Bespoken Word: An Introduction to Saks Made to Measure

Guerre Breaks Down the Process to Finding the Perfect Tailored Suit at Saks.

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Saks Tailors are Ready to Measure

Walk into Saks and you’ll find some of the greatest, most recognizable brands in the world. Brands that have heritage, that lead in terms of innovation and mirror the overall mindset of those who are immersed in style and fashion.

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Saks Tailors are Ready to Measure

Walk into Saks and you’ll find some of the greatest, most recognizable brands in the world. Brands that have heritage, that lead in terms of innovation and mirror the overall mindset of those who are immersed in style and fashion.

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Finest Shirting Swatch Fabrics 

One of the not-so-hidden gems in the Saks Fifth Avenue Collection department is the Made-to-Measure section, nestled in the corner of the Saks Mens Collection on the 6th floor. While ready to wear gives a glimpse of the wearer, Made-to-Measure without question speaks volumes.

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Bespoken Tailored to Perfection

It is here that the person can truly customize and tweak details to suit their specific needs, moods and whims. It is here that the ideas are not only put into motion, but they take shape and become that ‘killer suit‘ that has all eyes on you when you enter the room.

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The Italian Heritage Suiting by Castangia 

The process begins with a sit-down with a qualified Saks representative and a discussion on where and when the garment is being created for (i.e. work, leisure, party, summer, winter, etc.)

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Personal Fitting

Afterwards, it’s all about finding the right fabric among volumes of possibilities. Then come the measurements where each detail is taken into account from your stance, posture, even to what you carry in your pockets. Ultimately, those little details determine how the suit will drape your body.

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Choose Your Smart Jacket Fabric

Saks offers some fabrics from Dormeuil, Scabal, Holland and Sherry and Loro Piana, to name a few. The Made-to-Measure pieces are created from a standard size pattern and altered to fit the wearer, which requires less fittings than bespoke, resulting in a shorter wait between customer measurement and the garment delivery. The Made-to-Measure service is without a doubt what every stylish man must experience.

 

Spruce up your new Made-to-Measure suit with top-notch findings from our Holiday Gift Guide.


DeMario Davis’ Sartorial Turn in Episode 3 of Fashion Blitz

Watch as DeMario Davis' Style Comes Full Circle in Fashion Blitz' Final Episode

It’s all been leading up to this. In this last episode ofFashion Blitz, New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis puts all his new sartorial tools to the test for the Taste of the NFL event.

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A Detailed Look at DeMario Davis’ Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Made-to-Measure Suit

Watch as DeMario puts all his newfound menswear knowledge out on the runway for all his fans and stylish teammates to see.

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It’s all been leading up to this. In this last episode ofFashion Blitz, New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis puts all his new sartorial tools to the test for the Taste of the NFL event.

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A Detailed Look at DeMario Davis’ Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Made-to-Measure Suit

Watch as DeMario puts all his newfound menswear knowledge out on the runway for all his fans and stylish teammates to see.

 

Don’t spoil the ending! Catch the first two episodes of Fashion Blitz!


DeMario Davis Suits Up for Episode 2 of Fashion Blitz

The New York Jets Linebacker Heads to Saks to Get Outfitted for the Taste of NFL Event.

It’s time for another episode of Fashion Blitz, our menswear series featuring New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis, where he chronicle his transition into a Saks sartorial superstar in preparation for the Taste of the NFL event, with help from our VP, Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings.

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DeMario Davis Looking Like a Million Bucks at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Clue

In this latest installment, we head from DeMario’s closet to Saks’ incomparable menswear racks, where we primp him with stylish new arrivals from Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Y-3, among others. Look out for DeMario’s teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who makes a cameo appearance and gives his Jets buddy some sound man-to-man fashion advice.
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It’s time for another episode of Fashion Blitz, our menswear series featuring New York Jets linebacker DeMario Davis, where he chronicle his transition into a Saks sartorial superstar in preparation for the Taste of the NFL event, with help from our VP, Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings.

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DeMario Davis Looking Like a Million Bucks at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Clue

In this latest installment, we head from DeMario’s closet to Saks’ incomparable menswear racks, where we primp him with stylish new arrivals from Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Y-3, among others. Look out for DeMario’s teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who makes a cameo appearance and gives his Jets buddy some sound man-to-man fashion advice.

 

Keep your eyes pealed for the last installment of Fashion Blitz.


Bespoken Word: Get To Know Boglioli’s Classic K Jacket

Our Menswear Contributor Guerre Discusses with David Newlove of Boglioli What It Is That Makes the K Jacket a Traveler's Best-Friend

As a company specializing in tailoring, Boglioli started manufacturing in the early 1900′s in Gambara, a small village nestled somewhere between Venice and Milan, Italy. Some 12 to 14 years ago, Boglioli started experimenting with garment dyeing (“tinto in capo”), a process that wasn’t new in menswear, but at the time was limited mainly to denim.

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“No one had really pursued it in terms of men’s tailored clothing,” said David Newlove, Managing Director of Boglioli, with a proud and confident smile on his face, “especially with luxury fabrics such as those Boglioli uses.”

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As a company specializing in tailoring, Boglioli started manufacturing in the early 1900′s in Gambara, a small village nestled somewhere between Venice and Milan, Italy. Some 12 to 14 years ago, Boglioli started experimenting with garment dyeing (“tinto in capo”), a process that wasn’t new in menswear, but at the time was limited mainly to denim.

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“No one had really pursued it in terms of men’s tailored clothing,” said David Newlove, Managing Director of Boglioli, with a proud and confident smile on his face, “especially with luxury fabrics such as those Boglioli uses.”

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Twelve years ago, the brand introduced it’s iconic piece: The K Jacket – known in sartorial circles as the traveling man’s best friend; something you can use on both short or long trips, that won’t lose its shape as the day wears on. The brand oversees each process of the jacket making, starting with the limited number of mills it works with (half a dozen which are English, Scottish and two from Italy).

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Boglioli is not your standard business jacket; there is no construction, no shoulder padding (“senza spallina”), no canvas, no chest piece. The jackets are light, feel luxurious, but most importantly, drape on the body and fits with noticeable panache. The customer that understands the beauty behind the brand is the creative type, the discerning gentleman and world traveler. This is the add-on to the man who understands dressing for success, but also lives the lifestyle associated with successful living. Even if you have to wear a traditional suit during the week, these pieces become the weekend favorites (and for a select few their weekday go-to pieces).

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Two biggest revolutions in men’s tailoring include garment dyeing and deconstruction. While neither of these two things are new, Boglioli is a pioneer and a master in terms of bringing the two together in men’s luxury tailoring. This is not just a suit, it’s wearable art.

 

For more information on Boglioli, please email service@s5a.com.


Huddle Up For New Men’s Video Series ‘Fashion Blitz’

Watch as Eric Jennings, Saks' Men's Fashion Director, Blitzes the Closet of the New York Jets Linebacker DeMario Davis.

The Taste of the NFL event is right around the corner. A benefit to help fight hunger in under-privileged communities, this event allows you to come meet your favorite football team as you dine on some of the best cuisine the city has to offer, while enjoying a spirited fashion show to boot. The New York Jets are prepping for their runway debut this week and they’ll be decked out in – you guessed it – the best sartorial menswear goods Saks Fifth Avenue has to offer.

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The Taste of the NFL event is right around the corner. A benefit to help fight hunger in under-privileged communities, this event allows you to come meet your favorite football team as you dine on some of the best cuisine the city has to offer, while enjoying a spirited fashion show to boot. The New York Jets are prepping for their runway debut this week and they’ll be decked out in – you guessed it – the best sartorial menswear goods Saks Fifth Avenue has to offer.

