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The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: April 7, 2014 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

Photo: The Hill-Side

The Hill-Side’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook takes us to the flower district. This industrial corridor located on bustling 28th Street in Manhattan is home to a number of wholesale flower distributors. It’s not the ideal location for a photo shoot but the Corsillo brothers make it happen enlisting photographer Josh Wool and few of their friends including Nick Wooster, Justin Doss, Jess Shaffer, Logan Ahl and others. Shot inside Associated Cut Flower Co the crew was able to pull off a beautiful lookbook appropriate not only for the season but the for their season’s collection, a mixture of floral prints, bright colors, and classic patterns. New to the line are their made-in-Japan low top sneakers in six different fabrics, heavy duty tote bags, belts, watchbands, ball caps, and iron-on patches. The collection is available now through their retailers.

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Filson F/W 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2014 under Fashion & Style

C.C. Filson Collection designed by Nigel Cabourn. Left: Work Cape Jacket; Right: Clip Coat

Photo: Filson

We had the chance to preview Filson’s Fall / Winter 2014 line yesterday and were excited to see the results, primarily with their collaborations. Nigel Cabourn was tapped to design the C.C. Filson Collection, a small series of outwear that uses familiar Filson fabrics along with Harris Tweed. Though the jackets and coats are distinctly Filson, Cabourn’s detailing is prominent throughout including the fit, boxy pockets and rugged hardware. Filson’s hunting and outdoor heritage mixes well with Cabourn’s love of military uniforms. On the luggage front, National Geographic veterans and Magnum photographers Steve McCurry and David Allen Harvey have contributed their thoughts to a line of bags. Filson’s tote and bags have been modified with extended flaps for rain coverage, padded dividers for lenses and accessories, and extra pockets. A new backpack has also been designed for the line. Expect the lines to start rolling out by the end of August, however, the C.C. Filson Collection will see limited in its release.

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Reissue By Scout Seattle

By Tom Ran

Published: March 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940

Photo: Scout Seattle

Seattle based tent makers and outdoor outfitters that share the same name as ours, Scout, have dipped their toes into apparel. They recently released a Day Jacket and a couple of boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. Additionally, they launched a Reissue collection that consists of vintage workwear and camping pieces that span the globe. Like the Japanese Army Rain Coat circa 1930 or the French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940. There are only eight designs in all with some that are already sold out. For your vintage connoisseurs, RRL stylists, or archive enthusiast, head over to Scout before they’re all gone. (via Inventory)

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Kapital Spring 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 14, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Kapital at Hickoree's

Photo: Eric Kvatek

Kapital has been one of the more exciting brands to come out of Japan. Though the line was founded in 1984 it’s been slow to make its way over to the States. The quality of manufacturing and their take on traditional workwear has caught the eyes of many fans and the limited availability has only elevated it to cult like status. This image was propelled by Eric Kvatek’s photographs season after season through Kapital’s campaigns and look books. But that aura dissipated after the screening of Kapital World, a behind the scenes look at their Spring 2014 photo shoot. The film broke down the mystique to reveal the process of a small and tight knit crew built on friendship and admiration. The premier was hosted by Hickorees, one of the few shops in the US to carry Kapital. Their spring collection just arrived and is available online and in store. Kapital is currently looking to take the documentary on the road and are planning on future screenings.

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Oak Street Bootmakers Brush and Shoe Horn

By Tom Ran

Published: March 12, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Brush and shoe horn made in the Midwest from Oak Street Bootmakers

Photo: Oak Street Bootmakers

There’s a growing group of brands that are bucking fashion trends and norms by opting to control everything on their own. They launch their line exclusively online, they defy seasons, and most importantly, they deliver superior products. Oak Street Bootmakers is one of those companies that we have long admired. Since their introduction in 2010 their collection of hand crafted footwear have grown steadily. Nearly four years in they still have some of the same shoes they launched with. There’s no need to change them. With all the effort that goes into constructing their shoes and boots it’s only fitting to keep them up. So it’s not surprising that they also make care kits. They recently introduced a shoe brush made with American maple and horse hair. Handmade in their home city of Chicago. To accompany the brush they also released a shoe horn made of solid copper. George Vlagos, founder of Oak Street states that “these pieces have taken no shortcuts and are most certainly the last shoe horn and brush you’ll ever buy.”

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Kapital World Documentary

By Tom Ran

Published: February 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

An image from Kaptial's Spring 2014 photographed by Eric Kvatek in Paris

Photo: Kapital

The lookbooks for Kapital are legendary. They’ve traveled the world in search of ancient landscapes and rural countrysides to capture some of the most stunning images for their collections. At the helm is Kiro Hirata, Kaptial’s lead designer and behind the lens is photographer Eric Kvatek. Together they’ve created an identity that is unique to their own. The backdrops play as much of a role as the clothes do. Hirata explains that it’s a combination of the person’s character, landscape, and clothing that is the essence of Kaptial. A new documentary follows the men and their crew as they travel to France to shoot their Spring 2014 collection. From the streets of Paris to the countryside south of France, we get the behind the scenes look at what it takes to create one of these special lookbooks.

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FEATURES

M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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