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A collection that simplifies getting dressed

Over the course of years, Christine Cenentera, the stylist and fashion director of Vogue Australia, found that she has been constantly been the go-to for fashion advice. She would be bothered by her sisters over a well-tailored black blazer that didn’t cost half a paycheck and even get asked by friends over the basic simple wardrobe necessities.

“You’re always asked these questions,” she says. “And often I find it difficult to send them places that are reasonable — middle-ground but really well-made pieces.”

Her and her longtime partner for over 10 years, Australian designer Josh Goot, they have decided to come up with a solution. The solution being Wardrobe NYC, an edited collection of high-quality basics for both men and women, which launched today on Thursday, December 7.

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The full collection features only 16 pieces, 8 for men and women respectfully. The bae for what Goot and Cenentera feel is supposed to replicate a simple, unimpeachable wardrobe that is possible for almost everyone to wear from all different professions and fields. The collection can appeal to people that range from different personal styles, ages and body types. Many of the pieces in the collection are cut nicely and range from all different sizes, their men’s T-shirt runs from a small up to 3XL. The men’s collection has an assortment of necessary wardrobe pieces like a roomy overcoat, a two-button blazer, a T-shirt, a pair of loose-fitting trousers and a hoodie. For the women, there is a big coat, a white collarless shirt, black leggings, and an A-line skirt. All the pieces in the collection are either black or white, a palette that Goot explains as “democratic” and “solutions-based”. The collection is filled with all the things you would enjoy wearing almost every day of the week and can match perfectly with almost everything else that’s already sitting in your closet.

The collection is entirely produced in Italy and can only be bought from the brand’s website. For both the men and women, the entire eight-piece wardrobe collection cost $3,000. There is also an available four-piece “core” wardrobe which cost $1,500. this four-piece wardrobe consists of a blazer, a button-down, a T-shirt, and a skirt for the women. For the men, it includes a blazer, a button-down, T-shirt and trousers. None of the items from the collection are available to be purchased separately.

The reason to pare down the items shows how this collection is trying to separate from the norm of other designer collections. This collection wants to change from fast-fashion clothing, where pieces are produced in bulk and for cheap prices.

“What we’re trying to say is, this is less, and it’s really well done, and it will last you a really long time, and it will never go out of style,” Goot says. “These pieces are forever. What’s so great and different about working this way is that it’s not about the excess production, or the excess styles that everyone designs in conventional models. It’s also people’s time.”

You can shop the collection at Wardrobe.NYC

North Penn graduate launches upscale men’s store with Philadelphia Eagles player

Jay Amin has tried his hand at different career paths throughout his young life, but throughout it all there was always one thing that stood out, the North Penn High School grad has always been one step ahead of everyone.

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“Fashion has always been an extreme passion of mine, and my dad was always into suiting and looking his best, so I grew up knowing what different things about the suit were. As I got older I paid more attention to European styles, since I was from there,” noted Amin, who was born in London and moved with his parents to Upper Gwynedd when he was eight years old. “Caring about my appearance was always very important to me and I’ve always been in industries where suiting was required.”

With his careers ranging from being a hotel owner to a pharmaceutical start-up and even included a short time in the Navy, it always loomed in the background that the world of suits and ties. It was no surprise then when Amin partnered with Eagle safety and a known fashion maverick, Malcolm Jenkins. Together they opened up a high-end affordable men’s store called Damari Savile at Washington Square in Philadelphia last summer.

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“I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, and I’ve always kept my eyes open, and although fashion is a very difficult industry to get involved with, it was just a good timing thing for me to do this now,” Amin said. “Malcolm and I kind of bumped into each other and we realized that we both wanted the same exact thing at the same exact time, and we both had the resources and the time to put into it so we kind of jumped in with both feet and here we are. It all happened quickly. Our partnership was formed in March and the store was open in June.”

The store is located at 709 Walnut St, Philadelphia. ““Damari is Malcolm’s middle name and Savile is named after Savile Row in London, where I’m from,” Amin explained. The store features Amin’s tailoring philosophy for custom-fitted suits as well as ready to wear. The store is quickly becoming a statement for style sophistication in a city that is not well known for its fashion sense.  The store is aiming to target the younger millennial market, while the store also caters to wide demographic, including plus-size males.

“Fashion for men is not very prominent here. Philadelphia guys just don’t care as much as guys in other cities,” Amin said. “There are places in the city where you can get custom suits but it just wasn’t what we wanted it to be and it became a lot of time wasted, making the purchase, getting alterations and it became very tiresome. So we just sat down and realized we had this opportunity to effectively create what people were looking for. Malcolm and I have completely different styles as well,” he added. “Malcolm is very outspoken with his dress and mine is very subtle. For me, less is more.”

“We’re definitely not a fashion company. Fashion comes and goes. We’re not the company that goes on the Internet to see what’s cool this month and try to replicate that. That’s not what we’re about. We really try to help men identify what their personal style actually is, because style isn’t something most men will take the time to think about. Identifying your style is key to moving in the right direction.”

For more about the company and its merchandise, visit DamariSavile.com

Tom Ford teams up with Mr. Porter

When it comes to fabricating a wardrobe that functions as both fashionable and dependable through multiple seasons, the ultimate power comes from being able to formulate an impeccable foundation is crucial. With that being said it is sometimes challenging to find a good foundation to construct a valuable wardrobe. But when Tom Ford drops in with a capsule collection of his wardrobe must-haves, he will singlehandedly make the task a lot easier.

Ford created a capsule exclusively for Mr. Porter. The capsule collection is the first ever one done by the brand, it is made up of six of Tom Ford’s most iconic designs, each being specifically rendered to certain colors and fabrics that somewhat mirror the same items in Ford’s own personal closet. The collection will range from refined looks to the must rugged. It will include some stand-out pieces including a sumptuous emerald green velvet tuxedo jacket (retail price around $3,650) and even includes a western-inspired suede field jacket (retail price $7,960) both striking just in-between of trendy and classic.

The capsule was released in time to celebrate Tom Ford’s 10th anniversary. The collection features the pieces that have come to form the core of the brand. The slim-cut Shelton suit ($5,070) has been redone in a luxe grain de poudre wool and Ford has turned the classic white poplin shirt ($610) into a subtly sexy shirt thanks to a barely their gold bar designed to keep the structures collar in place.

The collection, which was launched on MrPorter.com earlier this fall, is rounded out by a sleek pair of chocolate brown leather boots ($1,790) that have been hand-polished and designed to be paired perfectly with everything from suits to jeans and even with a shawl-collared cashmere cardigan ($2,390).

you can shop the full collection of the Tom Ford collection on MrPorter.com

New app ScreenShop aims to be the Shazam for fashion

Molly Hurwitz has co-created an app aimed at shoppers to help them look for the clothes they want. Hurwitz got the idea when she was going through Instagram for fashion inspiration but couldn’t quite find the pieces she saw in pictures and google wasn’t much help either.

The app is called ScreenShop which launched November seventh. It allows users to buy clothing and accessories they see on social media, online, or even on the streets by taking a photo or screenshot on their phone.

The user uploads a photo of the outfit they like onto the app. ScreenShop then identifies the items in the photo by using computer vision and then proceed to suggest similar clothing options that vary in price ranges from different brands. The shopper can then click on the item they want to buy from the brand’s website, all without having to leave the app.

What we built is the Shazam for fashion,” said fellow co-creator Jonathan Caras, what was referring to a popular app that tells you the name of a song that is currently playing.

Kim Kardashian West is an advisor for the ScreenShop app and has been with the company since the beginning. It is said she will be sharing information about the app on her social media pages, according to the company.

“[With Instagram] you’re limited to that specific item that people and brands are tagging, and it doesn’t solve the overall problem,” Hurwitz said.

Even with users being able to tag brands and items on their photos on Instagram, Hurwitz believed it didn’t fully solve the problem.

“I don’t want to spend $1,800 on a dress, but I do want the inspiration,” she said. “The idea [with ScreenShop] is to be able to take your inspiration from anywhere, from watching a movie or browsing online or a magazine.”

ScreenShop isn’t the only service offering help based on a visual search in fashion. Asos had their own version of a visual search earlier this year on its UK app, but with Asos, it only suggests products from its own website and not an overall search. ScreenShop has partnerships with over 450 retailers like Nordstrom, H&M, and Topshop. Screenshop’s catalog includes around 10 million items that vary from seasons. When customers do make a purchase through the app, ScreenShop gets a percentage.

The app is available for free on iOS and Android users can sign up to use the beta version.

Kroger launches its very own fashion line

With other large supermarkets, such as Amazon and Wal-Mart, expanding their target audience with its own apparel, Kroger, the largest US supermarket chain, decides its time for them to jump on the experiment. Kroger is said to be planning on releasing the clothing line in fall 2018.

The launch of the apparel line is set to make the collection available in 300 stores, including the Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace locations. The US supermarket says it will be “playful, simple, and uplifting”.

The collection is set to sell “modern lifestyle” clothes that are intended for kids and adults.  The fashion line will be called “Our Brands”. The line will focus on activewear and basic essentials. Kroger’s says they are “clothes to truly live life in, and look good doing it.”

Robert Clark, the vice president of merchandising, said, according to a statement released, the brand “gives Kroger a chance to inspire and connect with our customers, offering effortless style every day.”

“This launch of Our Brands fashion will re-invigorate Kroger’s apparel line,” Robert Clark said in Friday’s release. “We will be able to serve our customers across the country, the inspiration they are looking for, which translates into an immense opportunity for growth in sales, share, and loyalty.”

Competition has become even more intense since Amazon.com Inc has started to expand into Kroger territory forcing the brand to find new ideas to keep up to date. It is said that most new Whole Foods customers were once former Kroger loyalist. This increase began after Amazon took over Whole Foods. Even European grocers like Aldi and Lidl plan to open more stores in the United States which will add even more pressure to supermarket chains that are affiliated with Amazon. Lidl itself has launched an exclusive line with celebrity designer Heidi Klum that will more than likely expand Lidl even more across the United States than it already has begun to.

Kroger has already been under enough pressure giving the fact that share values have dropped almost 40 percent this year. But the shares climbed 2 percent after this clothing apparel was announced. Food deflation and discounts has made the sales decrease and the profit margins to be almost nonexistent.

Opening their own clothing line could be the boost Kroger needs. Private labels have sometimes proven to be a money maker. A report on October 27 on Investor’s Business Daily addressed the private label trend, calling it “a bounty waiting to be innocently discovered online as modern shoppers ditch old-school name brands and seek out stuff that’s cool but cheap.” The fashion line is part of the company’s “Restock Kroger” plan.

“As part of our Restock Kroger Plan, having Our Brands be a strong, vibrant growth vehicle for Kroger is a top strategic priority,” said company spokeswoman Kari Armbruster.

Kroger is investing into more technology as more and more shoppers are doing their purchases online. The company has even opened up a restaurant as well. Kroger is even considering selling their convenience stores that generate around $4 billion in sales.

Kroger soon might be the go-to place for your daily groceries and clothes for your average days of the week.

ERDEM x H&M takes a step away from fast fashion

Erdem Moralioglu, a world-renowned London designer, has tried his hand at making a collaboration with retail giant H&M. But with Moralioglu’s collection seeming different than most collaboration among other designers and brands.

When designers tag team with brands to create a collaboration line, they don’t really hold up to the expectations many people thought they would. With a lot of the collaborations seeming like a knock-off of the designer’s original line and seemingly being priced higher than normal clothes at the brand’s stores, Erdem Moralioglu decided to finally change the ongoing cycle.

Erdem Moralioglu created a London-based label which was founded in 2005. Moralioglu graduated from Royal College of Art began his career interning for Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg. His portfolio has blown up in the past couple years, thanks to his famous fans who often wear his signature floral prints. The group of fans includes: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kate Mara, and Meghan Markle.

“When you hear about these collaborations, it’s often something that’s ‘a lesser version of’,” he says.

“It was about creating pieces that have a permanence to them and doing the opposite of something that feels like ‘fast fashion’.”

Moralioglu, who is now 40 years old, has created an accessible and affordable line with one of the leading fast fashion brands in the world. But unlike most fast fashion, his collection is filled with timeless silhouettes, luxe fabrics and superb tailoring to make his clothes last years. Moralioglu has said that he believes his pieces from this collection can be worn for 10 to 20 years and are adaptable enough to be mix and matched.

Moralioglu’s new collection even something he usually isn’t known to do, menswear. The menswear collection will include T-shirts, hoodies, a backpack, and sneakers engraved with his name. Moralioglu’s says his collection with H&M is his cure to disposable fashion. Moralioglu is most notably known for his ultra-feminine dresses and bold floral prints.

“Creating these pieces that have an odd classicism to them is almost disruptive to the idea of ‘Let’s consume it, let’s buy it, let’s wear it for a bit and let’s discard it,'” he says.

Moralioglu has said in an interview with straitstimes.com, he got his inspiration for the collection from a music video for a 1990 Pet Shop Boys song, Being Boring, that he first saw in high school.

The video is set “in this old English country house with young people inhabiting it – girls in bias-cut dresses wearing sneakers and boys in tuxedos with T-shirts. And there was something so democratic and inclusive about this idea of formal and informal and having something that would be amazing for someone who’s 16 or 75,” he adds.

The designer also took inspiration from his childhood memories, in which his time was split between Montreal, Canada, and Birmingham, England.

“I wanted to work with Harris tweed in Scotland and create a perfect tweed suit, and have the jacket sold separately from the trousers so a man could wear it almost like a jean jacket or as part of a suit.”

The designer says he did this collection the same way as he does with his main line. He starts with “the idea of character and narrative” for inspiration then he pays incredible detail the workmanship. Ms Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor believes the line has the capacity to stay around a while and even reveals the company has learned a couple things from working alongside Moralioglu.

“His clothes have longevity. These are precious things you can save in the wardrobe and take out over and over again,” Ms. Johansson says.

Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers hottest new shoe

The Balenciaga sneaker take over hasn’t stopped with the Speed Trainers. Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers have sold out instantly in Manhattan, one of the most fashionable areas of the world.

Triple S sneakers have taken the market by storm just like their counterpart, Speed Trainer shoes. These unconventional sneakers almost resemble an 80’s style shoe that you could find at your local thrift store. according to an employee at the Parisian brand’s Madison Avenue, New York, location, they sold out in 30 minutes. Right now, the Triple S sneakers are arguably the most sought after casual footwear.

You can give partial credit to Instagram, because they have been showcased on multiple accounts leading to many sneakerheads, fashionistas, and people wanting to make a bold statement, to go looking for the chunky shoes. Triple S sneakers have even been spotted on some famous feet such as ASAP Ferg and Offset. The Triple S sneakers were dominating the Paris fashion week scene, as they were seen practically everywhere.

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The sneakers have a three-layer stacked sole with pre-distressed details throughout which is how it got its name (Triple S). The shoe size is embroidered on the toe, with rope laces adding the finishing touch to the shoes. The shoe was originally added to the Balenciaga men’s collection by artistic director Demna Gvasalia for the brand’s FW17 show in Paris.

Just like what happened with the Speed Trainers, other brands such as Gucci, Dior, and Prada, have been trying their best to catch up to Balenciaga and release shoes closely resembling the Triple S. Fast fashion brands have also jumped on board of the “ugly” shoe trend. Zara has completely ripped off the Triple S, releasing their own shoe that mimics the iconic shoes called, the Multi-Piece sneaker. Zara has priced their shoe around $35 USD while Balenciaga’s model is around $850 USD.

The shoes are said to be going for almost double the price from resellers on eBay and other websites. It’s also said that even knockoff Triple S sneakers are going for a whopping $450 USD.

“People with a lot of visibility wear ugly sneakers and it’s a trickle-down effect,” says Chris Green, divisional merchandise manager of New York boutique Totokaelo.

On Highsnobiety they interviewed multiple people who instantly went after the clunky shoes and some of the answers they got were quite interesting.

“@Jakebinning: I first saw the Triple S about eight months ago during the Balenciaga FW17 runway show, and I instantly liked them. I really liked the fresh silhouette, the general aesthetic, as well as the colorways and the chunky sole”.

“@91yxng: This is the most trendy sneaker, and the hottest brand in the world right now”.

Balenciaga are planning on releasing a new color scheme of the Triple S sneaker in the near future. The new scheme will prove consumers a more subdued color combination. The new style will have a white mesh base with cream and off-white accents, but the Balenciaga branding will still remain black.

 

 

The Hottest New Items to Purchase Right Now

As the seasons transition, we find ourselves scrounging for the next best items to own to wear proudly and continue to be the most stylish guy. Below you will find a list of items that you need to purchase for this autumn.

First is the off-white shade Wrangler Wild Wash Vintage Design T-shirt. This shirt is perfect for street wear! It is a simple graphic T that you obviously need so follow the link Wrangler.com. Another is the River Island Mid Blue Faded Ripped Jimmy Slim Tapered Jeans. Oh man… that is one long name for a pair of jeans! Anyway, these jeans resemble a 90s style fit with a white washed look. It features multiple rips as well. Here is the link to purchase a pair RiverIsland.com. The Primark Camouflage Backpack features the next century camouflage at a reasonable price. Follow the link Primark.com to retrieve your newest backpack!

Next is the H&M Nylon Bomber Jacket. This is the perfect jacket to transition throughout the season. It is a very lightweight jacket; so follow the link H&M.com to purchase your jacket for the 2017 Fall. The collaboration of RNLI X Finisterie features items that include fisherman knits, beanies, and waterproof jackets. The positive affect happens when you purchase an item. 10 percent of the sales are donated to charity!

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The Fimex MKI Aluminum Watch is the next best thing to own this season. This watch is the reinterpretation of the Mik-W-46374B TimeX from 1982. It features a military aesthetic with a sleeker and slimmer band. Here is the link to purchase one for you End.com. Another pair of jeans to own would be the G-Star Raw Motac 3D Slim Jeans. These jeans were specifically constructed for mobility and comfort. It features 3D ribbed panels along the calf and back of the knee. To own a pair here is the link g-star.com.

Obviously, shoes need to be purchased for this upcoming season. The Adidas Originals EQT Support Boost 93/17 has the most ground breaking contemporary design to date! Here is the link Adidas.com to purchase a pair for you. You already know that you will not be disappointed in this wise purchase. The MKI Miyuki Zoku Pink Printed Cotton Top is another shirt to buy. It has a very updated design that runs up the sleeves. Here is the link harveynichols.com.

