May 31, 2010

Men's Fashion Week Bulgaria

Recently held January 28-February 3, 2010, Men’s Fashion Week Bulgaria was founded by the National Fashion Chamber of Bulgaria and the Municipality of Plovdiv—the second largest city of Bulgaria and one of the most ancient cities in Europe.

Probably one of my most favorite cities, Plovdiv lays claim to a 6,000-year history. Originally a Thracian city, Plovdiv was named Philippopolis after having been conquered by Philip II of Macedon—father of Alexander the Great.

One of my favorite areas of the city is Old Plovdiv—a town within a town—followed by the 2nd-century Roman theatre, which crowns the city.

Other jewels that have recently graced the modern-day city of Plovdiv at Men’s Fashion Week Bulgaria were menswear designers Juliet Polejanska of Julidan, Evgeni Petkov of Eugenio, and Moni Petrov.

Photo center top Old Plovdiv by Nikola Gruev GNU Free Documentation license at Wikipedia.
Photo center bottom Roman Theater by CdaMVvWgS, GNU Free Documentation License at

Geronimo—the Sexy Label on the Black Sea

Geronimo is the largest producer of swimwear, underwear, and bodywear in Bulgaria. Stands for sheer masculinity, the company is situated in the city of Burgas on the Black Sea.

Burgas was originally founded as a Greek city—Pyrgos (‘tower’)—passing to the Romans. Now a large port city, Burgas is a center of maritime trade on the Bulgarian Black Sea Riviera.

No wonder, a fashionable label like Geronimo would rise from these sandy beaches!

For over 15 years, Geronimo has been producing boxers, briefs, swim suits, and t-shirts, which instill the self-confidence of the Bulgarian male.

Achieving superior quality, Geronimo strives to create satisfied customers. Geronimo designs for young men who want to be sexy, free, and set apart from the norm.

Last year, Geronimo accepted the challenge to run a campaign entitled “To Be a Champion,” which entailed a calendar shoot with the CSKA Sofia soccer team.

Shop online at the Geronimo Online Shop.

Photo & slideshow Copyright Geronimo.

May 30, 2010

A Deluge of Difference with Be Different

The 78th Edition of Pitti Uomo is just around the corner, and Be Different is being a different kind of exhibitor this time with “Après Moi Le Deluge”—a cocktail inauguration of the 2011 spring/summer collection at the prestigious Poggiali and Forconi Gallery.

The words “Après Moi Le Deluge” (literally, ‘After me comes the flood’) were first spoken by French King, Louis XV, referring to the events that would follow his death.

Be Different ties the words to 6 works of art that will be exhibited from the latest series, “Deluge,” presented by the celebrated David La Chapelle—American photographer and film/video director.

Italian music, tastes, and scents will pervade the Gallery!

So, Be Different and take a personal interest in what may befall even after our time.

Photos 2011 spring/summer collection Copyright Be Different.

May 29, 2010

Imcha Imchen—the Green Menswear Designer from Nagaland

“COLOR is inspiring. But I do not let it define ME or where I come from.” Imcha Imchen

Imcha Imchen is a native of Nagaland, a hill state in northeastern India that borders Assam, Manipur, and Burma. He grew up in the tiny town of Medziphema.

Imcha graduated in Environmental Science from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science in Bangalore. He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, where he studied Design and Merchandising.

Now, combining his two degrees, Imcha is contending for the environment with his latest collection in a campaign called “Do You Know When the River Has Run Dry.” The title was taken from the debut album of Naga singer/songwriter and dear friend, Senti Toy.

The campaign was shot in the Dzukou Valley, in an effort to preserve and conserve the nature and wildlife of Nagaland and implement sustainable tourism. Nagaland abounds in flora and fauna with tropical evergreen forests.

Photo of Ben Jamir by Rokovor Vihienuo Copyright Imcha Imchen.

May 28, 2010

Grigor Zaitzev—A Sunbeam of His Father’s Glory

Another Russian designer at the recent edition of Russia Fashion Week was Grigor Zaitsev—son of the most famous of all Russian designers, Slava Zaitsev!

Sketching from an early age, Grigor completed his studies in 1983 and immediately joined his father’s Fashion House.

There, Grigor designed many costumes for theatre, cinema, and the circus, as well as famous musicians. Clearly, Grigor and his designs are deeply influenced by the Russian Rock Revolution of the 1980’s.

Not only rejoicing with but also instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Regime, Grigor now welcomes a new generation of artistic designers, despite the current arduous times.

Photo top left 2010 s/s collection, Courtesy & Copyright Russian Fashion Week.
Photo bottom center Grigor Zaitsev, Courtesy & Copyright Grigor Zaitsev.

May 26, 2010

Artistic Distinction from Tallinn—Violetta Litivinova

Born on the Baltic Sea in Tallinn, Estonia, Violetta Litvinova grew up with a mother who created garments that would cause Violetta to stand out among her classmates.

Soon Violetta was sewing matchless garments that never ceased to amaze her schoolmates as she drew inspiration from the art books that she uncovered at the local library.

Violetta eventually pursued her studies in Moscow where, throughout the 1980’s, she rubbed shoulders with other young artists of her generation.

Since that time, Violetta has accumulated various awards for her artistic creations as she combines rich traditions with contemporary trends, creating inimitable looks for the inimitable dresser.

Photo Courtesy & Copyright Russian Fashion Week.

From Congo to Russia—Stella Ndombi

Stella Ndombi is an acclaimed model in the Russian fashion industry.

She was born and raised in Brazzaville—the capital of the Republic of Congo—in a family of French diplomats.

At the age of seven, Stella’s family moved to Paris and then to Moscow, which has since become her new home.

In Moscow, a Russian stylist and fashion designer known as “Alisher discovered the exotic beauty of Stella and led her to fame as one of Russia’s Top 10 models.

Soon afterward, Stella became one of Russia’s Top fashion designers.

At the most recent edition of Russian Fashion Week, which was held in Moscow April 1-6, Stella presented “Boxer’s Second Skin”—her first joint collection with Alisher.

This 2010 autumn/winter collection resulted from the arena of martial arts with all of its adrenaline-arousing silks, leathers, and furs.

This winter, be a winner with Alisher! And be a champ with Stella Ndombi!

Photo & slideshow 2010 autumn/winter collection Copyright Stella Ndombi .

Valeria Kovalskaya at Russian Fashion Week

Recently I have been posting on Ukrainian designers that presented striking menswear collections last week at the Lviv Fashion Week in Lviv, Ukraine.

Now I would like to travel more than 500 miles northeast, and about a month back in time, to Russian Fashion Week, which celebrated its 20th Jubilee April 1-6 at the World Trade Center in Moscow.

During the festive event, Ukrainian fashion designer of Kiev, Valeria Kovalskaya, presented a spectacular collection, which was rocked by the sounds of punk and grunge.

The color palette spanned the soft tones of grey, blue, beige, terracotta, cream, and chocolate on a plethora of fabrics, including cashmere, suede, and leather.

Valeria specializes in costumes for musical and dance productions.

Photos Courtesy and Copyright Russian Fashion Week.

May 25, 2010

Family Fashion by Mariana Gromish at Lviv Fashion Week

Launched for the first time in March 2009, the most recent edition of Lviv Fashion Week was held May 20-23 in Lviv, Ukraine, with 3-4 thousands guests per day. Special guest was Russian couturier Vyacheslav Zaitsev.

During the event Modna Kraina presented a new project, “Fashionable Country,” which seeks to promote Ukraine via the internet as a viable modern and fashionable country.

This edition of Lviv Fashion Week also showcased several Ukrainian menswear designers, including Olesya Telizhenko and Mariana Gromish.

Laying special emphasis on the family, Mariana Gromish featured a collection of all-natural fabrics in black and white for young parents.

Photo & slideshow Courtesy and Copyright Lviv Fashion Week.

May 24, 2010

What Do We Know about Ukraine?

My relationship with Ukraine has been brief but intense. My first encounter with Ukrainians was at a young age with émigrés, who had made their way westward during the days of the Soviet Union.

My contact with their ancient customs—such as their folk dances, traditional costumes, and the painted Easter egg known as “pysanka”—all reinforced my attraction to this cradle of Slavic civilization.

Bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, and two major seas, Ukraine is the second largest country in Eastern Europe.

Dating back to the 9th-century, Ukraine was a fulcrum of life for the Eastern Slavs, which was known as Kievan Rus’—the largest and most powerful state in Europe.

After many years of foreign domination, Ukraine was incorporated into the Soviet Union as a republic in 1922, gaining independence in 1991.

Photo pysanky by Lubap, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license at Wikipedia.

“Wild Space” in the Ukraine by Olesya Telizhenko

Olesya Telizhenko was born 1984 into an artistic family in Cherkasy, Ukraine.

A graduate of the National Academy of Arts, Olesya since become known as an “ethno-modern designer,” which is evidenced by her most recent collection that she presented at Lviv Fashion Week (20-23 May).

“Wild Space” is a collection that boldly mixes natural materials and textures—all decorated with hand-stitched embroidery.

Each garment rides us across the sun-scorched grass of the Cossack Steppe, from the grey morning fog to the starry black nights.

Chocolate, grey, blue, and black undergird the color palette.
This 2010 autumn/winter collection draws particular attention to the Ukrainian male.

Photo & slideshow Copyright Olesya Telizhenko

Cuba, Little Havana & Dominos with Illesteva

Plans for the Summer? How about a trip to Havana, Cuba!

This summer, Illesteva is taking us back to the 1950’s of Havana—the Latin Los Vegas of that era.

The lookbook, which was shot by David Cabrera on Calle Ocho Boulevard of Miami’s historic district “Little Havana,” features some of the world’s finest in dominos.

Founded by Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske in 2009, Illesteva arouse out of a sense of boredom with contemporary eyewear.

Handmade in Germany and Italy, the eyewear is constructed with the highest quality of materials, from acetate to titanium.

The 2010 spring/summer collection is available now at Oki Ni.

Photos Copyright Illesteva.

May 23, 2010

This Is Not A Suit—Natives, LA by A. Sauvage

What does the word “suit” mean to you? What type of rapport do you have with a suit? When you choose a suit, do you seek formality or do you throw in a personal twist?

These are some of the questions that Adrien Sauvage sets out to answer in his case study: This Is Not A Suit.

In his investigation, Adrien allows the subjects to select from his first collection any suit items, which they wear in the context of their life, whether skateboarding, surfing, playing basketball, and so forth.

Suit “unfriendly” for obvious reasons, Venice Beach of Los Angeles was the location of choice where Adrien conducted his study on the “Natives.”

Photo & slideshow Copyright A. Sauvage.

May 22, 2010

Back to the Basics with Mackage

Modern. Sleek. Slim. Edgy. A chic silhouette. That’s Mackage in a nutshell. But there is more.

Mackage was founded on the premise that outerwear is an integral part of menswear: the coat is not merely an addition to the attire but rather the central outfit!

For spring/summer 2010, Mackage reinvents the classic look.

Long-term friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan return to their roots of utilitarian staples with luxe leathers, washed cottons, asymmetrical zippers and button placements, buckles, and hidden snaps.

Besides trenches, the collection presents waterproof bombers, as well as jackets that pack into an invisible pouch.


Photo & slideshow Copyright Mackage.

May 21, 2010

Billy Reid and LOVE Support Nashville Flood Relief

In the past, I have published several articles on the menswear collections of Billy Reid—a designer from the Deep South of the US: Billy Reid, a Southern Boy at Heart! and First Things First with Billy Reid & Stetson.

Not only is Billy Reid influenced by his deep Southern roots but he also remains in deep solidarity with them.

In response to the devastating floods that washed over Nashville, Tennessee, on May 1st and 2nd, Billy Reid has designed the LOVE t-shirt with the stars taken from the state flag.

The LOVE t-shirt drew inspiration from Nashville graphic designer, Katie Beth, who also responded to the natural disaster with a bumper sticker in support of her community.

All proceeds of the LOVE tee, which costs $38, will go to Hands on Nashville.

So why not join in on some of the LOVE and Southern hospitality of Billy Reid with a LOVE tee?!

Photo Copyright Billy Reid.

May 20, 2010

Raf Simons Snake T-Shirt

I’m sure that many of us have heard the song before: “She said, ‘I don't like spiders and snakes…’”

But here is a snake that we are going to love—the Raf Simons Snake T-Shirt.

Instead of snakeskin, the tee is made of ultra-light translucent materials.
The item is from the Raf Simons 2010 spring/summer collection and available at Oki-Ni.

Born in 1968, Raf Simons is a Belgian designer who, after studying Industrial Design, began designing menswear clothing in 1995.

Influenced by youth culture, Raf Simons elegantly captures the male body as if progressing from a young boy to a mature man.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright Oki-Ni.

May 19, 2010

Good Griffe! What is a Griffe?!

The word griffe (pronounced grief) comes from the French word ‘claw’ and refers to household name brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and the like.

If someone Italy is all “decked out” in these well-known designer labels, we say that he is all “griffato!”

Personally I love almost all the griffes out there, and they do set the thermometer for menswear around the world!

In my new website, which is currently being programmed, I have dedicated a section to griffes to provide a complete picture on the worldwide menswear fashion scene.

Photo free use, Copyright stock.xchng.

HUGO BOSS: A Brand for Every Occasion!

As I have iterated in the past, Men’s Fashion by Francesco is dedicated largely to emerging designers and trends around the world.

Nevertheless, since the Egyptian magazine for which I write—Uomo Moda—showcases many well-known griffes, I have written an article for the Summer Edition on the multiple lines of HUGO BOSS:

Hugo Ferdinand Boss first set up workshop in 1923 as a masterful tailor in Metzingen, Germany. Since that time, HUGO BOSS has grown into a global network of 6,100 sales points in 110 countries.

Besides the core brand BOSS, menswear lines include BOSS Black, BOSS Selection, BOSS Orange, and BOSS Green, as well as by the HUGO brand.

While the premium BOSS brand provides style-minded men with tailored sophistication, the HUGO collection is designed for the more unconventional trendsetter who wants to dress with unrivaled confidence.

The main BOSS Black line provides the modern men with elegant classic looks that satisfy the demands for any formal business or evening attire.

BOSS Orange allows the leisurely man to relax in a vibrant palette of exciting colors, while the golf-inspired BOSS Green line elegantly closes the gap between sportswear and sports apparel.

Finally, the premium BOSS Selection line is the last word on tailoring at its best!

The picture gallery below features the 2010 spring/summer collection of BOSS Orange—casual wear for the urban lifestyle in the world’s most cosmopolitan capitals.

Photo & slideshow 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright HUGO BOSS.

May 18, 2010

Behind the Scenes with G-Star Raw

I would like to bring you another article that i wrote for the Summer Edition of Uomo Moda. I hope you enjoy it:

Electrifying. Sensational. Titillating. These are some of the words spectators use to describe any one exciting runway event. But what many audiences fail to realize is that fashion shows also entail much hard work.

Not only have I attended fashion events but I have also been participated in their organization. Behind all the bright lights and loud beats, I can attest that much unnoticed activity goes on behind the scenes.

Hairstylists, make-up artists, seamstresses, and fitters all bustle about before the curtain lifts, preparing for that “make- or-break” moment. Meanwhile journalists, reporters, cameramen, and photographers buzz about covering the pre-show commotion.

For a backstage sneak peak, G-Star Raw has provided a photo gallery of the NY RAW Spring/Summer 2010 Collection, which was presented last year at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The Raw elegance of the collection featured vintage Mediterranean “high society” couture.

