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:





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.


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.



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.




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.




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.




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.





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.




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




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




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




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 shot by photographer Craig McDean in London. Fellow actors Milers Teller, Jack O’Connell and Ethan Hawk round out the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.


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…)



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.


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.



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.




Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.



If you’re in the market for a new timepiece consider the Oris Big Crown ProPilot for 2015. Dating back to 1938 when the first ProPilot made it’s debut, the simple design, over sized printed Arabic numerals and textile strap give it a functional ruggedness. Pricing will fall around the 3-4K range, not bad for a watch that will stay in the family for generations.

News Wall

LVMH TAPS KIM JONES FOR MEN’S DESIGN AT DIOR. French fashion house Christian Dior said on Monday that Kim Jones, formerly of Louis Vuitton, would replace Kris Van Assche as its menswear designer, as parent LVMH seeks to revamp some of its biggest brands with new appointments. [REUTERS]

TOMMY HILFIGER’S BET ON INSTANT GRATIFICATION IS PAYING OFF. Like the previous three collections, all of the clothes shown in Milan were instantly available as part of Tommy Now, the company’s “see now, buy now” initiative, which erases the standard six-month wait between the runway and retail and allows for something rare: instant gratification. [BLOOMBERG]

WALMART VS. AMAZON: A SURPRISING TURN IN THE BATTLE FOR E-COMMERCE GLORY. While Walmart might be significantly further behind than Amazon (they have a monthly visits deficit of 1.65B as compared to Amazon), their current digital behavior indicates they will be focusing on key areas in order to cut into Amazon’s lead. [FORBES]

LONDON RELAUNCHES ITS MENSWEAR FASHION WEEK, BREXIT CASTS SHADOW. The event first launched in 2012 as three days of catwalk shows known as London Collections: Men, but rebranded this year as London Fashion Week Men’s running over four days. [REUTERS]

COULD AMERICAN APPAREL BECOME AMAZON APPAREL? For the past 18 months or more, Amazon has quietly rolled out a line of private label menswear, womenswear, handbags, and children’s clothes under seven different brand names, and has hired sourcing managers for its growing private label team. [FORBES]  

CREATION, OR JUST MORE PRODUCT? In Milan, instead, save for a bunch noteworthy exceptions…it looked like most designers and fashion houses have given up their role altogether, ditching the pursuit of genuinely new ideas for mere product design. [BUSINESSOFFASHION]

H&M EARNINGS DECLINE ON WEAKEST SALES GROWTH IN THREE YEARS. A cold, rainy spring has added to the challenges faced by European retailers as consumers curb spending on clothing. Still, the weather didn’t stop Zara owner Inditex SA reporting a 6 percent increase in earnings in the three months through April, aided by its fast distribution system. [BLOOMBERG]

OUT OF FASHION: HOW MEN COULD FALL OFF THE CATWALK. Fashion shows are not as cost-effective as they once were and that the industry has to pay greater attention to costs as world demand for luxury goods has weakened. Social media is also heavily influencing the industry, speeding up demand for new products but also allowing fashion brands to reach out to potential customers more directly and inexpensively. [REUTERS]

MENSWEAR: FIVE TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR NEXT YEAR. The Tuscan city’s menswear trade show, Pitti Immagine Uomo, is buzzy again. From sportswear to suits, this is the lowdown. [GUARDIANUK]

CAN FACIALS AND FITNESS REVIVE MACY’S? On June 25, the struggling department store chain will unveil a new prototype in a renovated store at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, filled with lifestyle shops that play up services. [FORBES]

UNIQLO’S SEARCH FOR SELF…AND GLOBAL DOMINANCE. In the overcrowded, highly competitive casual fashion market, size is important but no guarantee of success: analysts say Uniqlo’s challenge is to carve out a brand identity of its own, going beyond its formula of delivering no-nonsense quality at good prices [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

RALPH LAUREN TO CUT 1,000 JOBS AND SHUT SHOPS. Ralph Lauren, like some other luxury brands, has been struggling amid sluggish spending on luxury apparel and accessories. The company’s margins have taken a knock as department stores discount heavily to get rid of excess inventory. [REUTERS]

CALLED OUT FOR COPYING, CHANEL DOES THE RIGHT THING. Intellectual property in fashion is notoriously hard to protect, as the constant “homages” to runway looks that appear in fast-fashion retailers attest. Brands have become more aggressive in trying to protect their work, but it remains a murky area. [NYT]

GO PRO’S FIRST DRONE, DUE OUT IN 2016, WILL BE CALLED KARMA. If you are a GoPro investor, Karma should probably give you positive energy. And such good mojo is much needed, as Wall Street recently soured on the company after the GoPro Hero4 Session mini camera fell short of expectations. [ADWEEK]

SWATCH IS SECRETLY STOCKPILING PATENTS. Swatch is developing mobile payment capabilities for watches based on technology similar to that in touch-enabled bank cards. The company says early next year it will introduce a $90 watch called the Bellamy that can be used to make electronic payments at stores. [BUSINESSWEEK]

WHAT ROUGH QUARTER AT LANDS END TEACHES US ABOUT THE CLOTHING BUSINESS. Competitors continued to offer the eye-popping discounts that have been de rigueur since the recession, shoppers balked when they didn’t see those types of offers at Lands’ End. [WASHINGTON POST]

INSTAGRAM TAKES ON GROWING ROLE IN ART MARKET. In the past few years, it has emerged as the social media platform of choice for many contemporary artists, galleries, auction houses and collectors. [NYT]

AFTER A BILLION SORE FEET, CONVERSE WANTS CHUCKS TO FEEL LIKE NIKE’S. Adding Nike tech will make Chucks more comfortable and conform to a footwear trend that has even seeped into dress shoes. [BLOOMBERG]

ALEXANDER WANG SET TO LEAVE KERING’S BALENCIAGA. The New-York based Alexander Wang brand, estimated to generate sales of around $100 million, just raised funds to finance its expansion and investors asked for Wang’s increased commitment, the source said. [REUTERS]

KERING EARNINGS BEAT ESTIMATES AS GUCCI RETURNS TO GROWTH. “We are particularly satisfied with the progress at Gucci,” Kering Chief Executive Officer Francois-Henri Pinault said. Kering is seeking to rejuvenate Gucci as demand for luxury goods slows in parts of Asia, where the French company got more than 40 percent of sales last year. [BLOOMBERG]


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