To carry all of this stuff you are about to purchase you need a stylish bag. The Sandqvisk Apollo Backpack that has a sleek style for durability and practicality. Here is the link sandqvick.net so you can carry all of the necessities! Again, you can never have enough shirts so the Beams Plus Camp-Collar Printed Shirt will be a great purchase. This shirt resembles a 80s theme by the print-blocking technique pattern throughout the shirt. Here is the link to buy it mrporter.com.

Topman featured black checked jogger pants. These joggers are extremely fashion forward that are as comfortable as ever! Here is the link Topman.com to keep looking stylish but comfortable as ever! Lastly everyone just needs to purchase the Boohoo Man Nasa Cap. Everyone needs a hat… so there is the excuse to buy it boohooman.com!

These are some of the top essentials to own right now especially during the change in the seasons. Hopefully, you find some of these products to fit your personality and can represent your style!

Dress Code 101: The New Rules to Know

The typical dress attire has changed in multiple aspects. These helpful tips will allow you to update your formal attire to be the best-dressed man! Numerous dress code rules that were established throughout previous decades are vanishing or loosening right in front of our own eyes. This allows each man to create easier and more appropriate outfits for dressier occasions. As street wear, sportswear, and gender fluidity continue to rise across numerous collections, it becomes known within the mainstream fashion.

One of the dress codes that have changed revolves around coordination and color appropriation. The old dress code consisted of different shades of grey, navy, and black. The new revamped style allows men to coordinate with layers of different colors and patterns. In this new generation of style code, a tie has become optional as well. A simple T-shirt and jeans can be just as appropriate for the office for certain occasions.

In the olden days, wedding suits were known to be a plain solid dark color. By bringing color into the man’s wedding attire, this allows character and sensibility. The combination of styles, silhouettes, and ascents are now a factor within the fashion of men at weddings.

Remember the good old nightclub days, when you had to wear black dress shoes? Well, those days are gone! Now, a simple white tennis shoe is appropriate for the nightclub or evening event scenery. This shoe allows a versatile array of options as it can coordinate with countless outfits.

Back in the day, crew necks were for the day to keep casual attire, as collared shirts were worn to evening events to resemble formal attire. In the 21st Century, a contemporary-casual is the norm that allows men to create multiple combinations, which can be worn during the day or night for any occasion. Basic necessities consist of tailored trousers, plain crew neck T-shirt, loopback sweatshirt, sneakers, and a casual bomber jacket.

Gender fluidity continues to influence multiple brands, which is a major step in the fashion industry this decade. Recent trends that have crossed over into men’s fashion have consisted of embroidery, looser trousers, sliders, and round sunglasses.

Jogger pants in the past were known to be worn only around the house, to do errands, or go to the gym. Now, they can revamp an entire outfit by adding street style to the pieces. Adidas and Louis Vuitton have partnered with Supreme to work on luxury sportswear items that can be worn during any casual occasion.

Hopefully these helpful new rules allow you to revamp your style into the 21st Century!

The Top Men’s Fashion Releases to Know!

Releases have been dropping like crazy throughout the men’s fashion industry. These are the top brands that you do not want to miss out on!

Recently, Stüssy released the collaboration for the Stüssy X Dover Street Market T-shirt Retrospective Collection. This collection became available on August 25th. These fashion brands decided to collaborate to re-release nine T-shirts from past Stüssy collections. The collection includes three exclusive graphic T-Shirts, which will be partnered with IPEA. Key logos are represented throughout the collection such as the signature crown and eight ball. This collection can be purchased at DMS locations and stussy.com.

Next is the Everlane Denim Collection, which will be released on September 7th. This Demin collection prices at $68. This affordable denim line is for men and women, which will feature indigo and black options. Pre-order a pair today everlane.com.

The Noah Fall/Winter 2017 Collection already available to purchase! You are able to buy pieces from this collection at noahny.com. This New York based brand features pieces inspired by different social issues. One of the pieces is the Rose T-shirt, which is inspired from the city of New York. Another example is The Scuba Diver tee to show the shift in weather patterns and the issues revolving around rising sea levels. The collection has various tees, hoodies, pants, and a custom German Moleskin pea coat made with 100% Scottish wool. This collection price ranges from $48-$648, so go find your favorite pieces throughout the collection.

Another collaboration is between Raf Simons and Fred Perry. The Raf Simons and Fred Perry collection continues to take archive pieces and represent them throughout another season. An example would be the classic polo, which takes on the oversized fit look. Other pieces such as T-shirts, long sleeve T-shirts, button-ups, crewnecks, and jackets that feature a boxier silhouette. You can buy pieces from the collection at fredperry.com.

Lastly, is the release of the House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 Wireless Headphones, which is available now. The House of Marley has released the second line of headphones from the Positive Vibrations product line. Recycled materials produce the Positive Vibration 2 headphones. These materials consist of aluminum alloy, plastic, and fabric. The reason these headphones are special is due to the features they include. These features include a 12-hour battery life, built-in microphone, and Bluetooth system. The headphones cost $80 and are available at thehouseofmarley.com.

If you are going to Dress like a Dapper Gentleman, You have to Smell like one too!

Throughout the past couple of years, Oud fragrances have made a global impact on society. By dominating the market, oud fragrances have taken the form of “liquid gold” since it is one of the rarest and most expensive components used in luxury fragrances. An oud fragrance is best worn during an evening event or when you want to make an impact!

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Authentic ouds are known as “big” meaning they consist of intense smells that allows you to use less of the product. In this case, less is more so you are not overpowering every person around you. If you are looking for a scent that is extremely powerful, then try Oud Alif by Shay & Blue, Ermenegildo Zagna Indonesia Oud, Armani/Prive Oud Royal, or Creed Royal-Oud.

An accessible Oud fragrance scent allows it to be a less overpowering, which allows it to be less noticeable from the people around you. Specific brands that are known for Oud fragrances with a less intense aroma are Tom Ford or Comme des Garçons. If you want to try a fragrance with a less intense smell, try Tom Ford’s Oud Wood or Spicy Tobacco Oud. Other brands to try are Comme des Garçons Wonderoud, John Varvatos Oud, and Boss Body Oud.

Now there are other ouds that are phenomenal but have a weird mix of scents. One example would be Tom Ford’s Private Blend Oud Minérale. This scent is the combination of smoked wood that resembles warmth with a hint of salty marine like fragrance. Another example is the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud due to the mix of lemon and wood. This creates a rich and fresh scent leaving behind a hint of smoked citrus. Other fresh ouds consist of Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot.

To beyond the realm of fragrances! We find ourselves searching for other useful oud products, which are available. If you are addicted to using oud fragrances you can purchase the Carsons Apothecary Oud Beard Oil. If you happen to not have a beard, well… now is the perfect time to grow one!

Other products are mainly household items. Since everyone likes their home to feel warming and inviting, you want to have a nice scent that will make your guests want to come back as soon as possible. So purchase an Oud candle. Some examples would be the Timothy Dunn Oud candle or the Acqua Di Parma Heavyweight Colonia Cube candle. Incenses can be purchased as well. A few great products would be the Bakhoor Insense or the Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser.

Hopefully you make the right choice to purchase one of these rich and inviting scents to allow you to become a better-rounded dapper gentleman!

Are You Ready for Fall? Well, here are the Best Boots to Own!

Finally! The leaves are about to change, the wind will become a bit brisk, and everything is going to be pumpkin spice flavored. It is time for you to get new boots for this fall season. Well, lucky for you all the best boots have been listed for this 2017 fall season!

The first boot to buy is the chukka. This boot is known as the desert boot as well. Chukka boots are one of the best forms of casual footwear that can resemble class. The 2017 fall colors, for this boot, would fit into the traditional earth tones or the purely bold colors. Tod’s offers one of the best chukka/desert boots, and it can be purchased at Tods.com for only $545.

Next is the brogue boot. You know how the brogue was one of the best shoes for a man to own during this past spring/summer season? Well, vamp up your style with the brogue boot. This boot is a great transition from the summer footwear you have been wearing, to the essential fall footwear needed due to weather changes. It will appear extremely similar to the ordinary brogue shoe but a bit taller. To buy a quality pair of brogue boots you can purchase a leather brogue boot at Burberry.com.

From season to season, the Chelsea boot continues to rise in popularity through multiple fashion trends. This is another boot that transitions from summer to fall with an effortless style and a fashionable look that can be worn with numerous outfits. It can be worn in a formal or informal event. For this fall season, the most popular color is the army green in suede. To purchase the Wyatt 30 Chelsea Boot by Saint Laurent for $945 follow the link ysl.com.

The lace-up boot allows you to have an edgy vibe to your 2017 fall boot collection. This boot has a Rock n’ Roll sense, but resembles the same feel as the Chelsea boot. It tends to be much dressier than a combat boot, and can be worn in a wide range of preferable attire for numerous occasions. Outfits can range from suit and tie or to casual jeans. If wearing jeans with the Balenciaga lace-up leather ankle boot try wearing black or white jeans to make it a statement piece! You can purchase these boots at matchesfashion.com.

As popular fashion trends continue to revolve around the 90s, the combat boot is a staple to this 2017 fall fashion season. To embrace a punk-rock moment, try the Dr. Martens Vintage 1460 8-Hole boots in Oxblood Quilon drmartens.com.

