June 24, 2017

The Essential Windbreaker

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Scotch and Soda Nylon windbreaker

Windbreakers are some of the most unheralded articles of clothing in the pantheon of essential modern design. It used to be about a trench coat. Then it was the perfect cashmere coat in black or camel. Let’s not forget the anorak craze of the last several years. All along right under our noses is the perfect workhorse cover-up, the windbreaker.

Scotch and Soda Windbreaker
Scotch and Soda Windbreaker

I first fell for them back in college and then in the ensuing years forgot them. A couple a seasons ago, I stumbled into a Prada store in Germany and found myself face to face with a rack of beautiful nylon hooded windbreakers in black on the outside and a contrasting color inside. Black/sand, black/steel blue, black/smokey grey and black/olive green. With their bright steel zippers gleaming I was hard pressed to choose. With Paris, Austria and Istanbul all on the itinerary before returning to NYC, I figured it would come in handy at some point.

Prada reversible Windbreaker
Prada reversible Windbreaker

More than just handy, that windbreaker was my go-to jacket for the remainder of the trip. In Austria I wore it over a sweater and down vest for warmth. In Paris it shielded me from rain and wind. In Istanbul it did double duty as a practical covering and at night it was a cool piece that went with everything. As easy to pack as it is to keep clean (wash/dry) I have become a hardcore windbreaker afficianado!

Coach nylon Windbreaker in navy camo
Coach nylon Windbreaker in navy camo

Here are some favorites and ALL are on SALE. A few I’ve added to my mix and some others I pine for. With sales happening everywhere, now is the perfect time to get one or more……

Coach nylon Windbreaker in steel grey floral print
Coach nylon Windbreaker in steel grey floral print
Prada reversible nylon Windbreaker
Prada reversible nylon Windbreaker
May 11, 2017

Saint James Stripes

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It’s true, there’s never been a stripe I didn’t love. Still, my hunger persists. I was just recently in Paris for a few days and wandering through the Marais came upon a perfect little gem of a Saint James shop. What says Paris more than a striped sailor shirt or beret, perhaps?READ MORE >

November 1, 2016

Rialto Living: My Happy Place

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Rialto Living

There’s nothing that puts a smile on my face faster than landing in a beautiful place with great shops. Retail therapy sounds suspect but I’ve found after 30 years in the business of fashion there’s some truth to it. The weather can suck so loud you hear it, but if the window shopping or actual shopping is good I don’t care if a tornado is on the way. Palma de Mallorca was just that sort of city; an unexpected treat with some world class shops!READ MORE >

August 31, 2016

Margaret Howell Fall 2016

Margaret Howell Fall 2016
Margaret Howell Fall 2016

There’s something very seductive about altering the way you look. I don’t mean in the sense of a disguise. Just changing the impression you make by way of clothing. At a time when much of what is offered in menswear is slim fitted, spare or just derivative, Margaret Howell makes clothes with the opposite affect. READ MORE >

August 30, 2016

OAMC: new frontier

OAMC Fall 2016
OAMC Fall 2016

OAMC is a collection that’s making inroads in the men’s market. Not exactly a revolution is taking place but their point of view is compelling. Their mission statement states that the collection is designed in the present for the present. With a respect for the craft and techniques of the past, OAMC strives to create for now and not to recreate the past. Unlike so much in men’s fashion that is repetitious and banal, OAMC is challenging some of those codes. READ MORE >

August 19, 2016

Play Clothes

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Bobby Abley ss2017

There’s a Peter Pan thing going on a with a huge swath of the fashion industry stuck in an adolescent rut. Just look at all the kittens, dogs and cartoon characters turning up on the clothes of grown men. On one hand, I find it silly and cloyingly provocative. But when the obvious is eschewed for a focus on shapes and proportions then the idea becomes interesting.READ MORE >