Discover Onia’s Spring 2014 Collection at Saks

The swimwear brand is expanding, but it's shorts are still the golden ticket.

The burgeoning swimwear brand Onia has been working diligently as of late to make itself more of a holistic lifestyle brand. Swim trunks will always be part of this fun brand’s essential roots, but they’ve been expanding themselves with pieces like tees and button-down shirts. Still, it’s their shorts that have established their devout following. And summer, as far as we can tell, is very much still with us. Get to know this great east-coast brand and sport a new pair of Onia swim shorts at the closest shore near you.

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The burgeoning swimwear brand Onia has been working diligently as of late to make itself more of a holistic lifestyle brand. Swim trunks will always be part of this fun brand’s essential roots, but they’ve been expanding themselves with pieces like tees and button-down shirts. Still, it’s their shorts that have established their devout following. And summer, as far as we can tell, is very much still with us. Get to know this great east-coast brand and sport a new pair of Onia swim shorts at the closest shore near you.

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Bespoken Word: Nick Wooster – Street Style Icon

The secret codes of menswear defined by a master of the business.

I’ve taken countless street-style photos and have had the opportunity to meet some of the most stylish men in the world. If you follow the Fashion Week brigade, you know there’s no getting away from images of Nick Wooster, style icon and internet sensation.

While I’ve photographed Nick on countless occasions, our conversations have generally been limited to an occasional handshake or cordial nod. It’s not that Nick comes off as the stand-offish type, but he does give off a no nonsense attitude that seems to whisper “talk to me when you have something to say.” Thank goodness for style, the topic of choice for today’s Bespoken Word entry on SaksPOV.com.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Color: Take a cue from Nick. From your coat to your watch, pep your look up with a good dose of color, especially if you plan on being noticed.

Recreate the look with: ISAIA: Orange & Blue Plaid Jacket 

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I’ve taken countless street-style photos and have had the opportunity to meet some of the most stylish men in the world. If you follow the Fashion Week brigade, you know there’s no getting away from images of Nick Wooster, style icon and internet sensation.

While I’ve photographed Nick on countless occasions, our conversations have generally been limited to an occasional handshake or cordial nod. It’s not that Nick comes off as the stand-offish type, but he does give off a no nonsense attitude that seems to whisper “talk to me when you have something to say.” Thank goodness for style, the topic of choice for today’s Bespoken Word entry on SaksPOV.com.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Color: Take a cue from Nick. From your coat to your watch, pep your look up with a good dose of color, especially if you plan on being noticed.

Recreate the look with: ISAIA: Orange & Blue Plaid Jacket 

Victorinox Swiss Army: Maverick GS Two-Tone Watch

Photos and articles of Nick have been inundating popular street-style galleries and men’s magazines for a while now, elevating him to icon status. While these galleries are a real indicator of the latest trends in menswear, it may give you the same feeling as leafing through a book of nice pictures with no true personalization. You may sometimes leave it as that: images for thoughts and inspiration. However, Nick is a fashion connoisseur you want to know more about. Maybe it’s the mustache, or perhaps his attitude, quiet and forceful at the same time.

When actually looking a little deeper into the man’s background, you realize he is one of these “cool” guys that happens to be relevant in terms of style, not only because of what he decides to put on each morning; it comes with 15 years of experience in fashion retail, and in his own words “changing opportunities”. This former Saks men’s assistant department manager has definitely earned his place as a fixture in men’s style and fashion.

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Get Creative With Proportion Play: Find out if you’re a true fashion star – take a risk once in a while, and try wearing a sportcoat with shorts that come to your knees to attain Nick’s fashion rule-breaker look. 

Recreate the look with: Brunello Cucinelli: Wool/Silk Travel Blazer

Michael Kors: Chambray Cargo Shorts

Nick, who defines his current style as “classic with a preppy feel, an unconventional approach to the rules, something grounded with the basics,” admits he likes to play with combinations of proportion. “Style encompasses items from Goodwill to Hermes. Labels don’t always have a bearing on style,” he says.

It is certainly difficult, if not ludicrous, to put a label on this Kansas native. He certainly seems to fully enjoy this freedom, working with brands and people he both values and respects. Nick has established himself as the link between words both figuratively and literally. He is not only a fashion influencer in America; his reach goes beyond Korea, Japan and Italy in terms of retail, consulting and branding.

