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Spring Essentials: 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012


Enough with the baggy shorts already! This season is all about trim, slim swimming trucks. You don’t want them too tight (no need to see a bulge or lack thereof), but they shouldn’t be down to your knees either. On the runway this season, we’ve seen some really cool looks from DSquared2 & Michael Bastian (of course), as featured on GQ in their spring trend section.

DSquared2 Swimming Trunks for Spring 2012DSquared2 Swimming Trunks for Spring 2012

The spring season always comes with its up and downs–in weather that is. One day it’s 75 and the next it’s 59. Be prepared with an all-weather, light-weight Parka, which happens to be one of the hottest trends right now. Check out this JCrew version:

JCrew Parka for Spring 2012JCrew Parka for Spring 2012

Get these looks while you can. Pair this green parka with Aymara’s Green Tea Leaf Butterfly Cufflinks and you’ll be donating 10% of the purchase to a Peruvian Butterfly Sanctuary! Do some good this season, through fashion.

Aymara Green Tea Leaf Butterfly CufflinksAymara Green Tea Leaf Butterfly Cufflinks

Sweat shorts in the summer? Who woulda thunk it? Well GQ did, as well as several high-brow designers. It’s a good way to stay comfy and cool during beach season. Like the new swimming trunks, it defeats the “style” purpose if they’re unnecessarily baggy and what not, so keep it trim.

DSquared2 Sweat Shorts for Spring 2012DSquared2 Sweat Shorts for Spring 2012

Pink and White Bandana, Silk, Spring 2012Pink and White Bandana, Silk, Spring 2012

And what about some hot new kicks for the season? Mark Anthony Green from GQ Magazine says, “We’ve been aggressively lobbying for Nike to properly revitalize one of our favorite OG sneakers, the Cortez, for years, and now—to pay homage to the shoe’s fortieth anniversary—they’ve finally done it. (You’re welcome, world.) The Cortez was once the most advanced running shoe on the market; now it’s a perfectly nostalgic sneaker for the street. We think the freshest way to wear a pair is with a suit that can use a kick of color.” Check em':

The New Nike CortezThe New Nike Cortez


Street Style: March 18th

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Like every other season, it’s about the little details. Think of a wine tasting…one doesn’t go in and down each and every glass, right? Savor style too. There are more options for men then ever in the realm of fashion and shoes are not to be understated. To go with the rolled pant look, these featured kicks bring a plain tee and jeans to a whole different level. GQ Magazine recently featured these in their March issue and we’d like to bring them to you in case you missed it.
 Photographs by Tommy Ton

 Photographs by Tommy Ton

Photographs by Tommy Ton
Oh what to say about these! Traditional loafers with a kick (no pun intended…well maybe) transitioned into spring with no socks or at least a no-sock look. The bags in this wonderful photograph also point at the importance of the details in accessories–a woodland inspired plaid bag, a canvas messenger, and again, the rolled jeans. And what about toting your cufflinks? Our brand new Mini Travel box will do the job for under $50.
Photographs by Tommy TonPhotographs by Tommy Ton
And don’t forget/be afraid to sprinkle a little white in the mix!
Photographs by Tommy TonPhotographs by Tommy Ton
Wow, so this photo may not be the largest/best quality, but the brown shoes with the cropped blue pants are worth taking a look (not to mention his model “friend”). Because black and brown are not friends normally in the fashion world, or at least the high end runway world, this guy pulls off the blue to brown beautifully. Try it.
Photographs by Tommy Ton of GQ MagazinePhotographs by Tommy Ton of GQ Magazine
RED pops of colors! Need we say more? The two look ultra stylish at a cafe, reminiscent of 50s Chicago, mixed with avant-garde Paris, and a little Bronx action in the hat choices.

Photographs by Tommy Ton

The Work Bag: Fashion 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 recently featured a collection of must-have bags for fall 2012. But we’re thinking in terms of a more transitional fashion sense, like from winter to spring. Taking inspiration from GQ writer Matthew Sebra, we’re proud to feature the coolest, most functional bags this season (and next). The best part is, the all seem to be made impeccably, and many are classics, ensuring your purchase won’t be short lived.

Here are the Best Bags from New York Fashion Week:

Nothing is better than a beat-up, vintage inspired rucksack (nothing beside, let’s say, cufflinks of course…) This season we’ll be seeing a lot of canvas/wool blends mixed with leather accents. The great thing about this is it keeps the weight of the bag on the lower scale.

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012

Irish Dog, Hand-Painted Coin CufflinksIrish Dog, Hand-Painted Coin Cufflinks

Fun, playful, and still latching onto Spring and Summer, these no-hassle, yet elegant, totes from John Bartlett are perfect for the seasonal transition. It came go to the office, as well as the beach, and we love the little details consisting of red and white stripes. Reminds us of our own fun accessory we like to call the Red Mint Cufflink

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

John Bartlett Fall 2012 Collection

John Bartlett Fall Collection 2012

As we reported in our earlier blog, entitled Three Designers We Adore,” Joseph’s Abboud’s fall collection is stunning. He may even take the prize for NYC Fashion Week’s Best Runway show (in our book anyways). And as always, pair Abboud’s collection with anything from Aymara this fall season. The juxtaposition of light airy Butterfly Cufflinks and sturdy canvas bags will fit the aesthetic season.

Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012

Aymara Brown Sea Rectangle Butterfly CufflinksAymara Brown Sea Rectangle Butterfly Cufflinks

Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012

Bastian’s collection also made our blog pages last fall, featuring orange James Dean inspired looks. Remember our “Fall Trend Report 2011: Numero Dos”? Now we couldn’t help feature his 70s meets French Decadence inspired bag for this year’s new Fall collection. And pair this decadent bag with these Chainsaw cufflinks:


Three Designers We Adore: NYC Fashion Week 2012

Sunday, February 12th, 2012



Todd Snyder

At first glance, one notices similarities in this line and Gilded Age for fall. But rest assured, they are very different. One thing to notice is the rolled up pants in several designers’ shows (we’ve also seen it in the last post about Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Armani). Todd Snyder’s line shows up yet another way to pair this “rolled up pant look” with an outdoorsy flair, albeit another layered one, with pops of unexpected color, like rustic orange, in between the browns, greys, and khaki colors.

Todd Snyder, Fall 2012Todd Snyder, Fall 2012

Vintage Orange Italian Silk Pocket SquareVintage Orange Italian Silk Pocket Square

What we love: the working man’s boots, layered cardigans, rolled up fitted pants, fur lined coats, fingerless gloves (especially in olive green) coupled with a simple beret. All amount to one sexy, effortless look for fall.

Todd Snyder, Fall Fashion Week 2012Todd Snyder, Fall Fashion Week 2012


Joseph Abboud

GQ Reports: “In his first fall collection for Joseph Abboud, newly-enlisted designer Bernardo Rojo goes in for the kill. First up, details, lots of them: flecked wool and houndstooth trousers, slick Glen plaid and flannel suits with wide lapels, luxe trucker and cruiser jackets, chunky turtlenecks and cable knits, and one well-groomed mohair suit jacket. These unlikely combinations mingled with equally curious colors, from pinkish brown to you-stay-classy burgundy to winter white. Blended together, it all became a two-pronged look: one part super-fly businessman, one part tree-chopping outdoorsman.”

Joseph Abboud, The Details for fall 2012

Joseph Abboud, The Details for fall 2012

Joseph Abboud, Fall 2012 Fashion WeekJoseph Abboud, Fall 2012 Fashion Week

Gilded Age

This upcoming fall season, Gilded Age (GA), it seems to be all about layering (well of course) and the mixing of textures. In this ultra modern, yet throw back to the 90s with a nod to sophistication, GA sends a rough, refined message to viewers (and wearers). We Love: the well-worn leather jackets, chunky sweaters, layered fabrics and textures, soft leather boots without adornments, and pops of unexpected color on hemlines.

Gilded Age, Fall Runway Show 2012Gilded Age, Fall Runway Show 2012

Caymanian Sea Turtle Hand Painted Coin CufflinksCaymanian Sea Turtle Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks

GQ Reports: “Racing stripes were subtly woven into scarves and sweaters and the subdued, dusty grays and blues used throughout ensured this season stay on the softer side of chopper culture.” So that’s the unexpected color pops we love?

Vintage Motorcycle CufflinksVintage Motorcycle Cufflinks

Gilded Age, Fall 2012

Fall 2011 Trend Report: Numero Uno

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011



Skimming through the pages in various magazines, catching the eye of style gurus on the subway, stopping to idly stare at illuminated shopping windows…all part of our job in the fashion industry. Although it seems that we simply recycle looks, adding a extra few modern touches, we are really revolutionizing fashion daily. Anything and everything you put on your back is a statement, whether you want it to be or not. A statement about who you are, where you come from, what’s important to you…What are you telling the world?

Style #1: 70s Swank

GQ magazine recently featured actor, and Jennifer Anniston’s beau, Justin Theroux in an array of vintage inspired trends. It’s a new, gritty spin on a seemingly over-worked genre of clothing:

Photograph by Nathaniel Goldberg, GQ Magazine

GET it: Jacket, $2,995 by Z Zegna. Henley, $110 by Vince. Necklace by Giles & Brother. Hat by Coal.Tateossian Horse Cufflinks

Tateossian Horse Cufflinks

And the street walking, urban hippie:

Photographs by Nathaniel Goldberg

GET it: Jacket, $2,495 by Boss Selection. Shirt, $125 by AllSaints. Jeans, $189 by Joe’s. Hat by A.P.C. Belt by Dsquared2. Bead necklace (top) by Giles & Brother. Other necklaces (vintage) by Melet Mercantile.

Style Trend #2: Khaki Winter Work Pants
Obviously this trend looks great with the previous post about “The Way of the Rustic Boot.” See we know what were doing here. GQ features another easy, wearable, ultra-masculine look: the rustic khaki pant. Pair it up with some rugged boots.

Gant by Michael Bastian

Pair this look with Sterling Silver Bear Cufflinks, from Pierce and Hobbs:ENAMEL BEAR AND BULL CUFFLINKSENAMEL BEAR AND BULL CUFFLINKS
Style #3: The Knapsack:


Gucci, Fall 2011

Gucci, Fall 2011


Tie it all together with Fall 2011 Ties from Daniel Dolce:
Victorian Purple Script, Italian Silk Neck Tie: Daniel Dolce

Victorian Purple Script, Italian Silk Neck Tie: Daniel Dolce

This bag is from Duluth Trading Company, which sells excellent quality products. We recently purchased a knapsack from them and not only is it incredibly sleek, beautiful leather, but durable and well made. We like to think of this brand as a little best kept search in fashion, because the prices aren’t nearly what they could be for these products. Anyways, here’s one of their ultra-cool bags:

AWOL bag, Duluth Trading Company; $225

Pair your leather case with a sleek beige tie from Daniel Dolce:
Cream Silk, Italian Silk Neck Tie by Daniel Dolce

Cream Silk, Italian Silk Neck Tie by Daniel Dolce

Stay tuned this week for more quick Trend Reports!