It's one of the biggest couple of days in the buying calender and although we opted to stay in Liverpool instead of heading over the check out the latest and greatest going's on at this years Pitti Uomo we can always rely on Mr Tommy Ton to capture the flamboyance of the show's audience in the beautiful city of Florence. It's great to see crowds of gents from all over the world in one place to see the cultural and regional differences in dress sense. Some opt to 'peacock' more than others but its a good insight into how each gent puts himself together and the outfits he builds for the daily happenings of everyday life. To view more of Tommy Ton's street style for GQ Magazine head over here.
For more of our favourite snaps from Pitti Uomo check out our Tumblr here.
From it’s humble maritime beginnings dating back to the 19th century, the cable knit is come a long way from it’s salty origins and by doing so has proved itself by doing so as being a substantial rugged garment favoured at first by fisherman and seafarers alike to being taken under the wing of the preppy Ivy League style we all know and admire. With the likes of Presley and Mr Matthew Broderick (Also known as Ferris Bueller) sporting this classic menswear staple which is as practical as knitwear comes is a trusty companion that should be in the wardrobe ready and waiting for when the weather drops and layering becomes a necessity.
It’s no surprise we tend to look to the our British labels for some crucial knitwear options for the colder months, we find this way, we don’t only both share a passion for good, honest well crafted clothing both the added extra that we all know too well how cold it gets in Britain when it wants to. So we appreciated the arrival of the Baseball Cable Knit Cardigan from our good friends at You Must Create (YMC) which is one of our recommended investments of the season. This all over cable knit baseball style cardigan is crafted from 100% Extra-fine Merino Wool and features leather knot ‘football’ buttons for the full fastening and a heavy ribbed shawl collar (you can never be disappointed by a YMC collar). Brilliantly finished, designed and crafted to last many cold Winters to come this knitwear piece is highly recommended.
Back in 1995 when Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins borrowed industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s slogan, ‘You must create’, in order to name their nascent clothing label they couldn’t have realised what a clarion call those words would become. The label swiftly came known as YMC, took it’s initial inspiration from workwear, the football terraces of the early 80s, the tradition of outward bound attire and American and British military wear. From the uniforms and sportswear they borrowed precision and crisp functionality and from punk they took a dark humour and well aimed iconoclasm. YMC were and will always be defined as much by what they are against as what they are for.
Since it’s creation, YMC has slowly and quietly evolved into a highly sought after and significant label, and one of many Weavers Door is proud to present to our friends and customers. Now amongst the prime exponents of a highly British form of modernism in clothing design, opting to follow in the precept that form follows function and stepping aside to those who rush towards the fleeting, transient and contingent outlook on design, allows YMC to be free from fads and fripperies, and are as close to timeless as clothing gets.
For this Autumn/Winter, YMC have put distinct signature design twists on traditional winter pieces and fabrics, presenting modern silhouettes and textures combined with influences from the uniforms of 1960’s US serviceman, and the UK air force of World War II. Some of the key pieces of the season that have stood aside for us are the Quilt Jacket, a YMC regular which has been nicely moved along in an enzyme sand wash, the fantastic Duck Coat, which is an amazing goose down and feather coat. YMC’s collaboration with Gloverall continues this season with an update of the classic duffle shape featuring a shawl collar, dual press studs and traditional rope and toggle fastening, there is also a name tag in the interior of the coat requesting your name, rank and blood type just incase you didn’t have this information on your person. Long known for their impressive quality knitwear, this season see’s the offering being no exception to the norm with a showcasing of woollens from pop colour cashmere jumpers to preppy collegiate cardigans and the Fair Isle knit pieces speak for themselves and have become a somewhat YMC classic and deservedly so. Other key styles that have got us excited is the traditional British hunting style in a jersey version of the classic American athletic baseball sweatshirt.
YMC are a prime example why Weavers Door champions heritage and strong identity, it’s the ethos behind YMC that has allowed the successful building of a loyal following of like minds who enjoy clothing for what makes it special and individual: being beautifully tailored, ingeniously understated and full of hidden details. To view the full YMC collection at Weavers Door jump to here.
Seeing as we have recently been treated to our Spring/Summer 2011 offering of YMC I thought I’d share their seasonal lookbook to celebrate. Founded in 1995 by Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, You Must Create (YMC) strive to provide men with smart, wearable and modern designed clothing, whilst not bowing to trends. The English label has grown slowly over it's 15 years and continues to keep up with it's reputation in crafting distinctly clean product with their refined design approach to give a traditional style with great detail allowing timeless looks to be created by the individual.
It's always apparent with YMC that each collection is meant to evolve from season to season, this latest season YMC have drawn inspiration from past decades in the U.K. in the youth of the World War II era being that of a time just after the World War II when all the youth moved out of the city and into the countryside for their own safety, the collection reinforces a strong British heritage allowing a charming selection to come together.
YMC have used a warm colour palette of khaki, orange, and mustard yellow to create the theme along with 1970’s inspired patterns and nautical motifs are where the label has headed this season. The collection really captures the ease of country life, a simplicity resonates through the quality clobber ranging from tee’s with graduated striped patterns, collared cardigans and an excellent rugby striped polo shirt are great interpretations of nautical styles while floral printed shirts, relaxed legwear of navy shorts and rolled khakis add a youthful spin. To seal the collection see’s a collaboration done very well indeed and even more so because it’s between two of our favourite British labels as YMC have teamed up with Gloverall to craft an amazing fisherman jacket in Navy and Yellow waxed cotton featuring the iconic wooden toggle fastening system and some great YMC design detailing such as the shawl collar and oversized pockets. It’s clear to see a lot of this collection is intended to remain in your wardrobe for quite some time with the simplicity in design and versatility making the clothing both easy to wear and just as easy to put together.
I really like the aesthetic of the lookbook as the photo’s come across as quite murky, most probably due to the old trusty English weather but it’s intriguing to see the little jabs of colour and gives the collection a nice push towards the warmer weather and really gives a great sense of looking forward to a lazy summer spent outdoors. Overall all at Weavers Door are really excited to get to the warmer months to take really stuck into YMC latest’s collection, there’s no set date for shorts to be acceptability worn but we really are going to make it as soon as possible, and although the YMC collection is rich in British heritage we maybe think it’s best to leave the socks and sandals to your grandfather, us English are easy enough to spot on holiday as it is let’s not make it any easier for them.
If you have any questions or queries on the Spring/Summer 2011 YMC collection please feel free to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0151-236-6001, when it comes to nattering about clobber we will always find time.