08
Oct

khakiscarmel:

New J. Lawrence trim-fit trousers for fall

We’re really excited about our new J. Lawrence private label trousers for fall at Khaki’s of Carmel. Designed by Jim Ockert, these have a trimmer leg and slightly lower rise. We’re doing two new fabrics in a total of seven different colors. In a donegal wool we have a beautiful mid-blue and mid-brown, both half-lined to the knee. And our brushed cotton trousers offer a great casual alternative to khakis for the fall with a soft touch and our signature charcoal belt loop on the back. Brushed cotton colors include olive green, curry yellow, chocolate brown, tan and navy.

All of our trousers feature taped seams along the seat, oxford shirting cloth pocket bags and an interior pleated waistband to improve the longevity of the trouser. And, of course, they’re hand made in Brooklyn, N.Y., exclusively for Khaki’s of Carmel. 

I picked up the blue wool trousers myself. For those curious: they run true-to-size in the waist and I’m not doing any tapering at all in the legs. They run slimmer than the Incotex contemporary fit and slimmer than both of the American and Italian fits from Howard Yount. When I get them back from hemming, I’ll post a picture of their fit. 

28
Sep

What is that fantastic chair you're lounging in in the WIWT: 09-19-203?

- Asked by eggsandabstinence

To be honest, I’m not entirely certain. I suspect it might be a vintage Plycraft as designed by George Mulhauser. I bought it from a fantastic mid-century modern dealer in Marina, Calif. — Dunepad — which is owned by a really cool guy named Dom. 

I’ve been slowly accumulating a few mid-century modern pieces from a few places in the Monterey Bay area, including Milestones Modern and Retrospect Mid-Century Modern. I moved out here without any furniture, so it seemed like a good idea to start over and take my time to find some that I really liked around a certain era and design. 

19
Sep

WIWT: 09-19-203 — It’s not always a jacket or suit for work at Khaki’s of Carmel. Sometimes it’s a sweater. In this case, an Italian wool-silk blended rugby in black layered over a white OCBD and black silk knit tie. I picked up the sweater from work not too long ago to try it out as an alternative to V-necks under a sport coat or blazer. Frankly, I just like wearing it over a button-down shirt on its own. With the right combinations, it looks really refined. 

Down below, mocha brown slim moleskin trousers from Mason’s (which are absurdly comfortable) and chocolate brown suede tassel loafers. I’ve been really happy with the fit of Mason’s, which I hadn’t tried on before starting this job. The pants fit me incredibly well through my entire leg and this particular shade of brown pairs well with a wide range of hues for the autumn months. With Carmel’s moderate temperatures, however, I could probably wear them year-round. 

Finally, I also couldn’t resist showing off my newly acquired vintage Longines on a special-order alligator watchband from W. Kleinberg. I found the watch at an antique mall in Aptos where a dealer restores vintage timepieces. I fell in love with the watch the moment I saw it, but knew its flimsy lizard leather band had to go. A co-worker had a great navy alligator watchband, so I felt pretty confident ordering from W. Kleinberg in their black version. It gives the watch a much more formal look — almost too formal for some outfits. 

15
Sep

WIWT: 09-15-2013 — Walked down to the beach. Ended up soaked to my knees and with sand in my trouser cuffs. Worth it.

11
Sep
The Odd Tuxedo Trouser — I had an unfortunate accident that resulted in my tuxedo trousers being torn up beyond repair. Since then, I’ve contemplated the idea of the odd tuxedo trouser to wear with my now orphaned jacket.
Part of me wants to attempt the "Lipschitz Black Tie" rig, but I still want something slightly more formal, which means finding a trouser.
Matching the exact shade of midnight blue mohair on my vintage dinner jacket won’t happen anytime soon, so the only choice seems to be going for a trouser so obviously not matching.
A bold and obnoxious plaid seems to be the way to go. Plain front, grosgrain trim along the outseam, no belt loops and side adjusters will work just fine, I think.
thisfits replied:
Why not Black Watch?
I feel like Black Watch is a bit too confined to the holiday season. I’m thinking something with a bright, almost Nantucket red in it instead. I don’t want it to be muted at all. 

The Odd Tuxedo Trouser — I had an unfortunate accident that resulted in my tuxedo trousers being torn up beyond repair. Since then, I’ve contemplated the idea of the odd tuxedo trouser to wear with my now orphaned jacket.

Part of me wants to attempt the "Lipschitz Black Tie" rig, but I still want something slightly more formal, which means finding a trouser.

Matching the exact shade of midnight blue mohair on my vintage dinner jacket won’t happen anytime soon, so the only choice seems to be going for a trouser so obviously not matching.

A bold and obnoxious plaid seems to be the way to go. Plain front, grosgrain trim along the outseam, no belt loops and side adjusters will work just fine, I think.

thisfits replied:

Why not Black Watch?

I feel like Black Watch is a bit too confined to the holiday season. I’m thinking something with a bright, almost Nantucket red in it instead. I don’t want it to be muted at all. 

27
Aug

khakiscarmel:

Ring Jacket & Rollnecks

The second of our inaugural shipment from Ring Jacket is a navy cashmere blazer. Fully canvased and fully lined, this blazer is a staple for fall — and it’s exclusive to Khaki’s of Carmel.

