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Svbscription

By Tom Ran

Published: October 9, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Svbscription edition two was sent out last Friday.

Photo: Svbscription

Though subscription based services are nothing new, we were recently introduced to something that we found intriguing. Svbscription, a parcel service for men launched earlier this year, brings a selection of premium goods to the doorsteps of its customers. A package is sent out every quarter based on themes like travel and study. Each parcel is stylishly packaged in a miniature crate containing items essential for that theme. Past brands included Steven Alan, Malin + Goetz, Want Les Essential, Le Labo, Loden Dager, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and others. The contents in each package are kept a secret until it is delivered. The next edition is expected to ship in December with the theme of leisure.

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Daiki Suzuki

By Tom Ran

Published: October 8, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Daiki Suzuki of Engineered Garments

Photo: Rose Callahan

It seems like everyone has been talking about fall since August but with the dramatic shift in temperature, the season has truly arrived. For our next What’s In Store we visit Daiki Suzuki at his studio and his shop, Nepenthes, in the Garment District. Fall / winter collections are a particular interest to us, mainly because of the outerwear and for Suzuki’s Engineered Garments, the cold weather is the best season to see just how incredible the label can be. Their outerwear stands second to none in the category, balancing a refined aesthetic with rugged materials that is distinctively their own. EG continues to set the standard for workwear while venturing into experimental designs. Have a look at what’s in store for Daiki Suzuki.

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Eunice Lee

By Tom Ran

Published: September 24, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Eunice Lee

Photo: Rose Callahan

Being in business for twelve years may not be a long time compared to some brands but for an independent label, it’s proven resilience. Eunice Lee launched her line, UNIS, in 2000, maturing through the years with her classic designs. In a crowded industry dominated by men, Lee stands apart in her perspective and style. After the GQ’s Menswear Designer of the Year nomination in 2010 her success reached new heights and expansion was inevitable. Last fall saw the opening of her first LA shop on La Brea and this summer saw the renovation of her long standing Nolita outpost. Both were designed by Jason Gregory, the founder of Makr Carry Goods. Lee splits her time between LA and NY these days, we were fortunate enough to pull her from her away from her day to day for a chat in our next installment of What’s In Store?

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Ivy Style at FIT

By Tom Ran

Published: September 18, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Ivy Style at F.I.T. Left: Chipp, madras jacket Center: Navy blazer from J. Press Right: Blue blazer with 1916 Yale insignia

Photo: Fashion Institute of Technology

The origins of the Ivy look has been about exclusivity and elitism. But just like the alumni that left the sacred walls of these private institutions and ventured into the world, so did their style. Through the years the look has become pervasive. It’s been reinterpreted and co-opted by labels that saw a need for the aesthetic to thrive beyond the elite universities. A new exhibition at F.I.T. explores the Ivy Style by showcasing the uniforms that were so synonymous with the look. From a grassy quad and dorm to a classroom and library, Ivy Style arranges the exhibition in settings with the appropriate attire. How fitting and ironic that the show is on view at a gallery of a school, a public school. Ivy Style is now on view till January 5, 2013.

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Todd Snyder

By Tom Ran

Published: September 17, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Todd Snyder at his office.

Photo: Rose Callahan

Fashion Week came to a close last Thursday capping off a crazed week of runway shows and presentations. One show that we had a chance to visit was Todd Snyder’s Spring / Summer 2013 presentation, where he continued his military influence but mixed it up with prep school styling. Though spring was on everyone’s mind, fall wasn’t that far behind. We decided to launch our What’s In Store series for the season with Todd Snyder to talk a little bit about his line, origins and inspiration. Read it now.

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Bench & Loom

By Tom Ran

Published: June 22, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Robert Capa on assignment in Spain, using a Filmo 16mm movie camera.

Photo: Gerda Taro

We look to actors, writers, photographers and athletes from years past as style icons. Names like Steve McQueen and Earnest Hemingway are on the top of many lists. They were men that not only portrayed a rugged life but lived it. But there are others like Robert Capa and Giacomo Agostini that share in their lifestyle that are not part of the same conversation. Bench & Loom, a mens focused clothier, is here to shine light on those guys as well. They are an online retailer first and foremost carrying brands like Mister Freedom, Garbstore, Brooks of England, and Sugar Cane Light to name a few, but their approach is slightly different. Bench & Loom brought together aspects of a physical brick and mortar and combined it with a strong editorial presence. The Specialty Shop operates similar to a popup shop, featuring items for a period of time. While the Men of Character, Worshops, and their Livewell blog gives insight into the brands they carry as well as cultivating a rugged yet stylish lifestyle. Last fall they hosted a survey and asked their customers what they would like to see reproduced in a program they called The Phoenix Project. Up for discussion was a denim jacket, a field jacket worn by director George Stevens, and a ranch coat worn by James Dean. Needless to say, the ranch coat won by a overwhelming majority of votes. Bench & Loom are now working with Japanese label Stevenson Overall Co. to reproduce the coat. Only 30 of Jett Rink’s coat will be produced and can be pre-ordered now. Be sure to visit their blog where they’ve compiled a listing of off the travel guide activities in their Unique Events Calendar.

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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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