Our friends over at UrbanDaddy bring word that the elusive French menswear label Officine Generale has finally made its way to the states—and more importantly, the Internet. Which is fantastic news for the state of rakishness everywhere.
See, thanks to Tumblr, Instagram and Pitti Uomo, it can sometimes seem like there’s an endless supply of achingly handsome menswear readily available for the taking. But most of the good stuff is actually sitting folded neatly just out of the Internet’s reach in some incredibly well-guarded menswear Eden between Milan and Naples that you’ll never find.
Which is why we were pleasantly surprised to hear tell of Officine Generale making landfall on American soil, by way of SF’s Unionmade. It’s a good chunk of those blazers and poplin shirts that you’ve seen reblogged hundreds of times on Tumblr since the label’s January 2012 inception but have been otherwise untraceable. Meaning it’s not exactly menswear for the faint of wardrobe, but it is a good place to look if you’re feeling like a hickory-stripe blazer with four patch pockets is the sort of direction you’d like to go in this summer.
The best drinks always involve a bit of ritual when consuming them. And the upcoming Bastille Day weekend has reminded us of a simple yet refreshingly summery drink we picked up in the South of France: pastis.
The main ingredient is a star-anise-based liquor born from France’s 18th-century ban on absinthe—it’s still got the complex, herbaceous flavor without the ear-lopping strength or need for a flaming cube of sugar to get it down. It’s an acquired taste (vaguely like black licorice), but once you embrace the cooling effect of the bright anise notes, you’ll have found your new summer rooftop accomplice. First and foremost, you’ll want to know how to enjoy it properly.
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French Lessons: Hermès menswear designer, Varonique Nichanian, gives tips on Gallic style. [Huffington Post]
Cuff Links: The moment waxes philosophic about high-water jeans. [The Moment]
Thin Premise: Honey-blond, blue-eyed men's fashion blogger Amanda Brooks arrives late to last year's obsession with skinny ties. We, meanwhile, have returned to full-sized neckwear in fear of inspiring a return of the bolo. [Men's Vogue]
Jennifer Lopez to Produce Scents for Men: Be afraid. Be very afraid. [1224 Style]
Swapping Spit: In the grand Gallic tradition of poor public hygiene, several Frenchmen invaded Manhattan and attempted to set a world record for kissing. Gross, right? [Fleshbot]
In The Hood: Blue-eyed, honey-blond men's fashion blogger, Amanda Brooks, finds style and substance in the lowly hoodie. [Men's Vogue]
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Chinese Take Out: With its increased high-end offerings, improved manufacturing techniques (not to mention its low valuation of human sweat) China is poised to take on Italy in the luxe suit game. [WSJ]
Green Man:Nau co-founder Ian Yolles explains fashionable sustainability. [PSFK]
Not So Horny: "Vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors." And you thought Vikings looked like this, silly goose. [Eurekaltert]
Incoming!: Suface2Air's Spring/Summer 08 available now. [Word is Bomb]
The Boom Bip: The perfect footwear for the Ed Lover Dance. [Hypebeast]
The Barn Jacket: Seems we're not the only ones with a fetish for waxed cotton. [A Suitable Wardrobe]
Def Junk: Russell Simmons officially launches his already launched hip-hop-on-the-back-nine fashion brand. It will suck. [Celebrity Brands]
How To Pronounce Comme des Garçons: Don't blow this one. [Robby Wells]
International Champion: According to the Nielsen company Gucci is the most desired fashion line in the world. Tom Ford commemorates the success of his former employer by rolling over in his sable-covered bed and snoring. [Bloomberg]
High Kicks: Adidas has their Yohji Yamamoto. Now Puma has their Hussein Chalayan. [Fashion Week Daily]
Hang The DJ: Dear Elle UK, hitting "play" on iTunes does not count as "branching out." [ElleUK]