April 30, 2010

The Resort Collection by Boggi Resort & Alessandro Matteoni

Authenticity. Sensibility. Fraternity. Responsibility. Optimism.

These are some of the principal values that undergird Boggi Resort.

Boggi Resort is the brainchild of Alessandro Matteoni, who designs for Fred Perry, Albini, and Boggi Resort.

Alessandro has pioneered the 2010 spring/summer collection entitled the “Resort Collection,” drawing inspiration from New England in the Eighties.

With the spirit of vintage America and a project from Milan, Italy, Alessandro has succeeded in creating a collection with a “free-time” look, including chinos, Bermudas, and polo’s.

The Boggi Resort boutique can be visited at Corso Como no. 11 in Milan.

Slideshow (Courtesy Fashion Times), photo & video Copyright Boggi Resort.

April 29, 2010

JUMA 2010 Spring/Summer Collection Launch

I just received the launch video for the 2010 spring/summer collection by JUMA.

Jamil and Alia Juma are the Toronto-based brother and sister team that lay special emphasis on philanthropic foundations and activities.

Enjoy the video!

Video Copyright JUMA.

April 28, 2010

Trikoton—Poetic Knits from Berlin

Trikoton recently presented a new knitwear collection during Berlin Fashion Week at the Premium trade fair, which was held in the Gästezimmer or ‘Guestroom’.

The Trikoton label describes itself as an interdisciplinary team that explores innovative ways to design and manufacture interactive creations with a personal and poetic attitude.

Located in Berlin, Trikoton works with local manufacturers, acting as a crossroads between traditional and modern technologies, which guarantee consumers of products that are of a superior quality.

Photos Copyright Trikoton.

CÔTEetCIEL: Accessories that Cover the Coast & Sky

CÔTEetCIEL is the Paris-based label of lifestyle bags and accessories for men who enjoy a nomadic life!

A trademark of Paper Rain, CÔTEetCIEL was founded in 2008 and aspires to minimalist and angular shapes with functional designs.

Whether you arm yourself with a rucksack or iPod pouch, you can be a modern nomad with CÔTEetCIEL.

Photos Copyright CÔTEetCIEL.

April 27, 2010

Defyance—Menswear for Movement

Asaf Ganot grew up with a passion for basketball, playing in high school and college, always dressing in some sort of sports gear.

His zeal led him to Brazil where he played basketball for a year.

During that period, Asaf observed how his fellow team mates always sported attire that resembled the gym wear, whether at work or play.

Armed with a vision to create a new line of clothing that would combine comfort and mobility, Asaf immersed himself in research.

His quest first led him to Indonesia in 2004 and, then, to Hong Kong and onto Italy.

Coupled with the expertise that he gleaned from his father, who was a successful businessman in the fashion industry, Asaf defined his vision.

In 2008, he launched Defyance, replacing the ‘I’ with a ‘Y’ to symbolize the fusion of fashion with performance and a departure from conventionality (symbolized by the arrow pointing downward on the ‘Y’).

Photos Copyright Defyance.

Soulland & the Adler Fedora Hat

With roots in both Sweden and Tanzania, 23-year-old Silas Adler was born in Denmark, having spent much of his childhood in rural Jutland, the main part of the country.

Prior to moving to Copenhagen as a teen, Silas lived several years in Gothenburg, Sweden.

At the age of 17, Silas founded the menswear label Soulland as an excuse not to go to school!

Now the best up-and-coming Danish designer, Silas combines the country lifestyle of Jutland with the urban trends of Gothenburg and Copenhagen.

The Adler fedora hat is a hybrid between a baseball cap and the classic fedora that is constructed using artisan millinery techniques.

Dedicated to Scandinavia, VMAN has launched a giveaway of two Adler Fedora Hats at 2pm today!

Photos Courtesy Starworks, Copyright VMAN.

April 26, 2010

Digging Deeper into Capoeira

Last year I published an article on an athletic shoe called Paraná, which was inspired by Capoeira—an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance, and rhythmic motion to the beat of drums: Paraná, Capoeira & Italian Football.

This Saturday while attending a street festival in the small historic town of Princeton, New Jersey, located just 50 minutes outside New York city, I met a group of performers who belong to Senzala Princeton University.

Although Capoeria dates back hundreds of years, Grupo Senzala was founded in the Sixties by two brothers, Rafael and Paulo Flores Viana, in Rio de Janeiro.

The movement soon expanded throughout the Americas and Europe, spreading to the New York area. The Princeton group was founded by Mestre Zumbi, who began training at the age of nine.
For additional information or to watch movies of Capoeira Senzala, click here.

Photo & slideshow Copyright Men's Fashion by Francesco.

April 25, 2010

Antonio Cassano—Diadora’s New Face

In occasion of the grand opening for a new store in Milan, Italy, Diadora has recruited Italian footballer Antonio Cassano as its new face.

Diadora shared this new gift of honor with the public at a press conference that was held on Friday, April 23.

Born 1982 in Bari, Italy, Antonio Cassano plays second striker for the Series A club Sampdoria (otherwise known as Blucerchiati).

Founded by Marcelo Danieli in 1948, Diadora has become equated with Italian sports clothing, shoes, and accessories, setting a fine tradition of high quality.

The name Diadora was derived from the Greek for the Dalmatian city in Croatia, Zadar, literally connoting “sharing gifts and honor”.

Photo Courtesy of Fashion Times, Copyright Diadora.

The Gear Ring that Spins, by Kinekt!

Are you into torque, wheels, or pulleys? Do V-belts turn you on? How about gears with cogs that mesh with the teeth of other parts?

These mechanics definitely excited the ancient Greeks, such as the polymath Archimedes(287-212 BC) and Hero of Alexandria (10–70 AD).

Now they are becoming all the rage with the Gear Ring by Kinekt Design!

Made from highest quality of surgical stainless steel, the Gear Ring is based on the rack and pinion motion of pair gears. It is the ring that spins!

Intrigued by the motion of small mechanisms, Glen Liberman launched Kinekt Design in 2010.

Check out the 30-second video on the ring that spins: the Gear Ring by Kinekt!

Photo & video Copyright Kinekt Design.

April 23, 2010

Lonsdale—from the Rings of London to the Streets of New York!

Ah springtime! Seems like everyone is back outdoors jogging, biking, and playing their favorite sport that was abandoned in the height of a brutal winter. Need some new sportswear? Lonsdale is a label that I well know from Italy; but it is not Italian.

Established 1960 in London by ex-boxer Bernard Hart, the line originally specialized in boxing equipment. He obtained permission to name the label after Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale—president of the National Sporting Club of Britain, which later became the British Board of Boxing Control.

Hugh Lowther was nicknamed “Yellow Earl” for always wearing a yellow carnation and driving a yellow Rolls Royce. Reputed as “England’s Greatest Sporting Gentlemen, Hugh donated the original Lonsdale belt in 1909 for the champion of each weight division.

So who has worn Lonsdale clothing since its inception? Stars like Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson are among the many fans of Lonsdale. You may have even noticed Lonsdale in the 2003 movie, “The Italian Job.”

Photo Copyright Lonsdale.

April 22, 2010

“TuTa Symmetry” by Theatre de la Mode

I first met Chris Kelly a year ago when he sent me an invitation to London Fashion Week where he presented that season’s menswear collection of Theatre de la Mode. Now I would like to introduce you to the 2010 autumn/winter collection entitled “TuTa Symmetry”:

“‘TuTa symmetry’ is a moment of self-definition for Theatre de la Mode; with strong foundations in utilitarian design, the collection represents a natural evolution to a more fashion forward sense of wearability. As the name suggests – the perfectly balanced design takes inspiration from the clean lines and tailoring of classic menswear and twists it with the image of casual wear.

This season is particularly inspired by Thayaht, the Italian artist whose revolutionary designs led the futurists in fashion, costume, stage design, and decorative arts. Most famously, he invented a garment named TuTa, a form of coverall that was fashionable, but practical and accessible to all.

The look of Thayaht’s TuTa was simple, clean design – casual but refined for its smart approach to functional dressing. Similarly, this season Theatre de la Mode has emphasized symmetry and draping to achieve a unique form of tailored casual wear. The sweat blazer is a casual staple with a refined edge that merges fashion and function. A heavily draped neckline and a boxed silhouette combine in the snood hoodie. Trouser design is approached with a denim eye, but keeps the labels classic loosely structured silhouette. New trouser shapes come in the form of the gusset trouser and the elastic waist tailored pant.

Colours for the season are rich and neutral – moss, charcoal grey, plum, stone and navy. This is sophisticated casual wear with the feel of military uniforms: trans-seasonal dressing for urban aesthetes. From his studio in London’s east end creative director/head designer Christopher Kelly experiments with shape and proportion, designing collections for men and women that display his ever-present penchant for technique and craftsmanship. Since its launch in 2007 Theatre de la Mode has been recognized internationally in the press by publications such as Dazed Digital, JC report and Style bubble.”

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright Theatre de la Mode.

April 21, 2010

“Chiaroscuro” by Park Sung Chul

Originating in the Renaissance, Chiaroscuro represents strong contrasts between light (chiaro) and dark (scuro), often affecting the entire composition of a drawing or piece of art.

The term has been further applied to woodcutting, drawing, cinema, photography, and even music—particularly, opera.

One of my favorite artists, who developed a dramatic form of Chiaroscuro, is Caravaggio (1573-1610).

Just as Chiaroscuro is not contained to the Renaissance, nor is it confined to the world of art.

For the 2010 autumn/winter season, Korean designer Park Sung Chul has conceived a collection entitled “Chiaroscuro.”

Drawing inspiration from the masters of Chiaroscuro, the collection is designed to express a new style that is based on “flash-feeling and inspiration” rather than fixed a idea.

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright Park Sung Chul.

Travelteq—Travelers for Travelers

Two years ago, a group of friends in Amsterdam launched a unique line of travel products in an attempt to satisfy their ongoing travel needs.

Now they are able to share their travel expertise with other travelers through Travelteq.

Travelteq bags are constructed out of handmade top-quality Italian leather with superior lining in assorted colors.

Outside compartments for plane tickets, sunglasses, and mobile phones are designed to meet your every travel need.

A shock resistant compartment for laptops and outside trolley attachment strips complete your satisfaction.

The newest arrival to Travelteq is “Trash”—a bag made from genuine Florentine Vacchetta leather, stitched by expert craftsmen!

Be sure to check out the Travelteq blog where you will find useful tips on your favorite cities around the world.

PhotosCopyright Travelteq.

April 20, 2010

“Green” by Lecoanet Hemant

At the recent Wills India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India, Lecoanet Hemant unveiled the 2010 spring/summer collection entitled “Green.”

Adhering to the label’s longstanding eco-friendly values, the “natural chic” collection provides an earthy feel with nature-inspired designs.

Organic fabrics of poplin, khadi, and silk all drape together like streams of water flowing over earthy surfaces. The metal mesh creates an effect of luscious minerals.

“What you wrap around your body is what you wrap around your soul–this collection is a reflection of our green philosophy and our deepest belief that eco-friendly and luxury marry well together” says designer Hemant Sagar.

Lecoanet Hemant was founded 1978 in Paris by Indian-born designer Hemant Sagar and French partner Didier Lecoanet.

Photo 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright Lecoanet Hemant.

Baskit Wear Snugfits

Several days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a sample of Snugfit Seamless briefs from Baskit Wear, courtesy of grapeVine Public Relations.

Skin tight with a pouch that expands to each body shape, these fishnet trunks have been the rage in Europe for years (photo top).

Baskit Wear has recently unveiled 2 additonal lines from the spring 2010 underwear collection: Utility and Fine Lines (photos bottom).

Utility is exactly that—utilitarian: plain and simple with a practical fly-pouch in front!

As for Fine Lines, well, let us just say that there is a fine line between covering up and showing off!

So what else is in store this season?

Here is a sneak peek, behind-the-scenes video of two more lines that will be released this summer: WonderWear and Baskit Light.

Utility Fine Lines

Photos Copyright Baskitwear.

April 19, 2010

Cocaine Cowboys

Okay, buckle your seat belts for this next menswear label!

Reportedly, the 3 Ricardo Dángelo brothers grew up in the slums of Medellin, the 2nd largest city in Columbia, going on to found the Mali cartel.

It all started in the year 1983. One thing was on everyone’s mind and there was one man behind it all: the Cocaine Cowboy!

At that time, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was at the height of his career. Once a poor farmer, he rose quickly to power, fame, and notoriety through crime and corruption.

Inspired by the original Cocaine Cowboy, the 3 brothers decided to pave their own road to success through a label—the Cocaine Cowboys.

They soon left their home in Medellin and set out to conquer the world with their revolutionary designs.

Based in Berlin, Germany, Cocaine Cowboy adheres to one philosophy concerning their designs:

They are Cocaine!
They make you feel great;
They make you addictive;
They are wanted by everybody;
They are hated by day;
They are loved by night;
They are expensive, but they are worth it!

2010 Spring/Summer Collection

Photo & slideshow 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright Cocaine Cowboys.

April 18, 2010

Dress for Success: Part 2

Some researchers claim that up to 50% of the impression you make depends on how you look; in other words, you are being judged for your outer appearance!

If this be the case, think about it: when you are at a job interview or making a sales presentation, only half the impact depends on what you are saying. The other half? What you are wearing!

In some countries the corporate world can be tough on outer attire. Sometimes unforgiving. Even prejudicial. Just like rules of conduct, there exist strict dress codes.

Countless companies prohibit flip flops, jeans, sleeveless shirts, sneakers, suit suits, excessive jewelry, visible tattoos, short skirts, and more. Violation of any regulation may lead to dismissal and even termination.

So what is the key? Appropriateness—your fashion statement is industry-specific! If you are joining a company as a civil engineer, then maybe jeans and a flannel shirt are the right choices. But if you are making a sales pitch to Milan’s top legal consultants, probably your best suit would betray you if it were not tailored and the latest style.

This lesson is particularly difficult for recent graduates from university where individualism and fashion statements may have been appreciated. But as for a professional wardrobe for any given industry, the recent grad may be found wanting.

So, what is the solution? Proceed reading onto Part 1.

Photo Francesco coaching students at Arcadia University.

Dressing for Success at Arcadia University: Part 1

One of my favorite pastimes is to lecture at various local universities, colleges, and fashion institutes on an assortment of topics, such as the history of fashion, cultural branding, journalism, and international fashion business. Plus, hanging around up-and-coming talent has proven to keep me young at heart!

Several weeks ago, I received an invitation from one of the organizers of the first fashion show at Arcadia University, just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the US.

Founded as Beaver College in 1872, the university has a student body of 4,000 men and women enrolled in 75 fields of study.

The theme of the fashion show was “Dress for Success,” and the Banana Republic store of downtown Philadelphia graciously provided the wardrobe of their latest collection!

Since most of the students that signed up as models had never set foot on a runway, when I arrived onto the campus I immediately rolled up my sleeves and got down to work.

Many of the students were naturals, while others had to take a few “walks” to get the feel; but all in all each student strutted out the evening with stylish confidence.

One of the most practical ways to teach how to Dress for Success? Hold a fashion event! Way to go Arcadia!

For more information on this event, refer to Arcadia University Dress for Success.

April 17, 2010

Domenico Vacca, Al Pacino & “Son of No One”

Domenico Vacca has dressed an entourage of Hollywood actors and stars since launching his label eight years ago.

