Thursday, June 25, 2009

Whoa! That's just not right!

Jon Gosselin -- Douchey Clothes Make the Man
Posted Jun 25th 2009 11:10AM by TMZ Staff

Christian Audigier, inventor of every bedazzled d-bag's official uniform, has found a perfect model for his Ed Hardy clothing line -- soon-to-be-divorced Jon Gosselin.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Plaids, Madras and Ginghams are good for you.


HTC today finally confirmed details of its much-rumored, heavily leaked new Android phone, the Hero, and the highlights are plentiful: a new Android interface, called Sense, which features Flash capability (a first), a fingerprint-free 3.2-inch screen and Teflon body coating, a 5 MP camera, A-GPS, a compass, and a gravity sensor. The Hero's sleek ergo design (complete with curved "chin" at the bottom), combined with the interface, is built on a less-is-more philosophy—less a sea of apps, more specific (and personalized) tools and information at your disposal. Of course, you knew this one was coming: The bad news is that it's Europe-only as of now (or really, as of next month); it hits our shores this fall.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shades of Greige

New Shades of Greige Styles:

SoG. Era Military Shirt. Blue Gingham. S-XL $88

SoG. Generations S/S Shirt. Red Gingham. S-XL $88

SoG. Decades OverShirt. Zipper Closure. Tartan Plaid. S-XL. $92

These SoG styles will do just fine as we wait for our new Fall 2009 Shipments to start arriving. Enjoy!!

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Gitman Bros Vintage

New Gitman Bros. Vintage Re-Stock and 3 NEW STYLES!!!

Gitman Bros. Vintage. Blue Mini Plaid.
Sizes: 15,15.5,16 $121. Made in USA

Gitman Bros. Vintage. Pink/Whit Stripe.
Sizes: 15,15.5,16. $121. Made in USA

Gitman Bros. Vintage. Blue/White Stripe.
Sizes: 15,15.5,16. $121. Made in USA

Now we all know how fast these sell!! These pictures were taken right out of the box. E-mail us to order before there up on the site.

Also recieved some re-stock of the most popular s/s plaids from Gitman.
Sizes have been updated on the site.


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New York Times Get's It!! The Americana look is HUGE!!

The All-American Back From Japan

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Published: June 17, 2009

AS you have surely noticed, all- American preppy style has come back for another goround. There is madras everything, button-downs everywhere. Nantucket reds — washed-out pink pants — are the new khakis; Sperry Top-Siders are more common on roof decks than top decks; and the Polo pony and the Lacoste crocodile are now but two of the critters in a zoo of polo shirt insignia.
Lately the trend has taken on a new dimension, via the Internet, with a resurgence of interest in once obscure American brands. Alongside the familiar L. L. Bean duck boots, Brooks Brothers shirts and Ray-Ban Wayfarers, there are Filson duffel bags, Gokey boots, Alden dress shoes, Gitman oxford shirts, Quoddy Trail moccasins, Wm. J. Mills canvas totes — to name but a few. Moribund brands like Southwick and Woolrich are being revived with new designs. And the old-school look has been furthered by popular American fashion labels — small houses like Thom Browne, Band of Outsiders and Benjamin Bixby along with megabrands like J. Crew and Ralph Lauren.

As fashion moments go, this is as all-American as it gets, right?

Actually, no. What makes today’s prepidemic so fascinating is how it is, surprisingly enough, so Japanese. The look has its roots in the United States, to be sure. But the spirit, rigor and execution of today’s prep moment is as Japanese as Sony. One need only flip through the intriguing Japanese book “Take Ivy,” a collection of photographs taken in 1965 by Teruyoshi Hayashida on Eastern college campuses, to get the drift.

“Take Ivy” has always been extremely rare in the United States, a treasure of fashion insiders that can fetch more than $1,000 on eBay and in vintage-book stores. But scanned images from the book have been turning up online in recent months. Ricocheting around the network of sartorially obsessed Web sites and blogs (like and thetrad, it has aroused renewed interest for its apparent prescience of preppy style. (In the United States, the word preppy came into popular use only in 1970, thanks to the best-selling book and top-grossing movie “Love Story”; and the full flowering of preppy style would not arrive until 1980 with the best-selling “Official Preppy Handbook.”)

