Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
As you might have noticed around these parts, we’re excited about the impending onset of spring.
And one of our favorite things to watch during this season shift is the cottons, chambrays and linens replacing all that wool and tweed—something you can start doing immediately when it comes to your neckwear. To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the finest examples of spring neckwear on the market right now.
Let’s not mince words here: it’s cold out. And it’s coldest on the ground—which means you should be paying careful attention to keeping your feet as warm as bipedally possible.
So we went ahead and rounded up the warmest socks on the market—many of which won’t look out of place on your regular rotation of pastels and patterns.
Breaking news: you can now own a Thom Browne suit for about a grand.
Those of you quick on the uptake (or with a WWD subscription) have probably been hearing the mix of excitement and grumbling over Browne’s diffusion line, Thom Grey—promising to skew younger (and less expensive). A photo of a gray varsity jacket was leaked. Speculation ensued. And today the full line was unveiled in the Barneys webshop. It’s what you might expect from Browne’s vision of the budding menswear enthusiast: oxford cloth shirts, a few ties, a pair of stand-out coats that have us looking forward to cooler temps, and a medium gray wool suit with his signature shrunken silhouette and cuffed high-water trousers.
It’s a good place to start. You know, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Tassel loafers and driving shoes have been getting a lot of love this season—each with their own merits—but this best-of-both-worlds hybrid from the Tuscan cobblers at Arfango is a horse of a different color. You’ve got the suede, unstructured slouchy comfort of the driving shoe paired with the formal finish of a tassel loafer. It’s what you’ll want to be wearing the next time you find yourself tagging along for a semiformal soiree on the Amalfi Coast.
As it typically goes with releases of this nature—midseason, by a lesser-known overseas label—finding a pair of these is going to take a little work (or an Italian translator). So aside from hunting down a proxy, your best bet is to wait for them to wash up stateside—we’d suggest keeping an eye on Barneys, who carry Arfango, but have yet to stock this particular model. Happy hunting.
These scarves just arrived at Barneys courtesy of cravat artisan Alexander Olch. They’re all rough-edged summer weight cotton, woven into the same classic checks and stripes as his ties—and all made in New York city limits. Save this one for the first sunny day…
Raleigh Denim is a hallowed name for most denim aficionados, so it’s good to see them putting the fabric to a few new uses.
This fall sees their first full-scale men’s collection, including lighter dyes like the one at left, but also sweaters, bags and a few extremely handsome ties. It’s pretty minimalist stuff—especially after a week of watching runway shows—but that’s what Raleigh Denim does best. And seeing the same fabric-focused take on a fall sweater (or a pair of white jeans) is definitely cause for excitement.
If you’re curious to see it in person, it’s all at The Curatory in Raleigh now, and should be landing at Barney’s Co-op any day.
The Burkman Brothers have always had a knack for summer gear, even without their trademark madras. Their 2011 crop just arrived at Barneys, including this near-perfect polo.
It’s a throwback item, patterned to look like something you might have worn to summer camp in the 80s. You can find a preppier take from Michael Bastian and a more nostalgic one from Band of Outsiders, but this might be our favorite. We’re not sure if it’s the shrunken collar or the high placket, but the whole thing comes off a good deal more grown-up than its predecessors. And since it’s going to be one of the more youthful items in your closet, that’s pretty good news.
We’re not usually much for celeb-stalking, but we couldn’t help but note that Vice President and turtleneck enthusiast Joe Biden was just spotted on his way out of Barneys. Now we know where he gets those pocket squares.
We’re trads at heart, so we’re always happy to see someone putting a new spin on the staples of tradwear. (That would be the suit and the tuxedo, in that order.)
Viktor & Rolf slipped underneath our radar when they skipped out on the major runway shows, but by the looks of these press pics, we were missing out on quite a lot. The high-cuffed pants are straight out of the Browne playbook, but between the wildly patterned blazers, shimmering socks and boldly mixed high-top sneakers, there’s a lot here that isn’t indebted to anyone.
None of this is quite ready for Barneys, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Uniqlo collaboration in their future.
The New York department stores seem to be taking a page from stockbrokers—the page marked “frenzied panic.”
It was only a few weeks ago that Barneys and Bloomingdale’s announced a simultaneous across the board 40% markdown, but it looks there’s no bottom. Barneys has since raised the number to 60%, with Bergdorf and Saks offering up to 70%. It’s a feeding frenzy, and it has very little to do with Christmas.
The folks at Trovata have unveiled a new treat. They’re calling it the peacemonger suit, and it should hit Odin this spring at an economy-friendly $600. It’s a pretty high cut, but we’re coming around on that look, and the oversized button and exposed pockets are enough to make us forgive all kinds of creative tailoring.
Clearly they’re encouraging a few rolls around the ankle. It may seem risky right now, but trust us: it’ll be a much better idea when you don’t have to worry about frostbite.
Labeled as the Damien Hirst x Levi’s x Warhol Factory Collection, these paint-spun jeans are part of a line that should be hitting Barneys in not too many weeks, but to get these pants in particular you’ll have to find your way to one of the silent auctions Hirst is setting up. It’s a clever bit of art/fashion mashing, but as usual, the joke is on you.
They may look good on a wall, but don’t wear them outside.
We finally got down to Barneys to take a peek at the Benjamin Bixby line from Andre 3000 (née Benjamin), and it’s quite a display. The line doesn’t stray too far from the Lauren party line, but the moves it does make—like the Lindbergh-esque bomber jacket and scarf—suggest a few places Bixby could go once it gets its sea legs. It’s broader and a lot more earnest than the typical preppy fare…which we should have expected, given Benjamin’s wide-eyed enthusiasm.
More importantly, the folks on the floor informed us they’re already restocking. Apparently we aren’t the only ones who are impressed.
We’re always impressed by a British import—something about the slim, boxy cut—so we were especially pleased to see Bamford & Sons landing in Barneys New York’s flagship Madison Avenue store this week. They’ve taken over a patch on the ground floor with fall offerings, most notably the iconic Trapper and Trackside jackets, but what caught our eye was this double-breasted overcoat.
It’s a hard garment to pull off without squashing your suit or swallowing up your shoulders. This one balances the two as only a Brit could.
Sooner or later it had to happen: the rest of the world is discovering Moss Lipow, the brilliant, eccentric eyewear designer/historian who’s been a closely-guarded secret of the cognoscenti for years. The New York-based, self-taught fashionista (he attended film school at NYU) is a darling of high-end design aficionados for his one-of-a-kind creations, such as the sci-fi-style metal specs pictured here, made for a *Vogue China* shoot. He also produced the most expensive sunglasses ever, crafted of alligator and ostrich skin with a $3,800 pricetag.
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