We’re in the home stretch of August and a week away from Labor Day here in the U.S.A. Fall is around the corner as is New York fashion week, and before business gets hectic again with runway shows and parties galore, let’s take a moment and enjoy the remainder of the summer.
We end this week with a selection of stories and articles from the week that brought us to Las Vegas for men’s market, new footwear from Red Wing and Cole Haan; a strong, new Cali-inspired collection from Levi’s Japan; and online-only erotic thrillers. Catch up now on the week that was Selectism.
Like many in the business, we’ve been in Las Vegas for market week, specifically for Capsule’s Las Vegas edition. We walked the show floor, and even put together some great display boxes (Capsule Selects), and chose our favorite new brands showing in Las Vegas. First timers Buddy and TSPTR,shared the room with South2 West8 and many others. Our favorites are all here.
“Proof that there’s nothing sexier than a girl you can work out with.” The sleeker L’Agent line from Agent Provocateur shares not only beautiful women but a selection of under garments fit for all women. As Elaine Lee tells us, “Perfectly toned gals in “Billboard Brights” lace and mesh underwear work out on bench presses, lift dumbbells and skillfully pose with hula hoops, boxing gloves and jump ropes.” Not bad.
“Home ware and design site TRNK have fast made a name for themselves, not only for their smart interior picks but also their beautifully captured home visits. This time round we get a look inside the abode of Frank Muytjens, J.Crew‘s head of men’s design, traveling to his second home in Hillsdale, upstate NY. Based in Williamsburg through the week, this quiet escape is, as you’d expect, thoughtfully decorated and as smart as they come. Did you catch Frank’s Selectism Mix?
Promiscuities, the new new film from Jonathan Leder is digital-only, on-demand erotic thriller is a mind fuck, to put it plainly. Amy Hood plays the lead role in the digital, on-demand film, available online now for purchase. Those who love the weirder side of films like Videodrome will certainly love this one as we do.
Hardcore The Beatles’ purists have been asking for this box set since the band’s original catalog was reissued digitally in 2009 and on stereo vinyl in 2012. Based on folklore, The Beatles themselves preferred the mono mixes of their albums to the stereo ones. Now, for the first time in decades, their full original catalog is back in mono form on vinyl.
We love these watches: a former automotive designer took the guts (movements) out of Seiko watches and tuend them into new limited-run timepieces in diver and military styles featuring all sorts of customizations.
Ms. Dystant work this one: “Levi’s Japan release the latest from their newly formed ‘Levi’s California’ label, a contemporary take on West Coast life in the ’60s… Stand outs include a classic Pendleton diamond print wool over shirt and a solid black denim trucker jacket with quilted lining from the folks at BEAMS.”
Thomas Welch likes this new collection from Red Wing: “The Blacksmith boot [is] a truly classic working man’s boot. Red Wing inform us that this style of shoe became very popular in rural America circa early 1900s — One would wear the boots in the field or workshop back in the day and then polish them up for a night out on town. Versatility at its finest.”
“Minim” is a clean and minimal deck of playing cards from New York-based desiugner, Joe Doucet. Their printed on sustainable card stock with simple, geometric shapes replacing “traditional imagery.” The deck makes a nice gift!
We take one more look at the debut colorways in the new Cole Haan ZeroGrand shoe. We’ve personally tried them on and can attest to their very lightweight ride and over all comfort. While many hybrid shoes miss the point, the ZeroGrand hits it right with traditional brogue details merged with injection-molded sole. Did we mention the ZeroGrand is excellent with or without socks? We love the all-black look.