Shoes, Proenza, and Steak: Fashion News You Need to Know, 10/8

Catch up on the latest happenings in fashion before starting your day.


You Wear What You Eat

Brooks Brothers is opening a steakhouse. Those that dress together, dine together? 


A Very Fancy Birthday

Jeweled luxury shoe brand René Caovilla is turning 80, and about to gear up for a youthful expansion – think crystal-encrusted sneakers.


Calling All Downtown Girls

Proenza Schouler just opened a second NYC location at 121 Greene Street.


Fashion Shorts

Ferragamo’s Walking Stories episodes are up on the Italian brand’s site now.


Gird Your Wallets

Shopping just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Google.


What to Do in Tokyo

Alexander Wang opened a three story flagship store in Tokyo, outfitted with Carrara marble, concrete, polished brass, and carrying men’s and women’s RTW, as well as T by Alexander Wang.


The Perfect Shirt?

Micky Drexler’s son Alex opens Alex Mill in NoLIta in the quest for the perfect white shirt.


Instant Gratification Shopping is Here

Condé Nast partners with MasterCard to allow even more direct shopping from the magazines’ pages.

Brooks Brothers Has Launched a ‘Great Gatsby’ Collection

Because one mind-blowing Great Gatsby announcement isn’t enough, it’s just been revealed that Brooks Brothers has been tapped to launch a collection inspired by the film. Given that authord F. Scott Fitzgerald was a hardcore fan of BB and even mentioned the suit-happy brand in his books, costume designer Catherine Martin knew that there was no better match for a limited-edition capsule. 

WWD has the scoop on the collab, noting that "top sellers so far include a black bowtie with white tipping — a Brooks Brothers archival piece that Martin discovered and brought to the retailer; it’s also the tie worn by DiCaprio in the poster of the film; a bottle green cotton cardigan with burgundy and white trim, and a white linen herringbone peak-lapel suit with a contrasting brown vest." See and shop the full range here

While the collection is totally dapper and taps into that whole retro vibe that peeps have been feeling since Mad Men hit the tube, where can men wear these head-to-toe pieces without looking like a douche dude stuck in a timewarp? Either way, yay for Gatsby things!

Kick & Play: Finding The Unique Slip-On Sneaker

Casual, conventional loafers and slip-ons are easy to find, but stand-out, unique pairs are not. From clothes to footwear, it seems like every company – from H&M, to Zara, to Banana Republic – is doing the same as the next.

But amid all the generic styles are some that do stand out. Here are some simple pairs that add a touch of flair to your feet.


Brooks Brothers Suede Tie Driving Moc (to the left)

Driving moccasins are always good to have – whether as a back up in your closet for those days you aren’t sure what shoes to wear to brunch or as your main dinner party shoe.

The rubber sole with a padded sole makes for a comfortable shoe. But this driving moccasin by Brooks Brothers uses suede to give the boat-shoe style pair a really raw, cozy look.

With this loafer, be a preppy with dark brown or grey or evangelize the hipster inside of you with red, bright blue, or bright green (not shown).

Available at your local Brooks Brothers or online, $148.

Y3 Decade

Decade sneaker

Yohji Yamamoto, aka renowned shoe designer for Y3 and Adidas, is always good at sleek design with a standout twist. For his 2013 collection, he unleashes the Decade, a stunning low-cut sportswear slip-on sneaker in black with a deep purple sole.

The shoe is a cool mixture of leather and mesh, surrounded by an elastic fastening system to give a clean, snug fit. The great thing about the Decade is its cushioned insole, which lets you leave the casual kick on your feet for hours and still be comfortable. Perfect for the gym and street running, but great for jeans and dark pants if you want a dark sneaker with a little pop.

Available on the Y3 website, $290.00.


Bien CuitWest Village, NYC
At Bien Cuit, you get fresh pastries delivered twice daily – from croissants, to chocolate bundts, to homemade breads and pistachio roulades. My favorites include the almond chocolate croissant coupled with their frothy cappuccino, and their reuben sandwich featuring their famous homemade bread. Woody interior, marble counter, long front windows – this is the perfect spot for a Saturday morning chat, or casual blind date.

Tavern, Brentwood, Ca.
Tavern might be one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. While Tavern has earned its acclaim and honors, still, nobody talks about it enough. A fine dining experience with a bakery next door, the beautiful space has something for everybody. But their fresh-baked cookies might be the best you’ll have ever experienced. Top that with pumpkin bread pudding, monkey bread, and medjool date cakes, and you have an eclectic vibe of sweets to leave you coming back regularly. Tavern is perfect for brunch, delicious for dinner, but unbelievable for desert.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, Ca.
One of San Francisco’s finest characteristics is the city’s openness and diversity. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, and pastries come to the city with an international sense of community. Here, city goers are able to try breads, fruits, and creative chocolate flavors and take all types of goods home. While dinners out on the town are always nice, sometimes it’s refreshing to bring home exotic fruits, fresh organic greens, and get creative for a nice hearty dinner at home. The best experience for me at the Farmers Market? Mocha chocolate by Scwarffen Berger.

