Apocalypse Tomorrow: Apolis Vietnam Expedition Film Release.

In the name of walking the walk, good buddy Raan Parton of Apolis spent a few weeks last month motorcycling through the cities and country sides of Vietnam. The expedition presented a prime opportunity to field test some of the latest Apolis gear including the super awesome Expedition Duffle, their waxed canvas anorak and the Patagonia for Apolis rain slicker. And if you kept tabs on their travels, you’ll know that the afore mentioned came in quite useful along the way.(See below photo)With cinematographer Dave Christenson along for the ride, the boys documented days and days of what must have been the trip of a life time. And after cutting through hour upon hour of shot footage, they’ve a final edit, a teaser for which you can watch below.
If you’re in the neighborhood, they’ll be previewing the film at American Rag Cie’s Newport Beach location tomorrow(Nov. 9th). And if you make it to the event, give those guys a bear hug for me.


Film + Event: Expedition Preview & Nov. 9th Event from Apolis on Vimeo.

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The Fall Three: Carl Chiara, Levi Strauss & co.

I always consider it such a pleasure when I get the chance to catch up with Carl Chiara, director of brand concepts and special projects for Levi Strauss & Co. This past week, Carl was in town from San Francisco for Levis‘ SS’11 preview, held at the Levis Workshop in the former Deitch Projects space on Wooster. I met Carl at UNIONMADE opening day. We talked about our shared interests in furniture making and wood working as he hand made many of the fixtures in the shop. A Renaissance man, he’s a good friend to Secret Forts, an always gracious and humble guy and this is Carl Chiara’s Fall Three.

1)The Levi’s X Filson oil cloth trucker….I am so excited about that jacket!

2)I am excited about fresh pair of jeans, something to start new with. I am thinking about the 1950’s 501 or a 1960’s 505…I want something new and a different shape, maybe even a zipper fly…

3)And Goat Rock Beach up here by the cabin. It is always grey and ominous and chilly and Buddy loves a long walk there.

Huge thanks to Carl for taking part. Photo via WSJ.

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Revisited: The Rig Out, Issue #2.

While working on getting issue 3 of Oi Polloi‘s(who’ve incidentally just re-launched a super clean, well designed site) Rig Out out, I thought it would be a good chance to revisit the previous issue for those who might not have gotten their hands on it.
Our man Antony Crook and the lads spent some time with a perennial favorite of Secret Forts, Engineered Garments‘ own Daiki Suzuki and Angelo Urrutia, getting a quick Q&A and some nice behind the scenes photos.
Issue 3 will be all sent in the coming days so bare with me. (The response has been huge and I’m a one man operation here.)
Word on the street is that Issue 4 is already in the works as well as a short companion film to the current issue. Stay tuned for more info on that.

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Field Report: J. Crew SS’11 Men’s Preview.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending J. Crew‘s SS’11 presentation staged at Milk Studios in Chelsea, NYC. Layered up in a shawl neck sweater, Barbour, Bean booted and umbrella in hand, rain coming down pretty good, Spring couldn’t have been further from my mind, but the collection got me pining for warm April days and just right, cool evenings.
Spring collections are tricky.
They can verge on the minimal and underwhelming. Fall/Winter has all the fun, the simple fact being that there are more pieces to make, more to wear, heartier fabrics and textures to play with. Spring, it’s just shorts and tees right? Not so in this case. J. Crew’s Spring ’11 collection is a playbook in new classics, old favorites, smart layering, crisp fabrics, textural and tonal mixing.
For Spring, Frank Muytjens and co. drew heavily from the rugged coast of Maine, the team in fact making a trip to Prouts Neck, just south of Portland, where American Painter Winslow Homer called home until his death in 1910. Inspired by Homer’s paintings, the shifting hues of the sea and mixing rough with refined, the collection, always so extremely well edited and styled(by Frank and Jack of course. Jack’s take, “It’s fun and so easy when you have such a great selection to work from.”), pairs beautiful indigos, greys and chalky whites. Mixes in a midnight blue tuxedo next to hand sewn patch work chinos.
Refined work wear blazers. Nods to Irving Penn’s ‘Small Trades‘. Subtle nautically inspired details throughout. The Fireman’s jacket returns a bit longer(love those damn little clasps). Spring layers. Breton stripes. Great light duty anoraks. Covert cloth and marled cottons. Stand outs; Levis trucker beneath a wonderful looking hunting jacket. A two tone light weight indigo toggle coat. crazy stitch worked chino shorts and tonal vintage chino patch work. A pair of white canvas work pants. All Quoddy and Alden. No socks(many cold ankles in NY today). Superior Labor two tone indigo tote(now on my “to get” list). Metallic thread woven into a seersucker blazer to keep it rumpled just so. And the suiting. Frank wasn’t nominated by GQ based on his good looks alone. He’s refined J. Crew’s suiting with trimmer silhouettes, attention to the details, durable, classic fabric selections and an understanding as to how a man should look and feel in a suit. (I’ve a worsted wool Ludlow and find myself inventing reasons to wear it).
There’s an ease to this collection. It’s sharp and a bit rakish. buttoned down yet untucked. It’s a modern take on classic pieces without getting too precious about them. Clothes are for wearing and living in and with this Spring collection, J. Crew continues to do what they do best, mixing it up, editing and layering of texture, referencing the past, making clothes for a guy today, clean lines and rough edges, not over-thinking it.
I’m all for winter layers, and while the next few months will be spent under winter coats and scarves, boots and wool socks, Frank and his team already have me stoked on that first clear, Spring day. Seems like it was only yesterday.
Extremely well done to the gang at J. Crew. Have a look at photos from the event and backstage images of the 18 looks.
Also, THREAD/NY goes backstage to talk to Creative Director Jenna Lyons about the women’s SS’11 presentation.

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"Far from Yokohama": Mystery Train, 1989.

Mitzuko and Jun.

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The Fall Three: Matt Hranek, The William Brown Project.

Matt Hranek is a photographer, outdoorsman, and the man behind the wonderful William Brown Project where, on any given day, you might find a post on some of his recent vintage finds(as of late, for sale at the Brooklyn Flea) or a post on dispatching a pig. One such recent post on the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo struck a particular chord as I grew up visiting my great aunt there, she and her a husband members since its creation. Matt was kind enough to indulge my request. This is Matt Hranek’s Fall Three.
Three things I look forward to in fall: (in no specific order)
1. duck hunting (with a good dog)

2. long days in the woods (with or without whitetails)

3. slow braises and roasts

Thanks to Matt for taking part.

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Solid Rock & Shifting Sand: Unionmade Fall Lookbook.

My good buddy Todd at UNIONMADE(the crazy-good men’s shop in San Francisco) sent over the shop’s Fall Lookbook. Todd says, “We shot it up on the coast of Sonoma County on Blind Beach and Goat Rock Beach. It’s about 10 Miles up the coast from Bodega where was The Birds was filmed. Yours truly art directed and styled it.” Shot by Brooklyn-based photographer Jason Rodgers, Todd enlisted friends and customers as models and crew, providing craft service himself. ” We loved their looks. Overall a really easy shoot with lots of nice people. I was nervous about doing any kind of imagery for the store but I like what we did.” Rightfully so Todd. Very well done gents.
Click over to UNIONMADE to see the rest of the looks.

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