I never really thought of my blog as a fashion blog, and the more and more I continue forward with Simple Threads, the more I realize that it isn’t. It’s just a photographic journal of well made American clothing from some amazing brands with rich history. I’m not by any means fashionable, and I honestly am fine with that. I just like to share the wear & tear of the stuff I own. To show everyone else why it’s worth the extra money for nice stuff.
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’m on over a year and half of daily use with this Tanner Goods workman wallet, and with their neat exhibit to celebrate their one year anniversary of the Tanner Goods flagship store, I figured I would submit it. No one seems to believe me that this did start out as a natural vegetable tanned leather, but it did. It’s been through a lot, and it just continues to look better with age. The exhibit name, “Worth Holding Onto” is plain and simple: when you buy a well-made product, you want to see that investment pay off. I know that mine certainly has, and it’s also sentimental to me. My now fiance, soon to be wife got this for me for our first Valentines day. So, this will always serve as a reminder of our first year together… and the fact she’s willing to buy me awesome stuff. Until next time.
When I think of duck canvas, I think of my grandfather always wearing these Carhartt double knee’d loggers s for work. He’d wear them to hell and back before they gave way and he had to replace them. That’s the beauty of duck canvas, it’s tough as nails and perfect for a pair of pants you can beat up or dress up. This duck is quite special though, a limited make up from the historic Cone Mills of Greensboro, NC. Natural selvedge duck canvas that has cotton seeds woven into the fabric. The weight and feel of these is similar to a pair of raw denim, but with better breathability. The fabric is 12oz’s, and will definitely soften up after some wear. I haven’t got to start wearing mine yet, as I had to keep them clean for a wedding I was attending… but now that has come and gone, so I can start breaking them in.
As with all of Left Field’s trousers, these are made extremely well in a small factory in San Fransisco. Bar-tacking at stress points, corozo nut buttons, chambray pocket bags, and a chain-stitched waist band. These details may go unnoticed by a lot of people, but it’s what makes these wear the way they do, and last the way they do. Since I’ve started simple threads I’ve developed such a respect for the craftsmanship that goes into making something, even if it is “just a pair of pants.”
Available at the Left Field online shop. Tons of photos, tried my best to capture the fabric itself.
I had the pleasure of getting a first look at my pal’s over at Layerxlayer’s newest creation. Done up in 100% US made waxed canvas, US made webbing, US made YKK zipper, and other hardware. This pack is truly 100% American, and made by Patrick and Leah themselves… who are also American, but anyways. A really good option for anyone looking for something different with a lot of neat details, and that will definitely break in nicely. Since I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, I’ll use the list of specifications straight from Lxl:
+ Waxed Canvas – Field Tan & Mustard.
+ Exterior front pocket held closed by straps.
+ Exterior side pocket x 2.
+ Grommet + Solid Brass clip strap adjustment.
+ D-RINGS on strap for attaching various objects.
+ Interior divider w/ pockets.
+ Sawtooth bottom stitching.
+ Denim rivets.
+ Leather backed rivets on front and side straps.
+ Beeswax on front strap ends.
+ YKK Zipper.
+ Heavy Duty webbing.
+ Secret pocket on back.
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