Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Garment Center, NYC

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Inspired by classic American sportswear, menswear's tailoring and patterns ----the two years old Lands" End Canvas brand..showed "three big apparel" stories for women's Fall 2011:

(1) Sweaters. Say hello to 1960's Ivy-League inspired preppy knits....including this double neck sweater with buttons up the back...to wear as a layering piece on on its own.

Other terrific details---

Argyles in many color waves

(2) Woven Shirts-----terrific old school patterns  and the basics shirts---button downs---a Lands' End canvas special---triple stitched for durability, buttons sewed on cross stitched double time....we love the comfy blue chambray---

---and some typical menswear and vintage prints that are "borrowed from the boys" and include really nice faded Day Lily (red-orangy)...but with feminine touches---like darts and seams to show a gals curves.

no wrinkles options too


(3) Chino Pants---that will retail for about $68---available in many colors....and so timely as for Fall 2011---it seems there is the desire away from denim for tailored woven pants and chinos done well. Available in slim and relaxed fit-------and as always the details are key----like the enclosure button.


We liked the cord pants paired with sweater elbow patches...


...and the belts skinny and great striped like a boy's tie.

 Leather trimmed denim and  solid messenger/school----polished shoulder haulers---classic

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Navy inspired pea coats 

Vests/jackets updated with high collars that ward off the cold...

plaid lined hood-nice touch

And the denim is of a heavier weight 13.5 oz----from grown in the USA cotton. Nice-the zig-zag "sail" stitch on the pocket-a reference to Lands'End nautical heritage.

Sweatshirts get fancified---with fleece shawl collared options...and toggle buttons too.

100% wool blazers and this wonderful grey cape in merino wool ($139.50)---with a tapered waist, RMA  little open ---a cold weather option with military flair. The waist cinches for a feminine fit too. 

British Millerain fabric oil cloth jacket.

Footwear is well done too...retailing for around $88

WITH Chukka boots-and---Chukka boot wedges for gals

Clogs-in suede, leather and brilliant pops of color


Duck Boots

Equestrian style boots

pumps on a wedge sole-

We cannot emphasize enough the quality of every Lands' End anything we have ever seen...it easily rivals other brands with a similar look that retail for about 30% more.