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
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
Oak Street Bootmakers AW14 Preview
A small glimpse at two upcoming models from the American label: a most welcome derby in their trademark Horween Chromexcel and a Vibram soled chukka available in rough-out suede or leather.
I’m pretty sure that one of the things that keeps portuguese people going with (sort of) a smile on their faces is our climate. With ‘Xmas at the door we’re still enjoying beautiful sunny days that drive you to make the most of your city. Embracing the Holidays’ spirit, I teamed up once again with luxury footwear manufacturer Carlos Santos to celebrate traditional seasonal shades showcased through some of their outstanding models. Needless to say that the first roundup is focused on green…
Portraying a distinctive shade highlighted by the soft suede uppers, these ankle boots are definitely one of a kind. Its classic last and construction with leather soles, insoles and lining is perfectly balanced by the unique color, along with details such as contrast stitching and laces. This makes them suitable to wear on a variety of occasions and with different looks, ranging from denim up to a bolder suited attire. Here I incorporated them into a semi-formal ensemble, a personal favourite that will hardly let you be caught off-guard in any given occasion.
I’ve said it before, but I definitely believe green is one of the most underrated colors in menswear…it works perfectly with blue and grey and adds an unexpected feel to the whole look. Picking on the shades of the boots, the green striped shirt pairs beautifully with the navy cashmere tie and blackwatch scarf, while the timeless shawl collar cardigan adds some texture and contrast.
Details: wool shawl collar cardigan by Tommy Hilfiger, MTO green striped shirt, worn-out Levi’s 501, suede ankle boots by Carlos Santos, vintage tortoise shades, reversible blackwatch scarf by Coisas d’Homem, cashmere tie by Massimo Dutti, socks by Paul Smith and bracelets by Viola Milano.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Brioni AW13 Lookbook #2
Brioni AW13 Lookbook #1
No need for words…
Boglioli SS14 “Understated Romance” Lookbook
A quick break from this lousy weather to take a glimpse into the upcoming season’s sunnier days, through the hands of Italian menswear experts Boglioli. Embodying the ethereal theme of romance associated with the season, the lookbook exudes the brand’s trademark refined nonchalance: superb unstructured jackets and suits are beautifully layered with lightweight cardigans, turtlenecks and scarves, all in a muted color palette picking up on natural shades.