Nudie Jeans Turns Up the Sound

The men's denim label welcomed The Bowery Riots to Saks New York.

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Joey Ramone wore them tight & shredded. Jimi Hendrix? Partial to patches and kick-flares. Denim shares an intimate history with rock ‘n’ roll, and no one knows that better than Nudie Jeans. As if to prove it, the Swedish denim label introduced garage rockers The Bowery Riots to a live-wire crowd of fashion misfits and rock fanatics at Saks New York. The drink of choice: whiskey (neat, of course). The sound: bluesy garage punk with the amp set to smoldering.

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Joey Ramone wore them tight & shredded. Jimi Hendrix? Partial to patches and kick-flares. Denim shares an intimate history with rock ‘n’ roll, and no one knows that better than Nudie Jeans. As if to prove it, the Swedish denim label introduced garage rockers The Bowery Riots to a live-wire crowd of fashion misfits and rock fanatics at Saks New York. The drink of choice: whiskey (neat, of course). The sound: bluesy garage punk with the amp set to smoldering.

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Like their music, the band’s look is an ever-evolving mash-up of past and present. “What you wear changes how you feel; it encapsulates something,” says lead singer Justin Dean Thomas. “Someone like David Bowie had a concept in mind when he was being Ziggy. He became certain characters when he wore certain get-ups.”

To bassist TJ Rosenthal, it’s the pioneering spirit of rock that influences what the band wears today. “With the British Invasion, the look became a lot tighter. Then punk bands like The Clash brought this new DIY aesthetic, and it’s a diversity that we really love.”

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This drive to shift cultural standards is something Nudie Jeans embraces, using its jeans as platform to promote eco-friendly production within the textile industry. Like music, Nudie Jeans sees fashion as a driver for social change, and to Bowery Riots drummer Warren Stubbs, that’s a concept worth turning up the amp for. “Social activism is something everyone should be aware of. If you have a soap box to stand on, get up on there and speak your mind.”


AMI: A Man’s Best Friend

Alexandre Mattiusi's hyper-cool menswear collection is redefining the modern man.

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With a scruffy beard and an infectious, seductive charisma, AMI’s designer, Alexandre Mattiusi, exudes an unmistakable je nais sais quoi…one we’re more than happy to import into the Saks Fifth Avenue men’s department. Flipping through the AMI fall lookbook is to peer into the state of men’s fashion: artfully disheveled, perfectly slouchy, teeming with requisite Parisian cool. And what of that Française à la mode? Mattiusi boyishly shrugs. “We are not perfect. We are not always shaven. We smoke. Basically, we are romantic and nonchalant – like a lover, like life.”

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With a scruffy beard and an infectious, seductive charisma, AMI’s designer, Alexandre Mattiusi, exudes an unmistakable je nais sais quoi…one we’re more than happy to import into the Saks Fifth Avenue men’s department. Flipping through the AMI fall lookbook is to peer into the state of men’s fashion: artfully disheveled, perfectly slouchy, teeming with requisite Parisian cool. And what of that Française à la mode? Mattiusi boyishly shrugs. “We are not perfect. We are not always shaven. We smoke. Basically, we are romantic and nonchalant – like a lover, like life.”

Who exactly is the AMI man?
AM: Ami means “friend” in French, so my muses are my friends, cool people on the street…I wanted to mix high-street with simple luxury.

One of those friends and muses is the fabulous model and icon, Caroline de Maigret.
AM: Caroline is like, my neighbor. I love her…she is amazing. And my clothes, my shoes: they fit her like perfectly – no tailoring needed!

Historically, fashion has looked to the British and Italians for menswear inspiration. How does the French man differentiate from the standard?
AM: The French have a certain je ne sais quoi: we are definitely nonchalant, sexy, romantic and confident. My collection reflects a man with a life. Someone who may have an important job, but who still enjoys a drink on a terrace, friendship…the things we all enjoy. The man I design for is multidimensional.

How are you reinventing the menswear wheel? How is AMI different?
AM: I know men, I know boys…many cannot afford a $2,000 sweater – I, myself, cannot! I want to reach people. I want to create something approachable. Something for real-life. I make clothes that I, myself, love to wear, that I want to see on people. My clothes have to be worn. I want to say as natural, normal as possible. I don’t want to be a ‘big brand’ where I am out of touch…

What are the must-haves for every modern man’s closet?
AM: A proportionate camel coat – it must be timeless! A navy jacket, a denim shirt, a great pair of jeans, a beautiful pair of white sneakers, a white oxford shirt, a grey sweatshirt…and of course, some tattoos!

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Billy Reid: The Menswear Man

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes the designer into the fold. Again.
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Menswear is on a bit of an upswing of late. And don’t take it from us (or the men’s fashion mags, for that matter): look no further than the inveterate success of one Billy Reid. Since his surprise win of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award (beating boldfacers Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo and Prabal Gurung, no less), Reid has become one of menswear’s leading lights, all from his home base in tiny Florence, Alabama. Now, as his collection finally arrives at Saks Fifth Avenue, he’s coming back to where it all began.

Saks New York welcomed Reid on Wednesday night as he launched his Spring/Summer 2014 collection accompanied by a Q&A with Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan. Beforehand, the designer chatted with us about the menswear resurgence and what Saks has meant to his career (spoiler: it’s meant a lot).

Menswear seems to matter more than ever right now. Do you agree?
Reid: Totally. There’s been really passionate editorial support throughout menswear recently. In the last five years or so, people are really getting out the information online. All of us in menswear have benefited.

And what does that exposure do?
Reid: Really, it ushers the customer along. The younger generation cares and stays on top of it—they know the brands, they know the designers, and they care about quality. They follow that stuff. People pay attention and thank goodness men pay attention to it now.

Saks Fifth Avenue is kind of where it all began for you, isn’t it?
Reid: I started my career here. I was going to school in Dallas and I got a job at Saks. They put me in men’s suits because I knew a little bit about it. I worked with these guys in their 50s and 60s—veteran menswear, made-to-measure guys.

Sounds like a good education.
Reid: Working at Saks was unbelievable. At that time, Ralph Lauren was starting to get big. Tommy Hilfiger had just started. Armani…Versace…I got to see all of them working at Saks, studying those collections and working with those companies. I learned from some really great people working there. I had no plan going in, but those years at Saks really laid the foundation for a lot of things.

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Home Swede Home

Stockholm-based J.Lindeberg settles in at Saks Fifth Avenue

Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks. Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.” So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble:…

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Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks.

Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.”

So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble: a rock-n-roll-meets-tailored look, complete with a fitted J. Lindeberg jacket, skinny jeans, spiked smoking slippers and wrist cuffs. In other words, rockstar charisma, with or without a golf club.

Head designer Jessy Heuvelink on…

The future: “I want men to have fashion options, and I want our brand to reflect that; I see us evolving into more chic, streetwear-based designs – like what I am wearing (smiles).”

The difference: “Swedish style is very minimal and clean, but J. Lindeberg is different. We use technical fabrics, which represent our sportswear history, and I feel that our label can be worn by everyone and anyone.”

The style: “Swedish style has always had a very simple and chic philosophy, but recently, we’ve been well-received in the U.S. We’re very excited about that!”


Saks & Woolmark Honor the World’s Best Fabrics

Dormeuil & Fratelli Tallia di Delfino win the Fabric No. 1 award

Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats. This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It…

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Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats.

This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It was a rigorous competition: “Twenty international brands submitted entries this year,” says Made-to-Measure Director Manyell Akinfe-Reed. “The judges look for the feel, aesthetic, salability, color, fabric content and mill reputation. These winners represent the world’s finest mills in menswear.”

According to Saks Vice President and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings, it’s these types of outstanding fabrics that make the man. “When it comes to quality tailored clothing for men, fabric is a vital part of the equation. The best ones are crafted by fine mills like Dormeuil and Fratelli Tallia di Delfino.” Lucky, then, that both winners will now find a home in Saks’ renowned Made-to-Measure department. Each Fabric No. 1 piece will be identifiable by a custom number and label, marking it as a one-of-a-kind suit or sport coat. And that’s the kind of quality even a novice can appreciate.

