The international fashion cognoscenti are descending upon Lincoln Center as we speak...
That’s right: it’s New York Fashion Week.
And while we usually like to give “capital F” fashion a wide berth, it’s worth being prepared—just in case your mother brings it up at the dinner table or you suddenly find yourself sharing a bar stool with a lithe Swede. (The city can get awfully crowded with half of Europe over here.) So we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet of talking points:
San Francisco’s menswear emporium Unionmade has been stocking some of the finest menswear this side of, well, anywhere for a while now—and as if that wasn’t already impressive enough, in the past few years they’ve been collaborating with some of their favorite labels to spectacular effect. With the third installment of their Indigo series hitting shelves this month and a new line of coats with Golden Bear launched on Monday, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all of the handsomeness they’re turning out. Luckily, we got to sit down with the mastermind behind it all, founder Todd Barket, to hear all about it.
News flash: it’s November already. But let’s not forget October. And since it may have felt like the month just flew by in a plaid and tweed and tuxedoed Halloween-y blur, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments we shared. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent-memory lane in the latest edition of:
Recently there have been multiple Richard Gere sightings that can only be described as gloriously #menswear-y. Let’s take a closer look at the photographic evidence and try to unlock the mystery of why he’s dressed like an eccentric philanthropist:
By now you’ve already begun the monumental seasonal wardrobe shift—the linens and cottons making way for the heftier wools and Donegals—but you’ve probably overlooked one thing you’ve probably overlooked: your pocket square.
Which is why we’d like to suggest a little something we’re calling: the fall/winter pocket square.
Instead of your standard silk fare, these are thicker and nappier and come in the familiar weaves of fall. It’s an easy way to inject a shot of autumnal-ness into your navy blazer and gray flannel routine—remember: a little tweed can go a long way.
Scene: Brooks Brothers’ Madison Avenue flagship store; a beach made with imported sawdust; a beautifully made (if impossible to wear) Black Fleece lace blazer (yes, for men); penny-farthing critter pants; collaborative Kiel James Patrick bracelets; a white shawl-collar linen blazer; espadrilles and shorts made from an old scarf pattern; madras, madras everywhere.
Heard: “California Dreamin’”; that the set was inspired by Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Total beach bums, those guys.
Scene: Industria Superstudio; streetwear enthusiasts bearing witness to the brand’s NYFW debut, which plays to the high-end sweat trend. Prints and colors are bold, fits relaxed, with a handful of contrasting tailored elements.
Heard: The soft pitter-patter of a bouncing medicine ball, metallic rasps of a bench press in motion and club kid beats courtesy of DJ Franco V.