Collaborating with renowned costume designers, he has created the wardrobe of leading roles in films like “the Inside Man,” “Stranger than Fiction,” “American Gangster,” and more.

No wonder, Domenico Vacca has became the Oscar designer of choice on several occasions.
Carrying on the sartorial tradition, Domenico Vacca will be dressing Al Pacino, a detective, in the new movie “Son of No One” directed by Dito Montiel.

Planned for release in 2011, the film deals with a cop who, working in a precinct where he grew up, must confront an old secret that could destroy his life.

Domenico Vacca comes from a line of talented stylists: his grandmother was recognized as one of the finest in Southern Italy.

In 2002, Domenico and his wife Julie launched what many consider “the Ferrari of Italian Fashion.”

100 tailors and 250 seastress piece Domenico Vacca collections by hand in Naples, Italy.

Now, Domenico resides in the US with his wife and son.

Photo Copyright Domenico Vacca.

April 16, 2010

Caulfield Preparatory, a Classic Menswear Novel

J. D. Salinger wrote Catcher in the Rye in 1951 about teenage confusion, rebellion, sexuality, belonging, and alienation. The hero of the novel, Holden Caulfield, has since emerged as an icon for teenage angst.

In the story, Holden Caulfield narrates his experiences after having been expelled from a preparatory school in New York.

Deeply inspired by the novel, graphic designer Vincent Flumiani established Caulfield Preparatory in Los Angeles, in 2009 as a fashionable protagonist that men could follow.

Collections are replete with luscious knit sweaters, graphic t-shirts, and more!

Caulfield Preparatory—a classic menswear novel.

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection, Copyright Caulfield Preparatory.

April 15, 2010

Bon Bon Bodywear Rings Sweet

Many of you tell me that you love the postings on swimwear and underwear! I know! I know! The eye candy!

Well, if you enjoy candy you are going to love Bon Bon Bodywear—the brand new label of sweet eye-catching underwear.

Bon Bon Bodywear was founded last year by Vladimir Markovich—one of the original partners of British Columbia Fashion Week—who designs each collection, which is inspired by international art, technology, and design.

Bon Bon Bodywear seeks to foster confidence and self-expression for every man to live liberally. The vibrant color palettes express a spectrum of emotions and assorted states of mind.

Bon Bon Upgrade Gold (photo top) is an amazing look for the gym or office—well, I guess it really depends what you do at the office!

Photo & slideshow Copyright Bon Bon Bodywear.

0044 paris—Harder Streetwear, Softer Looks

If you like streetwear, you will love the 2010 autumn/winter collection of 0044 paris, which, directed by Seiichiro Shimamura, is 100% made in France.

This collection employs fabrics that are harder than usual, such as waxed denim sarouel pants (similar to the drop crotch) and leather sleeved blousons—short jackets with a waist belt.

Then, there is the redingote styled jackets, which will cause you to reminisce of the age-old dandy.

Used for travel on horseback, the first redingote dates back to 18th-century England where they were called “riding coats.”

The redingote could be a loose greatcoat with wide collars or a tight fitting frock as with the light cavalry known as Hussars.

Either way, talent reigns when labels like 0044 paris take us from the streets of modernity to the Victorian/Edwardian roads of London, from the ballrooms of Paris to the battlefields of the Crimean War!

For more reading on 0044, please go to the following articles:
The Revolutionary Romanticism of 0044 paris Marches On!
0044 Paris Celebrates 10 Years of Revolutionary Romanticism

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright 0044 paris.

April 14, 2010

“yoshio kubo” by Yoshio Kubo

Have you ever wondered what happens after graduation to students who come from overseas to study in your country?

Well, Japanese designer Yoshio Kubo graduated from the Philadelphia University School of Engineering and Textiles in 2000.

After graduation, he worked in New York as an assistant for the astereotypical womenswear designer Robert Danes.

Four years later, Yoshio Kubo decided to return to Japan where he launched his eponymous label yoshio kubo.

So, let’s take a look at what he has been up to back home for the 2010 autumn/winter season!

