THE PERFECT POLO

 

When it comes to kick-ass wardrobe staples, no company does it better than Japanese behemoth Uniqlo, the sharply-dressed Godzilla of retail. Founded in 1984 in Hiroshima, Japan, Uniqlo is on a serious roll, hitting record operating profits of $1.7b in 2017 while expanding to 1,089 stores worldwide. Why so successful? They keep it simple with clothing that’s easily wearable, stylish and ridiculously affordable. Their polo is a great example, an item we can’t stop recommending. It’s nice and slim on the sides, the sleeves fall to  (more…)

KNOW THIS BRAND: HIDEO WAKAMATSU

It’s refreshing to discover new brands in an authentic way – no press release, no showroom visit, no walking a trade show floor. Just you huffing it through JFK’s Terminal 5, that departure-killing mall stapled onto an airport, and stopping dead in your tracks with sudden, uncontrollable bag envy. The Tarpaulin Series from designer Hideo Wakamatsu, in red, will do just that.

 

Based in Tokyo, Hideo draws on Japanese and French design traditions to create carrying accessories that blend style, function and value.  This bag is reminiscent of  (more…)

STYLISHLY SEAWORTHY

 

The ongoing collaboration between American designer Todd Snyder and Timex has yet again produced an absolute head-turner of a watch: the Maritime Sport MS1. Designed in Milan by Snyder and Timex Design Director Giorgio Galli, the rugged good looks of this well-priced timepiece pairs up easily with a yellow rain coat for sailing choppy seas, or a tailored dark suit for navigating city streets. Available in black or silver, but don’t even give silver a second look. $158, available at Todd Snyder.

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

 

Pretty impressive third and final trailer from Marvel Studios, who’ve somehow managed to bring together dozens of characters into a film that’s already setting records for advance ticket sales. Watching two of the most charming super heroes, Star Lord and Iron Man banter is certainly cool, but the final Lord of the Rings inspired epic battle royale is where this movie will shine. In theaters April 27, 2018.

ALWAYS ADIDAS – THE EQT

 

Here at Style Ledger we like our sneakers to be tricked out, just not too tricked out. That’s why we crush on the Adidas EQT – the legendary collection from the German powerhouse that first launched in 1990. It has all the bases covered: a sleek as hell silhouette that looks fast, the best color combinations in the game, and just the right amount of techy innovation – in case you decide to take a few laps around the track between classes. And while everyone else empties their saving accounts waiting for the latest Yeezy drop, you can buy the EQT with confidence whenever the mood strikes. Priced from $90 to $180. Our top picks: Green & Grey $90, Navy $120, Black & Red, $180, White $120.

HOW TO: WINTER GROOMING

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Harsh winter weather takes it’s toll mostly on your skin, replacing that healthy summer glow with dark circles under your eyes, and an overall tint landing somewhere between eggshell white and drab military green.

 

To avoid it, take a cue from the top beauty experts, women, and don’t be shy about adding a self-tanning lotion to your cold weather grooming arsenal. Yes, it is OK. Our top pick is Sublime Bronze from L’oreal – a self tanning lotion in medium, natural tan. The key is subtlety and restraint, so dab a very small amount onto your finger and rub in, hitting your nose, forehead and cheeks. Maybe a touch on the back of your hands every now and then, but that’s really all you need. Also drink a lot of water – keeping your skin hydrated and flush is most important.

 

And if your buddy at work accuses you of hitting a tanning bed, just lie and say you were skiing in the alps over the weekend and the sun was blazing. Or be a good friend and let him in on the secret. $11, available at L’oreal

MY NU JOINT BY DISCOTRON

 

Pretty much the perfect segue from stale holiday classics, a la Jingle Bell Rock.”My New Joint” by Discotron – for that crucial moment when your place gets loud, the bottom of the punch bowl appears, and that beauty you’ve been eyeing across the room yawns once or twice. Music is indeed the answer. “Ghetto Funk” is also playlist worthy.

THE SPORTING LIFE: TEAM USA

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As Team USA gear goes, this All-American sweatshirt from Ebbets Field for J. Crew is just about perfect. The timeless, throw-back styling plays just as well today as it did back in 1936 in Berlin, when the best track and field athlete of all time, Jesse Owens, crushed four gold medals at the Olympics and broke racial barriers along the way.

