Man on the Move: Style Quality
Business mogul Henry Ford – founder of the Ford Motor Company and one of the wealthiest figures in history – once said that “quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Pretty sure he knew a thing or two about how to do things the right way. Lesser known Antonio Cerruti – the Italian who founded fashion brand Cerruti 1881 – envisioned his products to be built on quality and style. It’s no wonder that centuries later, his lines are still going strong. While the quality of craftsmanship is a primary ingredient in sustainable and successful products, quality of style is certainly keeping Cerruti oozing with opulence in its latest collection.
Style Advice: The inspired Cerruti look can be described as dark romanticism. The bold outwear piece is the head-turner in this case. You’ll get a similar reaction with this Zara trench coat, which is technically midnight blue, but it’s also borderline black and just adds to its versatility. The (faux) leather material definitely stands out amongst the sea of wools in the crowd. Now bring in the romanticism with this deep purple sweater from River Island and matching pants from Hugo Boss. Balance out these hues with a more masculine pair of commando boots, like these from Dries Van Noten, and you’ll be ready to march. If you’re looking to take your swag up a notch, top off the look with an indigo Polo driver cap.
Must-Have: There are two key wardrobe items you can wear every day of the week without looking foolish: shoes and jackets. And because of their versatility, the subsequent must-have list has a bit more depth than other articles of clothing. With the seasonal changes, we’ll keep our attention on outerwear. This week’s ticket item is the black leather motorcycle jacket, and no one does it better than Saint Laurent. This is a classic, yet still underrated if that’s even possible. You can wear it to the office with a shirt and tie, or ride your motorcycle (or car, I guess) by pairing the jacket with black denim jeans and a white t-shirt. Either way, your closet better have room for it. If your budget may not have room for that particular version, then you’re still in luck. Topman has an awesome option for a steal of a price, and no it’s not faux leather.
Industry Update: With all the negative news going around these days, it’s nice to see a feel-good story from the fashion industry. Ironically, it’s about stopping things that feel good. I’m referring to the recent news that Gucci and Creative Director Alessandro Michele have decided to ban fur products, thus making the brand fur-free going forward. Gucci isn’t the first to do this, but it has been the hottest brand with an array of grail pieces over the years (including, as it were, its insanely popular fur loafers), so this is definitely a huge win for the world and its living creatures. Let’s hope that this is another Gucci trend that trickles across the entire fashion industry.