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As part of Bloomingdale's Fashion Touchdown, the CFDA tapped 48 designers to create bespoke helmets to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII. All of them will be auctioned for charity here starting today through February 4. Above, our take on the grey wool option — to match those letterman jackets, of course.
Over the weekend, Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper showed off two sides of the Todd Snyder world. At Sunday's premiere for David O. Russell's American Hustle, in which he plays a wily FBI agent employing two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams), Cooper donned a custom wool grey suit for the red carpet. Earlier that morning, Cooper sported a burgundy plaid button-down for a press junket at the Crosby Street Hotel. While we love the day-to-night transformation he pulled off so seamlessly, we could definitely see these pieces merging into their own rough-luxe, high-low ensemble.
For enquiries about either look please contact Hilliary Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few years ago Matthew Ruggieri was on the hunt for higher quality grooming products and couldn't find any outside of hidden nooks in department stores. "I was working in the music industry, but I knew I wanted to get into e-commerce," says Ruggieri. "We saw an opportunity and just started researching products, ingredients, skincare, and trying things." With help from his sister, Madison, Ruggieri launched The Motley out of his loft in downtown Los Angeles. "We had boxes of product everywhere — dresser drawers, the closet, the coffee table," jokes Madison, who left a job in film production to work with her brother on their editorial-driven store that not only sells great products, but does so with useful how-to's and tips. "Our bathrooms quickly became test labs for products we were considering for the store," adds Matthew. "Between the two of us, we've probably tried almost every men's grooming product on the market." We love that breadth of knowledge, and are happy to welcome The Motley to the City Gym store, where the Ruggieri's are curating a special collection for our customers.
Our favorite women of fashion sound off about the most stylish gents they know, and the gear they borrow from their closets. First up: Rachel Wang.
As GQ Style Guy Glenn O'Brien once wrote: "When Edison's lightbulb replaced the candle, it made the black tuxedo look a bit green. It took a gentleman of the rank of the Duke of Windsor to discover that a very dark blue tux looked blacker than black in artificial light. Lighting might have improved, but midnight blue is still an excellent choice." We couldn't agree more, which is why we've engineered two versions: the cotton navy tuxedo from our Fall 2013 collection, which British comedian Steve Coogan wore to last week's Governors Awards in Hollywood; and a wool number Mark Duplass rocked last winter at the premiere of Zero Dark Thirty. The cotton is available on our website, and for wool inquiries contact Hilliary Latham at email@example.com.
It was a big week for us on the man-about-town front. At the 10th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner Matthew Broderick went for a dapper/casual approach in our navy pinstripe peak lapel suit, while Carrie star Ansel Elgort made a splash in a blue and black plaid tuxedo (with a grosgrain lapel) from our pre-Fall 2014 collection. Meanwhile, James Van Der Beek was looking sharp at GQ's 2013 Men of the Year party in a grey plaid wool two-button styled by Ilaria Urbinati. For inquiries about these looks contact Hilliary Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight and tomorrow the Balvenie Rare Craft Roadshow will be exhibiting its artisanal wares (with limited-capactiy Scotch Whisky Master Classes) in our nation's capital at the Carnegie Library. If you're in the Beltway, be sure to check it out. X
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian designer Stephen Kenn got his start in the denim business fresh out of high school after a year-long stint teaching English in Taiwan. “A lot of our friends were starting t-shirt companies, so we thought let’s start a jean company, because nobody was really doing that in Canada back then,” recalls Kenn, who launched his brand, Iron Army, with a friend Steve Dubbeldam when they were both still in their teens. “We took out a loan, bought 300 pairs, went to a trade show in Vegas, met a bunch of people in L.A. and they were all like, ‘What the heck are you guys doing, making jeans in Canada?’” Acting on that advice, the duo moved to L.A. in 2004, where they sold denim to Fred Segal, and hustled on the side. “You know that HBO show How To Make It In America? We were kind of living that out a couple years before that was on TV,” jokes Kenn. “We were selling jeans out of the trunk of our car in Whole Foods parking lots to rich kids in Venice and doing pop-up shops on the corner of Melrose a couple streets down from Fred Segal, totally tarnishing the reputation we had, breaking all the rules, but we learned a lot.”
