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Portland’s Bridge & Burn just released the Fall 2010 collection online, and it’s a solid combination of winners from their debut earlier this year along with some great new offerings. True to form, the collection as a whole is marked by clean lines and an eye toward functionality.

Waxed cotton jackets still feature heavily, which is very good news in my book. They’ve also kept the contrast linings–in a whole range of fabrics including gingham and oxford cloth–that I’ve been a fan of from the start.

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There’s a wider range of twill and wool outerwear options in the mix now, with new shapes like a simplified bomber jacket. Certainly a welcome development. I actually paid the label’s booth a visit at ENK a few months back, and can say from personal experience that the twill they’re using is very nice. And though I haven’t had the chance to see any of them in person, the wool pieces look spot on. That charcoal gray five button blazer? I dig.

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There’s also whole new element at play, as the brand is making its first foray into shirting with this drop. Plaids and checks are the name of the game on the pattern front, with a number of solids for good measure. For fabrics, things are largely seasonally appropriate: lots of flannel, and lots of wool. Also, quite reasonably, some cotton pieces that could easily find their way into consistent rotation even in the warmer months. Summer 2011 is gonna be all about woodsy plaids. You heard it here first.

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Available online now, so hit it up.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Bridge & Burn)

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The last couple of days in NY have been insanely hot. Face-melting, spontaneous-combustion-if-it-weren’t-so-damn-humid kinda hot. I wish I had one of these broadcloth gingham guys from Gitman Bros. for INVENTORY to get me through it.

They’re done in organic Japanese cotton, they’re much more appropriately lightweight than the oxford cloth I made the terrible decision of wearing yesterday, and they’re available in navy and light blue.

Also, I freaking love the contrasting red around the buttonhole on the back of the collar.

Get on it for $170 from INVENTORY Stockroom.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of INVENTORY Stockroom)

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If I happened to be on my way to an afternoon party at a rich acquaintance’s house, and intended to drink massive amounts of booze at said affair, I’d wear this outfit.

It’s all so damn sharp that people would probably just assume that I must be a respectable gentleman, and forgive the fact that I just spilled the majority of my drink on them while over-gesticulating during a story. Call it social insurance for the midday drunk.

A handy bonus: it’s all available in one place. Just head on over to Epaulet, and you too can kit yourself out to protect against the glares of fellow revelers.

A list of the necessary ingredients:

1) Epaulet Light Blue Gingham Linen Shirt ($130)

2) Mark McNairy Navy Madras Bowtie ($52)

3) Epaulet Walt Slim Trousers in Indigo Dyed Linen ($185)

4) Tanner Standard Leather Belt in Natural/Nickel ($70)

5) Alden for Epaulet West Egg Snuff Suede Longwing ($450)

Combine ingredients on your person, add Hendrick’s and tonic (garnish with cucumber slice), mix thoroughly, and serve.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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Gingham is (obviously) a staple for summer, and it’s definitely a welcome bonus that there’s a pretty robust variety of colors out there to choose from when you feel like rocking the check.

Crate has a very solid set of options for you, all for only $78. Black, blue, purple, and red are all available from Penelope’s. I know that Alter also stocks the blue option, as well as a navy/yellow option that’s just fantastic (and of which I cannot find an acceptably representative photo. Sorry).

Take a look at what’s on offer:

Black:

Blue:

Purple:

Red:

If you decide you want to pick one up for yourself, just keep in mind that Crate runs very small (pretty much a full size), so you’ll want to size up.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Penelope’s)

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I’m loving the newest iteration of Epaulet’s ongoing collaborative effort with Styleforum members. Here’s how it works: Epaulet goes to the folks on Styleforum and presents them with a number of options for fabric, style, etc. The members vote. Once voting ends, the winning style(s) get produced in NY in similar fashion to Epaulet’s mainstay “small batch” shirting options.

This time around, the whole process generated two styles: a Club Collar Oxford (link goes to the blue version) and a Double-Faced Japanese Shirt (link goes to the black version). Though the oxford is a damn fine specimen in its own right, the Double-Faced Japanese Shirt just blows me away. Call it a weakness for plaid.

The Double-Faced Japanese shirt is so named because it’s made of Japanese cotton, and because the fabric is two sided. As you can see in the picture above, the outside sports a multicolor tartan while the inside has a micro-gingham that’s visible when the sleeves are rolled and the collar is open, and the gingham actually peeks through the tartan in bright sunlight, which is pretty cool.

A slim cut with box pleating at the upper back for movement and darts at the lower back to keep the silhouette tight, a single button closure pocket at the left chest, and a button down collar complete the package.

More looks at both the black and the cream versions:

Click on over to Epaulet to pick yours up for $130. Just gotta make the call: Black, or Cream (or both)?

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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