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.

 

GANT CARTER SUNGLASSES

The Carter by Gant in Milky Tan. The color alone makes them worth the price of admission. Ideal for any scenario, from ski slope to beach. They have a throwback vintage look, like something Robert Redford would wear in “Downhill Racer,” a movie you should watch if you haven’t already. Featuring a handmade acetate frame, a cutout detail on the bridge, and metal accents on the temple. $126, available at GANT.

 

 

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.

ORIS 2015 PROPILOT

 

If you’re in the market for a new timepiece consider the Oris Big Crown ProPilot for 2015. Dating back to 1938 when the first ProPilot made it’s debut, the simple design, over sized printed Arabic numerals and textile strap give it a functional ruggedness. Pricing will fall around the 3-4K range, not bad for a watch that will stay in the family for generations.

KNOW THIS BRAND: PAJAR

Pajar is a Montreal-based company that has been manufacturing well made shoes and boots for five generations. It makes sense then, that company based that far north knows a thing or two about winter boots. The “Basel” is no exception as it has it all: black and red color scheme, rugged sole and wool lining for extra warmth. The kind of boots that will match up with anything in your winter wardrobe. Pajar Basel in black, $165, available at Pajar.

WANDERERS

 

A well executed look into what the future may hold for mankind and space exploration. By Erik Wernquist.

 

DOCKERS X GQ

 

I recently worked on this project for Dockers in conjunction with GQ Publishing. They came to us with the goal of helping get the word out on the launch of their new On-the-Go khaki, a big initiative featuring a roomier silhouette with several cool details. Rather than the traditional method of shooting product on a model in a controlled studio environment, we decided to make it more a lifestyle piece, using Brooklyn as a backdrop. By picking interesting locations our video became less of a traditional commercial and more about people, places and environments.

HIDE & SEEK: CABINS & HIDE OUTS

A beautiful book that will make for a great gift, or inspire you to find your own little hide out somewhere far away. “Our longing for simplicity, clarity, and relaxation often leads us into nature. Hide and Seek showcases the most beautiful places for satisfying this longing.” $40, available on Amazon.


EMILY RATAJKOWSKI CALL OF DUTY

 

By now everyone’s seen the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” trailer featuring Kevin Spacey, here’s the latest live action spot featuring none other than Taylor Kitsch and a smoking hot Emily Ratajkowski.

NORTH FACE ROLLING THUNDER

 

This rugged “Rolling Thunder” travel duffel from North Face is exactly what you need this winter. That girl you were admiring on the short flight to Denver? She’s now looking your way as you collect your gear in baggage claim. Black gets our nod but the gray is a close second. $289, available at North Face.

INSIDE CHANEL


 

A history lesson in high style and the enduring legacy of Chanel.

GAMING: VALIANT HEARTS

 

Can’t say enough about this game, “Valiant Hearts,” by Ubisoft. Set against the heartbreak of WWI, the game follows the lives of three interconnected characters who are separated by war. A great mix of puzzle solving, action and history, with real photographs and facts included along the way. Like how the Germans first unleashed Chlorine in favorable winds to devastate a battalion of 6,000 Canadian soldiers in 1914. If you enjoy history and powerful storytelling, this is your game. Available on iTunes.

 

VASQUE SUNDOWNER HIKING BOOTS

 

The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.

AMERICA IN SPACE

Spotted at the beautiful Cole Haan flagship store in Rockefeller Center, America in Space: Nasa’s First 50 Years. “The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes.” $38, available at Barnes & Noble.


THE FALL PARKA

 

The men’s design team at H&M has a knack for churning out stylish and affordable clothing every month, one of the main reasons they’ve become so successful. Consider this versatile black parka as a go to option this fall. Just $69, available at H&M.

 

 

News Wall

AFTER A BILLION SORE FEET, CONVERSE WANTS CHUCKS TO FEEL LIKE NIKE’S. Adding Nike tech will make Chucks more comfortable and conform to a footwear trend that has even seeped into dress shoes. [BLOOMBERG]

ALEXANDER WANG SET TO LEAVE KERING’S BALENCIAGA. The New-York based Alexander Wang brand, estimated to generate sales of around $100 million, just raised funds to finance its expansion and investors asked for Wang’s increased commitment, the source said. [REUTERS]

