Forward Observations Group, 327 Lafayette Street
Winslow and I stopped by last week to check it out. Small but very well curated selection from some less common brands including President’s, Maiden Noir, and D.S. Dundee. Their process is very personalized with sales staff greeting you individually and providing a walkthrough of the current selection without being too overbearing. There’s currently a 50% sale on all of last season’s stock in the basement; it’s worth the visit if only for that and the unique shopping experience.

Forward Observations Group, 327 Lafayette Street

Winslow and I stopped by last week to check it out. Small but very well curated selection from some less common brands including President’s, Maiden Noir, and D.S. Dundee. Their process is very personalized with sales staff greeting you individually and providing a walkthrough of the current selection without being too overbearing. There’s currently a 50% sale on all of last season’s stock in the basement; it’s worth the visit if only for that and the unique shopping experience.

Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2013
Props to Kenny; just the right amount of playful elements in this look. I wouldn’t wear those sandals or jacket sleeves pushed up, but the rest of this is one of the more on point looks I’ve seen from MB. The jacket details on the trousers are pretty amusing, if I got one piece from the collection it would probably be a pair of those.

Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2013

Props to Kenny; just the right amount of playful elements in this look. I wouldn’t wear those sandals or jacket sleeves pushed up, but the rest of this is one of the more on point looks I’ve seen from MB. The jacket details on the trousers are pretty amusing, if I got one piece from the collection it would probably be a pair of those.

nickelcobalt
nickelcobalt:

I’ve been getting a lot of questions asking where my tiger stripe jacket is from. I got it about a month ago from S.M. Wholesale. They specialize in military garment reproduction for movie costumes and the like (remember The Pacific?).
This one isn’t your run of the mill tiger stripe jacket, the pattern and printed cotton fabric are exact copies from mint original samples (with melamine resin buttons and an added waterproof coating). Tiger stripe uniforms were never official U.S. military issue so there’s no set specs on them, but these are much closer to the originals than the majority of present day reproductions. Mine’s a much less common golden tiger stripe which they’re not selling online anymore but they now offer the silver “John Wayne” version for $135. If you’re considering it, make sure you size down a size as these are cut very generously and I had to get my jacket slimmed down throughout.
There’s a few reasons I decided to grab a tiger stripe jacket this season (blog name included), but foremost is the fact that it’s part of the one military uniform in recent history with humble and some what mysterious origins. For the U.S. it’s known that it started with special forces contracting local tailors in South Vietnam to custom make ARVN uniforms with U.S. insignia and I’m all about makeshift beginnings. Not only is the tiger stripe the most attractive and artful camouflage, but it’s supposedly a highly effective pattern in wooded areas. So if you’re a hunter, deer stalker, or just like to creep around the woods unnoticed this could be for you. If you’re creeping that urban jungle like me, then it will probably have the opposite effect, but for a lot of people that is also a desirable trait so this is a pretty legitimate win-win situation guys.

nickelcobalt:

I’ve been getting a lot of questions asking where my tiger stripe jacket is from. I got it about a month ago from S.M. Wholesale. They specialize in military garment reproduction for movie costumes and the like (remember The Pacific?).

This one isn’t your run of the mill tiger stripe jacket, the pattern and printed cotton fabric are exact copies from mint original samples (with melamine resin buttons and an added waterproof coating). Tiger stripe uniforms were never official U.S. military issue so there’s no set specs on them, but these are much closer to the originals than the majority of present day reproductions. Mine’s a much less common golden tiger stripe which they’re not selling online anymore but they now offer the silver “John Wayne” version for $135. If you’re considering it, make sure you size down a size as these are cut very generously and I had to get my jacket slimmed down throughout.

There’s a few reasons I decided to grab a tiger stripe jacket this season (blog name included), but foremost is the fact that it’s part of the one military uniform in recent history with humble and some what mysterious origins. For the U.S. it’s known that it started with special forces contracting local tailors in South Vietnam to custom make ARVN uniforms with U.S. insignia and I’m all about makeshift beginnings. Not only is the tiger stripe the most attractive and artful camouflage, but it’s supposedly a highly effective pattern in wooded areas. So if you’re a hunter, deer stalker, or just like to creep around the woods unnoticed this could be for you. If you’re creeping that urban jungle like me, then it will probably have the opposite effect, but for a lot of people that is also a desirable trait so this is a pretty legitimate win-win situation guys.

Affordable Spring/Summer 2012 footwear endorsement: Clarks Desert Treks
Because Clarks are cheap and look great with nearly all casual outfits, but everyone and their uncouth hipster cousin owns a pair of desert boots these days. The Wallabee is a classic but it’s huge soles and toe box often make it look disproportionate with slender silhouettes. This season, buy some desert treks and you won’t have to think twice about footwear for everyday wear.

Affordable Spring/Summer 2012 footwear endorsement: Clarks Desert Treks

Because Clarks are cheap and look great with nearly all casual outfits, but everyone and their uncouth hipster cousin owns a pair of desert boots these days. The Wallabee is a classic but it’s huge soles and toe box often make it look disproportionate with slender silhouettes. This season, buy some desert treks and you won’t have to think twice about footwear for everyday wear.