Friday, August 29, 2008

News & Highlights

Ex-Alumix, a vast refurbished aluminum smelting factory in Bolzano, Italy is one of the sites for Manifesta 7, a biennial celebration of contemporary art.
Some art to check out in Italy (via The Moment).

Refinery 29 shows us 30+ shoes for the fall and I want them all.

Bags for your first day of school (via Cool Hunting).

The Question: Red, orange, light blue or teal? (via Washington Post).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On Repeat: Pacific!

Pacific!- Hot Lips

Another great band from Sweden.

News & Highlights

Blackbird brings you the Rag & Bone fall collection.

Acne continues to delight us (via

Morning wood for your tech toys (via Valet).

Refinery 29 + fall must-haves

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I haven't posted in a while, but entries for The Sartorial Architect will resume this week. I'm in the process of moving from San Francisco to Austin.

Take care,

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Patrik Ervell: Fall 2008

Patrik Ervelle is a relatively new designer with about six collections under his belt. Scandinavians tend to have this unique ability of styling a look with an air of fashion subtlety. In his recent collection, an air jacket in gold polyeurethane doesn't seem as loud when styled with the pleated, khaki pants. The Swedish-born designer gives us dashing trousers and knitwear. Oh and don't forget the outwear.

Jared Flint and ACL Provide a Helping Hand

During the year, my music festival rounds usually consist of Austin City Limits and SXSW. Whether its a one day festival or a week long party, a musicophile should really prepare oneself and that includes more than just a water bottle filled with vodka. Jared Flint, editor of Nylon Guys and friend of ACL, complied a list of "Do's and Dont's" as a practical aid. Okay, this is specifically for McCarren Park Pool, but I believe some of these tips extend to other musical happenings. My favorite tip? DON’T wear your Wayfarers.

DO get there before 5pm. The line often extends around the block and moves at a glacial pace. Brunch at Lodge, avoid Enids, on the early side (dangerous 2 for 1 Bloody Marys), then make the short walk over to the Pool.

DON’T wear your Wayfarers. We all own a pair and rightfully so. They’re a classic that was good enough for JFK and Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, over 90% of Pool attendees agree, dust off those Moscots or Persols. Karen Walker and Chronicles of Never also have great, edgier tortoise-shell interpretations of classic shade silhouettes.

DO leave the fedora at home. Reason? Again, you don’t want to get lost in the sea of Ray-Ban/fedora clones.

DON’T forget to shave. Mix it up and be one of six people without an artfully disheveled 5 o’clock shadow.

DO wear a collared, button-up shirt. Light cotton or chambray, long or short-sleeved, is actually cooler (temperature) than a tee, and avoids tacky graphical territory of the vintage tee. Steven Alan, Obedient Sons, or A.P.C. will all do the trick nicely. But J.Crew is nothing to be ashamed of.

DON’T wear denim. No matter how high you cuff yours. There’s no shade in the Pool, after an hour that denim might as well be grafted to your skin. Opt for a tailored khaki or navy short, hitting just above the knee, with slim pockets. Think the opposite of camo cargo shorts.

DO wear canvas sneakers. Any color will do well here, a clean, white Tretorn or a red Era Vans will both do a good job, rain or shine. If leather is your thing, think light, a la Topsider.

DON’T wear flip-flops. There is no reason to show your toes within the city limits of New York. Spilled beers, rain, and standing mystery water might also encourage a closed-toe policy.
via ACL

On Repeat: Black Kids

Black Kids- I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

Dazed Digital Interviews Frida Ringström

The inspiration behind Swedish menswear designer Frida Ringström's new collection came from photos she found of animal roadkill. "I became interested in the stiffness and all these crazy angles their dead bodies had," says the 25-year-old, who designed an overall as a template for all the pieces in the collection, using the same pattern over and over again and moved it around to distort the arms, legs and back by sewing them in unusual directions. The whole collection is knitted, and Ringström worked with washed-out colours to get a used, pale feeling. "I make all the materials myself for the collection by using hand knitting machines and I sew it together by hand. I wanted the collection to have that handcrafted feel."

Where are you based?
I'm studying at the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, although I'm originally from Gothenburg.

Why menswear?
At the moment I find men cooler to dress. I feel more free when I can't use myself as a point of reference.

How would you describe your style?
Fun, weird and at the moment my work is a lot about simplification.

What inspired you to put teddy bears heads in the collection?
I don't like the whole model/catwalk thing so I thought it would be fun to do something different.

What inspires you at the moment?
Paper artworks you did when you were a child, like snowflakes, cut-outs dolls and garlands.

Who are your favourite designers?
Oh, there are lots of people to admire, but at the moment Im more interested in what artists do. But Ive always been a fan of Patrik Söderstam and Henrik Vibskov.

Can you ever see yourself having your own label?
Yeah! But I'd prefer to start something with someone, I think it gets more interesting if you collaborate.

