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Going Boutique

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Hill-Side is best known for their square-end chambray ties, but lately this canvas version has been popping up in quite a few boutiques. Naturally, we’re a little curious…

It’s the deep end of workwear, not for dabblers, and while we’re not sure we prefer it to the usual chambray (for ties, we usually prefer fabrics you can’t light a match on), the canvas itself has quite a pedigree. It’s shipped in from Japan, alongside all that boutique denim you keep hearing about. It’s quite a move for a material they could have just as easily brought in from across the Hudson, but canvas has its selvage partisans too.

Toughening Up

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This year’s crop of Spring Courts offers a lot of variations on the iconic white tennis shoe, but our favorite is this oilcloth version, which just arrived at Steven Alan as part of the fall/winter shipment. It’s the first shoe we’ve seen from them that looks grungy enough to be out of place on a tennis court…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Out to Sea

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We’ve been digging canvas sneakers for a while, but Acne seems to have taken the look to its natural conclusion: the sailboat. These Stroll Low sneakers aren’t obviously nautical, but those grommets do look awfully familiar. Of course, actually wearing them on a sailboat would be the preppy equivalent of the trucker tux, but as long as you ditch them in the marina you should be fine.

Padma, Lupe, and a Broad Canvas

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Alluring: Allure crosses the nudity threshold, with a little help from Padma Lakshmi. We’re guessing Salman already cancelled his subscription. [The Cut]

Mountain Men: Justin Timberlake and Lupe Fiasco scale Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis. We feel more aware already. [Pitchfork]

Hotel Theory: Ace Hotel comes up with our new favorite pair of summer sneakers. [Selectism]

Half In the Bag: Canvas utility bags bear an eerie resemblance to tote bags. [A Continuous Lean]

The Return of the Satchel

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Of course, we prefer all-leather satchels, but if you’re looking for something a bit less fragile, this canvas and leather stowaway bag (via SwipeLife) should do the trick.

The staid green is our favorite for a touch of the old-world luggage feeling (i.e. what Louis Vuitton was into before they discovered branding) and the reverse clasps are a clever way to set it apart from the usual satchels.

But if you’re interested, you’d better strike while the pound is low.

A Broad Canvas

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Speaking of web retail, our old friends at Billykirk just put this leather-and-canvas overnighter for sale online. It’s American List-approved, naturally, but this is the first Billykirk item that seems like a complete item, rather than making the best of some amazing materials. From the pitch-perfect stripe of the canvas to the smaller rivets closing up the top, the usual industrial style is toned down just enough to stay under the radar.

The result is the only engineer-style bag we could imagine taking to the beach.

Pack It In

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We’ve always had a soft spot for canvas. Whether it’s work coats or oil paintings, it’s nice to have a tougher kind of cloth around.

This kind of bag is nothing new, but it’s usually either leather or synthetic fiber, which makes it either too delicate to leave to an airport baggage handler or too cheap to take any pride in. The texture’s hard to take in from a distance, but we’d say this one manages to find a happy medium.

Drille-ing Down

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With sockless weather in full swing, we’ve been rediscovering an Iberian alternative to mandals or the usual deck shoe. Welcome to the wonderful world of espadrilles.

A footwear tradition in the Pyrenees—where rugged ventilation is a necessity—espadrilles date back to the 1300s, but recent years have seen them adopted as a unisex shoe by high fashion crowds. While they're a common sight on the streets of Paris, they're still catching on stateside. The trick to the canvas wonders is the braided jute rope bottoms, both surprisingly soft and slick enough to keep the shoes from getting too funky over the course of the summer.

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Hoist the Canvas

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With WASP-fever running rampant through the industry (and Cape Cod approaching vacation temperatures), we thought we’d take a look at a staple of New England living: the canvas satchel.

Instead of the discontinued L. L. Bean version, we’re turning our attention to a version we saw on our recent jaunt through In God We Trust. The bag is canvas trimmed with leather, sewed together in Portland, Oregon (by native hipster artisans, we’re sure). It ends up as an inspired replica of the original, with a different logo to remind you where you got it.

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