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Not Your Grandma’s Quilt

December 5th, 2013

I’m all for mixing visual textures – the beefier the better come Fall/Winter. I’ve also always had a thing for quilting – maybe it’s the Canadian in me gravitating toward warmer garments. In fact, quilting was one of the focuses of my final menswear collection at the Fashion Institute of NYC.

Quilting has been showing up in all kinds of places lately, from tailored garments to knitwear. It’s a great way to ad some warmth, texture, and depth to your F/W look.

Here are three examples from my wardrobe.

1. Quilted Waistcoat

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Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

Here’s a unique way to add a little weight and warmth to your odd vest 3-piece. I love extending the no-coat-needed period with seasonal cloths and textures in the Fall.

This is the quilted waistcoat I did for my design school collection. Handmaking it was a b-tch, but now I really appreciate it. It’s one of my favorite layering pieces.

There’s a fluffy layer of padding sewn between the grey flannel (Zegna) suiting fabric and the interior silk lining. I used gunmetal buttons, patch pockets, and a striped cotton shirting at the backside.  The back cinch is also cut from the self flannel cloth, to mimic the line at the back collar.

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All flannel everything!

Flannel suit, flannel shirt, flannel tie, flannel waistcoat.

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A great look to be suited & booted.

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Wool Flannel Suit in Navy

Donegal Tweed Vest in Monochrome

2. Quilted Blazer

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Here’s a nice F/W tweak to the classic “blue blazer & khakis” American prep look.

Quilted navy blazer, khaki corduroys, flannel herringbone shirt, tweed tie.

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Quilted blazers have been around for a while, but I’ve never felt one this luxurious.

Off-the-rack it fit like a glove, giving as slim as silhouette as a quilted jacket ever could. It’s also warm but super lightweight and easily packable.

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I custom ordered these chestnut/chocolate/suede “Strand” captoe oxfords from Allen Edmonds using their new Custom Fit Function.

Check it out to put together a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes based on their bestselling classic models.

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Khaki Cotton Trouser

Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt

3. Quilted Crewneck

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Leave it to Band of Outsiders (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations) to create a sporty/preppy quilted crewneck sweater. It’s a cross between outerwear and knitwear, making it warm, soft, and comfortable.

Here I threw it over a shirt and tie, but of course it’s also a great weekend pop-over.

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These are the matching trousers to the waistcoat from look 1.

I wanted to add a jacket to the look to make it a full 3-piece but, as anyone who’s ever hand-tailored a full canvas jacket can attest, that sh-t is no joke! My first jacket took me 100+ hours (factoring in mistakes, fittings, alts, recuts, etc).

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Had these boots since freshman year of college (2005) – quality is a smart investment.

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

 

Photography by Alex Crawford