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The Billow

This snap from Assembly’s latest lookbook got us musing on summer style, specifically the chunk of it that doesn’t come from Milan.

The designer behind it is Greg Armas, a New Yorker by way of Los Angeles, with more love for Rick Owens than Gianni Agnelli. That might put him at odds with the Italophile tumblrs out there, but it shouldn’t—and this snap is a good example of why.

Aside from the Cossack belt, it’s not that far from the unstructured gospel of Pitti Uomo. It’s just looser, along the lines of Alexander Wang and the flock of Japanese and Korean designers that most bloggers don’t see outside of Fashion Week. And on a hot day like today (there are plenty of them in Kyoto), adding some billow to your jacket feels like a pretty good idea.

Thrown Together


Our friends at UrbanDaddy just turned us on to Assembly New York, a new vintage-plus boutique on the Lower East Side. Like their neighbors Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons, Assembly stocks a healthy selection of random objects to back up their more than formidable rack fodder. Our favorites include a ram-shaped bolo tie, four-eyed Chinese masks (an artifact of an earlier time, we’re sure), and enormous (but surprisingly sturdy) vintage corkscrews.

More pics and info on Assembly New York»