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Private White VC: F/W 2012


Private White VC, originally founded by Victoria Cross recipient Private Jack White, is a British label that makes absolutely beautiful, well-crafted clothes for men. They have put together a handsome lookbook for their Fall/Winter 2012 season. Drawing on inspiration from military influences and traditional menswear, this is a brand that has retained their devotion to their founding father. I love the strength and masculinity of this collection, and I strongly believe that every man should own at least one well-made, classically-styled jacket/coat that can be worn year after year without losing its timeless appeal.

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Moncler V: Gyantse Down Vest


The down vest is a winter staple that I am excited to see brought back every year, and honestly, no one does down better than Moncler V. Offered in a variety of colors, the vest features shoulder panels based on a Tibetan pattern from chenille, a neat fabric that adds a great deal of interest to the rest of the piece. The removable hood is nice for days when a bit of layering is key but no protection from rain or wind is necessary. Also removable are the inner suspenders (or the dutch army internal suspension system, as Union LA calls them). Nice looking piece, very functional, and of course, as with all Moncler V, high quality.

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Esemplare: F/W 2011


I always knew great things in fashion came out of Italy, but man, Esemplare is really giving other contemporary menswear brands a run for their money. I rarely love every single item in a collection, but I was completely won over piece by piece as I ogled for hours over Esemplare’s F/W 2011 collection. Since new outerwear always gets me excited for the transition from summer to fall so I’m featuring two of my favorite parkas here. The Maccrea (left) is a traditional M-51 parka that features an adjustable felt hood. The color/dye-effect on the garment creates a vintage feel that is appropriate and quite cool. The Jarslow (right) is a wool parka featuring ribbed cuffs and bottom. It’s modern and basic, not a lot of frills – great for an every day jacket that will get you a bunch of compliments. Lots and lots more good things on the brand’s website (link below). Definitely head over and check out the rest of the collection for yourself!

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Barbour: Baker Jacket (Steve McQueen Collection)


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic International Jacket, Barbour has launched a limited edition capsule collection inspired by Steve McQueen, actor and avid racer of motorcycles. Based in the UK since 1894, this is a brand that knows a thing or two about quality and timeless looks. Like McQueen’s favorite International Jacket, the Baker Jacket also features a waxed cotton exterior, which translates to waterproof. Waxed cotton, for those who may not be familiar, need annual re-waxing to maintain its effectiveness. Might sound like a lot of work, but if taken care of correctly, this will be an item that lasts for years to come. I absolutely love the lining on this jacket as well. It’s hard to wear an American flag without looking like you’re costuming up for Fourth of July, but this jacket will allow you to remain patriotic without losing out on style.

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Brixton: The Slab Jacket


I’m quite fond of this jacket from Brixton’s new Fall 2011 collection. The pocket detail is cool while the rest of the jacket is understated but nicely fitted. Brixton describes this jacket as “a vintage inspired workwear jacket with a tailored fit.” I think that pretty much sums it up. I would love this with a button up – preferably plaid to give it some extra color.

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Marshall Artist: Autumn 2011


Marshall Artist has been emerging as one of my favorite brands in menswear. I love the ease and the eclectic mix that is brought to each of their collections. This is a brand that would allow me to dress like a creative individual while still keeping things laid back. Their new collection for autumn “takes inspiration from classic British sports, the great outdoors, traditional camping equipment, sailing, mountaineering, traditional tailoring, Club House attire and vintage military & Naval uniforms.” The hooded jacket featured above is one of my favorites from the collection. See the rest over at TheSouthSider (link below).

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Albam: S/S ’11 Trail Parka


I love this light-weight parka from Albam. Made in England, this jacket features a beeswax-finished cotton, hand cut leather zip pulls, Italian made press studs and a contrast cotton hood lining. This particular color way is my favorite of the available selections. The charcoal and the yellow complement each other quite nicely. I’m slightly effy on the bright blue lining, but it doesn’t really affect my adoration for the jacket. Only 100 pieces are available for each color way so grab them quick from brand’s online store (link here).

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The North Face + Supreme: Windbreaker Pullover


I just got back from a trip to Seattle where, needless to say, it rained. While I had an umbrella with me, I felt it would have been much cooler to have a waterproof, hooded jacket instead. This collabo between The North Face and Supreme seems to fit the bill. I’m digging the checkered design and this color way in particular. The pullover features a water resistant poly shell with a nylon taffeta lining. The hood can also be tucked away into the collar on days when rain and wind are not factors to protect yourself against.

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Awhile back, I posted about my love affair with Bonobos dress pants (see post here), and now you can try it out yourself for half the price! But don’t stop there because the Bonobos site offers so much more! Besides their own brands, the site also sells some of my favorite designer labels and many of the items that I’ve featured on my website in the past (like the Penfield Dover Jacket, the Penfield Dunstone Pullover, and the Sebago Field Boot – just to name a few). It’s a pity that the deal is only limited to 1 per customer because I would have a really hard time deciding how to spend it. Free shipping and hassle-free returns are included as part of the site’s regular perks. Offer is good until the end of April – so don’t wait!

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Band of Outsiders: Suede Baseball Jacket


My heart leaped when I saw this jacket from Band of Outsiders, and if I could whistle, I would have thrown one of those in too. The pairing of a sporty classic with suede, a leather I find to be quite masculine (and also a real pain to clean), is beyond cool. Honestly, I feel a bit at a loss for adjectives here because cool is hardly doing it justice. Besides a full suede upper, the jacket also features 2 front pockets, 1 zip chest pocket, and two-tone striping at the cuff and hem. A different version in brown is currently available from the Band of Outsiders Online Store. Retailing at $1350, this is not pocket change, but knowing me, I would just divide the total by frequency of wear –  instantly making it only few cents a day.

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