Hopefull, these five boots can help complete your 2017 fall boot collection! Who knows what is in store for the 2017 winter footwear trends!

The Top Shoes Every Dapper Gentleman Should Own

Are you ever thinking about how you can upgrade your shoe game? Well do not worry about a thing because there are numerous shoes that are essential to a man’s wardrobe. The average American man only owns twelve pairs of shoes. If you had to choose the top twelve what would they possibly be? This is the answer to all of your questions with the top twelve shoes you need to purchase to upgrade your style to a whole other level.

The first type of shoe that is needed is a pair of brogues. These shoes are considered a workhorse shoe that can almost coordinate with anything. These pair very well with jeans and suits!

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For certain occasions, these shoes can be worn to range from formal events to business meetings that relatively possess conservative business attire. The best recommendation for purchasing a quality pair of brogues would be at us.burberry.com. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords are the second essential shoe that resembles quality for dressier occasions. The best occasion to wear these at is during a suit and tie event. You can shop for these at matchesfashion.com to buy a pair of oxfords by Ami.

The next shoe is the perfect dress boot for the suited and booted attire. This tends to appear less formal but has a modern casual style. Lanvin features the remarkable Grained Leather Chelsea boot, which you can buy today at matchesfashion.com. Another top shoe to own is a casual boot. These shoes are a main essential to have when the weather is harsh or if you are just in the mood to have a slick street style vibe for the day. Go on and buy a pair of Dr. Martens at drmartens.com to purchase the Vintage 1460 Boot! The last boot of the collection of twelve that you need is the desert boot. This is the type of boot that is not considered a sneaker or a dress shoe. It provides proper and casual attire for multiple occasions. The Oakwood Suede Desert Boot can definitely be for an everyday outfit. Follow the link to add to your collection clarkusa.com.

The plain-toe derbies are the type of shoe that you need for a mildly formal/casual occasion. This shoe is not overbearingly dressy but not simply casual. Honestly the best place to buy a pair of plain-toe derbies is from Dsquared2’s Missionary Lace-Ups at dsquared2.com.

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Penny Loafers allows you to have a classy and sophisticated type of shoe that shows a sense of luxury of a young dapper gentleman when bought by a high-end fashion brand such as GUCCI. So buy a pair today at gucci.com so you can stay GUCCI and look fly!

A minimalist sneaker is perfect when worn as a neutral color, which will coordinate with everything for occasions such as the office, the bar, weekend events, etc. Buy the Achilles Low Gummy sneakers by Common Projects at endclothing.com. Another sneaker would be the technical sneaker that is wonderful for any daily tasks such as running errands. The Gel Lyte III by Asics endclothing.com is a great pair of sneakers to throw on to do your everyday duties. Lastly, a classic throwback sneaker has to be in your collection. Obviously these are needed for all the right reasons so buy the Old Skoll Vans at vans.com to rock your throwbacks!

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The espadrilles are a classier look and upgraded style other than wearing a simple pair of flip flops. Try the espadrilles in black canvas by Saint Laurent ysl.com. To wrap up all of the essentials, the most needed would probably be a pair of house slippers. It is perfect for lounge wear with a simple style that allows you to unwind at the end of a long day and stay comfortable once taking off one of the eleven pair of shoes listed above. Try a pair from L.L Bean at llbean.com.

Hopefully this helpful shoe game collection resolves any issue for your next purchase!

Key Representation Throughout Men’s NYFW SS 2018

During the past month, the men’s NYFW for the Spring/Summer 2018 Collections have been breaking the fashion industry by storm with the quality and meaning behind multiple of the collections.

The HEAD OF STATE designer, Taofeek Abijako, particularly left critics astounded by his designs throughout his SS ’18 collection. He managed to create a social impact through cultural designs and concepts behind the collection of the season. The theme revolved around the colonialism in West Africa. The inspiration for this concept came from multiple African contemporary photographers and artists. Some of the influencers of the designs consist of Clic Clac Baby, Malick Sidibe, and Samuel Fosso. The HEAD OF STATE SS ’18 season collection wanted to capture how normality in society has returned in West Africa through multiple efforts but wanted to feature an elegance and soulful manner that represented the birth of all nations throughout West Africa. This collection mainly revolved around multiple different aspects, which this collection was known for during men’s NYFW. It included skillful color blocking throughout the designs and the pairing of a new sense of street style. As this collection has includes a wonderful representation of multiple cultures and nations the fashion industry has to wonder what is coming next from Taofeek Abijako’s HEAD OF STATE brand.

Raun Larose featured a different design throughout the SS ’18 collection. This collection’s inspiration revolved around the 1980s. The representation for this seasons designs was to show how technology on the mass cultural ideal influences society. Raun Larose wanted this season to symbolize multiple themes throughout the collection. The apparent themes were to show a romanticized, nerdy, and extremely exaggerated collection in the modern era. Some articles of clothing that revolved around the 80s featured oversized jackets and pants in multiple unique shapes. Progressive fabrics were used to symbolize the increasing artificiality and virtual reality of society. Inorganic materials were used to give the collection a retro-futuristic feeling. An artist named Jose Chunà designed stripes for the collection to reference towards a computer screen about to crash. This collections main theory is to question the future and where society is headed within technology.

Another brand that took a different approach to the fashion industry is C2H4. For the SS ’18 NYFW, this brand’s feature collection was called “Zero Gravity.” The designer’s vision was for chemists on Mars. This was to resemble a laboratory work wear collection for chemists in the year 2082. Feature pieces included laboratory coats, utility vests, and multifunctional anorak. Bottoms consisted of technical sweatpants, pocketed cargo pants, and side-strap track pants. This collection wanted to represent saturated and monochromatic color schemes to boost certain colors such as multiple blues, reds, and urban yellows.

Domenico Vacca Gives Look At New Flagship

Press got an early look at the new Domenico Vacca boutique and the consensus was: wow! Domenico Vacca himself had this to say about the new flagship: “I got carried away.” That statement sets up quite an expectation, but the boutique itself blows even the most jaded of expectations away.

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Domenico Vacca is a name that is familiar to those who follow the Red Carpets and Men’s fashion, and his many stores (including a few in New York) have been an invaluable asset for those seeking a certain Italian style. But his newest venture, located on 15 West 55thStreet, is something you have never seen before.

This unique venture is a Domenico Vacca flagship that is 10 stories, in the middle of Manhattan. The building boasts two full floors of shopping, as well as a barbershop, spa, beauty salon, cafe, as well as exclusive apartments designed by Vacca himself. It really is a one-stop location for all your luxury needs.

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Domenico Vacca had big ambitions in mind with this building, and had this to say on that topic:

“This building is a mecca of extravagance and comfort, each aspect and detail a labor of love. For the new retail space, I wanted to create a place that is not just a storefront, but a destination that draws people in to connect, shop, and relax, reviving the in- store shopping experience.” -Domenico Vacca

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If you find yourself in New York City with a craving for the fine life, and don’t want to travel around the city, be sure to check out the new Domenico Vacca Flagship! Totaling over 8,000 square feet, there really is something for everyone here. If one lived in one of the apartments above the building, it would be conceivable to never have to leave the building to get all your needs fulfilled…

Sneakers vs Boat Shoes: The Pros and Cons

Comfort is always a must for the casually fashionable. Entering the summer months with global warming rearing its ugly head, one must adjust accordingly. Looking specifically at footwear for the summer, the fashionMR has a plethora of options. For the younger generation, the question begs: sneakers or boat shoes?

Walking around we peep the style of our peers and weigh who we are, along with how we want to be viewed. Am I a sneaker guy or am I a boat shoe guy? How comfortable do I want to be? How much do I sweat? All of these are relevant questions when picking the perfect pair of shoes for this summer.

Sneakers

First one must assess sneakers. Comfortable, yet sometimes brutally hot, sneakers can be the perfect accessory. For many sneaker-heads there has been a movement back to the retro. Very popular amongst younger markets has been Nike Air Max. Under the umbrella of Air Max, there has been a specific yearning for the Air Max 90’s, an undeniable classic. With an assortment of color combinations and a relatively low price point depending on the model (starting at $90) vintage Air Max have been, and continue to be a clutch, classic option. To supplement your summer sneaker, socks are a must, but not all socks were created equal.

When wearing sneakers, mid-calf socks are the way to go. No-show socks are another option, but many times when the elastic wears out or the size isn’t perfect, those no-shows slide down off your ankle and wrinkle in the shoe, creating wrinkle and ankle blisters. Ankle socks are not the look unless you’re going for that ‘classic’ old man with Asics running sneakers and a stained free tee shirt style. Since no one actually wants that look (some may be born with it), steer clear at all costs.

Another sneaker option that has carried weight this season is vans supplemented with mid calves. When looking at vans however, one should tend toward more muted color patterns, as that type of shoe should not be the eye-grabber of an outfit. The subtlety of Vans are their beauty, so getting multi-colored or tiger striped patterns is probably not a good idea.

The pros of sneakers boil down to these simple facts: they provide ample support for your feet when you want to go on a nice summer walk, socks will always be an acceptable complement to the shoe and there is a tremendous variety to choose from. The same does not apply for boat shoes.

Boat Shoes

Boat shoes are great. Arguably the best part of boat shoes is that you can dress them up or dress them down. Boat shoes are ideal for cocktail parties or barbecues; the country club or the beach; the city or the suburbs. Essentially, boat shoes are acceptable anywhere unlike sneakers.

