THE PADDED VEST BY H&M

 

We always appreciate well priced good style here at Style Ledger and there’s no better example then this sporty padded vest by H&M. At $59, it’s a smart spring buy for a layer that can do it all: wear it over a dress shirt for the office, or under a sport jacket when sunny afternoons turn to chilly April nights. The stand up collar with white stripes adds just the right amount of collegiate cool. $59, available at H&M.

 

 

THE MAKING OF: PRADA DRIVING SHOES

 

True artistry at work.

THE CONWAY WATCH

Jack Spade only recently got into the watch game, but they arrived with guns blazing – red hot. Their collection of timepieces are both well designed and reasonably priced, an often hard to find combination in the elitist world of one-upmanship that is the watch industry. You can either go low and embrace the everyman approach, like Swatch, or shoot for the stars, with mighty Rolex. For a versatile, summer friendly option, go with the Conway. It comes in three colorways, but as red is our favorite color this season, try something new and bold. $298, available at Jack Spade.

 

 

 

FRIDAYS SONG

SUMMER SPORT

Here are four fun items for the beach or lawn this summer, beer coozie not included. Adidas Country Jacket, $78, available at Adidas. The key is to balance out the sporty look with casual items and avoid pairing with hi-tech running shoes – unless you’re in training. Riviera blue mid-length swim trunks, $240, available at Orlebar Brown. Pricey, but notice the mid-length cut of these shorts. Styles that cover the the knee are too long. Island Slipper, $89, available at Island Slipper. Handmade in Hawaii since 1946, these incredibly comfortable flip flops are right up there at the top of a very crowded field. Artemare beach racquets, $190, available at Threads & Fins. This beautiful set is constructed in California using hardwoods, including American pine, walnut, teak, purple heart and African mahogany. The set comes with a ball used traditionally in racquet ball, making your game more challenging then traditional paddle beach racquets.

WATER BY MORGAN MAASSEN

 

Stunning.

THE Gi ELECTRIC BIKE

No word yet on when the Gi, a fold-able electric bike, will be available, but from the looks of it, it’s a winner. Incredibly lightweight, it easily folds to a manageable size with a simple flip action. It’s also loaded with cool tech features like an internal GPS hub that links to your apps and maps, and a lock you can control from your iPhone. It also runs 40 miles while on battery, not bad for when your legs get a bit tired and you just want to cruise about town.

 

And from a branding strategy, it’s smart that they’ve put together a well-designed website in advance of their Kickstarter campaign. Too often we receive links to Kickstarter efforts and it’s the first you’ve ever heard of a hopeful product. A good strategy is to create a teaser like the team at Gi has done with their press release, website and short video. Get people behind the effort before asking for dough.

APRIL KICKS

You can’t go wrong with any of the sharp colorways from the iconic Stan Smith line of sneakers from Adidas, but we’re feeling red for spring. When paired with navy denim and a white or gray v-neck tee, there’s a laid back, All-American sportswear vibe that’s just right for warm weekend afternoons. $75, available at Adidas.

JUPITER ASCENDING

This actually looks pretty cool. Let’s hope it’s better than director Andy Wachowski’s last film, “Cloud Atlas,” that left audience asking themselves “WTF was that??” Jupiter Ascending hits theaters July 18, 2014.

LA STYLE: MODERNIST CHAIRS

Having good style isn’t just about dressing well and wearing the right clothes. It’s about living a complete lifestyle, from knowing how to pick out a great bottle of wine, to playing a killer playlist while entertaining, to setting up your home with timeless, beautiful pieces. LA-based company Modernica has created a series of fiberglass chairs that trace their roots to the late 1940′s and furniture pioneer Sol Fingerhut. Using a high pressure fiberglass molding process, the result was an ultra strong industrial grade material with a beautiful depth of color and translucency that made this chair (more…)

GANT OCEAN ACADEMY

 

