New York. What can I say about the old girl other than I can’t think of another place I’d like to hang my hat. Set against music from The Cinematic Orchestra, entitled Transformation, The New York Project is a gorgeous film by Pavel Tenyakov. It gives us a perfect look at one of the greatest cities in the world from all its famous corners and I implore you to give it a watch.
From the architecture of famous buildings to floods of people in Times Square to the glittering sky line atop the Empire state Building, Tenyakov uses time-lapse photography among other techniques to capture New York in all its glory. Do you have a favourite?
Homepolish, a New York based blog which features the interior design work from the company of the same name, offers a tremendous amount of their beautiful and inspiring work from all over the United States. This particular series of images makes up for only one of thousands of jobs Homepolish has taken on. Their affordable by-the-hour service boasts 300+ designers, plus they’ve worked on revamps for Manrepellar HQ and Goop thinks they’re “rad and disruptive”.
This home caught my attention because blue is a fantastic colour and they’ve used it very well. Shot by Claire Esparros, this Brooklyn 3 bedroom home (owned by Ryan and Jenna) is the perfect mix of colourful and quirky and who doesn’t love a turquoise couch? My favourite element of the house though is the hand-embroidered Kanye West tweet. Oh boy, can I live here already?
Based in Manhattan, Furnish Green is a vintage furniture store in New York worth checking out. They specialise in unique vintage and antique pieces with the philosophy to “provide creative local consumers with unique, well-made, long-lasting and reasonably priced pieces of furniture so that they can design their own spaces in a meaningful way.”
They shoot everything in a quirky throwback style against a blue wall and run a blog that shows you all the ways to incorporate their furniture into your home with very vintage styling. If you’re into more of a modern decor setting their pieces can still work well as separates. They sell everything from seating to accents to lighting and storage.
Kris Haigh, the designer of New York based hat label 1K is one of those men who lives their brand. Originally from Halifax in the UK, Haigh now works as Director of Men’s Concept at JCPenney while heading up his own endeavours into the hat industry.
Set against the backdrop of New York City (which alone is cause for following Haigh), his Instagram account boasts 55k+ followers, and offers a look into the life of a trendy, quirky and, well, kind-of-ridiculously-good-looking designer.
He also has the chops for designing head gear. Personally I used to stay avoid caps because someone warned me the lack of air and the added pressure on your head encourages your hair to fall out; that was enough to put me off for ten years. Today however, with a far more casual approach to my dress-sense, I think this would not only serve well as an accessory, but simply too. By checking out Kris’ Instagram you’ll see how he so subtly weaves his hats into mostly two-toned palettes, but basic application. That simplicity speaks volumes of his taste factor and I enjoy his aesthetic very much.
Check out Kris Haigh on Instagram (above) and his online store here.
Yesterday we got access to Thom Browne in the studio. Thanks to the New York Times, this series allows us to see what settings different designers work in. I find it particularly interesting as it can show off the designers personality and how that has an effect on their end-product.
The studio, which comprises mostly of marble walls, terrazzo floors and blinds (in grey and white), certainly works as an extension of the brand, Browne even comments that grey is his collection staple.
From the interview:
“I think the tailoring aspect of what I do is very in tune with the way that I live, and my office, and my store, and even my house, because of the uniformity of it, and the rigidity. Especially for women, I love to keep pushing the idea of uniformity, and not so much choice. I think there’s something really refreshing when things don’t change too much.”
The Richard Heines print collaboration with Dries Van Noten is one of my favourites details about fashion week. Haines has always considered himself an artist, more than the fashion illustrator he has come to be known as. From 2008 his blog What I Saw Today worked as visual diary for the street style and models he witnessed in New York and fashion week around the globe. Because of his signature style it was easy to spot a Richard Heines drawing versus the others that appeared online, people (including me) were desperate to have their own style immortalised.
Fashion design is not exactly a departure for Richard, who started out as a designer for Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. For spring/summer 2015, Dries Van Noten unveiled a gorgeous collection inspired by Richard Nureyev, and the ballet for which the former is famous. Richard very graciously answered a few questions about the collection for Man of the Cloth exclusively below.
How did the Dries collaboration come about? Furthermore, what can you tell us about the conceptualisation process?
The people from Dries had contacted me originally a few years ago when they began work on the book to correspond with his exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. They decided not to go with illustration, and said they would contact me again when a new project surfaced. Then a few months ago they reached out and asked me if I wanted to collaborate on prints for the s/s15 men’s collection – of course I was thrilled. Dries and I met once when he was here in New York and he shared the initial concept, then I spent a week in Antwerp working with him and his team and we really got down to the details of the collection. It was a wonderful process working with him and his team, and I think the results speak for themselves.
Menswear has certainly broken its boundaries over the past few years. Where do you see it going next, especially with print and colour being major players right now.
Whoa, that’s a big question. Menswear is changing and evolving as men change and evolve and their habits of shopping change with them. I think with the Internet men have learned to be more creative about how to put themselves together, how to be creative, and how powerful the art of dressing is. I don’t see that reversing any time soon.
Any plans to collaborate on this level in the future?
I’m super discreet and never reveal the work I’m doing until the people I’m working with want it released. So, I never kiss and tell…
America is as much my home as sunny, sunny South Africa. I have been fortunate enough to visit many times and have seen quite a good portion over the years. My brothers are married to American women and have children who talk in funny American accents, which is weird. Instead of trekking to Cape Town for my December holiday’s I opted for a white Christmas in the mid-west to be with my family. It was the most wonderful two weeks I could have imagined and to top it off I planned a little trip to New york for a week with André, my Brooklyn host who took the best care of me. These are some of the things that I saw minus the family-photo’s I can’t imagine you’d be interested in seeing. You’ll note this post is devoid of fashion-y selfies, followed by instgram pics of new clothes on my white bed sheets. This is my vacation, my holiday, my geddaway, point and shoot style. All the images were snapped with my iPhone 5 and rendered with Afterlight thanks to Miss Moss‘ recommendation on her own travels to New York City.
Now, I’m a summer-in-December kind of guy, I had never seen snow. My brother snapped a photo of me experiencing “snow” for the first time but let me tell you, New York had another thing coming. Just watch as it progressed. It was, without a doubt, the coldest I’ve experienced in my life. And it was wonderful.
The late Andy Warhol once described Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse as a “glittering grotto in the sky” and from looking at these incredible shots it’s hard to imagine otherwise. The space was designed personally by Sinatra in 1961 and acted as his main residence till 1972.
Although the apartment has received extensive renovations in 2008, which saw the additional of a few more modern touches, the layout of the 3200 square-foot apartment has remained intact. Features include only the necessities that one would need when residing in the Big Apple, particularly on the island. These include up to six bathrooms, four bedrooms, marble fireplaces, glass staircases as well as two enormous terraces that offer incredible views of the East River. Like I said, necessities. The penthouse is currently on sale, with an estimated market value of $6 million (USD).
Thom Browne is set to introduce a new line to his eponymous brand, which will move away from his signature silhouette in favour of more conventional tailoring. Entitled “Thom Browne New York” the line is set to be released for Fall 2014.In a few short years Browne has become an icon in menswear, particularly famous for constructing very distinct looks in his collections as well as re-inventing the classic grey suit. A move towards the introduction of a more traditional and conservative line is seen as a way of expanding the Thom Browne brand. Although Browne has generated huge acclaim for his extreme tailoring of shrunken proportions, the aesthetic is not for the mild of heart.
In his own words the designer has described “Thom Browne New York” to be for a buyer “who likes the personality of my clothing, but wants a more classic proportion and fit.” No confirmation on price or dates of availability have been released, but the starting price for suits is said to begin at $2,200 and the line will include shirts, coats and accessories.
Collaborations between high-end designers and major scale retailers are emerging as a significant trend in menswear at the moment. 2010 saw Paris-based house Lanvin design a collection for H&M as a an edition to the Swedish retailer’s annual guest designer collections, and fast forward to 2013 and the North Face has recently collaborated with the urban-cool Supreme, Kanye West is working with APC and Rick Owens is designing sneakers for adidas. With this, the recent announcement of Public School’s collaboration with the ever-growing J.Crew is already being considered to be one of the most exciting collections for 2014. Although announced via Public School’s Instagram account, no information has been released as to when the collection will be released, nor for which season.
For the uninitiated, Public School NYC is one of the most exciting labels to come out of the big apple in a very long time. Every piece is made in New York using only the best materials sourced from the around the world, including Japan and Italy, with a distinct aesthetic that reflects both high-fashion and street-wear. Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne founded Public School in 2008 and in the space of a few short years have won acclaim and numerous awards, including the Swarovski Award for Menswear at the this years CFDA’s, and in the process have created one of the most exciting menswear brands in the world. With all this in mind, the announcement of collaborating with J.Crew is truly sensational.
From 1983 J.Crew has evolved from being one of the United States’ affordable, seemingly conservative retailers is becoming an upscale – yet relatively priced – boutique with a distinct Americana vintage inspiration. CEO/chairman Mickey Drexler, formally of Gap, and creative director/president Jenna Lyons have taken J.Crew to new heights and continue to produce consistent and stylish collections.
Giles and Brother, based in New York City, make up for one or two all of my Christmas wishlist. I decided to arrange my Christmas season to be spent with family in the States, which will be followed with a week in New York. On top of the list of places to visit, is Giles & Brother. You may recall my early adoration for Philip Crangi, well it just so happens he is the man behind this jewelry label, along with his sister (Giles!). The beautiful hand-crafted jewelry is so spot-on trend. When it comes to men’s accessories it doesn’t get much better than this. I have my eyes on that railroad spike cuff, but it’s those amazing coin pendants that I absolutely will be charging to my credit card buying. Which is your favourite?