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Nothing Stands Out Quite Like a Good ContrastThe colorful geometric pattern on Nick’s jacket pairs surprisingly well with the shiny black of his ankle boots.

Recreate the look with: ISAIA : Checked Silk & Cashmere Blazer

Pierre Hardy: Derby Ankle Boots

I met a humble and passionate man in Nick Wooster, and while his style may intimidate most, personally and aesthetically, he never borders on “loud.” His coolness lies not in what he wears, but instead, what he constantly presents to the world, and who he actually seems to be.

Try out some of these stylish tips with this week’s best-sellers.


Bespoken Word: Street-Style Trends Become Essentials

With the advent of street-style, some trends are here to stay.

Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

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Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

For the past few seasons, bracelets have certainly moved from trendy to stable status. Magazines have all been advocating the trend while well-known design houses such as Fendi, Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo have created pieces that can be worn everyday. These high quality and stylish pieces use a variety of stones and metals: light titanium, classic gold and silver, or even contemporary leather and cord.

Not only do bracelets hardly ever fail to make a strong fashion statement, they’re also the perfect keepsake; pieces picked along the way that carry a meaning and a memory, and therefore, play an integral part in establishing your personal style.

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Hats Off

Gucci: Wool Hat    I    Paul Smith: Vintage Paper Straw Hat

This summer, chances are you can’t look at any street style gallery and not see men in hats. This summer, it looks like this signature accessory is peeking; brands like Gucci and Paul Smith are making fedoras, and for those who are apprehensive about that old-timey look, other designers are also catering to the man of style who feels more casual. Leather baseball caps from brands like rag & bone are proving that dressing down isn’t synonymous with being underdressed.

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Self Reflection

3.1 Phillip Lim: Sunset Mirror Sunglasses    I    Ermenegildo Zegna: Metal Aviators

Sunglasses are certainly nothing new to a must have accessories list. However if you want to bring a little eccentric touch to your personal style, you may want to move it to the top of the list. This season, what seemed to have been popular only on the ski slopes has made it’s way into the suited man’s closet: it’s all about the mirror lenses.

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Be a Square

Eton of Sweden: Camo Pocket Square  I  Giorgio Armani: Oval Print Silk Pocket Square

Gentlemen: If your suit is missing the pocket square, your look is far from done. It’s a quintessential item in any distinguished man’s closet. This is the ultimate final touch and allows men to express their personal style, given all the possibilities in terms of color, pattern and texture. Now bring your personal touch, have fun playing with the color, or keep it classy and neutral, or feel free to decide on a tieless look; Milan this summer even saw a few stylish men combining suits, t-shirts and pocket squares.

That’s what’s happening on the streets of Milan. Discover what digs other men of fine tastes are getting into with some menswear bestsellers.


Aloe Blacc and SAND Go On Tour with Bruno Mars

The up and coming singer brings the European menswear classic label to the forefront

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Up and comer Aloe Blacc is currently on a massive worldwide tour with none other than Bruno Mars. The rapper turned crooner is hot off the debut of his EP Lift Your Spirit, following his mega-hit single Wake Me Up with Swedish DJ Avicii. That track has already sold over 2.8 million units in the U.S alone and has reached the #1 spot in over 102 countries.

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Up and comer Aloe Blacc is currently on a massive worldwide tour with none other than Bruno Mars. The rapper turned crooner is hot off the debut of his EP Lift Your Spirit, following his mega-hit single Wake Me Up with Swedish DJ Avicii. That track has already sold over 2.8 million units in the U.S alone and has reached the #1 spot in over 102 countries.

Aloe-Blacc-tour-Bruno-Mars-wearing-SAND-at-Saks-SakPOV-4A candid sartorial moment caught on stage.

For a number of stops in his first massive tour, Blacc has been spotted sporting the luxe Danish brand SAND. Produced in Italy in a design studio overlooking Lake Como, using only the most sumptuous and refined fabrics, but always keeping that natural and slightly quirky Scandinavian aesthetic, SAND is continuously regarded the world over for its individualistic sensibility and its focused, refined taste, just like Aloe himself.

“Aloe Blaac shows a natural ease and effortless swagger in his clothes,” saks Eric Jennings, VP & Fashion Director Menswear. “He epitomizes what guys want to look like today; put- together, stylish but not over the top. I imagine if ‘The Rat Pack’ were performing in Vegas today they’d be dressing just like Aloe.”

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Soren Sand, the man behind Aloe Blacc’s easy refinement on tour, launched SAND Copenhagen back in the 80s, and has since dressed some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Glee’s Chris Colfer, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Tobey Maguire, and fellow dane Mads Mikkelsen.

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From elevated casual pieces, to re-imagined evening classics imbued with a modern vision, SAND is one of Europe’s must-have go-to brands for modern men who appreciate striking sartorial pieces made from the best materials menswear has to offer.

Expand your sartorial horizons with Danish based, Italian made – SAND.


Bespoken Word – Rag & Bone SS 2015 Men’s Collection.

This season rag & bone explore new ways to present fashion.

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For a decade now, rag & bone‘s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have been embracing their own definition of cool simplicity, with a men’s line that never compromises on quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The brand, season after season, manages to create modern yet timeless pieces.

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For a decade now, rag & bone‘s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have been embracing their own definition of cool simplicity, with a men’s line that never compromises on quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The brand, season after season, manages to create modern yet timeless pieces.

bespoken-word-Rag-Bone-Spring-2015-presentation-collection-display-saksThe casual-cool hanger appeal of rag & bone’s latest menswear offering.

Last week, rag & bone introduced its spring 2015 menswear collection. For this event, renowned portrait photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath captured some of the brand’s friends and muses wearing select pieces from the new line-up.

bespoken-word-Rag-Bone-Spring-2015-presentation-collection-pajama-set-saksMock pajamas sets and easy crewnecks proved to be major highlights at the presentation.

Portraits of comedian Jerry Seinfield, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, and GQ’s ‘The Style Guy’ Glenn O’Brien, among others, were exhibited facing the wall that displayed the new collection.

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The interplay certainly corroborated the rag & bone man’s idea of casual-wear: effortless, original, refined and stylish. The white brick walls of the venue, matched with the beautiful and somewhat inscrutable lighting, gave this presentation a sophisticated feel.

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This collection is no exception to the brand’s vision: refined casual-wear with a subtle twist. Last week, Neville and Wainwright proved once again that simplicity may very well be the ultimate form of sophistication.

Get decked out in more cool downtown pieces from rag & bone.


Bespoken Word: Tod’s Spring 2015 Menswear Presentation

With a new creative director, a new vision at Tod's

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Tod’s and its iconic hand-crafted moccasin (The Gommino) certainly don’t need any formal introduction to the men’s luxury connoisseur. The famous driver has become elemental to the modern man’s shoe closet.

With its spring/summer 2015 menswear presentation in Milan, Tod’s is hoping to add sporty denim shirts and luxe, yet relaxed eveningwear to the essentials list. The collection had casual button-ups luxed out in what looked like cowboy brown suedes, while chambrays came spruced up with deep utility pockets. Those deep pockets were also present in the single and double-breasted suit jackets, lending an ease to the collection’s more elegant pieces.

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Tod’s and its iconic hand-crafted moccasin (The Gommino) certainly don’t need any formal introduction to the men’s luxury connoisseur. The famous driver has become elemental to the modern man’s shoe closet.

With its spring/summer 2015 menswear presentation in Milan, Tod’s is hoping to add sporty denim shirts and luxe, yet relaxed eveningwear to the essentials list. The collection had casual button-ups luxed out in what looked like cowboy brown suedes, while chambrays came spruced up with deep utility pockets. Those deep pockets were also present in the single and double-breasted suit jackets, lending an ease to the collection’s more elegant pieces.

Bespoken-Word-Guerre-Tod's-Spring-2015-menswear-party-presentation-Milan-sakspovMale models lounging in Tod’s spring 2015 relaxed luxe wares.

Tod’s spring collection wasn’t introduced in the form of a typical presentation or fashion show, but rather looked like scenes from a men’s club, with a set up of different rooms. Walking through these rooms allowed you to see the clothes grounded to a “real-life” atmosphere. Prosecco flowed, conversation seemed endless and the models interacted in a way that made this collection exude luxury in a natural way.