It would be very easy to find an actual working yacht with handsome sailors who know how to work a boat. Instead the minds behind “Ocean Academy” have cast five models with perfect hair and not a single callous to look like students of the sea. It’s asking a lot, especially if you’ve ever spent time on the water, where things get worn and rustic fast. But the imagery isn’t the main problem, it’s the (more…)

SAINT LAURENT VS. AIR JORDAN 1

 

Saint Laurent’s supremely talented designer Hedi Slimane must be a huge Michael Jordan fan, because that’s clearly where the inspiration for his SL “Court” high tops came from. The sneaker has a very similar look and feel, and shares the same colorways, available in black & red, or black & blue. The biggest difference? The price tag – $570 for the SL’s, $140 for the Jordan’s – just good luck finding a pair, they’re hard to come by.

 

THE STYLISH COMMUTER

A healthy and stylish spring resolution: spend more time on a bicycle – made easier if it’s as sweet a ride as the Gaston 5 from Linus. It’s subtle and timeless, with a beautiful cream color scheme, white wheels and chocolate brown leather seat and handles. The best part about this old school looking bike? It’s thoroughly modern when it comes to the mechanisms. It has an internal gear shifter, with legit levers on the frame, instead of the cheaper, more popular plastic twist shifters. Grab your favorite book and head to the park, then the office. $769, available for online order at Linus.

ALL TIME GREATS

 

“Brass Monkey” by The Beastie Boys live on Soul Train. Priceless.

 

 

“Ordinary World” by Duran Duran. This video is so 80′s it hurts. In a good way.

 

 

“Your Silent Face” by New Order. All time classic.

 

 

“True” by Spandau Ballet 1985. Remember Live Aid?

 

CLASSIC WHITE

Par down and simplify with a basic tee and classic white accessories. Armani Exchange makes one of the best v-neck tee shirts out there, with the perfect fit: the sleeve length falls to middle of the bicep, the v doesn’t plunge too far, and it’s fitted on the sides. Get it in both light gray and white. $25 available at Armani Exchange. As the tee is cheap, you can spend more on your kicks – the “Achilles” by Common Projects is the best of the bunch. Streamlined and subtle, in a matte white leather, $410, available at Mr. Porter. And finally, an off-white, cream colored corded belt keeps the look relaxed and summer appropriate. $85, available at Gant.

News Wall

LVMH RESULTS SENDS CHILL ACROSS LUXURY GOOD SECTOR. Shares in LVMH, seen as setting the tone for the luxury goods industry, fell as much as 7.2 percent on Friday – the biggest one-day drop since 2009, dragging down companies in the sector such as Cartier-owner Richemont, down 3 percent and Gucci-owner Kering, which fell 3.7 percent. [REUTERS]

TESLA IDLES CALIFORNIA PLANT TO RETOOL FOR ELECTRIC SUV’S. Tesla halted production at its California assembly plant for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport-utility vehicle. [BLOOMBERG]

ALLAN MAYER HELPED TAKE DOWN AMERICAN APPAREL FOUNDER DOV CHARNEY. WHO’S ALLAN MAYER? Mayer wrote and edited for Newsweek, founded Buzz magazine, wrote two books, and worked in book publishing before getting into the damage control business in 1997. Strategic communications? “For years, I’ve been looking for an unpretentious way to describe what I do,” Mayer says. “Strategic communications counsel is the best I could come up with. A lot of my clients think of me as a consigliere. In the old days, I would have been called a fixer.” [BUSINESSWEEK]

MANCHESTER UNITED AND ADIDAS AGREE TO RICHEST DEAL EVER. Adidas will pay $1.3 billion over 10 years to United, or $130 million a year, beginning with the 2015-16 season. [FORBES]

DENIM AND PINSTRIPES MAKE A SHOW AT MEN’S FASHION WEEKS. Since the fashion caravan moved off to Milan and Paris for the menswear shows, two trend ripples seen in the London collections look set to spread. [GUARDIANUK]

