Man on the Move: Vivid Individuality
“I still appreciate individuality. Style is much more interesting than fashion, really.” Designer Marc Jacobs echoes the sentiments of stylish men everywhere. There’s something (awesome) to be said about non-conforming style – a.k.a. individualism. When expressed freely, it is truly an art form in fashion. Japanese designer Hiroki Nakamura has mastered this art with his Visvim menswear brand. It’s a mix of Western eclectic intertwined with traditional, and modern embedded in Native American vintage. It’s what you would expect combined with something you totally didn’t. And it’s picture perfect. How else could you explain a sweatshirt with shorts and boots, topped off by a funky hat? It’s art with character.
Style Advice: Individuality isn’t for the faint of heart. Let your style develop organically rather than chasing the latest fast fashion trend. This look screams comfort in its own way, and the oversized sweatshirt – like this option from Gant – is the key ingredient. Let it dominate your outfit with its draped look combined with the rest of the wardrobe having relatively smaller pieces, so that it doesn’t seem like you are dressing up for mismatch day at school. That’s how these forest green shorts from Franklin & Marshall will match so effortlessly. Keep your shoe game on point with a sleek pair of Vince suede chukkas. Top the look off with a wider brim hat like this one from Ben Sherman. Very functional on a sunny day and full of swagger every day. If you take each piece separately, they can almost be considered wardrobe staples you can wear in so many different ways. The power of Visvim is pulling that versatility together with one look. You may not think to do it otherwise, but you’ll be glad you did.
Must-Have: A man’s greatest accessory – outside of his wedding ring – is his timepiece. I’m not talking about the Fitbit you use to count steps or the Apple watch that shows your texts. Those are functional, sure, but they are watches – not timepieces. The latter separates the men from the boys, the connoisseurs from the commoners. Every man should invest in a timepiece that can pass through generations after him. The options are endless, but the results should be the same: opulence on your wrist. To really find your must-have, you may have to go through quite the search. After all, this isn’t something you can purchase hastily. There are hundreds upon thousands of options you can’t go wrong with, but a classic that will go with every suit you own, stand out amongst the crowd and earn the respect of everyone in the room? The IWC Portugieser Chronograph with a midnight blue strap and a white dial. If you’re not ready for that kind of investment just yet, then you’re still left with several options like this Daniel Wellington piece with a rose gold trim. Either way, you should have an option that isn’t digital.
Industry Update: Sometimes grown-ups fight too. That seems to be the (ongoing) case between luxury powerhouse Gucci and fast fashion retailer Forever 21. Gucci is big on its signature stripes and since it’s the label to shop for, talk about, purchase, gawk at… who wouldn’t want to know what that feels like? They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And that’s exactly what Forever 21 did. Back and forth between Gucci ensued, with the latest move made by Gucci to file a counterclaim. Regardless of the 'he said, she said' drama, it is a tough dilemma and it’s essentially what keeps fast fashion in business. By copying the runway looks of the luxury brands, stores like Forever 21 can push their looks out to the customers quicker and try to make a name for themselves – even though they aren’t really hitting the same target market as Gucci consumers (which makes it even crazier that Gucci is spending time and money fighting this). It’ll be interesting to see the results of this particular case and how it impacts the aforementioned fast fashion cycle. In the end, it could really impact the consumers in one way or another.