For spring Tod’s experimented with a vast array of colors for its Gommino drivers  .

Tod’s has always been a forerunner when it comes to creating iconic products: quality, craftsmanship, tradition and modernity never fail to be integrated into the product formula. With a collection that caters to the man of sophistication who appreciates a sporty, but sophisticated silhouette, Tod’s new menswear creative director Andrea Incontri and his design team have announced a brilliant new presence on the menswear scene.

Bespoken-Word-Guerre-Tod's-Spring-2015-menswear-presentation-Andrea-Incontri-Milan-sakspovAndrea Incontri: Tod’s new menswear creative director basking in the moment.

Drive away with your very own Gomminos. Discover the best of Tod’s.

All photos shot by Guerre for SaksPOV


Bespoken Word: A Conversation with Saks’ Eric Jennings

The ABCs of the Saks menswear market.

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If you’re a Saks Fifth Avenue regular, chances are your closet is full of items hand-picked by Eric Jennings, VP, Men’s Fashion Director.

Eric, a 20 year fashion veteran, scopes through international trade shows, runway presentations and local shops to help shoppers perfect their “must have” list season in and season out. I had the chance to sit down with Eric to discuss both sides of the vital menswear market today: the art and the commerce.

BESPOKEN WORD: Have the basic rules of menswear changed?
ERIC JENNINGS:
While the rules have not changed, men’s awareness of these rules definitely have. In part because of bloggers, the male eye is better trained. They’re seeing certain elements more often. We’ve now reached a tipping point where a lot more guys are aware of the rules, have a solid foundation, all while being comfortable experimenting with new ideas. Fashion is changing at a much quicker pace than it has at any other time in my twenty some years in the industry. But the rules have been established and you can’t break them unless you know them. It’s all about the fit, proportion and colors that look best on you.

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If you’re a Saks Fifth Avenue regular, chances are your closet is full of items hand-picked by Eric Jennings, VP, Men’s Fashion Director.

Eric, a 20 year fashion veteran, scopes through international trade shows, runway presentations and local shops to help shoppers perfect their “must have” list season in and season out. I had the chance to sit down with Eric to discuss both sides of the vital menswear market today: the art and the commerce.

BESPOKEN WORD: Have the basic rules of menswear changed?
ERIC JENNINGS:
While the rules have not changed, men’s awareness of these rules definitely have. In part because of bloggers, the male eye is better trained. They’re seeing certain elements more often. We’ve now reached a tipping point where a lot more guys are aware of the rules, have a solid foundation, all while being comfortable experimenting with new ideas. Fashion is changing at a much quicker pace than it has at any other time in my twenty some years in the industry. But the rules have been established and you can’t break them unless you know them. It’s all about the fit, proportion and colors that look best on you.

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Street sharp men on the scene at Pitti Uomo 2014. Find the perfect suit at Saks.

How long have you been making the trip to Florence for Pitti Uomo? How important is Pitti in terms of menswear?
ERIC:
It’s been 8 years since I first made the trip; at first as an exhibitor. Pitti is vitally important. Historically, it has always been the first men’s show, until London Men’s Fashion Week. It was the first major event on the calendar, thus, your prime chance to get an understanding of the season ahead. There you would see all the trending colors, patterns and new brands. As a fashion director, it remains essential for me to attend Pitti, for it is indicative of what the overall men’s season is going to look like.

How has the internet changed the face of men’s fashion?
ERIC:
The advent of bloggers and street style photographers has greatly helped the menswear’s exposure on a large scale. Through the internet the partnerships between the menswear community has been completely destigmatized. Men are now comfortable engaging in dialogues about fashion and personal style in an unprecedented way. They are also going to the internet to find out how to tie a bow tie, what the appropriate etiquette is going to a certain event. It’s all there at their fingertips, either on the computer or a mobile device.

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Be inspired by Florentine flare. Find what’s new & now.

Saks remains a major player in men’s fashion. What is Saks’ philosophy on men’s style?
ERIC JENNINGS: We trade in different zones of business – classic, modern, contemporary and designer. Our philosophy is to make the best edits and best selections from the best brands in the world. To be a leader in terms of trends, colors and brands, while supporting new and emerging design talents and providing the best edits from the most coveted brands in the world. What we offer goes from fashion forward, contemporary to classic all while existing under a luxury umbrella. Because we are a luxury department store, we are always looking at things through the lens of a customer who wants luxury goods.

