Indispensible Essentials: Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2014

The last word in Italian men's luxury.

Salvatore Ferragamo is a very special breed of “luxury brand.” It’s one of those very quintessential Italian labels, and yet, Ferragamo got its start not in the designer’s homeland, but in California, where he quickly catapulted himself to the tippy tops of the fashion heap in 1914 as he became the imminent shoemaker to the stars.

Fast-forward 100 years, where Ferragamo remains vital, necessary and completely indispensable, particularly for men. It is a brand that has become synonymous with male luxury and professionalism. A century later and the Italian stalwart house has never felt more relevant. Take a look below and see what sleek men’s Ferragamo must-haves just landed for fall.

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 Ferragamo Essentials for the Modern Man

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Salvatore Ferragamo is a very special breed of “luxury brand.” It’s one of those very quintessential Italian labels, and yet, Ferragamo got its start not in the designer’s homeland, but in California, where he quickly catapulted himself to the tippy tops of the fashion heap in 1914 as he became the imminent shoemaker to the stars.

Fast-forward 100 years, where Ferragamo remains vital, necessary and completely indispensable, particularly for men. It is a brand that has become synonymous with male luxury and professionalism. A century later and the Italian stalwart house has never felt more relevant. Take a look below and see what sleek men’s Ferragamo must-haves just landed for fall.

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 Ferragamo Essentials for the Modern Man

Ponte Double Monk Strap Leather Dress Shoes  I  Ten-Forty-One Leather Bifold Wallet

Sardegna Suede Belt  I  Suede Buckled Driving Loafers  I  Suede Gancini Belt

Suede Driving Loafers  I  Ponce Brogue Lace-Up Oxfords  I  Double Gancini Leather Belt

Stockpile on more pristine Italian essentials from Salvatore Ferragamo.


Bespoken Word: An Insider’s Look at Eton of Sweden

See why 86 years later, Eton remains a menswear power player.

About three years ago, as my personal style was evolving and I was starting to move away from classic dress shirts, I came across Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo

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About three years ago, as my personal style was evolving and I was starting to move away from classic dress shirts, I came across Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo

I found that Eton stands out as a multi-faceted shirt company: dressed or relaxed fit, pattern or solid, colorful or white, shirt enthusiasts are certainly spoilt with choice, with indisputable quality and virtuoso craftsmanship to boot. Established in 1928 in the small village of Gånghester, Sweden, Eton has become a major player in men’s fashion, honoring its founders’ legacy of uncompromising quality.

I remember having a conversation with Eton’s head designer Sebastian Dollinger a few years ago. “I like to believe that people should get what they pay for,” Dollinger said then. “We invest our money back into the product; our product does the advertising. Ultimately what you purchase from us is the quality of the shirt,” he explained.

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Head Designer Sebastian Dollinger Out in His Element

Eton introduces 14 shirts every month, while their spring collection comes with over 50 different shirts. This is a brand that boasts not just one, but three impressive collections: Green ribbon is more casual and perfect if you are looking to add a little spice to your everyday attire, Red ribbon is the not-too-classic dressy shirt and DNA is their top of the line dress shirt. The latter two are made of the best wrinkle free cotton, allowing the wearer to go through the day with a shirt that stays impeccable.

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 All in the DnA – Eton’s Founders: David and Annie Pettersson

A shirt isn’t just a shirt and Eton knows that well. “The shirt is the most intimate part of the wardrobe (besides the underwear). Not all guys wear suits, but all professionals wear button up shirts.” says Erik Wilkinson, head of global marketing at Eton of Sweden. “Shirts are one of the best things in your wardrobe to have fun with.”

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Eton: Bringing Color to Men’s Closets

What makes Eton the shirt to have is what Wilkinson refers to as “the winning touch, the recipe,” he says. “Some brands have great prints, but questionable fit, some have the fit but are boring, with little newness. The recipe is what distinguishes a great shirt. Never resting on our laurels, we offer more, thus empowering both the wholesaler and retailer in order to delight the consumer.” Erik shared with me one of the company’s mottos, a Swedish saying: “It’s all in the walls.” For him this is about uncompromising quality in everything Eton does, from the buying of Supima and Egyptian cotton from a consortium of farmers in Peru to the high-tech 35-step finishing process in Switzerland. It’s an ideology that the entire team embraces and has become part of the everyday fabric of the brand.

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World Class Beauties on Display

At the end of our conversation Erik shared with me that the brand doesn’t look to pin point their customer; instead, they look to do what seems like the impossible – “to delight everyone.” You may chuckle at the response, but when you think about it, a great shirt not only delights the wearer, it can also make those who see him wearing it smile. Maybe Eton’s plan isn’t a mission impossible after all.

 See why the Scandinavians make them best via Eton of Sweden.


Designer Sneakers: The New Menswear Staple

Try the trend that's taking menswear by storm.

Designer sneakers are absolutely everywhere in the fashion world these days. In ready-to-wear shows, on the haute couture runways and right at the end of the show – the designer bow. Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy have almost single-handedly turned the supposition of the sneaker volte-face in the direction of utmost luxury, just by bowing at the end of their shows. When those two pillars of high-fashion sport sneakers at the end of the runway, it is not with jeans. No, no. It is with trousers, and the fashion world has naturally followed suit, turning the look from final runway gesture, to full-blown focal point. Take a look below at four of the biggest names in fashion and how they’ve interpreted this craze for the stylish man of today.

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 Star-Studded Valentino

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Designer sneakers are absolutely everywhere in the fashion world these days. In ready-to-wear shows, on the haute couture runways and right at the end of the show – the designer bow. Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy have almost single-handedly turned the supposition of the sneaker volte-face in the direction of utmost luxury, just by bowing at the end of their shows. When those two pillars of high-fashion sport sneakers at the end of the runway, it is not with jeans. No, no. It is with trousers, and the fashion world has naturally followed suit, turning the look from final runway gesture, to full-blown focal point. Take a look below at four of the biggest names in fashion and how they’ve interpreted this craze for the stylish man of today.

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 Star-Studded Valentino

Rockstud Camo Sneakers   I   Rockstud Sneakers   I   Studded Leather Sneakers

 

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All Zipped Up in Giuseppe Zanotti

Leather Low-Top Banded Sneakers  I  Multicolored Leather Lace-Ups  I  Snakeskin-Embossed Leather Lace-Up Sneakers

 

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How to Choose Just One Jimmy Choo?

Sydney Suede & Leather Lace-Ups  I  Portman Croc-Embossed Low-Tops  I  Argyle Snake-Print High-Tops

 

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Croc and Felt and Leather – Oh My! from Lanvin

Croc-Embossed Leather Sneakers  I  Felt Lace-Up Sneakers  I  Leather/Mesh Mixed-Panel Lace-Ups

 

Walk away with complete luxury in your step with the best of designer sneakers.