An up close, no-frills look at a New Balance factory in action. New Balance has 5 factories employing 1,300 workers all in New England: Boston, MA, Lawrence, MA, Skowhegan, ME, Norridgewock, ME and Norway, ME.
This ski sweater is about as good as it gets when it comes to sharp winter style. The wider pattern and tan/chocolate brown color scheme gives it a throw-back vintage look and sets it apart from the more typical navy, tighter pattern weave. Rugged and well priced. $129, available at Club Monaco.
There was a time not too long ago when jeans were jeans, tee shirts were tees, and sneakers, well, they were simple and basic, and cheap. Today, not so much; denim costs more than a sport jacket, and every luxury brand makes expensive designer sneakers. Take this military-inspired style from Valentino as an example, combining leather, suede, canvas and camouflage they certainly make a statement. Whether that cache warrants the price is another matter entirely. $745, available at Nordstrom.
Prada presents “Castello Cavalcanti” directed by Wes Anderson. An entertaining and well designed short film – although you’d think by now Anderson could have discovered another actor besides Jason Schwartzman. He comes off as whiny and tiresome, with a shtick that dominates an otherwise charming cast.
It goes without saying that small retail shops benefit greatly from mixing in a well curated selection of books amongst their clothing and accessories. It’s a smart and effective way of denoting a lifestyle, communicating a point of view without posting a mission statement on a wall akin to the opening of a museum exhibit. As an example, take a look at this impressive collection from Shinola in Detroit – you could easily drop a few thousand dollars on books, before even getting to their stunning bicycles. And take note, the modern library isn’t reserved for retail – any office, hotel lobby, airline club, and certainly home space looks and feels more interesting with stacks of beautiful books. Here are 7 favorites from the shop, including this image taken from “A Sporting Life.”
A velvet blazer has always been a formal staple piece in men’s fashion, but over the years it has developed into a stand alone item that can be worn in a variety of ways, not just black tie. Whether traditional navy and black or printed, you can do no wrong with this debonair choice from Alexander McQueen during the holiday season. $1,675, available at Mr. Porter.
I like how Amsterdam-based bag company Property Of approaches their videos. Simple, brief and to the point. As a counter example, check out this video directed by Bruce Weber for British Vogue, titled “First Crush.” It starts with close-ups of butterflies, shows a farmstand that looks about as natural as a Whole Foods display, and features two models awkwardly holding guitars, who then proceed to do absolutely nothing but look uncomfortable while jumping from location to location around Montauk. And that’s not even addressing the budget. It proves that being a genius in print doesn’t always translate to moving pictures. Authenticity trumps pretty much everything.
“Music People” by Moodymann. Heard last night in Detroit, old school house music, for the weekend dance party.
Shinola is a great brand to know. Embracing Detroit’s industrial spirit, they proudly manufacture bicycles, leather goods and watches in America. Their one-of-a-kind watch factory is housed inside Detroit’s historic Argonaut building. My top item from their collection of leather goods is the iPad Mini journal cover in bright green featured above, stitched in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. You can pick one up for $125 on the Shinola website. And if you’d like to see their beautifully crafted goods first-hand, GQ is hosting a party at their shop in Detroit on Thursday, November 7th, from 6-8pm. Please stop by if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
This is a pretty chic winter jacket at a reasonable price from Zara, the Spanish retailing empire started in 1975 that now has over 1,770 stores worldwide. It’s slim and elegant, yet balanced with a more rugged charcoal tweedy fabric and antique white shearling collar. Wear it with anything all season long. $259, available at Zara.
So bad ass. Releasing 11/5/13. Expect huge money to flow into Activision’s coiffures. Whether “Ghosts” can rival the $1 Billion raked in by Grand Theft Auto V in just 3 days is the big question.
Watch the just-released trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set for a March 2014 release. “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”
If October brings back fond memories of afternoon downtime between classes, here are a few things to consider adding to your fall line up: The Weekender cord blazer by Gant, $695. Burgundy Heritage backpack by Herschel Supply Company and New Balance, $80. The Renegade 996 by New Balance in gray with red and black, $150. Fahlgren University scarf, $85, handmade in England, as featured in GQ September. 175 gram Ultimate Frisbee by Wham-O, $12 and used copy of Catcher in the Rye, $10, Amazon.
A lovely book, “Tartan: Romancing the Plaid” by Jeffrey Banks, covers the proud lineage of this timeless fabric, from kilts and scarves to ties and even haute couture. “William “Braveheart” Wallace did battle in it. Queen Victoria decked Balmoral in it. Madonna donned it to strut around the stage. Tartan, the beloved symbol of kin, clan and nation to the Scots, has evolved into the one of the world’s favorite fabrics.” $350 new, $75 used, available at Amazon.