10/27/2010

Mr. Olive x CA4LA Collaboration Marine Casquettes (Black, Brown, or Khaki)


Mr. Olive marine casquette is a collaboration with Japanese leading hat manufacture CA4LA - pronounced "Ka-shi-la" (means head or top in traditional Japanese). CA4LA has 18 flagshops in Japan and one in London. The casquette is made with 100% cotton with "peach" process for a soft and smooth surface (like that of a peach).

Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in brown. 100% cotton. One size. Made in Japan. $145. For more information on the Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in brown, click here.

Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in black. 100% cotton. One size. Made in Japan. $145. For more information on the Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in black, click here.
Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in khaki. 100% cotton. One size. Made in Japan. $145. For more information on the Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in khaki, click here.
Side view. Marine-style casquette with rope accents, adjustable elastic band.

100% cotton interior lining

Single snap on bill, marine-style rope accents.
Mr. Olive x CA4LA marine casquette in brown ($145). Shown with Mr. Olive "urage" hooded parka in gray ($235), Mr. Olive "used" light wash selvedge tapered denim (available spring 2011), and EOI 100% vegetable tanned hand-made cowhide leather boots in beige ($690).

10/26/2010

Left Field Fall 2010 Japanese Flannel Button Downs featured on Commerce with a Conscience


Commerce with a Conscience is an online magazine and resource featuring socially responsible products and fashion made with eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing practices. Today Commerce with a Conscience featured Left Field's fall 2010 Japanese flannel button down shirts. To see the article, click here.

The flannels arrived earlier this month and there is still stock in most sizes and colors. Click here to see our current stock of Left Field.

10/25/2010

Denim Glossary: Right Hand Twill vs. Left Hand Twill vs. Broken Twill

We regularly receive questions about denim fabrics. What is the difference between right hand twill (RHT) and left hand twill (LHT)? What is broken twill? Which fabric is better and why? Today we will try to answer some of these questions using some examples from denim in our current stock.

Denim is made from tightly woven fabric that usually comes from cotton warp yarn and white cotton filling yarn. The filling yarns are stretched across the width of the fabric and interlaced at a 90 degree angle with warp yarns. This creates an interwoven pattern of diagonal lines called "twill weave". Right hand twill, also know as "z twill", was made famous as Levi's jeans standard fabric and now is the most common twill weave used for denim fabrics. Right hand twill can be recognized by the upward direction of the diagonal twill on the face of the fabric as it runs from lower left toward upper right. Right hand twill is known to have a flatter and smoother surface compared to other twill fabrics. The above photo is taken from a DENIME "New XX" raw selvedge straight leg denim in indigo. More information about the DENIME "New XX" using raw Japanese selvedge right hand twill fabric can be seen here.

Left hand twill, also known as "s twill", is a weave in which the grain line runs from the top-left hand corner of the fabric to the bottom right which is the opposite of right hand twill. It was originally used by Lee denim as its basic denim and now used in many premium denim companies such as 45rpm, Lee Japan, and Kicking Mule Workshop. Left hand twill tends to wear down softer than right hand twill and thus a softer hand feel after washing. Left hand twill will also have different wear patterns as the fabric can emphasize streakiness or vertical fading. The above photo is taken from a Kicking Mule Workshop "left hand twill" Rocker slim tapered selvedge denim in indigo. More information about the KMW Rocker using raw Japanese selvedge left hand twill fabric can be seen here.

Broken twill denim was first used by Wrangler in 1964 as a way to combat the twisting effect characteristic of regular twill denim (at the time considered a "fault" by many). Traditionally, twill is woven either to the right hand or the left hand as we described above which will eventually twist itself after washing due to the tension. This is why you see the outseam of some denim twisted to the front or back of the leg. Broken twill avoids this. Instead of the twill running left or right, broken twill contains no distinct direction and instead alternates right and left - the end effect resembles a random zig-zag pattern as shown above. The above photo is taken from a Naked & Famous "skinny guy" broken twill 13oz selvedge denim in indigo. More information about the Naked & Famous skinny guy using raw Japanese selvedge broken twill fabric can be seen here.

10/24/2010

Corter Leather Goods - Restocks are on the way!


Our next shipment from Corter Leather is on the way. We will be receiving restocks of all models of leather belts and a few new styles of wallets and bracelets. Stay tuned!

10/23/2010

Coming Soon: Left Field x Blue Owl Workshop Kaihara Mills Rainbow Japanese Selvedge Collaboration Denim


Next month we expect the arrival of Blue Owl's first collaboration denim with Left Field. This collaboration denim will feature a 14oz unsanforized rainbow colored selvedge denim fabric that is rope dyed in pure natural indigo and made on vingate shuttle looms by Kaihara mills in Japan. The denim is manufactured in the USA and will feature Left Field's signature slim straight leg fit and all of Left Field's standard details.

The 14oz denim fabric has a dark natural indigo color, slubby texture, and a rainbow colored selvedge. This will be a limited production and more details will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Sunny Sports 2nd Fall 2010 Shipment Arrives Next Week!


