I have always been a fan of Icebreaker gear. The New Zealand company has fostered strong relationships with a handful of farms where they source their amazing merino wool from. When I thought they had shown all their cards, they come guns blazing in their Spring/Summer ’11 line. Of course, you have updates to the normal offerings such as new patterns and prints in the Lightweight Travel series. For the warmer months, Icebreaker is offering 150g per square meter, which is thinner than a typical cotton tee. You can also get 200g weight for cooler mornings or evenings. They sent me some tops to try out and on my month long trip to Australia, it was the only thing I wore. I will eschew praising the virtues of merino as a fabric since I assume you’re already familiar with it’s warming and cooling abilities all the while staying odor-free.
What really stands out for me and came as a shock was the introduction of their road and mountain biking cycling apparel called GT Bike. Cycling is a sport Icebreaker had not previously supported. Based on the jersey and bib I was sent, it’s clear that they were just biding their time; sitting back and observing the industry to figure out the best way to make a first impression. Again, merino is the basis of all the collection and it turns out to be the perfect fabric whether you’re going on an early morning by the beach or bombing hills in the afternoon on your full-suspension. Enhanced with LYRCA for just the amount of stretch, the fit is on point. The products are an investment (merino is not cheap), but details like a gripper at the hem and hardy zippers put a smile on your face each time you get out.
The Y-3 Sala, a recent addition to my collection. Polka dots for spring, of course! I couldn’t resist after seeing them in London last week.
Inspired by the iconic indoor football boot, the Y-3 Sala shoes feature distinctive 3-Stripes with a clear TPU middle stripe. Upper: nylon with polka dots, luxe cow nappa and luxe goat suede leather accents. Lining: canvas and goat leather.
Despite the media turning it’s attention to other global issues, not a day goes by that I don’t think about my friends in Japan. Wear this shirt and remind people that thousands of people still need our help.
Tie-ups are the first belts wholly realized in fine and recyclable plastic. Customizable: You choose the belt, buckle and tongue color and sizes. These belts are fun and earth friendly.
Tanger. Palerme. Tripoli. Beyrouth. Visit the cities. Get the t-shirt. Enough said.
Loved the sunglasses I discovered from this Australian brand Chronicles of Never here in Sydney. Karl Lagerfeld inspired, started by a former Ksubi designer.
One of my favorite stores in the world (and certainly the best place to shop for men’s clothing in Vancouver) Roden Gray has a pretty solid online store I didn’t know about! Check it out for some of my favorite brands like Comme des Garcons PLAY, Common Projects, S.N.S. Herning, and many, many more! They’re also the only place I’ve seen that carries Sophnet in their store, the best brand from Tokyo.