Does brand loyalty exist now that people have so much access to the internet?
ERIC:
Men are very loyal to brands. If they have a brand they are familiar with, they tend to stay with it. As far as seeing new items online, it may look good on the page, but you don’t know how it will fit. You can’t be sure the shade of color is what you are looking for, you don’t necessarily have a history with the brand, you don’t know the quality. Guys don’t want to take that type of risk, but intend to make a wise investment. In a luxury market, brand loyalty goes without question. The challenge lies in introducing the new brands because men don’t have that familiarity or history with them. But the tide is turning.

How does Saks stay true to tradition while focusing on the road ahead?
ERIC: It’s all about timing. You don’t want to be so ahead of the curve that you alienate the customer, and you certainly don’t want to move too slowly. Presenting new looks, styles and brands at the right time, and remaining a leader with vision and point of view, with the customer’s needs and wants always in mind – all of it counts.

Visit Saks and refresh your wardrobe.

All photos shot by Guerre for SaksPOV


Bespoken Word: A Look Inside Pitti Uomo 86

The trends of tomorrow at Pitti Uomo.

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Pitti Uomo, the lively sartorial event that kicks off Fashion Week in Italy, is celebrating the Firenze Hometown of Fashion’s 60th year anniversary this season. And considering the massive (and dashing) turnout, one could say that celebrating 60 never looked better.

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Imagine. 1,100 vendors, 21,000 buyers (from over 120 countries) and nearly 30,000 visitors, all convening in Florence, Italy with one common goal: to find the most fashionable brands and items in menswear – and those are just last season’s numbers. While impressive, those figures pale to the hordes at Pitti Uomo this year, headlined this time around by the retooled Z Zegna. This season marks the 60th year anniversary of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana (Firenze Hometown of Fashion) and Pitti Uomo helped to celebrate the special occasion in great style. From the opening concert by master tenor Andrea Bocelli, followed by an amazing aquatic show by Ilotopie on the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, to a Vogue Italia produced “Florence and Fashion” photographY exhibition dedicated to five Florentine fashion houses – Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Ermanno Scervino.

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Pitti Uomo, the lively sartorial event that kicks off Fashion Week in Italy, is celebrating the Firenze Hometown of Fashion’s 60th year anniversary this season. And considering the massive (and dashing) turnout, one could say that celebrating 60 never looked better.

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Imagine. 1,100 vendors, 21,000 buyers (from over 120 countries) and nearly 30,000 visitors, all convening in Florence, Italy with one common goal: to find the most fashionable brands and items in menswear – and those are just last season’s numbers. While impressive, those figures pale to the hordes at Pitti Uomo this year, headlined this time around by the retooled Z Zegna. This season marks the 60th year anniversary of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana (Firenze Hometown of Fashion) and Pitti Uomo helped to celebrate the special occasion in great style. From the opening concert by master tenor Andrea Bocelli, followed by an amazing aquatic show by Ilotopie on the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, to a Vogue Italia produced “Florence and Fashion” photographY exhibition dedicated to five Florentine fashion houses – Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Ermanno Scervino.

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Saks Men at Work: Eric Jennings (left), VP, Men’s Fashion Director, and Tom Ott, SVP, Menswear General Merchandise Manager, get to the business of accessorizing.

While there were many new events happening at and around Pitti Uomo this season, one thing remained constant – Pitti always play stage to the trends of tomorrow and shows the rest of the world exactly how to wear them today. It’s not only a place to come and see product, but as all the major street-style blogs show, its where you come to see clothes worn by ‘real’ men. It’s also where you go to get a real taste for what the future of men’s fashion looks like. It’s not only about color combinations, perfect fit and beautiful fabrics, it’s where tradition goes to get a modern twist.

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Speaking to some of the older attendees, it becomes clear that Pitti has come to embrace the changes in the vast style spectrum that is menswear today, from the classic to the newer and edgier. Brands such as Brunello Cucinelli and Sand are able to showcase their new collections, while managing to explain both production and heritage to buyers. Gems like Tateossian continue to shine and gain exposure with beautiful one-of-a-kind accessories. Pitti brings it all together. Sure, it’s about business, but it’s also a stylish man’s playground.

