell. Styleforum member Zissou posted the certificate of authenticity for the cloth for a friend’s father’s jacket,  handwoven in Scotland in 1959 by Don MacDonald (presumably from a long line of Donald MacDonalds), and certified at Stornaway, which is way the heck up there. I bet that jacket is SICK.

-Pete

If you grew up with suburban mooks universally wearing Abercrombie & Fitch, and headed to a high school today, you might be in for a surprise. The company has struggled in the recession years, and young people are turning towards brands like H&M. A&F is responding by taking their logos off their clothes, and presenting themselves as laid-back and sophisticated, rather than hyper-branded and luxuriously aspirational.
In fact, some are saying that young people are defining their social groups through clothing less than ever. Not sure if I’m buying it, but this is what Piper-Jaffrey analyst Steff Wissink told The New Yorker:

“Ten years ago, I could walk into an auditorium of two hundred kids, I could turn my back and tell them to switch seats and scramble.” Then, she said, she would turn around and guess which kids belonged to the same social groups according to what they were wearing—usually with great success. “Today,” she said, “it’s next to impossible.”

The real question: where are these auditoriums of 200 kids that are subject to the coldly capitalistic social experiments of retail analysts?
Anyway, it’s nice that Abercrombie is struggling.

If you grew up with suburban mooks universally wearing Abercrombie & Fitch, and headed to a high school today, you might be in for a surprise. The company has struggled in the recession years, and young people are turning towards brands like H&M. A&F is responding by taking their logos off their clothes, and presenting themselves as laid-back and sophisticated, rather than hyper-branded and luxuriously aspirational.

In fact, some are saying that young people are defining their social groups through clothing less than ever. Not sure if I’m buying it, but this is what Piper-Jaffrey analyst Steff Wissink told The New Yorker:

“Ten years ago, I could walk into an auditorium of two hundred kids, I could turn my back and tell them to switch seats and scramble.” Then, she said, she would turn around and guess which kids belonged to the same social groups according to what they were wearing—usually with great success. “Today,” she said, “it’s next to impossible.”

The real question: where are these auditoriums of 200 kids that are subject to the coldly capitalistic social experiments of retail analysts?

Anyway, it’s nice that Abercrombie is struggling.

eBay Roundup
Favorite item today is easily these story drafts for The Onion. For menswear related auctions, however, you can dig up more using our customized search links. They’ll help you quickly narrow in on high-end suits, good suits, high-quality shirts and fine footwear. 
Suits, sport coats, and blazers

Jay Kos sport coats, various sizes
Boglioli sport coats, various sizes
Chalkstripe peak lapel suit, 40
Madras sport coat, 40
Tan suit, 42 (all the rage)
Tuxedo, 42

Outerwear

Tan Nanamica Cruiser jacket, S
Nanamica navy Gore-Tex jacket, S (you like saying Gore-Tex?)
Barbour x To Ki To jacket, S
Barbour International, S
Barbour Beaufort, 38
Deck jacket, 40
Suede double rider jacket, M
Leather flight jacket, M
Paratrooper jacket, M
Tan Nigel Cabourn shirt jacket, L
Blue floral smoking jacket, 42
Hooded green Chimala jacket, L
Barbour x To Ki To jacket, L
Waxed Barbour coat, XXL

Sweaters and knits

Red cable knit, M
Fair Isle sweater vest, L
Tan argyle sweater, 42

Shirts and pants

Jay Kos shirts and pants, various sizes
Iron Heart flannel, S
Vintage Wyoming cowboy shirt, M
Blue Borrelli shirt, 15.75
Vintage Ralph Lauren shirt, XXL
Grey glen plaid pants, 32
Cream Gustin jeans, 33
Brown J. Crew chinos, 34

Shoes

Alden longwings, 7 (pictured above)
Yuketen Maine guide boots, 7
Crockett & Jones cap toe bluchers, 8
Silvano Lattanzi cap toe oxfords, 8
Alden shell cordovan plain toe bluchers, 8.5
Allen Edmonds plain toe bluchers, 9
Allen Edmonds shell cordovan penny loafers, 9
Church’s suede tassel loafers, 9
Edward Green tassel loafers, 9
New & Lingwood tassel loafers, 9
Viberg service boots, 9
John Lobb cap toe oxfords, 9.5
John Lobb semi-brogues, 9.5
Poulsen Skone & Co leather and suede cap toe boots, 9.5
Foster & Son plain toe bluchers, 10
Brooks Brothers split toe bluchers, 10
Peal & Co. penny loafers, 10
Quoddy mocs, 10
Crockett & Jones suede penny loafers, 10.5
Saint Laurent high top sneakers, 10.5
A Suitable Wardrobe suede bow loafers, 11-12
JM Weston penny loafers, 11.5
Sebago chukkas, 12
Various shoes, 13

Ties

Black cashmere tie
Purple diamond motif tie
Navy striped tie
Solid burgundy tie
Navy foulard
Navy spotted tie

Bags, briefcases, and wallets

Card wallet
Henry Beguelin briefcase

Misc.

Story drafts for The Onion!
Vintage swimwear sets, L (red, blue)
Ballcap
Navy pocket square
Braces
Sunglasses (1, 2)
Pajamas, M and L
First Esquire issue
Navajo weavings
Tan scarf
Blazer buttons
White linen pocket square

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eBay Roundup

Favorite item today is easily these story drafts for The Onion. For menswear related auctions, however, you can dig up more using our customized search links. They’ll help you quickly narrow in on high-end suitsgood suitshigh-quality shirts and fine footwear

Suits, sport coats, and blazers
Outerwear
Sweaters and knits
Shirts and pants
Shoes
Ties
Bags, briefcases, and wallets
Misc.
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