Saks on Set: The Saks Exclusive Armani Wall Street Suit

The modern three-piece suit never looked so good. Available in-stores at Saks.

Armani-Wall-Street-suit-BTS-saks-exclusiveFor decades, Giorgio Armani has been known as the master of Italian tailoring. You watch the Academy Awards and more often than not, the gentlemen are wearing Armani. It’s just the paragon of perfectly structured elegance and its reputation refuses to wane on that front.

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Armani-Wall-Street-suit-BTS-saks-exclusiveFor decades, Giorgio Armani has been known as the master of Italian tailoring. You watch the Academy Awards and more often than not, the gentlemen are wearing Armani. It’s just the paragon of perfectly structured elegance and its reputation refuses to wane on that front.

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Male Model Gabriel Chytry Has Some Laughs in Between Takes

This week at our Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship store is our Armani Made-to-Measure focus week, so why not ring in a week of all things bespoken with this gorgeous three-piece suit, as worn by DNA model Gabriel Chytry at the shoot we were so graciously invited to come scope out by team Armani.

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 Every Stitch in Place

To mark Armani’s legacy for fine bespoken craftsmanship, Saks is welcoming Esquire to the New York flagship store for a private event hosted by Carmelo Anthony this week. He’ll be attending in – you guessed it – the Saks exclusive Wall Street suit. Make sure to check back on SaksPOV to see how the star basketball player looks when he’s donning top-of-the-line Italian luxury threads courtesy of Armani.

 

Show them who’s boss in your best Armani.


Diesel Black Gold Opens Up Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue

See designer Andreas Melbostad's first menswear collection for DBG.

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Diesel Black Gold Menswear Now at Saks

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Diesel Black Gold Menswear Now at Saks

Norwegian designer Andreas Melbostad’s first menswear collection for Diesel Black Gold has arrived at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks.com, so to celebrate the occasion with the designer himself, our New York flagship threw a fete hosted by Interview magazine Editor-in-Chief Keith Pollock.

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Eric Jennings, Andreas Melbostad and Keith Pollock

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Saks SVP of Menswear Thomas Ott Introduces Kevin Pollock and Andreas Melbostad

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The collection made its world debut at none other than Pitti Uomo in Florence, where it had the honor of being the gigantic trade show’s spotlight collection. It was also Melbostad’s first menswear collection ever. Those are some auspicious beginnings and the collection lived up to the grand set-up. “I started with very iconic pieces – biker jackets, biker pants and peacoats,” Melbostad replied when Keith Pollock asked about his approach to designing the collection. “For example, we took a biker jacket and made it out of herringbone wool. It was all about taking iconic pieces and repurposing them. Keep the original emotion of the garment, but explore new ways of showing them.”

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE & Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate the Arrival of DIESEL BLACK GOLD

Scott Lipps with Supermodel Coco Rocha

Now’s your chance. Get your hands on some Diesel Black Gold.

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Bespoken Word : Elevate Your Look with Pocket Squares

Simple suggestions on elegance that go a long way, with help from SFA Collection, Brunello Cucinelli and Charvet.

Perfumed pocket squares were supposedly carried by the English and French to mask the stench of the city. King Richard II of England is said to have invented the pocket square during his reign 1377 to 1399 and the legend has it that Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI King of France, had her husband decree that all pocket squares be made to measure 16″x16″.

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Pocket Squares from the Men’s Saks Fifth Avenue Collection

Regardless to the origin, one thing is sure, no suited up man today is truly and fully dressed without it. The pocket square serves not only to complete a look, but as a canvas for the personality – be it sleek, cool, in control, artsy, or nonchalant.

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Charvet - An Icon in Men’s Fashion

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Perfumed pocket squares were supposedly carried by the English and French to mask the stench of the city. King Richard II of England is said to have invented the pocket square during his reign 1377 to 1399 and the legend has it that Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI King of France, had her husband decree that all pocket squares be made to measure 16″x16″.

