July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Like every other summer in recent memory, I’ve been seeing a lot of stripes around. But retailers have spiced up the pattern by giving it a subtle painted effect. Rag & Bone has done the best take on this, applying navy painted-effect stripes on everything from women’s tanks to men’s sweaters and shirts.
Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen offers a great weekend/beach bag with a similar effect, though the stripes are less dense, wider, and sky blue. Also, Toms Shoes offers their classic espadrille covered in black, painted-effect zig zags.
For the D.I.Y. inclined reader, this could offer an afternoon of fun. For everyone else, just look online – these items are bound to be on sale soon.
June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
This all started when I tried on a pair of Leather Crown sneakers at Koon. They looked beat up, like I had worn them to a heavy metal concert where lots and lots of people with dirty soles jumped on them repeatedly. But despite their weathered look, the suede felt nice and the structure of the shoes seems pretty sturdy. They went perfectly with my black jeans and leather jacket, and for the 30 seconds they were on my feet, I had my model-off-duty look down pat! I was in love.
Since then, I’ve noticed that several other companies have their own version of the dirty shoe. My favorite are by an Italian company called Golden Goose, which is now everywhere in Apgujeong and Cheomdan-dong at retailers like Boon the Shop and Ecru.
Rag & Bone also has their own versions, although they’re much less dirty than either of the aforementioned ones.
June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Barneys recently collaborated with Rag & Bone to create a summer line of men and women’s suits. The line is now being offered on the Barneys website as well as in select Barneys New York and CO-OP stores. Overall, the line looks a bit more conservative and less workwear oriented than Rag & Bone’s recent collections; however, pieces from the line would surely boost summer wardrobes in need of some solid, professional basics. The suits, offered in black or grey sharkskin, are youthfully tailored with narrow shoulders and lapels. The shirts are classic looking, with seams running down the back.
The line also includes 6 ties in dark, muted tones. My favorite is the black, woven, dotted tie, which could subtly spice up the plainness of the suits.
Rag & Bone shot some promotional materials for the line, starring Texan model Britt Maren and boyfriend Derek Orell, chef of the East Village restaurant The Fat Radish. Here are some behind the scenes shots of the photoshoot as well as one of the final shots from the Barneys website.