If you follow professional basketball on any level, you have witnessed the boldness of Russell Westbrook, he of the nasty crossover and risk-taking personal style. Like Dwyane Wade (whose Stance socks we love), Westbrook has two lives: athlete and fashion conversation starter.
He just stepped out as a serious collaborator with True Religion, designing a strong collection of tapered jeans and long, eminently layerable shirts. They look good on the Internet but there’s a solidness and soft feel to the pieces that comes through in person.
We caught up with Westbrook on the phone to talk about all that–as well as his fashion industry goals and why he’s not interested in designing a basketball uniform.
Shop: Russell Westbrook x True Religion
Related: The History of True Religion and Hip-Hop
Images by Canh Nguyen
We love Maiden Noir‘s streetwear-meets-menswear style, which can be borderline dressed-up and also extremely cozy, with a deft use of polar fleece. We’re psyched to carry the Seattle brand as part of Heartbreakers II, our Pop-In Shop this month focused on evolving menswear, curated by VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim.
So psyched, in fact, that we commissioned an exclusive reversible fleece jacket and fleece hat for the occasion.
Because Maiden Noir is based in Seattle’s International District, just a mile south of Nordstrom HQ, we thought we’d pop in for a visit. After all, how busy could designer Nin Truong and his partner Christa Thomas be? They only run Maiden Noir simultaneously with a coffee shop, a line of bags and Truong’s other job as design director of Stüssy.
They’re a power couple, for real.
Shop: Maiden Noir | Heartbreakers II
This way for the Q&A + studio tour
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?
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
Photos by Matthew Sumi
Filson began 118 years ago in Seattle and the brand never intended to appeal to anyone but hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen. But sometimes you can’t control who’s into you, you know?
Now that it’s cool for urban and suburban men to dress like they’re chopping logs in the woods, it’s boom time for Filson. And the brand’s expansive, newly remodeled showroom and manufacturing facility just south of downtown Seattle speak to that prosperity.
Photographer Matthew Sumi snapped the action at the grand re-opening party for the Filson facilities. And Filson’s creative director Alex Carleton spoke to us about talk about stewarding the brand, favorite hikes and the importance of being earnest.
See images below interspersed with the interview.
We’re psyched to announce Acne Studios for men is now available at Nordstrom–Acne being the Swedish designer brand known for modern, conceptual minimalism.
Most items are purchasable now. Others are available for pre-order. A second wave of styles is coming this January.
Take a look at the clothes below and read commentary from our men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes, who explains a little more about the brand and what it was like at the Acne showroom in Paris.
Shop: Acne Studios
Perhaps, like the rest of us, you recently binge-watched Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None on Netflix. If so, maybe you noticed that beyond all its jokes, drama and frank dialogue about dating and race in America, this is also a show about style.
In particular, you can view it as a guide for how to dress unembarrassingly as a city-dwelling person entering one’s 30s. That’s due to the careful work of costume designer Dana Covarrubias.
We spoke with Covarrubias on the phone about the individual styles of the buddy crew at the center of Master of None: Dev (Aziz Ansari), Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu).
Also: how to reconsider your style as you turn the big three-O.
Read the full interview here
Apolis makes smart, durable menswear and maintains utter transparency about its supply chain, achievements for which it is recognized by both style and business organizations. You may not know the brand, but you should.
We got on the horn with cofounders/brothers Raan and Shea Parton to talk about the mission of Apolis, collaborating with Warby Parker and the benefit of growing up next to a Patagonia visionary.
Come hang out at our Chicago flagship store in Men’s Shoes this Thursday from 5-7PM, where we will be hosting special guest EJ Samson, director of content strategy for Hearst Media Group–aka the guy who runs the website for Esquire.
It should be fun. All the event info is here.
Samson put together outfits featuring Timberland boots which will be on display in the store. He will be ready to answer your questions.
Ask him about the outfits. Ask him about Esquire. Dance to the deejay or stomp around in your Timberlands and enjoy light bites and cocktails.
To get to know him better, we called Samson ahead of the event and asked him about his history with styling and his visions for the future of digital journalism.
Images by Robin Stein
Surf-inspired brand Saturdays NYC started in 2009 with a staunch imperative to chill, selling espresso shots and hosting hang-outs in the storefront backyard. Years later the brand has become a serious fashion player, but the chill has not waned.
When we met with co-founder Morgan Collett at Saturdays’ showroom in New York, a zen glow hovered over him from the previous day, when he watched the sun rise and surfed in Japan with one of his idols, Kohei Chiba.
A hardcore fan of Swedish design who cut his teeth working for Acne and J. Lindeberg, Collett is also still that kid from Newport Beach, California, who got a varsity letter on his high school surf team.
Read on for our interview with Collett to learn how his brand truly represents a culture, how surfing is different in New York versus Cali–and to see images of prototype shoes in Saturdays’ SoHo showroom.
Full Q&A through this link