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Topman Denim Jacket Project, Designed by Six International Designers

Menswear purveyor Topman, sourced some of the most talented fashion designers from both sides of the Atlantic to re-design the iconic denim jacket.  This spinoff site of popular e-tailer Topshop, embarked on their own Denim Jacket Project, which re-imagined jackets from street glam inspirations (taken from London to Tokyo), to moto-cool.  The man who forgot about the classic wardrobe staple can peel back the scales and see six new versions of the jeans jacket, one each from designers Lou Dalton, Katie Eary, Mark McNairy, Shaun Samson, Oliver Spencer and Topman Design.

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The jackets are available now at Topman online.


—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Apr 05 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

9 Fresh Men’s T-Shirts To Wear With Your Favorite Jeans

As the male icons of denim history have shown us, there is nothing quite like a crisp pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Rolled up sleeves, tucked in or left out, whatever the case may be: this is a classic spring look for men of all trades. Check out these 9 fresh t-shirts we think will look perfect with the jeans you’re breaking in for spring.


1. J.Crew Slim Broken-in Pocket Tee ($25) – buy it at Mr. Porter.

2. Ted Baker London Graphic T-Shirt ($65) – buy it at Nordstrom.

3. Topman Off White Island Print Crew ($36) – buy it at Topman.



4. Durty Laundry The Sneaks Come Out at Night ($25) – buy it at Shoebacca.

5. Scotch & Soda Sun Faded Scoop Neck T-shirt ($72) – buy it at ASOS.

6. Topman Multi-Block Stripe Shirt ($52) – Buy it at Topman.



7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Lava-Print Jersey T-shirt ($68) – buy it at Mr. Porter.

8. River Island Dip Dye Contrast Pocket Crew Neck T-Shirt ($29) – buy it at ASOS.

9. AllSaints Earlwood Oversized Crew T-shirt ($65) – buy it at AllSaints.


—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 14 2012 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

Topman Does Retro With A Dapper Streetwear Twist For Fall 2011

Topman channels the retro vibe of the 50s for their fall 2011 campaign clad in smart silhouettes and classic light wash denim. Newness is added to nerdy tweed blazers and cool varsity jackets with on-trend knits in bold patterns from fairisle and Aztect to Navajo (and lets not forget a killer leopard tie) thrown into the mix. A cool denim vest and denim jacket give the otherwise dapper look a definite streetwear appeal. Guys, take a hint! Check out the full campaign bellow.

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Images via BKRW Denim.

—Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Sep 19 2011 in Campaigns » Denim Menswear

Number A: Grab Some Jeans At This July 4th Sale You Can’t Miss

Here’s an update to our weekly Los Angeles sales post:  Number A, the hip boutique nestled in Little Tokyo, is having their July 4th sale starting today through July 4th!  Featuring Thvm Atelier, Kill City, Cheap Monday, Washborn, Comune, KR3W and Topman, expect to save 15-40% off jeans for men and women, with prices ranging from $55 to $120.  Is this a tight collection or what!  Number A carries a carefully-edited collection of edgy fashion brands, too, so you can really score huge at this sale.

Los Angeles boutique Number A is having a 4th of July sale, featuring tons of markdowns! Sale period: July 1 to July 4.

So, take the Gold Line, the Red Line, Dash Bus or whatever mode of transportation you can, because it’s not easy to score denim brands this good so close to downtown!  If you can’t make it down to the store, there are some pretty cool mark downs and cheap jeans as well via Number A online.

Number A
374 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Store hours: Fri & Sat 12-10 p.m., Sun 12-8 p.m., Mon 12-9 p.m.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jul 01 2011 in Denim News » Sales

Topman Short Films: Denim, Youth, and Identity

It’s an inevitable truth that our clothing speaks millions and tells a story about who we are.  And in my opinion, there isn’t one article of clothing that depicts that story more perfectly than a pair of jeans.  Jeans are something that always, always transcend passing trends.  And what’s even better about them is that they offer diversity and become the person.  From the stains that take us back to the many fun times in our lives, to the tears that bring up those most embarrassing moments, these different characteristics add to their integrity and in turn are a reflection of our identity.

This is exactly the story that high-end street brand, Topman, is using at the heart of  their new online campaign, showcasing their new Autumn/Winter denim range.  Enlisted to bring this universal story to life is young up-and-coming Photographer and film Director Laurence Ellis.

Scene from Laurence Ellis' Topman film series.

[Writers note: Ellis also shot Topman’s S/S2010 campaign, Indigo Farm;]

Instead of producing what has come to be the expected denim ad campaign with actors and models in unbuttoned jeans and lots of baby oil, Ellis has opted for something rather — dare I say — innovative. Besides, two out of three isn’t too bad, right?  The campaign will consist of three short films focusing on three different young men — Louis, Henry, and Sid — and the journeys they take.  Their individual experiences and stylistic perspective is the highlight all tied in, of course, through denim.

Scene from Laurence Ellis' Topman film series. will house all the films due to launch Monday October 4th, 2010.  Behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and Ellis will also be available to view.  An interactive “Denim Room” has been added to showcase all the different styles and fits including those in the films.

— Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Sep 30 2010 in Uncategorized

Stylefinder: Men’s Carrot Fit Jeans


Contrary to popular belief, men also have trouble finding the right fit, when it comes to jeans.  Thanks to the denim industry, a multitude of fits have been conceived to break open the shackles of boring, constrained male silhouettes.  Consider the Carrot fit jeans:  built roomy in the thigh area, dropped crotch, and tapered down to a straight leg.  Depending on the cut of the jean, a man with muscular thighs can carry the carrot jeans off like a slim or straight leg, without cutting off circulation.  Warning:  if you are on the short side, look for Carrot fit jeans that begin the taper above the knees.  If the thigh is too baggy, your thighs will look bigger, unless that’s the look you were going for.

Featured above:
(L to R, Top) Nudie Jeans Big Bengt Carrot Jeans, ASOS Dark Wash Carrot Fit Jeans, TopMan Raw Indigo Arc Leg Carrot Fit Jeans, and Diesel Krooley 8A0 Tapered Jeans.
(L to R, Bottom) AllSaints Gun Fit, Unconditional Side Zip Carrot Jeans, G-Star Raw ‘Morris’ Tapered Jeans, and TopMan Bleached Denim Carrot Fit Jeans.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 08 2010 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Topman Unveils Men’s Designer Winners, Buckle, Aeropostale Lead Specialty Earnings Pack, Spotlight on Coddington… “The Day Before” to Debut… and more news!

I just wanted to say, I miss Full Frontal fashion and I can not wait to see The September Issue!  


–Nikki Cho Russo

Topman Unveils Men’s Designer Winners


From WWD ISSUE 08/21/2009


topman-winnerMILAN ??” The British Fashion Council (BFC) on Thursday launched NewGen Men, a new sponsorship program by Topman, which aims to support emerging men??™s wear talent, and named the award??™s inaugural recipients. 

Designers Carolyn Massey and James Long will receive funding and be given the opportunity to show their spring 2010 men??™s wear collections at Somerset House on Sept. 23 during London Fashion Week, a day after the close of the women??™s runway season in the British capital. 

Massey and Long, both 28 and former Royal College of Art graduates, were selected by a panel of key opinion-makers from media and retail including representatives from Esquire, Fantastic Man, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Topman. 

???We hope that NewGen Men will support London??™s future men??™s wear stars and become a key part of the British Fashion Council??™s designer development and showcasing program,??? said Simon Ward, BFC joint chief executive officer. 

The award mirrors long-standing female counterpart New Generation, whose past winners include Alexander McQueen, Sophia Kokosalaki, Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh and Julien Macdonald, and builds on the success of Topman and Fashion East??™s MAN show during LFW, which strives to promote promising young British men??™s wear designers. 

???[NewGen Men is] an exciting initiative that rightfully positions men??™s wear at the forefront of fashion, providing a deserved platform for the very best men??™s wear maturing talent,??? said Gordon Richardson, Topman??™s design director. 

Massey launched her London-based label in 2006, while Long debuted his collection at LFW??™s MAN show in 2007.



Buckle, Aeropostale Lead Specialty Earnings Pack



From WWD ISSUE 08/21/2009


buckle1Teen retailing??™s two top performers Thursday continued to outpace their specialty store competitors with double-digit increases in second-quarter sales and profits. 

In reporting stellar quarterly results, The Buckle Inc. and A?©ropostale Inc. pulled well ahead of the pack ??” and marginally above analysts??™ consensus expectations ??” at a time when, confronted by weak mall traffic and indifferent consumers, most youth-focused chains would be content to simply tread water. 

If there are questions about the two specialty retailers among investors, they stem from their ability to sustain such strong performances. 

A?©ropostale??™s shares rose 0.6 percent to $35.88 before its results were released and were up another 0.3 percent in after-hours trading. However, following its morning release, Buckle??™s shares dropped 3.9 percent to $26.84 despite a 12.2 percent increase in second-quarter net income, accompanied by a 13.6 percent gain in revenues and an 8.6 percent climb in comparable-store sales. 

???There??™s always the question: how long can this go on???? said Marie Driscoll, an equity analyst at Standard & Poor??™s. 

buckle2Investors appear worried that Buckle may be unable to sustain its remarkable comp performance ??” highlighted by a 20.6 percent gain last year. The Kearney, Neb.-based firm??™s comps have been slipping since May, when the company reported a 13.4 percent jump, followed by a 9.4 rise in June and a 2.8 percent increase in July. In the third quarter, it??™s up against a 23.7 percent comp increase, a number achieved despite the near meltdown in the credit markets that stopped consumer spending in its tracks in mid-September. 

Despite the challenge of sustaining its recent successes, Driscoll said Buckle, which operates 401 stores in 41 states, has the potential to grow to 500 to 600 stores. ???There are a lot of other regions where they can go,??? she said. 

For the quarter ended Aug. 1, Buckle posted net income of $25 million, or 54 cents a diluted share, 2 cents better than analysts expected, compared with profits of $22.3 million, or 48 cents, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose to $196.9 million from $169.8 million in the 2008 quarter, including a 39 percent jump in direct sales to $10.1 million. 

Men??™s, down to 40 percent of sales from 46.5 percent a year ago, declined about 2 percent as Buckle faced the anniversary of last year??™s strong Ed Hardy launch. Women??™s sales rose 27.5 percent and now account for 60 percent of net sales, up from 53.5 percent a year ago. 

The critical denim category accounted for 35.5 percent of sales, up from 35 percent in last year??™s quarter. Buckle, which lauds itself as a ???denim destination,??? increased its average denim price point in the men??™s division by 10.4 percent to $87.60 and 10.9 percent to $89.30 in the women??™s division. 

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Memo Pad: Spotlight on Coddington… “The Day Before” to Debut…

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 08/21/2009


The French Vogue piece follows an article in the fall 2009 issue of T magazine, in which Coddington confesses she slyly used filmmaker R.J. Cutler??™s crew for espionage purposes. ???They were following Anna in the art department, listening to her reaction to my pictures. So I would ask them, ???What did she say? Did she like them???™??? As for stealing Wintour??™s thunder, Coddington demurred: ???It wasn??™t intentional.??? ??” Miles Socha

WELL RED: Vogue??™s creative director, Grace Coddington, continues to win far more than 15 minutes of fame for her scene-stealing turn in ???The September Issue,??? the documentary film about the magazine that premiered earlier this week. The September issue of French Vogue, arriving on newsstands Monday, devotes four pages to the flame-haired editor, including one devoted to tear sheets from her modeling days. The accompanying two-page article delves into her sometimes-prickly relationship with editor in chief Anna Wintour and contains this zinger: ???Anna and I, we??™ve known each other a long time.??¦We have a real mutual respect for each other, even though sometimes I feel like killing her.??? It??™s a sentiment Coddington also expresses in the documentary.


the-day-beforeCOMEBACK ??” SORT OF: Sundance is reviving the ???Full Frontal Fashion??? brand to encompass a blitz of fashion programming pegged to New York Fashion Week. 

The original ???Full Frontal Fashion??? television show was discontinued in January amid disputes at parent company Rainbow Media Holdings, a Cablevision subsidiary that also owns Sundance. But the show isn??™t coming back per se ??” ???We don??™t necessarily think that shooting runway shows is a very Sundance way to do it,??? said Sundance general manager Sarah Barnett delicately ??” but a mix of television programming and Web content, much of it original, will fall under its umbrella. 

Barnett said that when it comes to fashion, Sundance is most interested in showing the creative process. ???For us, it??™s not about the trendy ??” it??™s just about this dramatic, entertaining and, above all, creative perspective,??? she said. 

The four-part ???The Day Before??? series is the centerpiece of the TV effort. Director Lo??c Prigent, whose previous credits include ???Sign?© Chanel??? and a 2007 feature on Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, follows four designers in the manic 36 hours preceding their shows. Shooting over the past year, Prigent captured Sonia Rykiel??™s 40th anniversary celebration and Jean Paul Gaultier??™s haute couture show in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld??™s fall 2009 Fendi show in Milan and Proenza Schouler??™s fall 2009 collection in New York. 

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PARIS POP: It appears last year??™s Gap + Colette New York pop-up shop was more than a one-off for the American retail giant. WWD hears Gap will reprise its mass-meets-Parisian-concept shop again, this time with Merci, the French concept shop opened earlier this year by former Bonpoint owners Marie-France and Bernard Cohen. Merci, which sells a curated selection of home wares, fragrances and children??™s and women??™s wear, is known as much for its fashion as its charitable angle: All proceeds are donated ??” after taxes, rent and employees are paid, however. Gap is said to be importing Merci??™s philanthropic style for a monthlong stint at the Fifth Avenue and 54th Street store beginning Sept. 10.

THE BIG 4-0: Browns, the London retailer that launched many a designer??™s career, is gearing up for a big 40th anniversary celebration in the spring. The store, founded by Joan and Sydney Burstein and now run by their children, Simon Burstein and Caroline Collis, has asked designers including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani to take part in an exhibition that charts the past four decades in fashion ??” and Browns??™ impact on the London retail scene. The store, which brought labels such as Missoni, Donna Karan and Comme des Gar?§ons to the U.K. and talent-spotted fashion students including John Galliano and Hussein Chalayan, also boasts a star-studded list of former employees, including Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith, Richard James, Tamara Mellon and Sir Philip Green.

IN THE HOUSE: Like grads gearing up for a reunion, a group of former Vogue staffers-turned-designers have decided to band together for Fashion??™s Night Out on Sept. 10. The lines Hester, Mauricio Quezada, Duskin, Doucette Duvall, Thread Social, Prova, Gryphon and Wren will take over the Bellhaus Bond Street pop-up store for their own temporary pop-up space, part of a miniblock party with the adjacent Billy Reid and Rogan boutiques. Dubbed the Vogue Alumni House (they boast two former Andr?© Leon Talley assistants, two fashion writers and a jewelry and watch editor among their ranks), the evening will include DJ sets by Sebastian Kim, Johnny Misheff and Skaught and customized Fashion Night Out T-shirts for sale. ???Hello??? name tags and drink tickets not included.

EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Two shopping streets ??” one in London, the other in New York ??” will take part in a Freaky Friday-style experiment starting later this month. A group of retailers based on London??™s Newburgh Street, off Carnaby Street, and others in New York??™s Lower East Side will get a taste of the retail scene in each other??™s cities as part of a temporary location swap. From Thursday through Sept. 13, 15 London labels, including Twenty8Twelve, Fred Perry and jeweler The Great Frog, will set up in a space on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. Meanwhile, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, 15 Lower East Side-based boutiques including Earnest Sewn, Wendy Mink Jewelry and By Robert James will take up residence in pop-up spaces on Newburgh Street, London and in nearby Lowndes Court. The stores will remain open in their respective cities during the swap. ???The Newburgh Quarter and Lower East Side swap is a great story about the strength of the independents in both of these areas, most of whom will never have retailed outside of their own country before,??? said Simon Quayle, director of Shaftesbury Plc, which owns and manages the stores in the Carnaby Street area, and whose company conceived the idea. ???We are always on the lookout for exciting and innovative retail concepts from overseas, and hopefully this swap could lead to some of the New York brands looking for a permanent shop in our area.???

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Aug 21 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD: Top White Tees


Top White Tees

by WWD Staff

Posted WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2009

Source: WWD.COM


Topman t-shirt (NOT part of the designer collaboration)


Topman is launching its fourth project in which it invites a handful of designers to create a version of a wardrobe staple. Past projects have featured white shirts, sunglasses and black trousers. This time white T-shirts are getting the designer treatment from Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Juun J, Henry Holland, JW Anderson and Christopher Shannon.

Anderson and Shannon were both selected to participate in the retailer??™s MAN show during the most recent London Fashion Week. The T-shirts will launch online and in a few select Topman locations, including New York and Oxford Circus, London, on May 28. 

In addition, designer Antony Price has designed a second ???Priceless??? collection for Topman, which launches May 14. Price is best known for his fashion influence on Brian Ferry and Roxy Music, as well as David Bowie and Duran Duran. The retailer??™s affair with Eighties style shows no signs of cooling.


What good would fresh whites be without their partner in crime, deliciously dirty denims!  Take a gander into some really kick-ass jeans for all the ??ber hip gentlemen out there.

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Kicking Mule: Indigo Rocker Jeans, $275

Rope dyed dark rinsed raw indigo selvage denim jeans. Low rise fit with a skinny thigh that tapers from the knee to the bottom hem. Selvage coin pocket, button fly, made in japan.

Buy it!

Unconditional: Blackish Drop Crotch Zip Jeans, $279  

Faded black drop crotch straight leg jeans with zippers at sides of legs. Can be zipped for skinny leg. 5 pocket styling with additional zip closure coin pocket. 

Buy it!

Humor Jeans: Drop Crotch Jean, $111.83

One wash slim leg Humor drop crotch jean with contrasting yellow stitching and distinctive white covered rivets. These are 4 pocket jeans and fasten with a button fly and embossed shank button. Belt loops are oversized and back pockets positioned low, there??™s a white leather Humor ???radiohead??™ brand patch on the waistband at the back right hand size.

Buy it!

Lad Musician: Denim Pants 501, $345

Lad musician finds inspiration from the rock and rollers of times past and present – so you can bet these pants have a sleek and slim cut to them. very soft denim in 100% cotton. Low crotch cut available in white bleach.

Buy It!

And I can not leave out some amazing kicks by Alejandro Ingelmo.  Check these out!

alejandro-ingelmo-woven-low-topAlejandro Ingelmo: Woven Low Top,  $518.92 

Expertly built from the finest leathers and the most durable of sole units by the best Italian craftsman, the New York based designer comes through once again ??“ you will be hard pushed to find sneakers of this quality.The toe is smooth black Italian Nappa leather with an amazing woven silver metallic leather side panel. These low tops have contrasting off white vulcanised rubber sole and bright white laces.




Happy shopping guys!  


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Apr 29 2009 in Denim Fashion
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