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Wingtip is done. New Blog: Mister Small

New blog, new location.  If you’ve been a fan of Wingtip please follow me at Mister Small

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Thank you for all my support and readership.  For various reasons I’m switching to wordpress.  This page will stay up for posterity’s sake!

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 --- Comments

Holy-grail shoes: Penny Loafers with Vibram Sole.
Made by Quoddy of Maine
Vintage Deadstock. 

Holy-grail shoes: Penny Loafers with Vibram Sole.

Made by Quoddy of Maine

Vintage Deadstock. 

Friday, May 28th, 2010 --- Comments

L.L. Bean Signature Launch: Impressions

It’s not news to anyone that I’m a bit of an L.L. Bean fanboy.  Naturally, I was pretty excited to see what Alex Carleton (formerly of Rogues Gallery) would do with the new line.  The waxed-canvas Bean boots, unveiled in January, set the stage for some serious hype among the menswear blogosphere. 

L.L. Bean Signature was released online this past Monday and I’m left somewhat underwhelmed but unsurprised.  Alex Carleton played it real safe - sticking with “more of the same.”  While Signature is certainly more inspiring as a collection than Land’s End Canvas, I can’t help but feel like J. Crew’s Frank Muytjens is doing a much better job at this game, without the historical pedigree of the L.L. Bean namesake. 

Signature boasts all of the usual suspects: Ginghams, plaids, oxford cloth shirting and an unimaginative chambray work shirt.   Aside from the Marine Supply sweater, the knitwear leaves much to be desired.  Carleton chose rugged and timeless fabrics for the pants but the cuts look unappealing.  The Featherweight Hunting Jacket finally hits a much needed chord of nostalgia, but it comes at a price.  Unlined and insubstantial, the jacket clocks in at 180 USD - nearly a 100 dollars more than regular ol’ L.L. Bean’s Original Field Coat, lining and all. 

I can’t help but feel a nagging sense that we’re being shortchanged.  Any trip through eBay, a northeastern thrift store, or even my dad’s closet will reveal a myriad of fantastic garments from L.L. Bean’s storied history.  I’m sure it makes more sense from a business perspective, but the decision to design largely uninspired basics that other companies already produce is in some way denying the inventiveness and “sheer awesome” of yesteryear’s L.L. Bean.  With this collection, Carleton neither reinvented the brand nor did he conjure a strong nostalgia for its past.  While one can’t exactly expect L.L. Bean to play things any way other than conservative, I’m still a little let down.

All that being said, there are still some pretty strong pieces in the collection.  The footwear offerings are deservedly the focal point of Signature.  The corduroy shorts are also standout, although they’d be exponentially better without the extra wide belt loops.  Madras S/S shirts come in pleasing patterns and I’m partial to the Downeaster Sports Duffel in Red.  A stainless steel Swiss watch and a US-made Field Belt with a brass duck emblem round out the collection well.

Head-to-toe L.L. Bean Signature, this is what I’d wear this Spring/Summer:

In the grand scheme of things, I feel like this is probably a good step for L.L. Bean.  Despite its lukewarm first showing, I’m excited for the possibilities.  I know Carleton is a competent designer, and seeing as how iconic L.L. Bean is better suited to Fall/Winter, I await eagerly to see what will roll out a few months down the road.  

Let me know what you think of the collection in the comments section!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 --- Comments

In Good Company

It’s been a busy month since I’ve last posted.  I haven’t had much time for a breather until spring break started this past week.  It’s been great catching up with old high school pals, some of whom are similarly interested in menswear and style.  Today on a whim, I took a few snapshots of two good friends, Stuart and Jon.

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 --- Comments

The Dude’s Cowichan Sweater

The Big Lebowski is one of those movies people love to put in their top ten favorites.  For me, I think it ranks somewhere around #4.  It’s hilarious, crude, and bizarre in all the right ways.  “The Dude,” played by Jeff Bridges, is arguably one of the most memorable characters in film history.  Much to the chagrin of my parents, I’ve flirted with the idea of modeling my own lifestyle after The Dude with limited success.  Among the film’s expansive cult-like iconography is The Dude’s favorite sweater: a cream-colored knit, in a Cowichan pattern, with a big ol’ shawl collar.  From Portland-based Pendleton Woolen Mills.

"Eight-year-olds, Dude."

Last week, at a thrift/vintage sale, I found this sweater hidden away in an rack of uninspiring outerwear.  I nabbed it from the sale, happy to find a quality US-made knit with a hefty Talon ring-zipper for ten bucks.  It was only after the fact that I noticed the sweater’s uncanny similarity to The Dude’s very own.

And pictured here below, for the first time on Wingtip, I’ve garnered a enough blogger-self-absorption necessary to post an image of myself.  Committing a cardinal sin in the eyes of the always cheerful Mister Mort, I’m wearing tapered denim rolled above the ankle of my desert boots.  In any event, I like the way the cardigan drapes sized-up one, making it suitable as an outerlayer.

"Mind if I do a J?"

Sweater: Pendleton Cowichan
Shirting: Uniqlo OCBD
Denim: Crate LA (selvage Cone Mills deadstock)
Footwear: Clark’s beeswax DB’s

made in USA menswear outfit The Dude Abides

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 --- Comments

Snow Day

It’s a little snowy out there…

Snorkel Parka: Alpha Industries

Sweater: Hickey Style

Cords: Engineered Garments

Boots: L.L. Bean

Gloves: Paul Smith

Thermos: Stanley

See my homeboy Start With Typewriters' snow day post: Here

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 --- Comments

DIY: Artifact Bags

In my previous life I was a bag lady.  Wait.. no, that applies to this life too.  And maybe you’ve already guessed, but I have a bag fetish - which is sort of odd because I never have much to carry other than a crippling sense of irony and a heavy-set depression.

Blogger/father/vintage+militaria enthusiast Chris Hughes of Omaha, Nebraska is slowly surfacing his homemade project - a collection of canvas and leather bags.  In a market already saturated with bags for men (which kind of sounds like an 80’s new wave band), Hughes is entering a risky business (sounds like a mediocre 80’s movie…)  Howeer, his attention to homemade craftsmanship and sourcing of quality materials (Horween leather and Waxwear canvas) has put his bags in early contention with the vanguards of rugged luggage - i.e. Filson and Duluth Pack.

You can see Hughe’s project updates on his blog Ship Inside Bottle.  He has plans to sell and market his pending collection at Artifact Bags.  Get on it, Turkeys.

Addendum: Hughes sent me an email with a link to his temporary Etsy shop where the below totes are sold.  See: here.

americana made in USA menswear DIY

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 --- Comments

Archived: Tricker’s for Norse Projects

Here is a boot I will almost certainly never own due to availability and cost.  It is in many ways, however, the perfection combination of seemingly disparate elements.  The silhouette is a classic Tricker’s last, the derby Brogue boot (Stow/Marlton) - an iconic staple of English Countrywear.  The red brick sole evokes the spirit of the traditional suede Buck, a focal point of the Prep’s summer uniform.  These aesthetic histories are tied together in modernity with a beautiful navy leather.  via: slamxhype

menswear style inspiration made in UK footwear

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The Find: Hunting for hunting on Ebay

Orvis Hunting Jacket: hand-woven Harris tweed, collar button closure, suede shooting patch and elbow patches, made in England.

Russell Moccasin Co. Bird Shooters: handmade in Berlin, Wisconsin.

Note: As a fairly staunch liberal jewbag, I don’t really condone hunting.  But I like the history and I love the clothes.

ebay vintage americana menswear inspiration

Friday, January 29th, 2010 --- Comments

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