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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

pitti-uomo-86-the-trends-for-men-spring-2015-photo-by-guerre

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.

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All photos shot by Guerre for SaksPOV