Our Men’s Fashion Office is all up in the mix at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, and the most photographed member of the team by far is Danny Mankin, Men’s Styling Manager. Which does not surprise us. Everyone’s looking good here, but that excellent fit you see above is pretty much a regular Tuesday for Danny.
Being bombarded with style is exciting but can overwhelm, so to get our minds right, we’ve been enjoying post-show breakdowns with our Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.
Here’s Jorge on the difference between runway shows and designer presentations (#NYFWM has both) and the events & spring/summer 2016 collections by Suit Supply, rag + bone, Todd Snyder and Michael Bastian.
It was leather sandals and “casual luxury” for Todd Snyder at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, with the designer’s spring/summer 2016 runway collection set to a steel drum soundtrack of Jamie xx, Popcaan and Young Thug. Being in the building felt like going on vacation to a blue beach with a cold drink.
We spoke with Snyder backstage about the Italian island that moved him to design the collection, translating certain sensibilities from womenswear to menswear and why this first-ever #NYFWM was necessary.
How should you shop our ongoing men’s sale, where drastic, half-off discounts abound? It’s about looking past the racks on racks on racks–and seeing what’s really present. At our flagship store, a salesperson advised a deep dive for AG denim: “It’s there if you look. It only goes on sale a few times per year, if that.”
Rare gems with commentary from a recent walk-through:
Attention, all overhead-compartment-stuffing, gym-bag-throwing, clothes-rumpling men and those who love them: Did you see The New York Times wrote about the virtual unwrinkleability of the Todd Snyder White Label suit? That is, the Nordstrom-exclusive Todd Snyder White Label suit? For real, this is the easy choice for a suit for traveling during the holidays or just being on the move in general.
Relevant info from the article from the designer himself, with testimony from NYTimes writer Guy Trebay:
“It used to be that people put Lycra in travel suits so they held their shape,” Mr. Snyder explained with considerable distaste. “Now there are enough ways you can do it within the yarn, twisting it a little bit tighter–almost like loading a spring.”
The yarn woven to produce Mr. Snyder’s newly introduced $795 single-breasted travel suit is so peppy, he claimed, you can wad it up into a ball.
Rather than taking Mr. Snyder at his word, I stuffed the jacket into my gym bag and promptly forgot about it. Days later, I discovered it wedged between a pair of Stan Smiths and some gym shorts. I yanked it out, gave it a quick shake and some airing. Then I put it on and wore it to a business lunch.
There you have it!
Below, read Snyder’s comments from Nordstrom Men’s Shop creative director Andy Comer about Pinterest, architecture, sweatshirts and more.
With Christmas right around the corner, we asked three male colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ to share what’s on their gift radar this year. First up is Strath Shepard, our Creative Director for Custom Digital Content—a man who’s equally into outdoor excursions and obscure periodicals. If this sounds like someone on your own holiday shopping list, continue reading to find the perfect gift.
Huge congratulations to our friend and one of our favorite designers, Todd Snyder, on scoring a cool feature in the New York Times’ Style section, below, as well as opening a brick-and-mortar pop-up shop, City Gym, in New York’s Nolita neighborhood.
As the name would suggest, City Gym centers around the Iowa-born designer’s Todd Snyder + Champion collection, a tough yet tailored take on archival pieces from the 94-year-old American athletic brand. You can also pick up some Snyder-approved accessories—like medicine balls by Leather Head, bike pumps from Kaufmann Mercantile, and a midcentury-modern Stephen Kenn couch made of Army blankets. As Snyder states in the article, “It’s not just about me and my brand, it’s about my filter and how I view things.”
Snyder’s accolades are adding up, with a recent full-page GQ spread devoted to the Champion collab under his belt as well. Check out a few shots from that article below, then shop our Editor’s Picks from the collection.
Their inaugural project depicts New York City—in all its grit, majesty and weirdness during the recent events of Fashion Week—as envisioned by a rotating cast of industry insiders using Fuji 400 disposable cameras. Here, a sampling of the kind of imagery you’ll find at EDIT today and in the days to come, photographed and captioned by co-founder Ryan Plett.
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[Above: “An off-duty model at the Ovadia & Sons presentation—waiting for
her model boyfriend to finish the show, of course.”]
“NYC is always stunning at dusk. I think this was 20th, outside of a film lab.”
“Nick Wooster posted up outside Lincoln Center. It was great to see Nick switching up his usual, dressed-up style for a more laid-back vibe this season.”
“What now seems to be the official ‘kickoff’ to my fashion week each season is the Todd Snyder presentation. A packed house, a great guy from Iowa (like myself), and of course a spectacular clothing line—what’s not to like?”
“Snapped this woman taking a break outside Milk Studios.”
“Something I love about fashion week is seeing how diversely my friends dress—and yet we all respect each other’s style.”
Visit TheEditMag.com for more—and look for additional exclusive photos here on Men’s Shop Daily in the days to come.
Having knocked the collective socks off the menswear industry last week (no small feat when most of whom are still clutching at summer sockless-ness) with his impeccable vision of Spring ’14 (look toward the bottom of this post), what do you think Iowa-born designer Todd Snyder immediately did? A) Sleep for 50 consecutive hours; B) Go to Disney World; C) Cross the pond for a little R&R—and of course, more work.
If you guessed C, treat yourself to an extra Guinness on this glorious Wednesday. While the self-professed workaholic’s shot of Europe’s finest shearling, above, first caught our eye (and got us jazzed for Fall) this morning, the pics below kept us scrolling. Check out the view from Snyder’s Paris hotel, the designer’s favorite London hat shop, an epic victory in the form of actor Justin Theroux rocking Todd Snyder + Champion on the cover of GQ, and much more—all on Todd Snyder’s official Instagram feed.
…And while those Autumn tones match our current mood to a T, a pop of color is always welcome:
What happens when our Men’s Shop video team goes to Las Vegas during Market Week? They run into Pharrell. They get down to brass tacks with up-and-coming design heroes. And they make some movie magic.
Above is one of four new videos we shot while traversing the vendor booths in Vegas during three furious days of menswear trade shows. Press play, learn about the elbow grease that goes into some of today’s best gear, and shop our Editor’s Picks from a few of the brands we interviewed. (Notice a theme? Fall is officially here.)