29
Sep
maidoookini:

Prepare for the trunk show…

Room 3016 at Parc 55. Stop by anytime from 10-5 Monday and Tuesday if you want to check out what Khaki’s and Ring Jacket is up to these days — even if you’re not looking to order anything. We’d love to meet all of you and chat about #menswear.

maidoookini:

Prepare for the trunk show…

Room 3016 at Parc 55. Stop by anytime from 10-5 Monday and Tuesday if you want to check out what Khaki’s and Ring Jacket is up to these days — even if you’re not looking to order anything. We’d love to meet all of you and chat about #menswear.

22
Sep

For all of you aspiring steezy Asian dudes looking to become RING PEOPLE, a quick reminder about the Ring Jacket x Khaki’s of Carmel trunk show in San Francisco next week (Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 29 & 30).

The suits above are all made from Carlo Barbera fabrics, which Ring Jacket will be bringing with them along with fabric books from Loro Piana, Draper’s, Zegna and more.

While we encourage appointments, we’ll also be welcoming walk-ins, too, on both days until 6:30 p.m. Just contact us at 831-277-4975 and we’ll escort you up on the day of to our suite. 

And we’ll have our fall collection along with a sample of our Edward Green and Gaziano & Girling shoe range. Plus, you can check out our J. Lawrence chinos and trousers, too. 

If you have any questions, then get in touch with me: appointments@khakiscarmel.com. We want as many people to experience what Ring Jacket feels and fits like!

(images via ringjacket tumblr)

11
Sep
khakiscarmel:

Sept 29 & 30: Ring Jacket San Francisco Trunk Show
We’re really excited at Khaki’s of Carmel to announce our first trunk show with Ring Jacket. We’ll be in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel for two days to take made-to-measure orders and show off their fall collection we’re carrying in our store.
We’ll be welcoming Ring Jacket’s Hidetoshi Sasamoto, who will be taking measurements and orders for custom tailored clothing, using fabrics both exclusive to Ring Jacket and also from Loro Piana, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Carlo Barbera, VBC and Zegna.
This is a great opportunity to experience Ring Jacket for yourself and have access to their expertise. We’re thrilled they’ll be making the trip and to bring their fit and style to the Bay Area.
If you’re interested, then please click here to reserve an appointment with us or you can email us at appointments@khakiscarmel.com with any questions. 

If you’re in the area and looking for a new suit or sport coat, then come see us! If you’re the kind of guy who has a hard time finding suits because you’re short and slim (aka: not off the rack in most stores), then Ring Jacket can be a great alternative. Personally, I like the fit — despite being taller, longer chested — because the armholes are quite high and the fit is slim enough that I actually have to size up. I’ve ordered a new suit for myself for spring in their exclusive seersucker wide stripe fabric that’s actually a cotton and silk blend and looking forward to wearing it next year. Of course, they have a good selection of “normal” fabrics too, for those of you looking for something more somber. Feel free to ask questions if you have them, but email is the best.

khakiscarmel:

Sept 29 & 30: Ring Jacket San Francisco Trunk Show

We’re really excited at Khaki’s of Carmel to announce our first trunk show with Ring Jacket. We’ll be in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel for two days to take made-to-measure orders and show off their fall collection we’re carrying in our store.

We’ll be welcoming Ring Jacket’s Hidetoshi Sasamoto, who will be taking measurements and orders for custom tailored clothing, using fabrics both exclusive to Ring Jacket and also from Loro Piana, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Carlo Barbera, VBC and Zegna.

This is a great opportunity to experience Ring Jacket for yourself and have access to their expertise. We’re thrilled they’ll be making the trip and to bring their fit and style to the Bay Area.

If you’re interested, then please click here to reserve an appointment with us or you can email us at appointments@khakiscarmel.com with any questions. 

If you’re in the area and looking for a new suit or sport coat, then come see us!

If you’re the kind of guy who has a hard time finding suits because you’re short and slim (aka: not off the rack in most stores), then Ring Jacket can be a great alternative.

Personally, I like the fit — despite being taller, longer chested — because the armholes are quite high and the fit is slim enough that I actually have to size up.

I’ve ordered a new suit for myself for spring in their exclusive seersucker wide stripe fabric that’s actually a cotton and silk blend and looking forward to wearing it next year. Of course, they have a good selection of “normal” fabrics too, for those of you looking for something more somber.

Feel free to ask questions if you have them, but email is the best.

08
Jan
khakiscarmel:

Scarpe di Bianco
Scotch grain anima balmorals on the 3376 last.

