Published: 2012-11-09 08:00:00 Tags: Menswear
An old acquaintance and also the president of a big fashion group used to say that “it's not easy to be humble when you know that you are the best…”
Today he works in real estates. He is probably the best in that too, and if he were a bus driver or a computer sales man, he'd probably claim to be the best in that as well. In his mind he is most certain always the best…Well how about that!
It's not that easy to be the best, it takes time, practise, skills and dedication. Do you have what it takes? Sometimes you also need some help and connect with others that are also the best in their field to reach an even better level. Better than the best? Better than all the rest? Is that even possible?
Well maybe it is, take Slowear for example. Four brands that all are among the best in their product category gathered under one brandname. Incotex pants, Zanone knitwear, Glanshirt shirting and Montedoro jackets are the four collections that together represent the different variations of the Slowear style. Tailored or sportswear, extreme design or vintage inspired, no matter how you like to dress, you will always look both Smart AND Casual. Isn't that just the best!?
The best way of staying casual yet smart is to add a little contrast to your outfit, such as a pair of sneakers combined with your Incotex trouser and Zanone rollneck. The Farmers Market Pack from News Balance is a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the legendary Flimby New Balance factory in Cumbria. Waxed suede, plush nubuck, cotton canvas and woven tweed. Only the best fabrics made up in one shoe! Otherwise you can always go with any of the News Balance styles that are made in the USA, you know that big country south of Canada that just got Barack Obama re-elected as president. Isn't he just the best president!
Get down to the real Nitty Gritty of dressing smart and casual.
Roll on towards lazier days…
We are heading towards lazier days, summer season means vacation and vacation means dressing down without loosing style.
The Bench - Maj-La Pizzelli
A true grit girl is Maj-La Pizzelli. After spending a major part of her career building a strong design and production organization at iconic Swedish fashion brand Filippa K she decided that the time had come to try to fly on her own…
The Bench - Niclas Lydeen
Niclas Lydeen is a Swedish visual artist and Art Director and founder of the perfume brand Agonist. Niclas and his wife Christine founded the label in 2008 and have had great success internationally getting in to some of the worlds finest boutiques and department stores. When they now decided to also launch their label in their home country they choose Nitty Gritty as their exclusive independent partner.
The Bench - Vu Bui
Vu Bui is one of our best and friendliest regulars. He and his girlfriend Lydia, who by the way has promised herself only to buy her clothes from our Women’s store, always bring some good American spirit when they drop by. Vu is Chief Operating Officer at Mojang, makers of Minecraft, here in Stockholm and travels a lot, but always visits us when he is in town.
The Bench - Roland Philippe Kretzschmar
Roland has been a loyal Nitty Gritty customer since the very beginning back in 1991. But this day, when we caught him on The Bench, his main purpose of visiting Krukmakargatan wasn´t to shop for new clothes, but to collect the latest issue of the Japanese Outdoor Fashion Magazine “Go Out”, sold by our shop neighbour Papercut. Thanks for stopping by Roland!
The Bench - Lydia Winters
One of our sweetest regulars is Lydia Winters, with the totally cool job title Director of Fun at Mojang - the company behind game sensation Minecraft. She has the natural quality of making people feel good in her presence, so we love every time she walks through the door of the store. And we are so happy when she tells us that she treasures the pieces she has bought from us season after season, this is just they way to do it Nitty Gritty style – invest in what you will love for a long time to come. Thanks so much for lending us your style on The Bench today, Lydia!
Parisian Chick or British Sophistication…
Well, maybe you are a little bit of both, or maybe you are all in with one look but at different occasions? Intellectual librarian at day and French gypset at night.
The Bench - Gisela Rydberg
This is Gisela Rydberg. She works at Nitty Gritty. Well actually she doesn't, but she's hanging out here a lot and she lives just up the street from our stores so she's more or less like one of us.
I have nothing to do if you take making clothes away from me…
… says Ichiro Nakatsu from Osaka. As a young boy he used to go to the America-Mura (American Village) area of his home town and visit the vintage store located there. At the time they offered a great selection of American casualwear such as numerous variations of five pocket denims, button down shirts, Hawaiian shirts, military pants and jackets. He did this with the purpose of finding something as beautiful, comfortable and well aging as his childhood overalls made of Cone Mill denim cloth.
Refined Craftsmanship and Rugged Italian Tailoring
Nowadays Barena is a very established brand among the high quality stores that share the same values as Nitty Gritty. Besides giving you a lot value for money Barena also allows you to be comfortable, yet elegant, relaxed bohemian, yet chic and safe in shapes, yet brave in fabrics.
Nitty Gritty Store Hours #3 – Slow Blow
This Saturday on March 7th, it’s time for another edition of Nitty Gritty Store Hours, when two DJ’s team up to play a 4-hour all vinyl set in the men’s store.
Comme as you are
Colourless yet not collar less. Rei Kawakubo's second line of her Commes Des Garcons universe named Comme des Garcons Comme des Garcons has created a spring collection that explores the symmetric, the patterns and collars more than colours.
”For years, I was the best-kept secret in Milan…”
The quote comes from Serbian born, Milan based designer Dusan Paunovic. With his self titled brand ongoing since 1999, he has kept true to his values of being very personal with his customers and clients. He keeps a small distribution in order to have control over it and to develop long term relationships with the stores he supplies. From this spring, that now includes Nitty Gritty.
Things that make a difference
Maybe you are aware of the heritage of Nitty Gritty, or maybe you are not? The whole thing started back in the early 90's with three guys who actually where more into northern soul music than fashion. But they still felt an urge to create a platform in Stockholm for different kinds of sub cultural phenomena's whether it was driven out of music, fashion, sports or whatever that they felt interesting for the moment. This is probably why we have taken quite a few different directions throughout the years, but still maintained our backbone of inspiration and development in the sub cultural sphere. We have always admired people that come from different backgrounds and makes their own things and are dedicated to their beliefs and that “goes all in”.
G-Shock X Kevin Lyons
G-Shock X Kevin Lyons Multi talented street artist Kevin Lyons has teamed up with Casio to design a limited number of their model GB5600B-K8. We are proud to be one out of very few selected retailers who can offer this unique timepiece. Included within the model’s Bluetooth capabilities are music control, time sync, incoming call alert, incoming email alert, incoming social media alert, phone finder, and out-of-range warning. The model was also designed with a tap-function that allows the wearer to double-tap the watch screen in order to silence the alarm/vibration alert.