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.

New tricks when the coats come out

 

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Temperatures drop and coats come out, reasons why I love fall. But sadly here in Quebec it’s crazy how quick that turns to the dead of winter. So us jacket lovers got to flex our fits while we can.

  You can say I’m romantic about my outerwear. A good coat is hard to come by, especially when you’re picky, have taste, but at the same time not into splurging if not necessary.

But when you find a gem, you find a gem. It’s just that simple. The Athletic Retro LA Kings jacket is definitely a gem in my books. Black, low-key, flattering fit, soft simmer. There’s no way I could pass up this piece, jackets are pieces that  always try to never let go of. I surely will keep this bad boy in the arsenal of outerwear for some time.

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When it comes to black denim I tend to keep it to fairly minimal slim silhouette. Style is to be explored, its always good to experiment with various styles you and try expand your range of style.  The Broderick Slouch Skinny by Hudson Jeans has a great deal of unique characteristics that are far from my personal norm. Such as the two front zip pockets on each side of the hip and the light grey distressed pattern through out the jean. I find my self rocking them more often then I thought. I guess Hudson can is teaching your boy some new tricks.HA!

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The North Face Purple Label Fall / Winter 2014

Everyone is heading back to school, nights are slowly getting chillier and the afternoons are not as scorching as they used to! Only one thing we can put this on, which is the rise of Fall. My utmost favourite time of the year. Not only because I hate the heat but the style is given a chance to breathe and express its in a more articulate way. North Face is known to be the go to brand when wanting to pic up gear for the F/W season it never fails you know it I know it it’s a given. However take the North Face brand and give it a face that is more slim, more tonal, more experimental, and overall different taste in aesthetic. And what you get is North Face Purple Label. Their F/W 2014 looks are killer and if you don’t believe me take a peak for yourself.

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Sawa Takai, Why Isn’t #Menswear This Good ?

The title should say it all on how I’m feeling about Sawa Takai’s F/W 2013 lookbook. Sawa is a designer based in New York, she studied at F.I.T and graduated in 2010. Her garments are all produced in Japan, it is evident that designs are heavily influenced by menswear. Coincidentally  enough when I came across her F/W collection it reminded me a lot of Engineered garments, specifically their F/W collection that I shared at the top of the season. See the influence? It turns out that Sawa has past work experiences with Engineered Garments in New York (good eye Spencer good eye).

Her pieces show a great attention to detailing and reinforcement techniques while working with Engineered Garments. Sawa Takai is a designer to keep your eye on without a doubt.

Sawa Takai explores deliberate layering through addition and subtraction. Engineered melton wool double-paneling functions as protective sheaths symbolizing strength and concealment. These heavy layers are contrasted by removed panels and split seams in soft flannel revealing interior linings and representing vulnerability and exposure. Together these themes play on Takai’s reflections on metropolitan women who must preserve their inner tenderness while projecting strength to the world to survive.

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