It is always exciting when something totally new and different shows up on the fashion scene. A Boston based company called Brunswick Park Smarter Apparel decided that since “Ath-leisure wear” has been a hot style of clothing for casual dressing, not just the gym, that performance fabrics should also be available for more formal office-wear. They developed a fabric that is made of a luxurious Merino Wool blend that is bonded with a layer of cotton to give the fabric substance and durability. It is a type of material that will be breathable, stretch with your every move, and best of all machine washable!
Brunswick Park has also taken the basic wardrobe necessities of men’s blazers, hoodies, and women’s suit jacket and given them athletic-style extras like a credit card sized zip-pocket on the inner wrist of every jacket, so that you can carry a card or a little cash without having to have the bulk of a wallet or purse. Also, in the woman’s collarless jacket, the designers from Brunswick Park had the brilliant idea to have the lower section zip off, so that you can have the option of wearing your jacket with a longer look or cropped.
Brunswick Park had the idea to launch their clothing products on Kickstarter to see what the interest would be and they were able to triple the original amount of their campaign pledges. Their prices for their men’s and women’s clothing line range from $159 to $199 because Brunswick Park opted to keep their products out of retail stores and deal strictly on line. The company owners are able to then pass the savings on to the consumer because they don’t have to participate in the customary retailer mark-up..
So, if you love what ath-leisure wear fabrics bring to the casual world of dressing and want the same comfort in more tailored apparel, then Brunswick Park Smarter Apparel may be for you.]]>
UPDATE! CONTEST EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 16, THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENTER!
Hello again, time for yet another contest at cefashion.net! This time we’re giving away 2 SETS of men’s shaving kits from MenEssentials.com, both valued at $225! Wow!!
MenEssentials is an online retail store that offers more than 1,200 unique products, from unique shaving and grooming kits to high end skin care products.
As for the prize itself, the Il Ceppo Fusion Head 3pc Briar Wood Set includes a chrome-plated brass stand that holds a silver tip badger hair shaving brush and a brand new Fusion head razor. Razor and brush handles made from elegant polished Briar Wood. And there’s only one way to enter for a chance to win one of the 2 kits – fill out the form below!:
Contest is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ years. One entry per person please. End date is November 16, 2015 at 11:59pm. Entries may be added to the MenEssentials newsletter subscription list upon entry. Good luck, everyone!
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The era of the comfortable sole is not only back, but also conquering all sartorial grounds.
It all started with the trend for trainers. When a style is as cool as it is comfortable, we say run with it for as long as you can – and that’s exactly what we did. Sadly, a sporty sneaker isn’t always going to cut it. Sometimes a shoe more appropriate of a formal affair – such as meeting the in-laws or nailing that presentation to the board – is sought. And this is why we’re borrowing from the boys.
Style-savvy ladies have been successfully swiping menswear styles for decades, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a one-way system.
Looking back through the years, there’s a definite trend for blurring the lines of men’s and women’s style. The 1990s saw Calvin Klein steering jeans, T-shirts and even unisex perfume through the gender divide. In the ‘80s, Jean Paul Gaultier débuted the skirt for men – although this admittedly didn’t catch on – and in the ’70s it wasn’t just the women who sported a high heel as platform shoes levelled out the playing field, accentuated with flared jeans and further feminised by a feathered ‘do.
This is when fashion is at its best, when it makes you do a double take. That’s why the new Charles Clinkard collection adopts the androgynous footwear silhouette – and even teaches the guys a thing or two about dapper dressing.
Gabriela Womens Slip On Tassle Loafer
Have some fun with your wardrobe and add a hint of lavish dandyism to your look with tasselled loafers. They look great with dark, fitted skinny jeans, with the polished patent finish providing a nice break in texture with their shine. You can even roll the cuffs and show a little leg if you like.
Lottie Womens Moccasins
Prefer blue denim? There’s a pair for those too. The trick – and stick with us – is to team classic brown moccasins with white socks. It may sound slightly odd, but somehow it works. Plus, this way you can be sure your feet will stay snug.
Paulina Womens Lace Up Shoes
The lace-up shoe and pantsuit combo may have originally been designed with gents in mind, but thanks to style icons such as Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, they’re now style staples in women’s wardrobes too. Subtle shades are a sound investment because they go with everything – wear a polished pair with tailored trousers to show off your neutral know how.
Sofia Womens Monk-Strap Shoes
A sharp knee length skirt feminises the monk strap shoe, which is taking over territory formerly claimed by brogues. It’s not the first time women have fallen for monk straps; they were a sleeker alternative to the heavy brothel creepers of the 1950s.
Maria Ladies Monk Shoes
If black is a bit too boyish, then a softer blue hue might be more you. Teamed with camel cropped trousers and Breton stripes, the pretty punched detailing really pops.
Both followers of fashion and practitioners of practicality are adopting this versatile fashion; it’s flattering at any age. The gentleman’s staple is a surprisingly sexy choice for grounding a feminine look, and there are other benefits, too.
There’s something rather comforting about wearing androgynous clothing, especially in this cold transitional period before the trends of the season have really established themselves. Besides, sometimes we’re just too busy to wear heels, so a pair which obviates the need is a winner in our book. A polished pair of androgynous flats is as arch-friendly as it is fierce, and you’ll never be caught sitting anything out.
Never mind borrowing from the boys – we’re not giving it back.]]>
In the world of men’s wallets, there are many choices and designs. There are ones that are geared toward the outdoor guy with a more casual feel and those that are more of a luxury accessory. Men’s wallets come in tri-fold and bi-fold and can be stacked with many card pockets and compartments. Sometimes, shopping for a great men’s wallet can be daunting, if you are not quite sure what you are looking for. Fortunately, there’s brands like Mode Wallets to help!
When the founder of Mode Wallet, Alfred Hacopian, was unable to find a wallet that suited his taste for luxurious leather and a compact, efficient size that was not overloaded with extra compartments and excess bulk, he decided to have one made. That is how the Mode Wallet came to be.
This slim, bi-fold wallet is designed from luxurious Italian leather in Glendale, CA and gives the discerning man the quality leather and minimalistic design that he seeks for an everyday wallet.
One of the Mode Wallets is the Lorem-Adirondack, which is constructed of Italian buffalo leather, instead of calf skin. This type of leather has thicker fibers than the calf leather and the ability to conform to the body and pockets compactly, which is great for easy carrying. The outer portion of this wallet has a great pebbled texture, which will be easy to care for and show less wear.
The open length of the Lorem-Adirondack wallet is 7.5 inches, which will accommodate bills easily and has the ability to accommodate up to 12 cards. When folded, this wallet compacts to 3.5 inches by 2.9 inches. The buffalo leather Mode Wallet will cost you $140 at www.modewallet.com, as opposed to the calf skin version for $120. The shipping will be free and comes with a 90 day money back guarantee, so, you can see if the practical luxury of the Mode Wallet is right for you.]]>
Attention gents, got some colorful and “lively” sneakers in the spotlight this week. Lacoste L!VE has teamed up with ASOS to launch an exclusive collection of multi-varied color camo trainers:
The “Rene” pair from this chic collection of sneakers consists of half leather in the upper portions with tonal laces, liberal swaths of muted colors, and the premium crocodile branding.
My favorite entry, the Wytham, rocks 100% leather up top, darker colors, and a chunky sole to boot. And since it’s only $195 at ASOS, these won’t leave you too broke for a couple of mixed drinks at your local W hotel.]]>
Halloween is the time of year when you get to express yourself in costume, more or less transforming yourself into whatever your imagination can dream up. Usually you will see a lot of costumes that represent what has been happening over the past year, but you will also find those ones that are classic. In the celebrity world, instead of having to dress down to avoid the paparazzi, famous people get to dress up in Halloween costumes and enjoy the day.
Melissa Rycroft of the television series The Bachelor and husband Tye Strickland are one couple that picked a cute family costume for their Halloween outing. They chose cartoon characters from the 1960’s, The Flintstones. Tye is channeling his inner Fred, while Melissa is his wife Wilma and the baby gets into it too dressing up as Pebbles Flintstone. They get a “Yaba-Daba-Doo” for these well-made costumes.
Since the new Star Wars movie will be making its debut this December, all the characters from the previous movies have made a resurgence in the costume scene. Not that they ever lost their popularity, but now there will be a new group that will be getting into the series for the first time. Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and his side kick Guillermo Rodriguez hit the Halloween trail in their version of Yoda and Princess Leia. Guillermo’s look is spot-on with the green pointy ears, white robe, and walking stick. Jimmy doesn’t look quite as shapely as Carrie Fisher did as Princess Leia, but he does wear the hair buns well. However, the facial hair on both men is a dead give-away.
Singer Nick Jonas, who is always on trend when it comes to fashion, picked a character from the familiar franchise McDonalds that was popular in the TV commercials in the 1970’s. The Hamburgular was always looking to hoard the hamburgers for himself. Nick Jonas is taking his role seriously with his portrayal and has the costume down pat with the brimmed black hat, mask, cape, and tie that gives us the hint of who he is. Since he was born in the 90’s, he wasn’t around to see the original Hamburgular himself]]>
We all dream of having a fabulous closet like the ones our favorite celebrities have. Unfortunately, those gorgeous walk-ins come at a pricey cost that not all of us can afford such a lavish closet yet. But here are 7 tips for a more organized and beautiful closet space.
Most importantly, take your time. Reorganizing your closet can be a little bit time consuming. But once you cross the finish line, your closet space will be a step closer to looking like your dream celebrity closet!]]>
It’s that time again, Movember is upon us and the hairier men folk among us are perhaps considering growing a moustache to raise money for men’s health charities. Visit the Movember homepage to find out more about the charities and how you can get involved.
If you’re considering joining the moustache mafia this year, then you might want to read on, as we break down a full-proof skincare and shave routine.
We won’t advise you to eat some strange food that’s supposed to improve hair growth or to rub plant food into your pores. As you can’t really make your hair grow any more than it does, you have to put effort into making sure you are clean shaven everywhere but your moustache, as this will emphasise your mo as much as possible. Stick to this four-step routine and you’ll have baby-soft skin to contrast against your manly moustache.
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Before you can shave, you need to ensure that your skin is clean, so splash a bit of lukewarm water on your face and use a gentle facial cleanser, as soap will dry your face out too much. Rinse away the cleanser and dry it with a towel.
Only do this step every few days, as its purpose is to remove dead skin cells that build up on your skin. If you do it every day, then you’ll end up rubbing your face raw. Get a special facial exfoliator product with fine grains. Do not use a body exfoliator, as it will be too rough.
Use steam to open the pores on your face, as this will allow you to get a deeper, smoother shave. Shaving during or after a shower is advised because it’s usually already pretty steamy. Use a shave gel/cream/oil/etc that works for you — there’s a range of these on the King of Shaves site, who are dedicated men’s grooming experts. However, ensure that it your gel or cream is applied thinly enough so that you can see exactly what you’re doing.
Make sure that your razor is sharp, as a blunt blade can cause irritation by pulling at hairs. Getting a close shave is important, but not damaging your skin is also important, so you should always shave with the direction of growth.
Gently apply a light layer of facial moisturiser, as body moisturisers can be too heavy. Post-shave balms are also great as they are designed specifically for this job.
Good luck with your mo this Movember. We hope you grow a glorious soup strainer and make a lot of money for charity along the way.
As high-end fashion’s popularity with rappers, pop stars, and actors has grown exponentially in recent years, so has its popularity with the youth who idolize these figures. Especially among the fan bases of rappers involving themselves deeply in the fashion industry, more niche designers, aside from your typical Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, have gained significant recognition. Unsurprisingly, many fans moved past simply idolizing the rappers wearing these designers and became fans of the designers themselves. Though several of these designers already had their own cult following, their appeal has grown to be more mainstream as rabid Kanye fans excitedly discussing Colombian designer Haider Ackermann’s latest collection, or millions of A$AP Rocky loving suburban teenagers gleefully replying “Rick Owens, Raf Simons” when asked what they normally dress themselves in.
