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The 15 Best Looks from FW13’s Books

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.

Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.

Your Columbus Day weekend will thank us.»

The Stat Sheet: Levi’s Vintage Clothing Bomber Jacket

  • Najib Benouar

Levi’s Vintage Clothing Bomber Jacket

We’ve been noticing more and more suede bomber jackets on the menswear scene lately, but mostly they’ve been in the usual sandy shade of buckskin.

So when this navy number from Levi’s Vintage Clothing landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods this week, we were pleasantly surprised. Naturally, it’s got all the period-specific sturdiness you’ve come to expect from LVC, but here’s what else you need to know. The Story: LVC is dedicated to reproducing archival Levi’s pieces—even down to the “pine tree” green jacket label of this 1960s-era bomber jacket—and this one is based on a WWII-inspired bomber jacket in a luxurious navy sheepskin suede.

Who to Channel: You’ll want to land somewhere between Chuck Yeager and Tom Cruse in Top Gun. (So cool it on the “fist pumping while motorcycling alongside fighter jets” thing.)

When to Wear It: Right about now, as long as rain isn’t in the forecast.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium to high, actually. Even though it seems the suede bomber is making a comeback, the years of billowy excess and mob ties have given the jacket a bit of a bad rap. In other words: keep it classy.

A moment of inspiration, after the jump.»

Superdenim's New Year's Haul


In case you came away from the holidays with a few nagging desires, Superdenim is having a late December blowout with more than a few objects of desire. And as always, anyone ordering from outside the UK will be paying the tax-free price.

Our favorite finds so far: a classic Shetland jumper, an LVC sweatshirt, Margaret Howell pants, a Nigel Cabourn fair isle sweater and a French sailing shirt.

If you're good with on-the-spot sizing, you might even find a few belated gifts in there.

Miranda Kerr Is Statuesque

Evil Celebrities: A set of 13 star-studded short films running down the different types of villain you’ll encounter in movies. Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman are especially terrifying. [NYTimes]

The Gadgetry Gift: In case our own exhaustive gift guide wasn’t enough, here’s a more gadget-oriented take on your gift options. [The Wirecutter]

King Denimhead: Maurizio Donadi of Levi’s names the perfect pair of jeans. The bad news: they’re from the ’40s. [Hypebeast]

Out in the Wild: WaxWane just kicked off Expedition Week, which means we get to see some extremely handsome pics from the early days of Nigel Cabourn. [WaxWane]

Finally, A Tumblr Devoted to Sideboob

Biking Through Italy: Michael Williams shares photos from a motorcycle tour of Italy in 1953. The Alps are beautiful, as always. [A Continuous Lean]

Perhaps I’ve Shared Too Much: Our culture of overshare reaches its apotheosis with a personal essay about deciding not to write a personal essay about something. [Gawker]

Take It on the Road: Aether has opened up a pop-up shop in an Airstream trailer, and they’re taking it from town to town, like the functional outerwear equivalent of the Grateful Dead. [Valet]

From Way Back When: Also, the new Levi’s Vintage Clothing website is pretty sharp. [Levi’s Vintage Clothing]

The New Levi’s Vintage

Levi’s Vintage Clothing

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Levi’s Vintage Clothing is really on top of their game.

The latest batch just arrived at Unionmade. The jeans are fantastic, of course—you can choose between designs from 1878, 1922, 1933, and so on through to Eisenhower—but the cords and sweatshirts are also prime examples of early 20th century American style.

And if you had a sudden, urgent need for a shooting vest with 42 separate bullet pockets, this should probably be your first stop.

The Wages of Yoox


Ah, Europe.

The massive European retailer Yoox just unveiled their semi-annual sale, stocked with some of the best swag the continent has to offer.

The only problem is, it’s big enough to be downright daunting—so we thought we’d pick out a few favorites, starting with this fearlessly busy Thom Browne baracuta riff that might be the most downright badass item to come out of his chalet period.

But don’t worry, there’s plenty of more wearable stuff where that came from.

For instance...»

The Throwback Tee


The T-shirt doesn’t get a lot of respect, but a good one can see you through the summer in reliably Newman-esque form. And since we’re guessing you’ve already got a reliably weathered plain white tee, you’re free to get a little more interesting.

This Levi’s Vintage tee (conveniently on-sale) takes its cues from 30s style, which means a broader neck and St. James-style ecru stripes along the sleeves and waist. It’s a few steps beyond the classic white tee, which should be just enough to let them know you’re paying attention.

This Old Thing


The string of semi-annual sales continues, with Unionmade offering 40% to 50% off a good deal of their fall crop. Our favorite finds so far are the $15 Farm Tactics tees, $75 Seavees and, most notably, this Levi’s Vintage hunting jacket.

It’s a canvas embodiment of all the beat-up-on-purpose gear that’s passed across our pages in the past few seasons—and the top half of the rarely-seen khaki trucker tux. Once we get a taste of spring, this kind of rugged, lightweight jacket is going to be the first thing to come out of storage.