December 31, 2012

2012's Most Popular Articles

Check out the 12 most popular articles in 2012 for Men's Fashion by Francesco at The Top 12 of 2012.

Meanwhile, I wish you a Happy New Year!

December 30, 2012

The Men of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown

As a history lover, I spent this Christmas season enjoying the cuisine, beers, and—yes!—fashion of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

What impressed me, for the first time, was the extremely radical fashion of the 17th- and 18th-century men—a refreshing enlightenment!

See additional photos and read more at The Vanity of Pre-Revolutionary American Men. 

Photos Copyright Men’s Fashion by Francesco.

December 20, 2012

"Handsome Devils" by G.P.P.R.

Inspired by the well-dressed anti-hero archetype prevalent throughout popular culture,
this Holiday collection seeks to outfit the men who talks fast, dress sharp and walk tall.

Photos & text Copyright G.P.P.R.

December 19, 2012

Horiyoshi III & Tattoo-inspired Styles

The designs of Horiyoshi III, Japan’s undisputed tattoo master, come to life with every twitch and shudder of the skin.

Born Yoshihito Nakano in 1946, Horiyoshi III had his epiphany when confronted with a Yakuza (Japanese gangster) sporting a full body tattoo or “suit” at a public bathhouse as a young boy. Inspired, he visited the studio of his later master, Horiyoshi I, for his own tattoo, and became his apprentice at the age of 25.

Read more, view the video, and see the collection at Horiyoshi III: Tatoos, Skateboarders, and Who’s Jamie?

December 18, 2012

Aneeth Arora: Mixing Paris and London with India

péro‘s menswear is a line of clothing for someone who not only seeks comfort in what he wears but is also willing to incorporate the effortless style of the local people in one’s attire. 

The resulting garment evokes some sense of culture from which it originates, this culture communicates internationally in such a way that the wearer looks equally at ease in the streets of Paris or London, as he does here in India. 

Read the full press release and see the collection at péro Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright péro.

December 17, 2012

Teaming with “AI” Marks Wade’s First Design Hire

China’s leading sportswear company, LI-NING Company, and NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade today announced that award-winning footwear and accessory designer Alejandro Ingelmo has been selected as a Creative Consultant for Special Projects for WADE, the new athletic and lifestyle footwear and apparel collection launched in October. 

December 11, 2012

Domingo Rodriguez 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Domingo Rodriguez showed his SS13 menswear range as part of LCFM, an initiative that brought together London College of Fashion’s most exciting menswear alumni during London Collections Men. 

Watch the video, see the collection and read the press release at Domingo Rodriguez Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Domingo Rodriguez.

December 10, 2012

Angelo Galasso Autumn/Winter 2012

Angelo Galasso defines Style as  choice and attitude. The perfectly tailored  suits, original details, touch of colour and  accessories are what make a man go beyond  the classic look to achieve effortless elegance.

See the collection and read more at Angelo Galasso, A Rare Quality.

Photo & text Copyright Angelo Galasso.

December 6, 2012

2Wink Rises the Temp to 38 and 40 Degrees!

Iconic Aussie underwear brand 2wink Australia are heating things up in the southern hemisphere by adding two new ranges of swimwear briefs to its summer collection, entitled “40 Degrees & 38 Degrees”.  That’s 104 & 100 Fahrenheit for those in the USA & others.    

Read the press release and see more images at 2wink Australia Launches “40 Degrees & 38 Degrees”.

Photos & text Copyright 2Wink.

December 5, 2012


For the Spring-Summer 2013 collection, KRISVANASSCHE is offering a reinterpretation of seven key pieces as part of a limited line.

Photos & text Copyright Kris Van Assche.

December 4, 2012

Julian Zigerli Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Supersonic sound waves, incredible heights, supernatural speed. Life at the edge and between the elements.

“My Daddy Was a Military Pi lot”isn't just the title of Julian Zigerli's S/S 2013 collection. It is also the truth.

Read more and see the Spring/Summer 2013 collection at Julian Zigerli “My Daddy Was a Military Pilot”.

Photos & text Copyright Julian Zigerli.

December 1, 2012

Hot from the Shores of Canada: Garçon Model

Read more and watch the video at New Line of Men’s Under Garments: Garçon Model.

Garçon Model was launched this year so that men could feel confident and “undress for success.”

Photos Copyright Garçon Model.

Antoine + Stanley

Debuting their men’s footwear range in the UK this Winter, Antoine + Stanley have landed on the scene with a collection of top quality, on-trend, and affordable shoes.

See the collection at Antoine + Stanley Footwear.

Photos & text Copyright Antoine + Stanley.

November 28, 2012

And the Winner of the British Fashion Awards is...

Scottish born designer Jonathan Saunders has been announced the winner of the British Fashion Council’s EMERGING TALENT AWARD – MENSWEAR at the 2012 British Fashion Awards. 

Photos & text Copyright Jonathan Saunders.

Freddy Releases Freddy Sports Active

As part of their Autumn / Winter 2012 collections, Freddy releases the new Freddy Sports Active range.

Read more, watch the fun video, and see the collection at Freddy Sports Active.

