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May 2011

Jean Touitou founder of A.P.C. Clothing

The past decade has seen A.P.C. grow from a cult French label to a brand recognized the world over for clothes that deftly mix contemporary style with classic looks—all the while helmed by founder Jean Touitou since 1988. Curious about what has kept the line going strong throughout its gradual expansion, for this video we sat down with Touitou to find out.

John Smedley Clothing – Four Styles, Twenty Truths

John Smedley Clothing - Four Styles, Twenty Truths

John Smedley unveils its best-kept secrets with the launch of Four Styles, Twenty Truths. A classic collection of knits that boast an enviable menu of unique attributes, which create the John Smedley British quality.

For over 225 years John Smedley has brought its leading British knitwear expertise and versatile silhouettes to stylish men and women around the world producing expertly made, lightweight, hand finished garments that seamlessly fuse heritage and technology to make ultra fine knits from natural minerals.

In an increasingly consumer savvy world, consumers look for product benefits before they buy. John Smedley re-release four iconic styles with a limited edition garment label, unveiling the brands Twenty Truths. The truths read as a tantalising menu of luxurious qualities including washed in local spring waters and hand finished in Britain, both unique to the John Smedley mills in Derbyshire.

These timeless styles provide long lasting luxury in the signature John Smedley tailored fits. Men’s knits include the ‘Bobby’ v-neck and the ‘Hunter’ crew-neck styles. For women the ‘Futura’ v-neck and ‘Trinity’ crew-neck embody refined elegance and superior comfort. Immaculately finished by hand, all styles are available in an extensive colour palette for the winter season.

Aquascutum Suit for Ed Miliband

Aquascutum Suit for Ed Miliband

The Labour leader has married his long-term partner Justine Thornton in a low-key civil ceremony at the Langar Hall Hotel near Nottingham.

Ms Thornton wore an empire-line dress by Temperley while Mr Miliband wore a light grey Aquascutum suit.

Aquascutum – Understated British Elegance

The British weather is famed for its inclemency and unpredictability. Aquascutum invented the first waterproof cloth in 1853 and created the raincoat to protect the ladies and gentlemen of England from the elements and preserve their stylish appearance. This understated approach to solving a perennial fashion problem (how to look elegant in the hustle and bustle of city life) has continued for over 155 years.

Fine craftsmanship, luxurious tailoring and attention to detail have been applied to all matters satorial, creating a company with a quintessentially British point of view for whom the pursuit of style is a way of life.

Nigel Cabourn – Spring Summer ’11 collection

Last year Tenue de Nîmes was invited to New Castle by Nigel Cabourn. He wanted to share a sneak preview with us of his 2011 Spring Summer collection. He told us about his search for old designs, materials and fabrics. He shared some of his most bizarre finds with us and told us about his quest to put these finds in a contemporary, Nigel Cabourn perspective. This search for a perspective led him to this season’s theme: The Submarine. This is how Nigel created a naval season with a true Cabourn touch. We were honored to get such an outstanding introduction to the collection. In Tenue de Nîmes’ opinion this short interview shines an extra light on the extraordinary SS11 collection by Nigel Cabourn. Enjoy the show.

Karl Lagerfeld, Uniqlo and Condé Nast Japan aids Japanese Red Cross

Karl Lagerfeld, Uniqlo and Condé Nast Japan aids Japanese Red Cross

Uniqlo and Condé Nast Japan have partnered to create 10 T-shirts designed by Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman and Alber Elbaz, among others, with proceeds to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The T-shirts go on sale June 25 for $19.90 and the retailer expects to donate about $1.2 million to the organization and its ongoing efforts to alleviate the impact of the earthquake in Japan in March.

Nicole Kidman clothing

Other celebrity participants include Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Cyndi Lauper, Victoria Beckham and Orlando Bloom. The initiative is on top of the $12 million that Tadashi Yanai, chairman and chief executive officer of Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., has personally donated, and the $8.5 million in clothes and $3.6 million in funds the retailer donated immediately after the disaster.

via WWD

Karl Lagerfeld T-Shirt

HUGO Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

HUGO Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

The HUGO brand presents innovative looks for men and women with a fresh, upbeat lifestyle. The 2011 Spring/Summer Collection again delivers on this promise and blends impeccable classic tailoring with imaginative details and edgy styling.

The focus is on clean, distilled lines and shapes that mesh to create an original, directional style for men and women.

The collection draws its energy from the interplay between formal and informal. The HUGO design concept pivots on the mixing and merging of these opposites; here casual elements meet classic tailoring. As a result, the HUGO look can be styled to fit the mood and the moment: dressed up one day, dressed down the next. Urban glamour and sportswear cool are in flux and no longer fixed poles.

The HUGO Collection for Spring/Summer 2011 was inspired by nature but a strong urban vibe is palpable throughout.

The collection highlights include laid-back two-button suits in cotton, most spectacularly in the new dip-dye variation, and the unconstructed double-breaster in soft, elegant cotton. The creative connection between leisurewear and formalwear is most pronounced in a cool suitcoat with a zipper that transforms it into a stand-up collar jacket.

Jackets and shirts pair with cotton or jersey trousers or shorts, sometimes with a dropped drawstring waist. Washed cotton trench coats, nylon rainbreakers and short leather jackets feature as top outerwear choices.

The palette for Spring/Summer 2011 spans shades of beige, sand, khaki, brown and gray, complemented by black and white. The key color blue appears in manifold variations ranging from monochrome to gradients.

The men’s accessories include weekenders, work bags and shoppers in leather, suede and canvas. A selection of shoes and high-top sneakers perfect the look. The season’s highlight is a lace-up in suede or smooth leather that echoes the collection’s color gradient theme.

Sun Surf Hawaiian Shirts

Sun Surf Hawaiian Shirts

Hawaiian Shirts a la mode? If they are you can’t beat the original Sun Surf Hawaiian Shirts!

The Hawaiian aloha shirts from the 1930’s – 1950’s have become highly collectible, being correctly perceived by many as an indigenous form of art unique to America and the islands of Hawaii. With the great influx of U. S. service personnel in Hawaii headed to Pacific battlefields during the Second World War, interest in the Hawaiian shirt boomed as every sailor, marine or GI perceived these shirts as a catalyst for the good times associated with a weekend pass or liberty. After the war, the Hawaiian shirt continued to gain popularity from the exposure it received with returning servicemen, Major clothing manufacturers began producing Hawaiian-styled shirts in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower were forever seen sporting these shirts during relaxing moments at ball games, on vacation or while on golf outings. Hollywood icons and entertainers, such as: Elvis Presley, Arthur Godfrey, Bing Crosby, Lee Marvin and, of course, John Wayne, were also quick to identify with these styles. But it was From Here to Eternity, the magnificent 1954 academy award-winning film about pre-war army life at the Schofield Barracks near Pearl Harbor, that flung the Hawaiian shirt to the forefront of popularity. This film hosts a feast of magnificent vintage Hawaiian shirts, most of which are prominently worn by lead actors Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine. Unfortunately, the great demand for the shirts in the late 1950’s spawned mass production of the polyester shirts of the 1960’s, thus went the unique beauty, designs, style and quality of the original shirts from the first 30 years, hence the great scarcity, collectibility and demand for these vintage shirts today.

BOSS Green Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

BOSS Green Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

BOSS Green presents premium sportswear for men and women who pursue a relaxed, modern lifestyle and enjoy wearing casual outfits in their free time and on the golf course.

As his source of inspiration for Spring/Summer 2011, José Janga – BOSS Green Senior Head of Creative Management – envisioned a naval base on the Caribbean islands. The line’s looks feature detailing adapted from naval uniforms, spiced with tropical touches.

Flowers and stripes echo large and small throughout the summery BOSS Green Menswear. A tropical flower theme adorns a polo and Hawaiian shirts. Blue and white striped edging on hems, jacket sleeves and polo shirts recall the sailor’s traditional garb. Trousers come checked in seersucker or linen, or in casual cotton chino styles. They pair with striped polo, rugby and classic shirts in radiant sunshine colors, topped by easy blousons.

A woven straw Panama hat captures the Caribbean feel to round out the cool BOSS Green summer outfit.

Cropped jackets come in ultra-light materials and feature a micro-check look or stylish details – for instance, a silver hood. The outerwear highlight is a maxi-checked blouson in electric colors that is made of coated, yarn-dyed cotton.

A palette of peach and pink hues lends the collection a fresh, upbeat note. Navy and white are offset by accents in bright red and yellow along with muted shades of blue. As always, the bottom-line basics are classic black and gray.

The shoes and bags are tuned to the collection’s color story. Sneakers show off vibrant spring shades or checks; sports bags come in blue and white.

BOSS Green Menswear meets the needs of golf enthusiasts in its Pro Line – the technical segment specializing in performance materials. This season introduces new functional fabrics and features including UV protection, micro-ripstops and ultra-fine stretch piqués. The highlight pieces are a fully taped and rainproof jacket and the ultimate pro-golf trouser offering all the intelligent details any golfer could wish for.

Topher Grace and Matthew Morrison wear Calvin Klein

Topher Grace and Matthew Morrison wear Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today that Calvin Klein Collection wardrobed actors Topher Grace and Matthew Morrison for each of their events yesterday in New York City.

Mr. Grace attended the Museum of Modern Art’s screening of his new HBO film, Too Big to Fail, wearing a blue wool suit and white cotton shirt.

Mr. Morrison was on hand at the 2011 FOX Television upfronts and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation Songwriters Music Series in a grey wool suit and white cotton shirt.

Each of the actors’ clothing was from the men’s Spring 2011 Calvin Klein Collection, designed by Italo Zucchelli, the brands’ Men’s Creative Director.

Topher Grace and Matthew Morrison wear Calvin Klein

BOSS Orange Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

BOSS Orange Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

The BOSS Orange men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2011 sets off on a relaxed road trip through sunny Europe. The Eternal City of Rome, the Côte d’Azur in Southern France, and a mysterious treasure island mark the stops on this fashion tour.

Rome is best explored in cool jersey track pants and a biker jacket or comfortably soft, goat-leather shirts. The urban look is rounded out by dark-washed denim shirts worn over printed tees – with graphics inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s paintings and mosaic art – along with used-finish field jackets.

Rolled-up shorts in lightweight denim and cotton fabrics – coupled with casual checked shirts in pastel shades – are just perfect for a laid-back beach day on the Côte d’Azur. Micro-flower prints and breezy linen scarves underscore the Bohemian style.

Next on the itinerary is an imaginary place, far from the madding crowds: a mysterious treasure island with a magical mood of nostalgic wanderlust. A coated black lamb leather jacket with a detachable hood is worn with a batiked tee and cool, repaired-style jeans. Vintage-touch jerseys come overdyed with irregular spray effects or feature treasure-island and sunset prints in natural hues. Alongside a cotton jacket sporting a stonewashed denim finish, linen cardigans and long-sleeve tees with batik designs capture the island spirit.

The dominant palette in the 2011 Spring/Summer Collection ranges from naturals in white, beige, khaki and gray to light and dark blues. Highlight colors are rosé, turquoise and yellow.

Denim continues to play a key role: the fabrics are washed, dyed and sprayed to achieve a modern yet authentic vintage character.

Cap-toe derby lace-ups in earth-toned waxed calf join used-look weekenders and messenger bags to round out the casual statement on our exciting summer sojourn. And high-top sneakers in canvas and nubuk pair with canvas weekenders – the ideal team for a French Riviera holiday.

Grenson Shoes to Launch Women’s Line

Grenson to Launch Women's Line

Revered for its men’s brogues and boots, British footwear brand Grenson will debut a collection of women’s shoes for fall ’11.

“We’re known for our chunky English men’s shoes, and a lot of our retailers have asked if we could do this for women as well,” said Tim Little, owner and creative director of Grenson. “I’ve been a bit reluctant to do it for a while because I know it’s a lot of extra development and we’re very busy on the men’s [side], but people said these shoes would do very well if we did it in the right shapes and colors.”

While the style count is still being determined, the new collection takes key looks from the men’s Goodyear-welted range, grading down the patterns to fit women. Styles that have been developed include a cap-toe oxford, wingtip boots, a crepe-sole chukka and a Chelsea boot. Wholesale prices range from $134 to $170.

Grenson to Launch Women's Line

Grenson has only dabbled in women’s shoes in the past. In 2009, the brand collaborated with British designer Olivia Morris on a line of brogues, and it has an ongoing partnership with U.K. retailer Aubin & Wills for select styles.

But Little said he would like the women’s line to become a larger part of the business.

“If it grows and becomes successful and sits alongside the men’s, that would be wonderful for me,” he said. “But it’s such early days. I just hope that this newfound love of these types of shoes for women lasts. Five or six years ago, if a shoe didn’t have a 5-inch heel on it, it was difficult to sell. I really hope it comes into the mainstream a bit more.”

by Jocelyn Anderson

Grenson to Launch Women's Line

BOSS Black Menswear – Spring/Summer 2011

BOSS Black Menswear - Spring/Summer 2011

SUMMER SEASCAPE
The new BOSS Black Collection was created under the headline “Summer Seascape.” Inspired by the upbeat lifestyle of Sydney, it evokes the spirit of carefree days on the Australian coast. Light, summery silhouettes in airy fabrics dominate. The cuts are easy and relaxed, sending the message of effortless elegance that is the BOSS Black trademark.

“Back to the Roots” – BOSS Black ensembles are quintessentially masculine and suave; it’s all about achieving the consummate look enhanced by the right accessories. Slim, double-breasted two-button suits in exclusive cotton/silk blends ensure flawless style from head to toe. One of the season’s key statements is a two-button single-breaster in navy blue and white pinstripe, in perfect harmony with a light blue button-down shirt. Rounding out the BOSS Black range on the casual side is the “Ceane” jacket in rich lamb leather, designed to be worn with a pair of relaxed denims. The classic accouterments of the sophisticated man – tie pins, pocket squares, watches and eyewear – are all fine-tuned to the total look, and as such integral to every outfit.

Light blue, navy and white lead the way in the season’s palette along with beige, khaki and an array of sand hues. A fuchsia dinner jacket comes complete with the guarantee of a glamorous entrance. The fabrics are light and elegant, with a focus on luxurious wool/cashmere and silk blends.

Key in the accessories are navy blue penny loafers with a companion shopper in exquisite calfskin. A high-shine lace-up with an extended toe makes a strong statement in woven leather. The bags span styles from sumptuous leather workbags through to sporty weekenders.

Owen Wilson wears Calvin Klein at Cannes

Owen Wilson wears Calvin Klein at Cannes

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced that earlier today Calvin Klein Collection wardrobed Owen Wilson for the premiere of his latest film Midnight in Paris at the opening of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, as well as at the film’s photocall held prior to the screening at the Palais des Festivals.

Mr. Wilson wore a shale grey two-button notch lapel suit and blue shirt to the pre-screening photocall. At the film’s premiere, he wore a black two-button lapel tuxedo, white shirt and tie. All of Mr. Wilson’s clothing is from the men’s Spring 2011 Calvin Klein Collection, designed by Italo Zucchelli, the brands’ Men’s Creative Director.

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen, opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Lumière Theatre, in the presence of the Jury of Cannes presided by Robert De Niro.

Owen Wilson

George Clooney Clothing – Think not!

George Clooney Clothing - Think not!

