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Kanye West Cries Front Row At Virgil Abloh’s First Louis Vuitton Show

This most recent Louis Vuitton fashion show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week was a monumental one in terms of the hype building up around the show regarding Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White, and his first collection as the head artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This was a monumental moment in fashion itself as Virgil is the first African American artistic director of the famous Paris fashion house and one of the few to be a leading influence at the level he is at. What Virgil has been able to accomplish in what seems like just a couple years time from his beginnings with his brand Pyrex Vision to Off-White to his collection with Nike it seems that Virgil has almost reached the pinnacle. To Virgil Abloh though I believe he cares more about just spreading the culture that he was brought up into this industry in.

Virgil Abloh and Kanye West have known each other and have been close creative partners since the early 2000s. Virgil has worked on a lot of different projects with Kanye before ultimately breaking off to step out of Kanye’s shadow, not necessarily creatively but Virgil wanted to make a name for himself. Virgil did this by creating his brand Pyrex Vision back in 2012 which was his first venture into the world of high fashion. Pyrex Vision consisted mostly of screen printing onto Champion blanks and old Ralph Lauren flannels, not exactly revolutionary, but Virgil was able to charge upwards of 500 dollars for the pieces and they would sell. Virgil eventually folded the brand and started Off-White with a crew of Italian streetwear aficionados. Off-White would pick up right where Pyrex Vision left off charging astronomical prices for mostly screen printed streetwear. But Off-White would grow into a Nike collaboration and establish it as one of the most sought-after brands in streetwear today. This would ultimately be Virgil’s foot in the door when it came to breaking into the world of high fashion houses like Louis Vuitton.

Now during Men’s Paris Fashion Week everyone patiently waiting to see what Virgil would do with his introductory show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Virgil showcased to the world and to everyone in attendance a beautiful gradient painted pavement runway outdoors in a garden in Paris. Virgil really delivered when it came to the overall presentation of the environment around the garments. But the garments and accessories were nothing like Louis Vuitton has ever had before from transparent gradient rainbow luggage to ceramic white chains draped over the models and as straps for the luggage. After having various streetwear icons and celebrities from the likes of Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti, Blondey McCoy and A$AP Nast you can really tell that this show was all about the culture that Virgil Abloh came from. That is why Kanye, seated front row, when Virgil walked out at the end got so emotional. Kanye was able to see one of his very close friends and collaborators not only ascend to the pinnacle of fashion for African Americans today but was able to be a part of it with his new album being played during the show. Kanye has been skeptical of Virgil leaving his side and branching out in becoming one of today’s fashion moguls but he’s finally been able to come to terms with it in this most recent embrace at the end of Virgil’s very first show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Rare Sneakers Take the Forefront at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

It’s no secret that when it comes to men’s fashion today footwear, especially sneakers, have a huge impact on the culture today. From designers like Virgil Abloh reimagining ten of Nike’s classic sneakers, which many of them eclipse the thousand dollar price range on the second-hand market, to him becoming the head artistic director to Louis Vuitton, the two worlds are merging. The world of rare sneakers and streetwear coming side by side to become just as coveted as high-end designer clothing just proves how much the culture is shifting. This change has been made clear in many recent fashion weeks by just observing what the crowd and models are wearing on their feet. This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week was no different for you could have seen a plethora of rare sought after sneakers on the feet of attendees and models.

This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week you were able to witness not just sought after sneakers from brands like Nike and Adidas but also from designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior. The fact that you are able to see designers like Raf Simons and Alexander Wang collaborating on sneakers with Adidas just shows that fashion is bridging the gap between the street and the high end. But also with high-end designer brands coming out with stylish almost sport-inspired sneakers like the Louis Vuitton Archlight, you can really observe the true influence of sneakers on fashion.

Sneakers in fashion today is something that doesn’t just bring together fans of streetwear and fans of high-end fashion but brings together two different generations of those who enjoy fashion. You see many important designers and artists today you have a strong connection to Jordan Brand and their classic retro sneakers. You can see the artistic director of Dior Kim Jones constantly in exclusive Jordans not just from his friend Virgil Abloh but rare collabs like the Jordan Fragment One. You may also see the inspiration that Jordan has had on other designers for their own sneakers. You can see this inspiration in many forms whether it is Yves Saint Laurent’s high-top court sneaker that takes many cues from the Jordan One shape and classic colorways to Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo taking many similar points of inspiration into his Basketball sneaker.

