@mbaum – I like orSlow a lot – that's what I bought. Visvim and RRL also make really nice washed denim. penance has some really beautiful stuff from a Japanese brand called Thoroughly Denim, but I haven't seen it in real life.
They're an Arrow Moccasin collab with Nepenthes. They stock them pretty regularly at NNY. They're about $200.
Sizing for the ones with crepe soles (those in the photo) is your Vans size (if you're in between sizes, err on sizing down). For the brown leather ones – which I don't have – the advice is half-a-size down because they stretch out because they're just leather.
@Thanks SF (a new me) – easiest way to wear it is treat it like a casual navy jacket: not a sportcoat. Easy combinations:
easy: MC stapes (light blue or white shirt, khaki or grey pants – lighter material for SS)
intermediate: checked shirt (slightly larger than gingham preferable, like tattersal), textured pants or shorts (summer cords, chambray pants, sateen fatigues)
hard: one large-scale print (e.g. paisley or floral all-over) and one geometric print in a different...
Damn – I love Engineered Garments. This shit looks so good.
The guy in the shoot was in a Gentry editorial, as well. Wonder who he is. He's a great-looking guy, but I don't assume he's a model.
Sorry. I have the jacket and the vest and got them mixed up in my subsequent replies.
The vest fit me TTS. It's boxy (not like a suit vest). Fits sweaters under it. Not as boxy as the jacket, though – nor are there buttons. Sorry about that confusion.
I tried the size down in a different material – the shoulders were too tight. I also like bigger, boxier fits, so a little oversized is preferable to me.
There are also some cinch buttons near the hem that let you take it in ~2".