Conceived 1989 in Amsterdam, G-Star Raw is an innovative Dutch label of “stylish, pure, and functional” clothing that has attracted a worldwide following of fashion-forward consumers. Headquartered in the Netherlands, G-Star Raw operates a network of 5,568 sales points in 61 countries.

Photos Copyright G-Star Raw.

Today in History with Emperial Nation

We have all had them or seen them: those little calendars that post a fact a day as “Today in History.”

Well, now there is an entire clothing website that not only posts the historical event on their site but also allows you to wear it on your tee—Emperial Nation.

Did you know that, today on 18 May 1804, Napoleon proclaimed himself the emperor of the French people?

Buy it! Wear it! Live it! Fashion and history all in one with Emperial Nation.

Photo Copyright Emperial Nation.

May 17, 2010

Fashion Districts 101: from New York to Naples

It is that exciting time of year again for the next edition of Uomo Moda, the 1st and only menswear magazine in Egypt. Since the Spring Edition has met with such wide acclaim, I thought I would give you a sneak preview to the Summer Edition. The following article is entitled, Fashion Districts 101: from New York to Naples:

In last year’s summer issue, I briefly described the history of fashion in Istanbul, which dates back to the days of the Ottoman Empire. Today, Istanbul has grown into a shopper’s paradise brimming with bazaars, covered markets, and award-winning shopping malls.

Nevertheless, these types of commercial centers differ radically from the three major fashion districts in Istanbul; namely, Merter, Osmanbey, and Laleli, which team with fashion houses, showrooms, and garment manufacturers.

Hence, the question arises: “Just what is the fundamental difference between fashion districts and fashion or shopping centers?

To most individuals, a fashion district denotes some sort of urban shopping destination, consisting of designer boutiques, prestigious labels, and haut couture. But a fashion district is not merely a major souk or commercial quarter but rather a specific kind of industrial district.

Categorized as such, fashion districts can be defined as a conglomeration of companies specializing in textile and garment production within the same geographic area, wherein there exists a measure of interdependence and competition.

As will be seen, fashion districts come in all shapes and sizes, each presenting a different history, infrastructure, network of interrelationships, and current setting.

New York City
One of the most famed fashion districts in the world is the Garment District of New York City, which is situated between Fifth and Ninth Avenues from 34th to 42nd Streets, occupying nearly one square mile.

Also known as the Garment Center and the Fashion Center, New York’s fashion district has played a central role in US textile manufacturing and fashion design since the late 1800’s, at which time the driving force of the local industry was a diversified immigrant population.

By the turn of the 19th century, New York was already out-producing every urban rival. Moreover, the city’s garment industry had surpassed all other industries, becoming a center of fashion that set new trends and ever-changing styles.

Although fabric and accessory shops still abound in the Big Apple, most clothing manufacturers have abandoned the island, leaving New York one of the top fashion capitals in the world. The fashion industry is the second largest industry, as well as home to the headquarters of nearly 1,000 fashion companies.

Generating approximately $10 billion in wages, New York City has emerged as a worldwide destination for upscale shopping districts with numerous flagship stores, such as Puma, Benetton, and Dolce & Gabbana.

London is a city known for fashion streets, particularly menswear streets. While Savile Row is often associated with fine suits, Jermyn Street is synonymous with shirt making and gentleman’s apparel.

Located in Mayfair of Central London, Savile Row is not only renowned for “bespoke tailoring,” but it is also reputed as the birthplace of the term, which denotes ‘custom-made clothing’.

Built between 1731 and 1735, Savile Row began attracting tailors in the 1800’s due to George Bryan “Beau” Brummell, who popularized the modern-day suit and tie into an image called “the dandy.” Beau, the model dandy, was noted for his impeccably fitted apparel.

Located in Westminster of Central London, Jermyn Street dates back to about 1664 and is celebrated for gentleman fashion, particularly fine shirts.

Contrary to much popular opinion, Naples and its surrounding towns have been a main fashion hub in Italy for generations, boasting a vibrant garment production industry since WWII.
In 1999, local artisans passed the baton to CIS di Nola, which has become one of the largest fashion districts in Europe—a showcase of 300 companies that unites nearly 1,000.

At CIS di Nola, one may not find the classy upscale showrooms of Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino but the eight islands brim with numerous local labels like my all-time favorite—Primo Emporio.

Besides onsite sales and distribution, CIS di Nola organizes international road shows, such as the recent “CIS Business Tour for Lebanon”—a business-to-business event that took place 11-14 April 2010.

Photo top right Francesco in Istanbul Copyright Men's Fashion by Francesco.
Photo top left United Colors of Benetton on 5th Avenue, New York, Copyright Benetton.
Photo bottom right Beau Brummell by Herr uebermann,
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Photo bottom left CIS di Nola Copyright

May 16, 2010

PUDEL Denim Launch

Based in London, PUDEL is a Scandinavian brand that was launched in 2005 by Swedish designer Lina Österman, a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design .

Somewhat gender-free, PUDEL combines the edginess of Scandinavia with the urbanwear of London’s streets.

London-based model, Jethro Cave of Australia, performed the 2010 spring/summer shoot with New York photographer Sven-Anton.

Photo & slideshow 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright PUDEL.

May 15, 2010

“Beautiful Minds” with LAB | Su du est

In the past, I have reviewed several collections from Chris Cheng’s main line, which bears the title LAB Local Art Base.

Now, I would like to introduce you to the premium line at LAB, which is entitled LAB Su du est.

Chris has truly outdone himself with this line’s 2010 autumn/winter collection called “Beautiful Minds,” which is inspired by lunacy and insanity—an eventful twist on hospital chic that plays on matters of the mind.

The collection draws influence from a range of films, including Requiem for a Dream, Fightclub, Amelie, and Clockwork Orange.

Reflecting the layers of the conscious mind, the collection abounds in pleating and folds.

The lookbook stills have been taken from a short film, which vividly introduces the collection.

Photo & slideshow Copyright LAB GALLERIE ®.
Art Direction - Chris Cheng
Styling Assist - Aska Yokoyama
Hair & Makeup - Jo Candelaria
Photography - David Taylor
Film Director - Harry Triglone
Backstage Fotos - Fernando Barraza
Model - Joseph. S
Model - Ben. F

Shoes Courtesy of Diesel - Black Gold.

May 14, 2010

King Krash from Denim Legend Donwan Harrell

Donwan Harrell of Prps is making his mark on the world of jeans with a new label that rumbles with the ideology of the subversive groups in the 70’s.

Now, this 21st-century brand comes riding amongst the urban styles of those nonconformist street-racing gangs like the Viceroys, Satan Spades, Passaic Street Racers, and La West Side Familia.

In his own words, Donwan Harrell writes:

“King Krash has given me the opportunity to design with a younger customer in mind. As a designer, I gravitate towards the creative manifestation of the rebel in youth culture. All of these people were fiercely independent artisans who decided to do something different. They worked with what they were stuck with; some were bored, some hated it, but they all flipped their situations into something they loved.”

Photos Courtesy of My Wardrobe.

May 13, 2010

“Armored Body” at Architectural Clothes

If you like architecture, you will love Architectural Clothes by Mexican designer Nahum Villasana from Mexicali, Baja California.

Two years after graduating from the Escuela de Diseño de Baja California in Fashion Design and Pattern Making, in 2007 the 24-year-old designer launched his menswear line, which has already released 4 collections.

Inspired by the architectural shapes of the human body, Nahum draws more influence from the ancient “Cycladic” art and sculptures of the Aegean islands (3300-200 BC) than the fashion centers of New York or Europe.

The current collection is entitled the “Armored Body”—constructed structures that protect the human body.

Photo & slideshow “Armored Body” Copyright Architectural Clothes.

Domenico Vacca Launches Domenico Vacca Denim

Designer-to-the-stars brings luxury to the denim market

NEW YORK, May 11, 2010—Domenico Vacca, known as the official clothier of the red carpet with clients ranging from Fabulous to Al Pacino, is set to bring his tailor made aesthetic to the world of high end denim.

Domenico Vacca has entered into a partnership with Koon Enterprises LLC to design, produce and distribute Domenico Vacca Denim worldwide. “We are very excited about the launch of Domenico Vacca Denim. We are bringing our sartorial experience to the denim world to create the ultimate luxury denim brand,” says Mr. Vacca.

The elements of luxury synonymous with the Domenico Vacca brand are carried over into the design of the denim collection. Jeans are made with Italian Candiani selvedge denim and lined with the same fine fabrics used to craft Domenico Vacca’s highly coveted dress shirts. As with the main collection, the hand is mightier than the needle. Domenico Vacca Denim employs a hand construction system from the wash to the destruction and abrasions of each jean.

Domenico Vacca Denim will launch its Men’s collection this Fall 2010 with Women’s styles to follow in Spring 2011. Both collections will be distributed to premium department stores, better specialty retailers, and at Domenico Vacca boutiques worldwide.

About Domenico Vacca
For Domenico Vacca, quality is where the integrity of his namesake label begins. With 100 master tailors and 250 seamstresses who construct and sew his collection by hand in Naples, Italy, Vacca offers ultimate luxury in women’s and men’s fashion where timeless pieces meet flattering fits, styles and fabrics. The incredibly chic lifestyle collection is a favorite among music’s biggest stars, A-list actors, athletes and fellow designers.

About Koon Enterprises LLC
Founded in 2004 by CEO Jonathan Koon, Koon Enterprises is a diversified apparel design, manufacturing and distribution house. Koon Enterprises manufactures a full range of products from apparel and outerwear to accessories with an expertise in denim. Producing in its own denim facilities and wash houses in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Koon Enterprises creates denim of the finest quality.

Photo, slideshow & text Copyright Domenico Vacca.

May 12, 2010

Win Tickets to the Le Mans 24 Hour Race 2010 with Hackett London

Any race car aficionados out there?

Now is your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the Le Mans 24 Hour Race 2010 with Hackett London!

Hackett London, a tradition British menswear label, is an official sponsor of Aston Martin Racing that produces the team clothing range.

The Hackett label is the offspring of a business partnership that was clinched in 1983 between Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd who met on Portobello Road in London.

Raised and educated in Clifton, Bristol, Jeremy left school at the age of 17 to work in a local men’s fashion shop.

A year later, he departed for the fashionable King’s Road and, later, onto Savile Row where he dreamed of starting his own business. The rest is dream come true!

For additional information on how to enter the competition, click here.

Photos & slideshow Copyright Hackett London.

May 11, 2010

Relax This Summer with Bershka

One of my favorite pastimes back home in Italy was to visit Bershka—the local fashion-minded store that is owned by the Spanish company, Inditex (INdustria de DIseño TEXtil, which translates as Textile Design Industries, Inc.).

Founded and chaired by Spain’s wealthiest entrepreneur, Amancio Ortega Gaona, Inditex also owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, and Stradivarius.

Two years after Inditex had founded Bershka in 1998, the new trendy brand was already being sold in 100 locations.

Now, a dozen years later, Bershka has expanded into 600 stores in 42 countries.

Bershka’s team of designers is comprised of 50 professionals who propose over 4,000 products within its massive network of stores.

So, have a look at the 2010 spring/summer collection and relax this summer with Bershka!

Photo & slideshow 2010 spring/summer collection Copyright Bershka.

May 10, 2010

Introducing Domenico Vacca Limited Edition

If you like to be unique and you love formalwear, then this next press release is for you!

Domenico Vacca is proud to introduce his ‘Domenico Vacca Limited Edition’ collection for Men. The collection includes men’s jackets and suits and will soon also include a women’s collection of limited numbered items.

Domenico Vacca’s ‘Limited Edition’ collection is entirely sewn hand. ‘We wanted to compete with ourselves and to confirm our leadership in the handmade luxury market,’ Domenico Vacca says.

‘While our competitors have cut down substantially in the hand work in their garments, we have increased it. We have positioned ourselves at the very top of the handmade world.’

Domenico Vacca adds, ‘There is no other company that makes a more handmade garment than us.’ Everything in the ‘Domenico Vacca Limited Edition’ collection is hand sewn besides the two lateral seams and the sleeve seams just because of strength purposes. These seams are still folded and top stitched by hand. As for the rest of the garment, it is all hand sewn inside out.

The decision to call the new label ‘Domenico Vacca Limited Edition’ and numbering every garment one by one comes from the notion that every piece is truly a work of art. Many companies have been playing around with the ‘limited edition’ concept while still making hundreds of pieces.

Mr. Vacca has always made limited edition pieces but his ‘Domenico Vacca Limited Edition’ collection goes from 3 garments to a maximum of 18 garments worldwide for each fabric and style.

‘This is the essence of exclusivity,’ says Mr. Vacca. ‘To wear something that only few other people have in the world is a symbol of that exclusivity.’ Every garment is numbered in his ‘Limited Edition’ collection and is a true masterpiece in terms of craftsmanship, fabric, style and rarity.

The ‘Domenico Vacca Limited Edition’ collection is also available in bespoke where every garment is labeled 1/1.

‘It is our goal to keep giving our clients the best product in the market and the best value at a time where our clients are becoming more educated and price conscious,’ says Mr. Vacca. ‘We wanted to keep making the ‘Ferrari of Clothing’ with passion and pride.’”

Photos & text Copyright Domenico Vacca.

The REILLY Brand Launch

Recently I received an interesting press release, which I would like to present to you:

“For 2010, Guardians of the Standard, British creative collective, present a highly anticipated range of super-premium cotton artisanal men’s t-shirts based on the work of one of their number, cult graphic artist REILLY.

Having developed an ever growing profile in the sphere’s of art and fashion, REILLY and Guardians of the Standard have chosen to now offer his intricate and impactful work through his prints being applied to the highest quality jersey t-shirts and sweats.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Reilly has become a key figure in the world of illustration. His highly individual style is at the forefront in using new technologies to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in illustration.

Combining dynamic colour blocking, hand drawn and painstakingly rendered vector elements, then layering over tags, graffiti and found objects, as well as his own cartoon characters - this makes his work instantly recognisable in all its hypnotic variety.

Each piece within the range, fabricated from superior Pima cotton jersey and cotton/modal loop-back, features a tonal raised rubber logo and eight unique print options, which are carried in colourways of white, black or a pop colour of Emerald Green, Cardinal and Royal Purple.

‘Mozake’ is a jarringly colourful faceted skull, pushing the envelope on discharge printing with 14 colours, resulting in bright, most vibrant contrast, embellished with plastisol framing and a raised rubber print to the reverse.

Other styles include ‘R’ featuring the unique REILLY logo in foil and discharge print, ‘Clown’, inspired by François Fratellini, and his 'whiteface' character, the all-knowing, cocky and somewhat serious clown, artfully embellished with crystals, ‘Woop’ features a combination of 'Reilly' characters and all things Disney.

The Ndebele African tribe and their women’s love for art, beadwork and large mural paintings inspire ‘Bele’. Bright colours and bold graphics give their art a remarkable richness and vitality.

‘Girls’ is Inspired by the iconic, ‘I Love New York’ graphic created by Milton Glaser in 1977 and ‘Skull’ which features a crystal skull detail on front and back and reflects a combination of American tattoo art and images from El Dîa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

‘Totem’ is inspired by the monumental sculptures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.

A range of lightweight full-sleeve sweatshirts is also offered, in solely midnight and black, and come in 3 styles: Muzzer, Mozake and Mickey R.”

Photos Copyright REILLY.