We got a five minute break in the rain to snap some photos. I love this NyCo Field Parka (SS12), it keeps me fairly dry in these Florida summers (it rains almost daily), the fabric has been wearing in nicely, it’s lightweight enough to pack up and throw into a small bag, and the inside stitching makes it fun to wear inside out. The BDU pants are SS16, chambray work shirt is FW14, and the hat is from SS15. In a strange way, I like the chaos that all the different shades of blue create. To me, this is one of those looks that show just how timeless EG is. The seasons definitely change, and there are always some stand out fabrics that are a little too bold for me, but the basics always look great together. Season after season. In this whole “fast fashion” bullshit, this is welcomed by me, and I know by many of you all.
“I want people to have fun when they’re wearing Engineered Garments. I want them to take part in this world I’ve created. I think with most fashion brands, you pay a lot of money and then you have this ready-made outfit and it’ll definitely look good because it’s expensive and well made. But with Engineered Garments, I don’t want the clothes to look perfect immediately. I think people should have to put some work into it. I think it should only look really good if the clothes match your taste, and you bring something of yourself to it. I think of Engineered Garments as clothing for people who are really into clothing.”
Over the past two or three years, I’ve drifted away from this materialistic approach that the whole menswear blogging scene sort of sent me and many others into. I still love clothes, I guess I should say that I still love EG. The aesthetic, and the ethos of the brand is what has kept me interested for the past 7 years. Daiki has said many times that Engineered Garments is more a lifestyle than just simply clothing, and I think that is accurate. I wanted to build a wardrobe that would go well together without having to think about what I wore everyday, I know that seems lazy but that is what I wanted. Seeing the evolution of the fabric through wear and wash has always intrigued me and adds to the character of our garments. The work shirt here was the first piece of EG I ever bought, 7 years ago and I still wear it today. Yea, it’s seen better days, and it’s patched up in about 19 different places but it has a story. There is beauty in that. Little by little I’ve built up a really solid collection of clothes that I enjoy wearing everyday, whether to the office or to go camping. I don’t care if they get dirty, beat up, or even ripped (as long as it’s patchable).
Life happens, sorry about that. I’ve been taking some time off of my second job (this) to spend time learning how to be a father. The Engineered Garments FW14 collection was by far my favorite, and the Field Parka (olive cotton) with the Bush shirt (indigo denim)were some stand out pieces for me. I think they work well together, and although the look isn’t for everybody – I really like it. I’m also wearing 4 year old Workaday Reverse Sateen fatigues, and McKinlays for Nepenthes Sherwood boots.
Photo credit for the pictures of me goes to my friend Dylan. My 5D died right at the beginning of the shoot, so these were all taken using a Fuji X100.
Some clicks I’ve taken in the last week or so. New OD Zulu band for my Nighthawk, Yuketen Country Rangers, blooming Dendrobium hybrid, Corter keyhook and ring + hook bracelet, last but not least some indigo chipping off Post O’alls denim.
This stuff has been with or on me almost everyday. The Engineered Garments sling bag was something we picked up at Nepenthes in 2010 and although it is probably the most affordable piece Daiki has ever produced, ringing in at $24 dollars, it’s also one of the most useful ones. The EG corduroy bucket hat is something I finally managed to track down from Japan, and it just goes with everything I wear. Last but definitely not least, my FW09 workshirt is starting to really show signs of wear and tear, but the fabric looks beautiful so I figured I’d share. It’ll soon be patched up like this one.
So I took the plunge, and decided to risk ruining this organic cotton Engineered Garments coat. I just find myself not really digging the off white color, it didn’t seem to blend with everything else I was wearing. One scarlet red coat, and one dark brown coat later – I got pretty close to the color I was looking for: “barn door” red. Ever since I dyed it, it seems to be worn a lot more. I really love how it did not dye the stitching due to the threads not being 100% cotton, but probably a cotton/poly mix. Just as a forewarning, I got a little dye crazy and tried dyeing something else and ruined it… so me posting my process would be useless, because I did not do it the right way by any means. This is definitely a neat way to switch up some garments you may not be wearing, and hopefully make them wearable again (or ruin them, in my case.)