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The Standard Relay: Lookbooks from Beauty & Youth, Private White V.C, Happy Socks, Lifetime Collective, & Aether Apparel

Posted on August 30, 2012

After a bit of a hiatus The Standard Relay is back and just in time for lookbooks dropping like flies. Wait…Anyway, here’s a roundup of lookbooks and other good stuff that’s been coming out this week. And last week, too.

Beauty & Youth United Arrows

F/W ’12 Lookbook

There’s not much here that really showcases clothing but the shoot looks like it was fun as hell. Click through for some highly stylized debauchery (via Selectism).

Private White V.C.

F/W ’12 Lookbook

A somewhat somber and serious looking shoot, the clothes look great and make me wish I still had a cold winter as a future here in Los Angeles. The clothes remind me of a mix between something I’d see from midwestern laborers and military personnel (via Selectism).

Happy Socks

F/W ’12 Lookbook


I fucking love Happy Socks. Not only is the name jaunty and over the top but their color schemes are wild and I really dig that. This lookbook showcases some awkward photos on colorful backgrounds making their socks pop like…I don’t even know. Click through to see the gallery (via Selectism).

Lifetime Collective

F/W ’12 Lookbook

I loved this lookbook. Something about the aesthetic struck home here, probably because it’s how we like to shoot things too. Check it (via Selectism).

Aether Apparel

Winter ’12 Lookbook

I’m always a fan of what Aether does, this is no exception. Click on through (via Another Something).

The Standard Relay: White’s Boots x Imogene + Willie, Moore & Giles Apron, Baracuta Promo Video, Explosions in the Sky, & more.

Posted on June 22, 2012

Moore & Giles Leather Work Apron

For those of us who don’t work behind a desk

To tell you the truth, I’ve grown a little tired of seeing companies churn out work aprons and charge an arm and a leg. It’s exactly what’s wrong with “workwear”, or maybe it’s the point of why it’s cool in fashion. Either way, I dig these aprons quite a bit. They’re more expensive than most but the pockets are well thought out, they’re cut extremely well, and the leather looks quite durable. Somehow they pull all this off without it appearing even remotely bondage-esque (via Cool Hunting).

Postcard from 1952

by Explosions in the Sky

I’m aware that Explosions in the Sky has it’s share of haters out there but it plays frequently at The AC HQ here in Philly helping to keep an air of focus in a very distracting environment.

White’s Boots x Imogene + Willie

Excellent collaboration between two companies

Imogene + Willie, primarily known for their denim, has churned out an awesome boot with the famous White’s Boots. While White’s isn’t as gargantuan as Red Wing, which has permeated almost every level of menswear, they do excellent work and these boots are a testament to that. They remind me of my RW Iron Rangers but I like the lines and trim on these quite a bit more. Make sure to check ’em out (via FREE/MAN Brand).

Baracuta ’12 Promo Video

The classic jacket in HD

Simple Threads

He’s been busy churning out the good stuff

Ryan from Simple Threads is a good all around dude. We’ve interviewed him in the past and had a few phone conversations with him over the years and as of late he’s been a bit quiet. I noticed he’s put out a few great articles lately, particularly one on “wearability” and it’s importance. As always, accompanied by great photos. Check it.

Presidential Campaign Posters

Ready-to-frame from the L.o.C.

The Library of Congress has put out a book of ready-to-frame presidential campaign posters from years of candidates. Obviously it doesn’t cover all of them but it’s still an excellent idea with great execution (via Gear Patrol).

The Standard Relay: Corter’s Bottle Hooks, Nau Wool Organizer, Taylor Stitch Summer Denim, & more.

Posted on May 29, 2012

Shutter Island

Not the film you’re thinking of

This is pretty. And excellently edited. Enjoy [via Gear Patrol]:

Kaihara 8oz. Selvedge

Summer-Weight Japanese Denim

Taylor Stitch has put out an 8oz. selvedge denim for summery-purposes. The line on these guys reminds me of some of the deadstock selvedge rolls my grandfather has lying around from his old fabric business: extremely bold detailing. It appears they’re sold out of every size of the very reasonably priced pant but hopefully we’ll see a re-stock soon.

Nau Wool Organizer

Die Cut for design precision

From first glance, this thing looks rather unimpressive. That is until it’s unfolded and all of the storage pockets are revealed. This thing can handle all of your small electronics and folds up neatly into a little triangular package. I think we could find a use for several of these around The AC headquarters.

Corter Bottle Hooks

Three colors to tickle your fancy

Corter Leather ran a fantastically successful Kickstarter campaign to launch their newest product: well-designed bottle hooks that slip nicely onto a belt loop. They come in three colors (copper, pewter, or powder-coated red) and are available for pre-order in the web shop. We got a chance to manhandle a few at Confirmed Stock and they’re well constructed and excellently designed. The photos do them the great justice they deserve.

Slow-Mo Skatbeoarding

FPS to Infinity and Beyond

I’m a sucker for everything with a ridiculously high frame rate. This has nothing to do with anything. Visual entertainment purposes only [via Devour]:

The Standard Relay: Outlier x The Hill-Side, Bottled Cocktails, Field Notes’ Beginnings, & more.

Posted on April 25, 2012

Outlier x The Hill-Side Spring Vest

Two of our favorites

Outlier, one of our consistent favorites, has launched a collaboration with The Hill-Side bringing forth a very nice springtime vest, just warm enough to get you comfortably through the chillier days and nights but just sharp enough aesthetically that you probably won’t want to take it off. Speaking of both of these brands, Hickoree’s has just put up a few other items from Outlier in their web shop. Certainly something to check out. (Photo: Hickoree’s)

Kevin Diedrich’s Bottled Cocktails

Old article, great news

These things are ingenious. I’ve had those crappy canned/bottled cocktails from the corner liquor store and if you haven’t, you know you’ve been curious what they’re like. Well let me go ahead and spoil this for you; these things aren’t a damn thing like that and praise the high heavens for that. They sound delicious and seem to be of the highest caliber of quality. Check out the whole article from Bon Apetit.

Field Notes’ Beginnings

Insightful view on Field Notes

Pocket notebooks in recent years have become ubiquitous with folks being “creative types” or harkening back to yesteryear when people didn’t tote around smartphones in their pockets, tablets under their arms, and laptops in their bags. I use smaller notebooks for remembrance or note taking, granted not this particular brand, but you can find them pretty much everywhere. This is a neat video discussing the initial inspiration for Field Notes. Note: If the video does not play, it’s because the theme developers haven’t figured out how to make this work yet in two-column format. We’re sticking with two-column so here is the link to the video if all else fails.

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/40182652]

Gentlemen’s Reserve 2012

It’s happening again

The second iteration of the Canadian menswear event has announced a date: May 5th & 6th at Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, BC. The event’s run by FREE/MAN Brand and has a very nice selection of participants. I recommend taking a look on their site. Embedded promo video included.

FREE/MAN Brand Spring Kit. No. 5

Sharp looks

Truthfully, I usually don’t dig the “Kits” that F/MB puts together but that’s a personal thing. Because I liked this one so much, I couldn’t help but tack it onto the end here. Really well done. Minus the cargo pants (via FREE/MAN Brand).

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The Standard Relay: Handsome Coffee x WoodSmithe, Hiut Denim, Levi’s Commuter Collection, & Tsutaya Books

Posted on March 13, 2012

 

Handsome Coffee Roasters x WoodSmithe

A Gorgeous Video on a New Shop

This has been out for a little bit but the video is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me proud to have such a strong tie to the coffee industry when videos of this caliber are released. Obviously it’s purely masturbatory to the aesthetics of caffeine meccas, specifically Handsome Coffee recently opened in Los Angeles, but it’s a feast for your eyes and really makes you want to grab a beer with the mustached gentleman.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/36784535 w=1200&h=500]

Hiut Denim

Resurrecting a Denim Town

FREE/MAN Brand did a very nice interview with David Hieatt, owner of Hiut Denim from the UK. It’s got some heft to it so certainly take your time reading it. Very interesting insight to the start of a brand from a town that’s struggled greatly in recent years. If anyone can tell me how to pronounce Hiut Denim, you win bonus points. Use the comments below (via FREE/MAN Brand).

Levi’s Commuter Collection

At Long Last

I saw this after being roped into a few Twitter chains with Levi’s; they’ve put out a collection specifically pandering to the functionality of cycling as transportation which is excellent. Granted, I may not buy one of their bags but the 3M reflective-trimmed selvedge line (appropriate usage? Probably not.) is an excellent route to pursue, especially considering that their closest competitor making something similar is Rapha and their products cost more than twice as much.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtbRy0j6hmA w=1200&h=500]

Tsutaya Books

Japanese Design in Media Consumption Form

Monocle Magazine did an excellent report on Tsutaya Books’ recently remodeled location. The new shop provides space to consume your recently purchased media in a cozy environment. The place is more like a library meets dark-wood paneled club for ad executives in the 50s with a back catalog of ridiculous proportions. Hundreds of thousands of books, rare magazines, movies, and CDs line the walls. In the age of the death of print media and the physical record, this place seems to be doing it right. Take a look at the video, free to access for now on Monocle’s site. (via February’s issue of Monocle Magazine)