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

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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