Sunday, July 20, 2014

A.P.C. & Kanye West Team Up Again

From left: Swiss Army Parka with Fur, Kanye Jeans, Airport Sweater
A.P.C., the French powerhouse brand, earlier this week released its its second collaboration with rapper, turned fashion designer, Kanye West.  West has created a full vision of the line he wanted to create with this second collection including pants, shirts, fur lined parkas & even an eponymous ski-mask.

The second iteration of this collaboration includes 14-pieces and takes strong cues from a military perspective.  In fact, A.P.C. founder and creative director Jean Touitou and Mr. West dug through archives of clothing from different armies to form a clearly defined framework, from which a collection wad developed. 
Mr. West's first collection with A.P.C. sold-out hours after its release.  This run has been expanded.
West says this is his final collaboration with A.P.C., he wants to focus his efforts on building his own brand.
The collection is available at your nearest A.P.C. store or online at the A.P.C. website.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Balmain Cable-Knited Wool Sweater

For Fall/Winter 2014/15 the House of Balmain brings us this cable-knitted merino wool, overlaid with a large cotton fleece panel on both sides, and punctuated with silver zips at the waist. This classic all black sweater is equal parts parts edgy and luxurious. The design is reminiscent of protective motorcycle leathers – fully in keeping with the French fashion house’s biker aesthetic – although the super soft feel of the materials are anything but tough and rugged.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Face Saving Moves: Russell Westbrook Launches Westbrook Frames

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has an explosive presence on the courts, and his unique personal style has generated an equal amount of buzz. Often spotted in vibrant, printed shirts and a pair of lensless glasses, Westbrook’s statement-making “nerdy chic” outfits have inspired other basketball pros to swap out standard suits for clothes with a bit more personality. Coming off of another impressive season (after recovering from knee surgery, he finished the year on a high note by scoring 40 points in a Western Conference Finals game), Westbrook has kept busy this summer by making serious moves in the fashion industry.
Earlier this month, news broke that the 25-year-old California native would be collaborating with Barneys on his Westbrook XO capsule for the retailer, which puts him a step above other stylish ballers (Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, et al.) who occasionally attend fashion shows. Westbrook’s curated collection, which hits stores in July, will include pieces from brands including Jordan, County of Milan, Naked & Famous, and Del Toro. Last week, Westbrook took his first-ever trip to Paris, where he sat front-row at menswear shows including Rick Owens, Comme Des Garçons, and Givenchy, and celebrated his Barneys line with a private dinner hosted by Barneys and Marcelo Burlon on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GoodPops, Just Plain Good

Summer is here in full effect, and the rising temperatures across the country mean only one thing--it's time for a frozen pop.  

GoodPops are a specialty brand, based in Austin, TX, made in small batches with big helpings of fresh fruit, these pops are designed for refined palates (flavors include hibiscus mint and watermelon agave) and guilt-free snacking. Sweetened with just a tiny bit of organic cane sugar and no artificial ingredients and nearly gilt free, they'll set you back just a mere 48 to 96 calories per pop.

GoodPops come in five flavors banana cinnamon, hibiscus mint, coldbrew coffee, watermelon agave, and watermelon.

Sadly, this goodness is only available in the southwest through Whole Food Stores.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Style and Substance: Buchert's Saloon (DC)

Beuchert's Saloon has firmly established itself as a DC institution in the Eastern Market section of DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  And, for all your gripes about gentrification and elitism, when you sidle up to Beuchert’s charcuterie board and a perfectly-poured cocktail, well, let’s just say you’ll have nothing to complain about.  It’s exactly the right balance between high class and neighborhood joint, not an easy feat to achieve, but they’ve had over 134 years to dial it in, a frame of time that eases the “hipster” descriptor into

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Fatherhood is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have.  It demands constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience.  Even in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost anyone, there is no substitute for a father's presence, care, and support.

On Father's Day, we show our gratitude to the men who show us how to learn, grow, and live.   For fathers, the day is an opportunity for to reflect on their kids, and the kind of people they've raised them to be.

Happy Father's Day dads.  

Stay safe, healthy, and humbled.   You might also enjoy our previous post on the topic here and here.


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