Etwas Standard #1 Messenger Bag from the I.L.I.H boutique
Etwas is a small scale leather workshop located in Brooklyn. This energy-independent design studio focuses on the production of leather goods though non-mechanized means - a process which consumes no electricity, uses no water, and requires no plastic.
Each Etwas bag is hand-crafted with longevity in mind. Careful craftsmanship ensures the quality of each bag’s construction, and clever forethought ensures that each component will be repairable - Etwas bags are made to last.
Companies like Etwas are a breathe of fresh air in today’s mass-produced, disposable, and increasingly synthetic world. The reëmergence of small-scale workshops like these are a welcoming sight to a luxury industry dominated by large-scale factory production.
A few people have asked me how to work their old Converses or Vans back in to their wardrobe or whether they should keep them at all. I would never tell you to throw away such timeless items. There’s a reason why Converses have been around so long (one major reason being my young basketball idol Pistol Pete), but that’s besides the point.
Everyones closet will go through phases. There are times when you will look back at something and wonder why you wore it, or wore it how you did. And other items will leave you wondering why you haven’t worn them in so long.
These shoes haven’t seen the light of day for a while. I liked wearing them, then dis-liked, then liked them again. Don’t act like that doesn’t happen to you all the time.
It’s definitely scarf season (aka 25 degrees out) and possibly time for you to take an old pair of shoes off the shelf to wear with some fresh gear.
Jacket: Ralph Lauren
Scarf: Banana Republic
Dressing well often means coordinating colours, patterns, and textures to achieve a cohesive balance. However, if you are like me, there will be days where you wake up in the morning with zero desire to throw together breakfast, let alone pulling together an ensemble with matching and balance in mind.
On days like this, a bold overcoat such as the one pictured is the perfect remedy (not for the lethargy, obviously, but for the lack of swag). It provides comprehensive coverage for the upper torso, and a clean and classic silhouette; it also absolves one from the responsibility of having to make finicky decisions and nuanced distinctions at 6:30 in the morning.
As long as the coat is well kept and well fitted, this particular look is actually quite difficult to screw up - all you really need is a respectable pair of denim and a soporific sweater. And smile, that always helps.