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection yoshio kubo, Courtesy of and Copyright by Japan Fashion Week Organization.

IZREEL—a Calculated Design

Kazuhiro Takakura is a native of Kanagawa, a prefecture located in Greater Tokyo with Yokohama as its capital.

He majored in mathematics at university, but after graduation Takakura decided to plunge himself into the world of fashion as an apparel manufacturer.

Launching @IZREEL in 2003, the young designer immediately debuted in Copenhagen and at Bread & Butter in Berlin a year later.

Takakura may be young, but he thoroughly understands the need for flawless designs in a country that presents fierce competition in the menswear industry.

Thus far, he has delivered every time with the precision of a calculating mathematician as he proved, once again, with his 2010 autumn/winter collection at the most recent Japan Fashion Week.

Photo & slideshow 2010 a/w collection @IZREEL, Courtesy of and Copyright by Japan Fashion Week Organization.

Fiber Journal: a University Fashion Publication

Today I received the most recent web edition of the Fiber Journal, and I was pleasantly surprised to find an article, which I had written: Never Judge a Book by Its Cover —Unless It’s in Italian!

Fiber is an online publication, which is produced by the University of Delaware Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, the Center for International Studies, and the Office of Communications and Marketing’s Research Communications Initiative.

What I like about this journal is the emphasis on sustainability within the fashion industry and the global outlook of the editorial team.

Have fun reading!

April 13, 2010

Esemplare—An Example of Italian Manufacturing

Not long ago, Esemplare sent me a sneak peek at their 2010 autumn/winter collection, along with the most recent press release on “a unique collection, in which quality and attention to detail are combined to create two lines.” The release concludes with some fun historical facts for you history buffs:

Urban Classic
A clean, yet sophisticated, clothing line starting from the choice of materials.

“Urban Classic” is the result of a hard study aimed to combine functionality and character. Easy to wear and easy to match, it was conceived for those men who prefer not to waste time in front of the mirror because in life there is much more to do and discover. However, behind this nonchalant sense of freedom lurks a lengthy, careful and meticulous effort, inspired of a passionate research and an attention to detail, designed to give life to a menswear line which is essential but never casual. This minimalism is in fact a targeted choice: we could call it a game of “balance,” where the skill lies in eliminating the superfluous in order to maximize the really fundamental details and to give each garment a greater charm and personality.

Mies van der Rohe said “Less is more”—a definition that we fully embrace.

A praise for the tradition and for those garments of the past, with the addition of an extensive research in building techniques, materials and a new and very personal touch.

The Heritage project by Esemplare stems from the desire to dedicate a tribute to what, in clothing, has left an imprint in history. These garments, including jackets and military coats, once used with a practical precise function, have exceeded time and space and they have become iconic in fashion. We have given a new life to those garments but remain faithful to the suggestions that each of them brings with them, but in a contemporary translation of certain details. Therefore, on the one hand, mere objects of worship are transformed into clothes to wear every day, and on the other hand these same garments allow us to carry the historical and emotional baggage attached to them. To do this we have acted on the personality of the garments without distorting it, for example by updating certain vintage echoes using ultra technical fabrics or special processes and adapting them to today's needs. As a consequence of this process the 3 heritage jackets brought out for the season autumn winter 2010.

No. 43 Field Jacket: Created on the model of the original Field Jacket, used between 1943 and 1965 by the U.S. Army which became a symbol of the Second World War. The M-43 was replaced in 1951 by model m-51. In 1965 it was achieved the ultimate model of the jacket, still in use. The model M-65 differs from M-43 primarily for the use of nylon with cotton.

No. 11 Navy Pea Coat: Created on the model of the original Navy Pea Coat was founded in 1811 as uniform for the British and the Dutch Royal Navy. The term "pea" comes from the Dutch "PIJ", a cloth commonly used in the manufacture of coats. The three or six buttons, in wood or brass, depict the insignia of ships. Since 1900 the Navy Pea Coat has become the official uniform of the United States Navy.

