Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Filson – Fall/Winter 2011
June 2, 2011 Leave a comment
If you follow my tweets, then you were lucky enough to catch wind of last weekend’s Fall/Winter 2010 clearance sale on all remaining Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, and Dunderdon apparel. Men’s and women’s polos at $35, shoes at $25, and beautiful bags at $35 – everything cleared out to make way for the arrival of Canadian distributor Standard Apparel’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collections. Jeremy Logan and the team at Standard Apparel distribute Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Dunderdon, Filson, Aether Apparel, Worn Free, and Standard Issue across Canada. This past Tuesday they held a media preview of their upcoming collections due to hit retailers some time around August. Here’s a quick recap of some of their latest offerings in menswear:
Going back to the late 1940s, the Fred Perry brand was born when Austrian footballer Tibby Wegner approached the tennis champ with an idea to invent the very first sweatband. It wasn’t until 1952 that the design duo would introduce the iconic slim-fitting piqué cotton shirt with the Laurel Wreath logo. The shirts were quickly adopted by London’s mods, as well as other subcultures into the 1960s and 1970s. A big fan of Fred Perry, especially their dress shirts and polos, so I was excited to check out their FW11 Collection. The colours have toned down a bit for FW11 with plaids still hot and the pieces look as superb in quality and design as ever. Look for special detail to linings and accents for next season. Some of my favourite pieces included the black matte laptop bags and accessories, plaid and Harris Tweed bags, a cozy cream fisherman’s sweater, a navy duffel coat, the pajama-like comfort of the brushed cotton dress shirts, and a sweet pair of burgundy trousers. Authentic and premium Laurel Wreath collections guaranteed to not disappoint. Fred Perry is available at the Canadian flagship store located at 964 Queen Street West, Toronto.
I had a chance to meet Oliver Spencer when he was in town last winter. This cool laid back bloke is a self-taught designer and tailor with a sartorial vision. A bridge between popular streetwear and traditional British tailoring using quality fabrics and exquisite craftsmanship – that vision is the modern man. The quality is definitely there. Oliver showed at London Fashion Week this year and his collection had a looser fitting casual military elegance to it. Highlights of the FW11 Collection include Oliver’s foray into shearling outerwear, a beautiful Harris Crew Fair Isle sweater, signature Oliver Spencer green sports coats and outerwear, a khaki Mac overcoat, fresh trousers, a navy signalman’s jacket, a grey Bloomsbury cardigan, and some bold green camo prints (not shown). How can one forget the Oliver Spencer footwear? The brogue boots were beautiful. Oliver Spencer is available at the Canadian flagship store located at 962 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Filson’s tough rugged outerwear and accessories are a outdoorsman’s wardrobe staple. Their clothes have been around for over 100 years and they’ll still be here in another hundred. As the leading outfitter for outdoor enthusiasts, Filson’s high performance apparel defies trends and is a favourite amoung hunters and fishermen, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners, and anyone with a passion for the outdoors. They’re renowned for their proprietary fabrics such as their Tin Cloth and warm, rugged Mackinaw Wool. The Filson flagship store is located in Seattle, Washington, with another in Portland, Oregon. In Canada, you can find Filson at Holt Renfrew, Nomad, TNT, the Drake General Store, Uncle Otis, and other locations throughout the country.
Standard Apparel also carries Dunderdon, a Swedish workwear brand of carpenter turned designer Per-Ivan Hagberg and Aether Apparel, the slim fitting ski/snowboard sportswear without the bulk, created by two Los Angeles film producers. For Standard Apparel FW11 Presentation photos, please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.