April 30, 2011

Hixsept Spring/Summer 2011 “Problem and Dusk” Collection

Founded in 1999 by Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry, French label Hixsept L’Oiseau Gris draws inspiration from the locations, which the founders have visited.

Not too long ago Aurélien and Jérémie discovered the Chicago-based artist, Paul Cowan, and decided to create the 2011 spring/summer collection according to colorful canvases of Problème et Crépuscule (‘problem and dusk’).

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Hixsept.

Le Temps des Cerises & Japan Rags

Originally “Le Temps des Cerises” was a song written in 1866 and associated with the short-lived workers’ movement in France called the Paris Commune.

Today in France, Le Temps des Cerises is the brainchild of father and son duo Gil Richardiere and Lylian: father—a former jeans antique dealer in the 80’s; son—fashion designer.

Rooted in all that is vintage, the urban brand abounds in faded, weathered, and worn items. This thrift store culture is also applied to the men’s line, Japan Rags.

Recently the label has taken on “green” concerns with an eye to preserving the environment with responsible manufacturing, waterless techniques in denim treatment, and nontoxic gas processes.

The jeans are distributed through a network of thousand dealers across the globe.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos Copyright Le Temps des Cerises.

Converse Brings Out Superheroes

Boom! Bang! KaPow!

This Spring Chuck Taylor takes on the superheroes in a new line of comic strip-driven sneakers!

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Joker are a few of the superpower icons to be walking around the cities this summer!

So if you are young or young at heart, take on some superpower yourself with Converse’s all new super Chucks!

See more of the models here.

Photos Copyright Converse.

The Duluth Wanderer Pack at YMC

YMC and Duluth have joined hands in creating a colorful line of backpacks for this spring/summer season.

The Duluth Pack has its humble roots in a poor French-Canadian named Camille Poirer, who made his way west to Duluth.

Arriving here in 1870 with his “little stock of leather and tools,” he began a small shoe store and quickly made a go of it in this booming frontier town on the shores of Gitchi Gummi.

On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap and had new-fangled shoulder straps, in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap, and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country).

Known then as the Poirer pack, this Northwood’s classic is referred to today as the original Duluth Pack.

See the collection of backpacks here.

Photos & text Copyright YMC, Courtesy the Mantic.

April 28, 2011

Stone Island Spring/Summer 2011

LAB and LIFE, the two faces of Stone Island.

LAB is the incessant and continuous research into materials and treatments. The result of its never ending vocation to daring experimentation.

LIFE is its lending experience and perception. Strong aesthetics providing status to its wearer. A recognisable and impactful transversal sportswear for everyday use.

These two cores have been merged into a single idea to create the Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
References and inspiration taken from the various environments have been carefully investigated in order to create useful functions and details.

Ocean Navigation, the Navy and Uniforms have been rewritten with a modern, urban vocabulary.

The treatments modify the aspect of materials and as always make the difference.

The fabrics come to life and gain body, matte or shiny qualities, depth, shading.

Special dyes have been used to achieve metallic highlights that recreate the appearance of the bodywork of latest generation sports cars.

Iridescent surfaces have been achieved by laminating them with nylon monofilament mesh.

Two-tone effects have been created printing and plating techniques.

Modern technology has revitalised fabrics from the historic archive.

Special Features
Reflective Jacket: thousands of glass microspheres coat the surface, making the jacket retro reflective.

Heat Reactive Jacket: heat sensitive, changing colour with the increase in temperature owing to a liquid crystal coating.

Ghost Piece: pure colour, all black and white, as if it had been dipped into a tin of paint, including the Compass Rose badge.

Patch Program: the new expression of the brand. A square label with the Stone Island Compass Rose embroidered onto polo shirts, T-shirts and sweatshirts, into shirts and trousers, onto swim trunks.

Military inspiration: green, grey, forest green, air-force blue and navy.

Navy and nautical inspiration: yellow, red, white, navy, green and orange.

Urban inspiration: stucco, blue and black.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Stone Island.

Stone Island Shadow Project Spring/Summer 2011

The Stone Island Shadow began as a discourse between Sportswear Company owner and creative director Carlo Rivetti and the design team of Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh, also known as ACRONYM ®.

A platform for exploration, the Shadow project rapidly evolved into a system based program for a new generation of urban masculine apparel.

With both Stone Island’s incredible historical archive, and its unparalleled forward development resources as a starting point, ACRONYM® sought to conceive a project according to their strong technical and performance based roots. The result is a unique and unprecedented fusion.

A fresh and intelligent new light cast upon the timeless interplay of form and function.

Calling the project SHADOW underlines the intimate relationship and interaction between this work and the full body of the STONE ISLAND collection.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Stone Island.

April 27, 2011

Kakadu Traders—Rugged Aussie Outerwear

Established from true working class roots in the expansive Australian outback with nearly four decades in the outerwear industry, the Kakadu brand has the experience and knowledge that comes only with time.

A combination of the finest most durable materials, quality fittings, and a style based upon function and purpose has earned Kakadu a reputation for producing some of the toughest, innovative, most reliable outerwear.

Strong rugged canvas, top grain cowhide and antique brass hardware are amongst the raw materials that give the Kakadu products the guts and functionality needed to get the job done every time.

Kakadu Traders is a proud family company.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Kakadu Traders.

Percival Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Percival brings their spring/summer 2011 stock to you a little late in the season, but with the sun showing full color it’s about the right time!

All men with good taste know one needs a smart pair of shorts (there’s no shame in showing leg); however, if you’re they shy type the light twill chinos will probably suffice.

This season the Waxed Mac has been improved with an inside breast pocket and reinforced buttons; they have also restocked on the yellow due to popular demand.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Percival.

Percival Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

Many prominent individuals throughout history possessed the surname Percival in Britain, including King Arthur’s legendary knight of the round table, which dates back to the 12th century. Now there is a legendary menswear label with the same name!

Designed and manufactured in London, Percival is the new kid on the block in British menswear—designed by Chris Gove and Luke Stenzhorn.

Dissatisfied with fits and fabrics, the graphic designers and illustrators have launched this line of classic worker wear, which takes on an air of boyish adventure.

The look is simple while the fit is utilitarian—both meant to last long. One of the duo’s favorite items is the Waxed Mac, which consists of 100% waterproof Scottish bees waxed cotton, each with a contrast lining.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Percival.

April 26, 2011

House Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

The new spring and summer collection from House refers to various eras and trends in fashion. The designers took cues from both the Victorian era and from the 1950s and 1970s by the handful to create an eclectic and diverse mix for the approaching season.

The masculine part of the collection defines by the summer climate and journey mood. The washed-out jeans and faded overprints in the retro style prevail. The V-necked clothes, T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts that are often tied up with buttons are especially fashionable and can notice the Western climate in snap-fastened pockets of shirts or inserts of denim. It also includes military elements such as trenches with double-breasted clasps and epaulettes, or combat pants with large, reinforced pockets.

The surfer and Hawaiian style in beach shorts and overprints referring to faded Polaroids will be dominant this summer. As usual, House made sure that the accessories matched. They can be either rock style: chains and hobnails; or typical for the journey: capacious bags, jewelry made of wood and straps, and vintage sneakers, or surfer-style Japanese sandals.

About House
House is a youth fashion brand that is addressed to the wide range of people who value their relations to their peers and good ways of spending their free time. It is also an offer to those who find music to be a source of inspiration and an integrated part of their lives. Currently House has 280 stores in Poland and abroad.

Clubbing Boy: The men's line is for those who like to attain others' attention, looking for new forms, colors and overprints in clothing. Experimenting with one's own looks refers currently to fashionable accessories such as belts, hats, colorful underwear, designer bags, and author shoes treated as gadgets.

Urban College: The second men's line characterizes in urban style combined with classical elements. It is designed for those who value quality, vintage style in clothes and subtle references to current trends.

See a few more images here.

Photos & text Copyright House.

Reserved Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

April 1 was the start of the spring-summer campaign entitled “Beautiful Story.” It’s a follow-up to the autumn-winter campaign by Reserved and continues the presentation of beautiful stories of young people who managed to succeed in life thanks to their passion, persistence and belief in their own dreams.

Reserved believes in people and their dreams. Those dreams can come true; all it takes is self-confidence, determination and persistence. In the new “Beautiful Story” spring campaign Reserved continues the story of extraordinary people who are full of passion and pursue their dreams.

Using the image of ordinary, yet extraordinary people as evidence of “Beautiful Stories”, Reserved instills self-confidence and belief in dreams and possibilities into young people.

About Reserved
Reserved is a clothing brand whose women’s, men’s and children’s collections are available in 10 European markets. The very first showroom under the brand was opened in Poland in the mid-1990s. Up till today more than 330 showrooms have been established whose customers can find clothes of quality and latest design. Reserved is also involved in promotion of gifted designers. Hence it emphasizes its being a brand for those who value world trends at reasonable price.

City is a line that involves classical elements, attractive for both younger and older daring men. This line’s clothing is ideal for less formal meetings or evenings; they combine elegance and refined style.

Casual is a practical line allowing ease and resistant in various weather conditions held accordingly to trends. It is dedicated for everyday wearing; in the city and outside the city. In one word: comfort and elegance in one.

Young is a daring line full of novelties of original cuts and colours taken directly from the catwalks, at ease and in an elegant tone

See a few more images here.

Photos & text Copyright Reserved.

Cropp Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

A new marketing campaign from Cropp, which continues the brand’s last year’s actions under the name of ‘No Damage, No Funky’, began at the beginning of March. The campaign, except for its known heroes, Dr. Damage and Mr. Fun, was enriched with a few new extraordinary characters: a cosmic washing machine and a mysterious virus.

In the new campaign, the main characters from Cropp, naughty Dr. Damage and clumsy Mr. Fun, are accompanied by Angela, known from the Top Model program, and Nicole Rosłaniec.

The whole story is centered on a laundromat in the suburbs of London where the characters meet. They become the ‘Funky Family’ and the plot involves a mysterious virus that came to the earth. ‘We added a funky, colorful climate and the photographic session was shot on Polaroids.

Among the characters of the session, there are also Duchess Bernadette von Laundrette and Samuel Mirakle Jones and some animals: a penguin, an alligator, dogs, and a cat. The idea of a funky laundry was born within the Cropp team, says Marta Ożóg-Orzegowska, the Brand Manager of Cropp.

About Cropp
CROPP is a clothing brand for genuine individuals who manifest their opinions and independence through their clothing.

Today, clothing from Cropp is available in 240 stores in ten European countries. The brand offers collections for young people, clothes distinguished by a modern and inspiring design. Cropp is an urban brand, which matches best in the streets, in clubs; everywhere where young people want to show that they possess style and original ideas to express themselves.

Street Wear is a line for young men who value their freedom. It involves numerous references to the world of culture and sport.

Style Selector is a line for special collections being prepared in cooperation with various artists and designers.

See a few more images here.

Photos & text Copyright Cropp.

April 25, 2011

Eleven Paris 2011 Spring/Summer Collection

Eleven Paris—Life is a Joke!

Founded in 2003, Eleven Paris is—as the name suggests—a Parisian label that features the prints of iconic musicians and renown stars from around the world.

Each collection is inspired by the world of 1980’s punk rock in England, consisting mostly of t-shirts and tops but also other fun items.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Eleven Paris.

Endovanera Spring/Summer 2011

Growing up together in Huntington Beach (California), David Hershberger and Mitch Moseley became friends later in life and cofounded their label Endovanera in 2005. Enounced clearly, the label sounds like ‘End of an Era’.

The Endovanera look adheres to a slim silhouette, dark palette, deconstructed fabrics, and a futuristic twist.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Endovanera.

Farah Vintage Collection Spring/Summer 2011

Mansour Farah was a student of shirt design and manufacturing in New York City in 1900, setting up a small shirt factory in El Paso’s “Apache Legion.”

Farah diversified into denim workpants when the government began employing convicts to produce work shirts in the 1930’s.

During WWII, Farah temporarily ceased from manufacturing for civilians and produced uniforms for American troops.

After the war, Farah laid increasing emphasis on casualization, which led the brand to be picked up in Britain and, later, by independent musicians, hipsters, mods, skins, sticksmen, and rocker-billys across the UK.

See the vintage collection here.

Photos Copyright Farah.

April 24, 2011

Philippe Dubuc: Putting Men Front and Center

For his spring/summer 2011, Philippe Dubuc sets the tone with a couture spirit set against the backdrop of staged scenery. Basics are deconstructed with an eye for quality and precision and tone-on-tone trompe d’oeil effects continue to be the unique architectural signature of the designer.

Looking washed, coated or dusty, the line focuses upon neutral shades of concrete, khaki and charcoal. As for fabrics, they alternate between rough and smooth textures creating a line that shimmers with brilliant contrasts. Brushed cottons, faded linens and grainy canvas mix to create a minimalist, somber universe.

Dubuc proposes a new vision of the perfecto or safari jacket, adorning it with visible clasps, military stripes or pressurized pockets. Dress pants are also redesigned featuring a dropped crotch and nonchalantly paired with multi-layered, featherweight sweaters.

Philippe Dubuc refines his designs down to their simplest lines, highlighting the masculine silhouette by capturing the essence of couture in a brilliant and understated manner.

About Philippe Dubuc
Philippe launched his eponymous label in 1993, becoming par excellence a big name in Quebecois creativity.

Check out the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Philippe Dubuc.

Makin Jan Ma Spring/Summer 2011

Makin Jan Ma is no ordinary fashion designer. Instead, he designs clothing for the characters in the poetic films that scripts from ordinary life.

The protagonist is called Guts “a sentimental guy who asks about little things in life. Love is what he concerns most in his life.”

Born in Hong Kong and based in London, Makin’s motto in life is to “dream bigger, live harder, love deeper.”

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Makin Jan Ma.

Book Club Autumn/Winter 2011

Simon Gibson and Serge Bodulovic befriended one another at university, where they discovered a mutual interest in fashion.

In 2009, the two friends launched Book Club in Canberra, Australia—a new label that draws inspiration from music, art and design, and architectural elements.

For autumn/winter 2011, the duo has designed a collection of streetwear—minimalist in approach yet embracing a rich color palette and a slim silhouette.

Artistically photographed, the collection takes on a college prep look and feel.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Book Club.

April 23, 2011

Matíníque Summer 2011 “Cruising in Style”

An adventurous and laid-back road trip down Highway 1 on the Pacific Coast of California sets the scene for the 2011 Matíníque Summer collection. A collection of relaxed pieces mixed with dressed up items perfect for every occasion.

T-shirts with summer prints displaying waving palms, breaking waves, old American cars and dusty Polaroids of Sunset Boulevard illustrate the travel theme. Combined with a string of plain polos in understated colors, Matíníque offers a look for days both formal and casual.

Summer calls for shorts. Cargo shorts give an effortless feel on a hot day, ditto the checkered shorts, which come in different patterns. The check pattern is also used for fitted short-sleeved shirts, and if styled with a pair of shorts and one of the many casual blazers of the season, the look can be cool, comfortable and just right for a cruise down the breathtaking coast.

The suits of the season come in a light fabric for warm summer days. Use the entire piece for an elegant dressed up dinner, and give it an edge with a knitted big striped tie. Or make the jacket a single stand-out piece by assembling it with a pair of folded up jeans with a relaxed fit for a more casual look.

Blue and red comprise the color palette's foundation, but are shaken up with splashes of bright orange, yellow, green and purple. The color blend creates the unique Matíníque look just like the many careful details of the styles beam with personality. A striped lining brings coolness to a blazer jacket, metal buttons gives an edge to a V-neck sweater and differently colored buttonholes makes a shirt stand out.

The summer collection makes it simple to relax in style and to dress up in an uncomplicated way. An essential way of dressing for the modern man enjoying life to the fullest.

Based in Denmark, Matíníque was founded in 1973 by Niels Martinsen.

Photo & text Copyright Matíníque.

Martíníque Spring 2011 “Modern Heritage”

The Matíníque Spring 2011 collection is a journey through the iconic styles of the American fashion heritage. Urban minimalism meets American sailor style while the vivid spirit of Las Vegas is reflected in flashes of bright colors and an overall relaxed attitude.

The American journalist Hunter S. Thompson sets the tone for the collection. In his writings Thompson blurred the lines between fact and fiction, and in his wardrobe he mixed classic men’s wear and modern eccentricity. Take a ride in a pair of classic chinos, a beat-up camel-colored leather jacket and add some personality with a polo shirt in pink, purple or turquoise. You can also grab the military-inspired jacket and toss it over a printed T-shirt with a pair of classic jeans for a cool look inspired by the iconic writer.

Denim is available in both straight and relaxed fits, while the colors range from dark blue to a variety of blues and grays in unique vintage washes. Find your favorite pair and wear them with a striped cardigan in orange, pink, blue and turquoise or go formal with a checkered shirt and a slim fitted blazer with elbow patches in matching wool or grey suede.

Suits are inspired by the urban landscapes of New York and Los Angeles. The grey and blue colors are subdued and the silhouettes are sharp. Look closer and you will see the subtle textures in the fabrics and the exquisite linings of both jackets and waistcoats.

Wear a denim blue suit with a sailor inspired T-shirt in red, blue and white stripes, or go monochrome matching the trousers with a dark blue shawl neck knit with an eye catching zipper. For a night out a sleek two-buttoned suit in shiny black cotton is a stylish choice, and this season it’s easy to find an interesting shirt. One checkered shirt is modernized with a satin stripe and other designs feature understated dots, quirky flower prints or classic stripes. Add the finishing touch with a checkered bow tie, a striped web belt or a colorful handkerchief.

This season’s outerwear ranges from a classic cotton trench coat to a sporty black parka and a navy-inspired dark blue cotton jacket with white contrast stitching. The selection reflects the unabashed masculinity of the SS2011-collection and underlines, that Matíníque offers everything a modern man needs for a stylish and relaxed spring.

Based in Denmark, Matíníque was founded in 1973 by Niels Martinsen.

Photo & text Copyright Matíníque.

April 22, 2011

So Just How Unique is Uniqlo? Spring/Summer 2011

Subsidiary of Fast Retailing, Uniqlo is a line of casual business clothing that dates back to the Men’s Shop in the Forties, later adopting the name Uniqlo in the 1980’s.

Provider of uniforms for Japanese Olympic athletes in 1998, 2002, and 2004, the label also supplies the Japanese football team Thespa Kusatsu.

Operating nearly 1,000 stores worldwide, Uniqlo has taken New York city by surprise, largely due to the low-cost staples but also hard work and discipline!

A modern-day mega store, Uniqlo is hardly unique but rather a mass fashion conglomerate that operates similarly to other extremely successful labels like the Gap, H&M, Zara, and Old Navy.

But Uniqlo does set itself apart as it positions low-cost products in a high-end market—hence, offering inexpensive fashion but not cheap fashion.

Although styles are limited, the variations on each style outnumber the competitor. Well, maybe Uniqlo is unique after all!

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Uniqlo.

Odyn Vovk Spring/Summer 2011 “Five”

Last week in an editorial, I introduced the way in which progressive menswear labels are differentiating their offerings by emphasizing cultural heritage.

Probably no company understands this concept better than Odyn Vovk (literally ‘one wolf’), which is rooted in Celtic tradition, employing as its symbo the wolf, which represents loyalty, intuition, cunning, dreams, and protection.

For spring/summer 2011, the Celtic wolf appears in the exploration of self-expression and improvisation.

This 5th collection explores the subconscious realm that can stimulate thoughts—a realm somewhere between our waking and sleeping states.

Reality is challenged as true life enters our dream world.

Check out this collection here.

Photos Copyright Odyn Vovk.

April 21, 2011

Braille Autumn/Winter 2011 “Our Damn Hands”

Benjamin Vorono graduated in Sociology at the Arizona State University in 2005. Originally from South London, Samuel Kientsch is a graphic designer.

Now, based in London, Benjamin and Samuel—both in their 20’s—are married and, together, design the new British label Braille.

For autumn/winter 2011, Benjamin and Samuel look to the entrepreneurship in the cities of Detroit and New Orleans, incorporating a wide range of textiles and tough metal fastenings.

Appropriately named, the collection is called “Our Damn Hands,” which speaks multitudes of each city’s past and present.

True to their style, the couple also draws inspiration from their walks in the British countryside.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Braille.

Braille Spring/Summer 2011 “Colt”

With no formal training, Benjamin Vorono and Samuel Kientsch founded their label Braille in London, in 2009 as they combined their expertise in sociology and graphic design, respectively.

Their first collection, which was entitled “A Gentle Awake,” was launched in February 2010 with a set of tactile and functional garments of Yorkshire tweeds and Scottish waxed cottons.

For spring/summer 2011, the duo has created a collection called “Colt,” which features light linens from Northern Ireland.

The design duo drew their inspiration for the collection from the desert landscape of Palm Springs, which they recently visited.

Clearly, Braille is a forward-looking, textile-driven “Made in Britain” label that is inspired by the designers’ perception of nature.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Braille.

Matthew Fox in Hogan

Every label yearns for the day when someone “big” is seen in their garments! For the Italian brand, Hogan, that day has arrived!

Caught strolling down a sunny street, American actor Matthew Fox was wearing a Hogan City Rush, which comes in lightweight nylon brights and muted neutrals—what Hogan calls “the perfect fit for the city guy.”

For autumn/winter 2011, Hogan also has a line of elegant shoes in Italianissimo styles.

See the collection of footwear and a closeup of the jacket here.

Photos Copyright Hogan, Courtesy Starworks.

April 20, 2011

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Tides of the Time & the World Heritage Marine Program

Prototype N°1 of the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” commemorative edition watch auctioned for the benefit of the Malpelo marine site.

Within the framework of the partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre, the International Herald Tribune and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux is announcing the auction of a unique model. The proceeds will be entirely devoted to safeguarding a remarkable marine site, the fauna and flora sanctuary around Malpelo island, Colombia.

Inspired by the famous 1959 Geophysic model, developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre at the request of the first scuba diving enthusiasts in the United States, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” is a contemporary re-edition of this timepiece that represented an essential landmark in watchmaking history. It was indeed the world’s first diver’s watch to be equipped with an alarm function specially designed to provide divers with a specific audible indication warning them it is time to begin a progressive return to the surface.

Water-resistant to 10 bar, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” commemorative edition is driven by Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956 and equipped with a steel case topped by a Plexiglas watch glass entirely in keeping with the original. The Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is auctioning the Prototype N°1 of this model that is destined to find its own place in the history books.

The auction will provide watchmaking devotees with the opportunity to acquire this exceptional piece while contributing to the protection of an endangered marine site. Proceeds from the sale will be entirely donated to the Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary located 500 kilometres of the Colombian coast, in the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding maritime zone. Considered one of the world’s most extraordinary diving spots, the sanctuary is extremely important in terms of its marine biodiversity and in particular hosts many shark species, including some extremely rare ones.

Illegal fishing is the main threat facing the Malpelo site, and Colombian navy crews supported by national parks cooperate in ensuring appropriate surveillance of the zone. In order to facilitate landing operations on the island and to enable them to conduct patrols near the coastline, they are in urgent need of an inflatable boat that would enhance their efficiency and greatly improve the smooth operation of their missions.

The auction will thus be held in the very near future, with bidding to be open from April 18th 12.00 C.E.T to April 21st 18.00 C.E.T via the brand website. Participation will be open exclusively to those having registered starting from April 12th, and competition for this first Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea prototype is expected to be fierce.

About Jaeger-LeCoultre
A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallée de Joux (Switzerland). It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of horological skills under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the development of the sector by creating legendary watches such as the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon I, as well as the Atmos clock.

Guided by time-honoured know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the company’s master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same dedication. Each masterpiece, heir to more than 178 years of expertise, calls for the exercise of no less than 40 professions and benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions of the Vallée de Joux. Building on a vast heritage encompassing over 1,213 mechanical calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the standard of reference in the field of high-end watchmaking

Photos Copyright Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Street Star Expands Exclusive Clothing Brand

Industry rebels hand select boutiques and e-tailors to carry their hand-crafted garments.

Street Star Lifestyle Brand, a Philadelphia based clothing label, has set their sights on expanding distribution of their line throughout the nation and into Canada. They are currently in negotiations with select high-end boutiques and online retailers to carry the label. They have partnered with experienced sales reps and select showrooms and have put together a rigorous nationwide marketing campaign to increase awareness of their exclusive brand.

Street Star redefines and interprets self expression in creative, abstract and interesting ways. They focus on quality, style and individuality and represent a rebellious and free-spirited way of life. Anyone from celebrities and reality stars to the most hip and trendy individual has been seen wearing their garments.

As an emerging label, they are working diligently to create a brand that is the true embodiment of self-expression and style. “We don’t just make t-shirts, we invest time and passion into everything we create” says designer, Bobby Scalia. Depending on the amount of detailing involved, one shirt can take anywhere from one hour to 24 hours to construct.

The clothing is created by an artistic process rather than by a strictly mechanical one. Using only the finest materials, they hand craft every garment with meticulous detail. Because the number of multiples is limited, their clothing is sought after by the most fashion conscious individual.

Check out the collection of tees here.

About Street Star Lifestyle
Founded in 2008, the Street Star Lifestyle Brand designs, produces and distributes clothing for those who want to stand out in the crowd. The collection is created piece by piece and not mass produced, making each garment truly one of a kind. Quantities are limited, allowing the fashion-minded individual to remain the trendsetters while wearing the Street Star Lifestyle Brand.

Photos & text Copyright Street Star.

April 19, 2011

Solid Footing with Max Kibardin

Russian-born and Milan-adopted designer, Max Kibardin, has released his 2011 autumn/winter collection of footwear—designed for the modern-day dandy or bon viveur.

Adhering to his theme of “timeless luxury,” the collection displays clear architectural origins.

Max exhibits all signs of being a designer with “his feet on the ground.”

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Max Kibardin.

Vilebrequin: 40 Ans à St. Tropez

For 40 Years, the Saint-Tropez brand has been offering—in summer time as well as winter—a wide choice of prints for its swim wears line, cut to perfection.

For its fortieth anniversary, Vilebrequin has designed a patchwork fabric reflecting the richness of its prints and its beloved themes. Colored with pastels shades, the salamanders meet the pelicans and the kangaroos, the fruits and the flowers are side by side, the turtle—symbol of the Brand—and the original logo created in the seventies, come to seal and sign this patchwork.

In this particular item, you can find the codes of the very first swim trunks: Moorea cut, vintage zamac tips, and ecru cord made of 100 % cotton.

Contrary to traditional bathing suits, this style is printed using the inkjet photography technique in order to reproduce the richness of the colors.

2011 Summer/Autumn Collection “In the style of…”
This season Vilebrequin enters into a creative dialogue with the contemporary artists who have shaped the 20th century.

Henri Matisse and his cutout techniques, Andy Warhol and his Pop Art,
Sonia Delaunay and her love of colors…so many creations able to inspire Vilebrequin to produce a collection that sounds like a tribute to the history of art.

Roy Lichtenstein’s favored comic strip style, the Klein blue, Joan Miro’s poetic shapes, the exotic, highly-stylized paintings of Henri Rousseau and even Jackson Pollock’s splashes of water paint also feature in this entertaining and cultural journey.

Each swimsuit becomes a master’s canvass, an original piece from a unique world, fuelled by the identity of each of these artists and inspired by their personalities.

Vilebrequin’s icons, the tortoise, fruits and flowers have been reinterpreted using techniques specific to each artist.

Vilebrequin has designed a timeless collection, both creative and inventive, with art collectors and sun lovers in mind...

Have a look at this high summer collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Vilebrequin.

April 18, 2011

Stolen Girlfiends Club “Untitled”

Founded in New Zealand by surfers Dan Gosling, Marc Moore and Luke Harwood, Stolen Girlfriends Club is a ‘luxe’ sportswear specialist with a serious cult following, combining a youthful rebellious spirit, a healthy sense of humor and the ability to make things matter.

Originally established as an art project in 2005, installations, exhibitions, parties, films and collaborations are still very much a part of the label's fashion philosophy, creating a culture around the brand that is also reflected in the wearability of the clothes.

Winter 2011 sees Stolen Girlfriends Club brush off their shoes, straighten up their ties, put a comb through an unruly coif and stand up straight. Proving they’ve got a little bit of polish, you would be forgiven for thinking the boys have grown up little, but not too much.

The Stolen Boys are outwardly more refined in both appearance and behavior; less grunge on the surface but still plenty of bite beneath it.

Leather with biker style articulations are pieced back in with denim in jackets and jeans, and color splashes are delivered by an in house digital print—the first for Stolen Girlfriends Club. The signature print mirrors an image of a waterfall to infinite reflection in muted grayscale or bursts into brilliant orange and peace poppy red, picking up the corals, purple, and dove greys that run through the collection.

Whether inspired by punk romanticism, peace and love, or nomads and gypsies, each Stolen Girlfriends Club collection has the base of rock and roll delinquency that is so beloved of a growing customer base of influential fashion leaders….

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Stolen Girlfriends Club.

Star in the Hood “From Nothing to Something”

Star in the Hood Makes Leaps and Bounds for Spring/Summer 2011

Rising label, Star in the Hood, has widened the streetwear horizon with their latest spring/summer 2011 line, presenting a progressive collection featuring the brand’s popular staple graphics, contemporary shapes, and refreshed designs. This season sees “Star in the Hood” now clearly capturing a more street savvy audience.

The color palette reflects the eclectic tastes of the wearers: strong brights in reds and yellows are offset by charcoal grey, black and white with soft baby blue, and flashes of pink peppering the collection. The bold graphic designs are heavily influenced by the UK streetwear scene but have a crossover mass appeal that has taken the brand global due to its strong online presence.

The spring/summer 2011 “From Nothing to Something” campaign was shot in and around Shoreditch earlier this spring and features a diverse mix of UK creative and personalities setting the tone for the collection. Maria Falbo, pro skateboarder, stars in the print and viral campaign alongside Emily Deyn, sister of Agnes, and UK artist Jodie Connor joins her previous collaborator Tinchy Stryder as the a new-look SITH collective.

The “Star” logo takes centre stage this season, featuring jacket, tees, and hooded sweatshirts in a premium vinyl finish. Fresh injections to the line include snapback caps in red/black and black/grey; and the “grown-up” ‘Starwalker’ hoody has grown up, revised to incorporate poppers and new necklines.

Also new to the collection, the ‘Warning’ print, is a twist on the classic “Star In The Hood” block-graphic tee which has been based upon the iconic music and film parental advisory warning label, modelled by Emily Deyn in the SS11 campaign.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Star in the Hood.

April 17, 2011

“Sexy Boy” by Timoteo

The Sexy Boy video was shot by photographer Donnie Madden, who features Timoteo’s close friend and favorite model Ben Godre.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Timoteo.

aptform Autumn/Winter 2011: Movement 7 “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beaty”

For autumn/winter 2011, aptform is focusing on so-called “handcrafted futurism,” in a monochromatic palette of high tech textiles with intricate hand-knitted leather and knits, which are united in a creation of a silhouette of fluidity.

Applying artistry and craftsmanship as a vehicle of expression, aptform’s unique use of hand drawing, washing, and bonding techniques have been combined to create a vigorous collection.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright aptform.

Song for the Mute “Au Claire”

Melvin Tanaya and Lyn Ty are the designers of the new creative label Song for the Mute. Melvin graduated from the Billy Blue School of Graphic Arts in Communication Design and Commerce, while Lyna is a graduate of Accademia Italiana di Moda.

The 2011 spring/summer collection entitled “Au Claire” is their second collection, which explores the fragility and harmony of the sea.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Song for the Mute.

April 16, 2011

Damyller 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection

Brazilian label Damyller was founded 1979 in Crickhowell of Santa Catarina with only seven machines of production and ten workers.

Despite enormous growth, the company emphasizes workers’ rights and conservation of the environment.

For 2011 autumn/winter, Damyller looks back to the 1890’s when cinema revolutionized the world of art.

The collection captures the history of film, classics, and cinema icons throughout the decades in New York.

Today is Charlie Chaplin’s 122th birthday!

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Damyller.

Vila Romana 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection “the Machines”

Brazilian label Vila Romana has prepared a 2011 autumn/winter collection entitled “the Machines.”

The collection draws inspiration from the world of tradition car racing in the Fifties, choosing cars like the Jaguar D-Type, Ferrari, and Porsche.

The collection is modeled by Diego Miguel, Arthur Salles, Jean Carlos, and Jordão Altmann.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Vila Romana.

April 15, 2011

Keeping in Step with Globalization: Michael Schumacher & NAVYBOOT

With the advance of globalization, there is an imminent risk that brand names and labels are becoming increasingly ordinary, taking on the same look and feel and, thus, less desirable.

So I have been asking myself the question: “In such a global setting, how can emerging menswear designers differentiate themselves and—moreover—prevent themselves from appearing ordinary?”

As I have been pouring over thousands of designs from designers around the world, I am discovering that the the answer lies in two words: “Cultural Heritage.”

More and more designers are exalting cultural heritage, which not only makes their brand stand out from the crowd but also appeals to the specific and targeted local market.

Besides the importance of cultural branding and market research based on demographics, this trend introduces topics of history, archeology, ethnicity, traditions, and the sociological factors that come into play when specific groups interpret pop culture.

“Heavy stuff,” you sigh? I agree: in order to stay relevant today, we do have to do our homework! Take, for example, the Swiss premium brand NAVYBOOT.

In preparation for the Formula 1 weekend in Shanghai this weekend, NAVYBOOT is launching on April 16 the star boot entitled MSONE, which is based on the Chinese lucky number “8.”

