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JINsoon: A Fine Polish

Jin Soon Choi is nailing it at Saks New York’s 10-day pop-up nail bar

Earning the moniker “Bicycle Jin” in her early days as an emerging, biking-to-clients manicurist, Jin Soon Choi is now known to nail polish addicts and fashion insiders as the manicurist to the stars. But it wasn’t always this glamorous: upon arriving in the US from Korea with few resources, Jin admits “I was faced with three options to make a living: dry cleaning, delis, or nails. I chose nails.” With a vision to revolutionize the in-and-out NYC nail salon, Jin established herself with a loyal following among the fashion and celebrity set. In 2012, she launched a line of JINsoon polishes, all of which—plus an exclusive holiday collection—are available at Saks New York’s ten-day pop-up nail bar. But rest assured, Jin isn’t going anywhere: with…

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Earning the moniker “Bicycle Jin” in her early days as an emerging, biking-to-clients manicurist, Jin Soon Choi is now known to nail polish addicts and fashion insiders as the manicurist to the stars. But it wasn’t always this glamorous: upon arriving in the US from Korea with few resources, Jin admits “I was faced with three options to make a living: dry cleaning, delis, or nails. I chose nails.”

With a vision to revolutionize the in-and-out NYC nail salon, Jin established herself with a loyal following among the fashion and celebrity set. In 2012, she launched a line of JINsoon polishes, all of which—plus an exclusive holiday collection—are available at Saks New York’s ten-day pop-up nail bar. But rest assured, Jin isn’t going anywhere: with three NYC salons and a roster of celebrity clients, her nail revolution is moving faster than a New York Minute.

Any advice for the nail-painting challenged?
Choi: Shape your nails, take your time, and use slow and steady brushstrokes.

What’s chic for nails this fall?
Choi: Finishes are either shiny or matte. Nail art isn’t going anywhere, but stay away from childish designs…I like to keep my nail art simple, elegant and sophisticated.

Please name-drop: fave celebrity clients?
Choi: Julianne Moore is down-to-earth; Kerry Washington is a really fantastic person; Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams are great…basically all the really nice people. That’s the most important thing.

The JINsoon Nail Bar, featuring complimentary polish changes, is open at Saks New York through October 16. The Holiday Toppings 2013 Collection is available exclusively at Saks New York.

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Kilian, Of Course

Kilian Hennessy brings his newest scent to Saks New York

The thing about temptation? It’s everywhere. So how do you capture something so mercurial? If you’re Kilian, it begins and ends with In The Garden Of Good And Evil, the revered perfumer’s tantalizing four-part fragrance collection. Celebrating the launch of the final addition, Playing with the Devil to his Good and Evil collection, Kilian Hennessy stopped by our New York fragrance floor last week to sign perfume bottles and chat with customers. In between photos and autographs, we got the scoop on Hennessy’s new fragrance and learned that the devil truly is in the details. Your latest scent: Playing with the Devil. Hennessy: People who play with the devil also play with temptation, which I like. There’s a wink in the name, so I needed…

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The thing about temptation? It’s everywhere. So how do you capture something so mercurial? If you’re Kilian, it begins and ends with In The Garden Of Good And Evil, the revered perfumer’s tantalizing four-part fragrance collection.

Celebrating the launch of the final addition, Playing with the Devil to his Good and Evil collection, Kilian Hennessy stopped by our New York fragrance floor last week to sign perfume bottles and chat with customers. In between photos and autographs, we got the scoop on Hennessy’s new fragrance and learned that the devil truly is in the details.

Your latest scent: Playing with the Devil.
Hennessy: People who play with the devil also play with temptation, which I like. There’s a wink in the name, so I needed to find the same wink within the scent itself.  The fragrance contrasts between a lively opening made with blood orange essence, white peach and lychee, and a much more devilish, woodsy dry down.

How do you balance modern tastes and old-world artistry?
Hennessy: I have very limited distribution—it really gives me a freedom that others don’t have. What’s important is that my scent expresses the emotion carried by the name. That’s the only thing that interests me.

You’re in New York now…how would you bottle its scent?
Hennessy: It’s funny because we’re actually opening our own retail shop in America and it will have one exclusive scent called Apple Brandy, which is an homage to my cognac heritage and a wink to New York.

 


Home Swede Home

Stockholm-based J.Lindeberg settles in at Saks Fifth Avenue

Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks. Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.” So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble:…

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Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks.

Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.”

So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble: a rock-n-roll-meets-tailored look, complete with a fitted J. Lindeberg jacket, skinny jeans, spiked smoking slippers and wrist cuffs. In other words, rockstar charisma, with or without a golf club.

Head designer Jessy Heuvelink on…

The future: “I want men to have fashion options, and I want our brand to reflect that; I see us evolving into more chic, streetwear-based designs – like what I am wearing (smiles).”

The difference: “Swedish style is very minimal and clean, but J. Lindeberg is different. We use technical fabrics, which represent our sportswear history, and I feel that our label can be worn by everyone and anyone.”

The style: “Swedish style has always had a very simple and chic philosophy, but recently, we’ve been well-received in the U.S. We’re very excited about that!”


“Scandal” Hits Saks

Kerry Washington & Co. bring the ABC hit to our New York store

Though the show’s name implies all that is risqué, Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is study in sophistication—and her style savvy has garnered as much attention as the show’s twisty plotlines. No surprise then, that Saks teamed up with the show’s cast, crew and a host of bold-faced names to celebrate the new season on Wednesday night in New York. Kerry Washington says that it’s not just about her character looking good. “Olivia literally and figuratively wears the pants, yet her clothes have a softness about them.” Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo agrees. “I didn’t want another female victim character on TV. I wanted to dress a strong woman.” As part of the Saks x Scandal celebration, Washington and Paolo collaborated on thewindows of our New…

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Though the show’s name implies all that is risqué, Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is study in sophistication—and her style savvy has garnered as much attention as the show’s twisty plotlines. No surprise then, that Saks teamed up with the show’s cast, crew and a host of bold-faced names to celebrate the new season on Wednesday night in New York.

Kerry Washington says that it’s not just about her character looking good. “Olivia literally and figuratively wears the pants, yet her clothes have a softness about them.” Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo agrees. “I didn’t want another female victim character on TV. I wanted to dress a strong woman.”

As part of the Saks x Scandal celebration, Washington and Paolo collaborated on thewindows of our New York store. “We had a blast curating them,” says Washington. She was so enamored by the results that she dipped inside the windows to strike poses for fans during the party.

As Season 3 debuts, an expert source was willing to a reveal a style spoiler: “There will be a lot more gloves and a lot more capes,” says Paolo. It’s a fashion-forward development for the always-elegant Olivia, but forgive us for taking our own small bow: “It’s really hard to find clothes in L.A. that are appropriate for our show,” says Paolo, “so Saks is one of my go-to spots.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Scandal premieres October 3 at 10/9c on ABC.