These just came in today and they made me feel instantly envious. 

khakiscarmel:

Scarpe di Bianco

Scotch grain anima balmorals on the 3376 last.

These just came in today and they made me feel instantly envious. 

07
Feb

Review: J. Lawrence Khaki’s of Carmel khaki trousers

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I want to make an admission: I’ve only owned one pair of khakis since getting into this whole menswear, dressing-better thing. 

I know it’s a wardrobe staple, the bedrock of casual workplace wardrobes across the country, but I’ve really only owned one and even that pair I ended up selling after a few months. My preference has always been to wear wool trousers or denim. 

(I will admit to buying a pair of beige canvas cotton trousers last year, however, I don’t consider them true khaki drill cotton trousers.)

For a while I was slowly considering several options from the usual suspects, but kept putting it off. After all, they weren’t a personal wardrobe staple for years, why rush a purchase now?

In a weird coincidence, Jim Ockert, the owner of J. Lawrence’s Khaki’s of Carmel, contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to review their new private label line of — what else? — khaki trousers. 

Khakis from Khaki’s. Sure, I’m game. 

(To get the obvious questions out of the way: No, they don’t just sell khakis at Khaki’s and the name “Khaki’s” was chosen by Jim because it was easy to remember — much in the same way “Polo” is identifiable with Ralph Lauren.) 

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When I first received the trousers, I took note of a few things. First, the fabric weight and density felt substantial. I’ve tried chinos and khaki trousers from several brands and some of their fabric just felt thin and cheap. Not the case with these pants, which are made of an English drill cotton. 

Jim said the twill fabric he chose is unwashed and won’t stretch or change over time like some cotton fabrics do (indeed, I noticed such things happened on a pair of chinos from Brooks Brothers). The interior piping and pockets are made from Italian oxford cotton fabric. 

In regards to the trouser’s construction, Jim said he instructed his manufacturer in New York to find details to add in rather than subtract out to save costs. 

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When it comes to fastening details, the trousers don’t cut corners. The trousers have a YKK metal zipper and a French fly with an extended tab on the front so the waistband stays straight. 

On the interior, a two-piece pleated waist curtain gives the trousers better fit just below the waist and the waistband itself is split so you can alter it if you gain or lose weight (most cheap chinos will have a single-block waistband that’s unalterable). 

The trousers completely lack branding with the exception of the center belt loop being a charcoal flannel material — a quirky signature from Jim (if this is too much whimsy for you, then a spare belt loop make of English drill is included, too). 

While details are nice, cut and fit still matter the most. While the J. Lawrence line will feature two cuts, I asked to try the contemporary fit rather than the slim fit. Over the past year, I’ve come to find that slim trousers aren’t very flattering on me and combined with my larger feet, they can make me look a bit awkward. 

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I’m really happy with the contemporary fit. It’s relaxing to wear, but still very flattering. The trousers come unhemmed and I had them altered to just a bit past “no break” without a cuff. There’s enough room for movement in the seat and thigh area without it looking too wide and after a few wearings I’ve found them quite comfortable to lounge in while sitting down at my desk. 

The rise is what I’d call a slightly higher mid-rise, which is another one of my preferences now. The legs taper slightly with a leg opening of 8” (on a 33” waist), which I guess one would call almost conservative by today’s standards. 

Jim informed me that the cut of the trouser is unique to Khaki’s and their slim cut features a lower rise and more tapered leg, which may be the preference of others who are looking for that look. 

"We’re not trying to make ‘candy clothing’ that looks good but you can’t wear it," Jim said. "It’s wearable and approachable anywhere in the world." 

I’ve enjoyed wearing the trousers with a simple OCBD and a cashmere cable-knit crewneck sweater and penny loafers or chukka boots (as seen above), which all seem coherent with a casual trouser. Of course, I’ve also found myself wearing it with a navy blazer and wingtips.

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Curious, I asked Jim how he’d choose to style the khaki trouser on one of the 98 mannequins in his store and he responded by styling three of them at his store with the trousers in their various colors. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a pair, Jim said you can e-mail him personally at jimockert@yahoo.com or call the store at 1-800-664-8106 and he’d be happy to chat with you. 

And if you haven’t read it yet, check out brokeandbespoke’s profile of Jim Ockert and J. Lawrence Khaki’s of Carmel. It’s a good read and after my chats on the phone with Jim I can honestly say it’s an accurate portrayal of Jim’s enthusiasm for menswear — and I genuinely hope to make it out to his store in the future to see it in person.  

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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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