When retooling your wardrobe this spring, consider adding a versatile new sports jacket. Instead of going with traditional wool, give cotton a try – it breathes easier and will stay cool to the touch well into summer. The “Grant Blazer” by Club Monaco is a 2-button fitted silhouette in All American navy, made with a cotton/canvas blend fabric that will hold up for years to come. $269, available at Club Monaco.
Fall 2014 marks the 9th and final collection of the Michael Bastian for Gant collaboration. It has been one of the most successful partnerships in recent memory, with Bastian’s easy to wear, no fuss design aesthetic a perfect match for a brand that was sorely in need of a facelift. Inspired by Friday Night Lights and prep style, the collection is a not-too-subtle nod to testosterone fueled high school football culture.
One of the best style resources for men just launched on GQ.com yesterday – Jim Moore’s Spring 2014 Trend Report. From the editors: “The GQ fashion team travels the world over to find the latest and greatest menswear and accessories, so it’s fitting that Spring 2014′s biggest trends come with a heavy mix of global influences. Here are the 30 worldly wardrobe upgrades you need to know right now.” View the beautifully designed portfolio here.
The best $150 you’ll spend this spring. The Original Wayfarer, iconic from the moment it made it’s debut in 1952. American optical designer Raymond Stegeman took advantage of new plastic molding technology that allowed for radically new styles compared to the popular thin metal frames of the day. If it weren’t for the rain last night at the Oscars, you would have seen 5 or 6 leading men walking the carpet in these classics. Something not lost on good ol’ Joel Goodsen. $150, available at Ray Ban.
Veteran fashion and style journalist Suzy Menkes has left the International New York Times for a new role as International Editor at Vogue. In her new role, Menkes will serve as a critic and writer for the international websites of Vogue Britain, France, Italy, China, Russia, Japan, Germany and Spain. “I am thrilled to become international Vogue editor at Condé Nast International, which has a real commitment to journalistic excellence, and to have the opportunity to write for a wider global audience through the Vogue websites,” said Menkes. “I am grateful to have spent 25 years at the International Herald Tribune – a newspaper where I had unstinting support in being able to express myself freely and honestly. I feel this is the perfect time to embrace a new challenge in the digital age.” This is a big loss for the Times, Menkes is irreplaceable.
If you had to choose one sneaker for this upcoming spring and summer, the CVO Striper from Sperry would be a fine choice. The rugged upper canvas is water resistant and easy to clean, while the no-slip grip sole is ideal for navigating rough seas, or simply running after errant kids. Best paired with khakis or dark jeans and a white classic tee. $60, available at Sperry.
“Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, is set for release on May 16, 2014.
Hitting stores tomorrow, February 20th, and Thursday the 22nd in Japan, the new Supreme collection is back with a bang. In addition to graphic tees, hoodies, outerwear and apparel, the popular street wear brand has collaborated with Champion and Scott NYC. Our favorite item? Has to be the skateboards. Supreme.com
Check out these perfect lightweight spring trousers from Uniqlo, discovered while shooting a recent GQ spring trend video. The ink blue shade is ideal for spring, but consider getting the stone white and gray as well. At just $39 a pair, you can shop without guilt. They’re made of a lightweight cotton blend that has a more streamlined, modern finish, making them great for the office. Available at Uniqlo.
Moncler, never afraid of a spectacle, has once again upped the ante for their Fall/Winter 2014 presentation. If you remember, a few seasons back they pulled off a massive flash mob in the middle of a bustling Grand Central Station. Not quite sure where this one falls along the interesting meter – it’s a bit pompous, we’re talking clothes after all, but also memorable, and that’s ultimately the sign of a job well done.
Just released: The Simpsons House by LEGO. Might just be the best $199 you’ve ever spent. Get it here before it sells out: Lego.com
Steven Alan once again proves he knows a thing or two about outerwear. This striking ink blue classic rain coat is both lightweight and versatile. You can easily throw it on over a sport coat, remove the hood for a more streamlined look, or simply roll it up and stash in your pack for unexpected rain showers. Consider it your go-to work jacket for the spring and summer. $495, available at Steven Alan.
After the smashing success of the Flyknit Lunar 1 last year, Nike is set to release the next edition, the Lunar 2. The upper gets a slight redesign, while the bottom sole has been completely updated and looks extremely promising in terms of comfort and functionality. The Lunar 2 is set to release February 6th on Nike.com, starting at $160. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a Nike ID option. We went ahead and created our own Style Ledger version of the Lunar 2 above, in case you need a little inspiration. The neon color ways just aren’t for us.
Avant-garde Belgian brand Maison Martin Margiela has teamed up with Globe-Trotter on a special edition 30″ suitcase. The handsome luggage piece is made of a distressed tan and black leather and will be available in MMM stores this coming March. No word yet on what it will cost.
One of the stand out shows from Milan.