AJ's Essentials: Understated Items

There’s something special about those items in our closet that we enjoy quietly, expecting no conversation to spark from their existence. We choose these pieces based on thoughtful design and execution. They wear well with us – whether hidden under layers or out in plain sight. They have nothing to do with making a statement, and everything to do with our own personal enjoyment.

CDG x Sunspel – Two Button Boxer

I’ve been on a search for the perfect pair of boxers for my entire adult life. Taking into account the countless pairs I’ve tried on, these are as good as it gets. Sunspel and Comme des Garçons SHIRT collaborated on this custom-fit range of undergarments. The Two Button Boxer is my personal favourite of the five-piece CGD Shirt Underwear collection. The design balances comfort, fit and aesthetics. While more loose than your traditional boxer brief, these are without the excess material of most boxers and exercise tasteful restraint in its unbranded waistband. Quite simply, a perfect execution.

Common Projects – Slip Ons (Waxed Suede)

Common Projects is a brand I’ve deeply admired for many years now. It is inspiring to watch as they continue to create relevant new biannual offerings while remaining true to their minimalist roots. One of their classic silhouettes is the Vans-inspired Slip On, presented in a range of colourways and materials over the seasons. For Fall/Winter 2015, Common Projects reinvented the Slip On, featuring a waxed suede upper. The texture is a nice departure from traditional leather uppers and offers water-resistant functionality. Like all Common Projects shoe designs, the waxed suede Slip On features a leather lining, Italian assembly and their signature gold stamp.

M-82 Shirt Jacket

Earlier this year, I discovered M-82 while exploring in New York City. Instead of offering a traditional line, the brand has a rare, welcome focus in creating thoughtful products, one-by-one. The brand’s current focus is the 1001 Zip Shirt Jacket. It has a sleek, understated design. It’s the kind of garment one can wear for a week straight – dressed up or down – as desired. Functionality and aesthetics, paired with Italian fabrics and New York manufacturing.