Our 2nd Sunny Sports fall 2010 shipment has just shipped from Tokyo and will arrive next week. Our shipment will include restocks of 40's chambray work shirts, 2 new 7.5oz denim western style shirts, and 3 new styles of 40's railroad checker work shirts like the one above. Stay tuned!

10/22/2010

Sunny Sports 40's Chambray Work Shirt in Blue Stripe


Sunny Sports 40's striped chambray work shirts feature the sturdy selvedge chambray fabric and the vintage work shirt design inspired by 1940's USA. Sunny Sports work shirts are made by Japanese artisans with vintage sewing triple needle sewing machines from the early 1900's.

Sunny Sports 40's chambray work shirt in blue stripe. 100% cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $235. For more information on the Sunny Sports 40's chambray work shirt in blue stripe, click here.

Vintage work pockets styled from the 1940's. Nut buttons, hidden half placket. Natural pima cotton twill inside cuffs and under placket.
Selvedge details along vents and under collar. Triple needle stitch is left long at vents.
Back.
Sunny Sports 40's chambray work shirt in blue stripe.

10/21/2010

Man of Moods "Shadow Check" Long Sleeve Button Down in Black


Man of Moods "shadow check" long-sleeve button down features a cotton cupra blend fabric, with cotton providing a soft and comfortable feel and cupra a lustrous texture. Another feature is a post-production tumble wash, which creates a vintage wrinkled finish. The fabric is tapered from the chest to the waist, and with high arm holes, creates MofM signature slender silhouette.

Man of Moods "shadow check" long sleeve button down in black. 80% cotton, 20% cupra. Black. Sizes 1, 2, 3. Made in Japan. $$280. For more information on the MofM "shadow check" button down, click here.

Pointed collar, 2 chest pockets, MOP (mother of pearl) buttons.
Man of Moods "shadow check" long sleeve button down in black.

The Denim Debate: An Online Documentary About Denim


Denim Debate is an online documentary showcasing some of the best premium denim on the market today. The concept is to develop an online source which compares and contrasts different denim brands through the opinions of their wearers, an eclectic blend of bloggers, students, artists, professionals, and fashion enthusiasts. One of the recent contributors is Brad Bennett from Commerce with a Conscience who is wearing Left Field White Oak Cone Denim. Click here to read more about Brad's opinion of Left Field denim and to read more about the Denim Debate.

Sunny Sports 1965 8oz Denim Work Shirts


Sunny Sports 1965 8oz denim work shirts use a thin, yet durable 8oz denim fabric to reproduce this vintage style work shirt from 1965 USA. The shirts are made by Japanese artisans using a combination of triple needle chainstitching and double needle chainstitching construction on vintage sewing machines from early 1900's. The triple needle chainstiching is exposed along the vents and is in a bright contrasting orange stitching, which can also be seen on the interior and subtle exposed when not buttoned fully.

Sunny Sports 1965 8oz denim work shirt in washed indigo. 100% cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Washed indigo and light indigo. Made in Japan. $245. For more information on the Sunny Sports 8oz denim work shirt in washed indigo, click here.

Vintage pockets as used on work shirts in 1965 USA. Nut buttons in black.

Paint splatter and vintage washed for the used look.

Back.
Sunny Sports 1965 8oz denim work shirt in light indigo. 100% cotton. Washed indigo or light indigo. Sizes 1, 2, 3, 4. Made in Japan. For more information on the Sunny Sports denim work shirt in light indigo, click here.
Triple needle chainstitch is left long and exposed along vents.
Vintage work pockets and nut buttons in white.
Back.
Orange contrast triple needle stitch is subtly exposed along interior of collar and along vents.

Man of Moods Washed Cotton Long-Sleeve Button Down in Blue


Man of Moods washed cotton long-sleeve button down features its post-production was, which provides soft feel and vintage natural wrinkle texture. The fabric is tapered from the chest to the waist, and with narrow arm holes, creates the MofM signature slender silhouette.

Man of Moods washed cotton long-sleeve button down in blue. 100% cotton. Blue. Sizes 1, 2, 3. Made in Japan. $225. For more information on the MofM washed cotton button down, click here.

Pointed collar, MOP (mother of pearl) buttons.

Single chest pocket.

Man of Moods washed cotton long-sleeve button down in blue.

10/20/2010

Man of Moods Melton Wool Trench Coat in Charcoal Gray


Man of Moods melton wool trench features its tightly woven melton wool that has smooth, lustrous finish and clean tight silhouette. The melton wool is not too heavy, not too light.

Man of Moods melton wool trench coat in charcoal gray. 90% wool, 10% nylon - 100% cupra linining. Additional removable interior padding is 100% polyester. Black or charcoal gray. Sizes 1, 2, 3. Made in Japan $895. For more information on the MofM melton wool trench in charcoal gray, click here.

Traditional trench style with gunflaps on front and back, shoulder straps, back vent, straps along cuffs, and extra long belt for various stylings.

2 front pockets, single interior pockets. Double breast style with button front closure and single hook at neckline.

The melton wool fabric is smooth and clean and ultra soft.

Interior padding is removable (attached by buttons). Use padding during the coldest of winter days. Take out the padding for use during fall and spring.

Straps along cuffs.