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Ovadia & Sons

It was just last week that we mentioned the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and its uncanny knack for a) honoring our favorite menswear designers in the biz, most recently Thom Browne, and b) throwing parties that draw highly photogenic crowds.

The CFDA’s noteworthy deeds continue this week with a collection of one-of-a-kind weekend bags that the non-profit organization, along with Details magazine, commissioned from top menswear designers including Michael Bastian, Rag & Bone, Todd Snyder and Billy Reid.


[The plain, military-surplus duffel each designer started with.]

The bags are being auctioned on eBay through this weekend only. As of this posting, Todd Snyder’s is the most hotly sought after with 23 bids. But you know how these things work: The auction ends June 17; now’s your chance to stake out your favorite bag, then swoop in at the last minute to drop the winning bid.

Check out our favorite bags below, and pop over to eBay to see about scoring a one-of-a-kind work of art (slash piece of luggage). All proceeds go to the CFDA to benefit new and emerging designers.

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Michael Bastian. The 2011 CFDA Award winner patched up his bag like an Eagle Scout sash full of merit badges; but in a Jack Kerouac-like twist, the obscure mementos look like they’ve been collected throughout a road scholar’s lifetime of strange trips.
Shop Michael Bastian | Bid on This Bag


Rag & Bone. Sleek black leather contrasting the faded olive give this duffel—by the English-bred, New York-based duo behind Rag & Bone—the look of a refined  doctor’s bag. Perfect for carting a change of clothes uptown to hit the gym before or after the office.
Shop Rag & Bone | Bid on This Bag


Marc Jacobs. Win this auction, and you get not only a cool bag—but also dozens of what appear to be hand-doodled buttons to pluck off and pin to your jean- and leather-jacket lapels.
Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bid on This Bag


Tommy Hilfiger. It’s amazing how some blue dye and leather accents can make an Army/Navy bag look incredibly luxe—as with Hilfiger’s unmistakable play on one of our favorite trends for summer: unapologetic Americana.
Shop Tommy Hilfiger Watches | Bid on This Bag


Billy Reid. Alabama-based Reid devised one of the most functional duffels of the bunch—complete with longer handles to toss it over your shoulder during endless airport treks, and a strap on the end to easily nab it from the overhead compartment (or the flatbed of a truck).
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Ovadia & Sons. Twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia offer a wry twist on their signature mix of preppy and military influences, with aeronautical patches affixed in a jaunty, haphazard manner.
Shop J. Press York Street by Ovadia & Sons | Bid on This Bag


Duckie Brown. Where other redesigns sought to urbanize the source material, this one embraces olive green’s earthy side, with a wooly blanket pattern that recalls visions of summer camp.
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Todd Snyder. This Iowa-born designer chose to pursue the ‘Navy’ side of Army/Navy, with a sailor-inspired creation that turns the conventional duffel on its ear. Rugged natural leather and sturdy rope make it ready for a long boat ride—preferably to the Bahamas.
Shop Todd Snyder | Bid on This Bag



And two more auctions we’re eyeing: Richard Chai (top) and Public School—we don’t carry these guys, but they made some of our favorite bags of the bunch. The former utilizes a rare color scheme we suddenly hope to see more of: olive green x neon blue.

The latter, in always-appropriate black on black, looks like a cross between Michael Jackson’s jacket from Thriller and some space-age survival gear from our recent favorite sci-fi film-festival throwback.

 
 

[Intro photo by Donnell Culver for We Are The Market. Duffel photos via Details.com.]

Take a century-old, Yale-bred campus shop (J. Press), put those hundred years of heritage in the hands of two young masters of the modern menswear movement (Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons)—and the result is an immaculate, if at times off-beat, experiment in Americana. It’s called J. Press York Street, and it’s coming soon to the Nordstrom Men’s Shop. (More on that later.)

In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to have some exclusive images by one of our favorite photographers, Evan Tetreault, from the J. Press York Street Fall 2013 presentation he attended during New York Fashion Week. Check out Evan’s work below—and a few of our favorite looks from the collection below that.






 


Our favorite looks—from left:
1. Beanie + repp tie + sweats. The definition of high/low.
2. Tech-parka over pinstripes. Very Maine meets Wall Street.
3. Had it with V-necks? Replace it with a rugby shirt. [Click all images to enlarge.]


More favorite looks—from left:
4. We’re into olive-green everything lately—a great neutral for pants and, obviously, sportcoats.
5. Pretty much the perfect toggle coat.
6. What to wear chopping wood when the fire dies. Or when your girlfriend forgot to take the trash out. Or under your suit next winter if you live in Michigan.

 
 

[Close-up photos by Evan Tetreault; view his Portfolio and follow him on Tumblr. Full outfit shots via GQ.com.]

Highlights from our @NordstromMen Instagram feed, as captured by Street Etiquette’s Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs during New York Fashion Week.

Of note: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s final painting (from the show Josh and Travis took in at NYC’s Gagosian Gallery), master street photographer Tommy Ton in leopard, and the cinematic presentations of Moncler and J. Press York Street (designed by Ovadia & Sons)—the latter of which lands soon at the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.







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for more from NYFW by Travis & Josh of Street Etiquette.

Our coverage of New York Fashion Week through the eyes of Travis Gumbs (left) and Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette continues below. Catch up on previous installments here and here.

From Joshua: “Today’s J. Press York Street collection was a great presentation, adding to what it means to commemorate traditional American prep attire while still pushing the envelope. The prep style happens to be one of our main influences, so it’s great to see it presented in such an array of looks. Public School, on the other hand, took care of the street-casual department, with a lot of dark colors and leather to inspire your cool next fall and winter.”



Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Leather Jackets | Beanies | Scarves | Ties | Oxfords



Inspired by Joshua’s Look:
Trenches & Overcoats | Zip-Up Sweaters | Camo Pants | Sneakers | Bags




J. Press York Street (designed by Ariel and Shimon Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons)—coming soon to the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.
[Click smaller images to enlarge.]


Trekking between shows. If we’re not mistaken, that’s Nico of Nickel Cobalt in the navy poncho.




NY Knick Carmelo Anthony (left), self-promoting at the Public School presentation.




Hood By Air, where rapper A$AP Rocky closed the show. [Click small images to enlarge.]








Scenes from outside Milk Studios and around NYC. [Click smaller images above to enlarge.]


 

[Photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]