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Summer Kit N°9 – Change is Coming

Despite the weather remaining reasonably warm, the many Fall/Winter releases in the men's clothing world of late have got me thinking more about fall. Particularly, I'm getting excited about being able to wear my Apolis Indigo Chore Coat without cooking and walking down the street streaming sweat. This kit is put together around the chore coat, though just about any piece could be the focal point for a pretty great looking kit.

The Apolis Indigo Chore Jacket is probably the best non-technical jacket I've ever owend, or could ever hope to own. It's crafted by the fine folks at Apolis, who are consistently able to combine great garments, top construction and exceptional fabric with a real social conscience. They're the sort of brand you really can't help but root for. This jacket is a 100% Italian wool knit and dyed two different shades of indigo to ensure a unique fade with time.

As the rest of the kit is quite tonal, the Engineered Garments 2011 tab collar shirt is included to provide a little bit of colour. The floral print in blue and green always looks on point, and the weight of the shirt is perfect for a brisk fall day under the jacket or on its own on a warmer day. Engineered Garments always produce top quality pieces, and this is no exception; details like the tab collar and locker loop showing off Daiki Suzuki's flair for perfect detailing.

The Unis Gio is my go-to chino, so it makes sense I would add it to this kit. They look great paired with just the EG shirt and even better when you add on the indigo of the chore coat on top. The chinos themselves are a great fit– they sit just between slim and classic, cut from top quality fabric and sewn in the USA.

While not currently available as they tend to sell out in the blink of an eye, the Inventory x the Superior Labour socks are the finest socks I've ever had the pleasure of slipping onto my feet. They're some of the best melange socks available, made from 90% Japanese cotton knitted on quality Japanese low guage machines by craftsmen who have been producing similar pieces for the last 40 years. They should be re-releasing come October or Novemeber.

My current sneaker of choice, Reigning Champ, collaborated with Converse to put their own unique spin on the ubiquitous Chuck Taylor. They're made from the Reigning Champ heavyweight terry fabric on the outers, and a light blue oxford cotton in the liner. They're an incredibly comfortable sneaker that should keep your feet warm come fall.

The second contrast piece is The Hill-Side x Free / Man pocket square. The aqua chambray looks great contrasted against the coat, or peeking out of the back pocket on the chinos. The great fabric selection and construction also ensures you'll be representing the original Gentlemen's Reserve for a long time to come.

Apolis Indigo Chore Jacket
Engineered Garments Tab Collar Shirt
Unis Gio Chino
Reigning Champ x Converse Sneaker
Inventory x the Superior Labour Sock
Free/Man x The Hill-Side Pocket Square

Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for post that Apolis jacket. I've been looking for something exactly like that, but hadn't come across it till now. I found somewhere in Europe that stocks it, so i'll hopefully cop. There is a 'one year on' photo on the site and it looks ridiculously. gorgeous.

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLM

LM – Stay tuned for an upcoming special Free / Man x Apolis promo for our faithful readers...

September 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterDarian Hocking

Referring to this shot, LM?
Yes, amazing. Waiting on that promo, Darian!

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

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