In our new video series – Fashion Blitz – our esteemed VP, Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings, visits the home of the New York Jets’ star linebacker DeMario Davis to spruce up his closet and set him in the right direction, so he can make a real splash on at the Jets fashion show this week. See what items from DeMario’s closet make the pass and what gets sacked in Episode I of 3.

 

Stay tuned for Episode 2 of Fashion Blitz, coming soon.


Saks and Woolmark Announce Fabric No. 1 Winners

See Who Saks and The Woolmark Company Chose as Best in Class for Made-to-Measure Menswear Materials in Suiting and Sport Coats.

Saks Fifth Avenue Fabric No. 1 ToastSaks Fifth Avenue and The Woolmark Company have come together for the third annual Fabric No. 1 Prize, which celebrates the brands and their respective world-class mills that produce the best wool fabrics produced specifically for Made-to-Measure menswear suits and sport coats.

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Fabric No. 1′s Identifiable Custom Label – The Mark of a One-of-a-Kind Piece

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Saks Fifth Avenue Fabric No. 1 ToastSaks Fifth Avenue and The Woolmark Company have come together for the third annual Fabric No. 1 Prize, which celebrates the brands and their respective world-class mills that produce the best wool fabrics produced specifically for Made-to-Measure menswear suits and sport coats.

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Fabric No. 1′s Identifiable Custom Label – The Mark of a One-of-a-Kind Piece

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Shawn Howell, Saks Fifth Avenue’s VP of Men’s Tailored Clothing and Furnishings, Eyeing a Vitale Barberis Canonico

At the end of the day, there were two victors from among 30 participating brands from around the world: Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti took home the prize for suiting, while Vitale Barberis Canonico won the award for sport coats.

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Tom Ott, SVP of Men’s at Saks; Howard Corber of Cerruti; Larry Case of Vitale Barberis Canonico and Shawn Howell, VP of Men’s Tailored Clothing at Saks

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The Glass-Framed Winners at the Saks New York Flagship Store

Interested in getting a Woolmark Award-winning Made-to-Measure suit or sport coat from Cerruti or Vitale? Head to the Saks Fifth Avenue New York City, Chevy Chase, Chicago, San Francisco or Phoenix stores to get your hands on one-of-a-kind luxury suiting.

For more information on Made-to-Measure at Saks Fifth Avenue, please email service@s5a.com.

Photos Courtesy of Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue


The Alfa Romeo 4C Graces Our 2014 Holiday Magalog

The perfect complement to all our fine holiday goods.

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Male Model Ryan Kennedy Looks Mighty Impressed with the Alfa Romeo 4C

Our Holiday 2014 magalog has just landed! Inside, readers are bound to find Saks Fifth Avenue staples galore, but elevated to the highest power. One editorial you’re going to linger on for a good while is The Magic Touch, which features male supermodel Ryan Kennedy, wearing the best pieces of the season from the likes of Theory, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection and best of all – the accessory of the season – a sleek as all get out Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Male Model Ryan Kennedy Looks Mighty Impressed with the Alfa Romeo 4C

Our Holiday 2014 magalog has just landed! Inside, readers are bound to find Saks Fifth Avenue staples galore, but elevated to the highest power. One editorial you’re going to linger on for a good while is The Magic Touch, which features male supermodel Ryan Kennedy, wearing the best pieces of the season from the likes of Theory, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection and best of all – the accessory of the season – a sleek as all get out Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Hard to Resist Getting Behind the Wheel on Set

With Saks Fifth Avenue Collection and BOSS must-haves set against this high-speed beauty, it’s easy to fantasize about a fast and furious getaway this holiday season, with a nice leather Ansonia Zip-Top Briefcase and Continental Expandable Carry-on by Tumi in tow, no doubt.

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Which is the Better Model?

There’s no doubt about it – this Alfa Romeo 4C was the perfect complement for all our luxe holiday goods. It would make an even better holiday gift. Whoever’s lucky enough to get one this season, they’re going to need a bigger tree.

