NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 2

After the smashing success of the Flyknit Lunar 1 last year, Nike is set to release the next edition, the Lunar 2. The upper gets a slight redesign, while the bottom sole has been completely updated and looks extremely promising in terms of comfort and functionality. The Lunar 2 is set to release February 6th on Nike.com, starting at $160. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a Nike ID option. We went ahead and created our own Style Ledger version of the Lunar 2 above, in case you need a little inspiration. The neon color ways just aren’t for us.

MAISON MARGIELA x GLOBE TROTTER

Avant-garde Belgian brand Maison Martin Margiela has teamed up with Globe-Trotter on a special edition 30″ suitcase. The handsome luggage piece is made of a distressed tan and black leather and will be available in MMM stores this coming March. No word yet on what it will cost.

VALENTINO FW 2014

 

One of the stand out shows from Milan.

MICKEY BY DAMIEN HIRST

 

 

Artist Damien Hirst and Disney are set to auction off a portrait entitled “Mickey” to raise money for the Kids Company. The British charity provides emotional and educational support for children through art therapy.” Mickey” depicts the iconic character in Hirst’s signature spot style. The auction is set for February 13th in London, with no price set yet for the Portrait.

WATCH IT: TRUE DETECTIVE

Best show on television, hands down. HBO, Sunday’s, 9pm.

Two great songs from the new 8 episode series, “Young Men Dead” by The Black Angels:

 

“Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family:

 

COLLABORATORS: RICCARDO TISCI x NIKE

 

2014 is starting off with a bang for designer Riccardo Tisci. Aside from just showing Givenchy’s Fall 2014 collection, it’s been announced the he and sneaker brand Nike will be doing a collaboration set to release this upcoming spring. What Riccardo will be designing has yet to be discovered, but we know whatever it is will be monumental.

PRADA FW 2014

 

Prada is always a show worth watching from start to finish, even if it’s just for the unique and incredibly creative production. This time around Miuccia brings the stage to eye level and drops a small orchestra in the middle of it all. There’s a scattered intelligence to her vision of the future.

MENSWEAR WINTER WISHLIST

 

Here are 7 of our favorite items that will keep you looking sharp all winter long, from the luxury of a leather shearling jacket, to the no-frills functionality of a black canvas strap watch. Globe Trotter Carry-On Case. Functional, timeless and ready for any getaway, from St. Moritz to St. Barths. $1,795, available at  Mr. Porter. Tom Ford Black Orchid. Next time you pass a fragrance counter, do yourself a favor and give it a try. $72-$150, available at Sephora. Burberry Prorsum Leather and Shearling Jacket. Howard Hughes would have liked this jacket, dashing and rugged. $750, available at Mr. Porter. Red Wing Beckman Leather Boots. Boots that will get you through a slushy wintry mix, without the trendy hiker heft. $250, available at Mr. Porter. Jack Spade Conway Watch. Understated and elegant, at a great price. $298, available at Jack Spade. Alexander Wang x  Beats Studio Headphones. The black and gold design sets these apart. $450, availble at Beats by Dre. Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves. The perfect gift, for you, or that father-in-law you’re trying to win over. $320, available at  Mulberry.

22 JUMP STREET

“22 Jump Street,” arriving in theaters June 13, 2014. If you haven’t seen the first, check it out, a surprise hit.

TOP SHOP: CAPSULE MARKET SQUARE

 

If you’re in New York City this weekend, December 13-15th, stop by the Capsule Market Square pop-up shop at 82 Mercer Street in Soho. They’ll be featuring 100+ great brands, including Billy Reid, Mark McNairy, Armor Lux and one of my favorite new Swedish brands Stutterheim. I’ll be showing my Fahlgren winter collection of ski sweaters, scarves and ties. Please make sure to say hi if you make it. It kicks off tonight 4-9pm, and continues through Sunday.

 

SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS


 

We’re usually not into holiday cover songs here at Style Ledger but this one should make it on everyone’s December playlist. “Jingle Bells” by Sugar and the Hi-Lows.

THE WINTER DUFFEL

The duffel coat has military origins, as the heavy wool cloth kept British Royal Navy officers warm during WWI, it’s also been a staple for men when it comes to functional winter outerwear. The coat draws you in mainly because of it’s heavy wool fabric, warm lining and unique wooden toggles, commonly referred to as walrus teeth. This camel color version from Burberry London can be found on Mr. Porter for $1,695.

SOREL CARIBOU BOOT

As rugged winter boots go, you can’t get much better than a pair of sturdy Sorel’s. Founded in Canada in 1962, they’ve been manufacturing superior cold weather footwear designed for anything the winter season can throw at you: snow storms, mountain hikes, or just walking through your favorite ski town. Sorel matches a great looking design with a hefty silhouette that is surprisingly light. Check out the black and yellow color as an additional option, but burrel and red gets our nod. $160, available at Sorel.

H&M SPRING 2014

 

This video by H&M featuring their Spring 2014 collection is certainly ok, but for a brand with such deep pockets you’d think they would have stepped it up a bit. Nothing fancy, just a little more context to help convey the direction of the line. The parred down, simple direction and clean aesthetic works well for women’s, but showing a male model getting his eyebrows brushed, lotion rubbed onto his arm and make-up applied is off the mark. Get outside, hop on a bicycle, sit at a cafe, do pretty much anything, read Le Figaro, paint – just don’t try on clothes all day and expect the viewer to watch till the end.

