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.

THE SATURDAY SHORT

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Can’t say enough about these cutoff knit shorts, a look you can attempt to get by cutting up a pair of sweats, or just keep things easy and check out your nearest Urban Outfitters. You’ll get the added benefit of stitch details, correctly proportioned pockets and really good length. The best color option is light gray, not shown. $39, follow the link to buy, available at Urban Outfitters.

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.

LACOSTE: POLO OF THE FUTURE

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