Journal Standard AW14 Lookbook
J.S. has slowly become one of my favourite Japanese labels out there. The ongoing flow of well constructed, quality menswear staples, is combined with fit, attention to detail and of course, the trademark technical twist Japanese brands are known for.
After being faced with an overwhelming flow of sweatpants and joggers for the last couple of years, I must say that some of the offerings and styling have been growing on me. Although the vast majority of lookbooks feature the loose, baggy versions that fall into a more sporty category, some labels have refined the original model into a more tailored silhouette.
During my recent stay in Miami while visiting James Perse’s Bal Harbour store, I came across what may be, in my opinion, the perfect pair of sweatpants. After browsing a never ending selection of stores and websites to no avail, I was immediately hooked once I found these… so much so that when faced with the hard task of choosing which color I should go for, I ended up picking them in two colorways: dark grey (portrayed here) and army green.
Made from a soft knit twill and featuring a beautiful worn-in effect through garment dye, they elevate the standard to a new level due to the amazing fit and details such as the bottom cuffs, panels, pockets and drawstring on the waist. Here I went for a full-on Summer attire, pairing them with an oxford tunic, panama hat and sockless boat shoes.
Details: original Panama hat, oxford tunic by Ozwald Boateng, sweatpants by James Perse, boat shoes by Buttero, bracelets by Viola Milano and watch by Daniel Wellington.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
The White Briefs AW14 Pitti Preview
If I was asked to point out the best “revelation” of Pitti’s latest edition, I would probably have to say The White Briefs. While the brand’s been around for some time now, this was actually my first visit to its stand and I must say I was nothing short of impressed.
I believe a structured wardrobe is cemented on quality basics, a selection you keep on rotating all year round and that perfectly blends with most of your attires. These basics fall into several garment categories and don’t necessarily need to be boring or uninteresting: the thing is, quality essentials are hard to find…
As such, when browsing through The White Brief’s upcoming collection I was feeling ecstatic. A solid selection of quality basics, set on the values of exquisite fabrics, craftsmanship, comfort and a hint of sustainability through the sole use of organic cotton, made for some of the most impressive garments around. The khaki cotton kimono and navy contrasting sweatpants are already on my wishlist.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Gant Rugger AW14 Collection
Straying (just enough) from its preppy essence, the label’s upcoming collection delivers a refreshing take focused on layering, plays on length and striking details. Denim aprons and quilted shorts worn over sweatpants were just some of the pieces that evoked elements of a japanese inspired aesthetic.
La Paz Almada Melange Sweatpants