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Photos by Atsushi Nishijima and Yoshiyuki Matsumura, courtesy Arc’teryx

You likely know Arc’teryx–the outdoors brand based in Vancouver, B.C., which has a fanatical following and specializes in the kind of technical perfection required by Olympics-level skiers.

But do you know Arc’teryx Veilance?

The fashion-oriented Veilance line balances body movement with a minimalist aesthetic, comprising anatomically tailored pieces which are perfect for, say, riding your bike to work. And then wearing while at work.

There’s a considered subtlety to the design of the Veilance line which reveals itself in real life. The hidden buttons on the blazers. The geometry of the sweater yoke. The soft proprietary weaves of wool, nylon, cotton and elastane.

Get a feel for Veilance in these images from the Arc’teryx publication Tomorrow, which uses as a model the famous photographer JIMA.

Shop: Arc’teryx Veilance

Click here to see Veilance unveiled

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Twelve Black Sneakers for Spring

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Looking ahead from winter to spring sneakers, know this: we are still in the era of the re-appreciation of the adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. Aka the whitest sneaker that ever white-ed in the history of whiteness.

Get you some white Stan Smiths and you shall look fresh for spring.

But do not fail to consider the all-black Stan Smith, which is crucial in its own way. Or black-on-black sneakers in general. Once the provenance of video store guys, black sneakers are having their own fashion moment. Choose a pair with clean lines and achieve the same monochromatic outfit-grounding power of white sneakers–without showing dirt.

Twelve styles are pictured above and linked below.

Shop: Gucci low tops | Vans low topsGucci high tops | adidas Stan Smith | Nike Air Max 1 Essential Nike Air Huarache | adidas skate shoe | Prada high tops | Lanvin high tops | Nike high top skate shoes | Converse Chuck II high tops | Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Essential

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7 For All Mankind designer Steve Romero and president Barry Miguel; image courtesy 7 For All Mankind

The challenge was simple: make a pair of jeans that don’t shrink in the dryer. Because you know how jeans are, right? You wash and dry them, they get tighter.

That shrinkage, however endemic though it would seem to all cotton-based garments, was unacceptable for 7 For All Mankind designer Steve Romero and president Barry Miguel.

Two years later—20 prototypes, 150+ dryer trials and 1 winning recipe for the weave and the yarn—enter FOOLPROOF Denim, 7 For All Mankind’s newest innovation.

We got on the horn with Miguel for a FOOLPROOF overview and with Romero for a drilled-down conversation about what they’re calling the best denim ever.

Shop: 7 For All Mankind

Let’s pop the hood on these jeans, shall we?

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Images courtesy Cottweiler

Specializing in abstracted tracksuits designed in England by Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, Cottweiler is one of those underground brands you might be unconsciously familiar with, since it’s worn by famous musicians. If you ever thought FKA twigs looked cool on stage–and frankly it’s not even up for argument that she does–or wanted to dress like the grime emcee Skepta, Cottweiler is worth your attention.

We’re proud to announce Cottweiler is part of Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

Images below are from Cottweiler’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Cottweiler’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see more of Cottweiler’s wheaty aesthetic and asymmetrical designs.

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The designer himself; images courtesy Xander Zhou

Fresh off the runway in London, consider these images a preview of sorts for Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

One of the featured designers in Heartbreakers II is Beijing-based Xander Zhou–who, fun fact, is also the fashion director at the Chinese version of The New York Times’ T Magazine.

Images below are from Zhou’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Zhou’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see Xander Zhou’s sartorial visions for modern men/knaves

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In case you missed it, W Magazine caught up with Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky and got the goods on his favorite spots in his hometown of Atlanta.

If you’re ever in that neck of the U.S., our recommendation is to follow his recommendations. Jeffrey’s expertise extends far beyond the garment.

Read: Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Atlanta

Shop: men’s designer

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sweatsofnoteBased on where we are right now with our current sweatpants fixation, when GQ makes a web list called The 10 Best Sweats for Working Out or the Weekend, that’s a list we click through.

Lo and behold nestled in GQ‘s list we found two of our own all-weather favorites by Thom Browne and Nike–both perfect for pretty much all levels of social interaction, from casual lounging to looking completely presentable and styled out.

Bulky sweats are what we’re wearing right now, in heavy cottons and wools. But that soon shall change.

With spring upcoming, we’re not just looking for cool designs but also sorting by material when we shop, thinking about how to keep rocking that carrot-ish silhouette and perhaps switch up the fabric to be a little lighter in the near future.

Shop: Thom Browne sweats | Nike Tech Fleece sweats | all joggers and sweatpants

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Just in time for the season when we spend the most time indoors, this month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop proudly welcomes HAY Mini Market, featuring playful home and office wares from the beloved Danish Design company with a cult following.

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In a convergence of favorites, one of our favorite style writers, Jian De Leon, wrote about one of our favorite trends, the rise of fashion sneakers, for one of our favorite publications, Business of Fashion. We suggest you read the piece.

In it, De Leon asserts that the Platonic ideal of the fashion sneaker is Common Projects (which we sell in-store only) and goes into detail about Amsterdam-based brand Filling Pieces.

More broadly, De Leon makes the case (correctly and astutely, we think) that fashion sneaker customers are not necessarily status seekers, but intelligent people who care about quality and design.

Read: Jian De Leon on Filling Pieces for Business of Fashion
Shop: Filling Pieces

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All images by Colin Tunstall

Where will you go in 2016? Perhaps after reading this blog post, you’ll consider a trip to Bondi (bond-eye) Beach in Sydney, Australia.

It’s definitely on our list after chatting with photographer Colin Tunstall—also the cofounder of the surf-inspired, casually luxurious brand Saturdays NYC.

Read our interview below with Colin about his recent Australian vacay/store opening with Saturdays cofounders Morgan Collett and Josh Rosen, and scope his photos of majestic yoga poses, killer karaoke and perfect waves.

Shop: Saturdays NYC

Click here to dive into your virtual, vicarious Australian vacation

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