Being There: Wearing (capsule) AW/11

Instead of competing with the other, much better coverage of this week’s (capsule) AW/11 show, I thought I’d do a quickie round-up of (what I thought were) some of the real stand-out pieces. Full details on what’s pictured after the jump. And apologies for the crumminess of the images.

Admittedly, most of the offerings from Canadian brand Blanc & Noir were a bit darker than what I usually go for. However, I did like their shirting quite a bit. Especially the pictured flannel. Made in Vancouver from Japanese fabric, and softer than any other button-up I’ve ever felt.

The Monitaly collection was easily one of the best there. Among the many great pieces (Harris Tweed down vest, anyone?) was their duck canvas blazer. Handcrafted in the United States from Japanese canvas, Japanese chambray lining, vintage buttons, and canvas elbow patches.

Leave it to Japan’s Sunny Sports to make the first pair of pre-distressed jeans I’ve ever liked. I don’t even mind the little paint spots – a detail I usually hate. Cone Mills White Oak green-line selvedge denim, sewn rivets (orange thread instead of copper), Made in Japan.

The Eastland Made in Maine collection continues to impress. I was especially taken with their new Penny loafer. Handcrafted in Maine from all American components, and perfectly styled. Also, about $100 cheaper than the comparable Aldens.

It was a nice surprise seeing French brand Veja at the show. I’ve never had the chance to go hands-on with any of their stuff before. The bag pictured is Fair Trade made in Brazil from organic cotton and vegetable tanned leather, and would make a great daily carry.