The design team at J. Crew has a real knack for taking classic styles and reinventing them with just the right amount of love. The end product retains what made it cool in the first place, while quickly becoming the next hot thing. Take these canvas sneakers by legendary brand Vans: updated in new custom colors, washed for a vintage look then finished with hiking boot laces for a one-of-a-kind shoe. Not bad for $60. Available at J.Crew.





Club Monaco and their talented head menswear designer Aaron Levine have a keen eye for great brands and cool American style, and once again, they’ve picked an absolute winner by featuring Golden Bear on their website. The San Francisco-based sportswear company is a true heritage brand, having been founded in 1920, and they nail the summer-friendly varsity jacket with the striking style shown above. It’ll quickly become your favorite go-to layer on cool August nights. $289, available at Club Monaco.





“Eiger Dreams” by John Krakauer is pretty much the opposite of light summer reading. Yes, you’ll fly through the book, but it will keep you on the edge of your hammock. The book features a collection of 12 harrowing mountain adventures spanning the globe, from K2 to Mt. McKinley, and covers everything from the snooty climbing culture of Chamonix, to rough and tumble bush pilots in Alaska. As Publishers Weekly notes “Armchair adventurers can’t ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there.”



Best known for “The Perfect Storm” and “Into the Wild,” two hugely successful books that were made into movies, Krakauer’s other titles deserve as much attention,  including “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Eiger Dreams, $13, available on Amazon.

Shown above, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal. Airstrips are steeply graded to accommodate shorter lengths and thinner air.






Miuccia Prada unveiled her Spring Summer 2015 menswear collection yesterday in Milan and it was one of the best shows of the early season. It’s the hottest ticket of the week, primarily because it’s Prada, but the show also serves as an informative bellwether of what’s next in menswear. Habitually looking forward, Ms. Prada’s collections blend art and fashion in a sublime, ethereal way that never appears forced. Perhaps it’s the otherworldly music, or show space configured with a runway traversing a vibrant pool of blue water hammering home the point, but if you want to know what’s next, you’ve come to the right global HQ at the legendary Via Foggazaro.



The highlights of the collection: Modern sandals in a variety of colors, stitching details on pretty much everything including starched denim, an impossibly clean and crisp white trench, a lightweight camel v-neck sweater offset by a sky blue dress shirt (one of Ms. Prada’s favorite color combinations) and finally, a black turtleneck, looking right at home in the off season.



GQ July 2014, the cover everyone is talking about. An excerpt on dating from the accompanying feature article (why you’re going to buy it): “Generally, I just think there is a real lacking in men knowing how to hit on women. I have this whole running joke with someone: What Would Denzel Do? Like, you don’t think about how many days you should wait to call the girl—you just do it when you want. Fuckin’ Denzel. You do what you want, you know what you want.” On newsstands today.




Calvin Klein rocking spandex and pushing the color sand in a big way for next spring.



Dolce & Gabbana taking the bullring theme quite literally for their Spring/Summer 2015 menswear show in Milan. One of the more dramatic moments of the week occurs at the 8 minute mark.



Young actress Nicola Peltz is on her way to super stardom and no cheesy line by Optimus Prime about “saving humanity from itself” is going to get in her way. This Thursday, June 26th, the latest mind-numbing chapter of the ridiculously successful Transformers films, “Age of Extinction,” hits theaters worldwide. As a kid who grew up in the 80′s obsessed with the original toys and cartoon, the movies are nothing but an annoying disfigurement, a warped perception of a world that was much cooler in the imagination of a ten year old. But we won’t hold that against Nicola. Best known for her role in 2010′s “The Last Airbender,” things are about to change, fast. She’s evolved from awkward teen with braces to a stunning actress starring in this summer’s biggest film. And just a word to the wise for Nicola, don’t say anything disparaging about the dictator, err director – in particular any references to Bay acting like Hitler while on set. Comments like that will prompt Executive Producer Steven Speilberg to immediately call for your firing.


The original, god I miss him:




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…)

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4 LESSONS FROM THRILLIST MEDIA GROUP’S SUCCESS IN BOTH CONTENT AND COMMERCE. Thrillist Media Group is opening its own internal agency. The yet-to-be named division, which the company developed over the past year, will create branded events and content, and it will use Thrillist data to advise strategy. [ADWEEK]

CAN FERRARI REALLY CUT IT IN LUXURY BEYOND SUPERCARS? Ferrari faces a battle to persuade investors that it should be priced as a high-flying luxury goods stock, given a carmaker’s margins and the heavy investment required to make its prancing horse logo a big attraction on other exclusive lines. [REUTERS]

FASHION WEEK ARRIVES IN NEW YORK BRINGING DESIGNERS, FANS, MONEY. New York’s biannual Fashion Week opens on Thursday bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and outweighing the economic benefits of the U.S. Open, the Super Bowl or the New York City Marathon. [REUTERS]

YEAR OF THE GOAT: LUXURY BRANDS FLOCK TO CHINA’S JET-SET SPENDERS. Chinese shoppers spent around 380 billion yuan ($61.13 billion) on luxury products worldwide last year, with spending outside China up 21 percent even as domestic sales of high-end brands dipped for the first time. [REUTERS]

BRITAIN’S FASHION PACK TARGETS TECH-SAVVY MEN TO LIFT SALES. London is looking to establish itself as the leading menswear fashion capital over Paris, New York and Milan by dedicating four days to showcasing the latest trends – and designers and retailers are hoping to turn the catwalk buzz into cash. [REUTERS]

30 UNDER 30: MEET THE YOUNG PEOPLE REINVENTING RETAIL. Between them, they’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture funding. They’ve launched high-tech e-commerce platforms and Main Street brick-and-mortar stores. They’re turning media sites into customer bases, creating affordable bespoke and luxury products and making the historically murky retail supply chain more transparent. [FORBES]

GUCCI TO CHECK CHINESE SUPPLIERS AFTER TV EXPLOITATION CHARGES. Italian fashion house Gucci said on Monday it would strengthen controls on its suppliers after a television program showed Chinese employees working more than three times their official hours to assemble its handbags. [REUTERS]

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]

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