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Workwear Jesus

  • Najib Benouar

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»

The Western Motorcycle Peacoat

Monitaly’s best known for Italophile suiting, but it turns out they know their way around a winter coat.

This peacoat puts five hazy stripes across the middle of the classic nautical jacket—along with yoked shoulders and a few moto-style collar snaps. It’s flashy, sure, but the colors aren’t too different from what you’d see on a Pendleton blanket, and it brings the nautical, motorcycle and Western styles together a lot better than you might expect.

Think of it as wearing your three favorite jackets at once.

The Indestructible Blazer

As we head into fall, here’s an alternative to your standard-issue tweed jacket.

It comes from Monitaly, with the same cut as their Italophile blazers and one important difference: the fabric is duck canvas. That’s the same stuff you find on a Carhartt—basically the toughest canvas known to menswear. So despite the dandyish cut and the chambray-and-silk lining, this jacket can handle just about anything headed your way, including any September gusts.

Or any semi-formal construction sites.

The Upside of Going Beltless

via The Dream Awake

Profiles in Cowardice: Mike Albo jumps back into the menswear ring, describing his fear of the necktie. Perhaps he just hasn’t found the right one. [Esquire]

Today’s E-Commerce: Zara just launched an online shop, and the Valet chaps dutifully dig up the best of the bunch. [Valet]

A Brief History of the Baracuta: The Baracuta jacket, from Elvis to The Hangover Part Two. [To Take the Train]

All Things American: Monitaly keeps things sharp for Fall/Winter. Take notes on this one. [Hypebeast]

The Summer Parka

Monitaly parka

As we’ve recently been reminded in New York, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t get soaked. And while wearing sockless plims might keep your feet rain-ready, you’ll need something to protect the rest of you.

This Monitaly parka is one of the better ones, able to protect you in case of sudden showers and blend in seamlessly at any clambakes that survive the storm.

Since it’s Monitaly, unusually perceptive menswear heads might notice a touch of Italian style—the non-madrasy blue or the hacking-style front pockets, for instance—alongside the classic preppidom. But in the meantime, we’ll settle for calling it handsome.