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Nau Fall/Winter 2010


Nau is one of my favorite clothing companies right now. They are producing fashionable technical clothing that looks natural in an urban setting but still holds its own on a back-country hike or sloshing down the deep powder of the Swiss Alps. From an operations standpoint, they donate 2% of every sale to Partners for Change and have detailed goals regarding renewable fabrics, shipping, and sustainability.

After a brief hiatus a few years ago, Nau is back. Their Fall/Winter line includes some favorites with small tweaks (Vice Blazer, Slacker Jean) but also a handful of completely new products that may challenge what you know of the brand. A standout for me is the Shroud of Purrin Blazer (above) with its water repellent exterior. It would be great to wear to dinner on a brisk evening. The interior is lined with a soft lining; one of the unexpected details that Nau hides in every piece. The Free Range Plaid Shirt (below) shirt looks perfect for the globe-trotter. The certified organic cotton moderates your temperature and the design is a good mix between casual and dressy to work in nearly all situations.


I can attest to the performance of Nau’s clothing. I bought a few of their pieces and brought them to Chicago during a particularly wet and windy spring a few years ago. Just recently, they sent me a Modus Trench, Long Sleeve Snap Polo, and a Flip Scarf to check out on my trip to New York. The shirt and scarf kept me cozy and within minutes of exiting the pouring rain, the jacket was was bone dry.

Check out the products discussed here and this season’s latest at Nau.

Ontour: The Magnificent Five


My friends from Ontour are at it again. In their own words: This year is our fifth anniversary and to celebrate this we’ve chosen the magic number 5 as the underlying theme of our new Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, named ‘The Magnificent Five’ Ontour, that’s just been released. Inspired by the typical English style of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson we look back through a magnifying glass at the 5 magnificent years behind us, and at the same time look ahead at the greater things to come…


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Icebreaker FW10 Outerwear

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Icebreaker, the eco-conscious performance wear company from New Zealand have really outdone themselves for their FW10 line. Taking some risks and focusing on their outerwear line, which I feel has been neglected in the past, they are set to launch three new pieces each for men and women. Blurring the lines between technical clothing and high-fashion, the team managed to blend pure merino wool into pieces that are appropriate for any occasion. Starting at $300 for the Jetter (M) and Odyssey (W) and topping at $400 for the Boulder Hood (M; shown). The latter is wind-resistant, has an adjustable hood, two-way center zip, zippered front hand pockets and an internal stash pocket. The whole collection is made form Icebreaker’s Realfleece material and will be launched on the site on September 1st.

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