Technically fall officially starts on September 23, but the weather has already started to turn here in the Midwestern United States. The mornings and evenings are cool and crisp with mild temps throughout the day. Its not time yet to break out the full on jackets and coats, but there is a need for that extra mid-layer.
For the past five or so summers, I have started the season off on a quest to find the perfect, simple, non-in-your face logo trainer. A trainer so versatile that allows me to wear it on the weekends and if I wanted to feel like a rebel, I could rock them with a sport jacket at the office or even better, with a suit when I am presenting to the board of directors. Each season I start this quest and end up having to chose from the normal cast of charters, the New Balance 574, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature, or the adidas Original Rod Laver. I am happy to say this season, even thought we are 3/4 of the way through it, I found a new brand and style to choose from.
This past week Allen Edmonds, the 91 year old footwear brand out of Port Washington WI launched a small collection of apparel. There are enough pieces to create 8-10 classic looks, which can be seen below, but what is most important about this launch is that 90% of this collection was made right here, in the USA.
Paul Grangaard, the brands President and CEO states ‘This is all about great American styling combined with American manufacturing authenticity…Allen Edmonds has proven that world class shoes can be handcrafted in America. Now we’re going to help show the world that it also can still be done in amazing clothing and leather goods.’ With the manufacturing of this line, Allen Edmonds, along with their production partners were able to create and fill more than 280 skilled labor jobs, all filled by the american worker.
Along with this launch, the company has also re-braneded themselves and have picked up the tag line, ‘An American Original’. The logo is clean, simple and classic, which really speaks to the brand and their offering.
This past week at PROJECT, Katin USA released a preview of their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, titled ‘Desert Reflections’. The collection is more than the basic board-short and tank top we all know the brand for. Desert Reflections takes a more refined and sophisticated approach to sportswear, yet you don’t lose that west coast causal vibe in the pieces. There is the classic graphic tee, but you also some great woven items and some killer accessories.