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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.

The Importance of Men’s Body Positivity

As body positivity for women continues to expand every day for women on the internet, in stores and just in everyday conversation the conversation hasn’t necessarily shifted towards talking about body positivity for men. While more and more plus sized women break into the world of fashion and modeling the landscape is still not set for plus sized men to make their push into the forefront. When it comes to covers of magazines and runway shows this most recent New York Fashion Week incorporated a decent amount of plus-sized women’s models the men were somewhat nonexistent with only about one being featured for Asos. Asos already has a section of their website dedicated to plus-sized men and women and are taking strides in giving them fashionable options without shaming them for their bodies.

The importance of men’s body positivity when it comes to fashion is that in the fashion you want clothes that will fit cleanly and look good overall different types of body types, because you are marketing not just to people who are into fashion that are thin. A lot of people personally struggle with coming to terms that the fashion they may love and admire may not be something they can never wear. When you create a collection or a product most designers want whoever appreciates their art and image to be able to purchase and wear their product. This isn’t always the case though when it comes to high fashion designers who mostly model their clothes not just after women that are far thinner and taller than the average woman but for men that have unachievable body standards. For men, I feel it comes in a much different light than for women but male models usually consist of two different body types lean and muscular or just very thin. This becomes an issue for plus sized men when they are online and in-store shopping because they see a product on the rack or on a website and immediately know that this garment will not drape over their body the way the designer intended it to.

The whole stigma that comes with being plus sized in the world today is one that can be very degrading for people. It is something that will affect one’s confidence and the way they try to portray themselves too the world and the least they deserve is to feel confident and comfortable in the clothes they wear. The responsibility of promotion of a positive outlook on plus-sized men and women comes on that of the designers, magazines and clothing companies to find a niche for these people who still definitely have a huge voice and impact on the world of fashion. What companies like Asos providing fashion-forward options and opportunities to not just plus sized women but men even including them in their fashion week runways is something a lot of companies should take notes from. It’s going to take the effort of not just one company to change the outlook on plus-sized men in fashion and just body positivity for men in general, but I think with the trend of body positivity when it comes to women things are moving in the right direction.

Nike Premiers a New Colorway of its Mashup Sneaker the Forceposite

Nike has tried many mash-ups of its classic sneakers in the past that just left people confused as to why Nike would come out with a product that no one was asking for. From the any of the fusion Jordans to taking the Air Max 95 and combining it with the Roger Federer Air Zoom Vapor, many of these mashups simply just leave sneaker-heads saying why Nike? This time around Nike is unveiling a new colorway of the loved and hated Nike mash up the Forceposite. This mashup of the classic Air Force One and Penny Hardaway’s Foamposite is coming out in a colorway that might change the way people look at the Forceposite. By taking one of the classic Foamposite colorways, ‘Metallic Red’ this Nike is reaching out to the true Foamposite heads and giving them something to move into a different silhouette. Nike has dropped multiple Forceposites in the past and many of the colorways and silhouettes have flopped, but these might be the Forceposite that gives the mash-up sneaker a better reputation and separates itself from the pack.

The Nike Air Force One is in the middle of a little bit of a resurgence for Nike at the moment. Over about the last year, you can see Nike Air Force Ones on the feet of celebrities and influencers all over the world for a few reasons. After rolling out 3 different iterations of the shoe with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Nike came through and gave the people what they wanted with more Air Force One collaborations. From a collaboration paying homage to a very sought after Roc-A-Fella records, a collab with Just Don’s very creator and head designer Don C, and lastly probably the most hyped of all the full canvas upper Air Force One that featured detachable swooshes and lace covers that they worked with rapper Travis Scott on. Nike and its signature Air Force One was approaching the pinnacle of what made the sneaker so popular in the first place. The Air Force One is so great for its simplicity, its classic silhouette that can go with anything, and that it appeals to so many different lifestyles and cultures.

Nike’s Foamposite, unlike the Air Force One, is in somewhat of a downward spiral at the moment. Although the shoe will always be a cult classic Nike model and it has developed a following of its own, the masses aren’t asking for the heavy, clunky Penny Hardaway model these days. After a resurgence in 2012 due to the highly anticipated release of the Nike Foamposite Galaxy that had people not only paying prices in the thousands for the shoe but people even trading their cars for the shoe. Nike was riding high with the Foamposite at that time dropping a plethora of colorways from some of the originals like the metallic reds, pine greens, and the royals to new really out there colorways like the weatherman and the thermals. One problem Nike was over saturating the market with Foamposites and they began to sit on shelves in sneaker stores all over the country and eventually find their way to the Nike outlets going for way below retail.

Nike is hoping with this most recent mash-up of two of its classic models to be able to pull in the fanatics in each crowd. Mashing up the Air Force One and Foamposite in a colorway that will actually be able to demand attention from sneaker aficionados might actually make this shoe a sleeper of the summer and at a retail price of 180 dollars, it meets right in the middle of the price of two of Nike’s most popular models.

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.

Simone Porte Jacquemus set to launch men’s line

Simon Porte Jacquemus has finally revealed his new professional challenge that he has been hinting at on his social media: the launch of his very own menswear line.

The designer announced the news at his Paris fall show by taking a bow in a sweatshirt that read “New Job L’Homme Jacquemus” at his women’s ready-to-wear show.

He won’t be presenting his first creations until Paris men’s fashion week in June, and it has yet to be determined if he will have a show or a presentation for the line.

“I see the Jacquemus man as I see the Jacquemus woman: it’s a sincere story,” Jacquemus told WWD:

“I didn’t do men’s until now because I didn’t feel the need to do men’s and I couldn’t imagine it. I fell in love and I started to imagine that the Jacquemus man exists. I did Jacquemus women’s for my mother, and while I’m not saying that the men’s collection will be all about my boyfriends, it will still always be a love story.”

The designer has used social media as the main outlet for communications since he launched his brand in 2009 after dropping out of fashion school due to his mother’s death (Jacquemus is her maiden name).

Since then, Jacquemus has become one of the most talented young designers on the Paris stage.

Jacquemus has predicted that adding a men’s line would change the mood of the brand. “This is going to change Jacquemus a little in the sense that it’s much more forward-looking, because there is a lot of melancholy in the women’s collections, for obvious reasons,” he said.

Suitsupply celebrates same sex love in new campaign

Suitsupply, a men’s tailoring brand founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, has shown off its new imagery for their Spring/Summer 2018 campaign which put the spotlight on gay couples.

The campaign is set to display in over 100 stores across 22 countries and is also currently at the front of their website, which Jong has said could have a negative impact on the business where LGBTQ people are not accepted:

“The attraction between people is an important part of fashion advertising. A campaign featuring the attraction between men was long overdue and particularly relevant for our brand.”

The new collection is available in stores and online. It features linen cotton blended suits, checked jackets, lightweight bombers, and it brings new colors into the mix.

Zegna creates a line for the streetwear scene

At an event earlier this month at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills, the company launched a line of tailored sportswear essentials called the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection. Unlike any other collection launch, Benjamin Millepied staged a modern dance performance that was inspired by the collection in which the dancers wore pieces from the actual collection.

This new collection from Ermenegildo Zegna, which is a company mostly known for its high-end tailoring, is trying to bring couture-level crafts to a range of casual wear. It is also trying to create some new silhouettes, the most notable being a tuxedo that mixes traditional jackets with tailored joggers. The collection will be available in Los Angeles and New York, then globally, on Feb. 8. Some other pieces from the collection include outerwear, denim, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Esquire.com spoke with Sartori about the collection in an interview:

“First of all, I wanted to explore the idea of different constructions and different fabrics and fabrications. We included knitted fabrics and non-classic regular woven fabrics. And a lot of jersey too, all with a lot of special construction.”

All the pieces from this new collection are made from eco-friendly materials including cotton, recycled polyester and technical silk fabrics.

“Although everything is deconstructed and unlined, at the same time, we wanted cooling fabrics. So, the idea was to combine what was classic with what was comfortable and cool. It’s a new generation of light products, which is why we used dance, and specifically this type of modern dance, as inspiration.”

 

Men catching up to women in online fashion shopping

Women are considered to be very active online shoppers, but as of late, it seems that men are slowly catching up and creating competition. Men are already taking the lead in footwear and accessories.

According to Rashi Vasudev, vice president at Flipkart, men’s footwear was the number one category expected to grow the fastest over the course of the next two years with an online penetration up to 18 percent, while clothing will see an increase of 5-6 percent:

“Over the years, we are seeing the otherwise active ecom shopper, who is male, foraying more and more into fashion online. Market size of both men’s and women’s clothing online is at neck and neck now. However, in terms of footwear and accessories, men’s market online is far ahead.”

A report released by Boston Consulting Group stated that between 55 and 60 million consumers are currently buying fashion products online, and the market is getting even bigger. Men’s fashion is expected to get another boost by this new growth.

According to Kabir Mehra, co-founder of Herringbone & Sui (a label that creates made-to-measure suits and Indian formal wear), there will be an increase in new portal introducing more menswear to the growing segment of consumers. This will become a trend with more men opting to shop online rather than at brick and mortar stores:

“As a trend men are more likely to shop on occasions, as opposed to indulging in the activity as leisure. They are also shoppers of habit and tend to research thoroughly on any expenditure they make when it comes to luxury ensembles. Given this, the online landscape has drastically changed.”

Women also tend to shop for their partners or male family members online, since it’s much easier and more convenient to shop this way rather than taking them to a store.

“They can simply share link of what they think is a good purchase and all the men need to do is check this on their phones, thereby making the process quicker,” added Samarth Hegde, the other co-founder of Herringbone & Sui.

Arun sirdeshmukh, head of Amazon Fashion says that they have witnessed almost 100 percent growth in the menswear category from 2015 to 2017.

“With the growing appetite for up-to-date trends, men are getting increasingly fashion forward,” he said.

Men will wear all black to Golden Globes

There has been news that several prominent male performers, such as Dwayne The Rock Johnson, will be joining the women-led protest against sexual misconduct that has been showing up recently in news, especially in Hollywood. The men plan to show support by wearing all black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 7.

Entertainment Weekly reported, celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati wrote on Instagram that all of her clients would be wearing the all black attire this year:

“Because everyone keeps asking me… YES, the men WILL be standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality at this year’s Golden Globes. At least ALL MY GUYS will be. Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here… just sayin…”

Urbinati is the stylist for prominent male stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Garret Hedlund, Armie Hammer and many others– even The Rock. Stylist Michael Fisher, who dresses Hugh Jackman and Sam Rockwell, told Hollywood Reporter that men wearing black is “going to be an inevitable thing out of solidarity. I think the majority of men are going go safe in a black suit with a white shirt so no one’s going to look the odd man out.”

While most actors, critics and fans are embracing the stand on both sides, the movement has had its criticism.  Rose McGowan put out a hostile tweet towards Streep and other actors on Dec. 17 which has now been deleted.

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” she wrote. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.” She added, “Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”

Marchesa is the brand run and designed by Georgina Chapman, former spouse of producer Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan deleted her tweet and later sent out another twitter message.

“The Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that,” she later wrote. “There is no map for this road I’m on, I will fuck up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess.”

Long time stylist Nabila creates something for men

Nabila, who is known for her beauty and haircare industry, has decided to step out of her comfort zone and create something for men. The woman who is known for her transformative celebrity stylist skills, having created some life changing looks and new images for top celebrities, and also having her own salon named after her in Pakistan, now has branched out to the opposite sex in hopes to recreate her success.

Nabila launched an exclusive styling and grooming salon for men which goes by the name of NGents in Gulberg, Lahore a while back, and it has quickly gained success. The salon itself is what sets it apart from others. The interior of the salon appears to be lush and laden, filled with modern furniture and salon accessories along with marbled and tiled floor and walls. Sprinkled along the walls are eye catching portraits and mugshots of iconic style legends.

The salon pays close attention to detail, with the inside being filled to the brim with handcrafted leather furnishings, chocolate brown and oxblood interiors and barber chairs alongside state of the art hydraulic backwash. The salon even includes an exotic kitchen that serves an array of snacks from a wood fired pizza to a freshly brewed espresso.

Lux Industries teams up with brand ‘One8’

Artimas Fashions Private Limited, a majorly owned subsidiary of Lux Industries, has acquired the manufacturing and marketing rights for the premium innerwear category of the Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli’s brand ‘One8’. Lux will soon drop a different collection for the One8 brand, while handling the manufacturing and marketing. The collection is going to include socks, innerwear, and sleepwear.

Lux is predominantly known for its innovation and customer-demand driven products. The company is on a constant plan to shake up the stereotype of the pioneering initiatives that come along with the innerwear category. Artimas Fashion is going to be the brand in direct collaboration with Cornerstone Sport, the owner of One8. Together the brands will work as a unit to make One8 the most sought-after innerwear brand for the youth in the premium category. The brands will still be working alongside with Lux Industries, who will be adding their knowledge and expertise in manufacturing, designing, marketing, and retail.

Lux Industries has one of the strongest capability in manufacturing and distribution channels within the organized innerwear segment in India. It is a strategic initiative as we have been consistently looking to associate our proficiency in manufacturing and marketing with premium brands in innerwear space. With One8, Lux Industries aims to disrupt the premium innerwear segment through innovative product offerings. We feel extremely confident that the distribution and resource strength of Lux Industries coupled with the youth appeal of Virat Kohli will make One8 the most preferred brand in the premium category for the youth of India in a couple of years”, said Saket Todi, a Vice President of Lux Industries Ltd.

One8 brand comes from Kohli’s jersey number on the cricket team, 18. Kohli feels this number is special to him, so much that he holds it in high regards. The one8 logo is also spectacularly different, stylish, and bold. Each article from the One8 collection resembles his bold and outgoing personality while also sticking to his passion for an active lifestyle. The high-end innerwear, socks, and sleepwear that will be manufactured by Lux Industries will incorporate One8’s branding, look, and feel. It will still emphasize the simplicity of Virat Kohli’s style. One8 is focused on providing the best quality for their products alongside comfortability that will instantly catch the eyes of the younger generations.

Virar Kohli said, “With One8 we intend to make a substantial inroad in men’s premium innerwear segment and I am glad to partner with Lux Industries as they have the right expertise to augment growth. I am extremely passionate about One8 as a brand and now feel confident about establishing the brand and reaching out to the right audience in India and abroad.”

When it comes to the partnership a Vice President of Lux Industries, Udit Todi said, ““Lux Industries’ plan to associate with Virat Kohli is to fill the need-based vacuum that is created in the premium innerwear category and with One8 we would be able to provide a perfect synergy to that requirement. We are glad to discover that our style towards building the brand is in perfect sync with Virat’s sentiments to nurture his brand. Through this partnership we wish to explore the territories unexplored and needs unmet.”

Joe Mimran and his fashion dynasty

Joe Mimran is typically a soft-spoken, kind man with a perfect smile. Mimran didn’t quite show the general characteristics of a dragon when he appeared on the Canadian version of the popular television show, Dragons’ Den, a show which shows off thriving entrepreneurs.

The 65-year-old Moroccan Jewish immigrant has spent the majority of his life working alongside fashion and is most notably known for being the backbone of big brands like Joe Fresh and Club Monaco. But Mimran was no stranger to having his own memories of up and downs along his long career. Joe Mimran still believes he is “no smarter” than all his peers, but he has always had a passion for his work starting at a very early age.

“I always loved design and I always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he says.

Around the age of 12, Joe Mimran had already had his very own houndstooth suit that his mother made him, just because he wanted to be able to dress up like Sean Connery. Even with his own father being an entrepreneur with his own grocery store, it was his mother couturier business that had all his attention growing up.

He grew up helping his mother run the company from their home and soon after she had opened up a small factory in Toronto’s garment district, she had asked Joe Mimran to take over the company.

“I always wanted to get into business and it was a fantastic learning experience,” he says.

The family business had their niche in selling garments specifically for women. Joe and his brother Saul had seen a different vision for the store. They hired designer Alfred Sung to help them design an off-the-peg line of clothing that would be sold on High Street.

“It turned out to be a hit with consumers and showed me that a business gamble could pay off,” Joe Mimran says

But the rise to stardom didn’t come easily for Mimran, Club Monaco didn’t start off the way they planned it to. Two of the biggest Canadian department store chains at the time, The Bay and Eaton’s, decided not to carry the brand in their stores cutting off a major route to the high-end market.

“We realized that we had all these goods coming in and the only way we could move forward was to open our own stores,” he explains. Mimran recalls that around this time it was unusual for consumers to purchase clothes from a smaller store, typically they would buy their articles from wholesalers.

Mimran recalled on how he took a gamble on hiring Alfred Sung and how well that paid off, so he went along and went for it. Opening stores for his own brand had ultimately gone his way with lines being “around the block” on their first day opening in Toronto.

“Sometimes you just have to dive in,” he says, “a lot of business people, having had lots of problems in the past, will try to dissuade somebody else. But your idea might be done in a new way, might resonate in a way that this very experienced person didn’t, couldn’t, anticipate.”

The jump had worked so well for Club Monaco. The company had branched begun to branch out to New York and other global cities before it was bought by the fashion giant that is Polo Ralph Lauren in 1999 for $52.5 million.

Although Club Monaco and other brands created by Mimran such as Joe Fresh have had success they have also had their struggles as well. Fast fashion and online retailing have made it harder to hold up a traditional fashion brand.

These market forces have cut some of Mimran’s collection.  A resale agreement with US department store giant JC Penney was terminated in 2015 and the companies New York store was closed.

“I’m not smarter than everyone else out there because you’re only as good as your last season,” he says. “And, no matter… what you know, you can still fail in our business. It keeps you pretty grounded.”

Local Malaysian menswear brands get a boost of confidence

Sultan KL, Serve All Mankind, and Cheesedenim Works made their debut at Isten Suria KLCC a month ago. While their small shared retail space at the site seemed like a small achievement, to these menswear labels, it is just the right step to their big dreams of becoming the next top labels in the fashion industry.

Small and independent fashion entrepreneurs, getting space in a retail atmosphere like the one at the international departmental store like Isetan is not an easy task. Bur to Konsvltan, nothing is impossible for the homeboys.

Konsvltan Sdn Bhd is a group of members who provide a platform for local menswear brands to expand. The members of the team include Sauffi Roslan, Ammar Abdillah, Hafidz Fazly Zaharin, Zahlan Zain, Shabir Ahshrup, Hasnizam Mohamad, Hasri Abd Rani, and Rashdan Rosly. They all fall between the ages of 26 and 44.

“We’re the people behind the scene. We’re the outsiders looking in. We observe the community, the fashion movement and as a result of our observations, we try to push local ideas to the global audience,” says Konsvltan founder and chief executive officer Rashdan Rosly.

Konsvltan is a continuation of Sultan KL which is the brand Rosly created in 2011. Konsvltan got its chance because of the lack of originality amongst the local independent fashion brands.”

“It all started with a vision that I had 10 years ago of a conglomerate among close friends who share the same interests and a dream to produce practical, long-lasting men’s clothing.

“Isetan is like the go-to mall during our younger days. So, from buying goods there to placing our own brands, it is a dream come true.”

“In terms of brands, it’s hard to find one that stands out nowadays. The scene is saturated with half-baked brands copying other brands, or those which launch so-called limited editions or streetwear collections, without a thorough understanding of streetwear culture.”

“And that’s why we came into the picture. We want to curate quality brands that offer something unique or can inculcate a culture in which the people are confident to be different.”

Besides being a stand out brands, the brands selected by Konsvltan all share the value in cultures and garment-making.

Kuala Lumpur-based denim maker Cheesedenim Works has paved its way into the industry for 10 years and is well known for its finely crafted denim. Sultan KL is known for melting the gap between traditional and modern wear by introducing various Malaysian or Malay Archipelago influences like the batik or single stitching of benang emas. Serve All Mankind makes vintage-inspired clothes while also using the same workmanship by using vintage machines.

“Serve All Mankind is our in-house brand that gives a modern touch to pieces inspired by the good old days.

“We change the silhouette, fabric or styling, but we keep the way it is done intact”, says Rosly, “We don’t compromise on the quality of fabrics and materials. We source fabrics and materials from Japan, the United States, Thailand and Indonesia. We’re very selective and we choose only the ones choose that can be turned into garments that can last longer or can be passed down to the next generation. And we make sure all the brands that we curate speak the same language when it comes to standards.”

Konsvltan is expected to be adding even more local brands to add to the departmental store landscape.

“We’re launching another in-house brand, Gedio (active wear) soon. We’re also helping SangatStyle (a big player in the independent fashion scene) in rebranding and raising its standard to prop it to a greater height,” says Rosly.

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.

Mural created in memory of John Hanna, a Canberra men’s fashion icon

John Hanna was a proud Canberran and world-renowned men’s fashion icon who kept men looking as sharp as ever for more than 40 years. With his legendary store Bunda Street closing this past July, with Hanna losing a hard-fought six-month cancer battle. Now, there will be a mural dedicated to a legend, thanks to artist Christopher Toth, on a curved window on the ground floor of Bible House in Garema Place and will remain there until December.

John Hanna’s death came as a shock and saddened many people, including the owner of CRE8IVE, James Wilson. Willson owns more than 20 John Hanna suits, and described Hanna as “a truly wonderful man”.

“He was a father to so many boys – he didn’t have sons but he had this amazing association with men from all walks of life”, Mr. Willson says, “words are often said too late, but I wrote him a letter before he passed away. I was a kid when I first walked into John Hanna and he showed me style … he sold confidence. You’d walk out of the store feeling a million bucks.”

The mural took Toth longer than he expected to paint the three-meter-high mural than originally planned.

“I was just constantly interrupted while I was painting”, Toth says, “And I loved it. People were just commenting and asking questions and telling me their own amazing stories about John. Even people that I didn’t suspect, a lot of the homeless community that were walking past were going ‘That’s John’ and one man said ‘Listen, I’m homeless, but John knew me by name’.”

Toth was assigned the incredible task by the In the City Canberra who gave Toth total freedom. Toth wanted to create something that would “send a message to the community”.

“Then I saw the article in The Canberra Times about John and I just thought ‘That’s it’”, he says, “It was important to me that I capture his energy and his personality, and not only that but I wanted more people to know about him. I wanted to educate people on who he was, he was part of the community for so long – nearly four decades – and this way he’ll live on a bit longer. It’s something very special for me as an artist. You’re always a bit apprehensive as to how it’s going to be received but to see the way people are reacting to it is phenomenal – they’re stumped, they’re really amazed.”

The mural was so impactful it had John’s wife Diana teary-eyed when she first laid her eyes on the masterpiece. Diana says John would be “chuffed” with the portrait and its bold details and artwork.

“I was standing there beside him thinking ‘Keep it together girl, keep it together’”, Diana says, “I think Christopher has captured the essence of the person – I love the eyes, his hair. The colours are very bright but he was a rather bright personality, wasn’t he? I think that’s part of who he is. He was very involved in the city area – always involved and very interested – and he loved Canberra, he loved living here. It’s just a pity he doesn’t know about it, he would be very happy.”

When Hanna’s store was closing he had an interview with The Canberra Times in which he had a memorable quote that showed what he gave to the city.

“We’ve tried to bring forward-fashion but not avant-garde fashion to Canberra over the years and, Canberra being a fairly conservative market, has tested our patience and our skills”, Hanna says, “it was with a little bit of trepidation and a little bit of guts that we took the plunge and introduced what we did. But it’s great to see that the standard of dress in this town – with our influence – has probably risen and I’m happy to have been part of that.”

Pop up shops taken to a new level

The fascination behind pop up shops is that one day they’re in a town near you, and then next they’re in a town miles away from you. The pop up shops force you to wait to shop as much as you can before its too late. But not many pop up shops will travel quite as much or look as good as Aether.

“The problem with pop-ups is that they often don’t look at all like the brand,” says Palmer West, co-founder of outerwear label Aether. “Racks in a box, no life, almost apologetically temporary. The customer doesn’t get the full picture or emotion of the brand.”

West, along with the other founder Jonah Smith, set out to fix the pop up shop dilemma. They got help from Parisian designer Theirry Gaugain to help create their own version of a pop up shop that Is designed to keep the simple aesthetics the brand carries.

“The versatility of our outerwear is tremendous, but we pride ourselves on the fact that isn’t obvious from how it looks,” says Smith. “We appreciate utility within great design.”

The brand first tested out this new concept in New York at their latest pop-up shop. It does seem a bit odd given how most pop up shops only get 48 hours to set up, and given how detailed their set up seems it could be quite tedious. Their set up definitely doesn’t look temporary, the large trunks that fold out to reveal shelves inside and the hangers too feel like they could stay at the locations permanently. The wooden accents also add some warmth to the all-white rooms.

“We have always said, if you walk into our stores and feel at home, or understand what makes us different, then you probably will like what we make,” says West. “At this first pop-up location, we were making sales within two days of showing up [in New York]. Selling jackets almost as you hang them is a nice feeling.”

Aether is going to be taking this portable pop up shop on the road very soon but they are being very selective on where to.

“We are expecting to go from a city to a mountain town, back to a city. The pop-up will follow our lifestyle DNA: city to mountains,” says Smith. “I can’t name the town yet, but it will be at a U.S. resort in the heart of ski and snowboard season.”

Adidas releases beer and vomit resistant shoes

When the long Saturday night turns into an even longer Sunday morning, sometimes your stomach can’t handle it all and might surprise you with a very unpleasant surprise. More than likely you didn’t get a chance to change out of your night out clothes. You end up vomiting all over the toilet and on your nice shoes, most of us have been there.

Luckily Adidas has released a pair of trainers to help prevent ruining a good pair of shoes. The Adidas Münchens are specially coated to stop spilled drinks and bodily fluids from ruining the leather. The trainers cost roughly around $233 USD but are currently sold out.

The Münchens were specifically released to go along with Oktoberfest, hence why they are being advertised as “beer and vomit repellant”. The design is lined with a red and white micro-check pattern that matches the tablecloths at the iconic Bavarian festival and have a nice brown leather. The DPBR coat is what ensures that it can stay puke and beer resistant. To finish up the shoe the word “prost” is stitched in right next to the three stripes. “prost” means “cheers” in German.

Oktoberfest is a folk festival originating in Munich, Germany where more than six million people around the world partake in. The festival usually has plenty of beer and food so the shoes are great for attendees seeing how rowdy things can get that can lead to a beer or two spilling.

The festival can be a scary scene for your brand-new clothes, especially your shoes, which makes these shoes a guaranteed match for these kinds of events. The shoes are even perfect for just normal wear around town or hanging out with friends. The shoes are stylish enough that even hip parents can wear if they are used to their own children spilling stuff everywhere.

Christopher Bailey to leave Burberry by the end of year

Christopher Bailey, president and chief director of Burberry, will be handing off the reigns of the brand by 2018. The decision was announced today on a statement by Burberry.

Bailey was arguably the reason Burberry went from a collection of check-lined trench coats to a global luxury brand. The British designer began his tenure at Burberry 17 years ago, taking over as creative director in 2004 then being named chief creative director in 2009 but has been with the brand since 2001.

British culture was the man inspiration that helped Bailey reinvent Burberry and its style of clothes. This could be seen by how he filled the front rows and ad campaigns with British people, from models to actors and even singers.  Bailey was also always on top when it came to change up the house’s iconic trench coats and its military outerwear.

Bailey has helped make the brand’s signature Nova Check pattern as ubiquitous as Louis Vuitton’s “LV” and Coach’s intertwined “Cs”. His role at Burberry has propelled the brand into a digitally savvy brand while other brands are still trying to catch up.

In the statement released on Burberry’s website (http://Burberryplc.com) they stated as follows, “As Burberry begins the next decade of its journey, Christopher has concluded that after 17 years it will be the right time for him to pursue new creative projects. Christopher will remain President and Chief Creative Officer until 31 March 2018, when he will step down from the Board. He will provide his full support to Chief Executive Officer Marco Gobbetti and the team on the transition until 31 December 2018”.

Although as Bailey’s resignation may seem as a major hit to Burberry’s future, it might a step in the right direction. Burberry has been statistically late when it comes to fashion. They underperformed the FTSE 100 index a good portion of Bailey’s tenure as CEO. With that being the case, the timing is still terrible considering the past six months Bailey was showing a return to his regular form, with some stellar collaborations and a superb show at London’s Fashion Week in September.

The company is said to already be on the search for a successor and people have speculations to believe that it can be Phoebe Philo, who has worked with Gobetti in Celine. Also in the running is Gosha Rubchinskiy, who Burberry collaborated with earlier this year.

Chris Bailey said, “It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years. Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organization, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdom. It is over 160 years old, but it has a young spirit. It is part of the establishment, but it is always changing and always learning. It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one. I do truly believe, however, that Burberry’s best days are still ahead of her and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place led by Marco. I would like to thank all my colleagues as well as Sir John Peace and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years.  I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition”.

New trends for mens fashion during Autumn-Winter seasons

It’s starting to seem more and more noticeable that the 1970’s has been heavily influencing the men’s fashion scene. Even with warmer temperature than usual, fashion labels have been filling the racks with many seasonal offerings any man can appreciate. With more trends being noticeable I have created a

To start the list of new trends off, the somewhat dull color brown has been making a huge comeback. With Gucci, who arguably started the 70’s trend, having used colors like brown and camel in the past few seasons, now has other big Italian labels hopping on the brown bus. Brands like, Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali and Brunello Cucinelli, have all been smashing the style too.

Up next, the color orange has recently been popping up down many catwalks. Orange has been a more provocative trend this season, being featured amongst the more youthful labels such as Dior Homme, Etro, Marni, and Ports 1961. The fashion inclined youngsters could be seen wearing orange jackets, trousers, or even the full out all orange look. For the most part, though, the orange touch will be displayed with tees and sweaters.

Recently, a move away from the skinny look, which took over much of the 2000’s has pushed its way through, starting with tops and jackets and not pants or trousers. The boxy jackets were storming through Paris, London, New York, and Milan. Brands like Balenciaga, H&M, Paul Smith, and COS, have all contributed to kick-starting this trend. Balenciaga’s Autumn-Winter show had the biggest take of the trend with square shoulders, which will most likely be the biggest influence when the trend goes full mainstream. COS has the most affordable collection for this trend.

It’s beginning to be loose all over with, quite literally, all the major labels sending models down the runways with flowing bottoms. mid-rise and high-rise bottoms have been on the rise this season. The advantage of being looser means the comfort level goes through the roof. Zegna, E. Tautz, Marni, COS, Topman, and Zara, all have their own styles of the loose trousers.

Incoming, Corduroy is making a major comeback. Corduroy was a big part of the catwalk this season. With most labels incorporating corduroy jackets, or corduroy trousers, luxury brands such as Prada and Officine Generale have turned all their attention to having all-corduroy suits. The biggest noticeable part of this trend was the different colors brands were offering. Giorgio Armani, Hermes and more, were offering burgundy, blue, grey and other sophisticated colors to add a more ordinary workwear feel.

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.

 

 

Anik Khan shows off a new design for tour merch

Anik Khan has had arguably the best year any up and coming artist could have. The Queens rapper released his first EP Kites and his first show in New York City sold out. He recently just wrapped up his first tour filling up venues from the west to the east with another rising star, Jidenna.

Anik Khan is known for having his own unique style to him, that is, embracing who he is and not hiding behind a persona. His five million streams on Soundcloud show that, so far, it’s getting him somewhere. For Khan, his success isn’t for himself but more so for the group of people who rarely have a voice, the people of Bengal. When asked about Bengal, Khan says, “We’re a young country that’s still figuring it out, but we have so much to offer”.

Khan has brought his talent as a singer/songwriter to America and is telling the story of an immigrant. Khan has found a new and innovative way to express the story, portraying it all over his tour merchandise. Khan has collaborated with designer Joshua Vanleader to create a different type of tour merch. Together they created a way to express the diversity and culture that raised Khan. Khan has put three of his favorite spots in Queens on his tour merch including: Trinciti Roti, Mahmoud’s Corner, and Fatima’s Halal Kitchen. All the shirts for the collection have been manufactured by Far East Knitting and Dyeing LTD. The tees are available at http://anikkhanmerch.com for $40.

“Let a Bengali-born, Queens-borough New Yorker show you a new meaning of what it actually means to be ‘Made in Bangladesh’”.

 

The shirt designs are all relatively similar. The menu printed on the front and store information on the back with Khan’s name only visible on the sleeve. The Shirts closely resemble standard uniforms at anyone’s local roti restaurant. Khans says, “Queens is the greatest place in the world. I want to promote these amazing businesses and tell their story”. With his new style comes as a breath of fresh air seeing as most artist tour merchandise comes with the nearly the same designs, such as, artist name, tour name, and dates of cities they will be visiting.

The tees also show off Khan’s optimistic side. Even with all the political debate or racial stereotypes of middle eastern culture, Khan doesn’t let it put a hamper on his vision and how he wants to show off what his upbringing and culture background means. Being an immigrant in a seemingly hostile America isn’t an easy task, but Khan has found a way through it all with his talented music and surprisingly tasteful merchandise.

 

To keep up with the latest news of Anik Khan you can follow him at the following social media platforms: Instagram (@anikkhan_), Twitter (@AnikKhan_), and Facebook (Anik Khan).

 

UNTUCKit set to open first New Jersey store

Untucked shirts have become a growing trend among the fashion world but one entrepreneur took the style to a different level. Chris Riccobono is the founder of UNTUCKit and has recently opened his first ever New Jersey store this past Wednesday at the Mall of Short Hills. The new store will be his 18th store for the brand that was created in 2011.

Riccobono went to Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey where wearing your shirt untucked got you a detention. Riccobono now has the chance to wear his shirt untucked everywhere he goes. He’s turned the subtle fashion style into his fast-growing brand.

UNTUCKit got going as an e-commerce brand, selling shirts that were specifically designed to be untucked. Now 7 years later the brand has branched out sweater, shoes, and shorts. The fashion brand has even included a women’s line also sporting the untucked style shirts. Riccobono plans to even add a kid’s line come November 2. All the shirts range from $68 and $98.

After Riccobono went through all his schooling, Don Bosco in 1997, Providence College in 2001, and then Columbia University in 2007, he felt the need to start a business that sold quality shirts that are the perfect length to be left untucked. He says, “getting the right length is the key to a good-looking untucked shirt”.

Riccobono and co-founder Aaron Sanandres are riding the wave of the casual trend in menswear. Tim Bess, a men’s fashion trend analyst for the Doneger Group believes the brand came at a perfect time.  “we’re definitely in a comfort-driven cycle in fashion right now, and there’s nothing more comfortable than having your shirt untucked.” Bess says.

Riccobono believes that most of their sales will continue to come from online shoppers, however, he believes physical stores can push the brand to the next level.

“we’ll always stay e-comm focused – that will always be 80-plus percent of our business”, he continues, “But in order to grow to where we want to be, which is a billion-dollar brand, you need to be in brick-and-mortar”. “there are a lot of men who won’t buy without touching or feeling the product.” Riccobono says.

Brick-and-mortar stores for UNTUCKit will reach out to a wider audience for the brand and can provide a place for the company to test the response of consumers to some of their new products. According to Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst for the NPD group, he believes that UNTUCKit is doing well because they are “building the product the way the consumer wants it”.

UNTUCKit stores range from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. So far, the brand has stores in places like Soho and even at some of the biggest malls like King of Prussia and Mall of America. Three more stores are scheduled to be introduced next month in Manhattan. The company plans to have around 25 stores by the end of the year and even plan to go international like Canada or England.

Untucked shirts have become a growing trend in the past couple years that even other companies are trying to sell their own design. Amazon.com, for example, has a “No Tuck” category in their men’s catalog. Riccobono says the competition doesn’t worry him, because of the aggressive marketing he’s had since creating the brand. He’s done ads across all platforms to take the lead in the growing market. Riccobono states, “we’ve become the authority in how to wear the shirt untucked”.

Title to replace Men’s FASHION magazine

Saint Joseph Communications, Media Group in Toronto has recently launched their new magazine, Title. Title is set to replace Men’s FASHION magazine this coming November where it’s first official issue will come out. The new Canadian based magazine is set to focus on men who are educated, affluent and creative, who also are between the ages of 28 to 50. The magazine plans to write about men’s style and fashion and is going to publish across all platforms from print to digital.

When asked about the purpose of Title, Editor in chief, Greg Hudson says, “it’s hard to define exactly what it means to be a man today. And so, reaching men can be tough. Our objective is to create a voice for Title that readers relate to. That voice is one that’s smart, funny, addictive and, uncannily similar to their own”. Title in a sense will offer readers an in-depth look at men’s fashion with engaging, relatable, and credible content.

Jacqueline Loch, vice president of Women’s Brand at Saint Joseph Communication, had released a statement about Title. she says, “We strategically designed the Title brand to feature high-quality multi-platform content that will resonate with our readers. Like our strategy with FASHION, Title will also focus on innovations in technology and editorial integrations to provide quality content that delivers for our advertising partners and engages audiences across all our platforms”.

The cover for the first ever Title magazine will showcase one of the most fashionable RnB artist, Miguel. The inaugural issue will feature interviews with the likes of Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner and writer Sean Avery. It is also said that in the Winter 2018 issue there will be a seasonal style shoot shot by, world-renowned photographer Matt Barnes.

Title is set to publish three issues each year for Fall, Winter, and Spring respectively. The first print edition of Title is planned to launch alongside with the Winter 2018 issue of FASHION. The Title webpage is currently up (http://thetitlemag.com) that displays this short excerpt, “Welcome to Title. For men who like reading magazines aimed at men. Come back for the hottest takes on style, culture, sports and all the clickable cool stuff. No offense to your dog (who is great, by the way), but we’re basically going to be your new best friend.”

The Title webpage will begin uploading digital content starting November 14, 2017. Loch says, “the launch of Title is part of our ongoing strategic plan to position our media brands as the most competitive in the market and to target the luxury consumer”. Beginning with the Winter 2018 issue, Title will be mailed to some select subscribers of FASHION, Toronto Life, across Canada. Title will also be available at certain Shopper Drug Marts bundled with FASHION. As we wait for the first issue of Title to be released you can keep up to date with news and announcements at their other social media platforms. Facebook (facebook.com/thetitlemag), Twitter (@thetitlemag), and Instagram (@thetitlemag).

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!

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.

The 90s Fila Brand Called… And They Are Back!

For quite some time now, multiple brands have been finding their influence for recent fashion trends throughout numerous achieves of collections especially from the 90s. From Tommy Hilfiger to GAP, the 90s style is just beginning its comeback!

Recently the Fila Brand decided to collaborate with Barneys New York for the inspirational 90s fashion collection. The collection features a total of eight different pieces ranging from $95 to $165. Within the collection, the brand resembles some of the staple pieces from the 90s such as a half-zip jacket, long-sleeve jacket, and a redesigned 90s tennis shoe. This collection revamped the 90s style trends with updated shapes, fabrics, and colors.

The Fila brand updated signature colors from navy to black to pair with multiple pieces in the collection to detail a luxe laid-back style that resembles Barneys Department Store as well. This collection is an exclusively featured collaboration at the Barneys Department Store and is part of the BNY Solo Series Collection. The BNY Solo Collection is a project of collaborations sold at the department store. Other exclusive collaborations that Barneys Department Store has been involved in the past with consists of multiple limited edition series such as Stan Smith, Filling Pieces, and Vans.

Some of the favorite pieces from the collection consist of the Striped Cotton Polo Shirt, the Original Tennis Leather Sneaker, the Colorblocked Track Jacket, the Tricot Half-Zip Pullover, and the Tricot Basketball Shorts. Most of the exclusively favorite pieces resemble three main colors of black, white, and red. Most of which feature the solid colors and stripes. All of these phenomenal 90s fashion favorites can be yours by buying them exclusively at Barneys.com for a limited time only! So what are you waiting for? Go buy the essentials to be the 90s kid you once were and rock it like it is 1999!

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.

Men’s Facial Hair Styles

Facial hair is nothing new for men and is something they deal with every day. Over the years, the way that men wear their facial hair has changed. From completely burly beards, to more tidy mustaches and goatees, and then to completely clean shaven, men have been able to express their personal style by the hair that is on their face. Now men wear their facial hair in any way that they please, and there has been an increase of grooming products for men’s facial hair.

More recently, the term “lumbersexual” has been floating around. This word means that, for some men, that they look ultra masculine. These men have super burly beards and some of them are rocking the man bun. These guys look like they just walked out of the woods from cutting down trees all day, hence “lumbersexual.” They don’t really do anything for styling their hair, maybe tie it up, but that’s about it. The long beard is essential and has grown very popular.

The Manimalist

Minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements, to simplify it’s minimal art. By being a minimalist you are part of being more with less.

The fashion industry can get pretty overwhelming; everyday a new trend comes to life. Designers have made the list from A to Z fairly indigestible and when you want to simply follow a trend, you find yourself comparing it among a minimum of 100 designers.

This is when choosing becomes more important than buying. This Fall season you are avoiding looking into your stuffed closet and thinking, “I have nothing to wear!” and will know exactly what to wear.

For the Fall 2014 season the below are what you need to own:
-Backpack: that will work professionally and casually
-New Balance shoes: will be worn for working out and casual affairs
-Boots: one pair
-Loafers: one pair
-Leather Jacket
-Trench Coat
-Four dress up shirts
-One Suit
-Four T-shirts
-Two cardigans
-Ten pairs of socks
-Two sweats
-Two shorts
-Scarf

Kindly donate the rest.
Dress up shirts

Item of the day: Dsquared Mask Print Espadrilles

Move over TOMS!  These Dsquared mask print espadrilles are just the shoe for your summer wardrobe. Summer is all about comfort and being free. It’s time to give your sneakers a rest. These artsy espadrilles are  made in Italy and they add humor,  vibrant hues, and patterns to your ensemble.  Pair these with chinos, shorts, denims, linen, and t-shirts. Not many people like Espadrilles, but here is something new and different to consider for purchase for Spring/Summer Fashion. Price 253.61 Buy Here

Alexander Wang : The Wallie Weekender Bag

Wallie Weekender
Alexander Wang: The Wallie Weekender Bag

To be or not be is the question in fashion- you either have style or trendy: Alexander Wang Wallie Weekender Bag made with 100% lamb luminous texture vibrant displays a leather strap, zippers. There is a wrinkle design element in this bag, adding great texture to it. All black never look so rich- Alexander Wang does timeless collection edginess putting the innovation in motion.

What bag is on your list? When choosing a bag make sure that it is excellent in durability. Longevity is a plus, quality ensures the length of time you will have  and enjoy the bag for. Black is a color that can be worn from season to season. Paring this weekender with harem pants, public school mid top sneakers, Michael Kors lager runaway watch. Carry a weekender bag that others can not resist taking  a pictures of , or perhaps you can just snap a selfie. Price: $1,135.00 Purchase here

 

Breton Stripes: Classic French Style

The swing of the fashion world away from Americana and toward Italian sensibilities has led to an explosion of bold styling, an experimentation with color and pattern born thoroughly of Continental taste.  Yet the Italians shouldn’t get all the love.  Overlooked as they sometimes are, the French have been formidable contributors to men’s fashion over the years- it’s no accident that Paris puts on runway shows for men as well as women.  France, as a whole, loves striking, memorable design, something that stands out, something that reveals the good taste of the wearer.  The pattern we call Breton stripes is drawn from this love of the bold, and to this day it is a worthy choice for any FashionMR in search of a casual statement piece.

The Breton stripe, as its name suggests, originated in Brittany, though not in the way one might think.  Though it became a province of France in 1532, Brittany has long maintained an independent streak, perhaps due to its history of changing hands between France and England.  This nationalism is exemplified by the Brittany flag: instead of a colorful design, it is starkly black and white, black stripes on a white background, with a canton like ermine fur in the upper-left corner.

Though originating in Brittany, the Breton stripe became completely French in 1858, when an Act of France designated that white shirts with black stripes would be the official upper garment of sailors in the French Navy.  As so often happens with military wear, what started on seamen soon grew ubiquitous among all sailors and mariners, and then became just as commonplace on land.  In the 1950’s it crossed the Atlantic through the efforts of great artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, and though it has not always enjoyed roaring popularity, it remains to this day a solidly famous garment.

The Breton stripe can be worn as a sweater or a shirt.  In both forms, it is always a crewneck, and almost always long-sleeved, in keeping with its maritime traditions.  Though typically white with black stripes, navy stripes have become popular, and even red stripes occasionally appear.  Some makers even invert the colors, creating black shirts with white stripes.  Whatever permutation you select, you cannot go wrong with the Breton stripe shirt or sweater as a casual garment.  Wear it indoors in the Winter, and as Spring arrives take it outside with a pair of chinos or some shorts.  It is simple, bold, and has heritage- everything a FashionMR could ask for.