There are certainly shortcomings to wearing boat shoes. The first and perhaps most prominent concern is foot sweat. On those sweltering city days when the sidewalk is hotter than the air, which in turn is hotter than your oven when slow-cooking beef brisket, your feet sweat more than a boat shoe can handle. Sticky and stinky in no time, the leather wears easily and frequently onto your foot, leaving leather stains in more places than one would care to mention.

Foot sweat is not the only concern with boat shoes; the leather boat shoes are made with sometimes cuts consumers’ feet, others say they do not provide enough support, and still other grumble that the laces constantly come undone.

One might ask “why not wear socks with boat shoes? That seems like an easy solution to all those complaints.” This is certainly valid, and some do rock this style, however, the look is not ideal. Sneakers, unlike boat shoes, were built to wear with socks, especially since their profile tends to go higher up on the foot. However, one should notice that the tongue of a boat shoe is abbreviated. This shortened tongue reveals much of the upper foot for the un-socked gentleman. In turn, with simply less shoe to attract attention, the sock tends to overpower the boat shoe, drawing attention away from the carefully selected shoe and toward your bland white socks.

Conclusion

The choice seems clear. If you find bare-foot-boat-shoes more comfortable, that’s all you since one pair can fit all your summer social needs. However, for those that prefer the casual sneaker, consider an additional investment in mid calf socks to avoid social and physical discomfort.

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Menswear Brands and Sites Worth Shopping

Admittedly, sometimes closets face a lot of neglect, and over time it develops its own label homogeneity. It’s never a bad thing to throw in some new players, every once in a while.

Here are eight brands to add variety to your line-up.

Apolis

The brand name translates to “Global Citizen.” It promotes a socially motivated lifestyle, empowering communities worldwide. Oh yeah, and they also have pretty nice clothing.

http://www.apolisglobal.com/
http://www.apolisglobal.com/

Need Supply Co.

A beautifully curated space located in Richmond, Virginia, Need Supply mixes renown brands with independent designers from the U.S. and foreign soil.

The credo: “a well designed product can have a very real and tangible effect on our everyday lives.”

http://needsupply.com/
http://needsupply.com/

Band of Outsiders

When you have a former hollywood agent as the creative face behind a brand, you can surely expect unique takes on American classics. The high end clothing label based out of Los Angeles is known for its modern yet defiant looks.

http://www.bandofoutsiders.com/
http://www.bandofoutsiders.com/

ASOS

With outstandingly huge product line offerings across menswear – over 60,000 independent brands and own label – ASOS has no shortage of sartorial goodness. The online fashion retailer stands as one of the UK’s largest.

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Ruth La Ferla, of the New York Times, describes the brand’s identity as having a

“brooding aesthetic… built on the fusion of modern technology and the crudely mechanized cosmos of the late Victorian age.”

If that doesn’t pique your interest in the British retailer, then it’s a fairly good thing the list doesn’t end here.

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Credit: Steve Russell

UNIONMADE

Priding itself on well-made and aesthetically classic products, UNIONMADE is an independent menswear shop offering top of the line brands in casual and fine clothing.

http://unionmadegoods.com/
http://unionmadegoods.com/

Rogue Territory

As another menswear brand coming out of California, Rogue Territory caters to the person interested in the subtleties. It separates itself through its handcrafted quality that is almost reminiscent of a bespoke fit.

http://www.rogueterritory.com/
http://www.rogueterritory.com/

Wings + Horns

The young menswear label is a Canadian project that attributes much influence not only to its home landscape, but also to the Japanese’s approach to details. Given its deliberate thought to fabrics, it’s no wonder the brand has made itself quite popular in the world of men’s fashion.

Sriracha What?

That’s right, Sriracha is now a beer; a stout to be exact. If you thought the pumpkin spice craze is getting out of hand, this spicy and irresistible taste of Asia is pretty close.

The boffins over at ROGUE laboratories has created another concoction that just might top all the other crazy creations they’ve thought up. While it is a bit pricey for a 1 pint bottle, novelty craft beers are rarely modestly priced. So if you’re a Sriracha addict, this will help you give you an extra fix of irresistibly hot, chili sauce while helping you loosen up. ($13)     

 

A Classy Flashlight?

You’re eyes are not fooling you. That is a piece of leather wrapped around the flashlight’s grip. Made with standard American cowhide and powered by two D cell batteries, the design is quintessentially vintage. The looks hark back to the early days of flashlight design. But while playing tribute to an old look, it provides a modern touch. The torch uses LED bulbs for illumination instead of incandescent bulbs; allowing for longer battery life. With the three batteries, you can expect 20 hours of use. So if vintage is your thing, out looking for a gift for someone who does, or just wants to add to a future costume, this is right up your alley. ($45)

 

Highline: The Perfect Accessory for the iKlutz

The folks over at Kenu are out with a must have iPhone accessory called the “Highline”. Made for active individuals who often worry about losing their smartphone in precarious situations (i.e. on a ski lift, kayaking or rock climbing).

The “Highline” is a kit that consists of a case and a compatible leash. The elastic leash, made from kevlar, fastens to the bottom of the case via the lightening port and can be attached when not in use. Once connected to the bottom port, the leash can be fastened to any zipper, loop or carabiner with a lanyard. Heavy-duty in design, the “Highline” is sure to prevent any future mishaps with your precious i-device. ($30-$35)

 

Coolest Ugly Xmas Sweaters You Can Buy

So the season for egg nogs, festive storefront decorations, Rudolph’s red nose adorned in front of car and truck grills and ugly Christmas sweater parties. And finding the best sweater to standout can be just as stressful as finding clever costumes over Halloween. Well that’s what we’re here for; to find you the most whimsical and festive ugly sweater; just don’t expect affordable prices. Disclaimer: Some of the items below may be “geek-tastic”.

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If you’re still confused about where “lemon-flavored” snow comes from, this sweater clearly explains it through threads. In this depiction of Saint Nick, gifts aren’t the only things that he delivers, so be careful and think before you try some fallen snow. ($74.95)


This next ugly sweater deserves to be on the list due to its creative design. Made with two halves of a stuffed reindeer on the front and back of the sweater, the 3D Ugly Christmas Sweater is a bit of a celebrity. With appearances on Live! with Kelly and Michael, it’s a cute and clever way to impress your friends and family. ($59.99)

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via Yellow Bulldog

If you’re a product of the 90s, this next sweater should be a pleasant trip down memory lane; if you choose to buy one. Adorned with the two iconic Street Fighter characters, Ken and Ryu, this ugly Christmas sweater is tastefully put together. So if the attendance at the party consists of geeks and nerds, the Street Fighter sweater is sure to turn heads. ($44)

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Being part of the “United States of Wu”, this next sweater really hits home. But being a fan, it’s going to be tough choosing between the Ugly Sweater Party and a night with your best headphone and favorite Wu-Tang tracks. ($79.99)

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The most famous transforming automaton is back; this time in the form of a sweater design! Adorned on the front of this sweater is Optimus Prime; coupled with subtle Autobot logos found on the chest and sleeves. ($79.99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Just an Ordinary Leather Brogue

British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney is pairing up with Johnnie Walker to release a limited edition leather brogue with a little secret. Hidden in the soles of each shoe is a small bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label!

But, it doesn’t end there. The iconic “Johnnie” logo is stamped on the side of each shoe. And on the back is a stitching of the initials “J.W.”. These leather brogues are priced reasonably for a pair with a “special feature” ($489). So if you don’t mind being judged as an alcoholic, and love to be alcoholically prepared, you might want to add these to your wish-list.

 

FashionMR’s 51 “Bro-tastic” Gifts

Lets face it, we’re not all superstar gift givers. While others are picking up on subtle hints by loved ones, the clues blow past you like any booze-filled Friday night. If you’re the latter, the holidays or birthdays are filled with anxiety. Well here at FashionMR, we want to lend a hand to make this holiday season a bit more enjoyable and relaxing. Below is a collection of stocking stuffers that will surely tickle the fancies of any man (no sexual pun intended).

The gifts in this guide range from “cheap and cheerful” to “downright ridiculous”. And they vary from the tiny pocket sized bottle of Sriracha ($15) to the luxurious stay at the Presidential Suite in the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night). So whether you’re being overly generous this year, cutting it back or somewhere in the middle, you’ll be sure to find something in FashionMR’s 50 Holiday Gifts.

$100 or Less

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via Tani USA

Thermals By Tani ($150-$300): Soft to the touch, thermals from Tani provide a mixture of warmth and comfort throughout the winter months; a staple in every male wardrobe.

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Uniqlo Cashmere Sweaters ($90)An unbeatable price for a cashmere sweater, Uniqlo pulls it off again with this comfortable and warm piece. The sweaters come in crew neck or v.   

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via BisonMade

Bison No.1 Leather Belt ($100): Sturdy and better looking with age, Bison No.1 leather belts are handcrafted in the USA and each item screams quality. Rather standard in design, it’ll keep any pair of slacks or denim from coming undone. Each belt is stamped with a silhouette of a Bison and very smooth to the touch. It’s another leather product that looks better with age.

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via ChantUSA

Topsiders by ChantUSA ($90)Fusing college livery and casual topsiders, ChantUSA has a growing collection of shoes from UCLA to the University of Miami. Each pair comes made in leather and branded with the school’s initials on the sides. So flaunt your school colors. Tastefully express school pride or help someone else do the same this holiday season.

