varvatos-head-shotIf New York Fashion Week: Men’s were a music festival, John Varvatos would have been the headliner. The American menswear designer went last and went big at #NYFWM, with a rockin’ runway show which people jostled to get into beforehand and fought during to take photos.

We meet Varvatos backstage to talk about the England-meets-SoCal inspiration behind his stripe-y spring/summer 2016 collection–a lot of it had to do with a guitar player whose name rhymes with Beef Pritchards–and why he forewent his regular runway show in Milan in favor of New York.

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Besides making supremely handsome, high-quality timepieces, Detroit-based Shinola is committed to the admirable goal of reviving America’s watchmaking industry—and revving up the Motor City’s economy in the process.

Continue reading for a Q&A with Shinola’s Creative Director, a look at our favorite Shinola watches, and a video depicting the intricate handiwork that goes into every one of Shinola’s USA-made masterpieces.

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Yes, that’s snow—and no, that guy’s not wearing pants. It’s a good thing Pact socks are plenty warm.

It’s also a good thing they look great with jeans, khakis, and definitely boots—so stock up (save $3 on each pair of Pact socks when you buy 3 or more) and wear them all winter long.

The best thing of all, though? Every purchase from Pact’s holiday collection helps The Empowerment Plan provide jobs to homeless women in Detroit. According to Jeff from the Pact team, “It’s an incredible little organization that makes sleeping coats for the homeless. With money raised from our collection, Pact is buying The Empowerment Plan new, industrial sewing machines, so that they can hire more women and make more coats.”

Altruistic through and through, the fine people at Pact even shot their holiday lookbook (including the brave, pantsless gentleman above) at a location they wanted to shine a light on: The Heidelberg Project, a public art environment in Detroit. Learn more about it in the video below, and SHOP PACT UNDERWEAR & SOCKS.


[Photos courtesy of Pact. Video by Tilapia Film, courtesy of The Heidelberg Project.]