ESSENTIALS : Leather Jacket ( Leather Weather )



 

Time to shine some light on my biggest obsession when it comes to fashion as a whole, outerwear. The weather outside has begun bringing a little bit of a chill as the leaves change colour and the Autumn season sets in. A leather jacket is unarguably a wardrobe staple every man should have in their closet. No matter the style, whether it be a Perfecto, Racing Jacket, Bomber, or even a Field Jacket. Not only does a fine leather jacket look good but it also has longevity on it’s side. Nowadays this garment is most likely to be the one of the most expensive pieces to your wardrobe ( rightfully so), reason being. A good leather jacket is one of the few long term relationships you’ll have in fashion. They’re built to last, age as you do and can be paired with more items than you might expect.

Biker Jacket | All Saints

The Leather Jacket we have grown to love and appreciate today, first came to prominence in the early 1900s. Brown leather flight jackets were worn by the early aviators and the military, most notably the German Air Force in World War I. However it wasn’t until 1928 where Irving Scott, the son of Russian immigrants, was contacted by a Long Island Harley-Davidson distributer, Beck Industries. Beck had requested him to create a tough, zip-up leather jackets to protect motorcyclists from the weather and unfortunate falls. Beck got exactly what they asked for, it retailed at $5.50 and was called the Perfecto.

Biker Jacket| All Saints

Bomber Jacket | All Saints

During World War II the flight jacket became known as the “bomber jacket” and was heavily insulated and prized for its warmth. But the leather goods doesn’t have to stop with just your outerwear!

Emmanuel Farre, a self-taught patina artist, has been transforming genuine leather goods into custom coloured works of art. His exclusive process consists of transforming any genuine leather into a customized, one-of-a-kind piece. His work garnered global attention at which time he began doing numerous expos in New York City, at the Shoe Service Institute of America in Philadelphia, and the Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez. Emmanuel works with a combination of natural pigments and leather dyes that he applies with tiny brushes. He typically paints about 8 to 12 layers of colour to achieve the desired, aged effect with drying time in between. A final glaze is then applied to seal his work.

Stand out pieces to me by Maison Patina must go to the Chelsea Boot as well as the Messenger Bag in Denim Blue. Off the jump his entire collection brings a different flare and perspective to leather. I instantly fell in love with these boots the moment I had unpacked them. Not only are they one of the freshest Chelsea Boots Ive came across, but they are also extremely comfortable and easy to move around with. Plus the matching messenger bag on your side is a game changer and takes your sartorial taste to new levels.

 

Menswear Essentials | The Desert Boot

With the ability to dress this one up or down, coupled with its ease of wear and comfort, it is a no brainer to why the Desert Boot is stamped as an essential piece of footwear. From the mind of British soldier Nathan Clark the desert boot was brought to life by Clarks Originals and have been adopted into the realm of menswear.

As classic and as essential as the Desert Boot may feel to us today it did not receive the praises from Clarks Original when it was first presented to them. Nathan Clark was looked down upon for his shoe design and had been sent overseas by the administration team to manage production in hopes to take his mind off his design. It wasn’t until a year later that Nathan Clark debuted the Desert Boot at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1950. From that moment the design blew up and everyone in the world of footwear fell in love instantly with the Desert Boot.

The same reasons why the Desert Boot were a hit in the 1950’s still hold true today. They can be dressed either up or down, they rarely had to be cared for, and they are affordable. In my honest opinion, if you plan on getting yourself a pair of Desert Boots I would advise you to stick to the classic pair of Clarks Originals.. These days the Desert Boot comes in an array of colours and patterns for you to choose from, which is all well and good, but, you’re very limited on what you can wear these with. So, recommend that it’s best to stick to the classics when buying a pair of Desert Boots, just so you can get the most wear out of your investment.

Menswear Essentials | Cargo Pants

 

 

 Photography By Oliviero Fontana

Originally designed for the military in the 1930s, cargo pants are loose fitting trousers designed to be extremely durable and be suitable for tough outdoor activities. They are typically characterized by multiple large pockets that were traditionally used to hold field dressings and other equipment. Crafted for paratroopers who literally had to jump out of a plane and be ready for battle the second they hit the ground. The cargo pant has stood through the test of time and carries quite a history.

Despite their reputation for being unfashionable, cargo pants are one of the biggest trend pieces for this season. As skinny trousers become replaced by more baggy alternatives, cargo trousers will become increasingly more popular. They have been looked at as really masculine, and at other moments in time they have been looked at as lame and uncool. They can be spotted being sported by comic book nerds to soldiers on the frontline, ready to step into action at any given moment. The cargo pant is like the double-agent of the menswear world, simultaneously working for both sides of the field – the cool and the uncool.

Arguably the most traditional cargo pant style, Khaki is a colour originally worn by the military for camouflage. Army cargo pants for men have been around ever since they were invented. The practical applications of these trousers make them excellent for extreme jobs. However, the stylish khaki colour also means they’re great for wearing casually. Pair them with a white shirt and a heavy duty workman jacket for a great everyday look.

1920 Somethin’ | Newsboy Cap

IMAGES SHOT BY KEVIN MOFO

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Sometimes referred to as the Baker Boy, Bandit Cap, Eight Panel, The Cabbie, Newsboy Cap, and The Messenger Hat. The Newsboy Cap is definitely a personal favourite of mine in the hat world. Due to the various plays on shapes, textures, and proportions the newsboy cap in my books can never get old, but beware they are not exactly the most flattering hats if not pulled off correctly. It should fit you like a baseball cap with some extra fabric on top. The “rule” is that the fabric should be minimal, never touching your ears or flopping over to one side. However I’ve never been much for style rules, so having more fabric than the average newsboy cap is fine to my personal taste.

During the 1920 hats were essential in a mans wardrobe, so much so that men wouldn’t even leave the house without having their heads covered. While the Top Hat was the most formal hat to sport, the most informal style of hat during the 1920’s was the Newsboy Flat Cap.  As the name suggests, many newsboys in the early 20th century wore this cap, giving it a “working class” reputation. However this is a misunderstanding – the newsboy was commonly worn by teenagers and young men of all social classes. The Newsboy became very popular with well-to-do country sportsman and was seen on the heads of many golfers.

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