DOCKERS X GQ

 

I recently worked on this project for Dockers in conjunction with GQ Publishing. They came to us with the goal of helping get the word out on the launch of their new On-the-Go khaki, a big initiative featuring a roomier silhouette with several cool details. Rather than the traditional method of shooting product on a model in a controlled studio environment, we decided to make it more a lifestyle piece, using Brooklyn as a backdrop. By picking interesting locations our video became less of a traditional commercial and more about people, places and environments.

HIDE & SEEK: CABINS & HIDE OUTS

A beautiful book that will make for a great gift, or inspire you to find your own little hide out somewhere far away. “Our longing for simplicity, clarity, and relaxation often leads us into nature. Hide and Seek showcases the most beautiful places for satisfying this longing.” $40, available on Amazon.


EMILY RATAJKOWSKI CALL OF DUTY

 

By now everyone’s seen the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” trailer featuring Kevin Spacey, here’s the latest live action spot featuring none other than Taylor Kitsch and a smoking hot Emily Ratajkowski.

NORTH FACE ROLLING THUNDER

 

This rugged “Rolling Thunder” travel duffel from North Face is exactly what you need this winter. That girl you were admiring on the short flight to Denver? She’s now looking your way as you collect your gear in baggage claim. Black gets our nod but the gray is a close second. $289, available at North Face.

INSIDE CHANEL


 

A history lesson in high style and the enduring legacy of Chanel.

GAMING: VALIANT HEARTS

 

Can’t say enough about this game, “Valiant Hearts,” by Ubisoft. Set against the heartbreak of WWI, the game follows the lives of three interconnected characters who are separated by war. A great mix of puzzle solving, action and history, with real photographs and facts included along the way. Like how the Germans first unleashed Chlorine in favorable winds to devastate a battalion of 6,000 Canadian soldiers in 1914. If you enjoy history and powerful storytelling, this is your game. Available on iTunes.

 

VASQUE SUNDOWNER HIKING BOOTS

 

The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.

AMERICA IN SPACE

Spotted at the beautiful Cole Haan flagship store in Rockefeller Center, America in Space: Nasa’s First 50 Years. “The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes.” $38, available at Barnes & Noble.


THE FALL PARKA

 

The men’s design team at H&M has a knack for churning out stylish and affordable clothing every month, one of the main reasons they’ve become so successful. Consider this versatile black parka as a go to option this fall. Just $69, available at H&M.

 

 

MERCEDES BENZ AMG GT

 

Here’s a quick look at the just unveiled sports car that Mercedes Benz designed to go head-to-head with rival Porsche. The 2016 AMG GT embodies the new brand image, which is sportier and more dynamic. Priced at $129,000 and powered by a newly developed V8 engine,  the 462-horsepower GT can reach 62 miles per hour in 4 seconds. Start saving.

GUCCI PRESENTS: MEN’S TAILORING

 

A well executed short film directed by Remi Paringaux for Gucci.

NEW IN GAMING: DESTINY

 

Here is the official trailer for “Destiny” set to release 9.9.14. Expectations are massive for this first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. “You are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.” For more details on the game, visit the official website.

THE GANT FALL TROUSER

Cargo pants are typically cut baggy and meant for playing around outdoors on a weekend. Gant has changed the game a bit by updating this classic style with a fall version that can easily be worn during weekdays at the office. Made of a lux flannel fabric in gray or navy, the slimmer silhouette and cuffed hems keeps them office sharp. In navy or light gray. $275, available at Gant.

PRADA FALL/WINTER 14

 

The Prada Fall/Winter 2014 menswear campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz on the coast of England, featuring actor James McAvoy. It will surely compete for best campaign of the season when all’s said and done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERSTELLAR

 

Here’s the latest trailer for “Interstellar,” directed by Christopher Nolan, set to release this upcoming November. It will be refreshing to watch a Nolan film unrelated to a comic book. The movie looks promising, with a strong cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. It’s hard to tell where this sci fi epic will land, somewhere between a thriller and a drama. The backdrop of family and love evolves into full blown, edge-of-your-seat CGI laden action. This quote is probably the most telling:  “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”

News Wall

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]

TOURISM AND LUXURY FIRMS COUNT COST OF RUSSIA’S RECESSION. The rouble lost almost half of its value against the U.S. dollar last year after oil prices crashed and the West imposed sanctions on Moscow. That has crushed Russians’ spending power, forcing them to cut back and put pricey holiday plans on hold. [REUTERS]

MENSWEAR: THE FRONT ROW POWER LIST. The words “power front row” conjure images of an inscrutable Anna Wintour, but in 2014 there are a lot of globally important front rows she doesn’t sit on. This is the age of the menswear front row as sales have boomed by 18% in the past five years. [GUARDIANUK]

4 LESSONS FROM THRILLIST MEDIA GROUP’S SUCCESS IN BOTH CONTENT AND COMMERCE. Thrillist Media Group is opening its own internal agency. The yet-to-be named division, which the company developed over the past year, will create branded events and content, and it will use Thrillist data to advise strategy. [ADWEEK]

CAN FERRARI REALLY CUT IT IN LUXURY BEYOND SUPERCARS? Ferrari faces a battle to persuade investors that it should be priced as a high-flying luxury goods stock, given a carmaker’s margins and the heavy investment required to make its prancing horse logo a big attraction on other exclusive lines. [REUTERS]

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