 

Drive away to the holiday destination of your dreams in the Alfa Romeo 4C.


Bespoken Word – Shoe Game: A Reintroduction To Quality

Keep your sartorial ensemble from falling apart with the best in men's classic footwear.

Walk onto the sales floor and you may actually be overwhelmed when it comes to picking out a new pair of shoes. There seems to be and endless selection and those entering the shoe game continue to pop up. Like with anything else, quality always has a way of standing out. This week I selected three picks in which the brands seemed to find the right blend between a classical and modern perspective.

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Maison Corthay’s Blue Steel

I recently met Pierre Corthay, French Master of Art and founder of Maison Corthay. I wanted to know more about the philosophy and driving force behind the brand and Pierre quickly obliged. “The obsession and goal is to find the best component, best color, best quality of fabrication,” he offered.

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Walk onto the sales floor and you may actually be overwhelmed when it comes to picking out a new pair of shoes. There seems to be and endless selection and those entering the shoe game continue to pop up. Like with anything else, quality always has a way of standing out. This week I selected three picks in which the brands seemed to find the right blend between a classical and modern perspective.

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Maison Corthay’s Blue Steel

I recently met Pierre Corthay, French Master of Art and founder of Maison Corthay. I wanted to know more about the philosophy and driving force behind the brand and Pierre quickly obliged. “The obsession and goal is to find the best component, best color, best quality of fabrication,” he offered.

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A Paragon of Modern Elegance

“Our style is very traditional, very classical with a twist such as the piping and detail of stitching. We make something classic that is wearable.” Corthay is taking a classic shoes and infusing them with details that make them relevant while staying away from being trendy.

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The Salvatore Ferragamo Loafer – A True Footwear Legend 

When it comes to classic loafers, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo are among those leading the way. In terms of timeless elegance the Ferragamo Giordano Calfskin Loafer, the Twirl Loafer, and Master Loafer are examples of classics that never go out of style. Maintain a timeless feel and work both with a bespoke suit of denim jeans.

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Masculine Americana at its Finest

While the Saks Fifth Avenue Collection is relatively new, it proves in order to break the rules, one must master them first. The Saks Mixed-Media Lace-Up Boots is a winter piece that combines Italian craftsmanship and an American attitude. Simple in presentation and unapologetically strong in style.

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The Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Suede Drivers are the Perfect Non-Formal Option

Hardy Ames once said ” It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.” Corthay, Salvatore Ferragamo and Saks Fifth Avenue Collection are among a few that will make sure you’re always one step closer to being impeccably well dressed.

 

For further details on Maison Corthay’s exquisite and elegant footwear, please email service@s5a.com.


Polo Ralph Lauren’s The Art of the Sport Coat Event

Two of our favorite style stars, Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick, stop by the Polo Ralph Lauren men's boutique to highlight the brand's new modern sport coat.

Two of Saks Fifth Avenue’s favorite style superstars, Megan Collins of the famed Style Girlfriend blog and Patrick Janelle, who spearheads one of the top men’s style Instagrams, aptly named A Guy Named Patrick, stopped by the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship to visit the Polo Ralph Lauren men’s boutique on 6.

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Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Boutique

They didn’t happen to just come by, no. They were there as our honorary judges in an exciting styling challenge set up by Polo Ralph Lauren – The Art of the Sport Coat, to celebrate the label’s new groundbreaking sport coats, naturally.

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Two of Saks Fifth Avenue’s favorite style superstars, Megan Collins of the famed Style Girlfriend blog and Patrick Janelle, who spearheads one of the top men’s style Instagrams, aptly named A Guy Named Patrick, stopped by the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship to visit the Polo Ralph Lauren men’s boutique on 6.

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Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Boutique

They didn’t happen to just come by, no. They were there as our honorary judges in an exciting styling challenge set up by Polo Ralph Lauren – The Art of the Sport Coat, to celebrate the label’s new groundbreaking sport coats, naturally.