KERING EARNINGS BEAT ESTIMATES AS GUCCI RETURNS TO GROWTH. “We are particularly satisfied with the progress at Gucci,” Kering Chief Executive Officer Francois-Henri Pinault said. Kering is seeking to rejuvenate Gucci as demand for luxury goods slows in parts of Asia, where the French company got more than 40 percent of sales last year. [BLOOMBERG]

FROM CLEAN-CUT TO ROCK, NEW YORK WRAPS UP FIRST MENSWEAR SHOW WEEK. Fashion Week: Men’s, launched by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, was the first of its kind in New York, unlike other fashion capitals Paris, Milan and London which host their separate catwalk shows dedicated to men’s clothing. [REUTERS]

AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S, CALIFORNIA WAS THE MUSE. An impressive percentage of the nearly 60 shows not only made a persuasive case for consolidating the men’s wear presentations but also for the robust health of men’s wear in general. [NYT]

SMOOTH DEBUT FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S. The inaugural event has lacked the frenzy and frisson of the women’s shows, but is compensating with good organization and industry support. [WSJ]

CRISP TAILORING AND IDENTITY PARADES AT FIRST NY FASHION WEEK. Colorful tops and cardigans, sleek trouser suits and sportswear mixed with crisp tailoring at identity parade mock-ups featured in New York’s first fashion week dedicated to menswear. [REUTERS]

LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK OFFERS DESIGNER, TAILOR AND HIGH STREET. London is seeking to rival designer cities Paris, Milan and New York as a capital for men’s fashion and retailers are increasingly turning their attention to menswear. According to figures cited by the British Fashion Council, menswear sales are expected to increase by 27 percent to $25.59 billion by 2018. [REUTERS]

IS FAST FASHION WORTH THE COST TO WORKERS, ENVIRONMENT, ASKS FILM. Andrew Morgan, a U.S. filmmaker, said it was startling that more than 400 percent more clothing is made now than 20 years ago, with 97 percent outsourced to poor nations where factory owners compete on price for contracts and regulation is lax. [REUTERS]

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN MARKETING, MEDIA & TECH. #66, Under Armour’s Kevin Plank is a success story anyone can get behind. [ADWEEK]

LVMH IN TALKS TO BUY LE PARISIEN NEWSPAPER. Luxury goods group LVMH is in exclusive talks to buy French daily newspaper Le Parisien from media group Amaury, it said on Tuesday, as its looks to consolidate its media business which already includes financial daily Les Echos. [REUTERS]

OLD NAVY THRIVES AFTER A STYLE-CONSCIOUS REBIRTH. The label’s newfound strength also points to a fundamental shift in the way people shop for clothes, as well as a new frugality for all but the wealthiest of shoppers in the United States.  [NYT]

BIG DESIGNERS MIX WITH LOCAL TALENT AT SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK. Dresses took center stage at the start of Singapore Fashion Week as Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the five-day event that mixes top international designers and local emerging names. [REUTERS]

U.S. CONSUMERS STICK TO CAUTIOUS TRACK. “In essence, the report offered no evidence to suggest that spending momentum has rebounded from the first-quarter soft patch, and if anything it adds to the growing concerns that the headwinds to growth…are continuing to persist,” Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. strategy at TD Securities. [WSJ]

DEFY MEDIA SHOWS OFF ITS SMALL YET MIGHTY PRESENCE. Digital production house says its videos snag 500 million monthly views. [ADWEEK]

RETAIL SALES DATA MAY SHOW WHICH GEAR THE U.S. ECONOMY IS IN. Retail sales data due Wednesday will capture the market’s attention. Though sales rose 0.9% in March, that was below the market expectation after three monthly falls. [MARKETWATCH]

NETWORKS FRET AS AD DOLLARS FLOW TO DIGITAL MEDIA. With the number of digital alternatives growing quickly, and with marketers seeking greater flexibility in how they allocate their spending, the industry is bracing for what many expect to be an anemic upfront market. [NYT]

PRADA MIXES FASHION, ART & WES ANDERSON BAR IN MILAN. The Italian fashion house opens a 19,000-square-meter (205,000-square-foot) headquarters for its art foundation on May 9 in a century-old ex-distillery transformed and extended by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. [REUTERS]

JOHN VARVATOS GOES HOME TO DETROIT. In opening a new store in downtown Detroit, John Varvatos has joined three other retailers playing a key role in the city’s nascent revival: Shinola, Carhartt & Detroit Denim Co.  [NYT]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BECKHAM: WHAT 40 MEANS FOR A MAN’S WARDROBE. How to evolve your look when you reach your forties. One man’s guide. [GUARDIANUK]

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