MAD MAX FURY ROAD

 

This movie looks exhaustingly good and worthy of the original. “Mad Max: Fury Road” hits theaters May 15, 2015.

NY FASHION WEEK MEN’S SHAPING UP

John Varvatos, Men's Fashion Designer; Steven Kolb, PresidentCEO, CFDA

 

Today it was announced that top menswear designer John Varvatos will move his Spring 2016 runway show from Milan to New York for this summers inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s slated for July 13-16. This is a big coup for the CFDA, with Varvatos joining an already impressive line-up of designers scheduled to show, including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection, Billy Reid and hot new label Public School. Varvatos will close the men’s event with his show on Thursday, July 16th.

 

“From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between NYFW and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned,” said John Varvatos. “After eight years of showing in NY, I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience.  We’ve shown there for the past seven years and it’s been a wonderful experience and a real boost for our international growth. Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first ever NYC menswear week!”

 

Steven Kolb, the debonair CEO of the CFDA, said, “John Varvatos is quintessentially American, a leading menswear brand, a global success, and the CFDA is proud to welcome John back home. Having him show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s solidifies our efforts and emphasizes the importance of New York City as an international influence on the business of menswear.”

MILLE MIGLIA: 1000 MILES OF PASSION

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If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. The race was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. Photographer René Staud captured the 2014 race, offering a compelling look into the history of this dashing, timeless competition. For more information: teneus.com

 

A CLOSER LOOK: ZARA

 

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:

 

 

THE CARPENTER

 

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.

THE TRUSTY WINDBREAKER

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.

SPRING GROOMING

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

News Wall

SPOTIFY HIRES CONDE NAST’S DAWN OSTROFF. The move puts a music outsider into a key role at the world’s largest paid streaming service. Ostroff has spent most of her career in television and film — experience that could be helpful as the company tries to offer more video, including original programming. [BLOOMBERG]

LVMH BUOYS LUXURY SECTOR AS CHINESE DEMAND PROPELS SALES. France’s LVMH, which owns brands from Louis Vuitton to Moet & Chandon champagne, on Tuesday said thriving demand for its luxury products showed little sign of fading this year, in an upbeat assessment that drove a share rally across the sector. [REUTERS]

GOLA CLASSICS PARTNERED WITH J.CREW AND SOLD OUT WITHIN 24 HOURS. 2018 has already proven to be a busy year for Gola, from the launch of the J. Crew collaboration, the 50th anniversary celebration of their Harrier shoe, and a rollout of strategic expansion plans as a result of strong earnings since 2016. [FORBES]

IT’S SPRING: TIME TO PUT ON A SUIT THAT’S NOT NAVY OR GRAY. In addition to Paul Smith, such brands as Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, and Boglioli (to mention just a few) showed suits in a rainbow’s array of colors, from eggplant purple to electric blue to baby pink(!) [BLOOMBERG]

WHY “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” IS THIS SEASON’S MENSWEAR INSPIRATION. With its swimwear semiotics and characterisation through shirts, Luca Guadagnino’s film has the answers when it comes to your holiday wardrobe. You’ve seen the film, now get the look. [GUARDIANUK]

DIGITAL LUXURY FASHION MARKETPLACE FARFETCH IS ON A ROLL TO AN IPO. “We see the future of fashion as centered in the physical store, which I know is ironic for a tech business,” said Farfetch CEO and founder José Neves. [FORBES]

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]

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