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Pocket Squares from the Men’s Saks Fifth Avenue Collection

Regardless to the origin, one thing is sure, no suited up man today is truly and fully dressed without it. The pocket square serves not only to complete a look, but as a canvas for the personality – be it sleek, cool, in control, artsy, or nonchalant.

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Charvet - An Icon in Men’s Fashion

Pocket squares come in different fabrics ranging from cotton and linen for spring to silk and wool for fall. Once one incorporates them into his wardrobe, the question then becomes selecting between hand rolled pocket squares and machine finished pieces. In terms of price this is generally where pocket square brands distinguish themselves.

In terms of finish, pocket squares are either made by machine or hand-rolled. While many may be fine with machine finished pocket squares, gentlemen who pride themselves on details often opt for hand-rolled pocket squares. The reason being the emotional connection to luxury. Knowing that a person took time to skillfully finish the pocket square by hand, a job that took years to hone, gives a superior result to any machine-finished product.

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Straight Fold

The most common and simple fold. This is what you see on Wall Street, very clean, the business man vibe. This also fits the Mad Men look that’s still popular.

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Can either be conservative or flamboyant, all depending on how much of the pocket square is shown. In general, this takes the less amount of work to fold, this is about having a portion of the pocket square exposed without it looking too neat or worked over. Great for that chap who wants to show confidence, but also wants to be viewed as thinking outside the box.

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Brunello Cucinelli Pocket Squares

Corners out usually fits the classic chap with an edge. It has a rebellious side yet still whispers “I am classic”. Mind you, I’m not referring to having the corners symmetrical where the pocket square looks like a jagged set of mountains. That’s trying way too hard and I have yet to find someone who pulls it off without it looking too forced.

While I am not a fan of no pocket square, I must admit that if an item is placed in the breast pocket such as a pen, or sunglasses, it actually can replace the pocket square. Ultimately it’s about filling that space that needs to be occupied.

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While there is no steadfast rule to choosing a pocket square, it should simply compliment and never match your tie (unless you want to look like you’re a novice and didn’t make any effort). When there is no tie or bow tie, simply compliment a color in the shirt and you’re good to go.

Sport your new pocket square with some Saks Men essentials.


Bespoken Word: ISAIA – Not Your Dad’s Suit

Guerre interviews Bryan Vincent, ISAIA Sales Director, on how the Italian brand got its groove back.

There are suits that you wear, and there luxury items you pamper yourself with. While women seem to have more showcasing options, men have found the luxury suit – that “piece de resistance”, the voice that whispers loudly without any need of excess. This is not just a suit, it’s a mindset.

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Stylish and Modern – The ISAIA Way to Wear Suits

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There are suits that you wear, and there luxury items you pamper yourself with. While women seem to have more showcasing options, men have found the luxury suit – that “piece de resistance”, the voice that whispers loudly without any need of excess. This is not just a suit, it’s a mindset.

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Stylish and Modern – The ISAIA Way to Wear Suits

While I’ve known of the brand ISAIA, it wasn’t until recently that the name kept coming up in the style conversation to the point that I wanted to know more.  Recently a friend who works in finance underwent a personal style makeover. His brand of choice: ISAIA. I decided to speak to Bryan Vincent, Sales Director of ISAIA and wanted to see what would draw both the artistic and corporate gentleman to the brand who seems to build around fabrics that are luxurious, but also practical.

GUERRE: Quality over fit? What does a man need to look into?

BRYAN VINCENT: Look into quality, it will sustain the life of the garment, how it’s made. You can always tailor it to fit a better way than how you bought it, but you can never remake the construction of the garment.

How does ISAIA stay fresh in terms of men’s wear?

BRYAN: There are many factors that make the brand. We take inspiration from youth: what they are wearing, how they are wearing it, how they want to wear it. We find characteristics and details from which we pull from. Each season we have a design team that creates exclusive collections; we have things developed exclusively for us, the finishes, the weaves, the colors, the dyes, all that is exclusive and keeps us one step ahead of our competitors.

