SMELL BETTER: AMAZINGREEN

Spotted at the popular retail shop Bird on Court Street in Brooklyn: AMAZINGREEN by Japanese-based brand Comme des Garçons. The scent features notes of palm tree leaf, green pepper, hazelnut, coriander seed, gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke and white musk. Which all adds up to an incredibly unique spring scent – a “concentrated dose of natural freshness.” $105, available at Bird.

 

THE PADDED VEST BY H&M

 

We always appreciate well priced good style here at Style Ledger and there’s no better example then this sporty padded vest by H&M. At $59, it’s a smart spring buy for a layer that can do it all: wear it over a dress shirt for the office, or under a sport jacket when sunny afternoons turn to chilly April nights. The stand up collar with white stripes adds just the right amount of collegiate cool. $59, available at H&M.

 

 

THE MAKING OF: PRADA DRIVING SHOES

 

True artistry at work.

THE CONWAY WATCH

Jack Spade only recently got into the watch game, but they arrived with guns blazing – red hot. Their collection of timepieces are both well designed and reasonably priced, an often hard to find combination in the elitist world of one-upmanship that is the watch industry. You can either go low and embrace the everyman approach, like Swatch, or shoot for the stars, with mighty Rolex. For a versatile, summer friendly option, go with the Conway. It comes in three colorways, but as red is our favorite color this season, try something new and bold. $298, available at Jack Spade.

 

 

 

FRIDAYS SONG

SUMMER SPORT

Here are four fun items for the beach or lawn this summer, beer coozie not included. Adidas Country Jacket, $78, available at Adidas. The key is to balance out the sporty look with casual items and avoid pairing with hi-tech running shoes – unless you’re in training. Riviera blue mid-length swim trunks, $240, available at Orlebar Brown. Pricey, but notice the mid-length cut of these shorts. Styles that cover the the knee are too long. Island Slipper, $89, available at Island Slipper. Handmade in Hawaii since 1946, these incredibly comfortable flip flops are right up there at the top of a very crowded field. Artemare beach racquets, $190, available at Threads & Fins. This beautiful set is constructed in California using hardwoods, including American pine, walnut, teak, purple heart and African mahogany. The set comes with a ball used traditionally in racquet ball, making your game more challenging then traditional paddle beach racquets.

WATER BY MORGAN MAASSEN

 

Stunning.

THE Gi ELECTRIC BIKE

No word yet on when the Gi, a fold-able electric bike, will be available, but from the looks of it, it’s a winner. Incredibly lightweight, it easily folds to a manageable size with a simple flip action. It’s also loaded with cool tech features like an internal GPS hub that links to your apps and maps, and a lock you can control from your iPhone. It also runs 40 miles while on battery, not bad for when your legs get a bit tired and you just want to cruise about town.

 

And from a branding strategy, it’s smart that they’ve put together a well-designed website in advance of their Kickstarter campaign. Too often we receive links to Kickstarter efforts and it’s the first you’ve ever heard of a hopeful product. A good strategy is to create a teaser like the team at Gi has done with their press release, website and short video. Get people behind the effort before asking for dough.

APRIL KICKS

You can’t go wrong with any of the sharp colorways from the iconic Stan Smith line of sneakers from Adidas, but we’re feeling red for spring. When paired with navy denim and a white or gray v-neck tee, there’s a laid back, All-American sportswear vibe that’s just right for warm weekend afternoons. $75, available at Adidas.

JUPITER ASCENDING

This actually looks pretty cool. Let’s hope it’s better than director Andy Wachowski’s last film, “Cloud Atlas,” that left audience asking themselves “WTF was that??” Jupiter Ascending hits theaters July 18, 2014.

LA STYLE: MODERNIST CHAIRS

Having good style isn’t just about dressing well and wearing the right clothes. It’s about living a complete lifestyle, from knowing how to pick out a great bottle of wine, to playing a killer playlist while entertaining, to setting up your home with timeless, beautiful pieces. LA-based company Modernica has created a series of fiberglass chairs that trace their roots to the late 1940′s and furniture pioneer Sol Fingerhut. Using a high pressure fiberglass molding process, the result was an ultra strong industrial grade material with a beautiful depth of color and translucency that made this chair (more…)

GANT OCEAN ACADEMY

 

It would be very easy to find an actual working yacht with handsome sailors who know how to work a boat. Instead the minds behind “Ocean Academy” have cast five models with perfect hair and not a single callous to look like students of the sea. It’s asking a lot, especially if you’ve ever spent time on the water, where things get worn and rustic fast. But the imagery isn’t the main problem, it’s the (more…)

SAINT LAURENT VS. AIR JORDAN 1

 

Saint Laurent’s supremely talented designer Hedi Slimane must be a huge Michael Jordan fan, because that’s clearly where the inspiration for his SL “Court” high tops came from. The sneaker has a very similar look and feel, and shares the same colorways, available in black & red, or black & blue. The biggest difference? The price tag – $570 for the SL’s, $140 for the Jordan’s – just good luck finding a pair, they’re hard to come by.

 

THE STYLISH COMMUTER

A healthy and stylish spring resolution: spend more time on a bicycle – made easier if it’s as sweet a ride as the Gaston 5 from Linus. It’s subtle and timeless, with a beautiful cream color scheme, white wheels and chocolate brown leather seat and handles. The best part about this old school looking bike? It’s thoroughly modern when it comes to the mechanisms. It has an internal gear shifter, with legit levers on the frame, instead of the cheaper, more popular plastic twist shifters. Grab your favorite book and head to the park, then the office. $769, available for online order at Linus.

ALL TIME GREATS

 

“Brass Monkey” by The Beastie Boys live on Soul Train. Priceless.

 

 

“Ordinary World” by Duran Duran. This video is so 80′s it hurts. In a good way.

 

 

“Your Silent Face” by New Order. All time classic.

 

 

“True” by Spandau Ballet 1985. Remember Live Aid?

 

News Wall

YAHOO TAPS ELLE’S JOE ZEE TO HEAD FASHION VERTICAL. Yahoo has performed yet another impressive coup in the talent department. Confirming last week’s rumors, the company announced today that it tapped Elle creative director Joe Zee as the new editor in chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Fashion. [ADWEEK]

BURBERRY REVENUE JUMPS, BUT PROFITS TAKE HIT BY STRONG POUND. British luxury goods group Burberry shrugged off industry jitters about slowing growth in China to post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue, reiterating that the greatest risk to its profits was the strengthening pound. [REUTERS]

WHY LOGO BRANDING IS BACK IN FASHION. After years in the fashion wilderness, the look-at-me logo is back. Whether it’s on sweatshirts, T-shirts or bags, designers have rediscovered the guilt-free way for consumers to indulge in their fetish for brands: irony, and lots of it. [FINANCIALTIMES]

THE 25 HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES IN THE WORLD. This interesting infographic shows how American superstars stack up against their European counterparts. [ESPN]

FT’S FASHION EDITOR IS MOVING INTO SOME BIG SHOES AT THE NEW YORK TIMES. Vanessa Friedman talks about her plans for content. [ADWEEK]

LVMH SHARES RISE ON IMPROVING GROWTH AT LOUIS VUITTON. Fashion brand Louis Vuitton, the group’s biggest contributor to profit and sales, has been enjoying a pick-up in demand in recent months, helping alleviate concerns it lost its sparkle after a decade of strong growth. [REUTERS]

FOR SAKS REVIVAL, MORE FANCY DESIGNERS AND MORE CHEAP OUTLETS. For a department-store brand in search of its sartorial swagger, Saks appears to fit Hudson’s Bay quite nicely. In its first quarter since being snapped up by the Canadian retail conglomerate for $2.4 billion, Saks posted a 3.3 percent increase in sales at stores open at least 13 months. [BUSINESSWEEK]

CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE TALKS PERSONAL STYLE. Christian Liaigre has designed beautifully spare interiors and furniture for Karl Lagerfeld and Larry Gagosian, as well as for restaurants and hotels, including The Mercer in New York and Hôtel Costes in Paris. [FINANCIALTIMES]

101 KICK-ASS MOVIE COVERS. The most awesome, iconic and controversial magazine images of the last 80 years. [ADWEEK]

VERSACE AND BLACKSTONE SIGN STAKE PURCHASE DEAL. Italian fashion house Versace signed a deal on Thursday to sell a 20 percent stake to U.S. private equity firm Blackstone. The brand controlled by the family of late founder Gianni Versace is selling the stake to raise funds to open new shops abroad, where it sees strong demand for its clothing and accessories branded with a Medusa head. [REUTERS]

A GROWING NUMBER OF E-COMMERCE SITES ARE MOVING INTO PRINT. Digital-to-print seems counter-intuitive. So why are they doing it? [ADWEEK]

WHAT TO WEAR BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A VINTAGE CAR. From vintage-inspired driving goggles to Savile Row tailoring, clothing has become a defining feature of vintage car events. [FINANCIALTIMES]

AN ASTON MARTIN SUV? Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. and Daimler AG are holding talks to extend their cooperation to sport-utility vehicles as the British maker of cars featured in James Bond movies seeks to broaden its lineup, people familiar with the matter said. Maserati and Bentley are among supercar makers planning to produce SUVs to expand in the U.S and emerging markets such as China and Russia, where there’s a growing class of wealthy consumers. [BLOOMBERG]

VERSACE SEES GOOD START TO 2014 AFTER SALES RISE 17 PERCENT IN PAST YEAR. Italian fashion house Versace said on Thursday it had started 2014 on a strong footing thanks to a double-digit rise in sales from its own shops in the first quarter, following a 19 percent increase for the whole of 2013. [REUTERS]

LUXURY BRANDS ARE TARGETING GLOBAL YUMMIES: YOUNG URBAN MALES. Luxury fashion may be switching gender and age roles. In much of the world now, the most attractive demographic for such companies as Burberry and Coach isn’t middle-aged women with sky-high credit limits; it’s twentysomething men with smartphones and self-esteem issues. [BUSINESSWEEK]

THE ENDURING APPEAL OF ITALIAN MENSWEAR. Of the many stories told in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, it is the menswear story that is among the most compelling. [FINANICALTIMES]

15 PURCHASES THAT MIGHT OUTLIVE YOU. Despite the rage of disposable clothing and the rise of America’s throwaway culture, some brands do still make things for keeps—and offer satisfaction guarantees to go along with them. [ADWEEK]

THE WINNER OF MARCH MADNESS? NIKE IN A ROUT. 43 of the 68 tournament teams sport the swoosh. [ADWEEK]

CLASSIC SUNGLASSES FOR SPRING. A simple photograph showing some beautiful spring shades in lighter colors, including my favorite, the Griffin by Warby Parker. [BUSINESSWEEK]

GO PRO AS HYBRID MEDIA COMPANY. Since March 2009, more than 620 GoPro-posted videos have attracted 440 million-plus views, according to YouTube spokesman Matt McLernon. [BUSINESSWEEK]

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