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Workwear Jesus

This snap comes from Monitaly’s just-unveiled fall/winter 2012 lookbook. Which, on the outset, showcases Yuki Matsuda’s deft grasp of tailored workwear once again—it’s more of the same upcycled wooliness that Americana-philes have been lusting after for the past few seasons—but we couldn’t help noticing the blond beard and golden locks of the lookbook’s star. It’s as if he’s channeling a higher workwear power, wandering through an autumnal wonderland—stopping into a carpentry shop and even posing in front of a Christmas tree—leading his apostles of modern woodsmen to the promised Americana-land. But we'll let you draw your own conclusions...

Follow in his woolen-wrapped footsteps after the jump.»

The New Hawaiian Shirt

Clooney may have pulled it off, but for everyone else, the Aloha shirt is feeling a little too 1950s this summer. Luckily, the folks at Monitaly have come up with a sufficiently eye-popping alternative.

This shirt swaps out the earthy palm fronds for a more fluorescent ikat vibe, along the lines of what the Burkman chaps have been doing in recent years. But this is bigger, louder and brighter than anything else on shelves right now—making it the leading contender for any beach strolls you may have in your future.

Along with espadrilles and a daiquiri of some kind.

Clark Gable’s Jacket Goes Up for Auction

If yesterday’s icon gave you a yen for classic Clark Gable style, we’ve got good news.

This weekend, Gable’s riding jacket from Gone with the Wind goes up for auction, and for a specimen of 80-year-old style (masquerading as a specimen of 150-year-old style), it’s remarkably on point. The herringbone hasn’t aged a day, and the long tails aren’t that different from the style Monitaly’s been mining in recent collections.

Naturally, it looks best while you’re riding a horse...but a Vespa should do in a pinch.

Jeísa Chiminazzo Cannot Believe Her Neighbor Is Leaving the House Like That

Off the Cuff: A history of men’s wrist wear, from the Stone Age to the Beaded Age. [NYMag]

The Middle Layer: An ode to the denim jacket as a layering piece, quite possibly the most popular move of this year’s Fashion Week. [Valet]

Train Station Style: Pleased to meet Frank Leder, purveyor of understated retro style. [Archival Clothing]

Ties, Ties, Ties: Monitaly’s summer ties have arrived on the Web, as handsome as expected. [Selectism]

Scenes From the Capsule Show

The trade show/blogger convention known as Capsule has come and gone, and apart from a few stand-outs (which you’ll be hearing about in the weeks to come), it was a blur of handsomeness: plaid after plaid, camo after camo, and more good ideas than we’ve ever seen in one place.

So we thought we’d pass on the menswear headrush in the best way we know how—lots and lots of photos.

Our favorite photos from Capsule, including Monitaly, Velardi and a certain vintage Brooks Brothers jockey helmet…»

An Ode to the Winter Coat

Winter is upon us, and for the next two months all your chances of surviving the outdoors turn on a single item: your winter coat. And since you’ll be brothers-in-arms until at least March, we thought we’d put together a few pictures showing off the best the winter coat has to offer—from classic duffels to mountain-ready waxed cotton coats. It’s going to be a good winter…

See Kempt’s pictorial ode to the winter coat»