One could say that the American menswear pop-up market is the #menswear anti-hero. No models, no runways, very few photographers, and no nonsense. Just people who make things talking about their goods, demonstrating how they’re made, and selling them directly to the people who share their passion.
In 1983, The Clash returned to England following a world tour in support of The Who. They were tired, road weary, their original drummer Topper Headon had just been fired, their fearless leader Joe Strummer was having trouble finding inspiration and spending more time arguing with guitarist Mick Jones than writing songs; the group was on the brink of collapse. But, instead of taking some time apart to try to salvage their relationships, The Clash dove headfirst into an entirely new project titled Hell W10. For years Strummer had wanted to make a film, and with some downtime on his hands, he saw an opportunity to finally create the silent, gangster movie of his dreams. Over the next few months The Clash’s remaining band members, roadies, friends, and random hanger-ons operated as cast and crew to achieve Strummer’s bizarro vision. The result is forty-nine minutes of fights, shoddy dialogue, and home video quality cinematography, all backed by an epic soundtrack of Clash songs. The movie also has some incredible costumes. Read More »
Chances are you heard about Gustin back when they were raising funds for their (re)launch on Kickstarter. The press was ample, and with good reason. What Gustin promised – top of the line, American-made selvedge jeans for well under $100 – was almost impossible not to get excited about. That the jeans also boasted a classic design and great fit only sweetened the deal. Unsurprisingly, the campaign was a rousing success. Now, four months and almost half a million pledged dollars later, Gustin has officially entered its next phase, launching a fell-fledged online store and beginning to roll out a handful of new non-denim products.
When my father first traveled to Japan in 1994, I was 10 years old. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It seemed too far away, too foreign, too unlike anything I knew. “The flight takes 15 hours!?” I questioned incredulously. “They eat their meals with wooden sticks?” It didn’t make any sense to me, why would someone travel all that way? It seemed like more trouble than it was worth. However, my father reassured me that they were good people who loved the shoes that my family made, and, that they were very important to our present and future success.
There are few true cinematic legends. And I’m not talking about the self-proclaimed “legends” of today’s bland blockbusters, but rather, those mythical figures that changed cinema forever. One such luminary, is Sidney Poitier. In 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American actor to win an Oscar. From there he became one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood, with such films as To Sir, With Love and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. During the prime of his career, Poitier was not merely a star on the screen, he was also one of the town’s best dressed leading-men. Read More »
It’s hard not to gush when writing about the shorts from Jed & Marne. As the proud owner of three pairs, I can honestly say they’re some of the best I’ve ever had. The fabrics are great: soft, lightweight and absolutely beautiful. The fit is aces: not too tight, not too loose and just the right length. And, that they’re well under $100, but still provide gainful employment, and various other benefits, for the Mayan artisans that make them is like the feel-good icing on an already-awesome-feeling/fitting/looking cake. As far as warm weather wear goes, it really doesn’t get much better. (Like I said, it’s hard not to gush.)
Last week, the daughter of a member of our product development team joined her mother at work for the day. As part of the experience, the teenage girl spent a couple of hours observing and lending a hand in our finishing room, where one of the veteran finishing team members said to her, “make sure you go to college so you don’t have to work in a factory.” When I heard this, I experienced an immediate and intense gut reaction, “what’s wrong with working in a factory?” I said. “What does a college degree guarantee you?”
Despite only releasing two studio albums, Joy Division’s influence can still be seen today. Favoring thoughtful introspection and moody atmospherics over the traditional three-chord blast of punk, the band helped usher in – and eventually became the poster children for – the post-punk movement. Though their run was cut short by the untimely suicide of front-man Ian Curtis, their legacy as one of the most groundbreaking acts of all time lives on. And that legacy isn’t just due to their music. If there were ever a band that could be described as “cohesive” it’s Joy Division. From their album art, to their press photos, to their clothes, their visual side always matched their audible one. Read More »
At this point, you’ve heard the story before. Small American start-up, making shoes and boots in Maine, using Horween leather and Vibram soles – well worn territory, to say the least. However, to write New England Outerwear Co. off as (yet another) late jumper on an already on-the-way-out bandwagon is to miss the point. For NEOC, selling “rugged” and “heritage-style” footwear isn’t some attempt to cash in on an ailing trend. Rather, it’s a way for them to help reinvigorate the economy in their hometown, keep centuries-old manufacturing traditions alive, and, lay the foundation for something that will last – all goals that are actually included in their business model.
The first time I wrote about the Dark Navy Trench Coats from American Trench, back when the company was still raising funds on Kickstarter, a number of readers took issue with the coat’s cost. Priced at a not so egalitarian $725, this was understandable. However, based on the info presented by the brand, I wasn’t convinced the amount was totally unreasonable either. Well, now that the first batch of jackets has begun to ship (AT was able to reach their funding goal), American Trench co-founder Jacob Hurwitz has leant me one for a hands-on review, so we can all see exactly what those many dollars would be getting us.
Not only is he a walking, talking encyclopedia of all things food, Alton Brown is also one of the best dressed “real people” on television. From his elbow patched tweed blazers, to his window paned linen suits, to his blue oxfords, to his signature bow ties, the Food Network star rarely appears in front of the camera looking anything less than his best. What particularly makes Brown a neo-icon in my eyes, is that he has an enviable grasp of his own style. After his very public choice to lose weight a couple years back, Brown really pegged down what he likes and what fits, and he’s stuck to it ever since. Read More »