Breaking the habit #3
For the final entry on the series I’ll focus on sporting the suit jacket on its own, which for me, is probably the most difficult version of the breakdown to master. Due to my own personal style and wardrobe composition, I usually stray from wearing the suit jacket alone as I have a variety of blazers to choose from, but that doesn’t mean this is not a great variation to go with. The trickiest part here is that depending on the fabric, the jacket is likely to portray a sophisticated feel which requires the rest of the look to match accordingly, making relaxed attires a bit harder to pull off. The easiest way to avoid this is to go for an overall refined ensemble, simply pairing the jacket with contrasting slacks…however, as the end result is quite similar to a “full-suit” look, I wanted to take a different approach.
In this particular case, both the windowpane pattern and natural sheen of the navy wool carry a natural elegance that set the mood for the other pieces. I could actually picture this look with a pair of fitted dark blue/raw jeans instead, but since mine are heavily worn out, the unmatched shades of blue didn’t make for a proper alternative. As such, I chose to go with a pair of polished beige chinos and balance the remaining attire with an untucked white shirt, green sweat and a pair of leather cognac ankle boots. Accessories are a necessity as the floral brown scarf proves yet again…
PS: please bear in mind that although you can and should wear suit pieces separately, the same rule does not apply when it comes to garment care. Always make sure to take the full suit to the dry cleaners, to ensure the utmost color affinity throughout the years.
Details: navy wool windowpane jacket (part of a suit), white dress shirt, cognac leather boots and lapel pin by Purificacion Garcia, green sweatshirt by Our Legacy, beige chinos by Acne, wool floral scarf by Èpice and polka dots socks by H&M.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Crafted Goods AW13 Lookbook
Unionmade AW13 “Indigo” Lookbook
A celebration of indigo portraying a selection of pieces from the Californian retailer, including Unis, Journal Standard, Golden Bear and Quoddy.
Not all things are created equal. Sometimes, the most pleasant surprises come from the least expected places…Case in point? Santalum.
Traditionally, quality footwear is associated with countries with strong roots and history in the industry such as Italy, UK, Portugal or Spain, but as experience has shown us more than once, there are other players to be reckoned with. This is just the case with Indonesian based footwear brand Santalum…While at first it might seem uncanny to think that Jakarta would become renowned for its shoemaking, the truth is Santalum is home to some of the most skilled craftsmen and artisans I’ve seen at work to this day (the video speaks for itself). Production is limited as each pair is entirely handmade, making them unique and embodying the brand’s passion for a trademark vintage aesthetic reminiscent of the 50s and 60s.
Resorting only to premium hides and materials, as well as high-end manufacturing techniques such as hand-stitched Goodyear-Welt construction, quality is ever-present throughout their offerings. These tan rough-out oxford “boots” are the first addition to my never ending footwear collection and I must say I’m really impressed. I love the bulkier last and the brushed tan bull hide, not to mention the construction with hand-stitched goodyear-welted rubber soles and double row stitching. Other details include contrast dark brown leather laces, leather lining on toe and heel and vegetable tanned leather insoles.
PS: Santalum is now available in Europe thanks to my good friend and footwear aficionado Filipe Moreira, so if you’re interested drop him an email at email@example.com
Waste(Twice) AW13 Portrait Lookbook