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It’s Fundamental: Esquire starts to read again…as we slowly stop reading Esquire. [Esquire]
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.
Uniqlo has a remarkably catalog for a down-market brand, but even more impressive is how many upscale designers they’ve managed to tempt in for collaborations. Alexander Wang, Loden Dager, Tim Hamilton were all on last year’s list, but apparently the ‘qlo has a few more in the works.
Gilded Age acquits themselves fairly with a set of baggy, nautical gear, but we’re more partial to Opening Ceremony, not least because of their electric blue suit that looks like it could have come right off Pete Campbell’s back.
Opening Ceremony’s light kitch and occasional summer-in-Stockholm vibes should fit well with the Japanese megabrand, and it’ll be nice to see them get a little more recognition. For now we’ll just cross our fingers and hope it’s a men’s line.
Tim Hamilton does Uniqlo
In the tight circle of New York designers and the rising tide of young, American menswear creators, indie comer Tim Hamilton is a clear standout. As well, his limited collaboration with Uniqlo, the Japanese superstore that has also recently worked with Loden Dager, is a far cry from the designer-stamped wears one might find at Target. In anticipation of the line’s retail debut on Friday (show up early, guys) Hamilton gave us a handful of his precious minutes to explain the origin of the line, how it differs from his signature collection and his favorite Japanese dishes.
Those sweaters aren’t going to tailor themselves.
To that end, Uniqlo has enlisted Tim Hamilton to stitch up a microcollection, on the heels of Loden Dager’s work for them earlier this year. Hamilton got a CFDA nod last year and made a strong showing at this year’s fashion week, which we’re sure has something to do with his recent success.
The ink flies again as even more brands and designers become new pals. As you were metabolizing turkey, Italian denim domo Diesel shook hands with Germany’s Adidas, American institution Levi’s partnered with Nike’s Jordan line and H+M survivors Viktor + Rolf teamed up with luggage maker Samsonite. According to our calculations, this latest round of cross-market collaborations means we’ll only have to wait a year or so before there’s a Marc Jacobs section in every Uniqlo, a Starbucks in every Herm‚àö¬Æs and a Crazy Robertson in every Foot Locker.
Hysteria! Loud noises!—Muji!Muji! Muji! Muji and more Muji! Blogs and buyers alike have been waiting with oddly baited breath (what, did Muji invest in Racked or something) for the opening of the minimalist lifestyle supplier to open up on Broadway and Grand. On Friday, the Muji-hideen got their chance to peruse the pop-up-store-sized version of what one customer termed the, “Ikea of Japan.” That evening, we nudged our way through the ironically high number of Japanese tourists to see what the maker of our favorite business card case might offer for the Kempt man. While the pickings were few among the tasteful eggshell teapots, there were a few bargains for the taking. More on Muji…
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