Buttero x Por Vocação Window Display
Located at Corso Garibaldi in one of Milan’s most hyped districts, Buttero’s “flagship” store is a mandatory stop for everyone visiting the Italian fashion capital. In a recent collaboration with former menswear store turned creative marketing agency Por Vocação, the space now presents a unique window display resorting to vintage faceted backlit glass pieces, evoking the traditional craftsmanship of Murano glass.
Bringing together two very special brands, Por Vocação (my former employer) whose creative director is not only a good friend but a mentor as well and Buttero with whom I have been developing a growing relation based on our mutual love for footwear, this project definitely has a special meaning for me.
Boglioli Blue event held @ Biblioteca Braidense, Milan
This was a preview for the upcoming collaboration with Takuji Suzuki’s ts(s). Also present was Wooster looking impeccable as usual…
Woolrich Woolen Mills SS12
McNairy’s vision for W.W. Mills takes on the rugged, task oriented lines of previous designer Daiki Suzuki and mixes them with his own unique aesthetic, resulting in an inspiring, smart rendezvous between preppy and functional.
The SS12 collection presented in Milan had its share of hunting/safari inspired items, while maintaining an updated vibe through the use of fabrics such as chambray or mesh. The color palette revolves around earthy tones, with strong emphasis on khaki and greens, splashed by the occasional pop of color. Similarly to what happens in his footwear line, a fair dose of humor and wittiness are ever present in his creations, such as the chambray shirt with the New York Times print on the chest pocket.
Overall it appears to be a well balanced collection, one that will easily dish out “must haves” for everyone’s wardrobes.
Photos from Style.com
I must say I’m one of those persons who suffers with low temperatures…As I’ve stated before, amongst my Winter essentials you’ll always find a pair of gloves and a cap. In fact, gloves are one of those items which have slowly grown on me during the past few years…I’ve come to appreciate their elegance and the complementing effect they have on an outfit.
One of the models which has seen an increasing burst in popularity is definitely the driving glove. As the name states, this variety was originally used by race car drivers as a means to protect the hands and increase grip on the steering wheel. Also available in fingerless versions, the driving glove is easily recognizable by its distinct features: perforated leather for extra breathability, open sockets on knuckles and back, and an adjustable snap fastening, which besides securing the glove in place, would originally adapt to the driver’s chronograph, ensuring a clear view.
The thing about this type of gloves is that they may seem a bit too pretentious if you’re caught anywhere else but coming off of your ride…However, when your hands are not at risk of freezing and with the current amount of touch operated gadgets (Ipad, Iphone, tablets and don’t forget cameras), they might prove to be a valuable option.
A few options available @ Coisas d’Homem
A new ride
One of the most discussed topics of the past years has been global warming and the contribution of C02 emissions to that effect. This concern has led to worldwide innovations in several fields, aiming to deliver more environmentally friendly products, preferably described as sustainable for added projection in the market.
The transportation industry as a major player when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions’ rankings, was greatly affected. On this note there’s much each of us can do to change the paradigm, be it opting for public transportation, starting a car pool or embracing hybrids. Despite all the recent additions and innovations to the vehicle stock (Segway comes to mind), I’d like to focus on one of the oldest, and still to this day, most beloved of all: the bicycle.
The number one choice for millions of people worldwide, it has become a part of the urban landscape for cities such as London, Milan, Tokyo or Paris. Granted, it’s not for everyone, especially if you live in a place with uneven topography, but other than that you should consider the option. It’s a win-win deal: cheaper, greener, healthier and, let’s face it, more stylish (depending on your ride of course). Remember Scott Schuman’s and Tommy Ton’s pictures of dapper Italian men perfectly suited up, riding their bikes in such rakish ways?
I’ll leave you with my brother’s ride, along with some of those pictures to get you inspired…
My brother’s fixed wheel bike from back when he lived in London.
Photos by The Sartorialist