Fabric No. 1 Made-to-Measure orders will be available in limited quantities at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in New York, Chevy Chase, Chicago and Phoenix.

 


Color Coordinated, Part III: Sunny Side Up

We round out our color series by going to one of the most visible places. That’s right, your face. While colored frames aren’t for everyone, colored lenses are surprisingly democratic. “A hint of tint in the lenses subtly updates classic frames. They can help a guy see and be seen in a whole new light,” says Eric Jennings, VP and Men’s Fashion Director. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your sunglass game. The same rules of finding the right style to match the shape of your face applies, but getting a pair with colored lenses takes it to a whole other level. A classic wayfarer silhouette suddenly looks fresh when Super by Retrosuperfuture adds lenses that change color depending on the angle. Oliver Peoples modernizes…

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We round out our color series by going to one of the most visible places. That’s right, your face. While colored frames aren’t for everyone, colored lenses are surprisingly democratic. “A hint of tint in the lenses subtly updates classic frames. They can help a guy see and be seen in a whole new light,” says Eric Jennings, VP and Men’s Fashion Director.

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your sunglass game. The same rules of finding the right style to match the shape of your face applies, but getting a pair with colored lenses takes it to a whole other level. A classic wayfarer silhouette suddenly looks fresh when Super by Retrosuperfuture adds lenses that change color depending on the angle. Oliver Peoples modernizes the pair of frames that Gregory Peck’s character wore in To Kill A Mockingbird. New life is breathed into a style that was popularized 50 years ago by recreating them with indigo lenses and setting them in clear acetate frames.

 

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Color Coordinated, Part II: Wrist Wars

In the second installment of our 3 part series, we bring the focus over to area with very limited real estate: the wrist. Long gone are the days of the ID bracelet. Now there’s a plethora of options to choose from (like these from Miansai). Having a little color peek out from your sleeve or shirt cuff is a subtle way to show a bit of your own flair without having to shout it. Bracelets have an intimate quality to them. Each one can reflect a different part of your personality. Eric Jennings, our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, suggests, “Mixing different materials, items, colors and sizes on the same wrist. The more the merrier!” Feel free to stack a couple to create arm party….

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In the second installment of our 3 part series, we bring the focus over to area with very limited real estate: the wrist. Long gone are the days of the ID bracelet. Now there’s a plethora of options to choose from (like these from Miansai). Having a little color peek out from your sleeve or shirt cuff is a subtle way to show a bit of your own flair without having to shout it. Bracelets have an intimate quality to them. Each one can reflect a different part of your personality.

Eric Jennings, our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, suggests, “Mixing different materials, items, colors and sizes on the same wrist. The more the merrier!” Feel free to stack a couple to create arm party. After all, we shouldn’t take everything so seriously. It’s important to remember to have fun!

 

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Color Coordinated, Part I

Color has been an important theme over the past few seasons. What better time of year to embrace color than now with the lush green grass contrasting against the vibrant blue skies? One of the easiest ways to inject color into your wardrobe with minimal commitment is through accessories. Part 1 of our 3 part series begins with something so foundational as socks. While many consider it an after thought, it really shouldn’t be. Hosiery is one of those areas that is noticed more for when it’s not done right. Prime example: white tube socks paired with dress shoes. Our resident sartorial sage, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, shares his thoughts on colored socks. “For casual looks, coordinate laces and socks to compliment…

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Color has been an important theme over the past few seasons. What better time of year to embrace color than now with the lush green grass contrasting against the vibrant blue skies? One of the easiest ways to inject color into your wardrobe with minimal commitment is through accessories.

Part 1 of our 3 part series begins with something so foundational as socks. While many consider it an after thought, it really shouldn’t be. Hosiery is one of those areas that is noticed more for when it’s not done right. Prime example: white tube socks paired with dress shoes.

Our resident sartorial sage, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, shares his thoughts on colored socks.

“For casual looks, coordinate laces and socks to compliment something else on your outfit (just don’t think too hard about it, matchy-matchy is a no!). For the boardroom, classic socks should match your trousers.” Below are hook + ALBERT and Paul Smith.

