MILLE MIGLIA: 1000 MILES OF PASSION

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If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. The race was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. Photographer René Staud captured the 2014 race, offering a compelling look into the history of this dashing, timeless competition. For more information: teneus.com

 

A CLOSER LOOK: ZARA

 

If you’re unfamiliar with Zara, as many American men are, it’s time to take a closer look. The savvy retailer creates the type of clean, modern essentials devoid of logos that stand up against the much higher priced competition. Founded in Spain in 1974, the company is now valued at over $10.1 billion, making it #51 on Forbes list of “World’s Most Valuable Brands.” (Apple #1, Louis Vuitton #10.) Often mistaken as a brand focused on women, the menswear continually impresses, with outerwear, bags and small leather goods particular stand-outs. Add a comforting dose of sophistication to your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank. A few of our favorites:

 

Double-Breasted Trench Coat, $149:

 

Baltic Blue Leather Credit Card Holder, $30:

 

Sport Briefcase, (not leather, hence the friendly price) $89:

 

 

THE CARPENTER

 

This short has it all: simple font, intelligent graphics, salt-of-the-earth main character, and music that keeps it moving. An educational 1 minute forty.

THE TRUSTY WINDBREAKER

Really loving this windbreaker from H&M – super simple navy, with white zipper details to give it some pop. The ribbed stand-up collar, soft jersey lining and red elastic cord at the zip closure make it a total steal at $34. The quintessential spring/summer easy to pack layer. When you want to join the fancy yacht club at the end of the road, show up in this jacket while throwing around words like keel and bowline. $34, available at H&M.

SPRING GROOMING

 

One of my all-time favorite grooming products, Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner from Paul Mitchell. With natural tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender, it invigorates the scalp, tingles a bit and leaves hair smelling great. A very refreshing option that will add a spa-like vibe to any bathroom. $49 for set, available on Amazon.

 

 

GQ MARCH 2015

Here’s a quick look at the March 2015 issue of GQ, hitting newsstands on February 24th. Inside, Kobe discusses how infuriating it is when people call him selfish, how religion got him through his 2003 sexual-assault charge, and his relationship with his former coach: “I was like a wild horse that had the potential to become Secretariat, but who was just too fucking wild,” Bryant says of why Phil Jackson would say negative things about him in the press. “So part of that was him trying to tame me. He’s also very intelligent,  and he understood the dynamic he had to deal with between me and Shaq.” Love Kobe, or hate him, it’s a must read.

 

PURE FIX CYCLES

 

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful bicycle to evoke happy feelings and anticipation of warm spring days ahead. The “Echo” by Burbank, California based Pure Fix is one sweet ride, with a matte black frame and oxblood-red deep dish wheels that are a total head-turner. The best part? The price. Ridiculously affordable at $329. Available at Pure Fix.

 

THE FOXE BOMBER

 

Top outerwear manufacturer Canada Goose is best known for their 3/4 length fur hooded parkas, but it’s items like the Foxe Bomber shown above that demonstrate their serious design chops. Inspired by the classic bombers worn by Canadian bush pilots, the Foxe is a nice mix of classic styling and modern functionality, with removable shearling collar and sharp leather trim. As the official outerwear sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival, Canada Goose has never been more timely. For more information: Canada Goose.

 

 

LONDON COLLECTIONS: A RECAP

 

There are few events that cause as much of a stir in the menswear calendar than the London Collections and this year’s event in the UK capital was no exception – and not just because of the rather impressive LEGO beard above that was on show.

 

The London Collections is a platform for some of the biggest menswear brands (and some lesser known ones) to really showcase their creative talents and give us an insight into what might be in store over the next 12 months and beyond. But if you’re too busy to become too bogged down in all that went on at this year’s event, take a look at our overview of the brands who emerged victorious from the always engaging menswear showcase.