November 27, 2012

n.d.c. Made by Hand for 2013

Take a stroll along the French Riviera in the 1960s with these flexible, relaxed and easy espadrilles. 

Made with the flexible and light ‘Strobel’ construction (where the upper and insole are stitched together), the shoes are slip-lasted and stitched to the leather outsole with natural yute trimming the edge. 
Available in soft Tuscan suede, striped canvas or denim.

Explore more of the collection and read the press releas at n.d.c. Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright n.d.c.

November 24, 2012

Michael Hockey's Industrial Evolution

Michael Hockey is a men’s footwear brand targeted at men who appreciate quality and design.

All of  footwear is 100 percent handmade by skilled artisans using the finest leathers available.

Read the press release and see the collection at Industrial Evolution by Michael Hockey.

Photos & text Copyright Industrial Evolution.

November 20, 2012

Kris Van Assche: Sportswear Infused Formal Wear

Launching for Spring-Summer 2013, and bowing in a selected number of stores from December 2012, KRISVANASSCHE+ is a tailoring-focused complimentary collection to the main KRISVANASSCHE line.

Read the press release and see the collection at Kris Van Assche Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Kris Van Assche.

November 15, 2012

Harry Stedman Autumn/Winter 2012

Founded in 2011, Harry Stedman is a contemporary menswear brand based in London, England. 

The brand champions key facets of classic American and European attire, actively blending old with new to achieve a modern style that resonates with today’s discerning gent.

Read the press release and see the collection at Meet Harry Stedman.

Photos & text Copyright Harry Stedman.

November 13, 2012

The Slounge Way by Freddy

For autumn/winter 2012, the everyday wear comes in the form of the Freddy Sport Luxe collection.

Baring the motto ‘The Slounge Way’, the range is produced with quality jersey, focus on cut and comfort and takes influence from classic Varsity style.

Read the press release and see the collection at Freddy Autumn/Winter 2012 “the Slounge Way”.

Photos & text Copyright Freddy.

Element Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Spring/Summer marks a new start for Element, and as part of this UK fashion PR is now looked after by us folks at Sane. Next year it'll be 21 years since Element was founded and the brand is truly coming of age.

Read the press release and see the collection at Introducing Element Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Element.

November 12, 2012

Sifr: a Shoe Zoo of Faux Animals

Singapore-based contemporary menswear label Sifr releases their AW12 artisian footwear collection.

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

Photos & text Copyright Sifr.

November 7, 2012

Quentin Véron Autumn/Winter 2012

Gangsters or the Allure of the Unlawful. A lingering gaze into the shady realm of crime, Gangsters is a collection driven by the aesthetics of felony. 

See the collection and read the press release at The Gangsters by Quentin Véron.

Photos & text Copyright Quentin Véron.

November 6, 2012

Holloh, Escaping the Hustle This Winter

Holloh is a clothing brand for men, launched in 2010, which escapes the hustle and conditioned reflexes of industrial consumption. It is a thoughtful proposal that reflects menswear luxury.

Read the press release and see the collection at Hollow Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright Holloh.

November 5, 2012

Beau Homme 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection

Flux Goes Vision A/W 13 is the inaugural menswear collection from BEAU HOMME.

The forward thinking dynamism of the Futurist art movement was the primary inspiration and informed the clothing’s freedom from historical constraint.

Read the full press release and see the collection at Beau Homme “Flux Goes Vision”.

Photos Copyright Beau Homme.

Timoteo New Resort Collection

Photographer Tom Cullis has just shot the New Resort Swim Collection by Timoteo.

See the entire collection at Timoteo New Resort Swim Collection.

Photos Copyright Timoteo.

November 4, 2012

My Time with Hurricane Sandy

Last Monday night, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast coast of the US with an unprecedented force, leaving a trail of destruction that will require weeks of repair and billions of dollars to fund.

After being sick for several days, I decided to take my feeble body to one of the disaster areas and volunteer my time in digging some folks out.

As we approached the northern shore, we followed convoys of army vehicles, as well as hundreds of electric trucks that had made the trek from as far away as states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois.

Miles of cars were lined up for gas; others filed in queue at Burger King.

We passed the check point, showing my friend’s resident ID, and we drove into the devastation, which resembled a war zone.

Most houses in this area lost the first floor to the surge. The beach reclaimed most of the city.  Water lines marked the flood at about 11 feet high.

So, I spent two entire days filling a dumpster with water damaged possessions, shoveling, sand, and taking photos for insurance purposes.

Fortunately my friends suffered minimal damage from the storm, but many others were not so fortunate. Some neighbors lost everything.

Some religious crazies have blamed the storm on the various groups that they like to scapegoat. Now is not is not time to be mean and vicious but rather to encourage, help, and rebuild.

See more images that I shot here.

November 1, 2012

House of Tayo from Rwanda

House of Tayo is the brainchild of menswear designer Matthew Rugamba from Rwanda.

What’s amazing about this label is that Matthew sources all his fabrics locally from women who create African wax printed materials—all of which contain a story.

Read more and see the collection at House of Tayo: Fabrics Rich in Stories.

Photos Copyright House of Tayo.

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.

You may subscribe here.

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—André 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.