TRAVEL WELL

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As luggage goes, the “International” line from Tumi is about as chic as you can get. Made of beautiful tan leather imported from South America, it has the technical convenience Tumi is known for, combined with a design that is second to none. The price is pretty steep at $1,895, but for a private-jet-worthy carry on, price will probably never be an issue. Available at Tumi.

 

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EVEREST

 

Here is the official trailer for “Everest” directed by Baltasar Kormákur, featuring an all star line-up of actors including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is based on the 1996 disaster, as described in the book “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. Despite the inevitable liberties taken by the director, it’s refreshing to see CGI applied to something more contemporary and realistic. The film hits theaters September 18, 2015.

CFDA MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: TOM FORD

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The CFDA named Tom Ford Menswear Designer of the Year at last night’s star-studded awards ceremony at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. It’s the top award in the industry, and a very well deserved honor for the multi-talented Ford. His luxury label, launched in 2005, is firmly geared towards the world’s elite; men who can spend $5K plus for a suit without blinking. The fact that he has been so successful is a testament to his incredibly sharp attention to detail and the amount of work that goes into each garment. A refreshing counter balance to the more popular trend of cost cutting through flimsy craftsmanship. Our favorite item from his online boutique, the Russel Velvet High Top in clean white. $990, available at Tom Ford.

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The other top award, Womenswear Designer of the Year, went to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of the Row, while the Swarovksi Award for Menswear went to emerging designer Shayne Oliver of  Hood by Air.

LIGHTFOOT’S PINE SOAP

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It’s rare when you’re taken aback by something as basic as a bar of soap. Fragrance, quite possibly, but never a soap. My new favorite grooming product was spotted on a recent visit to the historic Racquet & Tennis club on Park Avenue in New York. The invigorating scent trumps pretty much everything out there, but it’s the extra large 5.8 heft that really grabs you. A soap made for men, or in the case of the club, gentlemen. All natural and moisturizing, it leaves your skin feeling soft, and is hard milled, meaning it won’t dissolve easily in the tray. Give it a try, an admirable summer scent from one of Rhode Island’s oldest mills. $50 for a case of 40 bars, available at Lightfoot.

ONITSUKA TIGER FOR J.CREW

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Another winning collaboration over at J.Crew: the reissued Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85. Perfect “classic gravel” color scheme, low profile running shoe silhouette, and off white sole with a bit of heft. Despite being just-released, a few sizes are already long gone, so act quick. $95, available at J.Crew

CHRIS PRATT FOR GQ

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Here’s a first look at superstar Chris Pratt’s new GQ cover for June shot by Peggy Sirota available on newsstands May 19th. It’s nearly impossible to think of anyone more versatile, or likable in Hollywood today. Pratt’s unconventional rise to stardom often required taking a second, third or fourth look. That moment for me came when he showed up in 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” looking bad ass as rough shod Navy SEAL “Justin.” Jurassic World, his latest big ticket summer movie, hits theaters June 12th.

THE CLASSIC FROM CALIFORNIA

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Ok so in addition to being one of the most chill shoes on the planet, lets talk about the price the “Authentic” by Vans: $45. For that you can buy every color, and there are 20 beauties to choose from. The simple low top silhouette can roll in any direction, from casual lakeside, to stuffy club house. Featuring a durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans flag label and Vans original waffle 0utsole. $45, available at Vans.

YOUR SUMMER WEEKENDER

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Skip the fancy leather duffel this summer and opt instead for a bright, bold and durable workhorse like the Base Camp duffel by North Face. Its heavy-duty fabric withstands a lifetime of abuse, and shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying as a backpack. Daisy chains make it easy to tie to a car roof rack. Available in black, but Summit Gold gets our nod for summer adventures. $95, available at North Face.

ACNE STUDIOS DENIM JACKET

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This is the type of laid back, no frills jacket you can live comfortably in all summer, from June through September. The perfect lighter shade of blue, relaxed fit, 100% cotton. The team over at Steven Alan knows how to pick em. $280, available at Steven Alan.

BEYOND THE BRICK

 

For a kid who grew up in the 70’s & 80’s, this movie is about as good as it gets, “Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.” Directed by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson, narrated by Jason Bateman, in theaters July 31, 2015.

THE SHINOLA RUNWELL CHRONO

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When it comes to describing a watch, “dainty” is not a word you want to hear. Thin black alligator strap, Roman numerals, small rectangular face, you know the type: indoorsy with pencil in hand. Watches today tell more about your personal style then they do actual time, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re going for a rugged, outdoorsy look with a touch of industrial muscle, consider the powerful Runwell Chrono from Detroit-based Shinola. The over sized stainless steel case with PVD black plating and tanned leather strap give this timepiece a deep growl worthy of the Motor City. Well-priced at $825, available at Shinola.

SUMMER AMERICANA

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Japanese retailer Uniqlo has American sportswear covered this season, and it’s no surprise, as talented New York-based designer Michael Bastian is behind much of it. Four of our favorite items that will keep you looking sharp and effortlessly relaxed this June, from beach to cocktails: Ocean blue sweatshirt $20, Red color block belt $12, Navy simple lace-ups $35, Navy washed polo by MB $25.

PAUL MITCHELL REFORMER

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As hair products go, Reformer by Paul Mitchell is pretty much the perfect styling tool. It has just the right amount of hold, will give your hair a subtle healthy sheen, and smells invigorating – like a relaxing spa. It’s a can’t-miss spring/summer option. $20, available at Walgreens.

 

MAD MAX FURY ROAD

 

This movie looks exhaustingly good and worthy of the original. “Mad Max: Fury Road” hits theaters May 15, 2015.

NY FASHION WEEK MEN’S SHAPING UP

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Today it was announced that top menswear designer John Varvatos will move his Spring 2016 runway show from Milan to New York for this summers inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s slated for July 13-16. This is a big coup for the CFDA, with Varvatos joining an already impressive line-up of designers scheduled to show, including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection, Billy Reid and hot new label Public School. Varvatos will close the men’s event with his show on Thursday, July 16th.

 

“From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between NYFW and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned,” said John Varvatos. “After eight years of showing in NY, I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience.  We’ve shown there for the past seven years and it’s been a wonderful experience and a real boost for our international growth. Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first ever NYC menswear week!”

 

Steven Kolb, the debonair CEO of the CFDA, said, “John Varvatos is quintessentially American, a leading menswear brand, a global success, and the CFDA is proud to welcome John back home. Having him show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s solidifies our efforts and emphasizes the importance of New York City as an international influence on the business of menswear.”

News Wall

LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK OFFERS DESIGNER, TAILOR AND HIGH STREET. London is seeking to rival designer cities Paris, Milan and New York as a capital for men’s fashion and retailers are increasingly turning their attention to menswear. According to figures cited by the British Fashion Council, menswear sales are expected to increase by 27 percent to $25.59 billion by 2018. [REUTERS]

IS FAST FASHION WORTH THE COST TO WORKERS, ENVIRONMENT, ASKS FILM. Andrew Morgan, a U.S. filmmaker, said it was startling that more than 400 percent more clothing is made now than 20 years ago, with 97 percent outsourced to poor nations where factory owners compete on price for contracts and regulation is lax. [REUTERS]

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN MARKETING, MEDIA & TECH. #66, Under Armour’s Kevin Plank is a success story anyone can get behind. [ADWEEK]

LVMH IN TALKS TO BUY LE PARISIEN NEWSPAPER. Luxury goods group LVMH is in exclusive talks to buy French daily newspaper Le Parisien from media group Amaury, it said on Tuesday, as its looks to consolidate its media business which already includes financial daily Les Echos. [REUTERS]

OLD NAVY THRIVES AFTER A STYLE-CONSCIOUS REBIRTH. The label’s newfound strength also points to a fundamental shift in the way people shop for clothes, as well as a new frugality for all but the wealthiest of shoppers in the United States.  [NYT]

BIG DESIGNERS MIX WITH LOCAL TALENT AT SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK. Dresses took center stage at the start of Singapore Fashion Week as Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the five-day event that mixes top international designers and local emerging names. [REUTERS]

U.S. CONSUMERS STICK TO CAUTIOUS TRACK. “In essence, the report offered no evidence to suggest that spending momentum has rebounded from the first-quarter soft patch, and if anything it adds to the growing concerns that the headwinds to growth…are continuing to persist,” Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. strategy at TD Securities. [WSJ]

DEFY MEDIA SHOWS OFF ITS SMALL YET MIGHTY PRESENCE. Digital production house says its videos snag 500 million monthly views. [ADWEEK]

RETAIL SALES DATA MAY SHOW WHICH GEAR THE U.S. ECONOMY IS IN. Retail sales data due Wednesday will capture the market’s attention. Though sales rose 0.9% in March, that was below the market expectation after three monthly falls. [MARKETWATCH]

NETWORKS FRET AS AD DOLLARS FLOW TO DIGITAL MEDIA. With the number of digital alternatives growing quickly, and with marketers seeking greater flexibility in how they allocate their spending, the industry is bracing for what many expect to be an anemic upfront market. [NYT]

PRADA MIXES FASHION, ART & WES ANDERSON BAR IN MILAN. The Italian fashion house opens a 19,000-square-meter (205,000-square-foot) headquarters for its art foundation on May 9 in a century-old ex-distillery transformed and extended by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. [REUTERS]

JOHN VARVATOS GOES HOME TO DETROIT. In opening a new store in downtown Detroit, John Varvatos has joined three other retailers playing a key role in the city’s nascent revival: Shinola, Carhartt & Detroit Denim Co.  [NYT]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BECKHAM: WHAT 40 MEANS FOR A MAN’S WARDROBE. How to evolve your look when you reach your forties. One man’s guide. [GUARDIANUK]

SMALLER MARKETS DRIVING RETAIL SALES. New York and Los Angeles are the biggest U.S. markets selling clothing, but smaller regions like Orlando and Washington, D.C. are now the top markets fueling both growth rate and dollar volume increases for the apparel industry. [FORBES]

BOLD AND COLORFUL PREVAIL AT MET GALA FOR FASHION’S BIG NIGHT OUT. China Through The Looking Glass” features more than 100 dresses, gowns and accessories, showing how Western designers have been influenced by all things Chinese, such as the embroided costumes of Imperial China and Shanghai in the 1920s. [REUTERS]

NICOLA FORMICHETTI, DIESEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT REBOOTING THE BRAND.  The edgy, sometimes shockingly original Formichetti is working to restore luster and relevance to the Diesel name—all while launching his own magazine, starting his own fashion line and becoming an ambassador for none other than Pepsi. [ADWEEK]

AT THE NFL DRAFT, FASHION TAKES THE FIELD. Thursday night’s gold- (not red-) carpet entertainment took the form of players — almost universally escorted by their mothers — parading in suits in slipcover sizes and footgear like the studded gold pumps worn by Dante Fowler Jr., the Florida linebacker chosen third over all by the Jacksonville Jaguars. [NYT]

JAPAN KEEPS HERMES SALES GROWTH ON TARGET. Hermes remains one of the strongest performers in the luxury sector thanks to resilient demand for its classic leather handbags for which there is consistently more demand than supply. [REUTERS]

THE 15 BEST RAINCOATS FOR MEN. People often think the key to getting dressed in the morning is finding the right thing in your closet. Wrong. It’s checking the weather. [BLOOMBERG]

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]

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