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via Sriracha2go

Pocket Sriracha ($7): Ease your craving for Sriracha with this pocket sized bottle. Just throw it in your bag and be ready whenever you have that itch for some heat. 

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Death Before Decaf Mug ($12)We love our coffee here at FashionMR, so we feel that it should be made known to everyone around you. If you’re just as passionate about your cup of joe, this is the a way to do it.

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via CoolMaterial

Shit I Got to Fu*king Get Done Notebook ($10): We know you always have a laundry list of things to do each and everyday. And if you’re the forgetful type, why not write it in this?  

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via Bonobos

Bonobos: Bold Check ($85): Look clean and stylish this holiday season with this button-down from Bonobos; currently on sale for $48.

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New Balance: Elite Racing 999 ($99): Comfortable, classy and stylish in design, Elite Racing from New Balance is sure to help you standout from the rest.  

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via Hickoree’s

Hickoree’s: The Hill-Side Salt & Pepper Beige Socks ($18)Your socks have every right to be seen. So, let the world know that your socks are the shi*t with these bad boys!

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via drinkhacker

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon ($24)The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without some “fire water” courtesy of Bourbon extraordinaire Evan Williams. So make someone (or yourself) happy with some Evan Williams Bourbon. 

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via Petrolified

Petrolified Iconic Car Prints ($19)Got carlovers in your life? If yes, surprise them with these minimalistic prints of iconic cars throughout history. It’s sure to class up any man-cave.

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via Amazon

Maple Bacon Flavored Ground Coffee 1 lb. Bag ($13.99)Why buy and enjoy them separately when you can simply enjoy it all in a coffee? This is the perfect gift for the bold few who enjoy bacon as well as coffee. 

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via DeanDeluca

Kopi Luwak Coffee ($70)With the reputation for being “the world’s most expensive coffee”, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is quite an exotic blend of coffee. Harvested using methods that would make you cringe or hurl, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is truly in a class of it’s own.

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via Amazon

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker ($80)Since we’re on the topic of coffee, why not talk about cool brewing methods? Bodum offers this nifty vacuum brewer that’s sure to add a twist to any coffee-lovers brewing ritual. 

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via Amazon

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare ($60)For the Sony PS4 and Xbox One systems, COD: Advanced Warfare is a perfect choice for the gamelovers in your life. 

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via Amazon

Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set ($80)A classy razor set, the Parker kit has everything you need to shave like a “real man”.

$101-$1000

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via Penfield

Penfield Summit Parka ($435)Any winter holiday gift guide will be lacking without a jacket recommendation. The Penfield Summit Parka is a quality choice that is sure to last many seasons. A mix of casual and utilitarian, these parkas are right at home over any kind of top; suit, shirt or sweater. And with a line of fur over the hood, it keeps the wind and low temperatures away. 

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via Topo Designs

Topo X Woolrich Rover Pack ($190)Topo in partnership with outdoor brand Woolrich, makes these cool day packs. Built by hand in Colorado, this pack is a mix of durability as well as quality. You can feel quality from the fabric used to make the pack, to the seemingly indestructible zippers.

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via Naked & Famous

Naked & Famous 32oz. Selvedge Denim ($495)Weighing in at 32oz., this heavyweight from Naked & Famousis are as stiff as they come. It’ll turn any yogaphile or gymnast into a rigid branch. And because they are raw, you’re going to have to break into denim. While it may be a pain to get into or move around in them, this denim is the king of all warm denims. Due to their thickness, this pair of denim is durable and long lasting.

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via Danner

Danner Mtn Light Overton ($330)An item manufactured right here in the U.S. of A., is the Danner Mtn Light Overton boot. The pair comes with Gore-Tex lining (breathable and waterproof) and a suede exterior. And much like the Bison belt, these boots look better with age.

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via warehousebrand

Maple Set Knives ($105)This set of knives is a rather unique item in that each knife is made mostly of wood; with just the blade being metal. By using only a small amount of metal for the blade, it cuts down on the weight, making it comfortable to use.

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via Hodinkee

Shinola: The Runwell Watch ($550)Built in Detroit with passion and quality, the Shinola Runwell watch is a minimalistic watch hand-built to last.

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via Grovemade

Grovemade: iPhone 6/6+ Wooden iPhone Case ($129-$139)Grovemade iPhone 6/6+ cases are built by hand using leather and wood. Each case is built to near perfection and made to last much longer than the life of the iPhone.

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via Eye of Mine

Eye of Mine: GoPro Gimbal ($399)A perfect companion to the GoPro, the Eye of Mine Gimbal is designed to keep the camera steady and leveled in any situation. 

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via YotaPhone

YotaPhone 2 ($800): Packed with two displays, the YotaPhone is first of its kind. With a AMOLED 5 inch display in the front and a 4.7 inch E-paper display in the rear, it allows the user to go with a battery saving option by using the B/W rear display. It also comes packed with the usual set of amenities like an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android OS built in.

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via Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers: Fitzgerald Fit Blue with Rust Windowpane Sport Coat ($498)Known for comfort, luxury and quality, Brooks Brothers knocks it out of the park with this tasty number. 

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via Polo

Polo: Diamond-Quilted Sport Coat ($279.99)Perfect for the winter season, this coat by Polo is ideal for any classy and simple setups.

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via Zappos

Red Wing: Iron Ranger ($310)Designed for durability and know for its ruggedness, the Redwing: Iron Ranger is no exception. You can probably go without another boot for awhile. 

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via Tanner Goods

Tanner Goods: Utility Bifold Wallet ($100)This Bifold wallet is another example of a quality item built right here in America. But if you’re not fazed by that fact, know that it is well made to last for years. 

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via Cultizm

Canada Goose Freestyle Vest Caribou ($307.80)Jackets are a necessity this holiday season, so are the vests if you’re planning to go for a layered look. Keep warm while looking good with Canada Goose’s Freestyle Vest. 

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via Lomography

Lomo’ Instant ($120)If you’re bored and annoyed at the design and handling of the Fuji Instax line of instant cameras, why not try one from Lomo? It takes the same film used on the Instax cameras, so you won’t have to commit to another film format. 

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via Worldclassdriving

World Class Driving Experience ($300+)For those who love cars and experience based gifts, the World Class Driving experience will keep you smiling for a few hours. Enjoy a few hours driving cars you can only dream about (i.e.: Ferraris, Lamborghinis and pretty much anything fast). 

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via Sony Europe/Flickr

20th Anniversary Sony PS4 ($650): If you’re a Sony purist, you shouldn’t let this one go. With only 12,300 units being sold, it is a rare piece. Reminiscent of the original Sony PS1, this kit comes with the unit, controller and camera; all in the same color.

$1001-$100,000

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via Adorama

Leica M-A ($4750)Put together with extreme scrutiny, Leica’s M-A is 35mm film camera handmade in Germany. Unchanged since the 50s, this camera is made to last longer than your great grandkids, hence the price. 

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via Hendo/Kickstarter

Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000)If Marty McFly was a childhood hero to you and ‘Back to the Future’ was your favorite movie growing up, then the dream of owning a real hoverboard is that much closer. For $10,000 bones you can live out your childhood dreams while emptying your wallet.

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via therakeonline

Custom Suits by Brook’s Brothers ($14,000+)You know that any item from the Brook’s Brothers line screams quality. These suits are no exception. If money is no issue, why not get your loved ones a suit that matches perfectly to them?

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via DJI

DJI: Inspire 1 Drone ($2899): This little gadget is sure to bring out the kid in you. It’s a perfect item for videographers and enthusiasts alike. Just be mindful of the price.  

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via Carsnewblog

2016 Lexus RC-F ($60,000+): Lexus is back in full force with a classy and sporty coupe. So go ahead. Buy it for your trophy wife when she says, “You don’t have to get me a Ferrari.”

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via Fujifilm

Fujifilm X100t ($1299)While it looks a lot like the last model, X100S, it comes built in with a large number of new features that will make any photography professional or enthusiast smile.

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via techladon

Lux iPhone 6+ ($12,000)So why is this iPhone so expensive? Just take a look. The 24K gold plated iPhone 6+ also comes with diamond encrusted Apple Logo. Extravagant? Yes.

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Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night)Take your loved ones to spend a week or two in this palace of a suite. They’ll never forget it. Really. NEVER. 

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1967 MIKOYAN MIG 21 UM ($70,000): While your millionaire buddies brag about their G6, one up them with a Soviet Era fighter jet.

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via Fast Life Luxury

Moro Monk Strap by A. Testoni ($38,000): Made with alligator skin, the Moro Monk is a labor of love. Meticulously put together, these shoes are made to be durable yet soft and comfortable in any weather condition. Testoni also offers an option to add a gold, diamond encrusted buckle.

$100,001 or Greater

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via 432parkavenue

432 Park Avenue: Tallest Condo in the World ($95 million+)If you want to feel like a god in NYC, this is the place to do it. With 360 views of the entire city, the price tag is well worth the money in the Big Bad City.

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via Wally

Wallypower 118 Yacht ($33 Million)“The Darth Vader” of yachts, it definitely lives up to its name. It may not be the biggest, but it is definitely one of the slickest and swiftest yachts out there. 

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via RightMove

Westbury Castle Estate ($8 Million)If you know anyone that has dreamed about owning a castle, now they can all the way across the pond in England. 

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via Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz 6×6 ($600,000)Based off the G-Wagon, the Mercedes Benz 6×6 is sure to help you drive in style during the zombie apocalypse. 

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via TritonSubs

The Triton 36000 Personal Sub ($15 Million)If one-upping your rich friends isn’t enough, show your worth by gifting a loved one or yourself, a personal sub. 

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via FeatherLiteCoaches

Prevost Featherlite RV ($1 Million+)Built with all the usual amenities you would find in a villa, the Prevost Featherlite RV is as luxurious as it gets. Travel in style and comfort. 

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via 4wheelsnews

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ($2.5 Million)Sold in a two tone black and orange, it is the closet thing to a G6 for the road. If you know anyone with the need for speed, this is something right up their alley. 

 

Gingham Shirts by Twillory

Whether you’re a cubicle creature, a king of the hill or a window office executive, a nice clean shirt is a staple in your wardrobe. In the meeting room, a sit-down with clients or social gatherings, a form fitting shirt could make or break any situation. And even if you are stylishly oblivious, you might’ve noticed that the shirt pattern that looks oddly familiar to a traditional picnic table cover is trending. Because of this, the shirt game is saturated with brands that carry this style. First off, if you’ve been calling it the “picnic table pattern”, lets start off by calling the shirt design by its rightful name, “gingham”.

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Twillory follows this same design trend with a collection of gingham shirts; with spread and button-down collar options (for more info on collars). Made in five colors, all the shirts ooze quality and an attention to detail. Any brand can stitch similar fabrics together and sell it for competitive prices. But the gingham shirts from Twillory, give the feeling that you are getting more than what you paid for.

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The fabric is hardy yet smooth and it feels like the shirt can handle many washes and battles with the iron. At a 120 cloth count, it is tightly woven. Also, the cuffs provide an extra bit of adjustability with another set of buttons. Up front, the shirt is adorned with mother of pearl buttons; commonly found in high-end shirts. And remember that “attention to detail” feel mentioned earlier, well the spread collars come with steel collar stays.

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For $79, it is rather affordable for what it offers. But, be sure to know your measurements. An individual with a small body frame might find a medium, loose fitting for a tailored fit. Find them at Twillory.

 

Eye Luxury: Pardon Persol

 

Persol is an Italian luxury eyewear company specializing in sunglasses. The name is translates to “for the sun.” Formed in 1917 by Giuseppe Ratti, Persol originally catered to pilots and sports drivers.

Presently, the company is famous for its durable sports sunglasses. Its trademark is the silver Supreme Arrow, and several of the company’s glasses feature this symbol.

One feature that sets Persol sunglasses apart from other brands is the Meflecto system. The Persol Meflecto is the world’s first flexible stem system that sets maximum comfort by allowing the glasses to adapt to the shape of any face. So not only is Persol fashionably outstanding, but comfortable as well.

The Persol glasses are famously famous in the celebrity universe. You have seen Persol on Chris Brown, even James Bond wore the PO2720S Polarized, UV Protection Persol sunglasses.

To learn more about Persol, look here.

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via flickr/davharuk

 

 

Get Down on One Knee with O Fée

Avoiding breaking your bank while proposing with diamonds might seem impossible, but not with O Fée’s elegant new engagement rings.
Offering accessible and elegant engagement rings, O Fée presents its Pop collection featuring delicate rings in 18-carat yellow, rose and white gold and the gentle glint of a flower-shaped grouping of diamonds.

Yellow Gold (Via O Fée)
Yellow Gold (Via O Fée)
Rose Gold (Via O Fée)
Rose Gold (Via O Fée)
White Gold (Via O Fée)
White Gold (Via O Fée)

 

Luxury Travels High

While it is the season to head to hot spots such as Mykonos and Ibiza, it calls for changing time zones in style.

Topping the list with its classical charm, the Goyard Palace trunk is the must have personalized accessory this season. With its exceptional heritage, Goyard is a drawn inspiration that stands uniquely amongst other fleeting trends. Goyard labels itself as a timeless design that will appeal to customers looking for uncompromising exclusivity, unparalleled craftsmanship and aesthetic refinement.

Goyard offers four distinct product lines:

• Travel goods: Goyard provides travelers with all the accessories needed for a stylish getaway such as; trunks, hard-sided luggage, trolley cases, vanity cases, hat cases or weekender bags.

• For men and women: Goyard offers a large choice of handbags, tote bags, pouches, briefcases and clutches with an equally large range of matching accessories: wallets, change purses, diary and check-book covers, and business-card holders.

• Personalized orders: Goyard personalizes trunks and luggage. Each piece is unique and entirely hand-made, just like in the 19th century.

• Pet accessories: The « Chic du Chien » line was launched in the late 19th century by Edmond Goyard. It features collars, leashes, bowls and dishes for pets, and is sold exclusively at the Chic du Chien boutique, 352, rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

The long-lasting sustainability of Goyard products is a plus since the line doesn’t change every season.

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via facebook/goyard

 

 

Is it For Her or For Him, Jonathan Saunders?

Adding the contemporary spin to the cricket sweater, Jonathan Saunders reinvents his knitwear collection with the Leanne merino wool sweater.
The dual colored sweater is the perfect piece to invest in if you are a supporter of the matching outfits trend. The Leanne merino wool sweater is the perfect way to approach Fall, while holding on to summer with the baby pink and turquoise colors it is available in.

This V-neck style is knitted from luxurious merino wool and has the perfect slouchy fit. The versatility of this piece allows you to wear it with anything, which defines the unisex approach.

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Via Jonathan Saunders
Via Jonathan Saunders
Via Jonathan Saunders

 

Louis Vuitton Watch Case

The object of desire for the time being is the eight-watch case by Louis Vuitton. An essential trunk for collectors who often travel all over the globe. It is an excellent safe guard that easily goes from safe to suitcase, and has a removable tray to hide other valuables.
This luxuriously soft leather case is crafted with the fashion house’s famous monogram, and fits up to eight different watches.

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Via Louis Vuitton
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Via Louis Vuitton

 

Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015

“Can’t wear skinny jeans ’cause my knots don’t fit” Was definitely the ongoing motto for Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Below is a link to the collection of Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015.

http://www.acnestudios.com/collections/?___SID=U#mensspring15

The obvious is obvious! The collection is still richly portraying late trends that have been translated numerously to becoming a global language. The elements of oversized, plaid and leather are still part of the image. But, the execution gives it an Acne touch that is undeniable. Comparing it to Fall 2014, the difference minimal, it just feels warmer which is normal for the season.

Oversized remained the most obvious, from top to bottom, the pieces were maximized. When it came to colors, Acne Studios opted to earthy colors that represent Spring such as: yellow, green, brown, and burgundy. The collection remained low key compared to the previous Spring collection.

 

 

Best Fashion Apps for Men

It can be difficult to stay fashionable whilst having other obligations and hobbies. Venturing into a store with the objective of getting one particular item can lead to hours of searching only to find that your desired item is sold out, or if you do find it, to leave feeling like you spent way more than you should have. With more and more stores providing online shopping it is easier to avoid hectic stores and shop from the comfort of your home or office. However, just as you would spend grueling hours combing shops for the right shirt, so can you be burdened with searching through thousands of selections in hundreds of online stores. That is, until the most recent shift in fashion, from physical stores, to online ones, and now to apps.

Shopping via app is growing more and more popular because of its convenience. There are apps that allow users to view a specific item while seeing similar things at rivaling prices. Some apps alert you through email upon the arrival or restocking of an item that interests you. Apps such as Cool Guy (not in U.S currency), Jack Threads, Mod Man and Frank and Oak are only a few that have been getting good reviews from app users all over. Some stores like Mr Porter and Givenchy Men have also set roots in the growing field of app retail.

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via Apple

Cool Guy which is targeted towards European men of style allows for its users to browse from a decent selection of clothing and accessories. After selecting they have the option of adding an item to their closet and then arranging it with other items for different looks. Overall, it’s a great app to have because it minimizes the time needed for creating outfits and packing for holidays. Similarly, Jack Threads allows users to view brand name items at reduced prices. They update their inventory everyday at 12 pm and offer description of each item so the shoppers know exactly what they are getting.

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via Apple

 

 

 

Givenchy’s School Backpack

From the tribal complexions of Spring/Summer 2014, to influences from the Bauhaus art school, the graphic collection presented by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is the product of combined diverse inspirations. Tisci’s executions reveal a raw, street vibe to the collection, portraying the gang/thug style. The label’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 pre-collection encompasses a bold mix of urban culture and features.

The Black Abstract Portrait Backpack is the latest Givenchy accessory that is being admired widely. With its multicolor mural with an ethnic street vibe vibrant stamp, the backpack surely defines the urban look.

Givenchy has had major success with the line of backpacks that include: Madonna Backpack, Givenchy Black & Yellow, Givenchy Airplane Backpack, and Givenchy Black Bambi Print Backpack.

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via ssense.com

 

Issey Miyake Debuts His New Scent During NYFW

A melange of all things sensual and alluring, Issey Miyake introduces a seductive cologne during New York Fashion Week entitled “Nuit D’Issey”. A mix of all things necessary in a fragrance, Miyake seems to have hit the perfect balance between light and dark. The light bergamot gives off a very sweet and citrus aroma which is backed with just a hint of black pepper giving a unique pinch to the users nose. But given that light cologne wears off quite easily, Miyake gives the fragrance a firm background of black woods and vetiver, giving the cologne a strong woody essence, effectively allowing the user to have the scent attached to him throughout the day.