However, much of this fanbase is within the age range of 15 – 21 and lacks the income for $800 Haider Ackermann sweaters or $1300 Rick Owens Geobasket sneakers. This is where the fast, cheap, and easily accessible solution of fast fashion comes in. Fast fashion aims to bring popular designer aesthetics to the masses for affordable prices ASAP. This allows these income-limited youth to dress somewhat like their favorite rapper or actor without saving for months. It gives options to those who want to dress differently from those around them, but lack the income for actual designer pieces. However, fast fashion takes heavy, heavy “inspiration” from trending designers and will often copy their signature designs so blatantly that fans often refer to the fast fashion pieces by the designer name.
Take the H&M twill ankle-zip pants for example, which are almost exclusively referred to as H&M FoG pants on online fashion forums. FoG stands for Fear of God, a high-end brand focused on high quality basic clothing with small unique details. Fear of God’s iconic ankle-zipped drawstring trousers feature an appearance very similar to the H&M version (which launched soon after FoG was endorsed by Kanye West), only with a skinnier leg and a softer appearance due to cotton as the material of choice instead of twill. Of course, it doesn’t need to be mentioned that the quality in the FoG trousers was astronomically higher. Another strong example would be the overdyed crewneck sweatshirt that H&M produced shortly after Kanye was spotted wearing a similar looking piece. Only, Kanye was wearing the $905 Haider Ackermann version of the sweatshirt, featuring Ackermann’s signature ribbing and oversized fit. Both these traits appeared on the H&M version. In fact, its appearance was so similar to the Ackermann version that many fashion forum browsers mistook it for the actual Ackermann sweatshirt when it first emerged. Of course, the quality difference was still obvious and H&M was not able to replicate the full uniqueness of the Haider Ackermann fit due to cost constraints on material and cut, but overall it was very, very similar to say the least.
Many were of course very excited about being able to own pieces so similar to designer for a fraction of the price, but many fashion purists looked at this heightened accessibility as a tasteless devaluation of valuable creative output. While it is easy to write this off as obvious pretension, the level of blatant copying must be taken into consideration when determining whether this is positive or negative for the fashion industry as a whole. While it does bring a unique and previously inaccessible offering of garments to an entirely new demographic, it damages the uniqueness of the actual designer piece by oversaturating the market with what are essentially cheap knockoffs. Some go so far to argue that it is a personal offense to the designer to “steal” their ideas in such a way purely for profit.
Regardless of whether it is or is not fair to designers, fast fashion has been very successful thus far and is only becoming more and more successful as interest in designer fashion grows among the youth. It is here to stay and it is up to each individual to decide for themselves whether to support or not support fast fashion and all it represents.]]>
A necktie is one of the accessories that kind of takes a back seat when you are looking for that perfect business suit or sports coat, but it is actually very important in creating your total look. The accessories that you choose like the button-down shirt, shoes, and neckties can “make or break” the look that you are trying to achieve. If you have spent the money on a quality fabric, well designed suit, than you want to also choose the same quality ties and accessories to create your style.
At David Fin, you will find a collection of men’s luxury ties that give you the quality that you want, at a price that you can afford. David Fin is a brand that prides itself in selecting the finest luxury fabrics from prestigious textile mills in Como, Italy. They then take these silk and wool fabrics and bring them to New York City, where each ties is individually handmade. Because these neckties are exclusive to David Fin, they are able to achieve the quality that they want for their customers, without having to charge the same prices as their competitors. At the David Fin tie shop, they offer free shipping and the chance for their customers to shop with a purpose because they have an alliance with the charity “Hiring Our Heroes” and with each tie that is sold, a veteran benefits.
One of my favorite ties is the Navy and Blue Striped Grenadine Tie. Stripes are one of those patterns that never really go out of style. The fabric composition is 100% Italian silk with a length of 58 inches and a medium with of 3.25 inches. The diagonal navy and sky blue stripes are combined with contrasted stitching to give the tie added interest and would make a nice colorful accessory for a navy suit or sports jacket.
Another one is the Skinny Red Herringbone Wool and Silk Tie. This particular tie is hand-cut, folded and lined with luxury Italian wool for structure, and then finished with David Fin’s signature silk tipping. The herringbone pattern is composed of a rich merlot red and medium blue weave to give it that classic pattern and the width is a little smaller at 2.75 inches.]]>