January marks one of the busiest times of the year for anyone with an eye on menswear.While we’re still digesting great moments from LC:M; Milan, Paris and New York Market Week roll around, not forgetting the ever-growing list of trade shows and previews to take in. Fall/Winter 2015 firmly on our minds, the past seven days have offered plenty to get excited about beyond man-garments; art, design, architecture and publishing providing a break from collections. A happy balance between them all, we look back on the highlights from the past week.
Way before Moloko Milk Bars and a psychotic Jack Torrance, director Stanley Kubrick wandered the streets and Subway system of New York, shooting the cities inhabitants between 1945 and 1950 for “Look” Magazine. We revisit his black and white shots from the period.
One of our favourite food books featured way back in 2013 makes a return with an updated version for 2015, featuring over 2,000 new suggestions on where to grab a quick bite at 3am or a swish dinner for a special occasion. Top chefs including Rene Redzepi and Yotam Ottolenghi reveal their favourite haunts in this insiders guide to global good eats.
Japan’s RFW join a long list of casual sneakers hitting the mark for Spring 2015. Less minimalist tennis shoe, more vintage-inspired plimsol, the brand choose soft suede in a variety of contrasting shades, the two-tone make up reminding us of classic American military issue.
France’s Bleu de Chauffe, Selectism regulars, rarely hit a bad note. French workwear their central inspiration, the country’s history of beautiful, functional, clothing and accessories have given the crew plenty to build from. The latest line draws from hunting apparel and postal worker carriers, all in contemporary form.
Photographer Thomas Prior follows a group of hardcore handball players in his latest work. Capturing “the athletes powerful posture and physical strength, alongside the determination and perseverance required to be a participant in this aggressive game.” A dynamic tribute for a sport open to all.
Los Angeles-based identical twins, Jalan and Jibril Durimel, clearly understand the LVC ethos, styling the brand’s decade spanning reproductions with a clear respect for, and understanding of, American classics. Anyone who enjoys a bit of vintage should definitely catch this editorial shot exclusively for Selectism.
A decade of great, good, bad and ugly, the ’60s can be tricky territory for any brand. Trust Boglioli to pick the wheat from the chaff, focusing on the best of the era in this contemporary, autumnal mixture of soft knits and double-breasted suiting.
Unnecessary and ill-conceived magazine launches a symptom of print’s recent renaissance, if ever there were a brand with the credentials to get involved, it’s Nepenthes. These guys maintain a strong aesthetic via their NYC and Japan wings, from way-out editorials to dreamy seasonal videos, so we were immediately excited to find out about “The Garment District Journal” – “Investigating the world with observations and conditions of our time between objects, people, words and conversations.”
Getting up-close with the perfumery process, we step inside the world of Atelier Cologne, a small-scale business bringing back exclusivity to the world of scent. Transforming the purchase of a new cologne to an experience rather than a simple exchange of cash, take a look inside the modern day apothecary.
The scenic South Tyrol plays homes to the kind of views that would floor even the most well-travelled among us. Here, we find Haus F, 862 metres above sea level, built to take in stunning mountain forest views with its oddly placed windows acting as over-sized picture frames. No television needed.