Public School Wins First Menswear Woolmark Prize

With a Woolmark and CFDA award for menswear under their belt, Public School has officially arrived.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

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The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Marcia Patmos shows off her winning techniques with Merino wool.

The Woolmark Prize honors burgeoning designers in both menswear and womenswear in the states, as well as Asia, Australia, Europe, India and the Middle-East, and allots the respective finalists and winners to broaden their artistic scope in designing with Merino wool. All nominees that move on to become international finalists are awarded $50,000 AU to help jump-start their next collection, while the ultimate international winners are granted a considerable $100,000 AU prize.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks Fifth Avenue’s Eric Jennings on the judges’ panel. 

The USA judging panel was a veritable who’s who of the American fashion industry, which included Saks Fifth Avenue’s very own Colleen Sherin, Senior Fashion Director and Eric Jennings, Vice President & Fashion Director Menswear, Home, Food and Gifts.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014New York fashion heavyweights take a break from adjudication for a chic photo-op.

Other USA judges included renowned designer Alexander Wang, Creative Director of Alexander Wang and Balenciaga; Ariel Foxman, Editor-in-Chief of InStyle; David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire; Malcolm Carfrae, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Calvin Klein; Michelle Lee, Director of Americas for The Woolmark Company, Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine and Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin and fellow judges making big decisions.

Despite their nascent status, Public School was able to beat out some stiff competition in their category, including New York favorite Timo Weiland. “We’re so incredibly thrilled and honored to be selected as the US representative in the first Woolmark Prize for menswear,” the duo stated after their win. “Working with wool and all of its natural benefits has been instrumental in developing the trans-seasonality and versatility of our own collection and it’s going to really help jump-start our knitwear business.”

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014The ten finalists’ qualifying looks on display.

Next order of business for the International Woolmark Prize is selecting the rest of their regional finalists, at which point there will be one menswear winner and one womenswear winner, each of which will have their final Merino wool collections sold in over a dozen of the most prestigious fashion retailers worldwide. Stay tuned to see who makes the international cut.

Get cozied up in his and hers statement knit sweaters.

All images courtesy of the The Woolmark Company, shot by the BFA.


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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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.

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All photos shot by Guerre for SaksPOV


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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Meet the Newsies

Hear all about it! These new brands to Saks.com are sure to freshen up any man's wardrobe

One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans. Porter The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following. Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle. Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”   Slowear The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their…

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One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans.

Porter

The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following.

Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle.

Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”

 

Slowear

The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their pants classification.

Notable fans: Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean.

Jennings’ take: “The phrase classic with a twist is sooverused, but it’s true of Slowear. They have great colors and they make the best of the best in each category.”

 

Nudie Jeans

The stats: Swedish. The jeans are made in Italy with Japanese, Turkish and Italian denim. Nudie was organic before being “organic” was a trend.

Jennings’ take: “They are the future of what it means to be sustainable and a great example of how to do it in a cool way.”

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Menswear Runway Report

Our globetrotting Men's Fashion Director Eric Jennings shares his top runway picks

The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013. 3.1 Phillip Lim “A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”   Paul Smith “The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”   DSQUARED “Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I…

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The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013.

3.1 Phillip Lim

“A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”

 

Paul Smith

“The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”

 

DSQUARED

“Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I love it paired back with denim in this look.”

 

Valentino

“I love Prince of Whales plaid and how Valentino used the black leather detail to make this look very modern.”

 

Viktor & Rolf

“I’m calling fall 2013 the the season of the coat, as I’ve never seen so much outerwear on the runways. Brown is an important new color for tailored clothing, which is why I love this head to toe brown look from Viktor & Rolf. This topcoat has a removable fur trim collar and the cable turtleneck sweater has an interesting resin coating.”

 

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Best in Men’s Accessories

Spring is around the corner and our Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings Tells you exactly which accessories you need to get there

If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments! Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe “These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.” Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet “Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.” Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames “I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit…

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If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments!

Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe

“These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.”

Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet

“Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.”

Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames

“I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit my face perfectly and this pair has a great retro vibe.”

Jack Spade Dipped Coal Bag

“Jack Spade was the first bag I got when I first started working at Saks. I like how this one has camo-type print on top and bright orange on the bottom. Note worthy is that orange and green citrus colors are big this spring!”

Hook & Albert Colorful Shoes Laces

“I’ve been known to wear Hook + Albert label accents frequently, but I also wear their shoe laces too! When the laces on my wingtip brogues broke, I paired the red laces with my black shoes and the lake color with my cognac shoes.”

 

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The Fashion Score

Hockey star-turned fashion phenomenon Sean Avery talks with Saks Insider Eric Jennings about style and life off the ice

It’s no news that Sean Avery is as quick and  agile in fashion as he is on the ice. The former New York Ranger, exited the world of professional sports to pursue a longtime passion and curiosity for the business of fashion. That’s not to say that Pickering, Ontario-native is only about style these days. The onetime Vogue intern has opened two restaurant/bars with business partner Matt Abramcyk (Warren 77 and Tiny’s). He’s also recently taken on more of a full time position at the esteemed creative agency, Lipman, which counts David Yurman and Stuart Weitzman as clients.  He’s also taken on the role of a model, with this year’s ads for pedigreed menswear brand Hickey Freeman. We’re impressed, Sean. What’s next? Why, lunch with our…

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It’s no news that Sean Avery is as quick and  agile in fashion as he is on the ice. The former New York Ranger, exited the world of professional sports to pursue a longtime passion and curiosity for the business of fashion. That’s not to say that Pickering, Ontario-native is only about style these days. The onetime Vogue intern has opened two restaurant/bars with business partner Matt Abramcyk (Warren 77 and Tiny’s). He’s also recently taken on more of a full time position at the esteemed creative agency, Lipman, which counts David Yurman and Stuart Weitzman as clients.  He’s also taken on the role of a model, with this year’s ads for pedigreed menswear brand Hickey Freeman. We’re impressed, Sean. What’s next? Why, lunch with our Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings.

Here’s what transpired… 

Eric Jennings: Tell me about the journey from professional hockey player to fashion industry creative?

Sean Avery: [Fashion] was always something that I embraced as a kid. A lot of it starts with the relationship of being an athlete and wearing a uniform. As a kid, you would take pride in how you put your socks on and how you’d fold them over. With little things with your jersey, you would find your own individuality. Otherwise, you were all the same. As you get older you’re more specific. There’s a relationship between looking good and feeling good.

E.J.: Men are shopping differently these days. It’s not just the business guys. They’re all paying attention to what celebrities, athletes, hoteliers and DJs are wearing. The thought is, “I’ve got to make sure I look the best that I can so that I keep the job, get that job, get the promotion.” It’s no longer a necessary evil to cover your body. How do you view men’s fashion today?

S.A.: A couple of weeks ago this light bulb went off. How often do you not hear the word “metrosexual” anymore? The word has gone away.

E.J.: Morgan Spurlock did a movie called Mansome and it said Metrosexual is the new normal. It’s no longer a buzzy word that makes people feel weird. It is what it is.

 

 

E.J.: How has the guy shopper changed? I find, that these days, men are interested in where things are made and how things are made.

S.A.: It’s about educating the consumer. An American man that loves America should be conscious of what he’s wearing and where it’s made. The way to educate them is through the guys that they look up to, which is generally an athlete.

E.J.: What brands do you like?

S.A.: Givenchy. I’m waiting for the weather to get a little bit colder. I got the prints with the sharks and Rottweilers. Hickey Freeman. They have such great quality and they own their factories. I shot an ad campaign with them last year.

E.J.: I saw it. When I went to their showroom, the management team showed me the ad images with you in them. That actually was my first exposure to you. It wasn’t even through hockey, but through fashion. Now you’re working with the agency that produced the campaign.

S.A.: Yes, I’m the talent and the agency. That’s how I met David Lipman. We built a working relationship off of a friendship. It was sort of my admiration for him and what he does with imagery. He is a big sports fan. We just kind of bonded and talked about working together.

E.J.: In what capacities are you working with them?

S.A.: I’m a bit of an all-purpose player, but the idea that I’ll always come back to the branding and marketing side. Recently, I started to focus on social media. We have a candy company called Unreal that I worked on. There are always creative things going on.

E.J.:  Do you have your eyes set on designing your own collection?

S.A.: It’s like trying to be a musician. I’m not a designer. Aesthetically when I look at something I know if I like it. The one space that I would start, if I had the ability to do it, would be to create the ultimate city collection. It’d be a hybrid of live, work, workout and play. It’s more about the fabric and the materials. In the city I take the mindset that I have to walk to work or take a bike to work. I want to be comfortable, but still look presentable.

Photographed by KSW

 

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