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adidas primeknit makes it to clothing.

for the first time ever, adidas will be transitioning its primeknit technology (its response to Nike's flyknit) into apparel. 

take a look:



- james 



there are three basic factors to any piece of clothing that must come into play:

fit                                           fabric                                   style



It doesn't matter how nice your clothing is if it doesn't fit you well. Talk to a tailor or a suitor (suiter? maker of suits?) and find out how certain pieces should fit. Do an dang google search for crap's sake, it's not that hard. Make sure you're buying the right sizes and that those sizes are fitting you correctly and helping you look as good as possible. A nice piece of of clothing that fits like garbage will look like garbage and cost too much. 



you'll want to ensure your clothing is made of quality fabrics and put together with care. One of the biggest problems I have with H&M stuff (not all of it but a majority of it) is that the fabrics are all lightweight poly blends that don't breathe or stay together well. Yes, a piece can look amazing even if it's made with cheap fabrics, but A) it won't last very long and b) it will often wrinkle or fade extremely quickly and look cheap right away.



Find your own fashion sweet spot. Don't [only] rely on other people to tell you what's "in" and what's not. Find out how current and trendy or how classic you want your style to be and purchase pieces accordingly. Just because a celebrity is wearing some outlandish and cool jacket, doesn't mean everyone should rush out to buy something similar. In fact, in most cases this is a terrible idea. Find your style, your fashion zone, and be comfortable with it.


find the best way to do you.


- james


name that pattern pt. 3

Shepherd’s check - a twill weave of small checks/boxes (generally of white and another color). similar to gingham, the shepherd's check is distinguished by the diagonal twill weave within the checks. this pattern is named after scottish plaid that shepherd's wore while working in the hills.

windowpane check - this pattern resembles an actual window pane by its wider spacing and bold lines (hence the name). This pattern is commonly found in suits and shirts.

tweed - rough and unfinished, tweed is a closely woven wool. it can either be left plain, or twill weaved, however, when referring to the pattern, we mean the plain version. tweed is often based in two colors (white and black) with subdued color effects created by twisting in individual strands of other colors.


- james


the hill-side watch bands.

the hill-side is always making fresh products by implementing quality materials and construction. So, it stands to point that their watch band would be no exception. it just so happens that they also ended up looking super cool. 

the bands are made from 100% japanese cotton, trimmed with leather and accented with brass, and currently come in sevent different options: Mitchell Camo, Tan Cloud Camo, Confetti Print, Big Crazy Floral Print, Linen Indigo Discharge Print, Indigo / Red Stripe and Panama Cloth.

they're 18mm wide and fit perfectly on watches like the Timex Weekender. take a look for yourself, and pick one up for summer--the cotton band will keep your wrist cool.

the hill-side watch bands cost $59, and he whole collection can be found here.


- james


name that pattern pt. 2

ladies and genltemen, it's that time--time to broaden your horizons and you rknowledge of fabrics. Although there's no 'prize' for learning these fabrics, and there's no exam at the end of this segment that pertains to knowing them all, you can take comfort in the fact that you'll know more than most people do, and you'll know exactly what you're talking about the next time you shop for menswear. And with that, we begin...

glen plaid (my favorite) - short for Glen Urquhart plaid or Glenurquhart check. A wool fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. most commonly found in black/grey and white, but can also be done with muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternating with four dark and four light stripes creating a pattern of irregular checks.

seersucker - all-cotton fabric, thin and puckered, commonly striped or checkered. Most commonly worn in spring and summer in white and blue or white and grey.

gun glub check - a pattern marked by alternating broken bands in two or more colors on a light background. gun club checks can feature any kind of color scheme the wearer—or weaver—desires, and the bands can alternate evenly, or switch things up to create larger overcheck effects.

pinstripes - a pattern of very thin stripes of any color running in parallel often found in cloth.

 black watch plaid - Probably the most popular version of Scottish Tartan patterns, originating from the famous 42nd royal highland regiment of scotland. This plaid consists of green, black, and blue in it's plaid, and adds a vintage feel to mordern clothing.


- james


name that pattern pt. 1.

there are few things worse than trying to explain a fabric pattern to someone (especially someone in the industry) and forgetting the name, or not even knowing it. "Oh you know, it's that one with the little squares inside the bigger squares, and sometimes the squares overlap... You know that one? The one that looks like a picnic blanket?"

Now kindly hang you rhead in shame as your respect and credibility flee the scene completely. 

Being the overtly caring and generous person that I am, I figured it might be nice to help you avoid those kinds of situations. So with that, I bring you a guide to basic men's fabrics:

Gingham. tight, square checks in two colors (typically white and a contrasting color).

Plaid. typically consists of vertical and horizontal bands of two or more colors that cross one another.

Tartan Plaid. This plaid consists of vertical and horizontal or diagonal stripes that cross each other to form different sized checks. Associated with Scottish clothing of the 1700s.

Houndstooth. The checks that make up the houndstooth are broken/uneven and pointy-shaped (like a hound’s tooth). From far away it resembles a Gingham check.

Madras. the stripes of a madras check or plaid consist of different colored stripes that cross each other to form uneven checks.

Herringbone. distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.

the more you know, the better equipped you are to talk shop.


- james


abc's of men's fashion 23.


Wool is the hair of sheep, lamb, and some goats. It is made into cloth either by spinning it into yarn, which is then woven or knitted, or by felting. The story of it's development is half history and half legend. Suffice it to say that, for most of our outer garments today, the demand for wool is great, and there is not enough to go around. A well-made wool garment can keep you warm while allowing the skin to breathe, preventing overheating. Most man-made fibers blend very well with it. In this regard, there is no substitutes for wool -- only compliments.

- James