Walk fresh. Eat right. Be well.


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New York Openings: Safira, Kitsune

For whatever the NoMad/Dream/Ace in-hotel boutique trend is worth, it’s ruining my screenplay. The idea was for the airline to misplace Ben Stiller’s luggage, thus leaving him stranded in New York without the proper outfit for his big presentation. But with a designer shop in his hotel’s lobby, there goes our inciting incident. 

Of course, these boutiques share limited-to-no aesthetic kinship with the brothers Brooks. Safira, inside the Dream Downtown, is equal parts clothing and mirrors, with an international, Near Eastern vibe. Camilla caftans for her and suits to fit by tailor Alexander Nash make up the shop’s hallmarks, but looks from PRISM London, Fenton, and Dita eyewear are also notable. Hotelier and former Bollywood playboy Vikram Chatwal, whose daughter is the boutique’s namesake, offers both accommodation and accouterment for those who care to party. (For the sake of continuity, note that Chatwal also played a minor role in Stiller’s own Zoolander.)
Meanwhile, Parisian/Japanese fusion label Maison Kitsuné has opened a flagship boutique of sorts inside the mansard-roofed NoMad Hotel. Kitsuné’s own ironic prep styles for ladies and gentlemen are draw enough, but expect additional stockings of labels like WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and Aesop. Kitsuné-only pebbled loafers, courtesy of J.M. Weston, might be the closest thing our protagonist will find to boardroom appropriate—damn his 22-year-old secretary for booking him at a trendy hotel.
And just around the corner at the now-establishment Ace Hotel is Opening Ceremony’s boutique, complete not only with a smattering of their own goods, but pickings for Ben’s entertainment and personal furnishings—the latest McSweeney’s, select Criterion discs, Haribo gummies, O.C. luggage by Tumi. 
Alas, our hero may be forced to give a presentation on metrics wearing a Comme des Garçons Play t-shirt. But hey, it’s wild enough to get the disillusioned Kirsten Dunst character to look up from her BlackBerry and smirk. And that is what those in the biz call a “meet cute.”

Lady Gaga Wore Brooks Brothers at Last Night’s VMAs

Save for Beyonce’s adorable on-stage pregnancy announcement and Bruno Mars’ classy tribute performance to Amy Winehouse, we can likely all agree that last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were a hot mess. From the awkward presenter interactions to the sloppy act transitions, this year’s show was filled with amateur moves that did, however, serve to make the real stars shine brighter – like Lady Gaga, er, Jo Calderon.

The Gaga stayed in character all night, as her male alter ego (and Vogue Hommes cover star) opened the show with a monologue and performance and provide Britney Spears with a lifetime achievement award. While some guests were confused by the tough-talking Italian’s stage presence, there’s no denying that Gaga and team made a real effort to get Calderon’s look just right. During the show, Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti took to his Facebook page to list Calderon’s fashion credits. He wore a jacket by Dior Homme, t-shirt by Uniqlo, pants by Brooks Brothers, underwear by Emporio Armani, and shoes by Dr. Martens.

While we’re sure that Lady Gaga as Lady Gaga has never stepped foot into the US men’s clothier chain, Lady Gaga as Jo Calderon just gave Brooks Brothers a nice sales boost.

Brooks Brothers Will Sell 501s for More Money Than Levi’s

Striving to embody a classic American style, Brooks Brothers has inked a deal with Levi’s to start selling their iconic 501 jeans. However, the Brooks Bros. 501’s will have some slight changes: Since Brooks Brothers requires the jeans be made domestically, the price has been driven up to $148 per pair, whereas typical 501s are sold for $60-100, depending on the wash and retailer. Ouch.

Because Levi’s currently employs zero American manufacturers, a Los Angeles-based factory was outsourced to produce the denim. Even if we may not all agree, Brooks Brothers’ chief merchandising officer claims that “nothing has conveyed the image of iconic American style more than a pair of Levi’s jeans worn with a Brooks Brothers button-down shirt.” Cool, but is it worth it?

Two New Denim Collabs Courtesy of Levi’s & JT

Two new denim lines will be soon be premiering at Brooks Brothers and Target thanks to collaborations with Levi’s and Justin Timberlake’s William Rast label. Levi’s is bringing classic jean styles to both Brooks Brothers standalone-stores as well as its e-commerce site. “Co-branded as Levi Strauss for Brooks Brothers, the $148 designs come in three fits and six washes for men, with all product made in the U.S.,” says Women’s Wear Daily. Each of the styles fit into a classic aesthetic category (read: don’t expect any heavy washing or distressing here). The denim line sells for about $50 more than Brooks Brothers other in house jeans collection, but (at least in terms of sales angles), it has the advantage of being U.S.-made.

Meanwhile, William Rast is following suit and bringing embellished Americana styles for both women and men to Target come Dec. 19. “The collection for Target was inspired by the essence of the William Rast brand—the iconography of biker culture and American denim heritage,” Colin Dyne, William Rast’s chief executive officer, told WWD. Unlike Brooks Brothers x Levi’s, this collaboration is likely to house a far more ornamented take on classic American staples.