JOHNSTONS-of-Elgin

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Trying Something New

In music, you don’t usually start by improvising and composing music. You practise technique and usually learn other people’s compositions until you get comfortable enough to create your own variations.

It’s no different in this case. This is a glen plaid Barbour Beaufort SL that is slimmer than their regular versions. I’ve essentially replicated an outfit from @cazjl (on IG) but I look forward to creating my own variations. The brands may be different but it’s essentially, the jacket, blue cap, camel scarf, dark denim and burgundy derby boots.

Jacket - Barbour

Scarf and Cap - Johnstons of Elgin via Henry Carter

Jeans - Orslow 107 One Wash

Socks - Anonymous Ism

Boots - Carmina

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A Cold Morning

It was 0 degrees Celsius this morning and I thought I would take the photographs before I headed out for the day. I figured that if this gear was good enough for sailors in freezing weather then it would be more than up to the task today and I was right.

It did get warmer later in the day so off came the cap and gloves (not shown).

Cap: Johnstons of Elgin

Peacoat: The Real McCoy’s

Turtleneck: Andersen&Andersen

Fatigue Pants: Orslow

Boots: Alden

Consider the Office Cardigan

When I get to work I usually hang my jacket up immediately, leaving me looking somewhat sartorially incomplete for the remainder of the day. I like putting together odd jacket looks for office wear, but keeping my jacket on all day would be a bridge too far, even for me. So in the event of a staff meeting or an interview, I like to be able to put something on over my shirt and tie, without always resorting to re-donning my sport coat (especially considering some of the wilder plaids I tend to favor from time to time).

That’s where the office cardigan comes in. Something simple, like this navy blue 100% cashmere number from Johnsons of Elgin (thrifted) is versatile enough to go with almost anything, but with enough unique details (MOP buttons, an extremely soft hand) to not be boring. Plus, it can be handy in dealing with the harsh climates of the office air conditioner system.

Consider the office cardigan.

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If there is one thing that has ruined our modern world it is the single occupancy vehicle. Henry Ford’s dream to create an automobile for the middle class has placed us into a culture of entitlement. Automobiles are a destructive force of community. The idea that you own that piece of land your vehicle is under. How much for parking? Stuck in traffic again? The common complaints that come from public spaces is saying they is either not enough, or that they are underused, or poorly designed. When I think of public spaces I think of the road systems and how much we have devoted to the idea of the auto. I think of fashion and how it is a world of being scene, the idea of capturing a moment in space and time. A vehicle moves though space and time at speeds greater than the mind can travel. Being born and raised in an urban centre walking has always been my mode of transportation. This compliments my environment and my lifestyle. I should also say I am not anti car - I have a licence, and I await Top Gear releases like water from a well. What I have never been able to understand is the culture around vehicles. The idea that we give massive amounts of public space to roads, and parking. And how the only thing that comes of that is complaints about traffic and parking. Imagine a world were transit was a priority. High speed rail and trams connecting our communities. All of the money that has been invested into personal automobiles instead invested into the community. In a country as vast as Canada these are ideas that seem to completely defy logic. But the history is there from long ago. We became a country due to a massive cross country rail network. The establishment of telecommunications from wires, to satellites crisscrossing our landscape. These are both frameworks that required massive investment and built connections, and community. But it was these new found connections that actually pull us apart. Our culture is now full of - Me, I, and Want. Its a lot harder to say words like - Us, Together, and Create. We’ve been told to live, and dream. Well…