Whether many in the world of high fashion want to believe it or not the culture is shifting. It is shifting in a way that displays subcultures like sneakerheads taking a major lead when it comes to their inspiration on the world of fashion. Whether it be that these old school sneakerheads are the ones that are influencing high fashion today or that high fashion designers are just taking cues from this culture who has people lining up every week for a pair of shoes just based on their exclusivity. There is something satisfying to many if you have a pair of shoes that the person next to you on the street wasn’t able to acquire not because of the price tag but because you simply worked harder and you can see this at this most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week and you will see it at many fashion weeks to come.

Men Are the Biggest Spenders in Online Shopping

When it comes to online shopping, something we all do, myself like many others I’m sure peruses the internet all day looking at the newest fashion, technology, and products to just look and nothing more than that. Online shopping is centered around being able to have anything you want at your doorstep in few days but now with programs like Amazon Prime practically the next day. One thing many might not realize is that according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania that men are in fact the biggest spenders when it comes to online shopping. This has nothing to do with the fact that men have more money to online shop or that they shop more it mostly just comes down to the fact that men love the convenience of not having to physically go to a store, look through all the products and just generally not really know what they are buying. For men who shop online for big money items, they are able to read reviews and look through thousands of options for finally coming to the grand decision of what they are going to buy. This introduces a whole new kind of opportunity to create a luxury online shopping location catered towards men.

Of course, you are going to have high fashion brands have their own websites like Louis Vuitton or Gucci who have perfected their online shopping experience to be catered to those who are in the market for a luxury product, but how can this be expanded upon. Websites all over the internet like Grailed and StockX have popped up not for just the teenager who wants to buy or sell Supreme online but for men who have or want high-end designer clothing and expensive sneakers and have a marketplace for them. Grailed especially is catered towards designer clothing but also features sneakers. The average teenage sneakerhead isn’t usually going to be interested in Margiela, Raf Simons or Rick Owens but Grailed creates a stage for the more established financially well-off men’s fashion connoisseur to be able to purchase and sell these products that come with a serious price tag, with many products reaching over one thousand dollars. Where StockX comes into the equation is not necessarily in securing men as the majority demographic in spending at least one thousand dollars on the internet but it creates something totally different. StockX allows the slightly older sneakerhead who most likely has a better job and maybe a family to be able to buy the sneakers he wants, guaranteed legit, at a fair market price and he doesn’t have to meet up with some teenager to purchase them. I believe over time the older sneakerhead will use StockX for most of his transactions and he could easily eclipse over a thousand dollars spent on sneakers just on that website alone.

With premium men’s online shopping popping up more and more every day on the internet and the fact that the average man just doesn’t prefer the experience of walking into a physical store to shop it’s no surprise that men’s retail locations are going to decline sooner rather than later. While many men who are seriously interested in fashion and almost the artistry that goes into the displays and aesthetic of a retail store many men do not share these views. There will always be a premium men’s shopping experience in fashion-forward cities like New York and Los Angeles, but for the average man who just enjoys sitting in his home to make his more major purchases, the internet will continue to deliver that to him and to his doorstep.

Rimowa Collaborates With Virgil Abloh’s Off-White

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White is one of the hottest brands making noise is not just in the space of fashion but accessories and now with talks of a potential Ikea collaboration, furniture. Off-White’s latest collaboration comes in the form of a premium luggage collection with world-renowned luxury luggage company Rimowa. This is a big step in the right direction for both companies.

Off-White who is coming off a stellar 2017 and 2018 with one of the biggest streetwear collaborations of the last year with its ‘The Ten’ collection with Nike. Off-White in the last year has grown immensely from their use of safety tape designs for their belts and the use of black and white striped printing on the back of their garments. They are currently one of the hottest brands within streetwear with everyone just waiting to see what Virgil Abloh will do next with his brand and if it will take a back seat after recently being appointed men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. With Virgil making strides not just for the world of streetwear in high fashion but for African Americans within high fashion many are watching his every move to see what he will do next to impact the culture he has been able to grow so quickly in.

Luxury luggage company Rimowa is also making huge strides in its collaborations with streetwear with this most recent Off-White collection of luggage and packing bags with Virgil’s signature words with quotations around them in the Helvetica font. Rimowa in the last year has cemented itself as the go-to luggage brand of streetwear aficionados. The way Rimowa has been able to accomplish this feat in a world where people care about having all aspects of their lifestyle fit their personal clothing style is through, obviously collaborations. Over the past year, they have collaborated with Los Angeles streetwear label Anti Social Social Club on a collection consisting of their Essential suitcase and apparel including a t-shirt, hoodie and a hat all emblazoned with the Rimowa logo. Their next even more hyped collaboration within the world of streetwear was their much anticipated with possibly the biggest streetwear brand in the world today, New York City’s very own Supreme. The collection with Supreme consisted of two different suitcases one traditionally sized suitcase with the signature Supreme box logo all over the suitcase in a black and red colorway and a carry-on suitcase with the same design. Both of these collaborations for Rimowa sold out within seconds of both their online and in-store releases, with the Supreme collaboration selling for prices of around 5,000 dollars on the second-hand market.

With both of these collaborations working out probably beyond Rimowa’s expectations naturally, their next step would be to join forces with another streetwear giant just to further establish themselves as the premier luggage brand to fans of street fashion and culture. I don’t think their collaboration with Off-White will be able to attain the same hype and buzz as their collaboration with Supreme. But having already seen the impact a collaboration with Off-White could have on the overall success of a brand and it’s products I think Rimowa is definitely headed in the right direction.

The product that Off-White and Rimowa are releasing is an interesting take on the average person’s perception of what personal luggage would be. The carry-on luggage is composed of a transparent polycarbonate that allows anyone that might see your luggage to see exactly what you have within your suitcase. This offers a new commentary on the lack of privacy that people face in society today from government surveillance and the overexposure of people’s personal lives on social media.

New York International Auto Show 2018 Kicks the Year Into Overdrive

Everyone, it is  Just a few short weeks after the Geneva Motor Show, it is now time for the festivities to reach the Javits Center in the greatest city in the world: New York!

Today, March 28th begins the press days for the show, but the doors open to the public on March 30th and remain open until the show closes on Sunday, April 8th. The official opening day is on March 31st with festivities beginning at 8:30 AM.

The New York International Auto Show has enjoyed a rich history in its long-running tenure, starting way back in the year 1900 at Madison Square Garden, and the show has withstood the test of time, through wars, depression and recessions.

A major anticipated showing this year will be coming from Nissan, who will be showing the Formula E car, which they are dubbing “The Next Generation of Excitement.” Quite a claim to make, but everything announced about it so far seems to back up that statement! The all-electric vehicle has been turning many heads since it was first announced.

Several other notable reveals will be done at this year’s show, including the production version of its RDX concept car, which will feature 2.0-liter turbo power and an optional A-Spec treatment. Acura reps have described the car as the “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” which has left the automotive community salivating at the promise that statement holds.

The fan favorite Bugatti brand will also be making a much-anticipated appearance at the show, featuring the Chiron Sport on US soil for the first time ever. The Sport edition of the Chron boasts a 1,500 horsepower drivetrain while adding torque-vectoring, stiffer suspension than the regular model, more aero and is 40 pounds lighter.

One of our most unexpected interests at the show this year will be the offerings from Cadillac. The brand will, of course, feature its CT6 V-Sport which will be sure to turn some heads, but our real interest is the XT4 which will finally be unveiled after numerous teases during the Super Bowl and the Oscars. We look forward to featuring this vehicle in the coming days!

Mercedes-Benz also has quite the lineup expected for this year’s show, including the North American debuts of the AMG GT 4-Door CoupeAMG G63 and facelifted C-Class sedan range, but the world first reveals are what have us salivating the most. The brand will be showing off the updated C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the new C63 AMG coupe, sedan and cabriolet making their debuts. 

There are many other surprises in store as well for the show, including output from Mazda, Jaguar, Toyota, Volvo and much more! From every preview released, the show looks to be quite the event, as it most assuredly is every year!

Tickets for the event can still be purchased, with adult tickets going for $17 and Child tickets (12 and under, ages 2 and under can enter for free) going for $7, with various package and premium deals available as well. We are very much looking forward to this year’s show, as we do every year! Look forward to our upcoming coverage of the event for more automotive news and highlights!

Featured Image via Flickr/Joseph Brent

Louis Vuitton Names New Men’s Wear Designer: Virgil Abloh. What Does it Mean For the Future?

Enter Virgil Abloh. Known previously as the founder of the haute streetwear label Off-White, as well as the creative director for Kanye West’s previous fashion output, Virgil Abloh now has a new claim to fame: the first African-American artistic director for Louis Vuitton.

Virgil Abloh, aged 37, is a first-generation Ghanian-American from Illinois and is now making the move to Paris to be closer to the luxury brand. Abloh’s previous work perfectly encapsulated celebrity, music, digital and hype in a way unlike any previous Men’s Wear designers at Louis Vuitton.

Abloh has no formal fashion training, but he was, however, taught the ins and outs of fashion by his mother, who was a seamstress and taught him her trade. He further increased the scope of his designs by studying architecture and civil engineering, creating a unique style that is wholly his own.

In regards to the opportunity, Abloh had the following to say:

“This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

Abloh’s place in the company is part of a men’s wear shake-up for Louis Vuitton, with Abloh taking the place of his predecessor, Kim Jones, who has gone on to become the men’s designer for Christian Dior, in turn taking the place of his predecessor Kris van Assche.

Michael Burke, the chief executive of Louis Vuitton, had the following to say about Virgil Abloh: “Virgil is incredibly good at creating bridges between the classic and the zeitgeist of the moment,” quite the compliment indeed.

It will be very interesting to see where Abloh can take Men’s Wear at Louis Vuitton. Will he continue in the same vein as his predecessor? Or will he take the more likely scenario of injecting his own sensibilities and styles into the brand? We are excited to find out!

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Why Russia loves counterfeit fashion

For many years, Western brands have fascinated the country of Russia, but the Soviet Union’s isolation from the rest of the world made it impossible for the goods to ever reach the country, and that can still hold true today.

Products were “made even harder to come by as non-communist media was censored and Russians were fed a diet of anti-capitalist propaganda,” said Alec Leach, Highsnobiety’s fashion editor.

While Russia has opened its market up, heavy import duties have forced the luxury fashion to be 20 to 30 percent more expensive in Russia than it is in Europe. While Russia’s demand for luxury goods is increasing, there is not enough money to go around. Many Russians have resorted to purchasing cheap knock-offs.

In 2016, the country’s apparel and footwear market were worth around 2.8 trillion rubles ($50 billion) and has continued to grow at an annual rate of 7.6 percent. As a result of this, all types of fake luxury goods are available at any of the popular local marketplaces throughout Moscow, as well as on online platforms such as Instagram.

While the fake news being circulated by the Russians may be making the news now, Russia’s big appetite for knockoffs is anything but made up.

Luxury brands step up their game with custom clothes

In recent news, a handful of luxury brands have been adding a new tool to their clothing, which is allowing customers to personalize their recent purchases. Brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are taking part in the new idea with more brands to follow in the near future.

At the new Polo store in London, they have a whole floor dedicated to customization involving items like embroidered patches and monogrammed blazers. Similar ideas are occurring at other luxury stores. At Tommy Hilfiger, shoppers can customize any item in the store. At Burberry, they make it possible to monogram a scarf. Gucci lets you apply designs to jackets. Louis Vuitton allows customers to initial luggage.

According to a research study done by Deloitte, one out of three consumers were interested in personalized products, and 71 percent of them were ready to pay a premium for the addition. Around 15 percent of the survey takers were willing to pay a 40 percent increase in price for such customization.

Tammy Smulders, global managing director of Havas LuxHub (the media group’s division dedicated to fashion, luxury and lifestyle business), commented on specialization:

“Luxury consumers are increasingly expecting products that feel special and distinctive to them, such as monogrammed iPhone cases from Chaos Fashion. Equally, brands are using technology and data to segment their customers and provide the right kinds of products, services and brand communication.”

Technology will continue to drive this trend, according to José Neves, founder and CEO of online retailer Farfetch:

“Customization will be the next revolution in luxury. We wanted to find a way of offering luxury and bespoke products to an audience that’s increasingly knowledgeable about style and quality.”

Deloitte’s research shows that the labels who don’t end up using such elements risk losing revenue and customer loyalty. “Brands are transforming how they interact with current and future customers to provide personalized brand experiences that make people feel special,” says Smulders.

Luxury brands are being forced to take notice of the number of consumers willing to spend extra money to customize clothes, and they must begin to explore the on-demand aspect of personalization.

Paul Stuart’s Made on Madison Collection is seriously stylish

When winter time comes along, tis the season of layering up and bulking down. With more options to choose from and more clothes to wear at one time, it’s also the time for holidays to come around. And what better Christmas gift than gifting some new attire, especially from the new Paul Stuart’s collection. The new collection is filled with cozy items such as robes (from $445) and pajamas (from $197).

The New York-based company has been around for some time now, since 1938, and has recently just begun to produce a line of luxury loungewear for both men and women. The material used for the collection ranges from cashmere to wool and even has the occasional silk mixed in. the collection is named Made on Madison and what is so unique about the collection

that most of its items are hand-sewn by a team of in-house tailors at Paul Stuart’s New York store on Madison Avenue. You can even schedule an appointment to tour the workshop and watch the tailors work hard to carefully cut patterns and create the brilliant loungewear.

One of the best pieces of the collection has to be the elegant robes. The robes are made with shawl collars and contrast piping, which are able to be used as a dual threat. You can use the robe for cozying up near a fireplace or use it for a night out, pairing it up with a formal jacket. The brand also has created a good cashmere scarf ($348) to pair up with the robe.

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

Kith x Moncler newest winter collection

Earlier this month, Moncler announced that it will no longer be doing two separate runway collections for Moncler Grenoble and Moncler Gamme Bleu. They announced this in order to end its relationship with Gamme Bleu’s designer Thom Browne. In a statement released by Moncler chief executive Remo Ruffini he said, “The group must vary and open up towards different horizons.”

After this statement, it led to an announcement for a collaboration with the NYC streetwear brand, Ronnie Fieg’s Kith. The collection first made its debut in Kith’s major 100 plus look runway show back in September, which had the likes of Scottie Pippen and LeBron James join in on the catwalk. Kith had feature collaborations with Nike, Champion, Adidas, Off-White, and the addition of Moncler. The runway show produced a range of new takes on Moncler’s signature puffy jackets. Adding to the classics, the gear consisted of logo-heavy sweaters, T-shirts, hoodies, hats, and even footwear that came in the form of hiking boots and sneakers.  The collection even had a rare triple collaboration: a winter take on Fieg’s all-time favorite model, Asics Gel Lyte 3.

At first glance, the collaboration seemed a bit odd given the fact Moncler is seen as a European luxury brand and its prices are significantly higher than Kith’s. but Kith founder Ronnie Fieg saw the opportunity as a desirable collaboration. “It is the most top-tier outerwear brand when it comes down to materials, construction, and style. When you think of most pinnacle cold-weather product, Moncler sits above the rest,” Fieg says.

So far most people think the pony hair hiking boots is the best piece of the collection. Fieg himself calls it “top 5 hiking boots of all time.” While this could be a bold statement he has good reasoning to speak so highly of them. The boots are made in Italy, using top-line Italian leathers, and are lined with genuine shearling to the toe. Even the traditional colorways for the shoes are filled to the brim with details.

Fieg’s favorite piece in the offering is what’s called the Lachat down hoodie which is a pullover style that is a serious head turner in New York and also can keep you warm in the harsh weather. Fieg explains that this hoodie represents Kith’s next big step going forward. “While all the pieces in the collection showcase both brand’s DNA, the Lachat really reflects the direction we’re headed as a brand,” he says. “The evolution of a hooded pullover. It’s a silhouette designed through our lens that feels unique while still sitting cohesively within a timeless collection.”

The Kith x Moncler collection will be available to everyone on December 2, with a second drop of the collection on December 9 at http://Kith.com

Giambattista Valli launching an active wear collection

Giambattista Valli will be launching an activewear capsule collection in the coming year and is even gearing up to make a retail push, marking the first steps to grow his label under its new partnership with the billionaire family Pinault.

Giambattista Valli is a designer more commonly known for his flirty cocktail dresses and sculptural evening gowns, but in recent seasons has shifted into a brand with a more casual presence. In recent shows, he has brought out taffeta jackets with Nike running tights for fall and has introduced logo-printed denim for spring 2018.

Valli will be added to the list of luxury brands trying to get a profit out of the increasingly growing athletic garment market. According to Euromonitor, sports-inspired footwear has increased by 10 percent and sports-inspired apparel has increased by 6 percent in 2016.

By the end of his decade-long partnership with Italian luxury outerwear firm Moncler as the creative director of its Gamme Rouge line, Valli will showcase his new namesake activewear collection of 50 to 60 pieces, including coats, puffer jackets, sweatshirts, and tracksuits, to customers in January.

“It’s a capsule collection where we will express a more functional side of the brand, while remaining faithful to the atmosphere of contemporary chic that is part of its DNA,” Valli told WWD in an exclusive interview.”

“I love the idea of introducing new materials to active wear by applying the house’s know-how in handling certain fabrics to this segment,” he added. “It’s extremely Valli, extremely sophisticated, extremely luxurious — but on the other hand, today’s customer mixes Uniqlo with luxury brands.”

The base prices for the collection will range from 1,303 USD to 2,962 USD. The line is expected to be dropping in June of 2018 to go along with the pre-fall season. The collection will be a color-coded label, it will be sold in Giambattista Valli boutiques and select specialty stores, and will even be displayed on the catwalk alongside the main collection.

Ever since Artémis, the private investment of the Pinault family, took a stake in Maison Valli in June, the two companies have been devising a plan to develop the brand into an all-around franchise, Valli said.

“We really want to develop the brand in every direction. This is just the start,” he explained. With the recent expiration of his contract with Italian fur-maker Ciwifurs for his own fur coats and jackets, Valli has now brought all production and distribution in-house.”

Maison Valli was founded back in 2004 and has produced haute couture, the Giambattista Valli and Giamba ready-to-wear lines has gained quick recognition as a very important fashion and luxury player, dressing some of the best-named socialites and celebrities like Amal Clooney, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Diane Kruger.

“Over 12 years as an independent label, I created a niche for this house. It’s nice to be able to apply that formula, that magic, to products that are a little unexpected for the brand,” Valli said.

“I think today, the concept of luxury has become a little duty-free everywhere. It’s always the same thing. If you’ve been to one store, you’ve seen them all. And I love this idea of slightly more individual, dedicated spaces that each have their own personality,” he said.

“With the arrival of a French family, the brand has entered France’s heritage. The longer-term ambition is to turn it into an exceptional and historic brand,” Valli said. “We really want to explore the brand, to give it the widest scale possible while keeping that sense of privilege that you have when you approach it.”

Simon Spurr and his return to men’s fashion

About a week ago, Eidos had announced their new creative director which rung a couple familiar bells. The name was none other than Simon Spurr, who back in 2012 was among one of the driving forces in American fashion. Spurr help top design jobs in the past at Calvin Klien and Ralph Lauren.  Simon Spurr has been a recipient of a CFDA nomination for best menswear designer for his eponymous brand. His brand was a hit in both critical favorite and enjoyed retail success. But two days after getting the industry stamp of approval, Spurr walked away from his label after a major dispute with his business partner. After this fallout, Spurr took jobs at Savile Row house Kent & Curwen, and then Gieves & Hawkes, but somehow nothing seemed to be like a long-term job. Last year he started a footwear brand called March NYC which was supposedly the official staple of his return to fashion but has yet to make any magic of his golden days.

Spurr has officially taken the brand over from the hands of Antonio Ciongoli, who was taking the brand into a perennial insider-favorite for over five years. With all the fuss about Spurr officially coming back into the limelight, GQ style decided to get an exclusive interview with Simon Spurr. Below are a couple of the best quotes from the given interview.

“What made you get back into the fashion world?”

 

Spurr answered with, “I mean obviously fashion’s going through an interesting time if you’re looking at it from a more sartorial perspective—we’re in a sportswear and streetwear moment. So I’ve definitely taken inspiration from those other projects I was talking about, and obviously working on my own line of boots got me back into it. And I still love what I do, I still have a passion for fashion, and I have a lot of people around me saying, you have to get back into it, don’t do it for yourself do it for us. [laughs] So there was a ton of support around me getting back, and I just took so long because I was trying to find the right fit. Now, for one of the rare occasions in my career, with the people from Isaia I’m working with true craftsmanship and precision. I built my own brand’s reputation for quality and execution. So, to have the freedom that Isaia has offered me has been a great opportunity.”

 

“Where do you plan on taking Eidos?”

 

“I had a pretty clear brief from [Isaia CEO] Gianluca [Isaia] to keep the brand independent, but elevate it a little bit so that the Eidos customer can move up to Isaia when they have that disposable income. So I think the collection itself will have a little more color in it, it’ll still be very wearable, but the way it’ll be styled will be a little more European. And then my reference points will hopefully bring a cultural aspect to it. In the time off I’m heavily influenced by artists like Carmen Herrera and Sol Lewitt, and the kind of methodology and the mathematics behind their approach to creating their work. I want to underscore the intellectuality of the brand and increase that out-of-the-box thinking.”

 

“What does being a New York designer mean to you?”

“I probably only know how to be a New York designer. Next year is my 20-year anniversary in New York. But New York is a multicultural epicenter of the world, it’s a very democratic kind of environment—I don’t mean politically—where you have to be very aware of everyone that’s here, consumer demands and needs and taste levels, and it’s international and very culturally saturated. For me it’s one of the best places to be. I think American menswear in the past has gotten a bit of a bad rap, it’s been so commercial, but now Thom Browne’s been on the scene for a good number of years, you’ve got Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, and I think people are starting to embrace smaller brands as well as consumers look away from overly-distributed brands. They’re looking for smaller, more independent brands, which is one of the things that attracted me to Eidos. So I guess New York for me is about having an international point of view. I don’t know if a Parisian designer would say the same thing. And one big difference I’d say as a European in America is you can still get things done here. You can still meet a stranger in a bar and they’ll open up their rolodex and help you out and make connections within 30 minutes of talking to them. That doesn’t happen in Europe. Sorry to coin a phrase, but it is still the land of opportunity. Could I have achieved what I achieved at Simon Spurr had I done that in London? Probably not.”

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.

Quality Suit Styling Tricks That Work like a Charm!

Ever wonder how to look like a dapper gentleman while being noticed by the people around you for your sleek and sophisticated style? Well with a few helpful styling tips, you can dress to impress by adding a few minor details to your daily suit style. By contributing these tricks you will vamp up your look to a whole other level!

The Sci-fi actor, Dane Dehaan, is currently traveling around the globe promoting his upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. His helpful hints throughout his wardrobe for the red carpet events upscale any suit for any occasion. The first helpful trick has deals with any bold pattern shirt. Wearing a bold color or design button down shows great quality and resembles a modern feel. Bold and saturated coloring allows you to become more noticeable. Key advice to this wardrobe tip is that a tie is not always necessary due to the print, color, or design that you are wearing. It may appear as overbearing or not match in sequence of the entire outfit. By wearing a saturated color dress shirt, you have the opportunity to be noticed by many as well. This approach allows you to come off in a more modest way. The best colors to wear to try the saturated color scheme would be greys, light blues, bright greens, and other jewel tones. Lastly, the trick that is most subtle is the contrast collar shirt approach. This fashion trend is best known from the notorious Karl Lagerfeld. A contrasting collar is more known as a “Statement Collar.” These collars can feature embroidery or mismatched colors. This style appears best when wearing an all black dress shirt. Bolow is an example designed by Givenchy featuring the statement collar. But it today at MatchesFashion.com and it can be yours!

These helpful styling tricks for your next classy outing will make you appear as the most luxury gentleman in the crowd being noticed by anyone and everyone. Try adding other quality items to your appearance such as a watch to upscale the look even more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

via facebook/goyard
via facebook/goyard

 

 

Item of the day: Stefano Ricci Micro squares silk tie and solid-trimmed pocket square

 

 

 

 

SilkTie & Pocket Square Set

Embrace  your inner dapper selves with  a Stefano Ricci micro squares silk tie and solid-trimmed pocket squares this season. Ties are always a good addition to a suit and skinny ties are sleek and trendy.   Stefano Ricci’s  skinny tie  is done in a bold red hue with a contrast of blue at the tip.Colors that will work with this will be navy blue, and crème  and shoes can be  classic oxfords, or wingtips in black or navy. Its not finish looks if you do not have the pocket square to match: Stefano Ricci elegant micro squares tie is 3 dimensional with the touch of royal flare style grace, and pose. Men don’t be afraid to wear pocket squares. Price: $360.0 buy here

 

Aston Martin stays Handmade!

Aston Martin (Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.) which is one of the only cars still assembled by hand and also features the name of the final technician who worked on it for every car, so you know exactly who the tightened the final screw and Ok’ed the car for the customer. It is also one of the only ultra-luxury cars that isn’t owned by a larger manufacturer as compared to Volkswagen’s Porsche and Bentley lines. Each car requires about 200 hours of labor. Because of this non-usage of machines, Aston Martin can price their cars at around a 40% discount as compared to their counterparts said Hanno Kirner the company CFO stated.

According to Bloomberg and Daimler Mercedes-Benz representatives who Aston Martin teamed up with to provide engines for their upcoming editions. “The brand is very fascinating” and cooperation with Aston Martin is “developing well,” Daimler’s Weber said. The car maker plans to stick to its heritage of building refined sports cars like the DB9 and doesn’t plan to rush after up-market competitors, including Maserati or Volkswagen’s Bentley, in developing an SUV. “We are quite happy with our core portfolio” including the four-door Rapide, said Kirner. “One messes with icons at one’s peril.”

This strategy can limit the demand for unique super cars that are a little different generation to generation, unlike Aston Martin who pretty much keep the same look year on end. “There’s plenty of growth available,” said Kirner. And if there’s interest in an SUV down the road, then “the Daimler cooperation gives us options, but there’s no decision” on building a crossover.

So this means that eventually, like all other ultra-luxury car makers are currently trending towards, there will be an Aston Martin SUV in production and on the roads. It’s the same old phrase whenever someone completely denies something but says that they are leaving their options open. It’s another way of saying, “It’s not happening right now per say, but it will soon.” Eventually you have to either set the new trend, follow the trend or get left behind by the trend, and getting left behind is never a good option.

Maserati strikes U.S. luxury car market!

Jumping into the mass luxury automobile market is Maserati. Considered one of the fine Italian supercars and imports, it has begun to take a chunk out of the high end sedan and sports coupe markets in the U.S. Still predominantly controlled by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Maserati with its Quattroporte, a full sized sedan and the Ghibli, a midsized sedan now gives an extra ultra-luxury option to whomever feels the need to own an Italian automobile that has its own status symbol.

Its new marketing campaign is named “Absolute Opposite of Ordinary” and celebrates the launch of the new Ghibli model with a special Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, it’s the perfect way to unveil the luxury effect of its product line.

Their 2014 SuperBowl XLVIII commercial started the TV campaign titling it “Now we Strike.” Their current model line features four models that include The Quattroporte, the Ghibli, The Gran Tourismo – their sports coupe model and the Gran Tourismo Convertible. The MSRP prices are in the ranges of $67,000 – $147,500 depending on the model chosen.

This is comparable to the majority of the high end luxury car brands, with the only difference being that this one is Italian and is more of an exclusive brand that will surely grab everyone’s attention. Tons of people already own the Mercedes-Benz S Class sedan, the SL sports coupe or the BMW 7-Series sedan or the 6-series coupe which now also features a sedan version. But saying and driving a Maserati is a little different. It’s the difference between playing on a sports team, and being the captain of one.