 

Subtlety and patriotism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, so if you come across an item you like, snap it up quick. You can proudly wear it from July 4th through the rest of your life. Extra-soft french terry cotton in navy black. $85, available at J.Crew

 

THE BEST SUMMER SNEAKER

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The GrandPro from Cole Haan is one kick-ass summer shoe. The type of sneaker you can island hop in the Aegean without missing a thumping beat. It’s so incredibly light, yet so chic and luxe, you can literally take it anywhere. Guys dig versatility and this shoe has it all – super high tech at just 8.8 ounces, smooth leather & suede detailing, and classic silhouette that pairs with anything stashed away in your favorite worn leather weekender.

 

Our styling tip? Go sock-less, with lightweight slim khakis rolled up at the bottom, paired with white v-neck tee up top. Add a baller watch, a nautical inspired bracelet, and order up that next bottle of ice cold cava.

$130, available at Cole Haan

MUST WATCH: AFTERGLOW

 

This is a beautiful and daring film, “Afterglow” by Sweetgrass Productions. Filmed entirely at night in the Alaskan backcountry using massive lights, custom made LED suits and two incredibly graceful skiers. “One of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made.” We agree. The terrific song is “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit.

FAHLGREN SKI SWEATERS

 

The Fahlgren Downhill and Nordic ski sweaters, field tested in the Maine woods, made of 100% Australian lambswool. $225, available at Fahlgren

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TIMBERLAND ASCENDING

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We love a good success story here at Style Ledger, especially when it involves a storied New England brand like Timberland. Best known for their highly functional footwear and iconic boots, their line-up of first rate outdoor inspired clothing is what’s now turning heads.

 

After just a few minutes on their website, you’ll notice that the outerwear is incredibly well designed. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the Mt. Hayes jacket shown above in charcoal is sharp, versatile and well priced. The shearling lining adds a ranch jacket ruggedness, while the fitted silhouette keeps it city appropriate.  The Mt. Hayes jacket, $185, available at Timberland

TOUCH BY ADIDAS

 

This is pretty cool, Adidas’ “Touch” featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier flying about in beautiful locations.

DIGITALLY DAPPER

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It’s not very often that you come across a digital watch that looks, dare we say, sophisticated. It’s either a novelty old-school Timex for hipsters, or a super-sporty bomb resistant mass of plastic. The “Duncan” from Jack Spade is neither. The oversized numerals, clean round face and simple black nylon strap keep it streamlined and chic, in a casual, modern way. And the price won’t hurt either, $106. Available at Jack Spade.

THE REVENANT

 

Here is the official trailer for “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film was directed by rising star Alejandro González Iñárritu, who just won the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture for Birdman. This is his 6th film, set to hit theaters December 25, 2015.

News Wall

LVMH BUOYS LUXURY SECTOR AS CHINESE DEMAND PROPELS SALES. France’s LVMH, which owns brands from Louis Vuitton to Moet & Chandon champagne, on Tuesday said thriving demand for its luxury products showed little sign of fading this year, in an upbeat assessment that drove a share rally across the sector. [REUTERS]

GOLA CLASSICS PARTNERED WITH J.CREW AND SOLD OUT WITHIN 24 HOURS. 2018 has already proven to be a busy year for Gola, from the launch of the J. Crew collaboration, the 50th anniversary celebration of their Harrier shoe, and a rollout of strategic expansion plans as a result of strong earnings since 2016. [FORBES]

IT’S SPRING: TIME TO PUT ON A SUIT THAT’S NOT NAVY OR GRAY. In addition to Paul Smith, such brands as Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, and Boglioli (to mention just a few) showed suits in a rainbow’s array of colors, from eggplant purple to electric blue to baby pink(!) [BLOOMBERG]

WHY “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” IS THIS SEASON’S MENSWEAR INSPIRATION. With its swimwear semiotics and characterisation through shirts, Luca Guadagnino’s film has the answers when it comes to your holiday wardrobe. You’ve seen the film, now get the look. [GUARDIANUK]

DIGITAL LUXURY FASHION MARKETPLACE FARFETCH IS ON A ROLL TO AN IPO. “We see the future of fashion as centered in the physical store, which I know is ironic for a tech business,” said Farfetch CEO and founder José Neves. [FORBES]

