“Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.”

My go-to shirt has been the EG workshirt. They fit me great, the high gussets make them easy to move around and actually work in, and I love all of the details of the construction of them. Well, the workshirt is still my favorite but after I picked up a Workaday 19th Century BD shirt about 2 years ago, I started to appreciate some of the other shirting options Daiki has mastered. The 19th Century BD’s are all single stitch, but still has some great details and well thought out construction. Sawtooth stitching at the collar, a high gusset at the hem, and even gusseted arm pits… don’t laugh, this makes a huge difference in being able to move your arms freely without the shirt riding up. I guess it’s good to have options for shirts you love right?

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“No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves.”

I really like the navy and black hues mixed with off-white trainers. The Type M-51 Parka fits extremely oversized (which I love) but still goes so well with the slim fit of the BDU pants. The parka doesn’t feel like much weight wise, but it is made up of a really water resistant NyCo fabric that kept me dry all weekend. I think it will see a lot of use on my bike, because it’s breathable, packable, lightweight, and it looks badass. The workshirt is made up of definitely one of my favorite fabrics that Daiki has used. It was part of the shirting that EG did for Odin NYC, and has more of an elongated fit than the regular workshirt – which then led to mainline workshirts fitting longer (I’m assuming here). Really nice weight brushed flannel in navy/black that has been fading out due to washing and wearing it. Although some may want the fabrics to stay dark, I can’t help but think how nice this fabric will look a few more years down the road with a lot more wear and tear.

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“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”

Keeping it simple in some EG basics. I think that chambray and the reversed sateen work really well together texture wise, and color wise – it looks good no matter what. These Workaday fatigues are my ‘newer’ pair, the others are 5 years old. Although I typically reach for those because the sateen look amazing worn in, I must say the deep green color is growing on me.

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“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”

I’m a tough sell on trainers, especially in white or off-white… but ever since I took a chance on a pair of Shoes Like Pottery, I was into trainers. They go with my entire wardrobe, and just look better the more beat up they get. They’re a fantastic shoe to compliment all of the Nepenthes brands, especially EG. The sole is fired in a kiln so that it’s more flexible and durable than a typical vulcanized sole. There’s no plastic cupping like in a lot of the other trainers, which personally kills my heels. So comfort wise, nothing has fit me better than these. The heel is reinforced with fabric so that it keeps its shape while not giving you blisters. I’ve been wearing these for about 4 months, and they seem like they’ll hold up for years to come while also looking better & better. The rest of my outfit is EG: FW09 Workshirt, SS15 Explorer Jacket in Weather Poplin, and SS16 Olive Ripstop Fatigue Shorts. The bag (which has seen better days, but also has seen a ton of use) is South 2 West 8 Canal Street Tote. I think I need more pockets.

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

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.

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“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.”

-Daiki Suzuki

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“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”

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).

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“Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.”

“Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.”

Getting acquainted to living Tampa. It’s taken two years and a lot of ups + downs + lost friendships + Engineered Garments + EG Workaday + Shoes Like Pottery + Japanese Indigo Homespun. Thanks Chris for the rad film shots.

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