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rep yo' city.

there are some pretty rad places in this world. and if you happen to live in one of those places, like i do, you get pretty pumped about it. You might even say, you like to "rep yo' city".

Lucky for you, Monochōme has come up with a new way for you to accomplish this by allowing you to map your city onto several different items. 

You can pick a neighborhood, a city, a state, a street, county, country, region, continent, hemisphere...whatever you want that's locatable by satellite mapping. Just pick your spot, zoom to your preferred height, and orient it on the item you wish to customize. 

Yes, they make items for both men and women. Stop by the official site and grab something for yourself or someone you know who reps their city.


- 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


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