Store Visit: Osklen, Miami
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Osklen since 2007, back when I lived in Florianópolis (Brazil) and had a chance to really get in touch with the brand. Although my personal style has come a long way since then, evolving and adapting to a more mature perspective, all of the pieces I purchased at the time are still present in my wardrobe. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the brand’s Lincoln Road store during my recent stay in Miami.
Founded by Oskar Metsavaht, a gifted creative director working in a myriad of areas such as fashion, design, media and social-environmental projects, the brand carries a distinctive trademark aesthetic and universe which embodies all of the above. As a worldwide renowned patron of ecology and sustainability, Oskar stands at the helm of the “new luxury” movement, focusing on how top tier fashion labels can be run in a sustainable, environmental-friendly way. Osklen is, as expected, a paramount player in this field.
As a matter of fact, it’s a serious player in many others as well, alas without the rightful praise it deserves…In my opinion, Osklen is one of the most underrated luxury labels out there, namely due to a stagnant misperception that associates it solely with beach and surf wear. Although there’s an undeniable influence of its Brazilian roots in each collection, beachwear is but a part of a more complex, luxurious universe. So much so, that in 2011 it was awarded the title of “Emerging Luxury Brand of the Year”.
A closer look at the current SS14 collection, for instance, reveals a wide spectrum of exquisite offerings including suits, blazers, shirts, knitwear and the much sought sneakers and loafers. This would be the minimum requirement for any collection, if it weren’t for the fact that every single piece stands out on its own, be it through design and details or the high-quality fabrics and techniques used in its manufacturing. Garment-dye and prints are applied to 100% natural fibers such as soft “brushed” organic cotton and linen, while unconventional materials such as salmon skin make their way into sneakers…all with outstanding quality. That being said, next time you step into an Osklen store consider carefully browsing the entire collection instead of the swim shorts alone.
Miguel Amaral Vieira
Berluti SS14 Lookbook
Shades of Grey SS14 Lookbook
100% Capri @ Bal Harbour
A few days ago I got a chance to visit the luxurious, exquisitely curated Bal Harbour in Miami. Simply put, this shopping Mecca carries one of the most outstanding selection of luxury stores and restaurants I’ve seen to date, set to establish a paramount standard of uniqueness. Within the array of refined labels such as Kiton, Canali, Cucinelli or Loro Piana, there was one in particular that caught my attention: 100% Capri.
Created by Antonino Aiello, the label turns its focus towards one of the most ancient and noble fabrics - linen. Drawing inspiration from the colors, designs and lifestyle of the homonymous Italian island, the label presents a superb collection of breathable, fitted garments perfectly complemented by shoes and accessories. As an unconditional fan of linen, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and airy, comfortable feel of each garment, which transpire high-end quality and attention to detail.
Unstructured blazers exude a trademark nonchalance with beautiful draping, trousers and shorts have just the right proportions and what to say about the shirts? Outstanding masterpieces such as the tuxedo shirt, or the removable spread collar shirt embellished with small linen diamonds on the front, are truly unique. Featuring light shades such as white, beige and khaki, the color accents are mostly given by the wide range of accessories including suede loafers and slippers, braided belts, scarfs, pocket squares and of course, the outstanding panama hats.
To top it off, the space created by Giachi Architettura e Design is in itself amazing, materializing the collection’s universe and feel through a modern, sophisticated style conveyed by a neutral color palette and use of wooden and leather details throughout. Like the collection, it feels lightweight and appealing while featuring an outstanding use of light, flowers and water to portray a natural ambience. Looking forward to visiting their Firenze store during next Pitti!
Ph: Beyond Fabric
J. Crew SS14 Collection
Another great collection from the american retailer, delivering a nice array of tailored alternatives paired with shorts and timeless denim. The suede bombers really caught my eye…
Vacation’s Attire Day 1
Coming back to my beachside hometown for a few days was the perfect excuse to bring out some of the more summery alternatives in my wardrobe and throw some layering and accessories into the mix. Enjoying a more casual, relaxed vibe, Figueira da Foz is a prime example of how scorching heat gives place to chilly evenings, meaning everything from cardigans and sports coats up to sweaters is a common alternative for a walk around town. Knowing in advance what I was up for, I packed accordingly, aiming to have several alternatives which allowed me to stay in tune with a vacation feel.
This chambray-like linen popover shirt is one of my favourite summer purchases and proof, that yet again, there are some nice steals at major retailers like Zara. The beautiful shade and details such as the hidden button down collar, front zip closure and biased side pockets, give it a nice twist and versatility; moreover, the quality of the linen used is surprisingly reasonable when compared to other lower-end labels. The unique shade goes perfect with the sand/pinkish tone on the relaxed chinos, which are paired with grey fringed boat shoes. Finally the bold ethnic scarf stands out on its own, but also ties everything together by picking different hues from all the remaining pieces and accessories such as bracelets and signet ring.
Details: linen popover shirt by Zara, v-neck tee by Levi’s, cotton chinos by Our Legacy (tailored), fringe boat shoes by Buttero, ethnic scarf by Purificacion Garcia, watch by Daniel Wellington, beaded bracelets by Viola Milano, vintage silver signet ring.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira