Monday, June 22, 2009

Blackbird Outerwear Sale!

Blackbird in Seattle has a bunch of coats on sale now, and here are some of my favourites. So if any of you people with "jobs" wants to get me a gift here are some options...

Coming Soon - Felted Wool Trench
in navy
DETAILS: Medium weight felted wool double breasted trench. Notched peak lapels. Flap pockets at waist. Partially cotton lined with fully taped seams. three interior pockets. Sleeves lined with viscose. 73% wool, 20% nylon, 3% cotton.
sizes: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54
was $886, now $443.99

Robert Geller - Field Jacket
in black
DETAILS: M65-style jacket made from a thick, heavyweight felted wool material. Double-zip and snap closure. Four front snap-down pockets and one internal zip-closure pocket. Epaulet detail at shoulder. Ribbed cuffs. 90% wool/10% nylon outer with 100% polyester lining. Made in Japan.
sizes: 48
was $880, now $440.99

Robert Geller - Toggle Parka
in black
DETAILS: Fully lined fishtail parka with toggle and double-zip closure. Military pocket-detail on left-hand sleeve. Two side pockets and one hidden interior zip-closure pocket. 100% cotton outer with thick padded 100% polyester lining through the body and arms. Made in Japan.
sizes: 46
was $835, now $417.99

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Outlier Summer Edition Pants

These summer version of the Outlier pants are a nice example of fashion and function. Outlier makes some great utilitarian based clothing that uses the best fabrics and construction while maintaining aesthetic appeal. More in formation can be found at their website, Outlier.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"

I'm a little bit late reviewing this album because, to be honest, I downloaded it about 2 months ago and did not realize it had yet to be released in NA until recently (not admitting anything illegal). This has been one of my constant favourites recently, and on high rotation. The songs have obvious pop appeal, but are interesting enough to not get old easily. Obviously singles like Lisztomania and 1901 are favourites but really every song on the album is strong. Although I usually prefer a bit dirtier, lo fi songs, Phoenix accomplishes a kind of nice mix between clever lyrics with simple enough melodies and pulsing keyboards and drums that make is suitable for listening full blast in a club, or laying on your bed with headphones. Phoenix seems set to be the band of Summer 2009, and hopefully this does not mean by September every song has been played ad nauseum until the magic of this album has not been extinguished. Regardless, it guarantees that summer will be full of good music.

Friday, June 12, 2009

VooDoo Doughnut

Recently my friends and I were in Portland, and one of our many ventures found us at the renowned VooDoo Donuts. Located in downtown Portland, VooDoo Donuts serves some of the campiest, most fun and delicious donuts I have ever had. Although the wait was unbearable (about one and a half hours) once we got inside the sounds of Weezer's Pinkerton filled the bakery while we decided between donuts with names such as Murder Scene, Grape Ape, The Memphis Mafia to name a few. I decided on the Murder Scene which was a delicious donut filled with red jelly (pictured below). Although the wait was unbearable, it was worth every bite.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Boots: H by Hudson Kaiser Boots and Chronicles of Never Black Skeleton Key Boot

When cruising the open road on the motorcycle of your choice proper footwear is necessary to ensure safety. The last thing AoS endorses are "bros" rocking t-shirts, shorts and sneakers while riding their sport bikes. In order to maximize safety and style these two boots options are high on my list. First is the H by Hudson Kaiser boots that I have posted about months ago, it seems they are back at Oak and I am glad. According to Oak they are "the ultimate boot lined in a lux shearling. black leather rounded toe and body. tan suede upper with a buckle front and zipperd back. rubber sole and padded leather footbed". Although they may be a bit toasty in the summer months its definitely worth having something stable on your feet.

The second pair is from one of my favourite's for shoes, Chronices of Never, these Black Skeleton Key Boots look amazing and would be suitable both on the road and in a formal setting - which is the ultimate in Sprezzatura. Black textured leather lace up boot with a sturdy one inch heel and pieced toe cap, black leather sole, leather lined.

Both available at Oak.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Suzuki GS425

Although a BMW wagon would be nice, there is something so organic about cruising the roads on a classic motorcycle. Whether its a chopper, bobber, cafe racer or just a classic stock bike it provides a entirely new dimension to the notion of a road trip. I prefer the classic Japanese bikes from the 1970's and early 80's for their classic aesthetics and notorious reliability. Lots of the British bikes like the Triumph are beautiful but also feature some renowned problems (most notably for myself, the cost). This 1979 Suzuki GS425 is an example of a classic beauty that would be great for a day trip down the coast or maybe through the mountains: both of which are beautiful during the summer.