October 31, 2012

Orange Culture from Nigeria


Orange Culture is not just a label; it is a movement for men who love colors. The collections are created by Adebayo Oke-Lawal, a graduate in Business Administration of the University of Lagos, who has been designing from the age of 10.

Read more and see  the collection at Orange Culture for Colorful Guys!

Photos Copyright Orange Culture.

October 30, 2012

Ohene from Ghana


Although born in Britain, Abenaa Pokuaa designs women’s and men’s wear as she draws her inspiration from her Ghanaian heritage. 

Read more and see the collection at Ohene “Fit for a King”.

Photos Copyright Ohene.

Laurenceairline from the Ivory Coast


Based in Paris, Laurence Chauvin Buthaud is a menswear designer from the Ivory Coast. 

Read more and see the collection at Laurenceairline Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos Copyright Laurenceairline.

October 29, 2012

Nigerian Designer Buki Akib



A graduate of the London’s Central Saint Martins, Nigerian menswear designer, Buki Akib, grew up in Lagos, which deeply inspires her designs and collections.

Read more and see the collection at Buki Akib, Pan-African Designs.

Buki Akib Photos Copyright One Nigerian Boy, Used by Permission.

Maxhosa by Laduma Ngxokolo



Laduma Ngxokolo was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1986 and studied textiles at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, winning several national and international awards.

Read more and see the collection at Maxhosa and the Passage of Man.


Photos Copyright Maxhosa.

The De-Crowned Collection by Designer Alina Jumabhoy


“Deep within the forests of a hidden land, near Japan, there lived a banished king forced to pay for his evil ways, the king faced the wilderness for seven years, and his daily fight for survival pushed his mind to the brink of insanity. His primal instincts flourished as his human intelligence diminished, leaving him to return to society with the mind of a beast and the heart of a boy...”

Read more and see the collection at Alina Jumabhoy “De-Crowned Collection”.

Photos & text Copyright Alina Jumabhoy.

October 27, 2012

What’s Trending in Africa



Check out this weeks eNews, which introduces my reportage on menswear designers from Africa.


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October 24, 2012

Stiaan Louw Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection


Stiaan Louw is a South African menswear designer based in Cape Town who experiments with African-themed menswear collections.

Read more and see the collection at Stiaan Louw “Atletiek”.

Photos Copyright Stiaan Louw.

South African Designer Adriaan Kuiters



Adriaan Kuiters is South African menswear designer based in Cape Town. 

Read more and see the collection at Adriaan Kuiters Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Adriaan Kuiters.

October 23, 2012

Unknown Leaves by LeonLouis


The AW12 collection by LeonLouis is a first dawn of a line emerging from the darker hidden crests of society. 

Read the press release and see the full collection at LeonLouis Autumn/Winter “Unknown Leaves”.

Photos & text Copyright LeonLouis.

October 22, 2012

The Holster Belt



The Holster Europe Belt originated in Paris in 2011. Following the trendy urban movement, and thanks to the French know-how in terms of leather goods, the Holster Belt has reinvented a cult accessory: the men’s saddle bag.

Read more and see the collection at The Holster Belt, from France.

Photos & text Copyright Holster Belt Europe.

Dusty Autumn/Winter 2012 Collecction


It is the aftermath, we find ourselves in an experimental atelier. Here, calm steady hands are observed mixing caustic pastes that are illusively being washed away once their work is done. Light modestly creeps through the stained windows, fabric swatches cover the tainted wooden floors.


Read more and see the collection at Dusty Autumn/Winter 2012 Kymmenen.

Photos & text Copyright Dusty.

October 21, 2012

Lucio Vanotti Sleeping or Walking in 2013?


A sense of suspension dominates the s/s 13 collection. The divide between public and private, sleeping and waking, otium and negotium is obliterated with a fast, precise gesture which is deeply emotional but not at all pathetic. 

Read more and see the collection at Lucio Vanotti Spring/Summer 2013.
Photos & text Copyright Lucio Vanotti.

October 18, 2012

Billy Reid Peacoat Stars in James Bond Skyfall




One of Billy Reid’s peacoats is featured in the upcoming James Bond Skyfall movie. Daniel Craig is featured prominently throughout the movie in a classic navy Billy Reid peacoat. 


Photos & text Copyright Billy Reid.