But “Take Ivy” was not prescient; it was totally timely, having been commissioned by Kensuke Ishizu, who was the founder of Van Jacket, an Ivy Leagueobsessed clothing line that was a sensation among Japanese teenagers and young men in the early 1960s. Mr. Ishizu was a kind of Ralph Lauren avant la lettre.
“You could have called it a Van look,” recalled Daiki Suzuki, the designer and founder of Engineered Garments (channeling vintage workwear) and the designer of the revamped Woolrich Woolen Mills line (channeling 1950s New England). He remembers “Take Ivy” from his childhood in Japan and how the Ivy look, as it is generally called there, became basic in the ’70s and ’80s, as the craze for American things like Levi’s and Red Wing boots accelerated. In 1989, Mr. Suzuki moved to the United States to work for a large Japanese store scouting for new American designers and obscure brands to import, like White’s Boots from Washington, Russell Moccasin from Wisconsin and Duluth Pack backpacks from Minnesota.

“It’s funny — this authentic Americana, people in the States didn’t care about it at all,” Mr. Suzuki said. “But I would take it back, and everybody would say, ‘Wow, this is really great, what is this?’ Now it’s different. People here like it now.”

HE would know. In 1999, once the Internet began eroding the specialness of his small “Made in the USA” finds, he founded Engineered Garments with the idea of updating vintage American pieces for modern tastes, and for five years he sold the line only in Japan. In the last couple of years Americans have come around, and now the line is a hot seller at Barneys New York.

As curious as this American-export style of business sounds, it is not unusual. Post Overalls, a Japanese- owned line based (and made) in America since 1993, started selling here only this spring. J. Press, the venerable Ivy League clothier founded in New Haven in 1902 and bought by the Japanese fashion giant Kashiyama in 1986, has four modest stores in this country — in Cambridge, Mass.; New Haven; New York; and Washington — but sells roughly six times as much as American made J. Press merchandise in Japan at department stores like Isetan.
The Japanese penchant for Americana is not merely a story of economics; it is a matter of style. It has not been unusual for Japanese men to wear the Ivy look in head-to-toe extremes once unthinkable here — say, a blazer, tie, plaid shorts and knee socks. But given the zeal for American designers like Thom Browne and Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders, who tinker with old-fashioned Americana (and whose lines are made in the United States and are very popular in Japan), extremism is finally becoming fashionable here. A column in this month’s GQ by a to-the-boatshoe- born Cape Codder even inveighs against the trend, labeling it a case of arrivistes going overboard. But whose Ivy look has the more valid claim?

Mr. Suzuki remembers the first time he met Mr. Browne, when they were both starting their lines. “He was wearing a gray suit, button-down shirt, tie, cashmere cardigan and wingtips,” he recalled. “I remember thinking, ‘I’ve never seen an American dress in such Japanese style.’” Mr. Browne is flattered. “It’s amazing,” he said. “The Japanese get the whole perfect American thing better than Americans. They understand that it’s an identifiable style around the world, this American look. We think we appreciate it, but we really don’t, not like they do.”

But that’s changing. Not long ago, men scoffed at dress shorts, let alone wore them to work. Now, they are a summer norm, along with seersucker suits, ribbon belts and horn-rimmed glasses. While some men still prefer it low-key — plain boat shoes, a faded Lacoste shirt with jeans or a khaki suit with a madras tie — even full-on Japanese prep — blue blazer, button-down, bermudas, loafers — can look good if you have the attitude to carry it off.

As fascinating and confusing as this cross-pollination is, the story of ostensible outsiders borrowing from and bettering the holy tartan has an august history. Brooks Brothers, the country’s oldest operating men’s clothier, and the venerable Ray-Ban brand are owned by the Italian Del Vecchio family. Erich Segal, the author of “Love Story,” and Lisa Birnbach, who put together “The Official Preppy Handbook,” are Jewish, as is Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders (who this week won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for men’s wear, in a tie) and, of course, the look’s most famous exponent, Ralph Lauren. And, by the way, those two most prep fabrics, gingham and seersucker, came to the United States, via Britain, from India.

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Gift Ideas: Father's day

Here's some helpful tips to make your Dad the coolest Dad on the block.
(and maybe a little something for yourself!)

Gitman Bros. Vintage Oxford in Blue. Made in the USA $132

Band of Outsiders Silk Tie. Hand made in the USA. $125

A.P.C. New Standard $155

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Read about our friends at Apolis!

The Look & Lore | Apolis Activism

The gents from the Los Angeles based brand Apolis Activism and I got together during my recent trip to the west coast to shoot the shit, drink German beer and hang out at their studio. Much has been said about Apolis in the press as of late, with the company garnering much praise for their collaborations with Filson, and more recently with vintage boardshorts maker Kanvas by Katin.