KANYE WEST X ADIDAS

It’s official, Kanye West has left Nike and his Air Yeezys behind for rival brand Adidas. Kanye has recently voiced numerous concerns with Nike, including delayed release dates and product issues. The deal is reported to be worth $10 million.

News Wall

YAHOO TAPS ELLE’S JOE ZEE TO HEAD FASHION VERTICAL. Yahoo has performed yet another impressive coup in the talent department. Confirming last week’s rumors, the company announced today that it tapped Elle creative director Joe Zee as the new editor in chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Fashion. [ADWEEK]

BURBERRY REVENUE JUMPS, BUT PROFITS TAKE HIT BY STRONG POUND. British luxury goods group Burberry shrugged off industry jitters about slowing growth in China to post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue, reiterating that the greatest risk to its profits was the strengthening pound. [REUTERS]

WHY LOGO BRANDING IS BACK IN FASHION. After years in the fashion wilderness, the look-at-me logo is back. Whether it’s on sweatshirts, T-shirts or bags, designers have rediscovered the guilt-free way for consumers to indulge in their fetish for brands: irony, and lots of it. [FINANCIALTIMES]

THE 25 HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETES IN THE WORLD. This interesting infographic shows how American superstars stack up against their European counterparts. [ESPN]

FT’S FASHION EDITOR IS MOVING INTO SOME BIG SHOES AT THE NEW YORK TIMES. Vanessa Friedman talks about her plans for content. [ADWEEK]

LVMH SHARES RISE ON IMPROVING GROWTH AT LOUIS VUITTON. Fashion brand Louis Vuitton, the group’s biggest contributor to profit and sales, has been enjoying a pick-up in demand in recent months, helping alleviate concerns it lost its sparkle after a decade of strong growth. [REUTERS]

FOR SAKS REVIVAL, MORE FANCY DESIGNERS AND MORE CHEAP OUTLETS. For a department-store brand in search of its sartorial swagger, Saks appears to fit Hudson’s Bay quite nicely. In its first quarter since being snapped up by the Canadian retail conglomerate for $2.4 billion, Saks posted a 3.3 percent increase in sales at stores open at least 13 months. [BUSINESSWEEK]

CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE TALKS PERSONAL STYLE. Christian Liaigre has designed beautifully spare interiors and furniture for Karl Lagerfeld and Larry Gagosian, as well as for restaurants and hotels, including The Mercer in New York and Hôtel Costes in Paris. [FINANCIALTIMES]

101 KICK-ASS MOVIE COVERS. The most awesome, iconic and controversial magazine images of the last 80 years. [ADWEEK]

VERSACE AND BLACKSTONE SIGN STAKE PURCHASE DEAL. Italian fashion house Versace signed a deal on Thursday to sell a 20 percent stake to U.S. private equity firm Blackstone. The brand controlled by the family of late founder Gianni Versace is selling the stake to raise funds to open new shops abroad, where it sees strong demand for its clothing and accessories branded with a Medusa head. [REUTERS]

A GROWING NUMBER OF E-COMMERCE SITES ARE MOVING INTO PRINT. Digital-to-print seems counter-intuitive. So why are they doing it? [ADWEEK]

WHAT TO WEAR BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A VINTAGE CAR. From vintage-inspired driving goggles to Savile Row tailoring, clothing has become a defining feature of vintage car events. [FINANCIALTIMES]

AN ASTON MARTIN SUV? Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. and Daimler AG are holding talks to extend their cooperation to sport-utility vehicles as the British maker of cars featured in James Bond movies seeks to broaden its lineup, people familiar with the matter said. Maserati and Bentley are among supercar makers planning to produce SUVs to expand in the U.S and emerging markets such as China and Russia, where there’s a growing class of wealthy consumers. [BLOOMBERG]

VERSACE SEES GOOD START TO 2014 AFTER SALES RISE 17 PERCENT IN PAST YEAR. Italian fashion house Versace said on Thursday it had started 2014 on a strong footing thanks to a double-digit rise in sales from its own shops in the first quarter, following a 19 percent increase for the whole of 2013. [REUTERS]

LUXURY BRANDS ARE TARGETING GLOBAL YUMMIES: YOUNG URBAN MALES. Luxury fashion may be switching gender and age roles. In much of the world now, the most attractive demographic for such companies as Burberry and Coach isn’t middle-aged women with sky-high credit limits; it’s twentysomething men with smartphones and self-esteem issues. [BUSINESSWEEK]

THE ENDURING APPEAL OF ITALIAN MENSWEAR. Of the many stories told in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, it is the menswear story that is among the most compelling. [FINANICALTIMES]

15 PURCHASES THAT MIGHT OUTLIVE YOU. Despite the rage of disposable clothing and the rise of America’s throwaway culture, some brands do still make things for keeps—and offer satisfaction guarantees to go along with them. [ADWEEK]

THE WINNER OF MARCH MADNESS? NIKE IN A ROUT. 43 of the 68 tournament teams sport the swoosh. [ADWEEK]

CLASSIC SUNGLASSES FOR SPRING. A simple photograph showing some beautiful spring shades in lighter colors, including my favorite, the Griffin by Warby Parker. [BUSINESSWEEK]

GO PRO AS HYBRID MEDIA COMPANY. Since March 2009, more than 620 GoPro-posted videos have attracted 440 million-plus views, according to YouTube spokesman Matt McLernon. [BUSINESSWEEK]

PRADA SPRING 14

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