MERCEDES UPSTAGES ROLLS-ROYCE WITH $1 MILLION S-CLASS. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman will have three rows and cost as much as double the top-of-the-line Rolls-Royce, setting it up to become the world’s most expensive sedan when it goes on sale next year. [BLOOMBERG]

TOD’S HIRES DESIGNER ANDREA ICONTRI TO MAKE STRIDES BEYOND FOOTWEAR. Group sales for the maker of bobble-bottomed loafers priced as high as 400 euros ($540) have lagged behind those of rivals in recent quarters, which analysts have attributed partly to its heavy reliance on footwear. [REUTERS]

SUPPORTING GAY RIGHTS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Social consciousness resonates with consumers. [ADWEEK]

DO MILLENIALS STILL WANT TO SHOP AT AMERICAN APPAREL? In its first quarter earnings report, the company posted a 7% drop in same-store sales compared to a 5% increase in the prior-year quarter, and shares of American Apparel, which in 2007 traded as high as $15 per share, have seen their value nearly cut in half since the first trading day of 2014. They are now worth less than a dollar. [FORBES]

HEIRESS DEFIES SKEPTICS WITH TECH SAVVY, FASHION SENSE. In little more than a decade, Cristina Stenbeck has transformed Kinnevik into one of Europe’s leading investors in e-commerce, including in the continent’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando. [CNBC]

SI.COM GETS A BIG LEAGUE REDESIGN. Following Time Inc.’s overhaul in recent months of the Time, Fortune and Money websites, now it’s Sports Illustrated’s turn. [ADWEEK]

MILAN FASHION WEEK: MENSWEAR REPORT #1. With menswear right now, it has to be modern. These Spring/Summer 2015 shows have been dominated by clothing for the present day, rather than harking back to some already well-trodden past. [FINANCIALTIMES]

LONDON COLLECTIONS: DAY 2. All the front row action and back stage gossip on day two of London men’s fashion week spring/summer 2015. [GUARDIANUK]

LONDON COLLECTIONS: DAY 1. The fifth London men’s fashion week kicks off in the capital. All the front row action and back stage gossip as it happened. [GUARDIANUK]

VICE MAY SELL MAJOR STAKE TO TIME WARNER. Talks between the two companies reportedly now estimate the company at $2.2 billion. With 129 million monthly views across its print, digital and broadcast channels, it’s probably not a shocking dollar amount. [ADWEEK]

PRADA Q1 SALES FALL. Prada said on Thursday its performance in the three months to April 30 had been hit by unfavourable exchange rates, declining wholesale deliveries and a tough comparison with the previous year. [REUTERS]

MAY SNEAKER WINNERS: JORDAN, SKECHERS, UNDER ARMOUR & VANS. Keep an eye on Under Armour,  their new “Apollo” shoe finally got it right. In May the gained about 30%, with a 2.7% total share. [FORBES]

L.L. BEAN, NOT BEYONCE. When it comes to ads, Pinthusiasts said they were concerned that poor execution could damage the authentic, organic feel of the site—but if brands add value with their messaging, advertising would be OK. [ADWEEK]

AN EASY WAY TO SHRINK ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: LET THE LEASES GO. Not a lot of things have gone right for Abercrombie & Fitch lately. Teens, its target market, are strapped for cash these days and no longer keen on the retailer’s logo-laden clothes and six-pack abs. Thanks to a prescient real-estate strategy, however, Abercrombie may be able quietly to lower its profile. [BUSINESSWEEK]

PUBLISHERS DITCH SWANKY OFFICES FOR SAVINGS AND SUBSIDIES. It’s the end of an era for publishers—at least as far as their iconic New York headquarters are concerned. Time Inc. and Condé Nast, stalwarts of the midtown media scene, are preparing to relocate to new offices downtown, where they will join other emigrants like Newsweek, The Daily News and American Media Inc. [ADWEEK]

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