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Drinks on the House

There were drinks galore and the guests in attendance were naturally dressed to the nines. It made Megan and Patrick’s job a little difficult, amongst a sea of men radiating panache – who exactly to single out as a someone who may give the styling challenge a good go?

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A Peek at the Dapper Guest List

The gambit: Style one of the new collection’s amazing sport coats with anything else in the Polo Ralph Lauren boutique; Patrick and Megan judge the styles and crown a winner, who gets to walk out with the entire head-to-toe ensemble as their prize. Not too shabby.

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The Classic Cocktails on Hand Reflected the Collection’s Sartorial Americana Essence

“The new sport coat silhouette is more modern and slimmer; the sleeves sit a bit shorter,” says Megan Collins. “It’s a piece for a man who maybe has tried Ralph Lauren in the past and thought it was a piece that was more for their dad. This silhouette is for that younger guy. It’s a new generation sport coat. It dresses up any outfit. You can treat it a little less preciously. It goes with so many things.”

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Patrick and Megan with the Winner of the Art of the Sport Coat Styling Challenge

Patrick Janelle is in agreement. “My favorite sport coats in this collection are the unstructured pieces,” he told SaksPOV at the event. “They feel super comfortable and they’re casual enough that I feel I can throw it on on a Saturday morning, but it’s classic enough that I can take it with me to a meeting. Because of the prints and textures you definitely have a good sense of classic style, but with the updated silhouette it never makes you feel stuffy.”

 

Be a part of the new generation of dapper trendsetters with Polo Ralph Lauren.


For Soren Sand It’s All About the Details

On the eve of Saks NY's Modern Tailored Event, Soren Sand opens up about how his brand stays relevant after 20 years in the business.

Sand, the Danish menswear brand, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. With it penchant for boisterous prints set against stunningly crafted Italian fabrics, Soren Sand’s label has been a leader in forward-thinking menswear design on the other side of the pond for quite some time. It’s American takeover seems to be long overdue.

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“We all have a tendency to lean on black and dark colors for the winter months, but color is for every season. Tweeds and boucles are a great way to use colors in a subtle way.”

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Sand, the Danish menswear brand, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. With it penchant for boisterous prints set against stunningly crafted Italian fabrics, Soren Sand’s label has been a leader in forward-thinking menswear design on the other side of the pond for quite some time. It’s American takeover seems to be long overdue.

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“We all have a tendency to lean on black and dark colors for the winter months, but color is for every season. Tweeds and boucles are a great way to use colors in a subtle way.”

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We visited Mr. Sand at his NYC showroom just a day before his slated appearance at our New York City store for the Modern Tailored Event. With his casual, but ridiculously cool manner, he indulged us with his views on what makes his brand stand apart from all the rest.

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Soren Sand on his 55 Mercedes Gullwing in Como, Italy

“For me everyday and evening looks are easily interchangeable because I have always favored the idea of interesting jackets and details that can work from one into the other.  It’s all about the details; add a leopard shoe or chain belt to create some attitude.”

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The Sand Copenhagen Design Studio in Como, Italy

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Soren Sand and Co-Host Benedict Cumberbatch Both Wearing Sand in London at the Flaunt Magazine Party

“Details and fit are what makes the suit fashionable. We first need to inspire men with something new. If a man is properly introduced to a new silhouette and they see the difference in how it makes him look and feel, he will take the step. A slimmer, shorter jacket with a comfortable fabric that moves with the body.”

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Mr. Sand Himself at His Showroom in New York City on the Eve of the Modern Tailored Event at Saks

“I include color and patterns as a detail and element of surprise – in buttons, linings, shirt plackets and jacket under collars. We also use stitching and button holes to include color. Knits are another perfect winter way to showcase color and style under a dark suit.  And shoes are always fun in great colors;  burgundy, red, navy or animal prints – make a great statement and show some personal style and cool fashion.”

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Dress like a rock-star in chic duds from Sand.