With a deluge of new products hitting store shelves and browser windows every day, it’s easy to lose track of everything that happens in a year. So, to jog our memories a bit as the year winds to a close, we combed through our Today in Gear archives and other news briefs to reflect back on all of the notable products we discovered in 2017. The result is a new series we’re calling This Year in Gear, and we hope you’ll enjoy reviewing this snapshot of the fashion industry’s work as much as we have. Think we missed something, or just want to sound off on any trends you noticed? Let us know by dropping a comment on Facebook, Twitter or email.
Chuck Taylors come in a dizzying number of variations, many of which are just meh. But these ones stand out. The silhouette positively oozes cosmopolitan cool. A premium leather upper and laces add a boot-like feel, a thick and sturdy outsole elevates you above city street grime. Truly a remarkable iteration of a sacred shoe design.
Trench coats are rarely messed with. It’s a traditional, conventional garment. But Nau thinks differently. They’ve established a reputation as a leading designer of forward-thinking, sustainable clothing, and it shows in this wonderfully modern trench coat.
Italian leather brand Berluti joined forces with luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples for a capsule collection consisting of three sunglasses. Oliver Peoples was originally an all-American endeavor, but it has been owned by Italian behemoth Luxottica since 2007. All this to say, the collection feels very Italian on Italian: rounded vintage-inspired shapes, subtle contrasts of materials and textures, a rich color palette. A manifestation of luxury, these frames will definitely up your eyewear game.
According to Everlane, “there are two types of performance jackets: the kind that make you look like a rock climber, and the kind that cost a month’s rent.” The Elements line, Everlane says, is a third option. Both the jacket and the anorak have all the right stuff: a soft matte waterproof shell, heat-bonded seams, interior stash pockets and more. By the look of both jackets, though, you’d never think each costs less than $150.
Since it was conceived in England in the mid-19th century, the chelsea boot has been one of the most versatile items in the modern man’s wardrobe. It is among the very few things that work well with both tailored trousers and beat-up blue jeans. Among the purest, most exemplary Chelsea boots is the Chase Chelsea, which is made in Italy with the finest Italian calf leather. And it does what Chelsea boots do best: elevate any look, no matter how dressed up or dressed down, to timeless excellence.
At Todd Snyder’s runway event, this satchel, made in collaboration with New England–based Lotuff Leather, was met with such acclaim that it is now being released to the public. As you’d expect, it’s a handcrafted piece that’s guaranteed to become an heirloom.
What’s one way to inoculate a pair of timeless frames with new mojo? Premium Mazzucchelli acetate hand inlays, that’s how. Randolph has updated the metal silhouettes of its Aviator and P3 shades with the dark material and the result is a balance struck between classic and contemporary.
PF Flyers knows how to do retro right: keep the philosophy of the original alive, take a few design cues too, then completely, thoroughly modernize every other aspect. The result is a faithful homage that’s as good as can be. The All American is based on a sneaker from the ’60s but features Fresh Foam tech from New Balance, a premium footbed and reinforced number 12 duck canvas — in both low- and hi-top silhouettes. PF Flyers has always been on top of the comfort and easy style game; the All American brings the brand’s heritage up to date in a big way.
You don only the finest clothes and accessories. Shouldn’t your best friend get a piece of that too? Killspencer’s new line of dog products features premium bull hide leather and heavy-duty nylon webbing. True, your pup loves you unconditionally — but if they could say thank you, you know they would.
The Koio Canvas is made in Italy and has a classic profile and modern colorways that make it easy to wear with both shorts and suits. Their versatility means dad can wear them to the office and out on the town.
Merino wool has been evangelized enough. You get it. This Henley is made of the stuff, plus some moisture-wicking Tencel for good measure. Wear it during a night on the town, or for two shower-less weeks deep in the wilderness.