The edition is limited to 88 pairs, which are made of 18-carat gold and water-snake leather at a cost of 5,000 Euros and accompanied by a book signed by Michael Schumacher.

If you are turned off by the growing uniformity in menswear trends, be encouraged, because there is an undercurrent of creativity that is overthrowing the norm!

See the shoe here!

Photos Copyright Getty Images, Courtesy of Image.net.

April 14, 2011

Bone Wear’s Tight Fit Boxers

Bone Wear’s Tight Fit Boxers in white with color inserts are now listed and are available in white with blue, red, orange or yellow inserts.

Check out the designs and purchase yours now online from Bone Wear.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Bone Wear.

Ellesse Heritage: Effortlessly Cool, Casual, and Classic Summer Uniform

Ellesse Heritage boasts a collection of summer staples for your wardrobe

From playing bat and ball on holiday to eating fish and chips on the corner of your local, Ellesse Heritage provides you with that effortlessly cool, casual, and classic summer uniform.

In true Italian style, the collection offers understated and classic designs with bright, playful and almost arrogant touches, making Ellesse Heritage subtly stand out from the crowd.

Check out the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Ellesse, Courtesy Sane Communications.

Blanco Knows How to Deal Out the Season!

Situated in Madrid, Spanish label Blanco knows how to deal it out European style with several “flashes” every season!

Earlier on this year, Blanco released the spring/summer collection, which focused on warm white—an interplay of light and shadows with hues of green, sea, coral and ocher highlights.

The collection drew inspiration from the 50s, 60s, and 70s with color prints, exotic wild flowers and safari animals.

Afterwards another flash collection arrived with crèmes, ivory tones, and warm soft colors in linens and cottons.

A flash collection of denim, plaids and stripes ensued just before the latest flash, which is a bold blast of vibrant color.

Definitely go to the Blanco website and check out the various flashes.

Check out the collection here.

Photos Copyright Blanco.

April 13, 2011

Won Hundred 2011 Spring/Summer Collection

Thorvald Bindesbøll was born into an elite family of architects in Copenhagen and lived from 1846 to 1908.

Pioneer of European design, this Danish architect explored pottery, ceramics, furniture, embroidery, and—largely—silverware.

Thorvald drew his inspiration from Japanese art, paving the way to the Danish version of Art Nouveau.

For spring/summer 2011, Won Hundred looks to the minimalist interpretation of this renown Danish architect in a wearable collection of simple but vibrant designs.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Won Hundred.

Won Hundred 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection “Falling Apart”

“Falling Apart” is a nostalgic memory of days gone by, people you once knew, music you once listened to, and a look at the past inspired by the ‘Clean living under difficult circumstances´ attitude of the London Mods.

The mysterious semi-secret worlds of these young Londoners in the early 60’s are a great influence in the Won Hundred AW2011 collection.

“Falling Apart” is about seeking out our own distinctive identity reinforced by nostalgia for yester year; it’s a quest for unique identity, yet overwhelming craving to belong to a particular subculture.

Not being able to find any slim fitted Men’s wear pants that suited the Mods, they had to wear long length knitwear on top to hide the cut.

Through layering in tonal colors the shapes come alive through different structures combined with jersey and heavy knits.

See a few more images here.

Photos & text Copyright Won Hundred, Courtesy Sane Communications.

April 12, 2011

The Wedding Shop

A Rock-Infused Selection of Shirts, Suits, and Evening Accessories

MODASUITE introduces a hyper modern collection of shirts, suits and accessories perfect for spring and summer weddings and evening parties.

Inspired by the streets of London and British rock & roll, this collection is both timeless and youthful in spirit.

“This capsule collection was created with the modern gentleman in mind—one that respects authenticity, craftsmanship and desires something that is elegant, yet different” says Creative Director Song.

Key Looks of the Collection

The Peak Lapel Satin Vest

The peak lapel vest conveys a strong elegance to any black-tie event. MODASUITE’s peak lapel vest combines a slimmer satin peak lapel with angled front flaps for a fresh and modern finish.

The Satin Piped Diner Jacket

Combining refined details with luxurious materials, the piped diner jacket is the emperor of all evening jackets. Full silk piped details on the notch lapel, front pockets and on the back vents are all signs of a single dedication to craftsmanship.

The Shawl Collar Diner Jacket

The shawl collar diner jacket has always been a favorite of classic Hollywood icons. With its slightly slimmer satin lapel, MODASUITE’s shawl lapel diner jacket combines sharp tailoring and wearability.

The Minimal Tuxedo Jacket

A timeless symbol of minimal cool, this tuxedo jacket delivers a slim and modern look. This is the one jacket every gentlemen needs in his wardrobe.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright MODASUITE.

Rivieras Is!

Rivieras is around the pool

Rivieras is right by on the sand

Rivieras is a handball spectacle

Rivieras is in the sun

Rivieras is in the shade

Rivieras is on a blue bicycle

Rivieras is a dash of olive oil

Rivieras is a pool party in Palm Springs

Rivieras is in a bathrobe

Rivieras with my motorcycle

Rivieras is do you do you

Rivieras a guest on a mahogany canoe

Rivieras is right knee length short

Rivieras at the racecourse

Rivieras is pomade

Rivieras is oh yes it is

Rivieras is short pants

Rivieras is open bar

Rivieras is the English Promenade in Nice

Rivieras is a picnic on a gingham tablecloth

Rivieras is a tavern

Rivieras is at your feet

Rivieras is sex in the city

Rivieras is a bullfight

Rivieras is not just bocci ball and anisette

Rivieras is not a vacation just anywhere

Rivieras is biennial, triennial…

Rivieras is grade 2 French oysters

Rivieras is Mod

Rivieras IS

Rivieras is

A leisure shoe,

Upper mailed cotton and canvas,

Saddle-stitched welt,

Leather inner sole,

Terrycloth lined,

Shoebox in matching color...

Rivieras is

For Women and Men,

From size 36 to 46. Us: 4.5 to 12.

Retail price, 50 €.

Retailers and online shopping:

Rivieras is

The shoe worn on Spain’s celebrated

Costa Blanca in the years just after the war.

Faithfully redesigned

to keep its distinctive “Fifties” look.

Today this classic leisure shoe

is worn in the city, on the seaside,

on deck, in sun or shade, night or day.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Rivieras.

April 11, 2011

Maiden Noir Spring/Summer 2011 “Longing for Darkness”

Maiden Noir is pleased to present the Spring 11 collection titled “Longing for Darkness.”

This collection is the follow-up to the autumn 2010 collection “Wasted Youth.” A young war photographer comes home to search for solitude from the years he spent documenting the war.

The cut and sew pieces in the collection pay tribute to a heritage of vintage silhouettes though leaning toward a more refined and clean classic look. Fabrics used are a mix of heavy cotton twill, ripstop cotton, 60/40 cotton/nylon, and woodland camo.

The focus is on the detailing, tailoring and materials. All of the pieces are made from Japanese fabrics and the selvage denim is tailored in Japan.

Featured items with the new collection include the 60/40 Field jacket with a removable hood, the Officer Club Coat and chinos, Ripstop Deck jacket, Mini Check dress shirts, bright oxfords, and Ripstop Field cargo pants.

For this season we’ve worked with Porter to create a helmet bag and wallet with our 60/40 fabric and woodland camo.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Maiden Noir.

Aertex: the Rebirth of a Legend

Aertex Menswear is focused on reinventing the British Classic, offering modern pieces whilst maintaining the brand’s heritage and unmistakable British Roots.

Aertex are to form a collaboration with John Simons. John Simons’ highly influential Ivy League clothing store saw mods queuing to enjoy his cutting edge ideas.

These included the now iconic Harrington jacket, a name coined after the character Rodney Harrington in the soap Peyton Place who often sporting the famous jacket.

This eagerly awaited range will include shirts in a myriad of stunning plaids and prints that only can bring to the table; high-waisted peg bottomed slacks and a range of shower proof outerwear in 1960’s influence styles.

See more images of the collection here.

Photo & text Copyright Aertex.

Fashion Industry First! Trendstop iPad

In-depth Professional Catwalk Trend Analysis for iPad
For the first time ever, leading trend forecasting agency, Trendstop.com, has made professional catwalk trend analysis available for the iPad.

This unmissable Trendstop 150 catwalk trend edit picks out the most progressive looks for fall/winter 2011 that are not only relevant this season but will be influencing menswear trends as far ahead as next spring and fall for fashion insiders’ longer term direction and planning.

This expert mobile trend analysis package provides an exhaustive overview of the seasonal catwalk trends and their potential for mainstream translation, all at your fingertips, just swipe away, including:

• Over 1,150 exclusive, high quality images

• 150 pages of catwalk trends

• 140 directional key fashion trends

• Coverage from Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks

• 20 top ten trends across two cities & seven categories

• 20 top ten collections across two cities

• 20,000+ words of professional trend analysis

Photos & text Copyrigtht Trendstop.

April 10, 2011

Maison Louis Quatorze: Today

Today, Mr. Jeon, President of TaeJin International, is re-energizing and re-focusing the brand by returning it to its French origins in terms of style, design, manufacturing quality and operational management.

The new design and development team began work last summer on the opening collection at the re-established Paris office, located at the Hotel de Retz. Perpetuating the passion for French and European artisanship that saw the birth of the brand, Louis Quatorze has thus returned to France for a renaissance devoted to style and energy.

The first new collection to arrive was Autumn/Winter 2009. Bearing the name Collection 00, it embodies a well defined world through a complete and structured range of accessories, from scarves to bags via jewelry, passementerie, gloves and umbrellas. Each of these products has been manufactured exclusively in France or Europe.

See the 2011 autumn/winter collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Louis Quartorze, Courtesy Pressing.

Maison Louis Quatorze: Yesterday

Louis Quatorze was founded in 1980 by Paul Barrate. Born into a family of French leather artisans, he wanted to echo the flamboyant period of when French culture and art reached its pinnacle.

He began by producing high quality handbags and small leather goods selecting only the finest French hides.

During the 1980s, Louis Quatorze went east and was introduced to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan where it was met with immediate success. By the 1990s, TaeJin International had become interested in the brand and set about developing it in its own market, Korea. Louis Quatorze then became one of the leading brands in the territory.

See the 2011 spring/summer collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Louis Quartorze, Courtesy Pressing.

April 9, 2011

The 747 Underwear Kit

RON DORFF, the French-Swedish sportswear brand behind the claim DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD is launching the 747 UNDERWEAR KIT – 7 briefs 4 the 7 days of the week.

This week kit comes in a functional black gift box including 3 briefs in white, 3 briefs in grey mélange and the Sunday brief in white mesh offered by RON DORFF.

Inspired by the original model developed for the Swedish Army, this well-cut, no-frills Y-front brief finally offers men a no-logo alternative updated in the finest breathable 100% cotton. Only signs of recognition are two discrete embroidered eyelets on the side, reminiscent of the two 'O's in RON DORFF.

The 747 UNDERWEAR KIT will be available on rondorff.com as of 21st March, as well as in a fine selection of boutiques throughout the world such as Jeffrey in New York, NK in Stockholm and Club 21 in Singapore.

Check out some more pics here.

Photos & text Copyright Ron Dorff, Courtesy Pressing Online.