It’s really good to be back. A long move, and a very busy work schedule have kept me away for far too long. Thanks for sticking around and continuing to read & write me. Summer is 100% here, yet I continue to find myself in these Left Field trousers. At first, a herringbone pattern on pants sort of weirded me out due to the vertical stripes, but now I’ve grown to really dig them. Brushed flannel Engineered Garments work shirt and the good ol’ RW 8131′s. Summer or not, these are just to comfortable to take off.
Over the past two years I’ve slowly put together my wardrobe. Since I have no local shops to actually try stuff on, shirting was really difficult. I was totally against slim fitting shirts, and that’s really what the market is filled with right now. I began to slightly obsess over the fit and construction of the Engineered Garments work shirt once I snagged my chambray. I’ve broadened my horizons since then, and will continue to do so, but I stick with what works for me. High gussets, lots of pockets, long-lasting fabrics, made in America, and absolutely no button down collars. Shop smart, and wait for sales. I know a lot of people steer clear of brands like Woolrich Woolen Mills, Engineered Garments, Post Overalls, etc because of the higher cost… but when you’re still wearing it in 5 years, it’ll be worth it.
One of my biggest style inspirations and hands down favorite designer, the man himself, Daiki Suzuki understands that wearability is key when it comes to garment design. I’ve built my wardrobe around various Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills pieces because they all go so well together. A few years ago when I decided I wanted to put together a wardrobe that I wouldn’t get tired of, or that wouldn’t get out of style; I focused on putting together things that could just be “thrown on” and look good. This Knockabout shirt was one of the first American made shirts I purchased, and I’ve been wearing it none stop for the last few weeks. This is seriously the type of garment you pass down to your grandkids (if it’s still cool by then). Tons of pockets, triple-stitched throughout, and an amazing fabric. The Engineered Garments Workaday line is just basic, functional clothing made with top quality fabrics and sewn together by some seriously skilled workers in the New York City Garment District. These Workaday fatigues boast a more baggy fit and are seriously the most comfortable pants I’ve worn. The reversed sateen is super soft but really durable. Just simple, well made clothing that will continue to look better the longer you own it. Don’t buy a lot of stuff, just buy stuff that’s well made, that you like, that ou can easily wear, and that won’t fall apart on you.
First of all, it’s been almost two years and my legs have never been visible on here. But it’s starting to get so damn hot its time to put the denim away for a bit. This lightweight Woolen Mills Upland jacket is perfect for layering and has so many neat pockets for storing things. I know the Birk’s aren’t made here, but they’re a classic for Summer. Takeshi over at Post hooked me up with some shorts that he wasn’t wearing anymore (thanks again dude!) and they’ve been getting tons of wear and tons of stares.
Easily wearable as everything Suzuki designs. I picked this up from my good pal Michael Andersen, since he’s slowly but surely becoming a tech-ninja. Another mans trash if another mans treasure or something like that. I really like the construction on this one: the saw-tooth stitching on the shoulders, sleeves, and collar allows it to keep it’s shape even though the fabric is extremely lightweight. May be due for an indigo dip shortly if I continue to spill guacamole on it.
I just felt like taking photos today. Which also so happens to be, laundry day. I enjoy washing my clothes, and driving my fiance nuts because I just throw them all in together and never separate anything. They always come out looking better (and smelling) than before.
The only good thing about the colder months leaving, is the sales that come along with them. I had my eyes on this coat for awhile, and when I saw it was under $150, I had to jump on it. Amazing details; and definitely my new favorite Engineered Garments piece that I own. Done up in a over-dyed indigo denim, with triple chain stitching throughout. Removable buttons, and various pockets. Corduroy lined placket and collar. Throat latch. Reinforced elbows. Made in the USA. Really glad to have this one for many years to come.
Jacket: Engineered Garments Railroader Coat in over-dyed indigo
Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt
Pants: Well-worn Left Field NYC canvas chinos
Boots: Red Wing Work Oxfords
It’s already way to warm out for jackets, but I really don’t care. This Post O’alls BDU has been getting a lot of wear, and I’m thinking about maybe dying it with indigo. We’ll see how that goes.
Hat: Ebbet’s Field Flannels
Jacket: Post Overalls Khaki BDU
Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt
Pants: Left Field NYC Duck Chinos
Boots: Red Wing
So, since the 5D is in for repairs. My pal, and super talented photographer Clark Griffiths helped me with some photos for a post while I await it’s return. Quite warm out today, but I hope it’s not the end of the nicer weather we’ve been getting here down south. I don’t really mess with slim fitting cargo pants, and I can’t seem to find a pair better than these vintage ones. If I could date them, I would say they’re Vietnam era BDU’s. It’s neat to see the design elements that Daiki took from these for the pair of Engineered Garments trousers I own. Well-worn, washed a lot Engineered Garments plaid work shirt. Red Wing 8131′s at two years of wear, and treated with Obenauf’s three times.
Without a doubt, the Engineered Garments Workshirt is my favorite item in my wardrobe. A modern reproduction of a Big Yank Workshirt done up by Daiki Suzuki for Engineered Garments. The Workshirt has been a staple in the Engineered Garments line since Spring of 2000 and gets done up in different fabrics season to season. The construction that goes into these shirts assures they’ll stand the test of time. And with the amazing fabrics EG uses, they’ll just get better after every wear.
What makes them awesome:
- The collar has reinforced stitching to make give it more substance so that it keeps it shape.
- Almost every seam on a Engineered Garments Workshirt is triple stitched to ensure it can stand plenty of abuse.
- The elbows are reinforced with another layer of cotton internally to hold up against wear & tear.
- The shoulder and back yoke are both reinforced with another layer of fabric.
- Twill taped placket.
- Gussets at the hem.
- Bar-tacks at stress points