The legendary M-65 field jacket is a classic piece that will be the perfect companion for the upcoming spring. It’s good against wind, keeps you warm during colder spring days and most of the field jackets nowadays is water repellent and protects very decent if the rain decides to come. I’ve combined two Italian’s specialists together, with a water-repellent field jacket from Apesi in the army green color and a suit from Satoria Formosa in the popular Solaro fabric will get you that perfect spring feeling.
Eidos Napoli, the baby brother to the famous luxury brand Isaia Napoli, released their spring and summer campaign a few days ago. Is this third collection a complete success as the other ones have been? Let’s take a closer look what creative director Antonio Ciongoli has been creating.
This collection was first shown in the last summer edition of the Pitti Uomo fair in Florence. I had the opportunity to take look at it then and I was amazed what the creative director, Antonio Ciongoli had created. Now the lookbook campaign is released and it doesn’t disappoint. The model Zeph Colombatto has been featured for all of the Eidos campaigns in the past and he’s in front of the camera once again. It was shot by Glen Allsop and he has been shooting the last campaigns as well with a flawless result every single time. This is another thing which makes Eidos stands out from the crowd, Antonio is a father figure that takes care of his friends and colleagues. He welcome passionate people to his family and treats them, as they would have been one of his own. If you have the pleasure to meet him in person you will clearly see this and is something that really makes you understand the passion behind the brand.
Another aspect where the brand stands out from the crowd is that the collection always offers something new and exciting compared to other brands. You can clearly see Antonio’s personality in the collection, both when it comes to the Florentine silhouette for the suits and the polo shirts with the amazing collar. For this collection, Antonio takes inspiration from the island of Ischia, also called land of the farmers and fishermen that can be found just outside Naples, Italy.
The color palette goes from versatile navy to more hard flirted colors like the bright green for the fisherman cardigan or the yellow Hawaii shirt. The collection overall is easy to combine with other garments but it’s fantastic to see that Eidos have evolved and now nearly offers garments from toes to top. The overall silhouette for Eidos has always been more casual orientated, and you can see this more clearly than ever in this collection. Some interesting news for this collection is that an improved silhouette from the past ‘Lorenzo’ cut is offered and is now called the ‘Ciro’. It still has the Florentine silhouette with rounded quarters, wide lapels and the longer length for the jacket. Instead the improved cut features different lapels, less aggressive quarters, a bit lower button closure and high waisted trousers. The pieces can without any doubt be worn in the city or in the office but other ones will be more suited for the countryside or at the beach. Antonio did it again and I personally think that this is the best collection so far from the brand.
The full collection can be seen here.
It’s no secret that shades of blue is the most useful color you can wear. It’s easy to match with everything and there’s actually not one single color that you can’t match it with. This combined with a more popular trend where you match different shades of the same color in one outfit, makes the foundation for my weekly inspiration.
Spring is officially here and the temperatures is slowly rising to comfortable levels. It’s time to look over your spring and summer wardrobe and today we’re gonna take a closer look at the popular string loafer, a shoe whose interest has increased markedly in recent years.
The loafer itself has many origin stories compared to other shoes like the classic oxford or derby. However the two most popular ones originate from England and Norway. The first and oldest one was produced by the legendary bespoke shoe company Wildsmith Shoes in London around the 1850’s. The loafer was named the “Wildsmith Loafer”, made by the founder Raymond Lewis Wildsmith and was designed for King George VI as casual shoe for wearing at home. This shoe has later on been produced and sold by other shoe firms in London as the “The Harrow”.
A different design of the loafer was introduced by the Norwegian Shoemaker, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger in 1908. Nils took a trip to America where he learned more in the craft of shoemaking and in 1930, he introduced a new design called the “Aurland moccasin” which later on was renamed to the “Aurland shoe”.
These two stories is the beginning for the more formal and casual loafers and also where the string loafers originated from. The string loafer is counted to be one of the least formal model and still have the typical characteristics of a loafer, but with a borrowed design from the moccasin and boat shoe. It’s the combination of the laces and that it’s often offered in different colors of suede that makes this a perfect choice for casual outfits. This makes the string loafer a perfect companion for spring and summer and a must in every man’s wardrobe.
Accessories is something that complement the wearers outfit. As with clothing, accessories is something personal and can be used in different ways to make your outfit unique and feel more complete. Some like to use the accessories to add color to an outfit and to make it stand out. Others like to use it to add complementary colors and textures and instead something that links together the clothing to a interesting outfit. No choice is the right one as with everything else when it comes to clothing, it’s one of the few possibilities that we have to express our personalities. This is where Monsieur Fox wants to make a change and give the gentlemen a way to express themselves, with bold colors and textures to affordable prices.