George Clooney Won His Court Case Against That Fraudulent Clothing Line

It’s been less than a year since George Clooney appeared in Italian court to testify against the makers of GC Exclusive, a clothing line that was fraudulently advertised as being designed by the actor himself (in one instance by photoshopping Clooney’s head on some dude wearing long jean shorts, which, as Clooney explained, he never wears). Today, the three defendants were found guilty in a first-degree charge of fraudulently using Clooney’s name and likeness to sell their men’s and women’s clothing.

Vincenzo Cannalire, the managing director of GC Exclusive, was condemned to one year and 10 months in jail. The other two defendants, Vanja Goffi and Francesco Galdelli, were respectively sentenced to three years and 10 months and three years and six months of jail time. A legal source told Women’s Wear Daily that the trial “had a regular procedure.”

Original Article

3.1 Phillip Lim “Weavers” Men’s FW11 Collection

3.1 Phillip Lim “Weavers” Men’s FW11 Collection

bringing “madness” to menswear, phillip lim designs with personality and distinction. his highly individualistic pieces serve to redefine the classic new york style, giving it an imaginative sense of escapism. lim’s widespread recognition as an artistic talent in the fashion industry began with the launch of his popular woman’s line in the fall of 2005, which served to establish him as both a critical and commercial success. from there, he went on to create his own men’s collection and has since expanded his name to include a boutique on mercer street in new york, a children’s line, and even eyewear. recipient of the emerging designer prize from the council of fashion designers of america awards, phillip lim is sure to be a long time success in the fashion world.

Stella McCartney – Team GB by adidas

When adidas appointed leading fashion designer Stella McCartney as Creative Director for Team GB it was with the vision to produce an inspirational range of products that unites the nation. The collaboration brings together the sporting technology and innovation that only adidas can bring with the unique style and creative direction of Stella McCartney.

This limited edition lifestyle collection is inspired by Team GB athletes and by an array of Olympic Sports including Running, Sailing and Boxing. There is also a ‘Gold Story’ running through the collection with foil print appearing across tanks, tees, hoodies and accessories.

Stella McCartney also continues to design her own women’s performance range for adidas – adidas by Stella McCartney, a collaboration that is in its 5th year.

Stone Island_Drybags – An Interpretation

Stone Island_Drybags – An Interpretation.

We gave our Drybags – accessories we made with ORTLIEB, leader company in the production of technical bags for the outdoors – to NY based italian videomakers Lele Saveri and Giulia Maria Venturini. We asked them to go around Milan with our airtight PVC floating 100% waterproof ultra-resistant bags! Here is the video. Enjoy.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 2011 COSTUME INSTITUTE BENEFIT

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 2011 COSTUME INSTITUTE BENEFIT

BURBERRY DRESSES GUESTS AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 2011 COSTUME INSTITUTE BENEFIT

London, 2 May 2011 – Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, hosted a table at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2011 Costume Institute Benefit.

Burberry dressed the following guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2011 Costume Institute Benefit in New York.

JASON STATHAM
British Actor
Black 2-button grosgrain notch lapel tuxedo, white pannelled bib evening shirt, black grosgrain bow-tie and black patent leather officer shoes all by Burberry.

RYAN SEACREST
TV and Radio Host
Black 2-button satin notch lapel tuxedo, black satin bow-tie and white pleated evening shirt all by Burberry.

JULIANNE HOUGH
Actress
Dark teal silk satin gill-pleated gown, navy alligator clutch, and black leather studded sandals all by Burberry.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELEY
British Actress and Model
Custom rose silk gown, nude python clutch and shoes all by Burberry.

MARIO TESTINO
Burberry Ad Campaign Photographer
Navy notch satin lapel tuxedo, white pannelled pleated bib evening shirt, cummerbund and black satin bowtie all by Burberry.

JOURDAN DUNN
British Model
Custom gold silk gown, black leather wrap belt, black alligator clutch and black python shoes all by Burberry.

CARA DELEVINGNE
British Model
Custom gunmetal silk gown with silver beaded detail, navy alligator clutch and black python shoes all by Burberry.