 

EDE & RAVENSCROFT

 

Inspired by vintage military garb, the wares from Ede & Ravenscroft were definitely one of the most striking and well-received. As you can see from the sartorially superior looks featured above, this admiration was entirely justified. ​edeandravenscroft.com

 

COACH

 

A real stand out from the first day of London Collections was unquestionably that of Coach who wowed the assembled masses with their fantastic array of outerwear products which have been overseen by former Mulberry designer, Stuart Vevers. coach.com

 

MARGARET HOWELL

 

The retro-style offerings from Margaret Howell was another triumph from January’s London Collections and the understated, muted tones definitely hit the right notes stylistically and left all those in attendance that the brand is certainly going to be one of the main ones to watch in 2015. margarethowell.co.uk

 

TIGER OF SWEDEN

 

Bringing a little Scandinavian flair to this year’s event was Tiger of Sweden and their celebrated collection of tailored offerings which demonstrated how far this label has come since reinventing themselves not too long ago. For anyone with an eye on this type of clothing, Tiger of Sweden is definitely one to watch over the next 12 months. tigerofsweden.com

ANSEL ELGORT FOR PRADA

 

Ansel Elgort for Prada shot by photographer Craig McDean in London. Fellow actors Milers Teller, Jack O’Connell and Ethan Hawk round out the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.

KNOW THIS BRAND: HENTSCH MAN

As the menswear London Collections kickoff we take a closer look at what’s happening in the always debonair capital city. London is, of course, home to many of the world’s leading fashion brands, but there are also a good deal of lesser known, equally exciting brands to be found. One such label, Hentsch Man, has an ever-growing reputation for producing high quality, impeccably tailored goods. (more…)

NIKE INTERNATIONALIST

 

Absolutely love this shoe. The “Internationalist” – ideal for hopping on the EuroRail with nothing but a backpack and passport. What’s unique about them, besides the air tight “black/midnight fog/wolf gray” color scheme, is the slightly higher upper, making them well trained for the winter season, when navigating city streets involves hurdling an icy puddle or two. $80, available at Nike.

KNOW THIS BRAND: ALPS & METERS

If you have a spring ski trip on the horizon for 2015 and are in the market for a style defining outerwear piece, look no further. The Shawl Collar Jacket from newcomer Alps & Meters is a total game changer. Made of 100% Lambswool with a water repellant coating and protective full grain leather, it strikes the perfect balance between functionality, craftsmanship and beautiful design.

 

Founded by avid off piste skier Lou Joseph, the DNA of Alps & Meters is a reflection of his own values – a deep appreciation for authentic alpine sport. It’s this genuine approach that defines everything they produce, from jackets to hats and winter collars. The company is still very much in the early stages of development and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for Winter 2015. The Shawl Collar Jacket $1,095, available at Alps & Meters. Here’s a well produced piece on the history of the brand.

 

GANT CARTER SUNGLASSES

The Carter by Gant in Milky Tan. The color alone makes them worth the price of admission. Ideal for any scenario, from ski slope to beach. They have a throwback vintage look, like something Robert Redford would wear in “Downhill Racer,” a movie you should watch if you haven’t already. Featuring a handmade acetate frame, a cutout detail on the bridge, and metal accents on the temple. $126, available at GANT.

 

 

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.

News Wall

HOW MAINE BOOTMAKER L.L. BEAN BECAME FASHION’S HOTTEST COMPANY. The company recorded revenues of $1.61 billion in 2014, and it expects another uptick this year, its sixth straight, which will take it past even its 2007 prerecession high. [FORBES]

TOURISM AND LUXURY FIRMS COUNT COST OF RUSSIA’S RECESSION. The rouble lost almost half of its value against the U.S. dollar last year after oil prices crashed and the West imposed sanctions on Moscow. That has crushed Russians’ spending power, forcing them to cut back and put pricey holiday plans on hold. [REUTERS]

MENSWEAR: THE FRONT ROW POWER LIST. The words “power front row” conjure images of an inscrutable Anna Wintour, but in 2014 there are a lot of globally important front rows she doesn’t sit on. This is the age of the menswear front row as sales have boomed by 18% in the past five years. [GUARDIANUK]

4 LESSONS FROM THRILLIST MEDIA GROUP’S SUCCESS IN BOTH CONTENT AND COMMERCE. Thrillist Media Group is opening its own internal agency. The yet-to-be named division, which the company developed over the past year, will create branded events and content, and it will use Thrillist data to advise strategy. [ADWEEK]

CAN FERRARI REALLY CUT IT IN LUXURY BEYOND SUPERCARS? Ferrari faces a battle to persuade investors that it should be priced as a high-flying luxury goods stock, given a carmaker’s margins and the heavy investment required to make its prancing horse logo a big attraction on other exclusive lines. [REUTERS]

FASHION WEEK ARRIVES IN NEW YORK BRINGING DESIGNERS, FANS, MONEY. New York’s biannual Fashion Week opens on Thursday bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and outweighing the economic benefits of the U.S. Open, the Super Bowl or the New York City Marathon. [REUTERS]

YEAR OF THE GOAT: LUXURY BRANDS FLOCK TO CHINA’S JET-SET SPENDERS. Chinese shoppers spent around 380 billion yuan ($61.13 billion) on luxury products worldwide last year, with spending outside China up 21 percent even as domestic sales of high-end brands dipped for the first time. [REUTERS]

BRITAIN’S FASHION PACK TARGETS TECH-SAVVY MEN TO LIFT SALES. London is looking to establish itself as the leading menswear fashion capital over Paris, New York and Milan by dedicating four days to showcasing the latest trends – and designers and retailers are hoping to turn the catwalk buzz into cash. [REUTERS]

30 UNDER 30: MEET THE YOUNG PEOPLE REINVENTING RETAIL. Between them, they’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture funding. They’ve launched high-tech e-commerce platforms and Main Street brick-and-mortar stores. They’re turning media sites into customer bases, creating affordable bespoke and luxury products and making the historically murky retail supply chain more transparent. [FORBES]

GUCCI TO CHECK CHINESE SUPPLIERS AFTER TV EXPLOITATION CHARGES. Italian fashion house Gucci said on Monday it would strengthen controls on its suppliers after a television program showed Chinese employees working more than three times their official hours to assemble its handbags. [REUTERS]

GUCCI OUSTS LEADERSHIP DUO AFTER SALES DECLINE. “Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini will leave her post at the end of February after eight years, with a replacement for that key post to be appointed later.” [REUTERS]

VICTORIA SECRET REVEALS ALL IN UK SHOW. “It reaches 500m people in 192 countries and is the most watched fashion event in the world. It is well known by people who have never seen, or even heard of, a traditional designer show.” L Brands Ed Razek [FINANCIALTIMES]

THE 10 BEST ADS OF 2014. Sports, comedy, PSAs and pranks: Here’s the work you wish you made this year. [ADWEEK]

HOW BIG IS CHRISTMAS TO RETAIL? Highest honors for big holiday volume goes to sporting goods, electronics, and clothing, but general merchandise and non-store retailers (like Amazon) are close behind. Lower holiday season sales occur at car dealers, building materials stores and gas stations. [FORBES]

DEMAND FOR LEATHER GOODS BOOSTS HERMES. French luxury goods company Hermes posted a slightly higher-than-expected 11 percent rise in like-for-like third-quarter sales, driven by robust demand for its leather goods and ready-to-wear apparel. [REUTERS]

ITALY COURT CLEARS DESIGNERS DOLCE & GABBANA IN TAX EVASION CASE. The duo was facing 18 months in prison. Shortly after the ruling, Gabbana tweeted: “We knew it!!! We are honest people!” [REUTERS]

THE ADWEEK 50: 2014’s MOST INFLUENTIAL BUYERS, SELLERS & MARKETERS. Innovators who are mastering the new “people-based marketing,” which is a fancy way of connecting marketers with consumers on whatever device they’re on. [ADWEEK]

OSCAR DE LA RENTA DEAD AT 82. The epitome of class. [REUTERS]

PRADA SHARES PLUMMET AS CHINA SLOWDOWN HITS LUXURY BRANDS. Shares of Prada SpA fell nearly 5 percent to their lowest in 26 months on Monday as the company became the latest luxury goods maker to be hit by a slowdown in China. [REUTERS]

THE 10 BEST BRANDED INSTAGRAM VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. How inexpensive and short videos capture today’s fleeting attention spans. [ADWEEK]

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