October 17, 2012

Campione Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection


The Hamburg lifestyle provider with its‘maritime collections LISA CAMPIONE and CLAUDIO CAMPIONE made in 2011 a turnover of 24.4 million Euros in sales.

 More than half of which were realized through exports. 

The main international markets are the Benelux countries, Scandinavia, Poland and the CIS. But the Chinese market is very positive.

 Read the press release and see the autumn/winter 2012 collection at CAMPIONE with Mono Stores to Continue Gaining Ground.

Photos & text Copyright Campione.

October 16, 2012

Ljung Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection


For the main autumn/winter 2012 campaign, Swedish designer Marcus Larsson features the number 1 top model of the country—AndrĂ© Bentzer.

See the collection here Ljung Main Campaign AW12.

Photos Copyright Ljung

Ljung Denim, Fit for a Boxer!



For the first time, Swedish menswear designer Marcus Larsson launches a line of denim, which he features in black and white boxing pictures.

See the collection here Ljung Launches Denim Line.

Photos Copyright Ljung.

October 15, 2012

Sosnovska, Deviating from the Norm

This winter, Ukrainian designer Anna Sosnovskaya has prepared a monochrome and minimalist collection of elegant architectural elements but with new innovative tailoring.

See the images and read more at Sosnovska Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos Copyright Sosnovska.

Vilebrequin Spring/Summer 2013 Collection


This season, Zaza de Brito, artistic director of the Vilebrequin fashion house, brings us all the way to the heart of the Pacific Ocean, inviting us to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook, who discovered the Society Islands Archipelago in 1769: the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Maupiti, and Moorea.

See the collection and read the press release at Vilebrequin, Are You the Pacific-Minded Man?

Photos & text Copyright Vilebrequin.

October 14, 2012

Rochambeau, Inspired from the North


Magical. Barren. Remote. Black volcanic ash beaches. Spectacular hues from the sun. 

These are just some of the descriptions of the southern coast of Iceland—the source of inspiration for the 2013 spring/summer collection of Rochambeau.

Read more and see the collection at Rochambeau Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Rochambeau.

October 11, 2012

The Qing Dynasty Revival


Qing Dynasty ceremonial robe buttons are reproduced as buttons and charms and also re-crafted as cuff links in brass and sterling silver.

Qing Dynasty dress and regalia was codified by the Qianlong Emperor in 1759.



Photos & text Copyright Patinova.

Richard James Autumn/Winter 2012 Mayfair Collection


True to the heritage of our Savile Row traditions, but with a sharper more urban outlook and conceived with individuality and self expression in mind.

Read more and see the collection at Richard James Mayfair.

Photos & text Copyright Richard James.

Richard James Autumn/Winter 2012 & the Demob


Richard James’ Autumn/Winter ’12 Demob collection takes inspiration from the optimism and rediscovery of self-expression that engendered Britain at the end of the last world war.

Read more and see the collection at Richard James Savile Row & Richard James Casual.

Photos & text Copyright Richard James.

October 9, 2012

"Gypsy Mountains" by April 77



Inspired by American traditional folklore, April77 AW 12-13 collection "Gypsy Mountains" pays tribute to the United States of America flatland's ranch wear.

See the collection and read the press release at April 77 “Gypsy Mountains” Autumn/Winter 2013.


Photos & text Copyright Aprill 77.

October 8, 2012

Bold Jazzy Boxers at Syndicut


Syndicut boxer shorts come to you from London's finest young designers and artists, and are tailored to look good! 

Syndicut collaborates with some of the UK's finest new design talent to bring bold colours and fresh prints to your underwear drawer.

Read more and see additional models at Syndicut Bold Jazzy Designs.

Photos & text Copyright Syndicut.

Ana Locking “The Talk”


 In "The Talk" we can observe the designer's search for a sense of balance between opposites. This approach requires a dialogue between a forced austerity as a reflection of life today and the need to introduce touches of controlled and always attractive opulence.

Read more and see the collection at Ana Locking “The Talk” Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Ana Locking.

October 7, 2012

Read the 3rd Weekly eNewsletter



Have a look at this week's eNews here:

Menswear Pays Tribute to the History of Art in Florence
October 6, 2012

Some of you who follow fashion shows may know Florence, Italy, from Pitti Uomo.  Others of you may be acquainted with Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance.

As for me, I will never forget my first visit to Florence; I must have been about 17 years old when I toured the city and visited the Uffizi Museum, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world.

For this autumn/winter season, Italian designer Stefano Ricci pays homage to the Uffizi Museum as he turns to life over a dozen oil masterpieces.  Although Stefano nearly duplicates the portraits in look and feel, he brilliantly recreates the fashion of each portrait for the modern-day man as seen in the photo above.

In addition to the emerging designers featured in this eNewsletter, definitely check out the latest collections of Ben Sherman, in which Mod Meets Rocker, and the urban sportswear of Lacoste.

Enjoy your reading and stay tuned: larger images are coming soon at MensFashionbyFrancesco.

Peter Nappi: 19th Century Style Boots



In 1904, Peter Nappi brought Italian boot-making to America.  Over 100 years later, his craft has been revived with a new offering of handcrafted footwear, bags, and belts. Peter Nappi boots, bags, and other dry goods embody the 19th century old-world style that transcends trends.

Read more and see the boots at Peter Nappi: Boots from the Old World.

Photos & text Copyright Nappi.

October 4, 2012

Stefano Ricci: a Salut to the History of Art at the Uffizi


Take a walk through the Uffizi Gallery with a step-by-step explanation of each portrait.




Carolus-Duran
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas, cm 80 x 61
1869
Released from the artist’s collection in 1913, the portrait of Charles Emile Auguste Duran (called Carolus Duran) - born in Lille (France) in 1837 and died in Paris in 1917 - is documented in the depository of Palazzo Pitti’s Palatine Gallery in 1952 , and again at the end of 1969 (storage attic cd.). On July 4th, 1977, it became part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery. Restored in 1989, it has so far participated in three exhibitions in Florence in 1977, Lille (France) in 2003 and in Beijing (China) between 2010 and 2011.
010 and 2011).

Read the history of 15 more portraits here.

Stefano Ricci: Inspired by the Uffizi Gallery



STEFANO RICCI pursues its homage to the world of Art with its latest catalogue, celebrating the historical Uffizi Gallery Museum in the heart of the designer’s hometown: Florence.

Read more and see the art-inspired collection at Stefano Ricci Pays Homage to the Art of the Uffizi Gallery.

Photos & text Copyright Stefano Ricci.

Stephen F: Cashmere Suits, Silk Lapels...


The FW12/13 collection is now available. The line features cashmere suits with silk lapels in many different performances, shirts, blazers, sweaters and coats in cashmere (single and double breasted) and reindeer leather jackets.

Read more and see the collection at Stephen F Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.
Photos & text Copyright Stephen F.

October 3, 2012

Sergio K Spring/Summer 2013 Collection



For the 2013 spring/summer season, photographer Terry Richardson shoots a spicy campaign for Sergio K.

Read more and see the collection at Sergio K Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign.

Photos Copyright Sergio K.

Sergio K Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection



For the autumn/winter 2012 season, Sergio K takes us from the famed Ipanema Beach in Rio, Brazil, to the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. The collection presents the hidden side of life without limits.

Read more and see the collection at Sergio K Autumn/Winter 2012 Campaign.

Photos Copyright Sergio K.

October 2, 2012

Breese “The Conservative Rebel's Wardrobe”



Breese is a sportswear brand conceived for the conservative rebel launching for the Spring/Summer 2013 season.

Think "Preppy meets Street" with first season's line having a "GI Joe - Military" theme.

Read the press release and see the collection at Breese Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright Breese

Lacoste "Nonchalant Urban Sportswear" for SS13


Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s third collection for LACOSTE offers a more nonchalant urban sportswear that still retains the elegance true to LACOSTE’s heritage.

See the collection and read the press release at Lacoste Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright Lacoste.

October 1, 2012

OntFront Expands into Footwear!


This autumn Dutch menswear label OntFront carefully enters the realm of footwear for the very first time.

It proudly presents a hand crafted Wing Tip Boot in a single color.

Read the press release and see the boot at OntFront Wing Tip Boot.

 Photos & text Copyright OntFront.

"MetaMORHphose" by Patrick Moh


For spring/summer 2013, Patrick Mohr revealed a change to depict another side of himself in “MetaMORHphose”—the fashion film that exhibited his collection.

Read more and see the collection at Patrick Mohr 2013 Spring/Summer “MetaMORhphose”.

‘Photos Copyright Patrick Mohr.