Club Monaco Fall/Winter ’13 – Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground

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“I wish I had a better camera.”

I’ve found myself saying this sentence a lot lately, ever since I decided that shooting film was an expendable expense (sacrilege, I know) and that my iPhone camera would suffice for whatever photos I might to take during the course of a day. But last night at Club Monaco‘s Fall/Winter preview, I felt like I’d been caught in the rain without an umbrella.

I often worry that this site focuses far too much on my aspirations and inspirations, without paying enough attention to my realities. Do I wear bespoke ghurka pants? No. Do I own benchmade white bucks? No. Do I own a Volkswagen Thing, or for that matter, even a car? God, no. Let’s face it, I’m a twenty-one year old living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and my daily expenses pretty much price me out of ninety percent of what I write about on this site. Which is why if I was being honest, I’d say that Club Monaco is realistically one of the brands that best suits me in my current standing.

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What Aaron Levine and co. have done over at Club Monaco during the past few years is nothing short of remarkable, filling a dual role as interpreter and teacher. I look at Club like a shrewd older brother of sorts, guiding a younger set on what products are actually worth spending our hard earned shekels on, and what pieces are nothing short of passing fads. And the best part of this is that there is no litmus test to shopping at Club – you don’t need to be some twenty-something menswear nerd with enough free hours in the day to scour the internet to find a belted cardigan, all you need to do is pay a visit to your local mall.

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The distinction between appreciation and actually pulling out your wallet (that is if you can even find that piece or that brand you’ve seen online to begin with) is what separates a wardrobe that’s entirely .jpg and the one that you’re actually wearing. Thankfully, Club Monaco continues to bring those two worlds together in the best way possible. Now if only my .jpg’s from last night could have come out better.

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Yes, a velvet shawl collar tuxedo.

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A gorgeous peak lapeled, double breasted overcoat. Although I’ll admit, the new pants fit (I believe it was called the Connor) wasn’t my favorite, as it was a bit too slim for my tastes. With that said, I am a big fan of the Davis fit, which is more of a slim-straight.

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Apparently the trainer trend has made its way back to its roots.

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I was particularly impressed by the knits, which were incredibly soft and uncomplicated. And yes, those are wool Nylites up there.

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5 comments
  1. It’s always worth lugging a proper camera around with you – and film is always king!

  2. The whole collection seems to be very expensive, am I wrong?

    • Expensive is relative I would say, but no I think for what it is Club Monaco is quite reasonably priced.

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