 

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It’s A Formal Affair

It was Sly and the Family Stone who sang, “you’re still checking each other out” and nowhere is that more true than during black tie events. Whether you’re heading to a wedding or the baccarat table, you might as well make sure that you get your formal look right, especially if you’re going to invest all of that effort. Let’s discuss the accoutrements that will help you stand out from the sea of similarity that frequently plagues these events. Adding one of these formal accessories hand picked by our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, will ensure your look is more James Bond rather than Rick James. And while you’re not gunning for any best-dressed lists, it’s still nice to be recognized.  As Sly…

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It was Sly and the Family Stone who sang, “you’re still checking each other out” and nowhere is that more true than during black tie events. Whether you’re heading to a wedding or the baccarat table, you might as well make sure that you get your formal look right, especially if you’re going to invest all of that effort.

Let’s discuss the accoutrements that will help you stand out from the sea of similarity that frequently plagues these events. Adding one of these formal accessories hand picked by our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, will ensure your look is more James Bond rather than Rick James. And while you’re not gunning for any best-dressed lists, it’s still nice to be recognized.  As Sly once crooned: “nobody wants to be left out.”

hook + ALBERT Metallic Leather Lapel Pin: $95

“Make a statement by trading in your traditional boutonniere for a metallic leather lapel accent.”

S.T. Dupont Rose Gold Lighter: $1,225

“A true gentleman is always prepared.”

Louis Leeman Gold Studded Evening Slippers: $750

“A bold take on the traditional smoking slipper, these gold studded shoes add a little bit of rock n’ roll.”

Tateossian Diamond Dust Cufflinks: $1,600

“Add some swagger to your wrists with these diamond dusted cufflinks.”

BOSS Black Round Pocket Square: $35

“The beauty of a round pocket square is that no folding is required. Just stick it in your breast pocket and you’re good to go.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Gross Grain Silk Bow Tie: $68

“This silk gross grain bow tie by Saks Fifth Avenue is my go to tie for formal occasions.”

 

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Guys: Which one of these will you be sporting at the baccarat table? Tell us in the comments.

To order any of these items call 1.877.551.7257.

 

 


Navigating the Waters

We help guys choose the right swimwear for every destination

It’s that time of the year. We’ve already sprung forward with our extra hour of daylight and now it’s time to get together our travel plans for the summer. But we’ll also need to consider what we will be bringing. No matter the locale, there’s sure to be a beach, perhaps surfing on Bondi; a pool, maybe an infinity in the Maldives; or a hot tub for that après ski soak in Patagonia. With all the swim options available, choosing the right pair can become a daunting task. Enter our resident style guru, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, who helps us hone in on the appropriate swimwear to suit every need. You knew that was coming. 2(X)IST New Core Rio Swim Briefs: I…

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It’s that time of the year. We’ve already sprung forward with our extra hour of daylight and now it’s time to get together our travel plans for the summer. But we’ll also need to consider what we will be bringing. No matter the locale, there’s sure to be a beach, perhaps surfing on Bondi; a pool, maybe an infinity in the Maldives; or a hot tub for that après ski soak in Patagonia.

With all the swim options available, choosing the right pair can become a daunting task. Enter our resident style guru, VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, who helps us hone in on the appropriate swimwear to suit every need. You knew that was coming.

2(X)IST

New Core Rio Swim Briefs: I grew up on a swim team and have always loved a plain red “Speedo” type suit. 2XIST makes the best fitting underwear so it make sense that these are the best fitting swim briefs.

Vilebrequin

Solid Stretch Swim Trunks: This is what I call “beach to boardwalk.” Perfect for swimming in the ocean and strolling on the boardwalk.

Sundek

Rainbow Board Shorts: Classic southern California board shorts with the iconic rainbow on the rear. My go-to swimsuit for summer holiday.

Burberry Brit

Brinn Check Swim Trunks: I’ve always loved the Burberry check. And I look better in short trunks, so these are a great match for me!

Onia

Charles Macro Paisley Swim Trunks: I’m not a big print guy when it comes to swim suits, but I love the paisley print on these swim trunks by Onia.

 

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Guys — what kind of swim suit is your favorite for summer? Tell us in the comments.