Marc Jacobs

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).
Shop Billy Reid | Bid on This Bag


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.
Shop Florsheim by Duckie Brown Shoes | Bid on This Bag


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.]

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Has your wife or girlfriend ever borrowed your coat or wandered the house in your favorite hoodie? If not, you might need better clothes. ‘Let Her Borrow’ is a new series in which Kristina Zias, a menswear expert at our Grove store in LA, shows off her favorite new items from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

Menswear designers seriously stepped up their polo-shirt game this season. With trends like zippered collars, longer button plackets, and unlimited color choices, the polo is your go-to for elevating casual weekend wear. And, if the lady in your life is a tomboy at heart like me, you might catch her nabbing your new polo faster than you can say ‘Hey, that’s mine!'”
—Kristina Zias, Nordstrom at The Grove, Los Angeles

 
 



1. The Classic: Billy Reid. “This Billy Reid polo is second-skin soft. Seriously. You can wear it running around town in the AM, to a casual business meeting in the afternoon, out to dinner in the evening, and you might even want to sleep in it, too. You probably shouldn’t, but it’s so soft and classic that you could. I love this light blue—it’ll look great on almost any man.”
[Shop: Billy Reid ‘Pensacola’ Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Blazer | Tod’s Penny Loafer
Gant by Michael Bastian Chinos | Billy Reid Polo (same as above)
 
 



2. The Rebel: Marc by Marc Jacobs. “Super-slim throughout the body—if you don’t normally wear Marc Jacobs, for sure go up one size. I’m obsessed with this ‘Acacia’ color! We can also call it neon yellow. It’s so vibrant and would look great with a tan. The zipper detail adds some edge, for the man who thinks polos are for prepsters. I know you’re out there…”
[Shop: Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip-Collar Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
7 For All Mankind Jeans | Nixon Watch
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses and Polo Shirt (same as above)
 
 



3. The Popover: Edun. “Slim throughout the body. The narrow collar makes for a more modern shirt, and the rose color shows you’re ready for spring and looks great paired with almost any bottom. I love the extended button placket on this polo—actually, is it even a polo at all, or is it a button-down? Who cares? It’s great!”
[Shop: Edun Woven Pullover Shirt | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Timberland Chukka Boot | Cult of Individuality Pants
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Bracelet | Edun Shirt (same as above)
 
 



4. The Contrast Collar: Ted Baker London. “The purple gingham trim under the button placket is a great pop of color to an already standout polo. The perfect shirt to wear to your girl’s family weekend barbecue! Pair it with flat-front shorts and some boat shoes, and you’ll be ‘mom-approved’ for sure.”
[Shop: Ted Baker London ‘Reeskep’ Piqué Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Persol Sunglasses | Hugo Boss Shorts
Sperry Top-Sider Boat ShoeTed Baker London Polo (same as above)
 
 

SHOP ALL: MEN’S POLO SHIRTS
…And catch our previous installment of ‘Let Her Borrow’ here.

 
 

[By Kristina Zias. Photos by Laura Matsko.]

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Our Men’s Fashion Director texted a final care package of iPhone photos from Milan Fashion Week. Enjoy these parting shots from Italy, and stay tuned for more Spring 2013 coverage from Paris.

“Zegna showroom style.”

“Missoni. Super chic.”


“First look at Michael Bastian.”

“Etro does Morocco.”


“Marc Jacobs first look.”

“Prints, on the runways and in the streets.”

“Staying cool.” [Eugene Tong of Details magazine]

“Milan Fashion Week ends, now Paris here we come.”
[Jorge, Nordstrom Men’s Designer buyer, with our agent in Milan, Christine]

 

Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Spring ’13 can’t come soon enough.
In the meantime, shop: Ermenegildo Zegna | Etro | Marc by Marc Jacobs

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