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What is the common point in the collection and who is the ISAIA man?
BRYAN: Spring in Naples is all about life and color. It exudes brightness; no one does color the way we do. We try to offer something the consumer doesn’t see anywhere else. Our client is a traveler, he’s looking for pieces for his lifestyle not just his work environment. Our guy is the new gent, he likes things made well, traditional but contemporary.

What are the key things to keep in mind when buying a suit? What should a man look for?

BRYAN: Make sure to invest in something that’s going to last. As your wardrobe expands, the rotation gets a little deeper. You can start buying seasonable components (cotton linens for summer, heavy flannels or double face cashmere for fall) then you start rounding off the wardrobe. The next level would be event-driven – looking for specific pieces for specific events, parties, weddings.

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Why the basic Navy suit?

BRYAN: It transitions from day to evening. Black can be a little stark for day, and gray depends on the guy. Gray is just as interchangeable as navy, the perfect charcoal gray suit is also a staple.

What makes ISAIA stand out?

BRYAN: Soft, natural, slopped shoulder is what makes ISAIA’s Neapolitan tailoring stand out. Three generations of heritage is seeped in the tradition of hand tailoring. Not only do you get the craftsmanship of something that’s beautifully made, you also get the natural slopped shoulder that accentuates your form. When you look at Roman shoulders (English inspired clothing) it’s more structured, there’s roping – you’re adding to a silhouette versus a sloped shoulder, which just compliments your frame and is a more universal fit to everyone. Whether you’re big and athletic or thin and narrow, sloped shoulder naturally wears easier. We stand apart based on the silhouette and Neapolitan shoulder, it’s something that’s really identifiable.

ISAIA is much more than just suits. Discover what Neapolitan style is all about.


Wanelo: A Saks Curated Shopping Guide for Men

The Perfect Way to Get Front-Row Style Ready in Time for Fashion Week.

It’s a common, universal dismay that women have many more options than men in the fashion department. But it’s hard not to notice how much menswear has finally exploded on the scene in the past couple of seasons, gaining some real fashion “muscle”, if you will. That old-timey complaint about variety and lack of options doesn’t hold much water these days. And with Fashion Week fast approaching, it was high time to let our savvy male Saks shoppers know about their new secret weapon for getting street-style ready for this Spring 2015 season at the shows. Meet Wanelo (Want, Need, Love) - a fun and easy online/mobile shopping platform that we’ve curated specifically just for the guys.

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It’s a common, universal dismay that women have many more options than men in the fashion department. But it’s hard not to notice how much menswear has finally exploded on the scene in the past couple of seasons, gaining some real fashion “muscle”, if you will. That old-timey complaint about variety and lack of options doesn’t hold much water these days. And with Fashion Week fast approaching, it was high time to let our savvy male Saks shoppers know about their new secret weapon for getting street-style ready for this Spring 2015 season at the shows. Meet Wanelo (Want, Need, Love) - a fun and easy online/mobile shopping platform that we’ve curated specifically just for the guys.

 The Look of the Saks Wanelo Page for Men

If you’re new to the Wanelo experience, here’s how it works: Download the Wanelo app on your phone, or go to Wanelo.com/Saks and start following us. There you will see curated boards, each with their own angle, aimed for all different kinds of male shoppers. At Rebel Rebel you’ll find all the newest chic Perfecto/motorcycle leather jackets at Saks (because the leather jacket is as totemic to a fully-fledged men’s closet as you can get), while at Sneak Attack you’ll find our favorite designer sneakers. Our Team Captain board is made for the sporty types to who like to feel comfortable and fashionable, while keeping their inherent sporty edge. And okay, so maybe we represented the ladies a little bit with Gifts for Your Leading Lady because, hey, sometimes some guys need a little help in the sweet surprise department. But what you’re really going to want to hunt through this week is our Front-Row Style board. It’s the easiest way to become a member of the fashion elite in no time.

 

Follow us on Wanelo.com/Saks and start prepping your A-game looks for Fashion Week.


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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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.