Beekeeper Co is a cap line by Cole Maness produced by fellow Californian and sewer Yanco Customs. The bee keeper cap was inspired by a one Edmund Hillary wore on his 1953 expedition of Everest, as seen in the film Beyond The Edge. Perfect for adventures with ample sun exposure and if stripes aren’t your thing a Safari khaki is currently being offered.
Bay Area brands Mission Workshop and Taylor Stitch join forces for a ten-piece collection of co-branded apparel (and quite likely a bag?) releasing two to three pieces at a time each Thursday in May. With each weekly drop the pieces are made available for pre-sale at a near 20% discount then shipping a couple months after the funding window is complete. Two weeks into the month and the collection is shaping up to be a solid union of Mission Workshop’s technical practicality and Taylor Stitch’s every day casual cool. Take the Loch Shorts for instance- an inseam that’s a good few inches shorter than most baggies but not without convenient zipping side pockets or water-resistant 4-way stretch fabric. Keep a lookout for every new piece here.
Rapha’s city collection has always been the highlight for me season after season amongst their classic, pro team, and various other collections that the line is divided up into. I am always impressed with the understated design of their on-bike apparel and accessories but there’s something about their ability to bring the same design sensibilities to casual wear that gets me every time. Few cycling brands put as much consideration into their off-bike line of apparel (brand logos slapped onto t-shirts and sweatshirts) but Rapha is constantly pushing their city collection into new territory. The top pick for me has to be the merino zip through– an update of the merino track top I myself own and love from a few seasons back, however the update loses its high collar.
Admirable insulated options from Crescent Down Works, Giro, and Topo Designs. The vest has been a go-to on rides at about 40°F and below as well as a layer on freezing morning commutes. Packs down into its own interior pocket and sports some hidden jersey pockets- I’m a big fan.
Wild Things and Buzz Rickson’s are two brands that I would have never forecasted for collaboration. As you can see by these lookbook photos from Kinoko shot by Tom Fletcher, they work out pretty well together. Buzz Rickson’s specializes in reproduction militaria and Wild Things makes funky outdoor gear. A sort of yin and yang of rugged apparel. The collection includes the fur-trimmed D3-B coat, camo-printed CWU-9P liner jacket, and my favorite: the reversible hooded Primaloft jacket shown in the first image.
* It should be noted that the Wild Things brand mentioned here is the Japanese version of the brand, whereas the Wild Things of North Conway, New Hampshire origin is really a completely different line. The Wild Things of America once produced climbing and outdoor gear but today focuses on technical combat stuff and even holds contracts with the US military.
Two rad ladies and one collection of FW15 apparel hit the road to shoot some photos. More specifically, Chelsea Parrett and Jules Davies with some choice pieces from Snow Peak‘s new collection featuring some fun printed down.
Today the brand announces the opening of a new store in SoHo at 59 Crosby Street on November 20th. Follow along with the new shop here.
Filed under japan, outside, wear
Manastash was once a Seattle-based brand founded by Robert Jungmann, today running Jungmaven, but since 2005 the company has been in the hands of Japanese owners. Over the years they’ve done some great and funky stuff: patchwork synthetic outwear, patterned deep pile fleece reminiscent of Patagonia Snap-T’s, and some more traditional outdoor inspired apparel. This season’s collection has a more refined tone compared to years past, which I quite enjoy. View the whole lookbook/catalog here.
This year Patagonia celebrates the 30th birthday of the Snap-T and to shake things up a bit from the standard but well-loved Synchilla fleece body they employed some interesting tricks this season. Down insulation, deep pile fleece, and other fabrics make up the six piece collection being retailed exclusively by the company- they’re just that good.
More on the collection here.