BUILDING A LEGACY OF STYLE

St. James & Company owner, Cabral Miller (standing) and model at a recent shoot at the Newark-based boutique.  (Photography by Rachelle Clinton)

As you know, from time to time I pen pieces for a variety of media outlets that cover some of my favorite lifestyle topics (fashion, beauty, culture, etc) and more. I recently was tapped by Heed Magazine (an online magazine whose mission is “focused on expressing the positive, diverse and spiritual perspectives…as it relates to current events, politics and pop culture) to profile a very special place– St. James & Company, a family owned and operated men’s boutique in the heart of Newark’s burgeoning arts district.

Owned by the Miller siblings, Utenzi and Cabral Miller, St. James & Company is a beautiful example of Newark’s drive and passion to revamp and rebuild its tattered reputation– building a legacy to be proud of.

Read the article about Cabral Miller and St. James & Company here.

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NYFW F/W 2014: Asaf Ganot (Refined Ruggedness)

As per the request of Mr. Socialite—I am going delve into the world of menswear and its accoutrements more. Hopefully you won’t mind too much.  It can actually be quite interesting. Besides…I have a weakness for a well dressed man (I think that is how I got snagged by Mr. Socialite in the first place).  I don’t know what it is…maybe it is the confidence—that swagger—that he exudes knowing that he looks debonair. He knows he’s a dapper don in that immaculately tailored suit and commands the attention of every room he walks into. That is the power urbane gentleman …and in the end what makes him sexy.  New York-based menswear designer, Asaf Ganot, depicted that this season at his presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

With the former cathedral turned event space of Hoffman Hall at the High Line Hotel serving as a backdrop, the Asaf Ganot Fall/Winter 2014 collection was a glimpse into the appeal of all things manly.

Known for his signature aesthetic, Asaf Ganot marries luxe materials and impeccable craftsmanship. His collection fused contemporary menswear with cutting edge construction capturing the true essence of luxury. Drawing inspiration from Asaf’s travels and experiences and translating that into a vision of the modern man, he created a sophisticated assortment of looks that are both rough and refined and radiates an air of confidence.

Featuring quilted leather jackets, cashmeres with Donegal patchwork, cable knits finished with leather detailing, rich tweed suits complemented by shearling trimmed coats in a deeply rich palette of obsidian, ash and stone contrasted with shiraz, beluga blue and regal purples, the line was a blend of rugged looks paired with classic Italian made menswear fabrics that with the power of today’s technology was enhanced to ensure comfort and function without sacrificing style.  The knits were treated with unique washes in faded and tie-die finishes resulting in pieces that appeared to be worn by salt, air, snow – that of an active lifestyle of a worldly, strong man of style.

I definitely saw a few pieces that would be the perfect addition to Mr. Socialite’s wardrobe and the well-dressed man in your life too.

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FASHION WEEK 2011: Riviera Club Fall 2011 Presentation

Friday evening was definitely a busy evening for yours truly. After attending one presentation at Lincoln Center, I had to race downtown…way downtown…to the Bowery Hotel for the Riviera Club Fall Winter 2011 presentation.

After a near death experience in the cab ride over (which I shared with stylist Shatonia Amee and fellow blogger Ashia Sims), the scene that met us was an interesting one. When we arrived we entered into what seemed like a big soiree. Photographers were snapping shots everywhere and people were schmoozing and walking around with glasses of wine. Not odd if you were thinking the event was a party, but a little if you were expecting a traditional fashion presentation.

As you stepped deeper into the venue, there was a huge table full of bottles of wine, fruits, artesian breads, smoked sausages and more. The “audience” surrounded the table which was populated by gentleman who seemed to be just enjoying the food and drink and having a great time. The “party-goers” at the table were the models– novel idea, and very fitting for the theme of Riviera Club’s Fall presentation.

This season, the brand decided to share the story of the California Wine Renaissance. A twist on the ruggedness of traditional work wear, Riviera Club channeled the marriage of blue collar chic and polished dishevelment. A great collection that was complimented by amazing accessories by Generic Man shoes and Riviera Club’s own hat collection. Styling for this presentation was done by Julie Ragolia and the staged party was designed by famed set designer Michael Sturgeon.

For more information about Riviera Club, visit www.rivieraclothing.com

 Images from the Riviera Club Fall 2011 Presentation.

 

FASHION WEEK 2011: BeSpoken Fall/Winter 2011

By Shani Faure

On Saturday, February 12th, BeSpoken held their  Fall/Winter 2011 presentation at Pier 59 Studios. A British import,  BeSpoken put together not only an impressive collection but an amazing presentation as well. The models stood on display in what seemed like an old photograph backdrop from a more rustic, old western era. The set was  created by Aux Armes– a fantastic job with the set design.

The attention to detail between the set and the collection was seamless. Every piece within the line was a winter warm color that was tailor fitted to the model’s body.  The jackets had unique buttons that gave the coat a unique, custom-made appearance. One of the trends noticed at the show was a cuffed trouser sported by each model giving the vintage men’s look a more modern twist. Styled by Julie Ragolia, many of the looks were paired with hats by Worth & Worth and jewelry by Anna Sheffield providing the jewelry. 
To see more of BESPOKEN go to http://bespokenclothiers.com

Images from the collection: