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Capsule NY – Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collections

capsuleCapsule New York Men’s tradeshow, a well curated showcase of progressive apparel and accessories brands from the US, Europe and Asia, came to a close yesterday.  This marked Capsule’s seventh season in New York presenting Spring/Summer 2011 collections, and a move to a new venue – Center 548, once home to the DIA art foundation in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district.

31 oz denim jeans by Naked & Famous (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

32 oz denim jeans by Naked & Famous (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

Exciting designers that caught my eye were from CFDA-nominated Simon Spurr’s diffusion line, Spurr. The selvedge and non-selvedge jeans are high quality – minimalist styles and they come in two fits, pipe or classic – now one of my husband’s favorite jeans; Kitsun?, although denim is not their thing, it was their US debut with a fabulous collection; a new denim company debuting was Canton Overall, premium Japanese jeans, which are not your normal looking jeans, ultra high-cuffed bottoms revealing the selvedge stitching made for an interesting style (perhaps a little Junya Watanabe’ish); Naked & Famous, the Toronto based denim and apparel company had two great jeans, a cashmere blend and a linen blend that was super soft to the touch. For a good laugh, they had a pair of the heaviest denim jeans I have ever seen, a whopping 32 ounces! And added for honorable mention, was Gilbert & Lewis’s adorable boldly colored slim fitted plaid and gingham shirts with built in bow-ties!  A perfect top to pair with your favorite selvedge jeans.

The Cocoon installation (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

The Cocoon installation (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

When it came time for a break and a bite to eat, the rooftop lounge was a peaceful retreat of tables with Stark ghost chairs, an art installation created by conceptual architects Annie Kwon & EMEHT agency titled “The Cocoon”, foot tapping music, and a serene view of the city’s skyline that created an ?ber cool relaxing fashion break.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 21 2010 in Uncategorized

Dedicated to Men’s Fashion:


Jeans New Classic by Kitsune

Jeans New Classic by Kitsune

The interest of men’s fashion has come a long way. Ever since the hit show ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ ignited a broader interest in fashion for the regular Joe, metrosexual’s around the world are now more educated and savvy about fashion. Naturally,  a demand for websites that feature leading designers and information on current trends are shared by many men. Gentlemen, yearn no more, will satisfy your insatiable appetite for all you fashion plates., the brainchild of S?©bastien Roubaud and Arnaud Vanraet, is a new online store dedicated solely to men’s fashion.  Roubaud and Vanraet, formerly  in marketing and sales with Dior Homme and Herm??s, have set up shop in an old garment factory in Paris.  

Launched on Thursday, 19th of  February 2009, presents the Spring/Summer 2009 collections from Comme des Gar?§ons, Pierre Hardy, Thomsen, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Kitsun?©, Alexis Mabille, Unity, Sultan, Natalia Brilli, Peggy Huyn Kinh, Ruby, Flouzen, Mykita and Moscot.

Season after season, other lines will be added to this selection as well as special series and exclusive offers.  Not only does the site sell a well curated selection of pret-a-porter, accessories and shoes, the home page also features fashion series, videos and interviews of designers of products sold on their website. Could this be the counter-part to net-a-porter?  We shall see.



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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 26 2009 in Uncategorized
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