In 1866, William Green began making shoes by hand in a Northamptonshire loft. Fast forward 151 years, and his brand, Grenson, is still building high-quality, long-lasting footwear. This year, Grenson announced its first-ever sneaker. The Sneaker 1 is styled after the tennis footwear of the 1970s and constructed with premium leather stitched to a white rubber sole using the Goodyear Welt method the brand has implemented in all of its shoes since the 1800s.
The secret ingredient supporting Ministry of Supply’s every-occasion shorts is its Going Places fabric, an abrasion- and wrinkle-resistant polyester warp knit that wicks moisture and stretches, which is good for, well, everything. The shorts allow for more movement — even with a tailored fit — and Ministry of Supply has fine-tuned the length to hit the sweet spot: right above the knee. Use code GEARPATROL17 at checkout and get the perfect summer shorts for 15% off.
Needessentials is a relatively new company built on a radical concept: no advertising, no packaging, no brand ambassadors and no logos. This unconventional approach allows them to focus exclusively on making world-class surf and mountain gear, and to sell it much cheaper than traditional brands’ products. Here’s a lightweight jacket made of synthetic, water-resistant Primaloft insulation, with a quilted interior and exterior, elastic cuffs and more.
I can’t believe I’m saying this: KFC’s new line of merchandise is actually cool. (Maybe not the $20,000 sandwich-shaped meteorite, though.) Along with this retro-style crewneck sweatshirt, there are t-shirts, art prints, pins, socks and more. For the proper look, get some chicken grease and gravy stains on ’em.
The Rivet Pants are an update to previous Western Rise legwear, now in a slimmer profile and quite comfortable, thanks to a light form factor and a little bit of stretch; super tough, thanks to the nylon canvas material (they feel like they could take a more serious beating than I’m capable of givin’); versatile enough that I’ve worn them on an overnight international flight, through the next day, then paired them with a blazer for dinner.
You really can’t go wrong with U.S. Forest Sevice and Smokey Bear collaborations. Especially when it’s with Filson.
In celebration of A.P.C.’s 30-year anniversary, Jean Touitou, the founder and creative director of A.P.C., created this gorgeous retrospective on the iconic French fashion label.
On the surface, this bomber looks calm and ready to drop bombs. Surely some of that confidence is owed to its Polartec Alpha insulation. Just don’t stain it with your mom’s spaghetti.
Alden, a century-old artisan shoemaker in New England, teamed up with Tanner Goods to produce two exclusive boots. Both are handmade with waxed suede and rugged Goodyear rubber soles.
In 2012, after three years of manufacturing in Istanbul, Helm Boots returned to the U.S., bringing with them a hard-earned mastery of fine leather boot making. Handcrafted in Maine and Arkansas, their leather boots are the embodiment of Americana style: rugged, utilitarian, refined. The Lane Boot is a military-inspired silhouette, with traditional details like Horween premium leather upper and an oil-treated sole; subtle modern features, like a suede heel and white midsole, give the boot city sensibility.
For many years, Viberg has been well-regarded for making ludicrously luxurious boots; years from now, they may also be well-regarded for their slip-ons. These are the first slip-ons they’ve made. They’re constructed much like a chelsea boot, with a single piece of suede, minus the ankle. Available this Friday.
Every man should invest in a weekender that will age well. As years pass and your seats in coach become seats in first class, a beautiful leather bag will never look out of place. This full-grain oxblood leather duffel from Beckett Simonon fits the bill, and at $359, it’s hard to pass up. – John Zientek, Associate Staff Writer
Handmade in Duluth, Minnesota, this rugged canvas backpack is nearly identical to the kind worn by wilderness adventurers centuries ago, as seen in the buckle-closure lid, drawstring main compartment, large side pockets, leather details and more.
It’s the same 501 shape you know — a straight leg, button fly pant that sits at the waist — but the fabric has 17 percent Cordura for added durability and 23 percent Lycra for stretch. The back pockets are double-layered, and the pants are reinforced with rivets and bar tack stitches. Though designed with skateboarding in mind, these pants are ideal for anyone who requires a bit more from their jeans.
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