Last Thursday after 8 o'clock in the evening, the Monocle shop was still furiously unpacking, readying itself for its official opening on Monday when it will unveil its second U.S. outpost in the west village. It's about time.
We're embracing the wet weather, taking those dark skies as a sign we should get a head start on our Fall outerwear. Here are a few of our faves, starting with the Elka Army Raincoat from Denmark, offered by Rogue's Gallery. Just below is the Fall Rain Slicker by Steven Alan, followed by Freemans Sporting Club's Chore Jacket. Made from water-resistant waxed cotton, FSC added brass buttons from the Waterbury Button Company, circa 1812, as a nice special detail. At bottom, Steven Alan's Seaside Slicker Jacket of waxed cotton, with detachable hood.
This year's trench by Jack Spade borrows from their former collaboration with Mackintosh and somehow manages to improve it twofold. The waxy exterior is super soft and pliant so you can actually move your arms while you wear it. What is normally a boxy silhouette is cut slim and tailored, so slim that we had to go up one size, anticipating thicker sweaters during colder days; and the sandy beige color adds a more modern touch.
This is how it went on a Saturday just east of the East River:
1. PS1: watched tots armed with exercise balls dunk themselves in the kiddie pool on ourway to the stairs that lead up to what will be an unsurprising exhibition by PS1 standards. Gawked and smirked then sat outside on the cool concrete with a pilsner while watching the Hindu dancer steal The Blondes' thunder.
2. Biked to Fatty Cue, started off with whisky and pickleback shots (see image here). Love: Pullman's toast with master fat, bbq duck and red curry, steamed bao, peanut butter and pretzel pie. Best drink: Smoking Bone (whiskey, tabasco and chocolate bitters, etc.).
4. Walked over to Marlow and Sons for an El Heriberto tequila cocktail.
5. Biked to Dram for a penicillin scotch cocktail with a touch of Laphroaig, our whisky of choice: smoky, woody and leathery.