DOUGLAS BOOTH
British Actor
Ink 1-button black grosgrain notch lapel tuxedo, white bib shirt, black grosgrain bow-tie and black patent dress shoes all by Burberry.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in New York and is a museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.

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FYE Shoes – Fashionable, Affordable, Green & Responsible Footwear from France

FYE Shoes - Fashionable, Affordable, Green & Responsible Footwear from France

To reduce transportation emissions and cost, the recycled cardboard shoe box has been reduced to its minimum amount of material and size. However, according to Ana Villagorda the shoes are made in Vietnam, which adds quite a milage to the boxes. This is I believe for the same reasons that Worn Again produces in China; good quality at a low price. To make sure the production is ethical, 5% of every shoe sold goes to projects that work on improving working conditions in developing countries. Finally, to close the loop, FYE encourages the recycling of their shoes. All through France you can drop your old shoes of at any Le Relais recycling point. Those shoes are then turned into new soles again.

CO2 Offsetting

FYE undertook a carbon footprint study and found out that a pair of FYE shoes is of 2800 g eq. CO2 and 319 g CO2 eq / 100 g UVC. Read the full study here. To offset this CO2, the company is taking part in UN’s “One Billion Trees” campaign; a pair of FYE purchased = 1 tree planted.

Of course these shoes are by no means perfect… I doubt that we can talk about upcycling in this case. Different materials, technical and biological, glued and melted together makes upcycling impossible, in case the old shoes actually make it back to the factory, which with the current recycling system in place, is highly unlikely and inefficient. It would also be nice to achieve a more local production, but compared to other footwear on the market, I guess these guys are doing alright and are definitely walking into the right direction.

John Bartlett for the Bon-Ton, Autumn 2011

John Bartlett for the Bon-Ton, Autumn 2011

Ohio-bred designer John Bartlett is considered one of the token nice guys of men’s wear. His collections, like the designer himself, add unexpected signs of cheer to the American sportswear landscape. Never without a smile (or a plaid shirt), Bartlett was on-hand this week at New York’s Ace Hotel to present his latest collaboration with regional department store the Bon-Ton, which hits stores this fall. Like his eponymous collection and his collaboration with Claiborne, the new line combines elements of Ivy League pedigree with the masculine influences of military and working uniforms. Argyle and other collegiate pieces were shown paired with lumberjack plaid and accent colors like safety orange and purple. Highlights included the textural and richly colored outerwear and the fitted yet relaxed tailoring — all echoing Bartlett’s celebrated, rugged take on the man’s everyday wardrobe.

by Nic Screws

Paul Smith exposes Counterfeit Clothing

Paul Smith exposes Counterfeit Clothing

Following the endless debates and articles on Kitmeout over the past decade concerning counterfeit clothing:

http://blog.kitmeout.com/blog/2006/02/14/louis-vuitton-shoes-louis-vuitton-bag-louis-vuitton-fakes/

http://forum.kitmeout.com/talk-fashion/1036-parallel-imports.html

Paul Smith provides the following guidance:

Counterfeiting is big business. Paul Smith is a registered trademark of Paul Smith Group Holdings Limited in many countries of the world. Use of that trade mark without consent is likely to constitute infringement. Paul Smith Group Holdings Limited will take all necessary steps to protect its trade mark rights.

Counterfeiting is an enormous problem and we are doing all we can to help contain it. Many people do not understand the global ramifications of counterfeiting, or what they are really buying when purchasing counterfeit goods. The impact on the economy is tremendous.

The manufactures of counterfeit goods do not pay their employees, fair wages or benefits, have poor working conditions and some even use child labour.

Counterfeiters do not pay taxes meaning less money for schools and hospitals etc. They are hardened criminals, exploiting consumers, businesses both large and small and children working in sweat shops in third world countries.

When you purchase a fake product, you become part of the cycle of counterfeiting and your money directly supports these things.

Paul Smith is extremely dedicated to helping fight the increasing volumes of counterfeit goods, we have a legal team who monitor counterfeit goods and when possible, counterfeiters will have legal action taken against them.