Since Matt and I have been very busy with the administration and technical aspects of running a menswear sewing pattern company over the last week (So much math! So much time using complicated computer programs! Both things I NEVER imagined myself doing for a living!) I thought I'd give myself and you a bit of fun by pulling together some inspiration for our next collection of patterns.
The Parkland Collection of four patterns will be complete with the release of the Goldstream Peacoat and consists of:
As many of you, I'm sure, have noticed, our first collection was inspired by the beautiful parks we have been lucky to grow up in around the Vancouver Island area. Indeed, Matt spent many a summer weekend anchored off Newcastle Island with his family and we got engaged atop a mountain on Jedediah Island.
The inspiration for our next collection, the Alpine Collection, is a little less personal and is instead a nod to my love of research and history. I am very intrigued by the idea of the 'outdoorsman' as embodied by numerous public figures throughout the 20th century such as Eric Shipton
, Theodore Roosevelt
, and Lionel Terray
. I think that rugged, comfortable and practical clothing with a classic aesthetic has a very firm place in most men's closets and that outdoor sporting clothes are very current as every day wear.
To get myself immersed in and inspired by the lives led by people wearing such clothes, I have big plans to re-watch the excellent movie, North Face (2008)
, which, based on a true story, is about two German climbers who are part of a Nazi driven race to ascend the Eiger, a Swiss summit.
Another film that looks interesting is the National Geographic's documentary, The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)
which includes all sorts of amazing historically accurate mountain climbing costumes from the 1920s.
I've also assembled a board of inspiration based on current clothing brands. What do you think?
Carhartt WIP Hickman Coat: Cozy hood, flap pockets, zipper closure with all-weather placket, drawstring to tighten waist.
Filson Mackinaw Cruiser: Versatile as it would look nice in everything from wool to cotton to waterproof sports fabrics.
Carhartt WIP Battle Parka: Love the angled flap pockets, lower face protection, draw strings, and hidden zipper.
Filson Mackinaw Wool Vest: An everyday vest that is both sleek and cozy. Love the front pocket shape. Statement plaid!
Filson Mackinaw Wool Vest: A more muted colour to show that this vest could also be elegant and gentlemanly.
Moncler Twill Straight Leg Cargo Pants: A dressier slim-fit take on rugged cargo pants.
Carhartt WIP Aviation Pant: Cargo pants suited for hard use but still modern with slim fit and low waist.
Arcteryx Caliber Cardigan: Really interesting seamlines at the shoulders. A nice easy to wear zip up.
Carhartt WIP Elias Pocket Sweater: Just your average sweater...but with a pocket!
Arcteryx Cordin Pullover: A simple sweater with great shoulder details. Nice in a wool blend but could also be made lighter.
Frank and Oak Greenwich Backpack: This would be a fun project to sew - especially with customized pockets!
Frank and Oak Hyde Mountaineering Backpack: I love the double strap closure as a perfect leather accent!
Now that you've had a look at my ideas, do you have any garments you'd like to add to the pool of 'Alpine' themed menswear? Request and suggest away! Also, some of the great brands above have been referred to by our blog readers and I was thrilled to receive such excellent (and awesomely relevant to my theme!) inspiration. Do you have any menswear brands that inspire you? I'd love to take a look!