Part 2 as promised. Since I already gave my opening schpeel in Part 1, I’ll skip any (further) introductory sentences, and just get to it. Quick side note: if you haven’t seen it yet, check out my holiday wish-list over at the always excellent N’East Style. Thanks for reading, and have a great holiday! Read More »
So, you remember those so-perfect-it-hurts plaid shirts from the Left Field NYC AW10 lookbook? Well, they just landed at Seattle’s Blue Owl, and are officially ripe for the picking (or is it plucking?). Expertly crafted in Los Angeles from kitten-soft Japanese flannel, the shirts are as cozy as they are rugged, like a sleeping bag made out of a wolverine, making them just the thing for the chilly months ahead. Read More »
Long before L.L.Bean went Signature, Lands End went Canvas, or J.Crew went Red Wing, there was Left Field NYC. Founded by Christian McCann, the Brooklyn-based label has been churning out rugged, American-made goods since chambray was still putting the blue in blue collar. “We have been in business for over 10 years,” explains McCann, “and have always strived to make quality, made in America clothing at a fair price.” Unfortunately, being so ahead of the curve (just think about what you were wearing in the late ’90s), meant that the majority of people who initially took advantage of those fair prices lived elsewhere. “The Japanese have been great supporters of our brand,” notes McCann. “And, they’re a good litmus test for authenticity.” Despite the lack of a domestic audience, McCann believed enough in what he was doing to keep his label going, never deviating from his original vision.
You gotta wonder – if Mortar had styled its model a little better (flip-flops? really?), would the items have still have made it to sale? Then again, for our sake, maybe it’s better they didn’t. For the unacquainted, Left Field NYC is pretty much the best heritage brand you’ve never heard of. Everything’s made in the US. The fabrics are all American or Japanese. The fits are great. And the quality is gangbusters (and I’m not the only one who thinks so). Read More »
This nebulous end of season period is a damned conflicting time. As much as I’m excited about fall and the return of heavier clothing, the temperature outside still requires that I stick to the lightest fare in my closet, or else suffer some very sweaty repercussions. Consequently, what I want mentally, I don’t want physically. So even though I’m really digging the Organic Canvas Chinos from NYC’s Left Field (I mean, really digging), I can’t think of anything much less appealing (at this moment in time) than actually putting the suckers on. Read More »