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Sock Subscription by Pharmacie

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Socks by Pharmacie

Socks by Pharmacie

While it seems like there is a subscription service for just about everything these days, Paris-based Pharmacie, a monthly sock delivery service, sets itself apart with both excellent branding and superior quality product.

Constructed in Northern Italy by a father, son, and grandson-run operation that uses traditional methods employing the finest yarns, hand-linked toes, and dedication to all aspects of quality during production: the socks aren’t just the product of a good factory, but considered the family’s badge of honor. Sure, socks that look decent can be produced much easier and cheaper, but with a sincere dedication to quality distinction, their construction is never off-shored or shortcutted.

Pharmacie’s sock patterns are sophisticated, but not entirely dry, and the unknown makes for a good surprise come the beginning of each month.

Subscription rates from £20 per pair for three months, to £18 for twelve months.

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Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

In 2010, Los Angeles-based architectural firm Marmol Radziner, perhaps best known for their sustainable, modernist prefab designs, launched a line of jewelry. This natural extension of the practice’s use of strong industrial materials was born when Design Principal Ron Radziner became dismayed by available jewelry options, either too flashy, or too conservative.

The minimalist, unisex line has matured into a sophisticated collection that clearly echoes the partners’ architectural aesthetic, and is made even more special by the nature of materials used, which will patinate with time.

Marmol Radziner’s “wearable architecture” is handmade in their Los Angeles workshop.

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Luxury Essentials by håndværk

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Premium materials and craftsmanship make for the foundation of håndværk, a collection of highest-quality staples by NY-based husband and wife team Esteban Saba and Petra Brichnacova. The couple’s shared interest in textiles inspired them to create the handmade and finished collection, based in three generations of small-scale family production. The elegantly minimal pieces perfectly strike a balance between luxury and necessity, and this theme extends to the handsome branding by Savvy Studio.

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In New York, you can find håndværk’s collection at 3×1, at 15 Mercer Street, it is also available online.

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Opening Ceremony SS14: Into the Light

Opening Ceremony features their Spring/Summer 2014, street racing-inspired collection in this short film, Into the Light, directed by Maryam L’Ange. Alongside model Martin Cohn, you might recognize Olympic fencer Race Imboden as one of the leads in a narrative the director describes as “a glimpse into a New York love story.”

Viktor & Rolf Monsieur FW14

In the city, sometimes the least expected but practical clothing combinations can make the most sense sartorially. Take for instance the chic, carefreeness of a suited man off-the-clock, perhaps just leaving the gym, still donning his tailored trousers cuffed over sneakers, and with a perfectly fitting sweatshirt on top; it can work very well. This amalgamation can also go terribly wrong: a full suit with a baseball cap, women on the train in stockings and their “comfortable” sport shoes, etc., business-meets-sport it isn’t an easy game to play. The good news is, Viktor Horsting and Ralf Snoeren know exactly what they are doing.

The two have made it clear that they love grey flannel; it has been a staple in past collections, and after decking their new Saint-Honoré store in the material from head-to-toe, they use it as a canvas for a major portion of their Fall 2014 menswear collection. Forgoing soft-spoken, ultra-traditional suiting, the material has been reinterpreted with an infusion of sport. The athletic theme could easily read as excessively playful, something Viktor & Rolf have a reputation for siding with, but this is restrained in all the right places: athletic tape seals seams, sweatshirt material find its way into suiting, and sneakers that err on the side of sport, not fashion, look smart.

Their continued collaboration with fellow Dutch artist, and founder of the hip street label Rockwell, Piet Parra, has resulted in a successful execution of a fashion formula that isn’t entirely new, but rethought. The collection certainly is not old-fashioned office or evening wear, but we know that isn’t the target. These are pieces for the creative gentleman that is allowed a little experimentation in the wardrobe department; nothing dusty here.

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Winterizing with Bally

With cold weather approaching, it is time to take advantage of the comforts of winter dressing. One of my favorites for this winter is Bally’s Everest-inspired collection. Sure, a reindeer boot might seem over the top, but when put into context, it makes perfect sense. You see, in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first two men to summit Mt. Everest; Norgay in a pair of reindeer boots by Bally. That historic event served as the guide for Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz’s collection celebrating the ascent’s 60th anniversary. Pulling all the stops with cashmere, marmot, and down, as well as buttery leather, these may not be basics, but they are certainly staples in the most luxurious form.

More at: Bally

Ami SS14

With the Palais de Tokyo staged as a 1950s airport terminal, Alexandre Mattiussi presented his Spring 2014 collection for Ami; a direct nod to the traveling man.

This man-on-the-go was either headed out on vacation or returning from one, combining his polished, practical travel wear with perhaps a piece or two from his journeys. Those tailored, simple staples, artfully mixed with tropical prints and camouflage, remind us that Ami is all about separates; that is to say a collection that can be mixed easily with other pieces from the line (or your closet), but one that lends itself to an uncomplicated pulled-togetherness, Mattiussi’s hallmark.

See the collection at: style.com

Photos: Ami

Bally Menswear SS14

In 1952, Bally sponsored the Tour de Suisse, a major source of inspiration for Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler’s Spring 2014 collection. The bicycling theme carried from an update of an archive cycling shoe, to the technologically-advanced materials used. This sport-minded collection nicely intersects function and luxury: smartly fitted, but totally moveable, with a handsome palette that works beautifully with the materials, ones we are all too used to seeing in plain black or obnoxious neons.

See the collection at: style.com

Photos: Bally

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Gizmon iCA Military iPhone case, $35; 2. Fort Standard Brass Bottle Opener, $70; 3. Thirdman Eau Profonde, $250; 4. Formosa Wall Calendar by Enzo Mari, $320; 5. Jonas Damon for Areaware Wood Tool Set, $95; 6. Cast of Vices Handcuff Bracelet, $250

 

6. Prospector Co. Burroughs Beard Oil, $28; 7. Molecular Mixology Kit, $59; 8. Arne Jacobsen Banker’s Alarm Clock, $150; 9. Acne Studios Snowdon Blue, $120; 10. Amy Glenn Safety Pin Lapel Pin, $210

 

 

Lars Andersson FW12

Of growing up in Sweden, Lars Andersson says “everyone learns how to knit, it’s a cultural thing.” He started at the age of six, and it can easily be said that not everyone learns to knit as remarkably as Andersson. After attending fashion school in Sweden, he transferred to FIT in New York, where he honed a narrative for his style: dark Swedish influence combined with New York “cool.” In 2011, Andersson was awarded Sportswear International’s Best Newcomer Award.

From the finest of Japanese and Italian yarns, Lars and his team of knitters hand produce each garment at his studio in Brooklyn. Presenting both a men’s and women’s collection seasonally, Andersson is able to maintain a distinct identity and introduce new ways of realizing knitwear.

His F/W 2012 men’s collection is heavy on draping and layers, but the silhouettes read very clearly, and are not overshadowed by the darkness (both in style and palette). There is a level of craft that, in lieu of looking homemade, is polished, albeit casual. The pieces are relevant, but without excess, allowing  for a garment that will maintain its importance in your closet, transcending seasonal trends.

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