Remember when Crocs had the lightweight rubber shoe game cornered? Images of chef Mario Batali zooming around the West Village on a Vespa in bright orange Crocs were a bit of head scratcher. Then you tried them on, and instantly forgave the less-then-desirable designs. Native Shoes has since redefined the category by combining that same incredibly comfortable foam resin comfort, with killer styles. Take the “Jefferson” shown above, it looks a bit like a classic Jack Purcell, but without the laces, and can be slipped on and worn as easily as a flip flop. Try em, you won’t look back.  The Jefferson, $47, available at Native.




Porsche has just launched it’s first true supercar in over a decade, the ridiculously fast, and surprisingly green 2015 918 Spyder. The “918″ doesn’t refer to the price, but it’s close with an estimated cost of $845K. Porsche enthusiasts and gazillionaires might even consider it a deal, as a similar class Lamborghini or Ferrari will set you back $1.4 to $4 million. What’s coolest about the 918 Spyder?  It doubles as a plug-in hybrid, so you can start it up with barely a whisper, then hit the gas pedal and soar to the moon. We’ll call it neon green.




Hear from the man himself, Stan Smith, as he talks about the iconic shoe that bears his name. Forty years ago, in 1973, Adidas debuted a simple, classic tennis shoe that would go onto greatness. $75, available at Adidas.





If you’re looking for the perfect summer tie for an upcoming wedding, or for Father’s Day, check out the Fahlgren tie sale on Gilt Groupe. There are 15 total styles, all soft cotton, in colorful plaids and stripes. $49, available on Gilt until 12pm on Monday, June 9th.




One of the best commercial’s yet for the World Cup debuted last week and is getting serious traction, not because there are any expensive futbol players featured, but because it centers around crazy trick shots that are 100% real. It’s a perfectly executed idea, created by ad agency DDB. Look for Argentinian model Fiorella Castillo about halfway through as she surprises a crowd while wearing a little black dress and impossible heels.



GQ and star photographer Ben Watts took over Milk Studios recently for a party celebrating the World Cup. Watts’ signature style of featuring beautiful models having the time of their lives in far off destinations looks like a smoking hot travel journal – enviable getaways that happen only in print. Milk Studios sits firmly at the center of the action, led by Mazdack Rassi, a talented creative who happens to be one of the nicest guys in an industry not really known for warmth and generosity. It’s refreshing, and that energy flows into everything Milk does, the parties, the big name events, the off-Broadway BBQ’s. The line of celebrities, models and fashion insiders in attendance points to (more…)



Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School took home the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize for menswear last night. The win comes with a $300,000 prize, money the designers intend to use as they expand into the highly lucrative women’s game.


From the publishers: “Featuring colorful beach umbrellas and dreamy blue horizons, this beautiful oversized book offers a breath of fresh air and evokes fantasies of Mediterranean travel. Photographer Christian Chaize returned many times over the course of eight years to shoot an intimate beach in the south of Portugal from the same vantage point.” I tried my darnedest to get a print from this series but the price was beyond reach. This beautiful coffee table book is large enough that you can select from an array of stunning images, frame them, and add a dose of summer wanderlust to any space. $22, available at Rakuten.


A stop motion illustration of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”



Check out this stunning tent just launched by Shelter Co. Supply out of San Francisco. “The Meriwether” is 16 feet in diameter and stands 9.5 feet tall at the center, large enough to comfortably sleep 4-6 adults. The tent includes stakes and poles and has a dry weight of 65 pounds with a fully attached waterproof vinyl ground sheet and water resistant canvas upper. Beyond it’s functional appeal, it just looks amazing, and will sit happily by the side of a winding river, far from civilization, or in your backyard ready for weekend soirees. $1,250, available at Shelter Supply Co.





The huge success of “Godzilla” was never in question, just how much the movie would actually pull in was. Estimates were in the high $60 million range – but it easily destroyed expectations, hauling in $93.2 million. Part of the appeal might hinge on the fact that director Gareth Edwards was not afraid to take the movie in a darker direction than past Godzilla remakes. Taking a sci-fi movie and trending it towards the horror genre instead of a messy action movie has paid off. The opposite example, Michael Bay’s Transformer films, seem lightweight in comparison. The movie is expected to generate $240 in the U.S. and Canada.




I came across Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps last summer while out in Montauk and have been hooked ever since. For your first go, try the peppermint soap bar, then the lavender pure castile soap. They’re both refreshing and leave your skin feeling rejuvenated with natural oils. They’re certified free trade and organic, so you can feel good about yourself while washing away sand after a long day at the beach. Peppermint Soap Bar $5, and Lavender Castile Soap, $16, both available at Target.



This looks good. “Edge of Tomorrow,” hitting theaters June 6, 2014.



What sets this cardigan apart, and keeps it summer friendly, is the fabric: 100% cotton. So despite a shawl color and cable knit weave (typical winter features), it will stay cool and comfortable on a windy June afternoon. When hit by the sun, cotton stays cooler to the touch than wool, it breaths easier and has a smooth finish, making it an essential fabric for layering in warmer months. The above style in “Evening Blue” by Swedish brand Gant is a can’t-miss. Wear it as shown above, or for a more casual look, with a white or gray v-neck tee shirt and jeans. $165, available at Gant.


Finding the middle ground when it comes to hair styling products can be challenging: gels get hard and crispy, while molding pastes often look like you combed your hair with buttered toast that morning. We’ve already highlighted a favorite, Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom, so we’ll focus on Baxter of California this time around, and their well balanced “Cream Pomade.” This is a product that will keep stray hairs in place, give your hair a healthy summer shine, and unlike gel, won’t dry out after an hour. For a clean look, give it a shot. $20, available at Modern Anthology.


News Wall

GUCCI OUSTS LEADERSHIP DUO AFTER SALES DECLINE. “Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini will leave her post at the end of February after eight years, with a replacement for that key post to be appointed later.” [REUTERS]

VICTORIA SECRET REVEALS ALL IN UK SHOW. “It reaches 500m people in 192 countries and is the most watched fashion event in the world. It is well known by people who have never seen, or even heard of, a traditional designer show.” L Brands Ed Razek [FINANCIALTIMES]

THE 10 BEST ADS OF 2014. Sports, comedy, PSAs and pranks: Here’s the work you wish you made this year. [ADWEEK]

HOW BIG IS CHRISTMAS TO RETAIL? Highest honors for big holiday volume goes to sporting goods, electronics, and clothing, but general merchandise and non-store retailers (like Amazon) are close behind. Lower holiday season sales occur at car dealers, building materials stores and gas stations. [FORBES]

DEMAND FOR LEATHER GOODS BOOSTS HERMES. French luxury goods company Hermes posted a slightly higher-than-expected 11 percent rise in like-for-like third-quarter sales, driven by robust demand for its leather goods and ready-to-wear apparel. [REUTERS]

ITALY COURT CLEARS DESIGNERS DOLCE & GABBANA IN TAX EVASION CASE. The duo was facing 18 months in prison. Shortly after the ruling, Gabbana tweeted: “We knew it!!! We are honest people!” [REUTERS]

THE ADWEEK 50: 2014′s MOST INFLUENTIAL BUYERS, SELLERS & MARKETERS. Innovators who are mastering the new “people-based marketing,” which is a fancy way of connecting marketers with consumers on whatever device they’re on. [ADWEEK]

OSCAR DE LA RENTA DEAD AT 82. The epitome of class. [REUTERS]

PRADA SHARES PLUMMET AS CHINA SLOWDOWN HITS LUXURY BRANDS. Shares of Prada SpA fell nearly 5 percent to their lowest in 26 months on Monday as the company became the latest luxury goods maker to be hit by a slowdown in China. [REUTERS]

THE 10 BEST BRANDED INSTAGRAM VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. How inexpensive and short videos capture today’s fleeting attention spans. [ADWEEK]

ITALIAN LUXURY GROUP PRADA DOWN 20% IN FIRST HALF. Prada SpA posted a 20.6 percent drop in first-half net profit, weighed by sluggish consumer demand amid an uncertain economic outlook and unfavorable exchange rates. [REUTERS]

THREADS OF THOUGHT AT NEW YORK’S MENSWEAR SHOWS. Several labels reflected sombre themes from the wider world. [FINANCIALTIMES]

LONDON FASHION WEEK PINS HOPES ON EMERGING TALENT TO BOOST LUXURY GROWTH. More than 5,000 buyers, journalists and bloggers come to see Britain’s leading talents such as Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey showcase their creations alongside emerging talents such as Simone Rocha and Thomas Tait. [REUTERS]

ALIBABA’S LATEST E-COMMERCE COUP: SECURE MOBILE PAYMENT BY FINGERPRINT. The biometric technology will allow mobile users to confirm payments for a wide variety of goods and services with their smartphones simply by swiping a digit instead of entering a lengthy code. [FORBES]

OPENING CEREMONY: THE PLAY IS NOT THE THING. Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman offers a refreshing take on Opening Ceremony’s show – a 30 minute play during New York Fashion Week. [NYT]

MENSWEAR A SLEEPING GIANT AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. Menswear plays a poor relation to women’s styles at New York Fashion Week, but it is enjoying faster-growing sales and consumer tastes that are becoming more daring. [REUTERS]

CAN ALL-AMERICAN GAP SUCCEED IN INDIA? Slumping in the U.S., Gap is moving into India. [BLOOMBERG]

OLD AGE MAY BE SETTING IN FOR THREE TEEN RETAILERS. Will Aeropostale, Abercrombie And Fitch And American Eagle Be Around In Five Years? [FORBES]

CONDE NAST TO SELL FAIRCHILD FASHION MEDIA FOR $100 MILLION. The $100 million sale price highlights the struggles of print media companies in the digital age. In 1999, Condé Nast purchased the Fairchild assets from Disney for $650 million. As part of the transaction, which is expected to close in September, Condé Nast will keep the consumer websites and the blog network NowManifest. [NYT]

APPLE SOARS TO RECORD AMID OPTIMISM ABOUT COMING PRODUCTS. Apple Inc.’s stock soared to an all-time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth. [BLOOMBERG]

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