Put it over a cable rollneck sweater for a distinguished look with camel corduroys from Samuelsohn. Or wear it over a boldly checked shirt and striped necktie. We’ve finished off the outfit with Edward Green Westminister double-monk strap shoes, a belt from Martin Dingman and a wool pocket square to add some color and texture. 

Today’s Ring Jacket. Stay tuned.

26
Aug

khakiscarmel:

Introducing: Ring Jacket

Khaki’s of Carmel is proud to be the first to carry Ring Jacket in the United States. We’ve worked closely with them to develop jacket sizing and patterns for the American market and now the first few have arrived from Japan. 

Each jacket features a 3-roll-2 stance, patch pockets, dual vents, quarter lined and a trimmer cut with a capped shirt-sleeve shoulder. We’ve paired the herringbone wool jacket with a suede quilted vest, plaid shirt, ancient madder necktie, a Canali wool pocket square, 5-pocket burgundy cords and the Edward Green Ullswater. 

Not even going to lie: I had a lot of fun putting them on and checking out the fit. The cashmere blazers are an especially great value for a fully canvased jacket. 

24
Aug
Alton Brown — Did you know he’s on Tumblr? Did you know that he did an interview about his personal style at Suave by Nature?
He’s by far the best-dressed guy on television and easily one of the most entertaining (and informative). 

Alton Brown — Did you know he’s on Tumblr? Did you know that he did an interview about his personal style at Suave by Nature?

He’s by far the best-dressed guy on television and easily one of the most entertaining (and informative). 

24
Aug
Hooman Majd's Edward Green penny loafers — Impressively well worn.

Hooman Majd's Edward Green penny loafers — Impressively well worn.

24
Aug
Studio Gorm leather key holder — An interesting EDC solution if part of my EDC didn’t include carrying a car key/fob combination that’s too large for the holder. Obnoxiously large car keys with batteries in them annoy me for this very reason.

Studio Gorm leather key holder — An interesting EDC solution if part of my EDC didn’t include carrying a car key/fob combination that’s too large for the holder. Obnoxiously large car keys with batteries in them annoy me for this very reason.

24
Aug
The 2x1 double-breasted, shawl-lapel tuxedo — This is definitely what I want my next tuxedo to be (with turn-back cuffs).  
(Image via womensweardaily)

The 2x1 double-breasted, shawl-lapel tuxedo — This is definitely what I want my next tuxedo to be (with turn-back cuffs).  

(Image via womensweardaily)

18
Aug
ordinaryglory:

dreamsofperfection:

theodinspire:

GAH! I was rushing out the door to get to a movie, and this is what I get! Two typos, now fixed.

I still have yet to go to one of these. If time permits, I’m gonna try and make it! I swear…

Always a good time. I love these guys. 

Signal boost.

ordinaryglory:

dreamsofperfection:

theodinspire:

GAH! I was rushing out the door to get to a movie, and this is what I get! Two typos, now fixed.

I still have yet to go to one of these. If time permits, I’m gonna try and make it! I swear…

Always a good time. I love these guys. 

Signal boost.

13
Aug
khakiscarmel:

Welcome to the Carmel-by-the-Sea 2013 Concours on the Avenue
The ‘57 300 SL.

Work today was pretty cool. Tons of amazing cars were parked along downtown Carmel for the Concours.

khakiscarmel:

Welcome to the Carmel-by-the-Sea 2013 Concours on the Avenue

The ‘57 300 SL.

Work today was pretty cool. Tons of amazing cars were parked along downtown Carmel for the Concours.

01
Aug

Put This On: When You Need It NOW!

What Jesse says is quite true. You may be the guy who “never wears a suit”, but you will one day need one along with the necessary furnishings. 

Have one sitting in a garment bag in your closet ready to go at all times. Keep a shirt pressed. A pair of perfectly shined shoes in shoe bags. Set aside the belt, tie and matching socks in a place you’ll find them easily. 

You can avoid a lot of anxiety and stress for those moments when you need them and not having them will compound those same feelings. 

31
Jul

khakiscarmel:

J. Lawrence vicuña sport coat made by Martin Greenfield

The latest arrivals at Khaki’s of Carmel came in from Brooklyn, New York, for our J. Lawrence private label. Owner Jim Ockert went to Martin Greenfield Clothiers to make three unique jacket patterns exclusive to Khaki’s.

Greenfield is considered among the few elite tailors working in the United States. From producing garments for many top brands to providing the wardrobe seen in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” to tailoring suits for President Bill Clinton, Greenfield’s work is well respected and was our go-to for producing our exclusive fall line. 

After an extensive amount of work, the first jackets are now available in store — including this beautifully soft navy vicuña sport coat. 

We’ve written about vicuña in the past, a luxurious and rare wool. The coat features a contrasting boutineer hole, pick stitching on the lining, taped seams, horn buttons and hand-stitched buttonholes. The result is an elegant and wearable coat that is light and comfortable.

It’s a versatile piece that we’ve paired with a J. Lawrence MTM private label dress shirt, Luciano Barbera donegal wool tie and Brioni paisley pocket square. 

We’ll be featuring more of our J. Lawrence jackets from Martin Greenfield soon. Stay tuned!

The new J. Lawrence jackets made by Martin Greenfield arrived and I fell in love. Can’t wait show everyone more pictures. They’re really beautiful.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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