By Tom Ran

Published: January 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Zady is having their first sample sale on Friday January 24th.

Photo: Zady

We first wrote about Zady back in August right before their launch. Since then they’ve been the destination for anyone who is mindful of where their products are made and sourced. Their site is stock full of information, stories, and editorial features to support their mission. Beginning today, Zady is having their first ever sample sale. Marshall Artist, Gerald and Stewart, Gloverall, Ecoalf, La Paz, Rogue Territory, Armor Lux and Industry of all Nations will be a few of the labels you’ll find at 40-60% off. The sample sale goes from 11am to 3pm today and tomorrow from 11am to 4pm at 122 West 26th St. 5th fl, NYC. If you’re in the city stop by and see what’s in stock.

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Spiewak FW 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: January 8, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Spiewak's Tactical Parka from their FW 2014 collection

Photo: Spiewak

It’s 14 degrees outside and the Northeast is still feeling the icy sting from the polar vortex. So could Spiewak have timed it better to unveil its relaunch today? I think not. More than a century ago Isaac Spiewak founded his brand by making outwear for Brooklyn dockworkers. Throughout the twentieth century Spiewak produced uniforms and coats for the army, navy, NYPD, and even subway conductors. Their outerwear eventually made its way to the public. Spiewak continues this tradition while updating its line today as it presents its Fall/Winter 2014 collection at Pitti Uomo. Maurizio Donadi, formerly of Levi’s XX, has taken over as the creative director and presents a tighter and more stylish collection than previous years. Expect more of an expansion from its military influence, fitted cuts, waxed fabrics, and sleeves that aren’t made for giants.

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Fairends at Unis

By Tom Ran

Published: December 19, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Fairends pop up at Unis

Photo: Fairends

Fairends started off several years ago as an accessories brand with a small collection of caps and home grown goods. With each passing season, they’ve grown their presence slowly and methodically. For their latest collection, Fairends expanded into a full line of clothing, bags, caps, and other goods. They’ve co-labeled a set of bags with Drifter, most known for producing their products from parachute nylon, and shirts and pants with San Francisco based Taylor Stitch. Their signature caps have increased to a whopping 26 styles. Though based in Montana, they’ve managed to pop up in NYC. For the holiday season they’ve set up shop inside Unis offering much of the line as well as a few surprises.

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John Moore of M.Nii

By Tom Ran

Published: December 16, 2013 under Fashion & Style

John Moore

Photo: Jay Carroll

John Moore wakes up before you do and goes to bed after you do. He’s a creative with a vision to execute multiple projects concurrently and balances it by spending time with his family. Moore, is the owner of Pencil on Paper Studio, an agency that specializes in fashion and retails concepts. Last year he and a partner revitalized an obscure but revered label called M.Nii. The beloved brand was an important fixture in surf culture during the 1950s and 1960s attracting legendary surfers like Greg Noll. It was also a tailor for locals and visitors alike with JFK, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra stopping through. Even with its following, M.Nii disappeared in 1968. Now in its second year Moore is building from what M.Nii set in place forty years ago by capturing the spirit that made it successful in the first place. We speak with John Moore to learn about M.Nii’s history and where he plans to take it.

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The Hill-Side Made-to-Order / Gitman Brothers Vintage

By Tom Ran

Published: December 5, 2013 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side Made-to-Order with Gitman Vintage

Photo: The Hill-Side

As part of this weekend’s Pop Up Flea, The Hill-Side has teamed up with Gitman Brothers Vintage to introduce a “Made-to-Order” shirt program. Customers will have the option to select fabrics from past Hill-Side seasons, decide whether they want a long or short sleeve shirt and an option to choose from four different collars. Orders will be taken at the pop up and will be made to fit like all other Gitman Brothers Vintage shirts. They’ll be manufactured at their Pennsylvania factory and delivered to your address within five weeks. Prices for the shirts range from $185-$225.

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Pop Up Flea 2013

By Tom Ran

Published: December 4, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Pop Up Flea New York

Photo: A Continuous Goldberg

Like death and taxes, the Pop Up Flea is a constant. Now in its fifth year, the temporary mens market of independent and established brands have once again descended on Soho. The once scrappy pop up is now an established event that we look forward to every year. This weekend they’ll be taking over a 50,000 square feet space that will house over 50 vendors. Familiar favorites like Billykirk, Oak Street Bootmakers, The Hill-Side and J.P. Williams are returning with new additions that include Harry’s, Shinola, Baxter of California, and Freemans Sporting Club. The Pop Up Flea is located at 82 Mercer Street and starts Friday from 3-8pm, 11-7 on Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. #gethandsome

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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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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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