We may be entering the golden age of the athlete menswear designer...
Today, Women’s Wear Daily reports that Russell Westbrook and Barneys New York have just inked a design deal for a multi-brand capsule collection that will run for a number a seasons. This comes on the heels of the news that David Beckham is designing a collection for Belstaff. Add to that the stuff Dwyane Wade has been doing with Tie Bar and Del Toro, and we’re starting to see a trend.
There’s still a lot to be seen from the collaboration with Westbrook, who you’ll recognize from NBA press conferences as the guy in the loud shirts and thick-rimmed glasses, but having labels like Marcelo Burlon, Want Les Essentiels and Selima Optique already attached bodes well.
As we all learned last week, mid-January’s got its downsides. (Polar vortexes included, apparently.)
But it’s certainly not all bad, as we’ve finally made it into the heart of ski season—with all the fresh powder, cozy chalets and ski bunnies that entails. So whether it’s the trail map or the après scene you’re planning to navigate, we’d like to help you do so handsomely, with a weeklong series we’re calling: Ski Week.
It had us wondering why such an American brand would have to go overseas to outfit a sports team—especially with dapperness in locker rooms and postgame press conferences on the rise in the US. It would be a natural progression for, say, the Knicks to step off their team bus all kitted out in Michael Bastian—as opposed to the Detroit Lions, who seem more like Mark McNairy New Amsterdam kind of guys.
With spring footwear on our minds, we’re liking this update on the typical preppy saddle shoe—which is usually a highly contrasting white-and-black or navy affair—because this pair from Leffot and the venerable New England shoemakers at Alden finds the contrast in material instead.
You’ve got an impossibly sheen, cognac-esque shell cordovan #8 against a similarly brown pebble grain—which makes for a more understated version of the old prepster standby (also removing the worry of whether you can wear them after Labor Day). The collaboration with Leffot is on preorder right now, so you’ll have to exercise some patience once you’ve made your 20% down payment.
News of Justin Timberlake’s return to music took the Internet by storm—but we were more interested in the actual suit and tie he repeatedly mentions in the intro (of his appropriately named single, “Suit & Tie”).
Turns out it’s a Tom Ford number—not surprising, since JT chose to wear a Ford tuxedo during his secret wedding in Italy last year—but it doesn’t stop there. Timberlake and Ford have collaborated on a collection of suits (and ties, presumably) that will be “feature[d] heavily” in the album, The 20/20 Experience (presumably in the videos, but perhaps also the lyrics?). Mr. Ford styled the music video for the single. More than anything, we’re happy to see that JT is really taking the whole suit-and-tie thing seriously.
High-end fashion designers collaborating with mall brands wasn’t new in 2012, but it definitely made a big impact on menswear this year—the Gaps, the Targets, the H&Ms went all GQ, Odin and Margiela on the average consumer in the past year.
In 2013, we expect even more high-low collaborations. And since we’re essentially menswear soothsayers, we decided to let you know what to look forward to.
So they recently called up the legendary Harris Tweed factory in Scotland and ordered a few hundred yards of their finest Donegals, windowpanes and flecked herringbones, and sent the lot to their favorite labels to see what they’d come up with. The result: a handsome kaleidoscope of tweediness: totes from Filson, a spectacular blazer from Todd Snyder, a gaggle of cozy down-stuffed tweed from Crescent Down Works and more. You can find Unionmade Harris Tweed in its entirety here, if you’re considering the notion of more tweed in your life—a natural instinct around this time of year.
Table It: The 10 oversized books you should consider for yourself or anyone else you know who might already own a coffee table. [Highsnobiety]
Fast Backlash: An op-ed that makes the case against the new trend of fast fashion collaborations. [Business of Fashion]
Blitzkrieg Bop: Popular ladies’ e-commerce site Shopbop has set their sights on the menswear market. [Fashionista]
A Love Pentagon: To add to the ever-evolving bizarreness surrounding General Petraeus, Chuck Klosterman somehow found himself briefly caught in the eye of the storm—and lived to tell his story. [Grantland]
Earlier this year, we brought news of a Thom Browne suit that you could pick up for around a grand. Now, behold: a Thom Browne blazer for 150 clams. (About a tenth of what his stuff usually goes for.)
It’s a product of yet another Target collaboration—this time with Neiman Marcus and some more design-world heavies (part of a holiday collection, so you’ll find some Band of Outsiders cookie cutters amongst the handful of men’s stuff). It’s got the signature Thom Browne schoolboy thing happening and his tricolor stripe in the placket (so you know it’s Thom Browne for Target), but it isn’t made from some odd blend of material—the promise of 100% wool gives us some hope that Browne kept some standards. Naturally, we’ll hold off final judgment till the December 1 release date.