Walking into the company’s loft like offices (complete with bunk beds, kitchen and a bathtub full of surf boards) you almost start to feel jealous that you haven’t been invited to hang out sooner. The brothers Raan, Stenn and Shea (not the one pictured below, that is the other Shea) Parton were drawn to the industrial style office space in downtown LA’s “arts district” because of the fact that it is live / work facility. This unique set-up enabled the guys to keep the overhead relatively low while they worked on developing the burgeoning company.

The gentlemen at Apolis Activism represent California well in terms of what their brand has been able to accomplish thus far in terms of the line’s commercial success and the social endeavors put forward. It is refreshing to see a stylish, young and driven group of people trying to make a business succeed and work to help the world at the same time. Respect is due to these guys for doing something that rarely happens anymore — talking the talk and walking the walk.

Our new Apolis Activism starts arriving in July including the coveted FilsonxApolis collab taking pre-orders! and In-Store.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Dress Smart: Summer 2009

Trend Report:

Mister Mort Trend Report | Rolled Up Trousers

If you live in New York, you had better watch out. Blogger and man about town Mr. Mordechai Rubinstein has signed on as ACL’s chief trend correspondent, shit, he’s the chief correspondent period. His first report is something that has been on the radar for some time, but the practice of rolling up one’s trousers is still going strong with the fashion crowd. Mister Mort’s quirky sensibilities and great eye capture the style out in the wild. Note the first gent pictured, that’s’s Josh Peskowitz — who’s desk was profiled way back when. Mister Mort’s trend report after the jump.


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Sunday, June 14, 2009

An Interview with A.P.C.

Originally published on by Eugene Kan

Have there been any particular cities or regions in the world beyond the normal associations such as Tokyo and Paris which have caught your interest on a fashion level?

Yes, probably Northern European cities, Copenhagen.

Do you think it comes down to their culture?

Yes, that is a good point. Maybe it comes down to their capacity of accepting and they have a good educational system. From the very beginning they are educated in nice buildings. There is something about harmony that make them look well. There isn’t such a great reliance on brands when it comes to fashion.

What are your current thoughts on the current popularity of American contemporary menswear brands?

There are quite a few good things to come from this. Thom Browne is doing a good job in shaping and proportions. Although in the US, they have too many problems with menswear, the American body is just impossible. It’s impossible to have a huge man look elegant, that’s why in Asia they’re usually more handsome because the proportions are better. In America, they are obsessed in sports. Sometimes you go to Los Angeles, big chest and broad shoulders with skinny legs. So I think that’s a problem in menswear. Second problem is Thom Browne and Tom Ford pricing is too expensive.

How do you feel about the statement about A.P.C. regarding “we make noise not clothes”?

It’s true but it’s not true. If you stop making news, you’re “dead”. Sometimes you need to make some news, under the radar noise. Not too loud but you do have to make some noise. It’s very hard to do and sometimes you need to be both within and outside fashion.

We’ve seen a steady move towards fast, accessible fashion such as H&M, Zara and Uniqlo among others, what are your thoughts on that and what effect does it have on a brand like A.P.C.?

It has no effect on A.P.C.. I respect those people cause they have a great sense of logistics and production. But sometimes I hate them because the quality they use is very poor and it is disrespectful to the masses. Sometimes you put something on from them and you stink cause the fiber they use makes you smell “wrong”. While there’s no denying they copy people for their looks, but the problem is they copy too quickly. Patterns aren’t well done and the cuts aren’t good. Their communications relative to their money should hire better photographers and art directors. They have a great capacity for product too bad their efforts are wasted on poor quality offerings. I really mean that but I have a huge respect for them, it’s like running a country what they do. But there’s a lack of thinking.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

New J Brands and Paige

Just in time for summer...J Brand and Paige
This has been a very interesting season for women's denim. With the questionable economy looming down upon us at every turn, women have eagerly pursued things that are "special". Take the "BoyFriend" Jean for example, we cannot keep these in stock from any of our vendors: Current/Elliot, AG, ACNE, J Brand and of course Paige

The other huge trend for this Spring has been the "destruction" look. Choose from Skinnies, Straights, Boyfriends and yes even BootCuts...women cannot get enough of them and we cannot carry enough of them

Almost every week we're getting new shipments just to keep up with the demand so keep in touch...subscribe to this blog, become a fan on facebook or follow us on twitter.

Is the bootcut dead??

Paige Jimmy Jimmy Boyfriend Faith Destruction Wash 25-30 $189

J Brand 12" Pencil in Zombie 25-30 $218

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

J Brand Skinny Re-Stock

This jean has been one of our best selling jeans for years and just doesn't seem to go away. We think it's the timeless wash and the classic fit of this jean that started the whole skinny jean revolution 4 years ago! 25-30 $158

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