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Sweat Rags

By Tom Ran

Published: July 16, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Mister Freedom original “Swallow Series” bandanas

Photo: Mister Freedom

Bandanas, pocket squares, handkerchiefs, call them what you will, but for this weekend, they’ll be sweat rags to us. The heat wave continues through NY and it looks like LA is getting a dose of it as well. We’ve rounded up a few stylish options to choose from to keep those un-stylish droplets off your forehead.

Mister Freedom original “Swallow Series” bandanas

Mister Freedom for J.Crew bandana

Whiskey Bandana by CXXVI

The Hill-Side Selvedge Chambray Small Handkerchief

Simonnot Godard madras pocket square

Be sure to visit Discharge Style’s collection of handkerchiefs, bandanas, pocket squares, and sweat rags.

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Woolrich Woolen Mills SS 2011

By Tom Ran

Published: June 21, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Woolrich Woolen Mills SS 2011 from Daiki Suzuki

Photo: Courtesy of Woolrich Woolen Mills

We couldn’t resist making one more post before we took off. Here’s a quick look at Daiki Suzuki’s collection for Woolrich Woolen Mills’s Spring/Summer 2011. It was shown this morning in Milan and will mark the final season Suzuki designs for the label. In Suzuki’s departure, Mark McNairy has been brought in to take over.

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Gant Rugger

By Dennis Payongayong

Published: April 30, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Christopher Bastin, creative director of Gant Rugger

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a modest block down Bleecker, Gant’s Rugger storefront displays a vintage styled bicycle, a casual stack of button-down shirts, and a well-worn Craftsman toolbox. A tray filled with a tailor’s accoutrements of thread, fabric, and scissors lay about the window. Out front, with its small cafe table and chairs, it’s easy to say that the shop is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. In its recent resuscitation, the line has been impressive – vintage styles revived through smarter fits, improved fabrics, and modern details. We jumped at the chance for a preview of the new space and to chat with Rugger’s head designer and sometime bicycle producer, Christopher Bastin. See more photos after the jump.

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Florsheim by Duckie Brown F/W 2010 Preview

By Dennis Payongayong

Published: March 5, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Left: The Brogue Boot in Dark Green Cordovan and Navy Cordovan, Right: The Brogue in Dark Cherry Cordovan and Navy Cordovan

Photo: Courtesy of Florsheim by Duckie Brown

The relationship between heritage and contemporary brands can be a delicate affair. A pairing too unconventional can spell disaster. Equal parts respect and understanding, however, can yield extraordinary results. Now in its third season, the partnership between Florsheim and Duckie Brown continues with their Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Set for an August release, the line stays true to what Duckie Brown do best – giving Florsheim’s classic silhouettes a quirky, updated twist.

Our preview of this season’s 10 styles is nothing short of what makes this collaboration a success. Borrowing mostly from the Florsheim archive, Daniel Silver and Steven Cox of Duckie Brown have produced exceptionally unique designs ranging from the popular monochromatic Brogue and Suede Loafer to newer designs like the cap toed Straight Tip and Idler – a calf suede chukka boot with crepe soles. Color remains a hallmark of the line as use of Cherry Red and Electric Blue punctuate the richer, deeper Browns, Dark Green, and Navy. In the tradition of fine craftmanship, milled leathers, genuine Horween Cordovan, and Goodyear welt construction are employed. Additionally, this collection marks their first use of wooden soles – an effective complement to the slimmer cut silhouettes. Standouts of the collection, still, are the boots – the Brogue, Tall Brogue, and Welder Brogue strike the perfect chord with us.

More photos after the jump.

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Nick Knight - New York Fashion Week

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Alexander Wang and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

Photo: Alexander Wang and Rodarte

The venerable fashion photographer, Nick Knight, has entrenched himself into New York Fashion Week by taking part in three shows. First in line was a film created for Hexa by Kuho, simultaneously played during the presentation. We’re still waiting to see if the film will be released online. The other two will employ Knight’s, SHOWstudio’s technology. Alexander Wang’s and Rodarte’s shows will both be streaming live through the website. Alexander Wang’s airs on Saturday February 13 at 5pm while Rodarte’s airs on February 16 at 12 noon.

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Stanley & Sons

By Tom Ran

Published: February 9, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Stanley & Sons

Photo: Stanley & Sons

Because a good thing needs to be mentioned twice or maybe three times. Spotted over at Reference Library and How To Change a Flat, is Stanley & Sons, an apron and bag company based out of Brooklyn. The founder, Chris Grodzki followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and extended the family trade by launching the company in 2008 producing everyone of its products by hand. Though familiar fabrics are used like wax and unwaxed canvas along with recycled materials, there’s still a distinction to the line considering the limit in quantity. It’s not mass produced. Stanley & Sons is currently only available in three locations, Luddite, Eleven, and Save Khaki United but can also be ordered through their website.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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