● Tory Burch (Upper East Side) – Uptown flagship boutique for the socialite slash designer. ● Surface to Air (Soho) – S2A goes Paris to New York with an inspired boutique. ● Seyrig (East Village) – Germany, Austria, and the Faroe Islands are among the sources for these timely looks.
If you’re lucky enough to make your way to Paris, visiting Colette at 213 rue Saint-Honoré is an absolute must. The celebrated concept store and style mecca is known for its distinctly cool selection of clothing, accessories, books, and gadgets, handpicked by Sarah Lerfel—founder and daughter of Colette Roussaux—and her team. Besides offering covetable items in their boutique, Colette also hosts frequent exhibitions with some of the most innovative artists and fashion designers in the world. Lerfel knows that we all can’t experience her store firsthand, so in the spirit of the gifting season she and her awesome team are sharing some holiday gift ideas with BlackBook. Warning: the music playing in their e-shop will make you dance.
1. Various Artists – Discolette CD. “We love it because disco will never die and we will dance to it forever!” $30.16.
2. Lyle Owerko – The Boombox Project. “It captures the history of hip-hop and is a great collector’s item.” $38.03.
3. Jaeger-LeCoultre x CDC – Master Memovox Colette Watch. “The Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre factory created a new version of the famous watch style ‘Master Memovox International’ just for Thomas Erber’s Cabinet de Curiosités. On the disk showing the names of various cities, they replaced ‘Paris’ with ‘Colette’—and we like it!” $15,738.
4. Rilla Alexander – Her Idea. “This title is about Alexander’s new character Sozi’s ongoing struggle and triumph to make ideas happen.” $36.72.
5. Surface to Air x CDC – Leather Jacket. “This is a beautiful leather jacket created in collaboration with artist and tattooist Scott Campbell!” $4,590.25.
Steven Rojas is usually so put together, people assume he’s gay. He explained his appeal when he was named one of New York’s Mr. Rights “Some girls see guys dressed in Thom Browne or some sort of amazing suit, and they’re like, ‘Wow, what’s that dude’s deal? Is he gay?'” Often described as a ‘Man About Town,” Rojas balances the late nights of a full social calendar with a demanding career as a fashion director at Archetype Showroom, always appearing dapper, fresh and awake. Here is how he does it (it’s a surprisingly simple routine).
When you wake up in the morning after a long night out, what do you usually do to save face? I always have a nice shave to make me feel a lot better and put on a nice outfit! Do you get ready differently for a night out, versus a day of work? Day outfit would consist of a combination of blazers, ties, bow ties, khakis and a button down shirt. I just got the ACL x Steven Alan white button down and I love it. I have a sick obsession with white button down shirts and white sneakers. I also wear a lot of denim (obsessed with my Surface to Air jeans) with a new pair of Converse or penny loafers, V-neck sweaters (I love my Oak deep-V sweaters and my J. Crew cashmere blend sweaters). For night I usually pick a LnA V-neck T-shirt in white or black, with a leather jacket (in love with my Surface to Air x Kings of Leon jacket) and jeans with a skinny fit. My sneakers are usually Converse x Comme.
Skin-care essential: Soap and water. I should probably take better care of my skin … I’m a total guy with this and bed stuff.
Exercise routine: Does walking to and from my office every day count?
Anti-aging tip: NO SMOKING.
Must-have hair product: A tiny bit of Murrays! Biggest indulgence: Huh?
Hair Salon: Never been to one. I’ve cut my own hair since I was 16. Product line you’re obsessed with: I’m straight, so none.
Shower essentials: Water of course.
Your Scent: Burberry Brit. LOVE LOVE LOVE
Biggest Splurge: Myself.
Favorite breakfast spot: Balthazar — it’s right by my office and always a good scene. That and Yuca Bar on Avenue A. Great steak and eggs there.
What began as neckwear has since expanded into a full-fledged clothing line for the NYC-based brand Timo Weiland. But, thanks to a collaboration with Anna Sheffield (the designer behind Bing Bang) it looks as though the brainchild of Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland will soon be adding jewelry design to the labels’ repertoire. The two brands worked together on a line of accessories for Timo Weiland’s SS10 collection and it won’t be the last collaborative effort from the threesome. Style.com says that they’ll soon be expanding the collaboration into its own capsule collection.
But, if you’re looking for something a bit more macabre you might want to check out Surface to Air’s eye-catching SS10 creations, or the whimsical creations of Brooklyn’s own Vera Meat, which is celebrating its first-ever “studio happening” tonight. Having trouble keeping track of all the jewelry lines springing up in the industry as of late? Stay tuned: Women’s Wear Daily is teaming up with JCK magazine for exactly that reason. The fashion media outlets are partnering to launch a magazine and website, simply called WWD/JCK, which “will bridge fashion and jewelry with in-depth editorial features, fashion content and industry news.” (Read: it may pick up where the now defunct W Jewelry supplement — also once under the Fairchild Publications umbrella — left off.) The first issue debuts in April of next year.