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Finding Spruce and W&H in Edmonton....

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by scoon0224, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Excellent, thanks!

    You cannot, repeat, cannot beat the Japanese for clothing websites which border on the obsessive.

    Do Spruce do much else other than sweatshirts?


    They do tees, knits (I've been told by probably one of the most reliable sources possible), thermals, and some normal (e/g/ fleece blankets, scraves) to wierd accessories (e.g. hoods, sans the body,) as wel as some outerwear pieces (like the famous fleece peacoat). Wings & Horns, the sister brand, also does pants (or did - they had a great pair of military style pants a while back at Ron Herman), button up shirts, as well as tees, thermals, and hoodies. They may do more as well, but that's what I've seen.
     
  2. mass

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    are they both (spruce+w&h) made/designed in bc? i saw the tag on that spruce hoodie... and cyc is in vancouver? i know they make/made supreme hoodies. somebody told me they were made in vancouver.

    damn that tiger yellow one looks nice.
     
  3. minya

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    Last season, Wings + Horns made probably one of the most bizarre clothing pieces I've ever seen -- a 100% virgin wool vest that probably weighed about 20 lbs. The knit was INCREDIBLY thick (and it seriously weighed about 20 lbs) and it felt like steel wool. Really, really weird. I don't think it sold very well.
     
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    Last season, Wings + Horns made probably one of the most bizarre clothing pieces I've ever seen -- a 100% virgin wool vest that probably weighed about 20 lbs. The knit was INCREDIBLY thick (and it seriously weighed about 20 lbs) and it felt like steel wool. Really, really weird. I don't think it sold very well.

    Is this it? http://www.rakuten.co.jp/explorer/106150/381682/

    Looks like a possible candidate! [​IMG]
     
  5. minya

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    Is this it? http://www.rakuten.co.jp/explorer/106150/381682/

    Looks like a possible candidate! [​IMG]

    Hah, no. The Wings & Horns one was made of solid wool. Huge, huge knit (each "loop" was a few cm thick).
     
  6. LA Guy

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    Oops, just saw "vest" and "heavy" together and jumped the gun a bit! Curious to see what minya is talking about though.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Kane

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    Maybe this is the sweater to which you're referring? Either that or the one where each yarn is made up of a shoelace-like tube. I forget. But ya, Wings & Horns does a couple show pieces every season that are more extravagant than practical. As it is, I think all the heavy fleece pieces should have a little warning against wearing them on any sea-going craft. You think they're heavy when they're DRY... K.
     
  9. minya

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    Maybe this is the sweater to which you're referring?

    Either that or the one where each yarn is made up of a shoelace-like tube. I forget. But ya, Wings & Horns does a couple show pieces every season that are more extravagant than practical. As it is, I think all the heavy fleece pieces should have a little warning against wearing them on any sea-going craft. You think they're heavy when they're DRY...

    K.

    Wow, it looked like that but sleeveless. Damn, that is a beautiful sweater.
     
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    Yeah, I think there were vests made as well. The novelty about them is that they're made out of fleece fabric cut up, turned into knitting-compatible shapes, and hand-knit Cowichan-style.
     
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    Hmm, the vest I saw was definitely made of 100% virgin wool. It was scratchy as hell.

    Are any of those sweaters still available?
     
  12. Kane

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    Hrm. If it was wool, then it wasn't the piece I was pointing to. Virgin wool vest, with big chunky knits? It might be the cowichans, or it could be the one knitted with something similar to shoelace? I vaguely remember those. The labels in there were a PITA to print.

    Don't know if either sweater's still available in the wild.
     
  13. Brian SD

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    Yeah, I think there were vests made as well. The novelty about them is that they're made out of fleece fabric cut up, turned into knitting-compatible shapes, and hand-knit Cowichan-style.

    The sweater looks awesome in that picture. And welcome to the forum, Kane.

    Everyone note the jeans. I'm pretty sure they're 5EP, I can see a little chunk of the rivet and it looks to be no-scratch.

    Very cool look overall. If I didn't have chest hair and a massive scar on my chest, maybe I'd rock a look like that.
     
  14. LA Guy

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    The sweater looks awesome in that picture. And welcome to the forum, Kane.

    Everyone note the jeans. I'm pretty sure they're 5EP, I can see a little chunk of the rivet and it looks to be no-scratch.

    Very cool look overall. If I didn't have chest hair and a massive scar on my chest, maybe I'd rock a look like that.


    Those are in fact 5EP jeans, if you can read the small print.
     
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    Has anyone ever seen the Spruce black french terry zip-up hoodie? Is that the one with the white zipper, or does it have a regular metal zipper?
     
  16. LA Guy

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    Has anyone ever seen the Spruce black french terry zip-up hoodie? Is that the one with the white zipper, or does it have a regular metal zipper?

    If I have the correct hoodie in mind, the terrycloth is on the fleece side, and the jersey side is just that. The zips are all white (AFAIK) but the actual teeth are silver colored.
     
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    If I have the correct hoodie in mind, the terrycloth is on the fleece side, and the jersey side is just that. The zips are all white (AFAIK) but the actual teeth are silver colored.
    Wow, what great luck! If you get a chance, would you mind taking a photo and sending it to me? Also, when did you get this hoodie? PS. I appreciate all your helpful posts on this message board, LA Guy.
     
  18. LA Guy

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    Wow, what great luck! If you get a chance, would you mind taking a photo and sending it to me? Also, when did you get this hoodie?

    PS. I appreciate all your helpful posts on this message board, LA Guy.


    I don't actually own that particular hoodie (hey, I am on a buying moratorium and am poor), but Steven Alan has them last I checked. Also, there are good pictures on Rakuten Explorer, IIRC. The hoodie was new for S/S 2006.
     
  19. jiomitori

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    I don't actually own that particular hoodie (hey, I am on a buying moratorium and am poor), but Steven Alan has them last I checked. Also, there are good pictures on Rakuten Explorer, IIRC. The hoodie was new for S/S 2006.

    Hmm... I can't find it anywhere on Rakuten.

    I remember reading on superfuture that you were going to replace the zipper on a the cast hoodie with a riri zipper. I was really curious about that process. First, how do you go about buying a riri zipper, and second, how do you swap one in for the other?
     
  20. LA Guy

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    Hmm... I can't find it anywhere on Rakuten.

    I remember reading on superfuture that you were going to replace the zipper on a the cast hoodie with a riri zipper. I was really curious about that process. First, how do you go about buying a riri zipper, and second, how do you swap one in for the other?


    I ended up going with another heavy weight YKK zipper (it was the right color, (tarnished brass on black), and was easier to get. There are retailers on the Riri website, and the list is not comprehensive. You just need to phone around to fabric stores.

    As for replacing a zipper, it's a pain, but the results are worth it. First, take a stitch ripper and take out the old zipper carefully. Then baste the new zipper into the cavity the old zipper was in, making sure that both sides are even (i.e., zip up the damn thing afterwards to make sure). Then, stitch the zipper in, making sure to reinforce the top and bottom.
     

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