It was Ryan who last mentioned Yukimaru Koba’s Z#road shop, back in January. He was reviewing some skins. I found myself in the shop for the first time this week and it was the blazers that impressed me. I think the best of the lot is the dark blue blazer with matching trousers. It’s one of the sharpest suits I own now. The fabric is so soft and comfortable. Some suits in SL are all perfect creases and smooth, straight lines, and some SL suits have wrinkles that have become permanent creases. The Z#road blazers and trousers are marvelously in the middle. There are some sharp creases in the right places, and no creases in the wrong places, but other than that, this almost liquid feel — it ripples rather than wrinkles. And I love it.
The red jacket is pale, almost salmon, and clearly on the ‘strong’ side of the border with pastel. The trousers that come with it are called white, but in fact they are more eggshell off-white. The debonair cheerfulness of this bright outfit make it a perfect choice for that evening dinner party where you don’t need to make an impression but know you will. These may remind you of other design houses, such as Indigo or Moderno. There’s a very similar colour palette, weight and craftsmanship, though Z#road’s design is more traditional.
The light blue blazer has subtle and interesting lavender overtones. The way it pops out against the matching black (or charcoal) troushers make it look almost like a livery or uniform: you can well imagine hotel- or airline-staff in this colour. The grain and texture of these dark trousers make this a combo to purchase as well. Click to see the larger size of this photo and you might get a hint from the highlights and grain of these trousers that this is a coarser fabric. They’re still very comfortable, mind, but they do make for a contrast to the soft ‘hand’ of the jackets.
You’ll find Z#road’s shop in Ikebukuro (184, 240, 21). There are four different colour packages (dark blue; red & white; light blue & black; and one I haven’t purchased: medium blue & grey) and each comes not only with the blazer and trousers, but with 4 white shirt&tie-on-shirt-layer garments. It is the same 4 in all the packages, with ties coloured black, blue, green and red. (Of course, shirt and tie combinations like those from Blaze work extremely well with these jackets and trousers.) Each package also contains an undershirt-layer white shirt buttoned up but without a tie (begging for a prim or shirt-level bow-tie which you’ll have to supply from elsewhere). And as a final, whimsical, touch, each package also comes with a hand-sized emblem or crest patch which can be sewn on to the front blazer pocket. All this for 200L$ per package!
Photos taken at kunst furniture: kunst (129, 152, 23).