The story began early for Adrian Azodi who always has been drawn into the creative path of designing. The brand name, Monsieur Fox, comes from an experience in Adrian’s early years when he just was a young boy. One summer, the family was on vacation for a road trip and when travelling through New Hampshire, a fox suddenly jumped out in front of the car. Both Adrian and the fox stared at each other for a few seconds before the fox disappeared back into the forest, and at the same time revealing a house that was for sale. 3 months later the family moved into the house and the rest of the family still lives in the same house today. Adrian spent nearly 15 years in the house, a house that was decided in the end by a little red fox. With this said, Adrian want to tell a story through the brand, where you as a person have to be bit more daring and try new things in life. This is what he hopes to communicate to the customers with Monsieur Fox, a daring gentleman who isn’t afraid to try new ways and combinations.
In 2011, Adrian moved to Dubai for a job opportunity, an opportunity that instead opened up a way to finalizing his dreams. The dream became reality and one year later in 2012, Monsieur Fox was founded in Dubai. The fox story was a big inspiration for the brand but another important pillar behind the foundation was that Adrian often felt like something was missing when he looked at accessories for men, both in terms of the product quality and how the actual product looked when you saw the product in store.
The brand has chosen to focus on accessories for men at this stage, accessories that include cufflinks, ties, scarves and pocket squares. Cufflinks are made in sterling silver and is handmade from scratch, an important form of craftsmanship for the brand (I’ve included a movie further down in the article where the manufacturing is shown). The tie has special place in Adrian’s wardrobe and also something that’s offered by the brand in colourful alternatives. The ties is handmade in Italy by a family owned factory that has been in the business for generations. This factory is used by other high-end brands and I can personally say that they deliver well-made products, both in terms of stitching, fabrics and details. The ties often uses a seven folded construction, hand rolled edges and with a lightweight construction.
When it comes to the pocket squares so will they either have the machine or hand rolled edges depending on choice of fabric, both look very good but the hand rolling is always to prefer. Monsieur Fox’s scarves and pocket squares is without any doubt one of the most beautiful I’ve seen with their hand drawn and illustrated prints. Some of the patterns may be a bit bold in terms of color but that’s the house style of the brand, some may like it more than others do and that’s completely normal. Do I like it? Yes I do, it’s playful, right in time and the quality level spot on.
An understated color is without any doubt the forest green. This shade of green will almost work with any possible color but is still something that’s not used very often. I will personally start to wear this color more from now on because of its versatility. Today I’ve combined this green with beige and brown and created something playful but still with a very usable palette.
Spring is finally here and it’s time to put away the winter coat in the wardrobe. It’s time to take out the thinner jacket and what couldn’t fit better than start off spring with a suede jacket? Earthy colors stands for today’s inspiration, combine different shades of brown, white and beige and complete the outfit with a colorful scarf. A warm welcome back spring, we have missed you!
I have wanted to add this section to the blog for a while now and it is finally here, a completely new guide to my favorites stores around the world. It does mpt matter if it is about finding interesting stores in Stockholm or in New York, in time the best menswear stores will be featured here. I was recently in New York and had the opportunity to visit many different stores that I always wanted to visit because of their passion, brands, staff and interiors. First up in this guide will be my personal favorite store, a online based store with the name No Man Walks Alone. A store with one of the most interesting brands under the roof and that also delivering something new and fresh among all online stores.
No Man Walks Alone was founded in early 2013 by Greg Lellouche and his team in the big apple, New York. The store is a web-based one but with the possibility to visit their office during working hours to try on products, get measured for different brands offering MTM (made to measure) or just sit down and get a cappuccino with Greg himself. This is just not another menswear store, it’s a store about embracing the people who make quality craftsmanship, with honesty and passion behind their clothes. These values can be also found in the bit odd stores name, No Man Walks Alone, which comes from a line by Humphrey Bogart to Audrey Hepburn in movie Sabrina from 1953. A line which Greg mean that can be translated that there are men who values unique and quality products instead of the uninspiring products that the fashion industry often is offering.
