No, this is not about worldly issues like the Coronavirus’ impact on Weblen goods, Michael Bloomberg’s appropriation of Instagram meme culture (and by association, democracy!!!), the global rise of right wing populism or the shift in global weather patterns due to environmental damage. Though it may not be obvious, equally important is my next style move. To be clear, I’m not talking about what anyone else should buy. It’s MY next style move. That’s what’s important. Me.
Here’s what’s keeping me up at night.
Le Tricoteur Guernsey Jumper
Style-wise, I’ve become boring as shit. Gone are all the flex outerwear and Japanese off-kilter workwear, and back is British-made clothes — the most boring of them all. Yet, I’ve never been more pleased with my style. All the experimentation with color, references and silhouette from that by-gone (6 months ago) era remain, but with now with familiar, well-made, heritage clothes.
While browsing the wares at Dover Street Market New York, I stumbled upon a guernsey under the label Labour and Wait. The guernsey is actually made by Le Tricoteur, a classic British sweater maker that has been making them for decades, if not centuries.
It’s thin enough for 3-season wear, yet well-made and textured enough to be long-lasting and interesting. I also suspect that Le Tricoteur does private label work for all your favorite boring brands.
Slouchy, Textured Blazer
While browsing 18 East’s Chinatown, NY outpost, I tried on a hand-loomed cotton khadi tweed blazer and was immediately smitten. It is slouchy and loose in all the right ways, wearing more like a structured cardigan than a traditional sport coat. Even going up a size, there’s no risk of looking like a Men’s Wearhouse type bum. The fabric used is irregular, extremely textured, and unlike any fabric I’ve seen on a blazer ever.
Unfortunately, I took a little too long to decide, and they sold out the day after my store visit. That did get me thinking about the prospects of wearing blazers again, though. Personally, I’m holding out until 18 East drops the Spring season blazer they teased on Instagram stories, but many other brands also do this well.
Akira Satake Black Kohiki Mug
I once saw a tree that kinda looked like it.
Sunflower Chuck Taylor 70s
I adore the CT70. I’ve been thinking about adding a high-top for casual wear — my two pairs of lows have been relegated to gym wear — but I’ve been hesitating a little with the color choice. White, the classic choice, is terrible. Natural/Parchment is cool, but reminds me too much of the shoes I wore to secondary school. Black is probably the best, but is Self Edge-y in a way that is too hardcore for me.
Converse makes the CT70 in a sunflower yellow, which is, while a bright color, extremely versatile. I can see these complementing denim of all washes, natural painter pants, and workwear greens.
Light Washed Denim, Preferably Vintage, Preferably Patchworked/Upcycled
Like the fashion victim I am, I’ve been really enjoying looser pants. With all my existing slim denim relegated to bring-back-in-10-years status — my balls need time to recover from all that constriction — I can’t seem to fade jeans quick enough to a Spring-friendly light wash.
To shortcut the fading process, and to make me feel better about my consumerism, I’m on the hunt for dead people’s denim that’s been upcycled, and preferably patchworked. I’ve been shopping offerings from Levi’s Vintage Clothing, visvim and Kapital, but neither of them make the pant I’m envisioning.
I keep coming back to Atelier & Repairs’ The Detroit, a pair of upcycled Levi’s 501s I reviewed in the past but have since sold due to a sizing issue. This is exactly what I’m looking for right now; I just wish they weren’t so gosh darn expensive.