No. 39 U.S. Army Overcoat: Created on the model of the original U.S. Army Overcoat supplied by the U.S. Army since 1939. Using a heavy cloth, it gives every soldier a sufficient protection from the cold of the winter campaign of the First and Second World War. This garment is Gray-green olive, features brass buttons, similar to a design in use since 1927.

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright Esemplare.

Beyond the Closet with Beyond Closet

Beyond Closet is a relatively new label that was launched in 2008 by Tae Yong Ko of Seoul, Korea.

The label reconstructs classic styles with wit and unique individuality for men who are in the twenties and thirties.

The mainstays of Beyond Closet are the classic suit, check-pattern shirts, and slacks—wearable items that are reinterpreted through a preppy look with cues from military design.

A second line by Beyond Closet is Campaign, which is targeted at the younger male generation who is looking for stylish clothing at affordable prices.

Go beyond your closet with Beyond Closet!

Photo 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright Beyond Closet.

April 12, 2010

SIEG FAHRENHEIT—Korean cut, European feel!

In 1973, Park Seong-cheol established a sweater manufacturing company named ShinWon, which exported garments to leading brands in Europe and the US.

Adding several brands, ShinWon launched the menswear label SIEG FAHRENHEIT in 2008, targeting men between the ages of 20 and 35.

SIEG FAHRENHEIT is modern, trendy, clean cut—a European feel with a Korean cut!

Photo & slideshow 2010 s/s collection SIEG FAHRENHEIT.

Kangol-—Flipping Heads for Over 70 Years

Kangol is a label that has been specializing in headwear and accessories for over70 years.

Founded in 1938 by Jaques Spreiregen in Cumbria, England, the name derives from three words: Knit + ANGor + woOL.

Originally sported by workers and golfers, Kangol berrets were also worn by the British military in WWII, most notably by General Bernard Montgomery.

In the 1980’s Kangol entered a new phase of fashion history as they were embraced by many groups with the hip-hop community.

Since then, Kangol’s flip of the coin has been “heads” all the way!

Photo & slideshow 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright Kangol.

April 11, 2010

The Philipp Lahm & Floris van Bommel Anti-AIDS Activity

What do the German football star Philipp Lahm and Dutch shoe designer Floris van Bommel have in common?

The 2010 autumn/winter fight against AIDS!

The Van Bommel shoe company dates back to 1734 in Breda, the Netherlands, and is now managed by the ninth generation of three brothers: Floris, Reynier and Pepijn.

Philipp Lahm was born 1983 in Munich, Germany, and is a footballer who plays as a defender for Bayern Munich.

Now these two men bring together two related but separate worlds—shoe wear and football. They do so in an all out effort to support an education campaign directed at children and adolescents with AIDS.

Instead of an athletic sneaker, the choice went hands down for a black patent leather dress shoe.

Sheer in look, the shoe is lined with brown linen and, on the pink insole, you will find a chic joint logo.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the special model shoe will be donated to the German AIDS Foundation.

The edition will be available by December 1, just in time for World AIDS Day, and will sell at a price of 260 euro.

Photos Copyright Van Bommel.

Gio-Goi Autumn/Winter 2010 Footwear

Live who you are. We are Gio-Goi.”

Chris and Anthony Donnelly launched Gio-Goi in 1988, in response to their friends who went to the US and brought back Chicago’s house music to Manchester’s underground scene. Soon, the two brothers were dressing everyone!

Now a new generation of rock celebrities wears Gio-Goi, reinforcing the solid music foundation on which the brand first danced.

The 2010 autumn/winter collection of men’s footwear embraces a wide range of new styles and silhouettes with vulcanised and cup-sole high tops and mid-height trainers, as well as trainers, which draw inspiration from street wear, clubbing, and outdoor wear.

The color palette revisits the 1980’s with bright reds, greens, oranges, and neon yellows on assorted material combinations like snake effects, perforations, and textured canvas.

Photos 2010 a/w collection Copyright Gio-Goi.