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

John Varvatos, Men's Fashion Designer; Steven Kolb, PresidentCEO, CFDA

 

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.”

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.

 

 

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