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.

 

 

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

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

ORIS 2015 PROPILOT

 

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.

KNOW THIS BRAND: PAJAR

Pajar is a Montreal-based company that has been manufacturing well made shoes and boots for five generations. It makes sense then, that company based that far north knows a thing or two about winter boots. The “Basel” is no exception as it has it all: black and red color scheme, rugged sole and wool lining for extra warmth. The kind of boots that will match up with anything in your winter wardrobe. Pajar Basel in black, $165, available at Pajar.

WANDERERS

 

A well executed look into what the future may hold for mankind and space exploration. By Erik Wernquist.

 

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.


News Wall

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]

FROM CLEAN-CUT TO ROCK, NEW YORK WRAPS UP FIRST MENSWEAR SHOW WEEK. Fashion Week: Men’s, launched by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, was the first of its kind in New York, unlike other fashion capitals Paris, Milan and London which host their separate catwalk shows dedicated to men’s clothing. [REUTERS]

AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S, CALIFORNIA WAS THE MUSE. An impressive percentage of the nearly 60 shows not only made a persuasive case for consolidating the men’s wear presentations but also for the robust health of men’s wear in general. [NYT]

SMOOTH DEBUT FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S. The inaugural event has lacked the frenzy and frisson of the women’s shows, but is compensating with good organization and industry support. [WSJ]

CRISP TAILORING AND IDENTITY PARADES AT FIRST NY FASHION WEEK. Colorful tops and cardigans, sleek trouser suits and sportswear mixed with crisp tailoring at identity parade mock-ups featured in New York’s first fashion week dedicated to menswear. [REUTERS]

LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK OFFERS DESIGNER, TAILOR AND HIGH STREET. London is seeking to rival designer cities Paris, Milan and New York as a capital for men’s fashion and retailers are increasingly turning their attention to menswear. According to figures cited by the British Fashion Council, menswear sales are expected to increase by 27 percent to $25.59 billion by 2018. [REUTERS]

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