What are your plans for the future?
Finish school, get an apartment and work all over the world. And realize all these projects I have in my head.

Are you involved in any outside projects in other fields?
I'm doing an art project in collaboration with Hanna Lindblom, which is an ongoing project. Right now its about developing a method of making clothes in a new way and not work with traditional pattern cutting or draping.
via Dazed Digital
I would have enjoyed a splash of red.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Comme des Garçons: Fall 2008

Sadden by the unavailable images of the Comme des Garçons + H&M menswear line (see previous entry), I thought it would be best to remedy the situation by providing the fall 2008 collection.

H&M and Comme des Garcon Collaboration Leaked

I've been rather excited about the collaboration between H&M and Comme des Garçon. Now there are pictures to justify the excitement. I wish I could say f#ck the recession, but these ridiculous, economic times in the states have placed a strain on my monies. I'm a student after all. And well, I get a warm feeling inside when I know I can buy clothes that are inspired by Comme des Garçon without the normal hefty price.
H&M/Comme des Garçon Collaboration Revealed
Text: Nik Mercer

Every low- and middle-end garment producer seems to be obsessed with collaboration these days (Target, K-Mart, Gap, Uniqlo). That's certainly not a bad thing—theoretically, the more sophisticated and better-looking is made available to consumers who simply can't dress in the nicest threads!—but it might be getting a little out of hand. (What will distinguish Proenza Schuler from Target in the future if they intermingle so much, for example?)

H&M's latest pairing with Comme des Garçon, though, seems incredibly promising. Several un-captioned photo spreads of the forthcoming pieces were leaked today, and while there's no way to distinguish the stuff that H&M's behind and the work that Rei Kawakubo & co. did, it all looks... pretty damn good! Keep an eye out on H&M stores this Fall—we're wagering that everything will be sold out within three hours after the line launches.

Phew. For a second there we thought the mega-chain would team up with Roberto Cavalli again!

via Anthem

via The Fashion Spot

Update: I just realized the above pictures are a part of the womens line. I looked through High Nobility (who first brought the images) for the menswear collection, but the entry has gone missing.

News & Highlights

transforming shoes

It's better than your 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner: Sandal + Sneaker (via Mail Online).

Complete with pockets: Hard Graft gives us the Dapper Collection (via Notcot).

Opening Ceremony celebrates the Olympics from August 8th through the 10th (via Anthem).

Andre Benjamin and his 10 essentials (via Men.Style).

New Arrivals: Oak

Oak brings us Raf by Raf Simons.

via Oak

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Item: Nom De Guerre Classic Fit Natural Jean

An alternative to the blue jean. Also comes in slevedge.

via Oki-Ni

Tiger of Sweden: Fall 2008

Tiger of Sweden has always been a favorite of mine. Their pieces are sharp, simple, and add an element of sophistication to any casual look. I personally prefer the waist coats of this Scandinavian brand; I usually pair an intensely colored handkerchief to the vest.

Tiger of Sweden Black Label AW 0809 pic_12 by Tiger of Sweden.Tiger of Sweden Black Label AW 0809 pic_07 by Tiger of Sweden.

Tiger of Sweden Silver Label AW 0809 pic_9 by Tiger of Sweden.Tiger of Sweden Black Label AW 0809 pic_06 by Tiger of Sweden.

Tiger of Sweden Silver Label AW 0809 pic_6 by Tiger of Sweden.Tiger of Sweden Silver Label AW 0809 pic_1 by Tiger of Sweden.

Tiger of Sweden Silver Label AW 0809 pic_3 by Tiger of Sweden.Tiger of Sweden Black Label AW 0809 pic_08 by Tiger of Sweden.

Filippa K: Precollection Fall 2008

I want to see more pieces from the fall collection. I do like the khaki colored blazer with black detailing on the color. I rarely mix up my browns and blacks, but by the look of that assemble I'm thinking otherwise.

News & Highlights

Katharine Hepburn by martinstreisand.
Katharine Hepburn via martinstreisand
It feels as if there is a drive towards an androgynous style with Manscara and Mantihose erupting on the blogosphere. Looking through some ads reflecting this deviation, I'm happy to welcome it considering women have been dressing masculine for quite sometime. With any trend or style, if it looks good go with it.

Sartorial guide to Mad Men (via Valet).

Refinery 29 gives us an interview with Swedish label Our Legacy.

Robot goes to Gentlemen's Club

Blackbird: New Items

Blackbird has been posting several new entries lately. These Rachel Comey shoes remind me of a pair of black Common Projects I have seen on revolve clothing. Of the two pictures above, I'm drawn to the "Ballard" pair. I'd really like to get myself around 15 threads of gray string and loop them as mock shoe laces. I think it would bring a sort of amusement to the shoe considering 15 pieces of string has no real practicality.

Diet Butcher Slim Skin - Face Tote Bag in black or gray

These totes remind me of robot faces for some reason.