If you were to pick 7 men who encapsulate every facet of style available from Bloomingdale’s, you would have a hard time finding a better group than the iconic retailer chose for its new campaign. Launching today, this fresh new editorial features Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan, restaurateur Michael Chernow, model and entrepreneur Armando Cabral, musician Matt Hitt, Eidos designer Antonio Ciongoli, S10 Training founder Stephen Cheuk and Bruce Bozzi, the EVP of The Palm Restaurant. Each guy shows off his own personal style through a selection of brands from the handsome new Bloomingdale’s fall offerings.
To celebrate its first birthday the menswear site East Dane has tapped a group of designers to create a 24-piece collection of exclusive clothing that you can’t find anywhere else. Which basically amounts to birthday gifts for you — the way things should be. As part of this anniversary collection you’ll find one-off items from stalwart UK brands like Grenson and Mackintosh right alongside the likes of AXS Folk Technology, Gitman Bros Vintage, Golden Bear, Patrik Ervell (which might be the coolest piece of this collection; pictured above) and more. It’s a capsule that encompasses a variety of different brands, from America, Japan, U.K., Italy and beyond into a single stylish expression. East Dane Fashion Director Jonathan Evans helped to steward this anniversary collection and helped to guide these collaborations into a stylish and approachable place — where East Dane resides so naturally. Evans actually says it best. “It’s just really cool stuff that guys can easily fit into their wardrobes.” And we’re on board with that.
Portland, Oregon has benefited tremendously from its proximity to the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest and the vast supply of creative minds who call Rip City home. That must be why the city can boast such an amazing group of outfitters who make clothing and gear there, Nau and Snow Peak among them. While Nau works to infuse function into our everyday lives with a subtleness very rarely seen, Snow Peak has done its best to gear-up every well-to-do camper around with everything from stoves to titanium sporks — an invention which has taken the tiny details to new heights. Recently these two cross-town brands have come together to create a range of clothing which embodies Nau’s love for subtle yet functional design and Snow Peak’s fixation with the little details. The capsule collection was created to seamlessly move with you from your everyday life to places far and near. Nau’s GM Mark Galbraith said it best. “The ‘Portland meets Tokyo’ concept we’ve developed stays true to each brand’s heritage, while giving opportunity to demonstrate a refined modern outdoor aesthetic we both value.”
The collection is heavily influenced by Japanese aesthetics and the importance of both function and mobility. The collection (which consists of both mens and womens clothing and outerwear) is centered on several key pieces including the Checkmate shirt (with easily-accessible and understated zip pockets), the Felt Over Sweater (A fine micron New Zealand merino wool pullover that has been felted to be almost impervious to the wind), the Welter Motil Pant (hidden cell pocket and all) and lastly the breathable but water shielding Hokkadio jacket.
Great design is an intersection, lying at the point where all these different features, details, and ideas converge. The crucial component to this meeting is balance – if one point outweighs the others than the center shifts and the perfect X collapses. From the light blue JP stitching on the tongue down to the molded cork footbed, the sneakers of the Converse Jack Purcell Cross Stitch sneaker collection are perfect X’s all the way through.
If you plotted out footwear styles from the past few years on a Venn Diagram, you would find the relationship between sneakers and dress shoes has become more and more involved. Not long ago, brogues, saddle shoes, bucks, longings and cap-toes were everywhere. Then dress shoes and sneakers started to merge together into what many saw as the best of both worlds. Things seemed to be led by the menswear magazines, Pitti street style and comfort-loving guys everywhere. It seemed perfectly normal to wear sneakers with a suit. More than that, it felt stylish and right. Then boom, this past month Alex Williams in The New York Times declared sneakers the new black. Sneakers are the new dress shoe and, as it happens, sneakers are the new everything. To further prove that they look good with (almost) anything, I recently spent a few days in NYC wearing the new Converse Jack Purcell Cross Stitch collection all over town.
Earlier this month I flew to Italy to cover the new spring / summer 2015 collections being presented at the trade show Pitti Uomo. But before heading to the Fortezza da Basso, I made the trip down to Naples to see my favorite Italian shirtmaker (and tailor) Salvatore Piccolo and witness first-hand how he creates some of the finest hand-made shirts in the world. Having been to factories in Italy before, I knew this would be a great opportunity to document this unique process and partnered with Canon to tell the story behind the photographs.
When ACL began, it wasn’t with a specific plan in mind. I never thought I would be seeking out well-made things, or visiting factories. In fact, I never really expected the site to be anything more than a journal of the things I personally was interested in, it never seemed possible that any quantity of people would actually be following what happened here. At the same time I never intended to become a photographer. I understood the importance of photos on the web, but up until 2007 I never really took any pictures, ever. As I went to discover new things for ACL, my camera played an increasingly important role to the success of the site, and I started to find that I became increasingly interested in becoming a better photographer. My camera and ultimately my knowledge (and desire to own) different lenses helped raise the bar for ACL dramatically. I was quick to discover the importance of a good camera and quality lenses with great optics.
For over a century Ermenegildo Zegna has been exploring the importance of the word “extra.” Hand stitched seams, full canvas constructions, meticulously crafted textiles, and other details that many would deem to be an added bonus have been the norm for Zegna since their inception in 1910. In each sport coat, sweater, or shoe that it produces, Zegna demonstrates that it’s that extra ten, five, or even one percent that can make all the difference.
Zegna has applied this propensity for reaching far above the average to a collection of six scents that lend a crisp finishing touch to any outfit. Each of these scents share the common ingredient of Italian Bergamot which, much like their textiles, all stem from a Zegna owned farm in Calabria, Italy. From there, the scents evolve in their own unique way, building upon this citrusy foundation to form a distinct aroma which is intended to evoke a specific locale.