Bespoken Word: Tips for Finding Your Signature Scent

Some helpful tricks for landing on a fragrance that works for you.

I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

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I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

When I first took an interest in CREED a few years back I met with a CREED specialist, Luis Cavallo. He gave me insights on the brand as well as general rules regarding scents and some precious tips on how to find the fragrance that captures your essence without a word. Luis suggested that a man should have two different scents if he is under pressure during the day at work. “Your brain associates the smell with a stressful mode – wear a different fragrance when you’re not working, a fragrance that smells how you want to feel.”

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 Acqua Di Parma

Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Splash  I  Colonia Essenza Eau De Cologne

Colonia Intensa Eau de Cologne Spray  I  Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Natural

When testing perfumes, It is recommended you should try on three or four scents at once, any more and your nose is likely to become confused. You will first have to spray the perfume on a test paper, to have an idea before applying it on the skin, where the skin is especially warm and where there is good blood circulation. The heat helps diffuse and magnify the aroma. The “pulse points” on the body are therefore the perfect activators for perfume. Because fragrance rises, it should be applied to several pulse points – not just, for instance, at the base of the throat. After allowing between five to ten minutes to get past the top notes and the base note kicking in, you will be able to decide what scent compliments you the best.

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Remember to Always Test Fragrances on Paper First

Later on, when you will find your signature scent, remember that rubbing in the scent to dry the fragrance isn’t a good idea, because you’ll bruise the notes, dull their development, in other words lose some of the perfume’s beauty.

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Le Labo:

Jasmin 17  I  Fleur d’Oranger  I  Iris 39  I  Labdanum 18  I  Lys 41

Attention to details and finding the elements that speak for you are key to developing ones personal style. While there are countless colognes, countless possibilities, there is something timeless in discovering one’s signature scent. The question is no longer what cologne do you wear, but are you wearing the right cologne?

 

Take a look at other quality Grooming & Fragrance products at Saks.com.


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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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.


Bespoken Word – Trade Shows: Before It’s Street Style

Discover the stories our garments have to tell.

For quite some time fashion trade fairs were not really on my radar. Instead I enjoyed what I would call style “in movement”, style as an expression of personality. In other words, people who seem to express their creativity through the medium of fashion. However, early in my street style journey, I gathered that men were not only expressing themselves through fashion choices, but were carrying another message: the brand’s craft and artistry. I realized that if the wearer had a story to tell, so did the clothes.

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A Recent Look at MRket New York

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For quite some time fashion trade fairs were not really on my radar. Instead I enjoyed what I would call style “in movement”, style as an expression of personality. In other words, people who seem to express their creativity through the medium of fashion. However, early in my street style journey, I gathered that men were not only expressing themselves through fashion choices, but were carrying another message: the brand’s craft and artistry. I realized that if the wearer had a story to tell, so did the clothes.

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A Recent Look at MRket New York

While you may see clothes being worn on the streets and recognize a design here or there, it’s not until you go the trade shows that you truly understand the full potential of a product and how it will translate in motion, how it will translate when embraced. Trade shows are certainly not about immobile piles of clothes and racks aligning. It is a place that will make you look at products in a different light, and make you discover some of the most innovative creations being produced today.

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 MRket New York: Accessories as Far as the Eye Can See

On a recent visit to MRket New York, the only show in the US to spotlight such a diverse and vast grouping of international sections, I discovered Sanyo‘s hybridization of rainwear and wool overcoats, made of Super Fine Merino wool that has been treated to be water repellent. It combines the warmth and feel of Merino wool with the durability and water-resistant properties of Microfiber.

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 Sanyo’s Set Up at MRket New York

I’ve been attending trade shows for about three years now. My first was Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence, the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections. With over a thousand exhibitors and the many thousands of international press and buyers in attendance each year, Pitti Uomo remains my favorite. Not only because the big secret is revealed every (what the modern man is going to be wearing the next season), but because in Florence, monotony never shows up. One day I could witness a hand-rolled pocket square being completed, while the next I came across Italian designer Nicola Ricci from Sciamat, who took the time to show me how Neapolitan sleeves are put together by hand on men’s suits.

