Category Archives: Fashion

on designer footwear collaborations

It will be interesting to read about the current era of mens fashion in twenty or thirty years.  Although it’s difficult to put an exact date on it, something that I think is particularly worthy of investigating and praising is the rise of designer footwear collaborations.  Whether or not this is a trend or a shift in menswear remains to be seen, but I am capitalizing on its benefits while I can.

As I mentioned above, dating the rise of footwear collaborations is hard.  For me, I was first exposed to the phenomenon through Band of Outsiders retooling some of the classic Sperry Top-Sider silhouettes.  The first seasons they had classic boat shoes, but over time they’ve also done chukkas and boots (seen below) as well.

I succumbed to the genius of Scott Sternberg on multiple occasions.  Thanks to the rise of some other great things for thrifty shoppers (Gilt Groupe anyone?), I’m on my fifth pair.  Once you own a pair, it’s hard to go back to other boat shoes – the details are that good.  What’s not to like about a unique taste on the iconic offerings of Sperry?

Take the particular pair above (which I coincidentally own).  Laces have been replaced with safety pins, hemp is used and the leather is top notch.  While most of the models are changed with only reversed details (notice the tongue) and better materials, they all come in at a very reasonable price – $150 to $200 region for most pairs.  In my opinion, this is fair considering the materials used and the designer influence.  While other designers might charge a couple hundred dollars for their version of a boat shoes, you get the best of both worlds with a Band of Outsiders x Sperry shoe.  My eyes are currently set on the shearling pair of boat shoes:

If boat shoes aren’t your style, enter my most recent obsession – Mark McNairys collaborations.

While Mark McNairy’s line of shoes isn’t all that expensive, they’re still an “investment” for most people who aren’t used to dropping $350 on a pair of brogues.  As a college student that doesn’t wear dress shoes all that often, I couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on shoes I’d only wear a handful of times during the year.  What I really was hoping for was casual shoes that I could wear to class, that wouldn’t necessarily break the bank.

Enter in Keds.  Not a brand that was on my radar at all, but I’ve been paying attention every since they got “McNasty” to do some collaboration work.  The first collection was with the Royal CVO, redone in suede with a red brick sole:

With Mark McNairy New Amsterdam shoes coming in around $400, I think the collaboration with Keds are a steal at $100.  Seeing as how they weren’t very popular, I know of at least a few ways to get them for cheaper (as low as $40/pair).  Regardless of what price you pick them up at, they

I bought the navy pair (swap out those white laces and use the navy ones) and I’ve turned plenty of heads.  I never thought I’d see the day when a pair of Keds is responsible for turning heads.


The bottom line is designer shoe collaborations are a great thing.  I can’t help but hope that this isn’t a trend – that Scott Sternberg and Mark McNairy won’t be the last but rather the first of designers to properly transform classic shoes and reinvent them.  If you’ve got the money, Band of Outsiders clothing is fantastic (I can attest) as is Mark McNairy mainline shoes (as I hope to attest to soon).  But sometimes you don’t need to be dressed up, and these great collaborations with Sperry and Keds fit the bill.

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on college fashion

Look familiar?

Looking back on my time here at college, I’ve made quite a few observations about the way college students dress.  As I walked out of my last class this morning, I could only hope to myself that my classmates weren’t going to take their sense of fashion and lack of common sense into the working world.

I’m not claiming to have been well dressed since I was a little kid, or even asserting that I’m straight out of a Polo ad while walking across the quad.  I had phases in my development that weren’t fashion forward, but that’s only to be expected.  Reading GQ and other mens style magazines in high school and continuing my interest in fashion has lead to me to, in my humble opinion, being fairly well dressed and even dapper in some instances.

That isn’t the case for a lot of people on campus.  I think fundamentally, these problems could be cured with just a few non-negotiable rules:

  • Pajamas are to be worn for sleeping and lounging around the house.
  • Workout and athletic clothes are to be worn when working out or engaging in athletic activity.
  • If you wore it last night, you shouldn’t be wearing it today.

It’s annoying to always hear complaints that the past was better, but I can’t help but think that sentiment is appropriate in this situation.  Perhaps that’s why Take Ivy had such a strong impact and buzz when it was re-released, as it depicts how college men used to dress on campus.

More than 40 years after these pictures are taken, I can’t help but think we’ve taken a step backwards.  Isn’t throwing on nice chino shorts just as easy as basketball shorts?  And slipping on Weejuns just the same as flip flops?  So convenience isn’t a defense.  And wouldn’t buying quality clothing that you can wear in a variety of situations benefit you in the long run?

There is a small percentage of people who dress appropriately on campus, and to those people, I applaud you.  You’ve proved to me that all is not lost.  But to everyone else that either is oblivious, or doesn’t care, I ask you:

If you don’t take yourself seriously, how can you expect anyone else to?

in my bathing apes

While the online store for Bathing Ape has been up for a couple months now, you probably haven’t heard too much about it.  The new releases aren’t marked by an email or RSS feed, so you have to hope you’re online at the right time for exclusive drops.  That being said, I’m not sure when these scarves released, but I’m a huge fan already.

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I would probably wear a lot more BAPE if it weren’t for the price.  I can’t justify $73 on a graphic t-shirt, much less the $200+ for sweaters and $500+ for outerwear.  Even as it stands, you’re better off having basic outwear and save bright colors/patterns for your accessories.

That’s why a camouflage scarf would be perfect.  Wear it with a tweed blazer and go for the Kanye look or throw on your heaviest parka and bundle up.  Yes, it’s camouflage, but it’s not military surplus looking.  And the best part is that it costs just as much as a t-shirt from Bape: $73.

Info: 10 inches wide by 63.25 inches long, available on BAPE.com

And while you’re on the camouflage kick, upgrade your home as well:

Toolkit

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Dust pan/brush

Camo Brush & Pan set

Plunger

Plunger_CamoCamouflage home products available from Seltzer Studios

happy meal

I know this posting on Ffffound is probably to mock, rather inspire, but this was one of Jeremy Scott’s best collections (Food Fight):

More runway shots:

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I don’t think I cold pull off the hamburger shirt (or fries pants for that matter) but there were a few items I still liked – and you could have bought them from Fruition LV.

Eat The Rich cardigan:

Gold Card sweater:

love at first sight

Some random (and old favorites) things that have caught my eye recently.

Mortimer Bust Candle:

Visvim FBT Bear Folk (Yahoo! JP sighting):

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The Big Lebowski Cross Stitch:

Personal Effects by Hiroshi Fujiwara:

The Wiggle Stool by Frank Gehry:

First Aid Kit:

Ambush Beeeeethoven Ring (in black):

already on my wishlist

This new Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture book is looking good.

Retail is $85.

From SlamXHype