Monthly Archives: April 2010

Rogues Gallery x John Bartlett

For the second time, Rogues Gallery has teamed up with John Bartlett for a capsule collection known as RG/JB. The summer collection is said to be inspired by gladiators and baths of the ancient Mediterranean, as opposed to grizzly bears from last season. The line will consist of vintage tees, tanks and accessories, ranging from $55 – $75. The collection will be sold in Bartlett’s Greenwich Village store. While we have yet to see photos, the idea of steamy gladiators in ancient baths sounds just right for summer.


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Certified Americana Shirts

Freedman shirts just launched in American Rag. Never heard of them? They’re a little bit Western and they’re ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS from tailored fits to buttons and contrast fabrics. Owner Randy Freeman set out to manufacture the perfect shirt and it looks like he’s already got a nice following from his rock n’ roll pals Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Marc Ford, G Love, and Donavon Frankenreiter. In other words, not your average shirt, and pretty good timing with our Urban Cowboy theme. A natural match for denim, the line is also sold at Ron Robinson Fred Segal.

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Visionaire’s McQueen Tribute

Visionaire’s 58th issue, called “Spirit” is dedicated to Alexander McQueen with contributions from Nick Knight, Stephen Gan, Lady Gaga, Steven Meisel and more. The magazine will only print 1,500 copies for $295 each, and each issue comes in a special case, wrapped in metallic brocade from the Spring 2010 collection. The issue is due out in June, but you could see a preview here.

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Photo Real Copy Cat

As I was going going through the depths of our seasonal analysis yesterday, I came across Byblos’ Fall 10 show and I couldn’t help but stop and think that there was striking resemblance to.. oh no they didn’t.. Alexander McQueen’s Fall 10 collection for men.

Byblos, Fall 10

Alexander McQueen, Fall 10

Right. So McQueen’s photo real computer generated chainmail takes on a slightly smaller pattern scale at Byblos, looking a little more line-driven versus intertwined braids. But they’re both shown in head-to-toe looks and in monochromatic browns.. Hmph.

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Festival Goers

With Coachella behind us and a slew of summer festivals on the way, H&M is launching its first festival-inspired line for its annual Fashion Against AIDS collection. And while guys wardrobes don’t get quite as much festival attention as the girls, we’re kind of excited to see what’s in store for guys.

H&M’s FAA line includes clothing for ladies, men and accessories (that go as far as sleeping bags if you didn’t think they were really serious about festivals). The ad campaign speaks well to the theme, with Lou Doillon and Lizzie Jagger as bohemian festival goers and model Josh Beech. Jean shorts and faded shirts coming to an H&M near you on May 20th in the Divided department of 200 H&M stores worldwide.

H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS festival-inspired collection

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“Like” Levi’s

Levi’s is one of the first brands to apply Facebook’s new Social Plugins. Here’s what it does:

1. For online shoppers on (that are also Facebook users), there’s a “like” button.

2. Levi’s created a “Friend Store”, which allows shoppers to see a list of their friends’ favorite products while shopping, as well as share opinions/purchases.

I want to like this, I really do, but I think I would have to be an absolute fanatic of a brand/designer to really embrace it, and that just isn’t the case with me and 501’s. As the video says, yes the world is more social and personal and this is on-trend but I’m somehow not so convinced, though I will say that going forward this is definitely something I see as a major key to brands integrating with social media. On the right track, definitely but I’m not sure if I “like” quite yet.

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Burberry April Showers

April may be coming to an end but Burberry hopes for rainy days ahead. The brand just launched their newest capsule collection this past Thursday called Burberry April Showers, sold in stores and online. It including ladies, men’s and accessories. While the idea is clever (and who better to go to for a Spring trench), I can’t help but mention that any month-titled promotion (or collection in this case) should have well over 1 week sales time. May is for flowers, not showers.

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