LVMH TAPS KIM JONES FOR MEN’S DESIGN AT DIOR. French fashion house Christian Dior said on Monday that Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, would replace Kris Van Assche as its menswear designer, as parent LVMH seeks to revamp some of its biggest brands with new appointments. [REUTERS]

TOMMY HILFIGER’S BET ON INSTANT GRATIFICATION IS PAYING OFF. Like the previous three collections, all of the clothes shown in Milan were instantly available as part of Tommy Now, the company’s “see now, buy now” initiative, which erases the standard six-month wait between the runway and retail and allows for something rare: instant gratification. [BLOOMBERG]

WALMART VS. AMAZON: A SURPRISING TURN IN THE BATTLE FOR E-COMMERCE GLORY. While Walmart might be significantly further behind than Amazon (they have a monthly visits deficit of 1.65B as compared to Amazon), their current digital behavior indicates they will be focusing on key areas in order to cut into Amazon’s lead. [FORBES]

LONDON RELAUNCHES ITS MENSWEAR FASHION WEEK, BREXIT CASTS SHADOW. The event first launched in 2012 as three days of catwalk shows known as London Collections: Men, but rebranded this year as London Fashion Week Men’s running over four days. [REUTERS]

COULD AMERICAN APPAREL BECOME AMAZON APPAREL? For the past 18 months or more, Amazon has quietly rolled out a line of private label menswear, womenswear, handbags, and children’s clothes under seven different brand names, and has hired sourcing managers for its growing private label team. [FORBES]  

CREATION, OR JUST MORE PRODUCT? In Milan, instead, save for a bunch noteworthy exceptions…it looked like most designers and fashion houses have given up their role altogether, ditching the pursuit of genuinely new ideas for mere product design. [BUSINESSOFFASHION]

H&M EARNINGS DECLINE ON WEAKEST SALES GROWTH IN THREE YEARS. A cold, rainy spring has added to the challenges faced by European retailers as consumers curb spending on clothing. Still, the weather didn’t stop Zara owner Inditex SA reporting a 6 percent increase in earnings in the three months through April, aided by its fast distribution system. [BLOOMBERG]

OUT OF FASHION: HOW MEN COULD FALL OFF THE CATWALK. Fashion shows are not as cost-effective as they once were and that the industry has to pay greater attention to costs as world demand for luxury goods has weakened. Social media is also heavily influencing the industry, speeding up demand for new products but also allowing fashion brands to reach out to potential customers more directly and inexpensively. [REUTERS]

MENSWEAR: FIVE TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR NEXT YEAR. The Tuscan city’s menswear trade show, Pitti Immagine Uomo, is buzzy again. From sportswear to suits, this is the lowdown. [GUARDIANUK]

CAN FACIALS AND FITNESS REVIVE MACY’S? On June 25, the struggling department store chain will unveil a new prototype in a renovated store at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, filled with lifestyle shops that play up services. [FORBES]

UNIQLO’S SEARCH FOR SELF…AND GLOBAL DOMINANCE. In the overcrowded, highly competitive casual fashion market, size is important but no guarantee of success: analysts say Uniqlo’s challenge is to carve out a brand identity of its own, going beyond its formula of delivering no-nonsense quality at good prices [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

RALPH LAUREN TO CUT 1,000 JOBS AND SHUT SHOPS. Ralph Lauren, like some other luxury brands, has been struggling amid sluggish spending on luxury apparel and accessories. The company’s margins have taken a knock as department stores discount heavily to get rid of excess inventory. [REUTERS]

CALLED OUT FOR COPYING, CHANEL DOES THE RIGHT THING. Intellectual property in fashion is notoriously hard to protect, as the constant “homages” to runway looks that appear in fast-fashion retailers attest. Brands have become more aggressive in trying to protect their work, but it remains a murky area. [NYT]

GO PRO’S FIRST DRONE, DUE OUT IN 2016, WILL BE CALLED KARMA. If you are a GoPro investor, Karma should probably give you positive energy. And such good mojo is much needed, as Wall Street recently soured on the company after the GoPro Hero4 Session mini camera fell short of expectations. [ADWEEK]

SWATCH IS SECRETLY STOCKPILING PATENTS. Swatch is developing mobile payment capabilities for watches based on technology similar to that in touch-enabled bank cards. The company says early next year it will introduce a $90 watch called the Bellamy that can be used to make electronic payments at stores. [BUSINESSWEEK]

LACOSTE: POLO OF THE FUTURE

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