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 Sharp Suiting in Excelsis

While the shows themselves are not open to the general public, the information on the brands is passed on to the shops, who in turn pass the information on to the consumer. “It’s about brand awareness,” says Jun Kwon, Vice President National Sales Manager of Sanyo. “It’s often an introduction of a brand and a way to help give the consumer a better understanding of the brand’s identity.”

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Sartorial Avenue

I am a firm believer that men’s style is more than just clothes. I’ve come to understand that the story can’t be complete without that chapter explained through the medium of trade shows. Trade shows allow those who attend to not only get a preview of what the world would be wearing the following season, they also give a solid platform for brands to share their insights as to why the world should be wearing them.

On that note, check out what you should be wearing today with Saks’ best-sellers.


Fendi Menswear Fall 2014 Now at Saks

Take a peek at our New York flagship windows featuring Fendi's furry monsters.

Fendi menswear fall 2014 may have walked down the Milan runways all the way back in January, but its impression is one that has yet wane in the intervening months. For an Italian house renown for its technical mastery, particularly with furs, fall 2014 was a beautiful synchronicity of Fendi’s dual strengths: function and humor.

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No Nightmares Here: (L) Shearling Mini Monster Jacket and Cotton Trousers

(R) Leather, Wool & Shearling Jacket and Galles Slim-Fit Trousers

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Fendi menswear fall 2014 may have walked down the Milan runways all the way back in January, but its impression is one that has yet wane in the intervening months. For an Italian house renown for its technical mastery, particularly with furs, fall 2014 was a beautiful synchronicity of Fendi’s dual strengths: function and humor.

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No Nightmares Here: (L) Shearling Mini Monster Jacket and Cotton Trousers

(R) Leather, Wool & Shearling Jacket and Galles Slim-Fit Trousers

It was a particular pleasure to see Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld looking out for their boys with that same playful touch they’ve applied to their womenswear. Those same furry monster motifs inlaid on handbags, clutches, keychains and heels have been transferred over to menswear in the soon-to-be-ubiquitous shearling jackets.

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Furever Fendi: Cashmere & Mink Fur Bomber Jacket and Galles Slim-Fit Trousers

For the launch of Fendi menswear fall 2014 at Saks, the windows facing 5th avenue and 49th street have been styled to echo the extraordinary effect of the Milanese catwalk, which was covered with real goat fur that ran the entire length of the runway and up the back wall, but for this occasion – with a brilliant, scintillant black thistle. It was important to capture both sides of the coin at Fendi this season, namely, the undaunted luxury and its urban freshness.

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Embracing the Blues: Cashmere & Leather Jacket and Cotton Trousers

Fendi has been upping the ‘youth’ quotient as of late. Trousers can be easily imagined living beyond the boardroom (especially when matched with cobalt Chelsea boots); suits have been cut with a new unfussy energy, not to mention a fresh mottled take on the “suit print”. The new Fendi men’s collection seems almost dead-set on refusing to be pigeonholed for any particular instance. Its a collection destined to generate countless new looks when paired with a man’s pre-existing closet essentials.

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Standing Strong: Leather Chelsea Boots

Now that it has finally arrived, start sprucing up your closet with a bit of Silvia and Karl’s chic and cheeky vibes from Fendi.


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 

Victorinox Swiss Army: Maverick GS Two-Tone Watch

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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.”

Aloe-Blacc-tour-Bruno-Mars-wearing-SAND-at-Saks-SakPOV-5Tie or no tie, a SAND blazer still looks like a million bucks.

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.

Aloe-Blacc-tour-Bruno-Mars-wearing-SAND-at-Saks-SakPOV-3Aloe Blacc and SAND sharing the spotlight.

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.