Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
One of my favorite footwear brands that I love wearing Eastland, are again collaborating with American fashion designer MarkMcNairy to offer four new styles as part of their Made in Maine collection. Something spectacular always comes out when Eastland and McNasty get together. Using some of my favorite silhouettes like the Falmouth, a two eye chukka boot and the horse bit loafer. The small touch of yellow and camo makes the shoes awesome to wear for year all round. Don’t get me started on the horse bit loafers because I’m simply obsessed with them. Giving the all camo treatment to one of the most classic footwear silhouettes in footwear; adding a more fun and youthful look.
The Ripley USA is a horse bit loafer that features a brass clasp metal hardware on vamp and contrast moc-toe stiching. The Mercer USA is a two eye chukka boot featuring a non-slip boat sole and rawhide laces. The Falmouth USA a four eye moccasin low top with ballistic nylon detail in which it either comes in yellow or camo print. The four shoes are handcrafted in Maine from the finest USA components like Horween leather. The Falmouth USA and Mercer USA will be available on Eastland’s website, starting in early March and in stores at Neiman Marcus. The Ripley USA will be available online, as well as in stores, at Bodega.
|Falmouth USA x Mark McNairy Camp Moc Black/Camo|
|Falmouth USA x Mark McNairy Camp Moc Tan/ Yellow|
|Mercer USA x Mark McNairy Chukka|
|RipleyUSA Horse bit|
Sunday, March 2, 2014
J.Crew has been on a successful track in the last years. With the help of Jenna Lyons and Frank Muythens the brand has changed, expanding its demographics not only targeting to preppy buyers, but all kinds of consumers. Usually being seen worn by the U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. Last year it opened its first European flagship store in London. J. Crew has been more successful than its competitor Banana Republic. J.Crew has a tremendous following because it offers its basics in an array of colors. Just hashtag #Jcrewaddict.The idea of offering various color ways of basics never fails just look at brands like American Apparel and Uniqlo that have used this method. I always have seen J.Crew as an American version of Uniqlo except with a more hefty price tag. J.Crew is one of the few retailers where I can find a cable knit sweater in mint or salmon pink.
It came to no surprised to find out that Fast Retailing that is the parent company of Uniqlo has an eye on the American Retailer. The founder of Uniqlo Tadashi Yanai wants to turn Fast Retailing into the world's biggest clothing retailer competing with brands like Zara and H&M. Supposedly the buying of J.Crew can Uniqlo five billlion dollars. J.Crew can be used to attract the more traditional crowd that sticks to classic staples like cable knit sweaters, cashmere sweaters, and chinos. Do you think is this a smart business move? Will the purchasing affect the American fanbase?
Sunday, January 5, 2014
|Mens Tur Heater $90.00|
|Womens Fur on Fur Heater $100.00|
One fact about me is that I hate cold weather and one other fact you should know is that I hate is seeing people dressed improperly in cold weather. It drives me crazy to see people on the street without a winter hat. It’s not cool and no you’re not setting a fashion statement. Did you know 30 % of your body’s heat is lost through the head? (Yup Crispy has facts!) If you want to even get more technical, you lose heat from any part of your body that comes in contact with a cold environment which usually hands, neck and head.
I highly recommend these two stylish winter hats for men and women (Menswear and Womenswear enthusiasts I got your back!) from Fjallraven the Swedish brand definitely knows a thing or two about being outdoors. The hats that made my pick are the Tur Heater for men and the Fur on Fur Heater for women. The exterior of Tur Heater hat is made from Vinylon-F that is the same fabric used on the legendary Fjallraven Kånken backpack. The fabric is very durable and water-resistant naturally without a coating. Artificial fur on the inside. A visor protects against the snow while ear flaps that attach with a click buckle keep the chin and cheeks warm. A pair of extra, smaller ear flaps with "hearing holes" let in sound, can be folded up and attached with a button or left down when cold wind is blowing. For women the Fur on Fur Heater is truly a winter hat. It has synthetic lining and protective ear flaps in wonderful long-haired synthetic fur. Visor that folds up and leather chin strap. Didn't your parents tell you to wear a hat?
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Here's the preview of Woolrich Woolen Mills for fall and winter 2014. Old is new again. I was honored to visit the Woolrich Woolen Mills showroom, two months ago. Woolrich, a heritage brand that I love dearly. I own several Woolrich items and plan to add more. Woolrich is returning to their roots by bringing back from the archives like goose down jackets in rip-stop nylon in the bright colors that we vintage heads love. The return of the wonderful sheep logo is back. Woolrich, one of the oldest outdoors companies that has outfitted us since 1830. With the Americana trend that has made a resurgence in the past years and anything Made in U.S.A being all over the menswear blogs I'm happy to see Woolrich going back to the classics. Numerous brands had been heavily influenced by Woolrich especially many brands coming from Japan trying to emulate mid-seventies and eighties outerwear style. Many of these brands sell their clothing for $400 plus range. Many of the classics will be returning in a slimmer tailored fit for the man in 2014. The Woolrich line will be available at several retailers like Dillards and Paragon Sporting Goods ranging from affordable to more limited expensive items. It's great the Woolrich will be available in a variety of retailers like Dillards and Paragon Sports because it will attract new customers that might not be familiar with the brand.
The parka will guarantee keep you warm with the 550 duck down fill. The exterior of the jacket is coated with Dupont Teflon which makes the jacket resistant to water and stains. Faux fur-trimmed ruff on the hood with keep your face warm and protected from the elements. It comes with two-way zippers, which is a great convenience when you want to get access to your pockets, but don't want to completely unzip your jacket because it might be cold.The jacket retails for $675, get on that Crispy womenswear tip so buy now before the whole J.Crew addict nation does
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I'm the starting the first shoe pick of the week of 2014 with this bad ass beef roll penny loafer by Eastland. I'm a huge fan of penny loafers, especially if the loafer has a beef roll. I already mentioned before that the beef roll balances the front part of a penny loafer by giving the illusion of a wider stance. Penny loafers tend to look narrow without a beef roll. Eastland gave a timeless design little bit of youth with a dab of Realtree® camo.Camo continues to be a popular pattern no longer only used on clothing but being incorporated on footwear also. The loafer is part of Eastland Made in Maine U.S. A collection. As usual Eastland uses the finest materials like Horween leather with hand rubbed finishes. Handsewn by skilled Maine shoemakers using a traditional true moccasin construction with genuine leather welt and double leather sole. Get on your preppy menswear tip by heading to Eastland website and buying a pair.They cost $400 dollars buts its's totally worth it has everything you want Horween leather, Made in U.S.A, Beef roll design and did I mention Camo!