Inspired? Focus on the basics of fashion & check out The Essentialist shop.

All photos shot by Guerre for SaksPOV


Introducing… Bespoken Word with Guerre

The scene from Pitti Uomo SS15.

Karl-Edwin Guerre has worn many hats (figuratively and literally) in the fashion world. For years, MarieClaire.com readers followed the Fashion Week frenzy through Guerre’s lens, while men faithfully adhered to his sage fashion advice on his own website Guerreisms.com as well as on Esquire.com and Details.com. Now, this influential industry insider has teamed up with SaksPOV to bring the male Saks Fifth Avenue shopper a little guidance in all matters of taste and style in his upcoming column Bespoken Word. But first, let’s get to meet the man himself.

Pitti-Uomo-2014-photo-by-Guerre-saks-mens-guest-editor-04While the men’s fashion scene is nothing new, it has certainly been creating a stir as of late. From J. Lindeberg‘s authentic take on casual-wear, to the resurgence of bespoke clothing, it’s clear that we’re in the midst of a renaissance. Men not only want to look good, they also want to know about the craftsmanship of the products they desire.

I’m excited to collaborate with the SaksPOV Men’s Blog, sharing entries with you that range from style, culture and lifestyle, to conversations with some of the most influential names in the business. Hopefully, my weekly posts will enlighten the Saks Fifth Avenue man to discover new must-have items, while providing fresh aspirational tips that will carry them through this exciting new dialogue surrounding men’s style.

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Karl-Edwin Guerre has worn many hats (figuratively and literally) in the fashion world. For years, MarieClaire.com readers followed the Fashion Week frenzy through Guerre’s lens, while men faithfully adhered to his sage fashion advice on his own website Guerreisms.com as well as on Esquire.com and Details.com. Now, this influential industry insider has teamed up with SaksPOV to bring the male Saks Fifth Avenue shopper a little guidance in all matters of taste and style in his upcoming column Bespoken Word. But first, let’s get to meet the man himself.

Pitti-Uomo-2014-photo-by-Guerre-saks-mens-guest-editor-04While the men’s fashion scene is nothing new, it has certainly been creating a stir as of late. From J. Lindeberg‘s authentic take on casual-wear, to the resurgence of bespoke clothing, it’s clear that we’re in the midst of a renaissance. Men not only want to look good, they also want to know about the craftsmanship of the products they desire.

I’m excited to collaborate with the SaksPOV Men’s Blog, sharing entries with you that range from style, culture and lifestyle, to conversations with some of the most influential names in the business. Hopefully, my weekly posts will enlighten the Saks Fifth Avenue man to discover new must-have items, while providing fresh aspirational tips that will carry them through this exciting new dialogue surrounding men’s style.

Pitti-Uomo-2014-photo-by-Guerre-saks-mens-guest-editor-02Make a Statement: Floral motifs as seen at Pitti Uomo spring 2015.

Get to Know Guerre:

On being a proponent of cool on the men’s fashion scene: “Let me start by saying that “cool” is subjective. My definition of cool is effortless style. Whether you like street, casual or are strictly a suit man, it’s about effortless style, and effortless style is about knowledge of self. So for me cool is about that place you get to in life, where you are at peace and confident with who you are…and still willing to continue evolving.”

Pitti-Uomo-2014-photo-by-Guerre-saks-mens-guest-editor-03Suit Up: Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week in Florence, Italy.

On developing a personal style statement: “When it comes to style, it’s no different than life; the key is getting to know oneself. It’s about a cycle of stages during which you have opportunities to experiment with cut, fit and color. When that’s said and done, you get to play up your personality because your clothes are essentially a reflection of who you are, and therefore, it demonstrates what rings true for your lifestyle.”

Pitti-Uomo-2014-photo-by-Guerre-saks-mens-guest-editor-01Pronto: When fashion calls, men answer!

