abitofcolor

Menswear, denim and accessories that reflect my personal style of mixing contemporary casual and tailored apparel...all with a bit of color.

"To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about" -Luciano Barbera
John Lobb shows abitofcolor

John Lobb shows abitofcolor

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Edward Green Sandringham
A newly arrived Khaki’s of Carmel exclusive from Edward Green: the unique color combination in the Sandringham model of tobacco suede and burnt pine calf on the 202 last. 

Leave it up to Khaki’s to bring in something so unique!

khakiscarmel:

Edward Green Sandringham

A newly arrived Khaki’s of Carmel exclusive from Edward Green: the unique color combination in the Sandringham model of tobacco suede and burnt pine calf on the 202 last. 

Leave it up to Khaki’s to bring in something so unique!

Ghurka opened their beautiful new store at 245 Post Street in San Francisco just in time for the Holidays. The 1,000 square foot space features attractive displays of their fine leather bags and accessories. 

Marley Hodgson founded Ghurka in 1975. Soon his bags and accessories became popular for offering a distinctive masculine look and could be found at the finest men’s specialty stores across the country.

In the late 90’s the traditional Ghurka look fell a bit out of fashion when black ballistic nylon became all the rage. The company was sold in 2003 and it’s then new owners moved it in the direction of a fashion accessory company with production offshore. That strategy didn’t work but fortunately Ghurka now has all-new owners who have brought manufacturing back to the USA and are building on the brands traditional designs and legacy.

Many new designs are now available and a furniture line will debut sometime next year. For more information on Ghurka and it’s history visit their website and especially the new San Francisco location. 

"Pardon me while I unbutton my cuffs to clean out the spilt caviar"

"Pardon me while I unbutton my cuffs to clean out the spilt caviar"

Holiday Gift Guide – Jim Ockert, Owner, Khaki’s of Carmel

 For over 20 years Khaki’s of Carmel continues to be one of the country’s leading specialty menswear retailers. Offering a tremendous variety of luxury products at different price points I took the opportunity to ask owner Jim Ockert for a few of his suggestions for Holiday gifts.

Made –To–Order Cashmere Sweaters–Handmade in Italy from heavy and luxurious 4-ply cashmere especially for Khaki’s of Carmel.  These are available in any fit, length and body style including cardigans, vests, zip front, button front, ¼ zip including any combination of over 40 colors as well as different exterior, interior, collar and trim colors. Shown are several button neck sweaters that are currently in stock. Call the store for pricing.

Donegal Wool Pants – “The ideal pant instead of flannel or khaki”, says Jim. “These are perfect with a sweater, leather jacket or vest. I love them with suede”. They are the J Lawrence brand, made in USA with full interior details. They come in a blue/grey and brown, lined, trim fit. Price $295 and are currently 20% off.

Cashmere Blend Socks- “With 100% cashmere you have to be careful in the wash so we prefer cashmere blends for easy care and durability. I especially like these cool colors and patterns. Why be boring when you can have fun?” Cashmere blend socks from Marcoliani and St. Croix  $29-$39.

Belts- “Kleinberg is the single best American resource for quality belts. Shown here is a burnished antique brown calf, black grain and a natural tan bridle leather all starting at around $150. We also offer their sharkskin, buffalo, snake, lizard, crocodile and other exotic skins in mutiple colors and textures.

Shirt, Tie, Pant – “Reflecting a more fashion forward fit and look we have our US made cotton flannel shirt ($225) cut in a shorter, trimmer fit with a higher arm hole paired with a 100% wool grey flannel, US made pant ($325) in a contemporary trim, but not skinny fit. Both are designed by us under the J Lawrence label and topped off with a tie by DiBi ($75).

Saphir – “This is the perfect product for our fine English and Italian shoes. There isn’t a better product made to maintain their look and color. And their suede cleaners are the very best.” Saphir products start at $18

Ties- “Our own ties are brand new. We located a source of fine fabric custom printed with our own colors and patterns. They are handmade for us in Italy and offer rich and distinctive colors.” $125

Khaki’s of Carmel is located on the corner of Junipero and Ocean Ave. Carmel, CA 93923. (831)-625-8106

-Gus Walbolt

Pelican Rock –Matthew Gerhardt is the owner of this Walnut Creek, California menswear store in the heart of the cities independent shopping district.  He is currently featuring a wide assortment of colorful plaid Gant shirts, chinos and knitwear, especially this very popular heavy cotton shawl cardigan. Former Ralph Lauren employees launched Grayers brand of knitwear, pants and shirts that have been very popular among Pelican Rock customers. Especially noteworthy is the contemporary version of this classic letterman’s jacket by San Francisco based leather company Golden Bear in an exclusive leather and grey wool fabric combination designed by Matt.

 Pelican Rock is located at 1378 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, Ca, 925 935-1833

Southwick Tweed & Borsalino for Fall - photo Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco

Southwick Tweed & Borsalino for Fall - photo Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco

Daines & Hathaway – Established in 1922, this British maker of fine leather goods is most well known for its MWP or Military Wet Pack.  Based upon early 20th century British Army issue, its roll-style and mix of pockets makes it ideal for organizing and travel. Photo at Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco.

Daines & Hathaway – Established in 1922, this British maker of fine leather goods is most well known for its MWP or Military Wet Pack.  Based upon early 20th century British Army issue, its roll-style and mix of pockets makes it ideal for organizing and travel. Photo at Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco.

Serious Scotch - Club WIngtip San Francisco

Serious Scotch - Club WIngtip San Francisco

Brunello Cucinelli coat, scarf Etro

Brunello Cucinelli coat, scarf Etro

Cashmere tie by E. Marinella for Drumohr

Cashmere tie by E. Marinella for Drumohr

City Sport Caps, Belgium- Makers of hats since 1898, City Sport Caps continue to be made in Ardooie, a small village in the neighborhood of Bruges. Available in the USA at Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco.