The Gucci By Dapper Dan Collection Launched And It’s Gorgeous

Gucci launched their collaborative collection with Dapper Dan globally on Tuesday both online and in select stores. The collection is now officially available to the masses and y’all…it’s fire. The collection is currently headlining the website and I’ve been gathering my coin for months, so I can give myself and early birthday gift.

The fashion house sought Dutch photographer, Ari Marcopoulos, to shoot the collection.

The images pay homage to Dapper Dan’s beloved Harlem, shot on the uptown streets with a retro flair. The campaign shots are super stylish.

The 89-sku collection ranges from $ 240.00 for Men’s Slides to $ 7,980.00 for a Gucci GG logo bomber jacket. While the collection includes menswear, womenswear, and accessories, it has a unisex feel.

The collection, not surprisingly, has a Harlem feel. I’m glad that Alessandro Michele and House of Gucci corrected their wrongs and allowing Black culture to flow from the source straight to the runway back to the streets.

Personally, I love the Gucci Dapper Dan Tank Top ($ 550, Gucci.com) and the oversized Gucci Dapper Dan t-shirt ($ 550, Gucci.com), which is perfect for ladies (or men), that want to upgrade their casual wear and support the brand at an affordable (by designer standards) price. The bomber jackets, particularly the all gold jacket ($ 4,500.00, Gucci.com) as well as the oversized glasses. The $ 3,390.00 Gucci Dapper Dan Backpack is something that every city dweller needs to up their commuting game.

This is a collection that I’ll happily give all my rent money towards.

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Marc Cain’s SS19 collection will give you MAJOR holiday vibes

Blame the heatwave if you will, but we’re seriously obsessed with holiday fashion at the moment, even if we are stuck behind our desks with the air con on.

And Mark Cain‘s SS19 high summer show has not helped matters in the slightest, having made us want to book a ticket to Marrakech, pronto.

Dubbed ‘Le Riad Marc Cain’, the show took place in Berlin this week, as you might have guessed, it had a ‘Moroccan flair and focus on sophisticated prints, strong boosts of colour and vibrant pastel shades’.

Strong looks included printed halterneck dresses with matching turbans, flouncy tropical gowns and feminine and floaty maxi dresses.

In other words, every frock you would ever need for a fabulous holiday, to take you from poolside to party.

That said, there was some great coral suiting too, if dresses aren’t your thing.

Collection aside, the show was a bit of an unusual one for Marc Cain, as it was Managing Director Design Karin Veit’s last, as she is leaving the brand after 43 years to concentrate on her personal life.

Talk about leaving with a bang.

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Ada Kokosar Debuts Solo Shoe Collection During Paris Couture

After debuting last season with a shoe range for Cesare Paciotti and earlier this year with a collaboration with Dodo Bar Or, Ada Kokosar presented the first solo footwear collection of Midnight 00 by Ada Kokosar at the Meurice during Couture Week. The fashion consultant took over the hotel’s Belle Etoile suite overlooking the Tuileries garden, filling it with plants until the luxury accommodation looked like it had been overrun by nature during Sleeping Beauty’s century-long nap.
What is unique about these slippers is the high-gloss finish brought by the PVC that Kokosar drapes on each draped-and-embellished design. “As a reference, I wanted to take the most iconic and utopian shoe of all times, Cinderella’s glass slipper,” she said, showing off a glossy mule with flourishes of soft fabric peeking at the edges and decorated with a bejeweled crescent moon — the brand’s emblem. Heels and flats came in soft yet saturated shades of lilac, peach or pink fabric — silk satin, duchesse or super-soft cotton. Most striking of all was the transparent ruffle that encases shoe and ankle in a shell-like cocoon. Cherry on this highly iced cake? “The PVC makes the shoe last for a very long time: it

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Every Look from the Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture Collection

It’s been less than a year since Givenchy’s Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller presented her debut collection for the LVMH-owned fashion house, but she’s already made quite the impression, thanks in no small part to her creation of Meghan Markle’s dress for the royal wedding. While the …

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Men’s Rings & My Pinky Ring Collection

Have you ever thought about wearing rings as a decorative way for men to stand out from the crowd? 

While rings are normal for the ladies of the world, all the men don’t really think about rings unless it’s their wedding band. First of all, why should you wear a ring as a man, isn’t it too effeminate? Initially, I wouldn’t wear rings for a long time because I simply didn’t think about them, however, when going through my archive of menswear pictures and watching old movies, I always saw elegant gentlemen with pinky rings or rings in the ring finger that was either signet rings that sometimes had precious stones or semi-precious stones and I got much more interested in them. At the end of the day, as a man, apart from your cufflinks or your collar pin or your tie bar, there’s really not a whole lot of jewelry you can wear. Obviously, a ring serves no practical purpose other than the fact that it’s simply beautiful.

 

My Pinky Ring Collection

Sterling silver malachite ring

Sterling silver malachite ring

So the first ring, I actually bought at a flea market in Berlin. It was sterling silver malachite ring and it cost me around 15 euros which is around 20 bucks. It was very inexpensive but I liked it and it fit on my finger and that was my first purchase. I still have it in my collection because it is a little bolder, it goes well with the malachite and silver cufflinks that we have from Fort Belvedere, and overall, it’s a ring I enjoy wearing and I’m not afraid of losing it or scratching it because it didn’t cost much in the first place. Once I had that first ring, I was hooked and I looked at older photographs to find more about those rings.

Antique show in Brimfield

Antique show in Brimfield

I noticed that most modern rings and jewelers were something I really didn’t like and so I had to go to vintage stores, flea markets, look on eBay, and other vintage platforms to find a style that I liked. I bought the most rings when we went to an antique show in Brimfield which is huge and can be quite overwhelming and you really have to walk all day to go to different vendors but I found quite a few rings that I actually liked and it didn’t break the bank either.

Sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring

Sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring

For example, there’s this sterling silver vermeil rose gold ring that has kind of a long oval shape of a blue stone. I don’t quite know what stone it is but it was nice, I liked it, and it was different.

Yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone

Yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone

The other ring I found in Brimfield was this yellow or greenish gold ring with a bloodstone with cut corners so it was octagonal and I really liked the ring, it’s different, it has a slight decoration, and I actually had it resized at the jeweler, and it cost about 50, 60, 70 bucks but it’s essential because chances that you find something in your ring finger or pinky finger size are rather slim.

Dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver ring

Dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver ring

At the same show, I bought this ring in a dark blue lapis lazuli in a sterling silver. I like the lapis and it wasn’t something I already had in my collection so I bought it. Honestly, it’s not my favorite ring, it’s very simple and I think a different shape would be advantageous so I’m still looking for them but again, it’s really hard to find them. What I like about lapis is that it goes well again with all blue tones, it’s a deeper blue than the other ring I had and I like to wear it in combination with my lapis cufflinks from Fort Belvedere.

Carnelian stone ring

Carnelian stone ring

This next ring I bought in London, England. It is a typical signet ring shape and it has a carnelian stone, it could be engraved with either my initials, symbols, monograms, or even a family crest but frankly, I’m not really into that stuff and I just enjoy a plain stone and a silver look and I don’t need any degree of personalization. I bought I think for like 40 pounds.

14 karat rose gold ring with an oval Onyx

14 karat rose gold ring with an oval Onyx

This next ring is a 14 karat rose gold ring with an oval onyx. It’s a very typical men’s ring shape that could be again a signet ring or have my monogram on it. Onyx is just a very classic stone and I just wanted to have a black stone in my collection. Again, I bought it at a vintage store, I think at the current price at the time.

Bloodstone ring

Bloodstone ring

At the same store, I bought a very similar ring in terms of shape but again, it had a bloodstone and even though I already had the other bloodstone in my collection, I added it because I like to wear green and the dark green and red actually works with quite a few things such as business suits, as well as tweed jackets and sport coats.

Vintage carnelian ring

Vintage carnelian ring

Here is another carnelian ring. It has a much more vintage look, in my opinion. It’s kind of a cushion that’s almost rectangular or square with rounded corners. I don’t wear it very often but it’s a different shape than all my other rings and because of that, I like it. It’s probably not my favorite shape. The carnelian works well with a classic business suit in navy or in charcoal, but you can also wear it with brown tones and I just like having different shapes in my collections so if the mood strikes, I always have something handy. I found this one I think at a flea market in Hamburg for 20 or 30 bucks.

Gold tiger's eye ring

Gold tiger’s eye ring

This one is gold with a tiger’s eye and it has this nice effect in the light when you move, it changes the look of it which is why it got its name, tiger’s eye because it’s like the eye of a tiger. I like to pair this ring with our gold and tiger’s eye eagle claw cufflinks. They really work well together and it’s just beautiful.

Flat stone tiger's eye ring

Flat stone tiger’s eye ring

The next tiger’s eye ring is very different. It’s cut differently, it’s a flat top stone, it’s much larger, it comes in silver, and as you can see, if I move it, it really has a dramatic effect in the way it looks which is why I like it. Personally, for my taste, this stone is quite big but I simply like the look of the tiger’s eye and so I couldn’t leave it behind. I think I also got it in Brimfield and it was rather inexpensive. Obviously, some rings are much thinner and lighter in weight than others and that has a huge effect on the price especially if they’re made out of gold.

Citrine ring

Citrine ring

That being said, this next ring is quite heavy. It’s solid gold and so are the others but you can just tell it’s a much more massive and solid quality. It has a large citrine and it fits my ring finger perfectly. I really like the ring because it’s warm and it goes well with outfits where I have yellow tones and it just ties it all perfectly together. Again, I got this ring used but I think it cost me about $ 400. If I’d bought this ring new, it would probably cost me two to two and a half thousand dollars.

Silver malachite ring

Silver malachite ring

Next up is another silver malachite ring. It’s a very solid sterling silver quality and while most rings have the inside of the ring where the stone is exposed, this one is just solidly closed up and frankly, I really like this construction. It makes the ring a little heavier but it also prevents any dirt from getting in the area below the stone and if I had a choice, all of my rings would be finished like that. You may notice that this ring is a little looser than some other rings and once I started collecting and wearing rings, I realized that the size of my hand changes with the seasons. So during the summer, I actually have slightly thicker fingers than during the winter and the same ring sometimes will feel loose during the winter and tight during the summer. So it pays to have slightly different ring sizes in your collection, that way, you can always find a ring that works at any given point in time.

Dark star sapphire ring

Dark star sapphire ring

The next ring is quite unusual. It is a dark star sapphire ring. There’s a strong light source which means when you actually move around in the sunlight, for example, you can see a star on the ring that moves. Personally, I find it quite cool. It also has nice decorative elements on the side, they’re quite unique. If you like star sapphires new, they are very expensive and it can easily cost two to three thousand dollars as a ring. This was a vintage piece and I paid like five hundred dollars for it.

Dark green domed tourmaline

Dark green domed tourmaline

Next up is one of my favorite rings. It’s a dark green domed tourmaline. It’s solid gold and the surface was carefully treated by hand to give it a certain texture that almost makes it look like leather. It’s not hammered but it looks like there are slight scratches.

Ring with an unidentified orange stone

Ring with an unidentified orange stoneNext up is a ring with an orange stone. Honestly, I don’t quite know what it is. I suppose it’s agate because it comes in many different colors and I like it because it’s the only orange ring that I have in my collection right now and I value having different colors to match with different outfits. Whenever there’s orange in my pocket square, my tie, or my shirt, I like to wear this ring because it’s warm, it’s summery, and it’s different. It’s also set as a rectangle with rounded corners and has slight decorations. I think it’s sterling silver that is heavily gold plated.

Star sapphire ring with diamonds

Star sapphire ring with diamonds

Last but not least, here’s a ring that I just added to my collection but I really like it. It has a star sapphire and here, you can really see the effect of a light source so it’s really cool. It has two little diamonds on the right and on the left side of the ring and then it has a kind of scratched surface. It’s 14-karat white gold and it just makes it overall look matte and not as shiny which I think is quite sophisticated. I was really lucky, I think I just paid a hundred and fifty-five dollars for this ring. New, this would probably cost two to three thousand dollars.

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Now obviously, I built my collection of rings entirely based on used and vintage rings not necessarily because I wanted to but because I really couldn’t find new rings that were in line with my taste. I know chances for you to find rings like these are close to zero and because of that, we decided to start designing rings.

 

 

Do you wear pinky rings? What are your personal favorites?


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Out today is the very special, limited-edition vinyl box-set: The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971 – 2016

This collector’s item features the 15 studio albums that have been released since 1971, all of which are cut at half speed, ensuring they are among the highest quality vinyl pressings that these classic records will have ever received.

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Nike Cancels UNDEFEATED Collection and Apologizes to U.S. Naval Academy

Nike and UNDEFEATED recently received an onslaught of backslash for their collaborative “The Fives” collection logo, which bore striking similarities to the U.S. Naval Academy’s crest design. On Thursday, the USNA announced that it was sending a cease and desist to Nike and UNDEFEATED for trademark infringement. “The similarities of the Nike/UNDEFEATED logo released this week and the USNA Crest are undeniable and we believe their logo is clearly an infringement under trademark law,” the Academy wrote on Twitter.

On Friday, Nike responded with a written statement apologizing to the USNA. “We recently were made aware of our logo being included into a design that has been previously used by one of our longstanding partners,” Nike said in the statement, according to the Washington Post. “We have always respected the US Navy and its Academy and have been a longtime supporter of the military.”

Nike furthermore announced that its UNDEFEATED collection, which was slated for release on June 16, has been canceled. “We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection. We apologize to anyone who was offended.”

The USNA responded with another statement expressing appreciation for Nike’s cancellation of the UNDEFEATED collab. Check out the Tweets below, as well as the comparison of the logo designs, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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My Pocket Square Collection

In the past, we showcased my accessories such as my ring collection, or my cufflink collection, as well as my shoe collection. Today is about my pocket square collection.

I always found that adding a pocket square to a jacket instantly upgrades the look, makes it more stylish, and so I always collect them whenever I found one that I liked and added it to my collection because I wanted to be able to have different ones for different situations, in different shades that work with my jackets, especially if they’re patterned; not every pocket square always works with every jacket.

White Pocket Squares

If you don’t have any pocket squares yet, investing in a simple white linen pocket square with hand rolled edges is the best money you ever spent. Because it’s such a wardrobe staple, we have a whole range in our shop with different initials so you can either use them for yourself or as a gift or have them even as a handkerchief that you need in your back pocket. It’s a worthwhile investment and most men have at least three white linen pocket squares in their collection. White pocket squares work well with any kind of dark suit as well as tuxedos or tailcoats for evening wear.

If you wear a lot of business suits, you may not always want to wear a simple white pocket square and then it pays to have white with a dash of color. So for example, in our shop, we have a whole range of white pocket square with hand rolled edges and an embroidered colorful edge. It really makes everything pop if you have a crown fold which just shows off the different colors of the tips and it creates some visual interest but you still have the white background.

Pocket square with a hand rolled edge in a contrast color

Pocket square with a hand rolled edge in a contrast color

Alternatively, you get a white pocket square with a hand rolled edge in a contrast color which is very popular and it is likely not going to go out of style anytime soon.

While these white with contrast edge pocket squares are almost mainstream among clothing aficionados, going with the contrast stitch especially an X stitch is very different and it gives you the same effect, yet it has that craft element in it because it’s a fine X stitch stitched in both ways and it’s very unique.

White pocket square with brown paisley

White pocket square with brown paisley

Other white pocket squares in my collection are this one in white with some brown paisley.

Off-white with polka dots and a contrast blue edge

Off-white with polka dots and a contrast blue edge

Also this slightly off-white with polka dots and a contrast blue edge. Of course I have all the pocket squares we offer in our shop in my collection, however, I only want to show you a few of my favorite ones.

Another more unusual white pocket square is this one with hand embroidered blue polka dots and it’s just a fun little accessory. It’s not something you usually see. Usually, polka dots are printed, they’re never embroidered, especially not hand embroidered, and we make those with skilled artisans in Italy. I really like to wear it with any kind of navy suit or navy or blue blazers because it really makes it pop in a sophisticated yet not super formal way.

Printed silk pocket square

Printed silk pocket square

It’s also nice to have a white silk pocket square and I don’t like the solid white silk ones simply because they have a tendency to look flatter, they’re a little shinier and so I prefer linen but if there are other printed elements on there such as the photo above, it works well with darker suits.

Personally, I try to avoid white pocket squares with any kind of casual garments such as tweed jackets, sport coats, or suits, because they just don’t work well together. The easiest way to pair a white pocket square is with a white shirt because that way, you don’t have to pick up the color in any other parts of your outfit and it’ll always look classic.

If you decide to go with white silk pocket squares, make sure they’re thick enough because the thinner silk is quite flimsy and it will likely collapse on you in your pocket or sometimes also come out easily. So if you go with a silk, go with a heavier silk, otherwise, linen specifically made for pocket squares is your number one choice, even better than cotton. Linen is crisper, it has a nicer look, and it wrinkles in a different way than cotton. Cotton is usually too thin and too lightweight and just doesn’t look as sophisticated and dapper.

Blue Pocket Squares

Blue is a very popular color in menswear, particularly for men’s ties and suits and because of that, blue pocket squares pick up those colors and make for a sophisticated overall outfit as long as there are other colors incorporated into the blue.

One of my favorite blue pocket squares is probably this kind of turquoise mohair blue one from Fort Belvedere. It is a mix of silk and wool which makes it different than wool, it’s softer than just wool, but it’s also not as flimsy as silk and it is the perfect middle ground, in my opinion. It also has a bunch of different colors such as red which is another dominant color in menswear, as well as green, yellow, and gold tones, so it’s very versatile and I like to travel with it because chances that this pocket square will look good with any kind of jacket I bring are very high.

Turnbull & Asser

Turnbull & Asser

Otherwise, I have a bunch of silk pocket squares such as this one from Turnbull & Asser with again, white and red, which work well with classic business outfits.

Blue pocket square with small patterns

Blue pocket square with small patterns

Another one I really like is this kind of medium dark blue one with little printed patterns on it. I’ve worn it with a lot of different outfits and it gets the scale quite right so I can wear it even with a patterned tie or with a solid tie and it also stands out from a patterned jacket.

This paisley inspired one is made of a dark navy with tones of orange and green. I like it because it has different areas on the square so depending on what my outfit looks like, I have a visible color that is either more orange, or blue, or more green, and so it’s quite versatile.

This pocket square is another favorite of mine. It’s a light blue with small paisley prints in white, brown, and dark blue. It goes with a lot of things especially with blazers, business outfits, as well as brown tones.

Blue & yellow paisley pocket square

Blue & yellow paisley pocket square

This blue paisley pocket square is a little louder, has yellow tones aqnd it’s a nice classic paisley print.

Next up is a different kind of blue with greenish printed rabbits that are based on old tapestries. It’s that same silk-wool blend that I like so much because you can pair it with business suits, as well as tweed sport coats, and it will always look debonair but not shiny and cheap.

Darker colored pocket squares with white edges

Darker colored pocket squares with white edges

Just like with the white linen pocket squares with the colored edges, you can find the reverse. A darker base color with a white edge and I sometimes like combining this one especially if I have a more summery suit. Ideally, you do this with a lighter jacket, otherwise, it just doesn’t look as good on darker jackets.

Linen paisley pocket square

Linen paisley pocket square

Here is another linen paisley print one which I wear in a puff hold which is unusual because usually, linen is crisper and it’s more suited to a crown fold.

If you’re a friend of subdued colors, you will like this one. It’s a dark navy one with blue polka dots, it’s another wool challis and because of that, the size is smaller. The wool challis is simply thicker and so it needs a smaller size. Traditionally, pocket squares are cut so they yield the most number of pocket squares per width of the fabric, however, I realized that that doesn’t always lead to pocket squares that are ideal for your chest pocket. So all of the pocket squares you can find in our shop are sized exactly for a regular men’s chest pocket so they look the best and even if that means we’re wasting some fabric, we still do it because ultimately, the pocket square is about how you look and not about how many pockets squares I can cut from a piece of fabric. Interestingly, that is not often talked about but I was sick and tired of super large linen pocket squares that just bulged up in my chest pocket so I decided I needed to size those down. The silk ones, on the other hand, are thinner so they need to be bigger. Wool challis needs to be even smaller and so with every fabric, we try to get the size exactly right.

Christian Dior Pocket Square

Christian Dior Pocket Square

This pocket square I bought early on, it’s kind of a very dark navy from Christian Dior with some printed motifs. I wear it very rarely because it’s so dark and it only goes with lighter jackets.

Here’s another rabbit motif pocket square in navy with more yellow rabbits very similar to the other ones.

Sometimes the contrast white edge is too hard so here is a light grey that’s a little more muted. I like to wear it with for example a petrol blue jacket.

Teal and mustard yellow pocket square

Teal and mustard yellow pocket square

This pocket square has interesting colors in teal and mustard yellow. It’s definitely a vintage piece and sometimes it’s nice to have something that is different than a modern one because the color palette is just different and makes your whole outfit unique.

If you’re looking for a blue classic staple pocket square, I’d say this is it because it has a slightly off-white polka dot on a simple navy. It’s wool challis so it doesn’t wrinkle, perfect when you travel and it’s just an all-time classic that will never go out of style.

Fort Belvedere prototype pocket square with an open weave

Fort Belvedere prototype pocket square with an open weave

This is an interesting pocket square; it has an open weave, it’s kind of a prototype we looked into but I didn’t quite like the feel of it and rather I’m looking into some linen ones right now so, stay tuned.

Purple and yellow pocket square

Purple and yellow pocket square

Here’s an interesting pocket square with tones of purple and yellow. It’s surprisingly versatile and I wear it sometimes when I want some typical checks in my outfit, works well with solid jackets.

When it comes to white and off-white you can probably have 30 different shades. When it comes to blue, you can have all kinds of different shades so because of that, we added some pocket squares in different blues with different hues. I also have other ones that add a little more texture with a twisted yarn so you get more color flecks. Overall, I think you can hardly ever have enough blue pocket squares.

Pocket square with orange edges

Pocket square with orange edges

This pocket square here is rather loud but I distinctly remember buying it in 2005 while I was doing an internship in Frankfurt, Germany. At the time, my style was louder and bolder and so I thought this was quite a good investment, turns out, I hardly ever wear this pocket square anymore simply because it’s too loud

Instead, I now wear a pocket square like this one above, again silk wool fabric that picks up tones with purple, brown, green, and off-white. It’s much easier to combine with your outfits, it always looks debonair.

Brown & blue paisley pocket square

Brown & blue paisley pocket square

This is an interesting square here with brown tones and blue. Two colors which are very dominant in menswear and so having those two combined in the pocket square is always advantageous because you have brown shoes or maybe a blue suit, or a blue shirt, and it will always look harmonious.

For summer, I really like this kind of light blue linen fabric with a contrast yellow X stitch. Works particularly well with all kinds of yellow ties, for example, yellow knit ties.

Light blue pocket square with red edges

Light blue pocket square with red edges

Some other good combinations are red and light blue. Again, red is very dominant in menswear and so is blue, so having them both together in a pocket square makes it pretty easy to combine things.

Red Pocket Squares

This one has the same rabbits you could see before.

Red Prince Of Wales check pocket square

Red Prince Of Wales check pocket square

This one is quite interesting, it has a Prince of Wales check or a Glen check pattern with a contrast edge and kind of a silver gray. I found that I wear this one a lot particularly with solid jackets in gray, or a navy, so I’ll try to reproduce it so we can offer it to you in the shop.

Vintage red pocketsquare with bronze & blue tones

Vintage red pocket square with bronze & blue tones

This one here is a classic dark red pocket square that I found vintage. It has this kind of bronze tone that is rich with some blue in there and I just like to combine it with madder silk ties or bow ties because it has darker muted yet rich colors.

Wine Red, Yellow,Blue, Green, Orange Silk Wool Medallion Pocket Square - Fort Belvedere

Wine Red, Yellow,Blue, Green, Orange Silk Wool Medallion Pocket Square – Fort Belvedere

Another great pocket square in the same pattern as the turquoise teal one is this one in red. It picks up the same color tones but it’s slightly different when you fold it and again, I like to travel with it because it enables me to create very classic combinations that are easy to combine.

Red, green, blue paisley pocket square

Red, green, blue paisley pocket square

This is an older Fort Belvedere pocket square that we initially used to sell we currently don’t have it in stock. Maybe I’ll reprint it at some point in time. I liked it because the red was a little stronger yet there were green and blue tones in it and so it was easy to combine. Overall, I think it was a little small so the next iteration will be a little bigger.

Bright red pocket square with white contrasting edges

Bright red pocket square with white contrasting edges

This is a pocket square I bought years ago. It hasa white edge, it’s a bright red, it’s linen, but it is a little too bright for my taste now so I hardly wear it at all anymore unless I have a very muted outfit.

Polo Ralph Lauren polka dots pocket square

Polo Ralph Lauren polka dots pocket square

This one, on the other hand, is a really nice pocket square. It has exactly the right tone which is like a deep burgundy with off white polka dots. I think it’s from Ralph Lauren but you can find them in many places and I’ll definitely want to add one of those to our collection because it’s a real good staple to have.

Orange Pocket Squares

A really underrated color for pocket squares is orange and orange is underrated in menswear, in general.

Orange herringbone pocket square

Orange herringbone pocket square

For example, here we have kind of an orange white herringbone that is a little more reddish. It works well with fresco jackets or any kind of solid jacket where you want to add a little more texture to the outfit.

We also have these three different orange linen pocket squares with different contrast edges from Fort Belvedere which are very easy to combine in the summer because it’s a warm color, it’s contrasting, and it’s different than red.

For fall/winter, having orange and green such as in this wool challis pocket square with polka dots from Fort Belvedere is really great.

I also like this kind of salmon orange toned one which is very similar to the blue one we saw before but with different colors so it works well in a different context. Big fan of it during the fall-winter season.

Probably the most versatile orange pocket square I own is this one. It’s the same pattern as the red one or the turquoise blue one. Silk wool blend, different colors, works with business suits, casual garments, sport garments, it’s just wonderful.

 

 

Yellow Pocket Squares

Other than orange, I’m a big fan of yellow pocket squares because they’re soft, warm, but they’re not quite as harsh as white.

Buff yellow pocket square

Buff yellow pocket square

This one here comes in a color that’s also known as buff which is a soft yellow with a hint of beige mixed with some red and black and they work well with madder silk ties.

This mustard yellow pocket square with brown accents from Fort Belvedere is really nice during the summer because it’s very rich and almost like a Sunflower.

This one is very perfect to combine with all kinds of casual garments. I don’t like it as much with suits because it’s too clashing but with any type of brown or green tones, it works really well.

I found these yellow linen fabric that I knew would look phenomenal with the contrasting yellow X stitch and so we added it to our shop. It’s a perfect size, this is among my number one choices of yellow pocket squares in the summer.

Now apart from those color palettes, I also have a bunch of different ones which I can’t just group so I just want to walk you through them one by one.

Brown with blue contrast edge pocket square

Brown with blue contrast edge pocket square

First, this kind of a beige one with a blue contrast edge. It works well with any kind of brown and blue, very easy to combine. Unfortunately, it’s cotton so it does not wrinkle as nicely.

So with this one here, you get it in linen with the blue X stitch. Another one of my favorites.

Burnt pale brown pocket square

Burnt pale brown pocket square

If you like paisley patterns, you probably like this. It’s kind of a burnt pale brown with a very soft off cream tone and it’s just very nice. We used to sell them years ago, we may add it to our program again, we’ll see.

This printed English silk pocket square has nice tones of blue and brown. Again, combinations which make them very easy to combine.

Orange brown with purple dots pocket square

Orange brown with purple dots pocket square

This one I thought was a cool color combination because it has this kind of orange brown with purple dots that are rather bold, so if you have a tie with finer stripes, it works quite well to balance the scale and the size of patterns.

Brown vintage fabric pocket square

Brown vintage fabric pocket square

This one here is an interesting vintage fabric I came across that we sold out of. It had threads of orange in it so it was a very rich. We also made ties out of it, of course, I would never combine them together.

Another great pocket square is a madder silk one here from Fort Belvedere in brown with tones of bronze, gold, blue, red. You can always tell it’s madder silk if you look at the back because you can see the color of the dye and discharge. It has this kind of blue tone which is very characteristic of the madder silk. It takes a lot more steps and is a lot more complicated to print and because of that, madder silk is more expensive than regular silk.

In that same vein, we have this kind of brown, orange, and green pocket square. Again, it’s a madder silk pocket square and you can see it in the back.

This pocket square is also from Fort Belvedere with green tones and very bright oranges. I always try to only have a little peek of the orange pop out, otherwise, it’s too overwhelming for my personal taste but some people like it louder.

Cashmere green pocket square prototype

Cashmere green pocket square prototype

Here’s an interesting pocket square, it was kind of a prototype we did. It’s a cashmere pocket square with a slight pattern. I found that it just doesn’t look quite right in the pocket and it was a little too soft which is why we never brought it into production. This color is also too bright and I don’t find any use for it.

Green pocket square in green with purple dots and edge

Green pocket square in green with purple dots and edge

Instead, I like more muted greens such as this one with purple dots, easy to combine yet different.

Ralph Lauren purple label pocket square

Ralph Lauren purple label pocket square

This pocket square is from Ralph Lauren purple label. It has a very chalky and musty feel almost like the very old madder silks you could find. It’s almost like a washed effect and it works with lighter jackets when you want something that’s contrasting that is not too over the top

Another great versatile pocket square is this one here with tones of blue, green, red, and brown, makes it easy to combine with all kinds of things without being boring.

If you like a bit more classic, this Macclesfield neats print is the way to go.

Floral linen pocket square

Floral linen pocket square

This is a sample pocket square in green. It has the same kind of print, the same kind of color scheme, just printed on linen which is really nice for summer because it wrinkles differently and it stands up in a different way.

Here we experimented with an olive green and purple edge. I don’t wear it as often but it’s very unique and if you want something different, this could be it.

Green dotted pocket square

Green dotted pocket square

Here’s a pocket square that I found and liked because of the dot spacing. It’s very wide and that’s something you don’t usually see so I thought it was a good idea to pick it up so we could create our own dots and the pattern. The color is a little too bright for me but again, it’s nice to have different options in your wardrobe.

Here’s another purple pocket square from Fort Belvedere, fun during the summer.

Madder silk purple and brown pocket square

Madder silk purple and brown pocket square

This one is one of my favorite purple ones. Again, it’s madder silk with the backside that you can see on the front. It has colors of orange, rust, bronze, and maybe green, makes it easy to put together an outfit in a very sophisticated way.

Here’s an interesting pocket square with a base of black or charcoal, which is not something I usually wear, but when you fold the pocket square, you see the center medallion and it doesn’t look black at all. You can also fold it so you just see the edges or just the black, so it’s like three pocket squares in one.

Brioni brown paisley pocket square

Brioni brown paisley pocket square

This is a very old pocket square from Brioni. I always liked the pattern, it was an all-over brown Paisley.

Fine rib silk purple pocket square

Fine rib silk purple pocket square

Here is one of the first pocket squares I bought. It has kind of a fine rib silk pocket square in solid purple. I wore it with a tuxedo and I think that’s pretty much the only way I still want to wear it because it’s quite bright and the shine is only appropriate for evening occasions, so keep that in mind. If you get shiny silk, it looks oftentimes cheap and you can only wear it in the evening where the sparkle of the light really makes sense.

Mustard, green, purple pocket square

Mustard, green, purple pocket square

Here is another cool pocket square that I came across and I really liked the color combinations of the mustard, green, and purple tones. It is sometimes hard to combine or to conceptualize them, so whenever I come across something that I like, I pick it up so we can play with it and maybe make it into a different pattern. Because at the end of the day, having different pocket squares and different colors makes it really easy to create a different unique looking outfit on a day to day basis.

So here is a silk pocket square, it’s not quite as shiny. Yes, it has some shine but it’s not as shiny as the purple one I showed you before. Also, it’s in yellow with boldly printed motifs in red and blue, as well as green, and I like to wear it sometimes without a necktie or a bowtie because it’s bold on its own.

This one here’s a pocket square that we offer in our shop. It’s quite bright and honestly, it turned out too bright for my taste. I thought it was darker and more muted but some people really like that color and so we’re still carrying it.

Instead, I would go with an orange like this which is kind of golden and you can mix it with yellow tones, with orange tones, it has the blue, green, and white paisley printed on it, as well as black. Makes it easy to combine and it and always looks phenomenal especially with like navy or blue jackets.

A pocket square color that is really underrated is this kind of copperish bronze. It’s a madder silk with a kind of green and red printed pattern, it is oversized. It’s just fun to combine, it works with all kinds of brown tones, as well as fresco jackets, and you can even pull it off with businesswear. It’s just not a color you typically see in menswear and I think it’s super underrated. So if you want something special, consider a bronze or copper bronze pocket square.

For the summer, I also like these large oversized paisleys in kind of summery and lighter colors.

Hermes pocket square

Hermes pocket square

Some people also like the color pink. Now I’m not a huge fan of pink in menswear but I still do have some pocket squares. This one is a printed one from Hermes, it has kind of a basket weave pattern on it with blue and yellow elements. Honestly, it’s quite bold and so I hardly ever wear it.

Pink pocket squares

Pink pocket squares

I also have different pink cotton pocket squares in different shades. They are cotton and very thin so I only wear them in a crown fold when I want to just have a slight accent in a pink color which is rarely the case for me.

Pink pocket square with white contrast edge

Pink pocket square with white contrast edge

I also have this linen one with a white contrast edge which is not something I wear too often, however, if you’re into pink shirts, having pink pocket squares is definitely a good way to put together an outfit.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you. I didn’t quite show you every single one I had but overall, you get the gist, you get the color combinations, and to learn how to fold pocket squares and how to combine them, please check out these videos.

What are your favorite pocket squares? What do you think of my collection?


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Toiletpaper’s Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari Partner with Maison Kitsuné for Capsule Collection

COMPLETELY SURREAL: Toiletpaper’s cofounders Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Perpaolo Ferrari have extended their surrealistic influence through a new collaboration with Maison Kitsuné.
Meant to challenge the limits of fashion as art, Toiletpaper’s bright and racy images have been splashed onto T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, iPhone cases and tote bags. Available as of Saturday in Maison Kitsuné’s New York store, the 15-piece collection is a second act, The first directional capsule collection between both parties debuted in Tokyo. An image of a fluffy white cat surrounded by white mice has been stamped on a smartphone case, and a close-up of a tongue covered with red, white and blue toothpaste decorates a tote bag. Retail prices range from $ 45 to $ 630 for the new genderless designs.
As the evocative name of their magazine suggests, Cattelan and Ferrari are known for pushing boundaries through their artistic and commercial enterprises. Their black humor is evident in Toiletpaper’s collection of plates, mugs, tablecloths, teapots, soaps, umbrellas and other items for the Italian design company Seletti. A plunger, for example, is among the unexpected imagery they have used for that collaboration. Ferrari has shot a few seasonal campaigns for Maison Kitsuné in the past. Earlier this year the design duo

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Anna Sui to Launch Ath-leisure Collection, Anna Sui Active

SPORTY SUI–Prints-loving designer Anna Sui is working on an ath-leisure collection that will debut in China before rolling out in the rest of Asia and globally.
The American designer revealed the plans while on stage speaking at WWD’s CEO Summit held in Xian, China last week, saying she wants to imbue the products with an “empowering yet feminine” plus “good girl/bad girl” attitude.

While the ath-leisure wear market is not wanting for new labels, Sui believes that her dreamy signature will provide something fresh compared to the Lululemons or Lorna Janes of the world.
The products “will mix top performance fabrics with the newest garment technology, so it would be interesting to see how the nostalgic Anna Sui image mixes with modern activewear styles,” Sui said. “We want to bring something different into the activewear space.” 
The brand is aiming for a spring 2019 launch for the collection which will encompass two lines: performance and lifestyle, but may start seeding and social interactions towards the end of this year. 
As to where Sui might wear her new designs herself, she said she personally is a fan of swimming and regularly works out with a trainer.
“The performance line is highly functional, covering yoga, fitness and running, and the

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Nine Must-Play Games from the New Mega Drive Classics Collection

This isn’t easy to say, but here goes. Of the 50-plus games featured on the new Mega Drive Classics collection, released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 29, only a handful of them possess any appeal for the modern player. Yeeouch. That hurts.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. Even with some glaring omissions (no After Burner, Out Run or Sonic 3, really?), the set pulses with nostalgic charm, with each of its selections as crisp as they’ve ever looked, and now with the bonus of rewind and quick-save features to ease you through some of the more testing options.

But the Mega Drive’s 30 years old, having originally released in Japan in October 1988, and the UK in 1990. It’s ancient history to younger gamers, who cut their teeth not on side-scrolling platformers, but the 3D worlds made possible by the PlayStation 2, or later consoles.

People who never blew on a cartridge, or understood what Game Genie or Mean Machines meant, or called a hints line while their parents were out at Asda. Damn, the internet ruined everything.

As a result of its age, the Classics collection can look flat, basic, dull even. And, with some of the games, that’s hard to argue with. However, there are titles here that anyone who appreciates the gaming medium needs to spend some time with – because of their historical significance, their role in the Mega Drive’s great 1990s success, their legacy, or simply because they’re amongst the minority and still rule today.

Which is to say, at the risk of stating the obvious, “must play” really doesn’t mean “best of”, with this little list.

ALTERED BEAST


It may be a bit crap, but its an undeniably important game.

First released into arcades in 1988, this shape-shifting, side-scrolling beat ‘em up was the first game that many a new Mega Drive owner played on the console, by virtue of it being the system’s pack-in title for Christmas 1990. Your character punches all manner of gruesome enemies into chunks, collecting dropped spirit orbs (“power up!”) – and upon retrieving three, he transforms into a powerful beast, just in time for the end-of-level boss.

Altered Beast is a hopelessly one-note game that really hasn’t stood up to the test of time, its five stages beatable in 15 minutes – but its place in Sega’s 16-bit history is indelible.

ALEX KIDD IN THE ENCHANTED CASTLE


Alex Kidd is a much needed reminder that retro platforms can be mind-numbingly awful.

Sega’s unofficial mascot before they felt forced to formalise one, in an attempt to do precisely what Nintendid(heh), Alex Kidd was the star of five platformers for the 8-bit Master System, but just the one on the Mega Drive. Enchanted Castle was a 1990 launch title for the system in the UK but felt tremendously dated even then, with imprecise leaping and landing, questionable punch connection and one-hit-kills, and a rock-paper-scissors battle mechanic that meant successful progress was more about luck than skill.

It’s awful, not quite a nadir of Sega’s first-party output of the time but certainly close to it. But play Enchanted Castle today and you’ll immediately understand just how behind the Super Mario series Sega’s equivalent genre efforts were. That had to change.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2


While Super Mario World may be the defining platformer of the 16 bit era, Sonic 2 shows exactly why the blue hedgehog is still so beloved today.

Sonic was born of an internal challenge at Sega to devise a proper company mascot. Top brass settled on a hedgehog, initially called Mr Needlemouse before becoming the Sonic we saw in 1991’s first game. Sonic the Hedgehog swiftly replaced Altered Beast as the Mega Drive’s bundled title, and strong reviews and splendid (ultimately platform-best) sales encouraged Sega to develop a sequel. And the stops were well and truly pulled out.

1992’s Sonic 2 introduced a second playable character in “Tails”, and a new spin-dash ability that radically improved Sonic’s movement. It brought spectacular imagination to the speedy platformer’s level designs, and cranked up the quality of the visuals and music. It stands today as the best 2D Sonic game of all time – which makes it the best Sonic game of all time, full stop. If you grew up with Sega’s mid-00s output, and thus came to distrust anything with Sonic on it, Sonic 2 will show you that, once upon a time, he ruled the platforming market.

GUNSTAR HEROES


If you're looking for an old school sch'mup classic, then this blocky blastahon is just the ticket.

Treasure’s reputation as multi-platform shooter developers par excellence is well earned, through releases like Sin & PunishmentRadiant Silvergun and Ikaruga(released for Switch on May 29). The Tokyo-based studio, founded by former Konami employees, began by making games exclusively for Sega – and four of them appear on Classics. Alien Soldier is a gorgeous but punishing shooter that’ll have you screaming at your screen; Dynamite Headdya still-fresh-feeling, hyper-colourful platformer; and Light Crusader an isometric action-RPG that has its ambition torpedoed by its awkward perspective.

The jewel is Treasure’s debut title, Gunstar Heroes, a blisteringly fast arcade run-and-gunner – think Konami’s Contra, turned up way past 11 – that never gives the player a moment to catch their breath. It’s bright and bold, its music atmospheric and dramatic, and Gunstar’s challenge is significant without reaching Alien Soldier heights of Oh I Give Up. Just a beautiful retro wonder, and a vital play from this Classics set. And in what other game, ever, would you receive the notification: “Warning! Danger Ahead: Melon Bread!” Brilliant.

TOEJAM & EARL


If you fancy a story-driven laugh a minute co-op adventure, this 90s classic still holds up surprisingly well.

There’s just something so wonderfully 1990s about ToeJam & Earl, that playing it in 2018 is a dizzying time warp to when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was on after school, and Saturday morning kids TV was still a thing, all high-contrast graphics and “fresh” musical beats. A curious concoction of gentle-paced exploration and combat-less action – it’s mostly a case of avoiding enemies than engaging them – ToeJam & Earl shines as a couch co-op experience, the two titular alien protagonists exchanging jokes and quips when both in play.

Something of a cult hit for the Mega Drive, this is one for when you’ve a mate over, and some suitably of-the-time refreshments on hand, like Chewits and Carling Black Label.

STORY OF THOR/ BEYOND OASIS


The Mega Drive may have lacked the big Square-developed RPGs that helped make the SNES a hit, but Beyond Oasis is one of SEGA's forgotten role playing classics.

Nintendo had the Zelda series, and a string of superb (pre-Enix merge) Square-produced titles, like Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI, making the SNES the preferable 16-bit system for role-playing gamers. But the Mega Drive wasn’t without a few RPG gems. Collected on Classics are three Phantasy Star games, three from Sega’s Shining series, the isometric adventures Land Stalker and Light Crusader, and the multi-perspective Sword of Vermillion.

But the most accessible RPG on Sega’s new set has to be Story of Thor– or Beyond Oasis, as it was known in the US. Its big, colourful sprites have it standing out beside its duller-palette platform-mates, and the consistent top-down viewpoint will make Zelda fans feel at home, likewise its dungeon puzzles and limited-use weapons like arrows and bombs. The score by Yuzo Koshiro, alternatingly enchanting and ominous, is the cherry on the cake.

STREETS OF RAGE 2


This game is hailed as a classic for a reason and its still great fun today.

Speaking of Koshiro, it’s the composer’s incredibly evergreen work on Streets of Rage 2 that elevate a perfectly serviceable arcade brawler into a genuine classic, worth every reissue it receives. Its gameplay and plot may be elementary – walk from left to right, beat up all the goons, rescue your captured pal – but such is the slickness with which Streets of Rage 2was realised, that it is that rare 16-bit Sega game that feels as good to play now as it did in the early 1990s.

Like Story of Thor, its characters and NPCs are chunky and colourful; there’s a lot of fun being had with the level designs, ranging from theme park rides to underground wrestling arenas; and it’s perfectly beatable by beginners, which only adds to its wide appeal. And then there’s that music, an intoxicating blend of techno, funk and house, and the best the Mega Drive ever had.

RISTAR


Forget Sonic, Ristar is our BOI.

Arriving relatively late in the Mega Drive’s lifecycle, in early 1995, Ristar was a welcome reminder that Sega’s in-house Sonic Team division was capable of more than just pumping out games for its blue blur of a mascot. Another platformer, Ristar sees the titular character reach out with extendable arms to grab both the environment, for traversal, and enemies, for a deft KO-ing head-butt. It lacks the speed of Sonic but makes up for that with a greater emphasis on strategy across each stage – and, for many critics with the benefit of hindsight, it’s actually a better game than most 16-bit Sonics.

Ristar pushes its parent hardware, looking like a next-gen title in comparison to Alex Kidd and Altered Beast – but with Sega’s Saturn (and Sony’s PlayStation) already out in Japan at the time of its release, and imminent in the US and Europe, it was a game doomed to period irrelevance, as consumers looked to move onto emerging 32-bit hardware.

VIRTUA FIGHTER 2


The Mega Drive’s attempts at 3D were uh… ambitious.

Sega’s collapse as a hardware force can be attributed to many things, and we’re not about to dig into all of that here. But there can be no doubt that the company failed to move on from the Mega Drive as quickly as it should, and as a result found itself having to support too many consoles at the same time. When the 3D arcade hit Virtua Fighter 2 arrived on the Mega Drive in 1996, as a 2D Street Fighter-like affair stripped of its polygon visuals, Sega was still putting out games for the handheld Game Gear and its newer Saturn console, as well as the 32X and its edutainment platform, the Pico.

The company was spread way too thin, and you can positively feel that pressure in the Mega Drive’s Virtua Fighter 2, a muddy, imprecise, unrewarding take on what had been an acclaimed title. The game had no right being on a 16-bit system, and its place on 2018’s Classics is more a hands-up acknowledgement of the Mega Drive’s death knell than an attempt to position it as a fighter worth playing again in the here and now.

If you want a retro game in this style, that remains a joy today, stick to Street Fighter. If you want to see just how badly Sega had lost their way in the mid-1990s, though, fire this one up for just five minutes. And then never, ever, play it again.

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MAC Cosmetics Releasing Aaliyah Line for its Upcoming Collection

The beauty business is booming. It seems that every celebrity is getting their own makeup brand, even the deceased. At the request of the fans, MAC Cosmetics is bringing Aaliyah’s brand back to life with a new collection, and they are keeping the name under wraps until the big reveal June 20 online and in stores on June 21.

This comes on the heels of another celeb who has passed on: Latin singer/songwriter Selena. Her collection, which did extremely well for the brand, selling out in the first 24 hours of being released, is now retailing online from third-party platforms like eBay for as much as $ 600. MAC said it was the best-selling celebrity collection in cosmetic history.

Currently, Aaliyah’s line boasts what the brand feels to be her signature lip shade in a bold red; a deep, almost burgundy lip glass; and a bronzing powder that’s filled with shimmer and sparkle. Over 300,000 fans have liked the social media posts since MAC shared the images and news about the release earlier this week so we anticipate that sales will move fast.

MAC Cosmetics, Aaliyah Collection (Image: Mac Cosmetics, Instagram)

Aaliyah Collection (Image: Mac Cosmetics, Instagram)

 

The question then remains, is beauty the real business for the female celebrity? Having a makeup line has become a staple moneymaker for artists like Rihanna, personality Kim Kardashian West and her little sister Kylie Jenner. Rihanna’s debut line, Fenty, grossed over $ 72 million in its first month out, and Kim K.’s KKW Beauty netted her $ 14 million upon release, selling out in less than three hours. Jenner didn’t do badly either, grossing over $ 420 million in sales in only 18 months.

 

 

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The Untangled Collection | New Release By Bureo and Costa Sunglasses

Bureo and Costa Sunglasses have joined forced to incorporate recycled fishing net into a new line of responsible sunglasses. Four new styles feature Costa’s patented 580 polarized lens technology.

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The Untangled Collection | New Release By Bureo and Costa Sunglasses

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The Untangled Collection frames are constructed from 100% recycled fishing nets and are fit with mineral glass lenses, avoiding the use of any new plastic materials and providing superior lens clarity and durability.

Providing a tangible solution to prevent the most harmful for of ocean pollution, Bureo’s new partnership with Costa further supports the expansion and replication of their recycling program.

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The livestream for Dior’s Cruise 2019 runway show — set in Chantilly, France, about 30 miles from Paris — began over 45 minutes late, and as soon as the runway scene appeared on screen, it became clear why. The open-air venue was set inside the stables at Domaine de Chantilly, an historic …

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Birkenstock and Berlin Porcelain Maker KPM Join Forces on Limited-Edition Sandal Collection

Strange Bedfellows: On the heels of its most recent collaboration with Rick Owens as well as this year’s assorted Birkenstock Box cooperations with retailers the world over, the footwear maker has tapped a somewhat unlikely royal partner for the latest take on the brand’s iconic Arizona and Gizeh cork footbed sandals: KPM Berlin.
Founded in 1763 and thus 11 years older than Birkenstock, the highly respected Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur provided its Kurland Royal Noir pattern as well as a signature porcelain inset for the limited-edition Birkenstock x KPM. There are four models in all, the Arizona and Gizeh in black-on-black embossed leather, and both models in a black and gold Royal Noir print. Limited to 300 pieces per style, the sandals are available exclusively at Berlin’s leading premium department store KaDeWe through June 9, as well as online at birkenstock.com for 280 euros a pop. For those who’d like to wear their Birkenstocks and have a matching cup of coffee, too, a large-sized KPM Kurland Royal Noir cup and saucer will set one back 1,190 euros.
The special edition was feted Thursday night with a cocktail reception at the third-floor Birkenstock X KPM pop-up shop at KaDeWe, which featured the Birkenstock sandals, items from

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Paul Smith Collaborates on Eyewear Collection With Cutler and Gross

PAIRING UP: Paul Smith’s most recent eyewear collaboration is a tribute to his close friend Tony Gross, the co-founder of Cutler and Gross who died in March. It will debut during the designer’s spring-summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week.
It is the latest in a series of eyewear collaborations that Smith has done, which includes ones with Oliver Peoples and Oakley. “I’ve always had enormous admiration for Cutler and Gross. Before we sadly lost him this year, Tony Gross was a personal friend of mine,” said Smith.
The unisex, limited-edition frames come in eight color options such as purple, tortoiseshell and classic black. The sunglasses will retail at 300 pounds and be available for purchase immediately following the show.
The sleek, square frames were produced by hand at Cutler and Gross’ Italian factory, and the design reflects both brands. “They have been designed to symbolize the meeting of both brands’ DNA, based on the same love of handcrafted, thoughtful design,” said Marie Wilkinson, creative director of Cutler and Gross.

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Sven Raphael Schneider’s Boot Collection

In the past, I already discussed my cufflink, as well as my shoe collection, so if you’re interested in those, please check them out. Stay tuned for more videos about my closet and my wardrobe.

The first boot in my collection is this black one that is kind of an oxford balmoral boot. It has a Vibram rubber sole for better traction even though it’s Goodyear welted as well as a lambskin lining that keeps my feet warm during the cold Minnesota winters. It’s actually made by Shoe Passion which is a German company but the shoe itself was produced in Spain. In Britain, you mostly find leather lined boots and I always found that they’re way too cold for winters with lots of snow and low temperatures such as in the Midwest.

black balmoral boots with dark grey socks with houndstooth trousers

black balmoral boots with dark grey socks with houndstooth trousers

The next boot is likewise black but slightly different. It’s more elegant, it has a leather sole and a cap toe, as well as a balmoral boot style with an insert in a contrasting black suede. It’s definitely something you would find in a shoe that was worn with a stroller suit or morning wear back in the 20s and 30s and today, you can also wear it with like a business suit, for example. To break up the black monotony, I added some gray contrasting boot laces from Fort Belvedere. Usually, I wear those with my cashmere striped trousers either for a stroller ensemble or a morning coat.

Black and off white button boots with striped trousers

Black and off white button boots with striped trousers

The next boot is likewise perfect for morning wear. It is Goodyear welted by hand, it’s a prototype from Fort Belvedere, it’s a button boot and ten years ago, those boots weren’t around. Now, you can see they’re more popular in Japan and more people wear them with suits. Traditionally, they were worn with the cashmere striped trousers and because the outfit was usually a mix of white, black, and grey, this a two-tone effect really helped.

Dark brown chelsea boots with Light Brown and Blue Shadow Stripe Ribbed Socks by Fort Belvedere with glen plaid trousers

Dark brown Chelsea boots with Light Brown and Blue Shadow Stripe Ribbed Socks by Fort Belvedere with glen plaid trousers

This is a Chelsea boot which is an all-time classic with the rubber elastic. It’s a contrasting kind of blueish purple which makes the boots stand out, otherwise, it’s a very dark chocolate brown color and in Italian I I think it’s called testa di moro and it’s nice because from afar, it may almost seem like a black shoe yet you can also wear it with outfits that usually call for brown shoes. It has a
medallion cap toe as well as rubber soles so it’s good for wet fall days.

Dalton boots from Allen Edmonds with Off White Fort Belvedere Boot laces with Cords

Dalton boots from Allen Edmonds with Off White Fort Belvedere Boot laces with Cords

Next up is the Dalton boot from Allen Edmonds in horween cordovan. Its oxblood, it has this open lacing system which makes it easy to get inside of the boot, it’s a relatively tall height for a dress boot and the cordovan ages in a different way than calf leather does and again, we’re preparing for our shoe shine series. To spice up the look, I added a pair of boot laces from Fort Belvedere. I think there are not many places out there where you can find long boot laces in all kinds of different colors. Again, Goodyear welted made in Port Washington Wisconsin by Allen Edmonds.

Now, this Scotch grain boot in brown by Allen Edmonds is also made for the winter. It has kind of a sheepskin lining but only on the side and on the top upper, not at the insole which is quite funny because then your foot gets cold from the bottom and it’s kept warm from the other side so I like the all fur lined version from Shoe Passion more. That being said, it’s kind of a pigment coated Scotch grain pattern which works well in the winter because it’s quite water resistant, it has some hooks here at the top, and it has a rubber sole, and it’s a good shoe when it’s not super cold outside.

brown jodhpur boots with navy blue trousers

Brown jodhpur boots with navy blue trousers

Next up is a jodhpur boot which has an Indian heritage, comes from polo fields. It’s a nice medium brown, very elegant, very clean lines, it’s closed with a strap that goes all around. It’s a very good shoe, I’ve liked wearing it, it has likewise a rubber sole so it’s good for fall days and it works with all kinds of chinos, khakis, anything where you otherwise wear brown shoes with. It is made in Italy, blake rapid stitch by Scarosso.

Brown work boots with denim jeans

Brown work boots with denim jeans

Next up is this kind of work boot style made of oil leather. It’s a true work boot for work outside and it has this wide rubber sole. It’s usually typical from Red Wing, I think this model here is from Thorogood which basically has the same properties as Red Wing but you pay less for the marketing and it’s less expensive.

Next up is a suede boot and quite an elegant last. I like it quite a bit. The suede is in a nice rich brown I think the brand is called Armin Oehler, it’s a German brand but I think they’re made in Asia, Goodyear welted and I enjoy wearing it, not so tall, more of a chukka boot style.

St. Crispin's Chukka Boots with leather sole & lining

St. Crispin’s Chukka Boots with leather sole & lining

Here is another jodhpur type boot from St. Crispin. It has a different cut, it is hand Goodyear welted in Romania. It’s a custom shoe, you can see it has very fine stitching and I’ve had it for a long time it has served me well.

Here’s a pair of vintage Morlands from England they have a lambskin lining all over which is quite nice. They’re not super tall so I wear this boot a lot during the winter. It’s definitely not the best shape but we still have winter and snow outside.

Tan Wingtip Lace-Up Derby Boot with Blue Grey Boot Laces Round Waxed Cotton - by Fort Belvedere with black corduroy trousers

Country boot with Blue Grey Boot Laces Round Waxed Cotton – by Fort Belvedere with black corduroy trousers

This is a nice typical English country boot in orangey tan color. It feels very sturdy, has a double sole so it’s very thick but just a leather lining so it’s good if you’re in a countryside but not great if you live in a very cold climate. I like it for fall outfits, it’s very stiff and just a solid shoe with metal eyelets. I like to wear it with all sorts of tweeds and more casual outfits. Sometimes, even though with black corduroys and the tan provides a very nice contrast to them.

Blue suede boots with Glen plaid trousers

Blue suede boots with Glen plaid trousers

Another more unusual boot is this blue one from Jamie Johnson which is a German brand. Honestly, I don’t quite know where the shoe was made. It’s Goodyear welted, it has a leather sole, and you can see there are some contrasting leather layers in between just to kind of make it different. Blue suede is not a very common color either and the lining I think is turquoise. Overall, it’s more of a statement shoe.

Sand Chukka boots with green corduroys and burgundy and sand stripes socks

Sand Chukka boots with green corduroys and burgundy and sand stripes socks

The next shoe here is a very interesting model. It’s from Allen Edmonds. I think it was a special edition made for mass drop. It has like an oiled sole that is rather soft, a nice English suede leather that is unlined like a true original kind of chukka or a desert boot. So if you like Clark’s, I would say this is the better version. It’s Goodyear welted in a nice sand color so I like to wear it at the end of the summer. It’s kind of a low-profile boot, there’s no support in the heel so it’s a very casual boot that can look quite nice with chinos or seersucker, for example.

 

 

What do you think of my boot collection? What types of boots do you like wearing?


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Aerin Lauder Fetes Williams Sonoma Collection in L.A. With Isla Fisher, Selma Blair

Aerin Lauder doesn’t make it to Los Angeles often, but the City of Angels is close to her heart. “I am very Palm Beach and East Hampton, but there is a side that I love about California and I never want to leave. When I come, I get so happy when I see the palm trees and there’s a wonderful sense of carefree, easy and friendly that you don’t really see in many other places,” she said.
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Advanced Men’s Shoe Collection

This is something a lot of subscribers have asked about and we’re happy to oblige. In my opinion, this should be the minimal shoe collection of every man out there! No, just kidding! Honestly, I have a lot of shoes and I got a lot of them for free sent by companies. If I had to buy each and every shoe, probably my collection would be a lot smaller.

Monk Straps

Herring Shoes Monk Shoe - burnished calf tan

Herring Shoes Monk Shoe – burnished calf tan

I have six pairs in my collection. The first one is a monk strap from Herring shoes, it’s Goodyear welted with a gold buckle, it goes well with brown and green outfits.

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

The second one is a hand grade from Crockett and Jones, it has broguing on it which is unusual, it’s a hand grade model which means it’s higher in quality and it has a silver buckle, could be worn casually and with a business suit.

The third one is a slightly darker tan with a 1/2 brogue medallion, it’s from Ace Marks, also with a silver buckle.

Dark brown double monks paired with OTC socks from Fort Belvedere

Dark brown double monks paired with OTC socks from Fort Belvedere

Now we’re talking double monks. This is a dark chocolate brown one with a cap toe from Shoe Passion, it’s Goodyear welted, I think made in Spain.

This black double monk strap from Ace Marks is blake rapid stitched with silver buckles and it goes well with outfits such as formal business suits that usually call for black oxfords.

Monkstrap Brandy Antique

Monkstrap Brandy Antique

The other monk strap is likewise from Ace Marks and has a nice oxblood or burgundy red color, likewise silver buckles, and I really like the last, it really works well for my foot and so I like to combine it with a lot of different outfits.

Black Oxford Shoes

 

This is the very first pair of black oxford I had in my collection and I still have it today. I bought it used, it was Church’s and at that time, it was a very high-end quality model. The cool part about it is that it has a linen lining rather than a leather lining. I always found that to be more comfortable than all leather. This shoe has been resold many times and reheeled and you can see the leather is a little more cracking simply because it has a lot of wear on it.

The next black oxford is likewise a cap toe, I had a rubber sole added for the rain, it’s from Cheaney which at the time was part of Church’s but it’s a very old shoe so it’s not the same Cheaney as you know today. Both the Church and the Cheaney were Goodyear welted and made in England.

This shoe here is made in Spain.  It’s a little more contemporary, it’s still a cap toe oxford but I’m wearing it with shoelaces from Fort Belvedere and you can see there’s a slightly different cut. I think it’s made by Andrew Lock.

Black Oxfords with navy trousers

Next up is a quarter brogue with just some broguing on the cap toe, it’s very subtle that makes it a little less formal. I think it’s a very nice business shoe, has a nice last, it’s made by Pediwear and Goodyear welt in England.

The next style I like quite a bit. It is a half brogue, meaning you have a cap toe with a full medallion brogue and you’ve broguing on the sides, but it’s not a full brogue which would be a wingtip on top. I used to have a full black wingtip in my collection but I never wore it because the broguing is too casual and the black is too formal and so I just donated it.

Wholecut Oxford Plain Toe Black Antique

Wholecut Oxford Plain Toe Black Antique

This one here is Blake rapid stitch made in LA by Ace Marks. This one here is a black whole cut from Ace Marks oxford last again blake rapid, made in Italy.

Non-Black Oxfords

 

First, this chocolate brown one. I think it was made by Loake, it is kind of an unusual style with a medallion on top but it’s not quite classic, yet it still works well with lots of outfits.

This is a Blake rapid shoe made in Italy by Ace Marks, it has a very nice patina, deep brown, hand burnished, but the last is slightly different. It’s a little round and not quite classic, a little more modern. Brown comes in thousands of different shades so I always try to get shoes that are slightly different because that enables me to create better outfits.

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

Hand burnished cap toe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

This half brogue Oxford is made in Italy by Ace marks, it’s blake rapid stitched and I like this kind of in-between chocolate brown and medium brown color.

This was the first Brown Oxford I had. It was likewise a Church’s with a linen lining and you can see, it’s quite beat-up and I rarely wear it anymore, maybe if the weather is really bad outside or if I get sentimental but I don’t want to give it up because it was the first brown oxford in my collection.

 

Next up is more of a quarter brogue in the front with some broguing on the sides. It’s from Beckett Simonon, I think it’s made in Portugal, Goodyear welted, it has a really nice last, the leather is quite hard so breaking them in takes a long time.

The next one is an unusual oxford in the sense that it is navy blue, it’s a spectator with gray inserts, I think it’s made in Spain by J Fitzpatrick.

White buckskin oxford shoes with Fort Belvedere Colored Shoelaces

White buckskin oxford shoes with Fort Belvedere Colored Shoelaces

This one is made out of white buckskin. It is a full brogue oxford but it works because it’s white and bright. I wear it with seersucker outfits and sometimes I change the color of the shoelaces depending on what tie I am wearing so it all goes quite well together. This one is from Shoe Passion and it was made in Spain.

 

This one here is also highly unusual it’s a dark forest green oxford full brogue from Scarosso, made in Italy, blake rapid construction, and I like it because it’s different and I can wear it especially with seersuckers or summery outfits for when I want to create an interesting contrast that is dark yet unusual.

Derby Shoes

Allen Edmonds Derby Shoes with Orange Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere - Before & After

Allen Edmonds Derby Shoes with Orange Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere – Before & After

I don’t have a single black one in my collection. Instead, I have a dark chocolate brown one here from Allen Edmonds, it’s a long wing tip, a nice chocolate brown, I think it’s German leather, made by Allen Edmonds. It was their presidential line which was a higher grade than their regular shoes. I combine them with a pair of shoelaces from Fort Belvedere.

St. Crispin Derby with Light Grey Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere Before & After

St. Crispin Derby with Light Grey Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere Before & After

Next up is a pair of chocolate deer suede shoes from Saint Crispin’s, they were custom made, and I put in some colored shoelaces because it works well with the brown tones. I had this shoe in my collection for a very long time and it has traveled many times.

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton - Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton – Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

Here, you can probably see one of the most versatile colors in menswear which is an oxblood shoe or dark burgundy, this one is Goodyear welted, made in Spain, but the last is quite long and elegant, more like what you would expect from a French shoe. I think the brand is Union Cobbler.

suit slacks in mid-brown with split toe derbys

suit slacks in mid-brown with split toe derbys

This is a brown Norwegian toe welt shoe from Mannina in Florence, made in Italy, and I bought it many years ago. It’s kind of a medium brown and it works with a lot of things.

Next up is a full brogue in a medium brown, hand burnished from Ace Marks, blake rapid stitch, made in Italy. I like it because the patina and the last works well for my foot.

This shoe is a little more unusual, it has kind of a woven leather structure combined with a wingtip, it’s made by Allen Edmonds in a beautiful kind of burnished chestnut brown. I combined it with burgundy shoelaces from Fort Belvedere, Goodyear welted, made in the USA.


Next up is a Goodyear welted derby with a strong patina and color changes from the cap to the rest of the leather. I like the look of it. The leather is not the best quality. The brand is called Lussoti and I do not even know where they’re made, they don’t even say it on their shoes, it is just something that’s showed up in the mail.

This pair here was the very first pair of quality men’s dress shoes I bought. It’s from Ludwig Reiter and It’s Goodyear welted, has been resold many times and if I had to do it all over again, it would not be the first style of shoe I bought but back then, it cost me about a hundred euros which was a great bargain for a then-new shoe. So I’m still having them in my collection which is true evidence that quality lasts and the cost per wear is way low.

This shoe I bought years ago at Nordstrom Rack, it’s a spectator from Allen Edmonds, made in the US, Goodyear welted but it’s on a quite elegant Belair last. While I like these more modern lasts from Allen Edmonds, I think it almost put them out of business so they went back to producing their classic Park Avenue one. I don’t think you can find this style anymore today.

Olive green shoes with navy trousers

Next up is a green derby shoe, it’s an elegant French style last, it’s made in Portugal, Goodyear welted by Carlos Santos. Obviously, this kind of olive green color is unusual. The tip is darker so you can wear it with darker suits. It’s just a shoe that you can wear to a cocktail party or to events where you don’t want to be flashy yet different.

Loafers

Loafers are difficult for me because they are very slim heeled and oftentimes, they’re too wide and I slip out.

Tassel Loafer in Olive Green

Tassel Loafer in Olive Green

These ones here are olive green with brown tassels from Scarosso, also made in Italy, Blake stitched or Blake rapid stitched, I’m not quite sure. I like them because they’re different, they’re perfect for summer outfits, and I wear them quite a bit.

medium brown penny loafers

medium brown penny loafers

These medium brown penny loafers are very classic, they have a nice hand burnished patina, made in Italy, Blake rapid by Ace Marks.

 

Now, these chocolate brown penny loafers are slightly different. They’re from a company named Founders, they’re made in Italy, and they’re a lot stiffer and thicker than the others. I think they are more on the American style even though they’re made in Italy.

 

Now here’s a shoe that is quite beat-up and if you haven’t already noticed, some of the other shoes are not in perfect shape either, we’re preparing for a shoe polishing series and we need before-and-after examples, so that’s what we’re doing here. This shoe is made out of cordovan leather, Japanese cordovan, it has tassels, it’s great for travel because you can slip out. The color is very versatile, its Goodyear welted, and it’s made in China, and it’s very stiff as you can see. It’s not like the Italian shoes that are very flexible, the brand is Meermin which are related to Carmina yet these are made in China, not in Spain.

Evening Shoes

I wear these with my black tie and white tie ensembles.

Here’s the very first evening shoe I ever had. It’s made in Austria by Ludwig Reiter and Austria has a fantastic black tie and white tie culture so they wear it a lot. You can see the sole is quite thin, it’s not thick, and it’s made out of patent leather, there’s no cap toe and the rounded last is typically Viennese.

Fort Belvedere\s Black Grosgrain Faille Evening Shoelaces

Fort Belvederes Black Grosgrain Faille Evening Shoelaces

 

The one you can see here is a slightly more progressive version, it’s a nice last, it’s quite an elegant patent leather, again, no cap toe and you can see these are wide Fort Belvedere grosgrain shoelaces, this is actually a prototype from Fort Belvedere that we made and who knows? maybe we run them into production if there’s enough demand for it.

Opera pumps also known as court shoes

Opera pumps also known as court shoes

Likewise, this is another prototype from us, a classic opera pump with a bow and a deep cut out with an elegant last, I wear them usually with white tie and sometimes also with black tie depending on my mood.

Casual Shoes

First up, there is this kind of salmon red boat shoe from Sebago that used a horween leather and I like it because it’s an unusual color.

Also, I have this old weathered boat shoe from Eastland likewise with horween leather in navy and green, I still like it, I still wear it even though it has this weathered used look.

Another interesting summer sneaker for beach vacations is this one here, it comes in a cream or off-white, it’s made by PF Flyers and it was part of a vintage collection they created a couple of years ago. I like it quite a bit because it has that vintage look and that’s a new shoe and it’s quite casual.

They also sent me this shoe here in a much brighter green which can work well with shorts and a polo shirt if you want to make a statement with your shoes.

alpargatas

alpargatas

Next up are some alpargatas which are made in Majorca. It’s a u2 sole with some rubber, it’s a very lightweight one, I bought it from a maker in Majorca and it’s a very traditional shoe there. It’s nice in the summer or if you are at the beach. If you want kind of a stylish casual alternative to flip-flops, this is what you need.

This one here is very similar to the alpargatas, it was made by the same guy, he used some Thai silk with leather and rubber that’s like vulcanized similar to a car tire, so it’s very hard-wearing and it has a low heel, not much structure, but they are very airy and great for summer casual outfits.

I know some won’t believe it but I also have flip-flops in my collection, after all, I’m Brazilian. My father’s from Brazil and when I am at the beach there, I wear flip-flops. To work out or play racquetball, I have this pair of Asics shoes that I like quite a bit and I have insoles in there which are much thicker and better for you. So if you have a sport like squash or racquetball or anything that’s hard on your joints, the insole will definitely help.

For other workouts, I just use regular tennis shoes just like this one here from Nike which they sent to me, quite lightweight, very breathable, not much structure and support in the heel or toe though.

Any suggestions as to what pairs of shoes need to be added to my collection? What does yours look like?


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The Italian contemporary brand, controlled by manufacturing company Gilmar, is showing its men’s spring 2019 collection during London Collections: Men.
The runway show will take place on June 8 in a still undisclosed location.
Along with unveiling its latest men’s effort, creative director James Long will also showcase a selection of looks from Iceberg women’s pre-fall lineup.
Long joined the Iceberg men’s division in November 2015 and then, in August 2016, he was tapped by the brand to succeed Arthur Arbesser at the helm of the women’s line.
Last February, Iceberg presented its women’s fall collection, along with a few looks from the men’s range, with a runway show in the streets of Milan.

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How To Build A Cufflink Collection – Behind The Scenes

We’ve received a lot of comments and requests from viewers and readers who want to see my wardrobe. Now, I’m a clothes horse, I’m a suit lover, I’m really into accessories, and as such, it’s impractical to do one video that covers it all. Because of that, we decided to break it down and today, we start with my cufflink collection.

My collection is ever-changing and if I find something better, I get rid of something in the rotation and then sometimes, I even sell them.

  • The first pair of cufflinks is quite cool and different in the sense that it’s made out of an aquamarine and a ruby, as well as 18 karat gold. Honestly, these little links are sometimes a pain to put on but when they’re on your cuff, they look stunning. The backstory on those is that in 2006, I came to the US for the first time and I did an internship with a lawyer, Edward Hayes. We have an article of this gentleman who’s a very flamboyantly dressing lawyer and when I was at his house, he just gave these cufflinks to me because he knew I was a poor student and I loved to dress up and I could have never afforded those cufflinks at the time. Now, I definitely kept those cufflinks, it’s kind of funny at the time, I had this phase where I only thought gold cufflinks would be really the only thing I should be wearing and so that’s what I would invest in. By 2009, when I moved to the US permanently, I needed money and so I sold my entire cufflink collection except for this pair because of the history and they were very unique and I thought it is just something I should keep.

  • Another pair of cufflinks which I got from Edward Hayes are the ones you can see here, they are made out of 835 silver with gold coverings. It’s kind of a Victorian pattern and I like them because the reflections are different depending on the light, it has yellow gold and rose gold in it, and it makes them quite unique. I guess I could polish them again, I don’t wear them a whole lot but the problem sometimes with silver cufflinks is that if they’re not polished all the time, they rub off on your especially white dress shirts and it looks just dirty on the cuff.
  • The third pair of cufflinks that is also Victorian, as you can see, it’s double-sided with a chain. I think it’s just brass because, over time, I’ve come to realize it really doesn’t matter what kind of precious metal your cufflinks are made out of, it all depends on what they look like and how they look on your shirt cuff, and whether you enjoy wearing them or not. So these are little brass decorations, I bought them in Berlin in 2015, and at the same time, I bought those green ones which are basically the same style yet they are very different looking from afar. Personally, I’m a big fan of double-sided cufflinks because I think having a decorative element on both sides is simply much preferable to having those t bars where you just have everything on one side and nothing on the other. As you can see, the swirly glass is not perfectly round but it’s a hallmark of handmade glass.

  • The next pair of cufflinks is British. It’s a cloisonne enamel chain cufflinks on sterling silver. Now when it comes to enamel, there are different kinds. There’s the regular enamel that is just very plain looking and then there’s the translucent cloisonne enamel which is fired and it’s actually glass in different colors but the metal surface underneath is etched and because of that, you get that nice three-dimensional effect when you rotate the cufflinks. So these ones here have kind of a z pattern and I just like the strong green color with the white band. it’s just beautiful. You can see the cufflinks actually look gold and it’s because they’re gold plated.

  • Now these pair cufflinks are from Montblanc, they’re plain and simple, and black ,and they are no precious metal at all but they’re in fact the very first pair of cufflinks I ever owned because as you might know, I started out collecting fountain pens, I would also sell them and in one lot, there was also this pair of cufflinks and when I got them, I thought “wow! now how do I wear them?” and so I did some research and I came across French cuff shirts and that’s what kick-started my passion for classic men’s clothing. So without this pair of clothing, the Gentleman’s Gazette and Fort Belvedere probably would never exist today.

  • Next pair of cufflinks is unique in the sense that it’s intricately detailed and you can find kind of dark blue lapis blue enamel with some golden elements and the back part, they’re double-sided. The back part has a bar and of course, it has chains. I really love those cufflinks and I think I bought them in probably 2010 or 2011 at a cufflink convention in Chicago quite inexpensive and just cost me about $ 30.00

  • The next pair of cufflinks is kind of unassuming. It doesn’t have a chain but a connection that’s similar to a chain and it has bloodstones that it’s set in sterling silver, it’s kind of a round cushion shape and because of that, I like wearing them. It’s not something you usually see a lot and personally, I like unique items. I think about these as part of a vintage cufflink lot and it didn’t cost me a lot of money.

  • The next cufflinks are sterling silver, they have two different colors on both sides. So one is yellow, the other is purple, and I got them as part of a lot. Some people may think of them as the Vikings colors, I’m not a football fan at all and would never wear them like that. To me, they’re just a fun statement piece and sometimes I’ll wear them with the purple side out on one side and the yellow on the other one so it’s just a fun little pair of cufflinks that is not too large because most cufflinks today are rather large which I don’t like quite so much so having something smaller it’s quite elegant.

  • Next up is the first pair of Fort Belvedere cufflinks that I designed. I always wanted a pair of monkey fist knot cufflinks which is this particular knot which is a sailor’s knot and I wanted cufflinks made out of it. So in this first pair here, the middle part was supposed to be a twisted rope but as you can see, it didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted to and it just looked overbearing so in the final iteration, we ended up with a cufflink that was slightly smaller especially on the slimmer end so it would actually fit through your cuff and the bar was much more elegant by just twisting it without that rope structure. It’s a very timeless pair of cufflinks and if I just had to invest in one pair of cufflinks, it probably would be this one, maybe in gold, because I have more gold accessories but most people would actually be better off with silver because most men today have more silver accessories.

 

 

  • Next up is a nice pair of cloisonne enamel cufflinks. Again, it’s an oval shape and as you can see, it has this nice deep rich blue cloisonne pattern. As you move them with the light, because of the etching underneath, you get that beautiful lighting effect and which is one of the reasons I’ve always fallen in love with cloisonne enamel cufflinks and again, they’re sterling silver, gold plated with a chain in the back. Traditionally, double-sided cufflinks always came with chains, while they’re beautiful, I actually find a fixed bar to be superior to the chain but it’s very hard to find those.

  • The next pair of cufflinks is quite heavy. it’s made out of a solid 18 carat gold in yellow and white gold and it has a t-bar closure. It’s a cufflink that I bought several years ago and I don’t quite like it as much anymore. It’s simple in a way but I think it would work better with maybe 50s or 60s outfits and I’m not that kind of guy. I still have them, keep them, I may have to sell them or trade them in sometimes because they’re quite heavy and the gold price right now is quite high.

  • The next pair of cufflinks I bought at a vintage shop in Hamburg for just a few bucks and it’s actually made of sterling silver and it has that kind of chain-like connection with moonstones. I like them because it’s like very milky, they have an effect in a way that mother-of-pearl has but it’s slightly different and it changes with the light so it’s just a beautiful pair and it is small, not oversized, so something I definitely like.

  • I think at the very same shop, I bought these cufflinks here which are a little more unique. They’re actually hand carved lapis and as you can see, there’s a face carved into them so they’re just slightly different and I sometimes like to wear them when I’m in the mood for them if I could contrast on light blue shirts as well as white shirts and it’s a good nice unique pair of cufflinks.

  • Next up is a very classic pair of cufflinks in that color scheme. It’s red and gold. I think it’s not a precious or semi-precious stone, it’s glass, but it’s mounted on 14-karat gold I think, it’s made in Italy, it is slightly oval not as oval as the ones who saw from England, but also not round and so again, different than other things I have in my collection and because of that I like.

  • The next pair here is a lapis pair which is beautiful but it has those t-bar connections which as I mentioned I’m not a huge fan of. I’ve got those nevertheless because I like that domed malachite and so we created the other malachite ones because the effect was so beautiful in our Eagle Claw cufflinks.

  • Next up is a 14 karat or 585 pair of cufflinks in malachite from Germany. As you can see, it has a t-bar and it’s kind of interesting the way it is set and the finished edge is kind of scratched which makes the bit look like the late 60s or 70s kind of mid-century modern. Not something I’m too fond of today but it was the first pair of malachite cufflinks so I still have it. I wear it on occasion but I like our Fort Belvedere cufflinks a lot better now which is why I wear them more often.

  • These octagonal cufflinks are really cool because you don’t find that shape very often. Also, it has very intricate cloisonne enamel which has waves in yellow and a blue rim so I like to combine it with outfits where I have those colors so I can pick them up either in the socks or the tie or the shirt and so they’re just fun to wear. Again, they’re sterling silver made in England.

  • Next up we have some amber cufflinks, German, I think it’s like sterling silver and they actually have a date engraved on it March 25th of 56. So yeah, it was probably a gift in the 50s to someone. They are amber and it’s not quite clear so it’s like a natural material, it has some scratches and I bought them at a flea market in Berlin and I think in 2015 for like 20 bucks, to be honest, I haven’t worn them very often. I just got them because I didn’t have an Amber pair of cufflinks in my collection. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have bought them because even though they were not so expensive, I hardly wear them at all.

  • Next up is a pair of 333, I think that’s an 8 karat gold, made in Germany, yellow gold, it’s kind of a knot, it’s a classic symbol in menswear but again it had this t-bar and so those inspired me to create our monkey fist knot cufflinks in gold but I just wanted a real knot and I wanted the double-sided ones. So I used to wear these a lot but again since the monkey fist cufflinks are there, I don’t wear them a lot anymore.

  • Next up are two pairs of green cufflinks which green in menswear is not that strong. I think it’s a great color but for cufflinks, they’re hard to find so whenever I come across them, I buy them. So this first one with those concentric circles here I bought actually at a flea market in Budapest probably in 2006. Before I came to the US, I did an internship there and they were about three or five bucks they have some damage which when it comes to cloisonne enamel means for collectors they’re completely uninteresting but for me, as someone who just enjoys cufflinks and wants to wear them, it not a big deal.

  • The other ones are more of a Granny Smith green. They’re English, I bought them as part of a lot, they have a white rim and I haven’t worn them as often because the color is quite bright and it pops so maybe with a darker unassuming outfit in a green tie maybe a knit tie it would be a good combination.

  • Next up is a pair of cloisonne enamel striped oval cufflinks. They’re actually branded as Ralph Lauren but they were made in England for Ralph Lauren and they are sterling silver, they’re quite bold, and because of that, I actually wear them quite infrequently or hardly ever, to be honest, I just like the design, I liked that they were different, but at the end of the day, when it comes to picking out a pair, I usually go with more muted ones.

  • Here’s a fine pair of 14-karat cufflinks. They have kind of an S shape but it’s not very bold so my last name is Schneider, someone gave them to me, I don’t wear them very often because I like my other cufflinks more.

  • Next up is a set of cufflinks, shirt studs, and it even has I think waistcoat buttons. It’s an abalone stone, I think in the back it’s a 14 karat gold, and on top it’s platinum. I wore those with my black tie ensemble which is quite nice. It’s just something that traditionally, men will wear with black tie. You’d have like dark stones and you have the cufflinks and then you’d have the shirt studs as well as the waistcoat buttons which were exchangeable. Now I only have two of those and most waistcoats have like at least three for single breasted one or four for double breasted ones so I can’t wear them for the waistcoat but it was just a set that I found vintage.

  • Next up are some blue cloisonne enamel cufflinks and you can see it’s always this same shape. It’s a very popular shape in England because it’s not too small but it still fits through the buttonhole on your shirt-cuff. It’s light blue and darker blue with little edgings underneath in sterling silver pretty much like the next one.
  • This set of cufflinks, I keep in the same compartment simply because they’re purple and purple in menswear is not a very strong color. I sometimes wear them when I have a purple bowtie or a purple tie, you could also wear them with a purple or lavender shirt. This one here is round, has black enamel cloisonne, and the other one has kind of an unusual shape, a mix between round and square.

  • Here’s a pair of cufflinks that I like. I think it’s glass with black and white. it’s something I would wear with a Stresemann outfit, for example, it’s 14-karat gold, they’re quite heavy, it is a t-bar so maybe I’ll sell them in the future because I haven’t worn them in quite a while, to be frank.

  • Now, next up is an evening dress set for white tie. I think it is 14 karat gold in the back with platinum and then it has a mother-of-pearl insert so here I have the full set of 4 waistcoat buttons so I can wear double-breasted and single-breasted waistcoats with white tie and these are the matching cufflinks in the same size. for the shirt, I either wear matching shirt studs as you can see here or I go with these pearls that are set in gold and I think I like the pearls more because it’s the more traditional way and I don’t wear white tie that often so if I do, I usually stick with the traditional classics. It’s actually quite hard to find full dress sets like these in the original box so when I came across this one from Berks I think on eBay I was very happy that I got it.

  • My next pair of cufflinks is a little more unusual and I like it because it’s tiger’s eye as a stick, set in silver with some chains. They’re not easy to get on the cuff but once you do they’re quite nice and different looking which is why I like them, of course, I have all the Fort Belvedere cufflinks and since I just designed them I still really like them I wear them a lot and part of my general rotation today. I’m wearing the green ones, we have the tiger’s eye in gold, it’s very nice in the way it rotates with a light and it works with any kind of brown in your outfit. The carnelian one is a stone, it’s like red but it’s not too bright. Lapis is beautiful it’s just a deep rich blue color and we use a lapis with very few inclusions. we even have it in yellow gold and in silver. so you have a choice of what you want and this one here is a black one so if you wear a lot of charcoal suits they would even work for tuxedo outfits, for example, we’ll see maybe we can make some matching studs and waistcoat buttons so you can wear it as a full dress set I think that would be quite nice.

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Victoria Beckham Previews Reebok Capsule Collection in L.A. Alongside Shaquille O’Neal

While Victoria Beckham’s Reebok capsule collaboration won’t be released until later this year, the designer unveiled what she called “a little merch collection” on Thursday night during a Reebok event held at The House on Sunset in West Hollywood. Beckham was joined by longtime Reebok ambassador Shaquille O’Neal as well her husband David Beckham and their three sons Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo, who all wore coordinating monochromatic pieces from their mother’s new line. “They are very excited because they love sportswear,” she said. “And they’re huge Shaq fans.”

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The new throwback line pays homage to O’Neal and consists of two shirts and two hoodies emblazoned with the NBA All Star’s name. The pieces will be available next month on Reebok and Beckham’s web sites. The collection was inspired by Beckham’s recent visit to the brand’s Boston headquarters, where she explored the Reebok archives and found herself drawn to its heritage basketball pieces from the Nineties.
While Beckham has lent her name to promoting the new merchandise, her personal branding isn’t anywhere on it. “This is just a little collection that I wanted to do to celebrate Reebok, celebrate Shaq and really celebrate

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Abercrombie & Fitch Launches a John F. Kennedy-Inspired Collection

John F. Kennedy and his effortlessly suave style has made him, arguably, one of the most sartorially influential American presidents to hold office. (It takes some serious clout to make the traditional men’s brimmed hat a faux pas after famously showing up to his inauguration without one.) …

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Nike, Converse Create Art of a Champion NBA-Themed Collection

NEW YORK — Sixteen is a magic number in basketball. It marks the number of playoff wins a team needs to capture a National Basketball Association championship title.
And so Nike, along with its Converse and Jordan divisions, has latched onto that number and created a retro-inspired collection of 16 shoes called the Art of a Champion that celebrates special performances in NBA playoff history. The shoes will slowly be introduced to the market over the next two months and will launch with the Kobe 1 Proto “Final Seconds” on April 14. That shoe will retail for $ 175, and will be followed by the Converse Pro Leather Mid “The Scoop,” on April 19 ($ 100), and then the Air Force 1 High Retro “Rude Awakening” on April 26 ($ 130). The Nike Air Force 270 “Gold Standard” ($ 170) will be the final release on June 14.
The collection will also include a “mystery drop” that will feature this year’s NBA champion. During an event at Nike’s New York headquarters on Monday, the company drummed up interest in the collection by hosting a question-and-answer session with three former NBA greats: Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace and Julius Erving. The men reminisced about highlights from their storied

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The new Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Collection has arrived

The Spring 2018 Adaptive Collection line is the third Tommy Hilfiger collection designed specifically for people with disabilities

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For some people with disabilities, tasks that non-disabled people take for granted can sometimes be a struggle – and this includes getting dressed. With the CDC finding that one out of five adults in the US have a disability, and Scope reporting that there are 13.3 million people with a disability in the UK, this is an issue that affects a huge number of people all over the world.

Tommy Hilfiger has recognised this, and this week launched his Spring 2018 Adaptive Collection, his third line aimed specifically for people with disabilities (following a children’s line in 2016 and the first adult collection launched in 2017).

According to Bustle, the campaign features notable figures from the disabled community, including US Paralympian gold medal track star Jeremy Campbell, motivational speaker Mama Caxx, paraplegic dancer Chelsie Hill and 18-year-old autistic chef Jeremiah Josey.

The clothes in the 2018 Adaptive Collection still look like your typical Tommy Hilfiger collection, with colour blocking, stripes and his signature red, white and blue palette. The big difference is, as the name of the collection suggests, some elements of the clothing have been adapted. This includes magnetic buttons, adjustable pant hems to accommodate a prosthetic or brace, wrist loops to help put on pants, easy open necklines, expanded back and side openings, one-handed zippers, and Velcro closures.

Bustle also reported that changes have been made to the 2018 collection based on feedback from the first line. These include the fact that the quality of the Velcro closures has been improved, bungee cord closures are replacing zippers, and plackets at the waistline make putting on pants easier for those in wheelchairs.

Hilfiger spoke to CNN last year and said, ‘Inclusivity and the democratization of fashion have always been at the core of my brand’s DNA.’ He went on, ‘These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion.’

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The new design by Annabelle Selldorf highlights its controversial garden, and brings visitors up into former living quarters for an intimate experience with art.
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Aaliyah’s New MAC Collection Is On The Way

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MAC has confirmed that they will finally be releasing their long-awaited Aaliyah collection. The official drop date is June 20 (online) and June 21 (in stores).

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So far the company has teased us with a nude lipstick and an eyeshadow palette.

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If you ask us, this collection is long overdue because Aaliyah served makeup looks her entire career. Hit the flip to see some of our favorite beauty looks from Babygirl.

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Teyana Taylor, GCDS to Debut Capsule Collection

MILAN — “I love strong, independent women who have made a name for themselves, with incredible energy,” said Giuliano Calza, founder and designer of Italian contemporary streetwear firm GCDS.
The brand is gearing up to debut a capsule collection codesigned with recording artist, dancer, fitness entrepreneur and social media phenomenon Teyana Taylor, who has 6.1 million Instagram followers.
The capsule collection, which is named “Harlem made,” pays homage to Taylor’s origins. “It’s streetwear, where the hood and high fashion meet. That’s always been me. It’s Harlem made, I am Harlem. So it represents me as well as the culture,” she explained. The lineup includes T-shirts, hoodies, bodysuits and accessories, which are priced from 20 euros for a pair of socks to 160 euros for a sweatshirt.
“Last summer, I was in Los Angeles and I came across this late Eighties T-shirt with [a picture of] Cher holding a rainbow flag in her hand, and it was one of her tour merchandise items,” explained Calza, who drew his inspiration from vintage items from that period. “Modern icons don’t communicate this strong way anymore,” he continued, highlighting that instead of chasing cool, the collection is aimed at celebrating Taylor’s uniqueness and diversity.
On April 6, GCDS is

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This new capsule collection from Karl Lagerfeld is totally Instagrammable

The designer has teamed up with Israeli born artist Yoni Alter…

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with the Israeli born artist Yoni Alter to create a limited edition capsule collection.

Known for his bespoke graphics and bold, colourful designs, Alter has partnered with the brand to create a bright, punchy and totally Instagrammable collection for spring 2018.

Using pixelated graphics, the artist has reinterpreted iconic images from the brand including Karl Lagerfeld, his cat Choupette and the KARL graphics.

“Karl and Choupette are so iconic in their appearance, and I had a lot of fun playing around with these figures and visuals,” explained the London based artist. “I felt like testing if they’d still be recognizable if I reduce the amount of details and pixelate them.”

Spanning t-shirts, dresses and sweatshirts there are also a number of safari-inspired pieces in khaki fabrics with embroidered patches, alongside a number of accessories including  a safari camera minaudiere, a phone case and a wallet.

Available to buy from April 1st, click here to check out the full collection.

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Juicy Couture Track Collection Boasts Major Bling Courtesy of Swarovski

Juicy Couture continues to hit the refresh button on heritage styles — and why not, given all the love the Nineties are getting in fashion these days? The company’s latest track collection aims to turn heads with many of the pieces boasting Swarovski crystal embellishments and customizable details.
The 16-piece offering can be personalized via options such as monogramming or color selection. Prices range from $ 275 for a cropped jacket that can be customized to $ 1,750 for Swarovski-embellished velour shorts.
Designing the collection presented a moment to go back to the company’s roots, especially after creative director Jamie Mizrahi presented a fall collection that viewed Juicy Couture through the lens of the Seventies and Eighties. The collaboration with Swarovski is rooted in the brand’s heyday and is a nod to the crystal-embellished tracksuits of the Nineties, but with some modern twists, Mizrahi said.
“I think with every project we take on, whether it be our collections or collaborations, our first and foremost goal is to celebrate Juicy Couture as a brand, its heritage,” Mizrahi said. “It’s a widely recognized brand with a widely recognized aesthetic and we never want to lose sight of that Juicy girl.”
For Mizrahi, the past few seasons have been

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Alexandre de Betak Auctions Off Personal Art Collection

SELLING UP: Alexandre de Betak is having the mother of all moving sales.
As the fashion show producer prepares to settle into his new Paris home next summer with his wife Sofia Sanchez de Betak and their baby daughter Sakura, he is auctioning off a lifetime’s collection of design objects ranging from a Darth Vader bust to a neon portrait of Gisele Bündchen.
Friends including Antoine Arnault and Natalia Vodianova, Christian Louboutin, Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, Blanca Li and Bruno Frisoni flocked to Paris auction house Piasa to view the 188 lots that will go under the hammer on March 28 in the sale, titled “Alexandre de Betak, My Parisian Interior Art + Design.”

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“This is the first time I’m selling anything. I’ve always collected thinking I would keep things my whole life. There are people who buy shares in order to leave a heritage. I always said I would leave kinetic art and design,” Betak said ruefully.
He started collecting Japanese robots in his teens, later graduating to furniture and kinetic art by the likes of Joel Stein and Marcello Morandini — not to mention lamps, lamps and more lamps. By his own admission, things were getting a

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Rockefeller’s Picasso could be part of biggest art collection ever sold

PARIS (Reuters) – A rare Picasso once owned by Gertrude Stein is part of an art trove belonging to the Rockefeller dynasty that could raise half a billion dollars this year, in what auctioneer Christie’s says could be the most valuable sale ever of a private collection.


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Rockefeller art collection set to break records

Paintings by artists including Picasso and Monet, once owned by billionaires Peggy and David Rockefeller, will go on sale in May with auctioneers hoping to break records by netting half a billion dollars. Jayson Mansaray reports.


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How to get your startup off the ground: This collection of online classes and apps can help

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If you’re launching your own startup, you’re going to learn some new skills. It doesn’t matter what your business is, or how good you are at it, you’re still going to have to learn how to create a website, manage a social media presence, communicate with experts in other fields, learn all the crazy self-employment tax laws, and manage other people. 

According to Entrepreneur.com, the main reasons startups fail include a lack of focus, taking advice from the wrong people, and not learning the basic, day-to-day skills of managing a business. You’re unlikely to find an effective how-to guide just by googling, so what do you do? Read more…

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Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2018 Collection Expertly Mixes the Past, Present and Future

While it’s a hard fact that most fashion people feel pretty loopy by the final show of Paris Fashion Week, which just so happens to be Louis Vuitton, there’s nothing that can make you wonder whether you’re actually going crazy quite like walking into the Louvre’s private Lefuel Court — a majestic …

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Gilt and the Women’s March Partner on Capsule Collection

IN SYNC: Gilt is launching an exclusive collection in partnership with the Women’s March in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday.
Teaming up with “Together We Rise,” a new book released by HarperCollins and written by the Women’s March organizers, Gilt has created a 27-piece capsule of unisex and slim-fit Ts and long-sleeve sweatshirts for women, men and children. The clothing features quotes and sayings pulled directly from the pages of the book. Sayings such as “Making Change Is Hard Work” and “You Are What Democracy Looks Like” are featured on the Gilt x Together We Rise collection.
Prices range from $ 24 for the infant onesie up to $ 69 for the unisex sweatshirt. The adult T-shirts are $ 35. The collection will launch Thursday at 8 a.m. on Gilt.com.
All of the net proceeds from the line will benefit Girls Who Code, an organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology.
Explaining why Gilt was eager to partner with the Women’s March and Girls Who Code for International Women’s Day,  Tom Ott, chief merchant, Gilt and Saks Off 5th said, “Gilt has a proud history of supporting and empowering women…This collection is one of the many ways we’re looking to give

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Jockey Introduces Retro Stripe Collection With Influencer Campaign

Jockey is looking to its past for its newest launch, but considering a more modern vehicle for promotion.
The underwear and apparel brand is introducing its Retro Stripe collection, which is influenced by the brand’s first women’s line, For Her, which was released in 1982.
Jockey is an American brand with a rich heritage dating back to 1876,” said Erica Rendall, vice president of marketing at Jockey. “The Retro Stripe collection has a fun aesthetic with vintage styling and a super soft fabric that is just the right weight with a hint of stretch”
The line includes a bralette that comes in five different colorways, and underwear that comes in four different silhouettes: a thong, hip-hugger, string bikini and high cut style. The collection is priced from $ 11.50 for the underwear to $ 24 for the bralette. The items can also be bought in packs. A package of two bralettes retails for $ 38, and a pack of three for the underwear retails for $ 28.50. The line will be available in Macy’s, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Belk, Hudson’s Bay and Bon-Ton.

To introduce the line, Jockey worked with influencers including Arielle Nachmani (@SomethingNavy); Christine Andrew (@HelloFashionBlog); Cara Loren (@caraloren); Jessi Malay (@jessimalay); Genevieve Padalecki (@nowandgen),

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Right Now, You Can Buy The H&M Collection That Just Debuted in Paris

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

Walking into the H&M show during Paris fashion week was completely transportive. As guests arrived, they were asked to remove their shoes and place them inside cubbies for retrieval after the show. Then, handed a pair of traditional Japanese Tabi socks to change into. Walking up the grand stairs of the Musée des Arts Décoratif, there were giant paper lanterns hanging overhead and horigotatsu tables set low to the ground. Guests were then served sake and sushi and an assortment of other Japanese cuisine specialties. The entire experience was pretty spectacular and left no question about the inspiration behind the Studio Collection. When the show began, models (with big smiles across their faces) weaved through the tables to debut the pieces—big names like Adwoa Aboah among them. And as it ended, paper cherry blossoms fell from the ceiling. While I could go on, I’m going to boil the whole experience down to two important takeaways, below.

Speaking to the development of the collection, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director, Pernilla Wohlfahrt, explained how Japan became a source of influence. “Japan itself is so inspirational. The whole city of Tokyo is, with the energy, and also the landscape in a place like Kyoto with mountains. As a country it’s really inspiring.” The design team took a trip there a year ago to begin the creative process. The Japanese inspiration, while undeniable, wasn’t literal but observed in nuanced ways. The prints were developed from broken-up letters in the Japanese alphabet done with brushstrokes—a tribute to the history and heritage of Japan. And current street style also inspired the design team which carries though to the silhouettes and styling. There’s an emphasis on layering with dresses over pants, and fringed pieces over tops and trousers. Wohlfahrt added that she thinks that “fashion needs to be a mix of of old things and new things,” which is why you’ll find evidence of each in the collection.

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In a step many fashion brands have been taking, H&M’s Studio Collection became available for purchase immediately following the runway show. Instead of the six month gap that has traditionally existed between first viewing a collection and actually being able to buy it, customers can order the pieces on the spot. Which means, if inspiration strikes you, it’s only a matter of days before you can wear the fashion plucked straight from the runway. Shop our edit of pieces from the collection here.

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Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $30

Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $ 30


Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $  30

Ever since Target launched its Project 62 collection this fall, it has been a go-to source for statement-making, yet affordable furniture and home decor. From mid-century modern-inspired furniture, to sleek lighting fixtures, this line was made for anyone who loves modern design. Just in time to update our homes for the warm weather ahead, Target is having a sale on all Project 62 home decor. Our favorite picks, below, are like a breath of fresh air for your home.

Glass Globe Sconce Wall Light

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Although it’s priced at just $ 30, this luxurious wall sconce will make your bedroom look much more expensive. Plus, the easy plug-in design means you won’t have to hire an electrician to install it.

To buy: From $ 30 (originally $ 40); target.com. 

Torin Task Lamp

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Between your desk, reading chair, and kitchen, we’re pretty sure there’s a nook in your home that could use an extra task lamp. When switched on, this lamp can illuminate your book or dinner recipe, and when switched off, it will bring modern style to your space.

To buy: $ 25 (originally $ 30); target.com. 

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Geo Lumbar Pillow

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Geometric designs are very on-trend right now. To bring the look into your living room (for a price that won’t eat up your entire spring budget), introduce this colorful lumbar pillow.

To buy: $ 23 (originally $ 25); target.com. 

Brass Floating Frame

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Because your decor could always use one more family photo, order this brass floating frame to display a favorite print from your Instagram account.

To buy: $ 12 (originally $ 15); target.com. 

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Louis Vuitton to Show Its Cruise 2019 Collection On the French Riviera

Since Nicolas Ghesquière assumed the top design role at Louis Vuitton, the French fashion house has made a habit of showing its cruise collections in all corners of the world. This isn’t necessarily unique to Louis Vuitton, per se, with fellow luxury brands like Gucci and Chanel often …

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Weekday’s SS 18 Collection Give Jeans a Fresh Spin

Swedish brand Weekday are renowned for re-inventing denim season after season — in this regard, their Spring/Summer 2018 collection is no different. Its fresh, loose fitting cuts in bleached whites and pale blue catapult the humble jean into the present.

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JW Anderson Presents His Co-Ed Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

As the boundary between womenswear and menswear continues to merge, British label JW Anderson decided to provide a co-ed Fall/Winter 2018 show. The perceptive move, which follows many longstanding luxury houses, will free up future LFW schedule space for already harried fashion personalities and buyers.

This year’s presentation drew heavily on fall heritage colors, namely, khaki, beige, dark brown and army green. Clean cut knits are provided as well as sweaters donning contemporary art graphics. JW Anderson experiments with silhouettes providing creativity in the form of pockets and multi-panel construction on pants and rabbit motifs on sweaters. Despite hits of panache, the garments remain distinctly loyal to an everyday aesthetic, thus lending itself easily to retail racks.

Preview selects from the collection above, and, for more fashion week coverage, read up on the biggest trends we spotted at NYFW 2018.

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Every Look From Burberry’s February 2018 Collection

On Saturday, all eyes were on Burberry as the company’s final collection under Christopher Bailey’s tenure debuted in London. Bailey, who announced his departure from the British heritage brand back in October, celebrated his 17-year reign by giving the iconic Burberry check a bright makeover: As a …

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