The idea behind the store is that they want to offer products from brands that often only focus on producing one particular garment and master that like no else does. To do that the team have traveled all around the world to workshops, studios, factories and met talented and passionate peopled who offered this. Greg and his team know every item in the store, and each garment was selected for a reason, it doesn’t matter if it’s a casual sweater or a suit, every piece has it’s own special place in the store. A lot of the products is actually exclusively produced for the store, they pick the styles, materials and details to make unique garments. They collaborate with the Neapolitan bespoke tailor Sartoria Formosa, made their own silhouette for Eidos Napoli’s formal wear and handpicked shoes from Hungarian shoesmarker Lazlo Vass. This is just to a few of the ongoing collaborations and more will probably come in the future if there’s a request for it by the customers. In addition to these they also offer various brands such as clothing from the Japanese dandy Camoshita, from shirt specialist G.Inglese, Florentine tiemaker Tie Your Tie, rainwear from Swedish Stutterheim and pants from Italian Rota.
There’s also something else that makes No Man Walks Alone stands out from the crowd. Instead of just offering an ordinary online store Greg decided that he wanted to be more interactive with the community. First off he created something that’s called The Newsroom, where inspirational articles will be featured by the team and carefully chosen writers. When new articles is published these is included in the weekly newsletters, something that brightens up a newsletter without any doubt. Articles are often written in such state that curious customers can be guided on what to wear, how to wear it, typical wardrobes classics etc. Newly published articles such as how to wear the turtleneck, how to find you right size for a sweater, the tweed overcoat and why it’s more flattering than the black one are just a few examples on what to expect. Next we have the Collective Action, an initiative where you can vote for a limited collaboration with different brands. Last year two ties from Drake’s were featured and this time it’s time for the legendary French footwear maker Heschung. In addition to all this, Greg and his team has aslo caught up how important social media is nowadays and they are active on all platforms, this includes answering questions personally on the famous Styleforum. I think No Man Walks Alone is on to something big here and if this continue will they probably be one of the best online stores in the world, both in terms of the product range but also personality and customer service.
Spring is finally here and comes with temperatures that allows you to take of the overcoat in the middle of the day. Spring also means that it’s time to take a closer look at what to buy and wear for the upcoming season, and the store shelves is already filled with lightweight suits and jackets. One of many brands who recently delivered their spring collection is Suitsupply, a company known for its eccentric campaigns, high quality fabrics and to offer one of the most affordable tailored clothing to date. Did Suitsupply step over the line this time with their naked campaign or is it just bold enough to actually work? Let’s take a closer look.
For spring and summer 2015, the Amsterdam based brand presents its new range of tailored clothing in a bold and artistic way that’s never been seen before. The collection itself features an assortment of vibrant colors ranging from the most classical navy to washed green to mustard yellow, a continuance of playful and youthfulness as earlier collections have shown. Combining this with a wide range of different models and commitment to quality fabrics still allows Suitsupply to be in the league of one the most affordable brands in menswear.
The lookbook is shot under water with topless ladies swimming around male models wearing their newly released garments, in what many would call a questionable way against the already inflated discussion about women’s place in the society. The photographer behind this spectacle is Carli Hermès, the same man who shot the controversial campaign for last spring that’s been widely discussed around the globe. There will be probably be a discussion about if it is right or wrong to release something portraying naked women swimming around well dressed male models. What’s my thought about this? Some may even ask why do I even write about this bold campaign? In my opinion it’s a form of art and I can understand why people will get upset seeing this in 2015. Haven’t we reached further than this in the discussion about women’s unfair treatment in the society and in the fashion business? I think we have without any doubt and I write about Suitsupply because of my personal interest in the brand itself. I think they offers good products at reasonable prices and an opening for men interested in tailored clothing, without having to spend to much money from their wallets. With that said I also think that we have to see the whole picture for this and why they actually shot the campaign in this way.
They wanted to create something that’s never been done before, they wanted to challenge themselves and they succeed doing that. They created a collection of artistic photos which stands out from the crowd in a loud way. I think we have to think about this as a form of art, like in the photos which can be seen in various exhibitions around the world. Does anyone complain of these photos that can be seen at these various places? I can’t decide what’s right or wrong for you, but I think it’s an interesting subject that should be discussed. What do you think?
We wanted to do something we haven’t done before, while, at the same time, illustrating the concept of going ‘into the unknown – CEO Fokke De Jong.
After a week of vacation and job in New York it’s back to business and what couldn’t be better to start off the week with a Monday inspiration. Today my main inspiration comes from one of persons I had the opportunity to meet in New York last week, Antonio Ciongoli. For those who don’t know the story about him, Antonio is the creative director behind the acclaimed brand Eidos Napoli, little brother to the famous tailoring house ISAIA. A brand which collections always delivers something new and fresh compared to many other brands out there and Antonio is the one to thank for this.
This is a outfit inspired by the next fall collection from Eidos and I choose to use a base with the navy and white. A colors combination that’s not very common when we talk about fall or winter, something that Antonio have proved me wrong about (header credits to Hypebeast).