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.
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, we’ve had some pretty enjoyable weather and I thought I’d share some fits for the last few days. Mostly to just say how much I love Daiki Suzuki era Woolrich Woolen Mills, but anyways. I have to say that the two pieces I own (thanks to 70-80% off sales) from McNairy’s work over at WWM are really nice. They fit is more refined, which I don’t care much for, and the rise of the pants is WAY lower – but it still feels the same construction wise and fabric selection. Details of the individual pieces are:
Top: Columbia Knit OD 100% cotton beanie, FW12 WWM Orvis shirt in blue chambray, FW09 WWM Coated Ripstop Field Jacket, Workaday fatigues in reverse sateen, New England Outerwear 3/4 Boot.
Botton: Columbia Knit OD 100% cotton beanie, FW10 WWM Parka Olive Ripstop, FW12 WWM Cargos in High Count Twill, FW12 Engineered Garments Workshirt in blue chambray, New England Outerwear 3/4 Boot.
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.)
Soon enough I’ll be able to wear these gems. It’s been way too long. Without a doubt the nicest flannel I’ve ever laid hands on, and super comfortable. Hopefully one day I’ll live somewhere that allows these to be worn year round, but until then I’ll enjoy these next few months.