The presentation of the cologne is striking as well, given that the bottle was designed and modeled with the help of visual artist Ryan Hopkinson. Together, Miyake and Hopkinson capture the elements of night. The bottle has quite a smokey gradient to it, reminiscent to that of the moonlight, while the box has a similar dual tone.

But the cologne itself is not perfect, nor can it be. The idea of perfection is one that men chase but can never catch up to, and with that being said Miyake has come quite close to having an ideal, well rounded scent that anyone and everyone can enjoy, giving it the status that is a step towards perfection. If I had to give a rating to the scent, it would be a solid 8/10. On my recommendation, I feel that this is a perfect cologne for a working man. After running around all day for Fashion Week, one would imagine that they would need a spritz of cologne before they begin attending the after parties, but I find that while wearing “Nuit D’Issey”, I do not need to apply that second air. The cologne stays strong through a rough day and would fit the criteria for any professional, boss, or boyfriend that has little time for themselves. It would be a great gift considering that it is well worth the money you pay for a cologne.

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via Nuit D’Issey

 

 

Haze Collection S/S 2015

The story is simple, but the outcome is an architectural inspired eyewear collection that offers a distinctive mix of eclectic aesthetics and exceptional manufacturing quality.
For the Haze Collection S/S 2015 presentation during New York Fashion Week, the team brought together family, friends and loyal customers to not only reveal the latest line but to also try the pieces while enjoying an open bar and live music setting at the Hudson Hotel Pent House Tent.
The eyewear collection can be described in two words “Modernly Classic”. While you would find a vintage feel to most of the pieces, you will be interrupted with modern elements such as shield pieces or chrome lenses. The piece that stood as a forerunner in the Haze Collection S/S 2015 was in fact the Shield.
The Shield’s pattern is inspired by architecture from the Ming Dynasty, and is individually laser-cut into slices of gold-plated metal. While trying on the Shield during a fun photo booth session, I learned how functional it was because the shield was removable and was held in place with internal magnets, which facilitates the styling of choice.
So whether you are feeling the modern boldness or simply in the mood for a unique frame for the upper body display, Haze Collection will serve your feelings to the dot.
Haze Collection S/S 2015
Haze Collection S/S 2015
Haze Collection S/S 2015

Ralph Lauren Hops on the Wearable Tech Train

Being the sponsor of the ball girls and boys at the U.S Open, Ralph Lauren found the perfect event to surround its latest invention, the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirts with biometric tracking capabilities with present/potential consumers and the media.
The U.S. Open marked the debut of the Polo Tech “smartshirt,” a snug black nylon compression shirt, through some ball boys. None of the players will be wearing the shirt and the availability of the shirt in the market will not be present till next year.
NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron stated that he would be wearing it during his practice sessions for the U.S. Open. In addition, Ralph Lauren launched a video for the latest piece with the ultimate futuristic fee.
The price point of the “smart shirt” has not been released yet, but given the price of some relating tech inspired pieces the assumption between is $ 150 to $ 250.

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Leica for Men

It’s typically a stressful situation when it comes to buying the perfect gift for men. That being said, one of the most popular accessories that has been on Vogue UK’s must have travel list is the Leica camera. Being purely a digital camera, the Leica was built with the precise needs of professional photographers in mind, which adds to its coolness.

Leica gets it so right. Their design inspired by its 35mm cameras from the golden age of photography. It is one of the smallest full-frame cameras that offers excellent handmade quality, impressively easy handling, extreme robustness, excellent image quality and perfect matching of all its components.

The retro-chic camera has been the accessory of choice for the celebrity class on red carpets, film sets and vacations. “If celebrities are going to be seen with a camera, for better or for worse, Leica does lend a certain cachet,” said Michael Holve, a professional photographer on Long Island who runs a Leica enthusiasts’ blog.

In recent years, Daniel Craig, Brad Pitt, Louis C. K., Miley Cyrus and many other celebrities have been seen toting Leicas.

Leica Camera
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Name Air, Surname Jordan

First produced in 1984, and then released for public consumption in 1985, Air Jordan, or simply J’s, is the hottest foot accessory at this very moment.

Owned and produced by Michael Jordan, Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary, the athletic shoe has become a 2014 must have. The original was the iconic Air Jordan I in red and black to match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls, and the baby grew all the way to AJ XX9.

Celebrities love their J’s, naming a few such as A$AP Rocky, T.I, Kanye West and even Kim Kardashian, so the unisex shoe must partake on your must have list. Buy it and wear it with everything is the motto that comes with the Air Jordan. From jeans, leather pants, sweat pants, shorts to meggings, you can pair them with the perfect Air Jordan and walk out feeling like MJ.

Latest Air Jordan news:

Austin McAllister, a sneaker customizer out of Oklahoma City, has taken the Air Jordan to a whole other level. Calling them “Renaissance,” the custom Air Jordan V and LeBron XI feature a print of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” and Raphael’s “The School of Athens.”
The shoes are available on McAllister’s website for $275.
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Embracing The New Men’s Wear : Meggings

The term megging that literally translates to “Men’s leggings” has been redefined. While trying to imagine men’s leggings, a sense of discomfort might not be a surprise to many. The traditional meggings come obnoxiously tight and unflattering, but like mentioned before meggings have found a new route.

Do you have 25 dollars?

If so, you can find them here and go ahead, buy yourself the trendiest Topman meggings.

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via TopMan

The grey meggings are combined with shorts, giving your casual style a street chic inspiration. Celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kanye West have had a taste of the innovated meggings and you’re next on the list. The meggings can be worn with simply an oversized T-shirt or sweatshirt, but if you like to mix and match with styles, address a fitted black leather jacket that will take the look to an edgier level.

When in meggings you can wear whatever type of shoes that fit your taste, and that is another reason why you should own at least one pair of meggings. Whether you opt for Converse or high top sneakers, you are always in the right zone.

 

Shoe Trends

Diego Vanassibara (http://www.diegovanassibara.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home ) is a Brazilian born designer who has taken the accessories industry by storm with his original take on a long standing craft, shoe making. His shoes speak for themselves, not to be outshined by colorful suits or peculiar sox. Diego moved to Britain when he was about 22 years old, leaving behind his home and desires of being an architect to pursue shoe making at Cordwainer’s College. Anyone with a love of quality materials and old styles made a-fresh will love Vanassibara’s line for autumn/winter 2014 which features deep blues, greens, and vibrant reds.
Nike has been around for a long time, but it’s just recently that they have started to market luxury sneakers. Their shoes are just as likely to be seen paired with basketball short and a jersey as with cuffed chinos and a crisp button down shirt. It isn’t just Nike catering to new high fashion sneaker enthusiast; brands such as Balenciaga and Givenchy have long since picked up on the trend. White leather sneakers where paired with tailored suit on runways during fashion week and can be seen gracing the feet of New York’s fashionable men.

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via flickr/Michael Patterson

Contrastingly, those same men of fashion have also been sporting what seems to be one of the biggest summer trends, sandals. It’s no joke that Birkenstocks have made a huge comeback over the past year or so. Similar designs can be seen on models wearing loose fitting pants or even well tailored trousers on websites like ZARA. The trends stretched to gladiator style leather sandals as seen in Topman, D Squared 2, and Dolce and Gabana.

 

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via Farfetch

 

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Suiting on a Budget

Finding the perfect suit can be trying at best especially with the large divide between design and affordability. Then, when you take into consideration shirts and accessories, looking good can amount to quite a lot of effort and money. Never to fear, the fashion world had heard your complaints and many brands and designers, some having experienced the difficulty of finding the right suit, have created their take on men’s suits at a much lower price.
First up is Brooklyn Tailors (http://www.brooklyn-tailors.com/). You might have heard of this brand started by Husband and wife duo Brenna and Daniel Lewis. Their accent began modestly with them catering to a few locals out of their apartment in 2007. Four years later, they made the leap of opening their first store and selling their own line of already made clothing. Brooklyn Taylors boast crisp suits, pinstripe button downs, and colourful ties for an all together hipster businessman look.
Indo Chino (http://www.indochino.com/collection/New-Arrivals?cvosrc=blog.header0 ) is a men’s store offering a wide array of suits, shirts and accessories. The brand was created two friends, Heikal Gani and Kyle Vucko, who agreed that the men’s suit industry needed a revamp after Heikal had a bad experience trying to purchase one. Together they started planning a company that would create custom suits for each man’s body type. IndoChino has expanded greatly since its birth and like many great ideas it was born because of someone’s intolerance for inconvenience.
It’s no secret that JCrew (https://www.jcrew.com/mens-clothing.jsp ) is a big name in menswear. They and other brands like Topman provide designer quality suits for less than designer prices. Their Ludlow Suits comes in a variety of colours, styles and fabrics and feature quality workmanship that will stand the test of time.

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JCrew Ludlow Suit- https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop/Lightweight/PRDOVR~A5961/99103403794/A5961.jsp
Image of Brenna and Daniel Lewis- http://www.brooklyn-tailors.com/pages/about-brooklyn-tailors