Mackintosh for Lark Spring/Summer 2011

Vancouver’s very own, Lark has teamed up with classic outerwear greats Mackintosh to produce these two amazing looking coats for the spring/summer 2011 season. There are two styles; the Dunkled coat, which is a 3/4 length coated linen in dark indigo color, and the Soridain jacket, which is a hooded parka-style jacket in red cotton. These are two great looking styles produced by Mackintosh for Lark, a solid collaboration. Keep reading for more detailed shots…

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Adam Kimmel x Carhartt Capsule Collection

Seen widely across the net, we’d be remiss not to repost this excellent collaboration between two of our absolute favorite lines, the original American workwear specialists of Carhartt and the neauvo-masculine US menswear designer Adam Kimmel. Could there be a better team to speak to our aesthetic sensibilities? Probably not; this bang-on run of sweatshirts, flannels, overshirts, rugged trousers, denim, and the signature Carhartt toque (with the signature logo flipped to blue, amazing) is exactly the kind of collection that gives me faith in crossover collaborations, with viable products, not just pics for the internet hype machine. Oh, and the only promo shot is a dude on a motorbike. It just works. Hit the jump for a look at all the individual pieces from Carhartt x Adam Kimmel.

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Vans Vault Authentic Decon LX


Vans Vaults spring/summer ’11 collection offers up these top notch Authentic models, the Decon LX. These lux Authentics are made of a soft calfskin leather upper paired with the same old vulcanized sole you are used to beating the sh*t out of. Authentics are tied as my favourite Vans model (with Old Skools), and with the addition of soft calf skin uppers in these three basic colors, these are an easy hit.

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Arcteryx Veilance Spring/Summer 2011

I am a strong supporter of well made, well designed, technical products and the Arcteryx Veilance line is the epitome of that. The line fuses clean cuts, no branding, superior technical fabrics and quality craftsmanship into one full package. Here is a look at the range for the spring/summer 2011 season, consisting of a good selection of outerwear as well as a few highly technical shirts. I love the look of the Partition coat and Composite jacket as well as the blazer-style pieces. Don’t get me wrong, this collection is nowhere near my price range with the jackets ranging from $600-$1200 and the shirts coming in around $300, but I can always dream. Keep reading for the rest of the collection, available at Firmament.

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Mt. Rainier Spring/Summer 2011

Japan’s Mt. Rainier is back with another run of meticulously designed and manufactured outerwear and bags for s/s 2011, always refining the Pacific Northwest heritage styling the line is known and loved for. As a longtime resident of said Pac NW, Mt. Rainier definitely plays with my heartstrings, as the parkas and backpacks bear erie similarity to the camping supplies employed by my parents during my youth. Funny how it all comes full circle a few decades later, and it’s nice to see this line somewhat available to the North American market. Love everything shown here, keep reading for more.

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Mr. Bathing Ape Summer 2011 Lookbook

Love him or loathe him, Nigo‘s influence upon contemporary menswear, from street to runway, is pretty undeniable. And while the market may have moved past the overt branding and wild colour combos of mid-oo’s BAPE-influenced streetwear, it was a smart move by massive Japanese brand to start the Mr. Bathing Ape capsule collection, in order to cater to the new ‘all grown up’ market segment that was shedding their closets full of all-over prints. This lookbook for the summer 2011 collection features some impeccable suiting, set off by the camo ties, which I think are a banging look, subtle yet statement-making.  I love the presentation of this collection, props to Nigo for always staying a half step ahead of the pack… click through for more.

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Catalog Gallery Presents: New Work by Other / Troy Lovegates

Vaughn Robert Squire is back on the grind at Catalog, balancing the daily operations of the creative agency/gallery with his ongoing Prison Garde project. Forthcoming at the gallery is a new exhibition of works by Other aka Troy Lovegates, a longtime favorite of both Rob and our very own Brendan (aka /85). This video provides a glimpse in to Other’s expansive styles and should give a good idea of what to expect during his showing at the gallery. I really feel the editing of this clip, plus Rob + Andrew Gordon Macpherson (aka ANGO) absolutely smash the soundtrack. Nice work all around, and I can’t wait to check this out on an upcoming mainland trip.

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FWK by Engineered Garments Spring/Summer 2011

Engineered Garments is a staple line here on the blog, as both Kevin and myself wear and sell the line on a day to day basis; so it would be a no brainer to love the FWK by Engineered Garments line for women as well. The line carries over the same general EG styling to the womens collection. The prints look great throughout, especially the floral and the plaid/madras shirt dresses. I don’t think the line is available yet to the North American markets (unless you are our co-worker, Ms. Noir), but hopefully it will be seen here soon. Keep reading for the full lookbook for spring/summer 2011…

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