Summer Wrap-Up/Fall Picks

WOW. Today is the official end of summer and I must say that it was filled with memorable moments. For me this will forever be the summer of American Apparel tanks and cut off shorts. I always love summer for the simple moments that it provides. Quiet evenings at the park with a good friend, or those shady afternoons spent on the porch reading. As well as the time that I spent in the Bahamas and in Atlanta.
I look forward to fall for the fun of dressing. The boots, sweaters, blazers, and other accoutrements. These Palladium boots I kept seeing throughout the summer.Palladium was founded in 1920 to make tires for the fledgling aviation industry. Tires were made by layering canvas bands underneath vulcanized rubber. Palladium’s expertise was so advanced that soon the majority of Europe’s aircraft were using Palladium tires. After World War II, with aircraft manufacturing screeching to a halt, the demand for tires decreased dramatically. Palladium decided to open a plant in Pont De Cheruy, France, to start producing footwear that was as hard wearing as their tires. In 1947 the legendary Pampa boot was born, and the functionality, comfort and durability were so outstanding that the French Foreign Legion adopted it for their use. The Foreign Legion put the boot to the test in the harsh desert conditions of North Africa, and throughout the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains. Today, the original design, classic lines and time tested utility are as relevant as they have ever been. Combining over 60 years of authenticity with modern manufacturing, premium materials and cutting edge styling, Palladium boots($55) are ready to help you explore your street, your city, or the world.The Leather shearling lined versions will be available on the Palladuim site late October, the canvas versions are available now on there site as well as Urban Outfitters.
As far as a coat, I normally lean toward something a bit more utilitarian but I find this solid tweed sportcoat from J.crew($265) just as practical. It has a modern silhouette with a narrow lapel, square flaps on the pockets and a slightly shorter cut. It also added traditional tailor-made details, like a felted undercollar (which makes the collar sit closer to the neck) and the finest-quality Bemberg lining. Of course, they started with the finest English wool. J.Crew seems to just get it right every season, It just so happens that I am somehow more willing to spend the money in the fall and winter on a single look.
Speaking of spending for my splurge item it would have to be the Tron jacket from the Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Collection. I can't even come up with a good reason to spend $1,695 on a jacket other than its so fly.
I hope that you have a good Labor Day and enjoy that last Cheeseburger of the summer.

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