Flash sale site Gilt Groupe has launched its first full-priced menswear ecommerce site, Park & Bond to cater to men who hate to shop. Actually, it’s for men who hate to go shopping and spend time rifling through racks and stacks at the mall. Think of it as an oldschool department store with the one person who will tell you what is hot and worth the money. We also like the nifty advice section in which you learn how to achieve the perfect tie dimple. Why we like Park & Bond: a strategic cultivation of mens denim brands from tried and true A.P.C., Diesel and AG Jeans to more indie denim labels like Naked & Famous, Nudie and Simon Spurr. Expect the brands to change with the seasons, but we’re quite okay with the current jeans offerings.
Go to Park & Bond online for more information.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: A.P.C., AG Jeans, Diesel, Gilt Groupe, J Brand, Junya Watanabe, McQ, menswear, Naked & Famous, Nudie Jeans, online shopping, Park & Bond, Park and Bond, Simon Spurr
Junya Watanabe’s MAN collection has some amazing pieces for this season. In addition, he has a gorgeous jean out from his brilliant ongoing collaboration with Levi’s called the Printed Jean available now at TR??S BIEN SHOP.
Let’s be honest, so many designers have done collaborations with Levi’s, but in my opinion, Watanabe outshines the rest. If you are willing to drop a cool $762 for a pair of jeans, I would go for these over the “inspired by” replica of Levi’s vintage 501’s that Evisu is coming out with.
Junya Watanabe X Levi’s – Printed Jeans, $762.00
Printed denim jeans from Junya Watanabe x Levi’s. These lightweight thin denim jeans have a low rise, drop crotch, and relaxed fit. The back of the pants is a standard pair of Levi’s 501 but the front is made from a super soft, thin cotton fabric printed on the front with the trompe d’oeil image of a pair of distressed jeans. The entire pants is lined with a striped oxford cotton that shows when you roll up. They feature contrast white stitching, belt loops, streamlined five pockets, and a zip fly. Comes in Small, Medium and Large. Made in Japan.
Junya Watanabe MAN – Gingham Checked Shirt, $452.00
Straight fitted shirt from Junya Watanabe in an amazingly soft gingham checked cotton. White contrast collar and cuffs and rounded hem. The buttons are slightly larger than a standard button for a more special look. Made in Japan.
Junya Watanabe X Tricker’s – Semi Brogue, $650.00 (picture with the Printed Jeans)
This is not the first time Watanabe San teams up with UK shoe masters Tricker’s but that does not matter at all. The collaboration keeps getting better and better for every season. Here’s a super chunky half brogue in soft calf leather and red leather lining. Goodyear commando sole and metal eyelets. Very limited numbers on this one. Delivers with dust bag and a can of Tricker’s shoe polish.
Junya Watanabe MAN – Waistcoat, $791.00
Looks like denim but is actually made in all wool. Tight fit and pockets on the outside. Flip it around and wear it with the red and white gingham on the outside. Made in Japan.
All available at TR??S BIEN SHOP
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Junya Watanabe, Levi's, TRÃˆS BIEN SHOP
Seems like one of the many men’s fashion trends to be are leaning towards a heavy influence from the depression era. Lots of World War II-era styles, back to the old school working class work wear with perhaps a dash of British flair. With intense attention to minute details with a refocused mixture of juxtaposed traditional and subversive aesthetics. Here- here! About bloody time, I say!
Dominic Stansfield, who is the the design talent behind Rushmoor and PF Flyers collection, has created a new line appropriately self named Stansfield. The inspiration for his line comes from America’s proletariat, circa 1930’s era, with a proper injection of English countryside classics, much influenced by his hometown of Manchester. Stansfield’s attention to detail and love for the heritage of English classics, has used rich materials such as waxed cotton and wool produced in the UK, particularly from British Millerain up in Rochdale in his collections previous to Stansfield. He will occassionally use high quality British fabrics, such as super 120 wool, but the large majority of fabrics that he uses are from Japan.
If you want to pair his jackets and shirts up with some jeans, I think a great marriage would be made with some Junya Watanabe’s Fall RTW 2009 collection jeans. Masterfully designed using an interesting mixture of fabrics with a brilliant homage to the English hunting look.
Check out Stansfield:
www.myspace.com/stansfieldclothing or purchase at www.oki-ni.com.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Junya Watanabe, Stansfield