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Corduroy Is So Hot Right Now!

There are two kinds of men who wear cords. There’s your dad, or your granddad, with too-big trousers puddling on their shoes. Then there’s the likes of Ryan Gosling or Wes Anderson – men who embrace depth in their wardrobes, as in their art. Corduroy is one of the most underutilized materials in men’s style and, if worn correctly, can make for an indispensable piece of clothing.

 

Cord is a textile composed of woven, twisted cotton or wool, resulting in parallel lines (called ‘wales’). Wool corduroy is the most durable type and wears particularly well. So cord trousers will withstand a fair bit of rough and tumble. The Indiana Jones of legwear, if you will. They can get a bit warm, though, so it’s best to save them for when the cold starts to bite.

Contrary to its sometimes stuffy connotations, corduroy is brilliant when dressed down and worn casually. Try teaming a pair of dark corduroy trousers with a sweatshirt and practical leather sneakers. The beauty of cords is that you can go as jazzy or discreet as you like, but they’re never boring.

Cord Shirt: A corduroy shirt can be just the piece to add some texture to your wardrobe. Styling your new shirt is a walk in the park too, thankfully. Team a cord shirt with dark denim and boots for Western-inspired styling or (use it to) update your 9-5 wardrobe; they pair nicely with tailored trousers and smart brogues.

Cord Waistcoat/Vest: A corduroy waistcoat should channel the suaveness of James Bond rather than the geekiness of a geography teacher. Adopt a vintage aesthetic but make it slightly modern. For colour think browns  or blues and then finish your look with knitwear layered beneath your waistcoat in a tonal variation of your waistcoat's shade.

Cord Pants: When it comes to styling, treat corduroy  trousers as if they were patterned: best worn with quieter wardrobe staples to keep things calm. And don’t think that corduroy trousers must be brown. There are a plethora of colour options out there which are all easy to wear.

Cord Jacket: Thanks to a wealth of modern cuts and colourways, a corduroy jacket has zero geek vibes when you get it right. It’s not all about looks though, a cord jacket is actually good at keeping you warm (who’d have thought?) so your mom will love it too. Versatility is another of the corduroy jacket’s strong suits. A knit’s always a winner. Pair with a crew or turtleneck underneath, then go for a less textured pair of trousers or jeans to complement the jacket. Finish with a pair of leather boots or runners for a more casual look.

Introducing HESTRA

We're proud to have brought in HESTRA gloves to the shop for FW18. Founded in 1936 by Martin Magnusson & Co in Hestra, Sweden , today the family business is still run by the third and fourth generation of Magnusson's. Design and development is made at their headquarters in Hestra. Their gloves are manufactured in their own factories and they buy all the leathers, fabrics, wool and other materials themselves. This gives them control of the production chain and ensures a high level of quality. 

The quality and appearance of a pair of gloves is not just determined by how it has been made, equally important are the materials. HESTRA uses various types of leather sourced from around the world, each providing natural protection and insulating properties. These leathers are supple, warm and with varying special grains. 

The leather used in the majority of the HESTRA gloves we carry comes from the North American white tailed Deer. Deerskin is soft, supple and warm with a beautiful grain texture. Each pair of deerskin gloves is always cut out from the same piece of leather by a skilled cutter with many years of experience. There is no coincidence that deerskin is a popular material for gloves as it tends to just get softer and more supple with age and wear. Deerskin is strong, but the grain is porous and therefore a bit sensitive.

We've brought in two styles with a total of four different options, all from the Sport Classic collection. The collections biggest source of inspiration is nature — the wild and unrestrained characterizes both the design and the selection of materials. Typical choices are elk leather from the Nordic and North American deerskin, lined with warm wool or lambskin.

Introducing Fracap

Fracap is a new brand to the shop for FW18 and we are thrilled to be able to offer these gorgeous boots to Canada. Family owned and operated, we've brought in two different models of the brands classic “Magnifico” model, which dates back to 1948. Now renamed the Fracap M120 & M127 respectively, the essence of these very special boots are enhanced as they have been specially designed in conjunction with us here at Muddy George based on our specifications!

THE ORIGINS

The original Magnifico boot was designed by Alfredo Cappello, the current generations father and nephew of the founder of the company Antonio, who started the company in 1908. Alfredo started from the idea of creating a durable and comfortable boot to be used both on the mountains and in everyday life. So he created a style that mixes an extraordinary simplicity. When their mother saw the final version of the boot she said: “magnifico”. That’s why their father decided to name it Magnifico.

Fracap is based in a small town in Puglia, Italy called Monteroni di Lecce (ironically the heel of Italy).This is where Antonio started the factory and they have never moved. In the early 20th century, Monteroni was called "scarpa pulita" (clean shoe) as many show artisans were setting up shop there. 

 

THE LEATHER

Fracap selects only the best Italian vegetable tanned leather for their boots. Each boot is made from one large piece of leather, that’s why the process is still handmade using the same mold as that their father did before them. Michele and Antonio Cappello repeat this process everyday for each pair that comes out from the factory. They use leather for the lining and Italian “Vero Cuoio” for the insole. They are made of calf leather only, in order to allow the most natural perspiration to your feet.

THE DETAILS

Military Structure: Fracap uses the same mold that had been once designed for the Italian army. This means giving the boots the best comfort while keeping the Italian charm.

Milled Outsole: Each outsole is milled by Antonio and Michele to give the final shape to the boots. This is one of the most delicate steps in boot making and Antonio and Michele lean on a combined experience of over 40 years to get it done. This is why they can still handcraft this process - since outsoles are gloved to the midsole, they can easily resole the boots every time you need.

 

Ideal Stitching: This technique of stitching the top part of the boots to the midsole is used for military boots. It ensure strength and durability. This technique provides an immediate comfort to your feet since the internal part of the boots are softer.

Finishing: The last part is the one they love the most. They wax each pair of boots to give that special natural shining surface that they like. Each boot includes an added pair of red laces, as well as leather conditioner, a cleaning brush and additional insoles.

"All Fruits Ripe" 3 Year Jersey

In celebration of our 3 year anniversary, we teamed up with local boutique soccer kit customizers, INARIA, to create a bespoke soccer jersey as part of our "All Fruits Ripe" capsule collection. Based on their Classico silhouette, this jersey features classic polo styling with updated details. 

 

Presented in a horizontal stripe colourway, the two thick olive shades are contrasted by the black engineered rib collar and sleeve cuffs. An exposed two-button front placket and sublimated style back panel finish off the look. The jersey is accented by the "All Fruits Ripe" logo in the centre, a crest at the upper back neck and the number 3 at the back, representing 3 years.

The jersey features INARIA's signature fabric, INARIA interlock, which is a technical fabric made of 100% polyester and is designed specifically with athletes in mind. It's lightweight, moisture wicking and has four-way stretch for ultimate comfort. The fabric also features INARIA's patented 37.5 technology. With it, active particles permanently embedded at the fiber level capture and release moisture vapour. Fabrics with 37.5 technology dry up to 5x faster than performance fabrics without. Other fabrics simply wick moisture around the garment, trapping humidity near the skin, while 37.5 technology captures and releases moisture vapour away from under the fabric.