On the types of looks that captivate his eye: “I have one rule when it comes to selecting my own clothes and accessories: stay true to yourself. The same applies to people that I want to shoot. If there is no specific look that captivates my eye, I make up for it with attitude. I call it a ‘peaceful confidence’. Dressing up/ style is about enhancing the true you, not contriving yourself to a look that doesn’t fit in with your real essence.

Follow all things stylish on social media using hashtag #SaksMen.

Photos from Pitti Uomo courtesy of Guerre
Portrait by Jason Jean of CitizenCouture.com


Abla Fashion for Men – a Made to Measure Classic Suit

Spotted: Saks Made-to-Measure suits for men.

It was bound to be the event of the season. The Kimye wedding was, as expected, an extremely lavish event, chock full of A-listers dressed to the nines and paparazzo galore. There was Givenchy everywhere, Tom Ford suits and even a white Batman costume, courtesy of Jaden Smith.

Fonzworth-Bentley-in-the-Abla-Made-to-Measure-suit-at-Saks-at-Kimye-wedding-2014

But there was one attendee who took his sartorial wares to the ultra-classic bespoke level. Fonzworth Bentley, musician and former aficionado of Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, arrived to the ceremony decked out in a two-button satin lapel tuxedo made from Carlo Barbera Super 150 wool, designed by Abla Fashion for Men, a revitalized golden oldie that got its start within the walls of Saks Fifth Avenue back in the 1960s. Thirty years later, the brand, heralded in its heyday across Europe, the Middle East and the US as the premier line of Neapolitan artisanal tailoring, is coming back to the forefront of menswear with a more refined makeover, while also going back to its roots.

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It was bound to be the event of the season. The Kimye wedding was, as expected, an extremely lavish event, chock full of A-listers dressed to the nines and paparazzo galore. There was Givenchy everywhere, Tom Ford suits and even a white Batman costume, courtesy of Jaden Smith.

Fonzworth-Bentley-in-the-Abla-Made-to-Measure-suit-at-Saks-at-Kimye-wedding-2014

But there was one attendee who took his sartorial wares to the ultra-classic bespoke level. Fonzworth Bentley, musician and former aficionado of Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, arrived to the ceremony decked out in a two-button satin lapel tuxedo made from Carlo Barbera Super 150 wool, designed by Abla Fashion for Men, a revitalized golden oldie that got its start within the walls of Saks Fifth Avenue back in the 1960s. Thirty years later, the brand, heralded in its heyday across Europe, the Middle East and the US as the premier line of Neapolitan artisanal tailoring, is coming back to the forefront of menswear with a more refined makeover, while also going back to its roots.

Nicola Blasi, founder of Abla Fashion for Men, was the son of the legendary tailor Angelo Blasi, famous throughout Europe as Italy’s answer to Saville Row. Having picked up the made-to-measure trade from dear old dad, in 1959 Nicola headed to the States, setting off to learn about this new pre-packaged trend that was sweeping the industry: ready-to-wear. Turns out Nicola sharpened his business acumen at none other than Saks Fifth Avenue. Wanting to keep that rich heritage alive, with an emphasis on the luxurious Made-to-Measure quotient, Saks teamed up with Kiton to bring Abra Fashion for Men back to the spotlight, with the help of its talented designer and developer, Antonio Paone.

“As a recent Made-to-Measure convert, it’s my current passion,” says Eric Jennings, our men’s VP, Fashion Director. “It’s the easiest way to shop for suits because your measurements are always on file and you’re guaranteed a perfect fit in around 6 weeks. So when that special occasion comes up, like a wedding or big job interview, you’re always going to stand out from the pack.”

A lot has happened in menswear since Abla was last on the scene. Dusting off the long dormant archives means honing in on a whole new desired clientele base. With Fonzworth Bentley debuting the collection at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding, Abla Fashion for Men is certain to take off with those customers who are young at heart and appreciate being noted for their particular sense of style. And yet, Abla is not merely getting a rebranding, it is being rebuilt from the ground up with the help of some of the world’s top tier tailors, using only the finest fabrics available.

Another Italian master making the most out of bespoke heritage is Gucci, with their cologne ‘Made to Measure’ – made especially for the kind of man who demands the very best in life.

Abla Fashion for Men is a global exclusive to Saks Fifth Ave and available in the US at our New York flagship and Chevy Chase, Maryland. For more details email service@s5a.com.