Though Iron Army would fold, Kenn and Dubbeldam partnered with Hudson Jeans for another brand. It had the misfortune of launching during the recession, but the experience taught Kenn resilience. “Even though I was beat down a bit, I decided to stay in LA, and I started using this old military fabric to sew bags. My goal was to start in the morning, sew a bag a day, take a photograph at night and sell it on a blog,” says Kenn, who ended up hawking 88 bags over the course of nine months. With the money he paid his rent, bought a wedding ring for his wife, Beks Opperman, and proposed to her in India. Kenn later sold the company, Temple Bags, and realized his next move would be furniture. “I started taking a ton of furniture apart, just to figure out how it was made,” he says. “I broke it down into bones, muscle, and skin.” He forged the bones from steel, the muscle (or tensions) from reproductions of Swiss mule belts, and the skin from repurposed WWII military fabric. That breakdown worked. In the past two years, Kenn has grown his eponymous line, crafted in downtown L.A., to include an elegant chaise, ottoman, armchair, and his iconic sofa, a City Gym version of which just made its debut — wrapped in custom Faribault wool — in the Todd Snyder + Champion store. “I just want to use great materials that tell great stories,” explains Kenn.
On Saturday, November 2nd, we're opening our first collaborative store with Champion at 242 Elizabeth Street, in Nolita. It's going to be called City Gym — after our debut Todd Snyder + Champion collection — and the shop is meant to evoke an old school sporting goods store with athletic-inspired industrial furniture from ABC Carpet & Home, the latest Champion gear, and some jeans and khakis from our signature collection. City Gym will also function as a curio of sorts, stocking my favorite handmade American goods, including bicycles and watches from Detroit's Shinola; throwback ballcaps from Seattle's Ebbets Field, Hoosier bats and Leather Head balls; books by Assouline and Taschen; along with a special assortment of curated goods by Kaufmann Mercantile. We'll also have some of my favorite new and vintage magazines on hand, Stephen Kenn furniture, even bottled juice from Liquiteria. So come on by, get some gear, and stay a while.
As a sculpture student at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Long Island-raised guitar maker Rick Kelly worked his way through college by hand-making Appalachian dulcimers from reclaimed wood from the city Parks Department. "I'd been making cigar box guitars for this high school project," says Kelly. "But the Appalachian dulcimers were really the first production instruments I made." Kelly took the guitars to juried craft fairs — learning his craft while making rent money. After a few years of producing guitars out of Maryland barn, Kelly packed up for Manhattan, where set up a small shop building handmade Telecasters and Stratocaster replicas. Though he moved to California for a few years in the early Eighties, Kelly's been building coveted custom Kelly Guitars out of Carmine Street Guitars — from reclaimed swamp ash, Arkansas rock maple, and pine from New York City landmarks like the Chelsea Hotel and Chumley's — that have made fanatics of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Lenny K, GE Smith, James Taylor, director Jim Jarmusch (above, with Kelly) and the late Lou Reed, who still had a pine model on order when he passed away last week.
Inspired by the Greasers in the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece, The Outsiders, our Leather Moto Jacket is the classic cafe racer as seen through the eyes of Dallas Winston. Like Ponyboy, the lightweight natural leather will stay golden for years to come. Pair it with some dark (or dusty) selvedge — and an old pickup, if you’ve got one — to channel that post-rumble rakishness.
Saturday Night Live is dark this weekend, so we thought we’d look back at the hilarity that ensued last week between the men of SNL and host Bruce Willis in their “Boy Dance Party” skit. Though we can’t remember the last time our football fetes turned into an all-male disco, we’re not knocking the practice. Especially when Mr. Willis cut such a sharp profile in our Olive Metal Suit jacket for GQ, while SNL’s Jay Pharoah was looking equally dapper in our forthcoming waterproof tuxedo puffer jacket at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Uniqlo Design Challenge cocktail party earlier this week. Now watch these gents dance.
As a devout Anglophile, I'm a sucker for the entire Manchester music scene, from Joy Division and the Smiths to the Stone Roses and Oasis, not only for the music but the effortless, pared down style of icons like Ian Curtis and Morrissey.
The louche, unvarnished style of the young Marlon Brando is a touch act to follow, but we've boiled down one of his oldest standbys to its core elements with the Todd Snyder + Champion crew neck.
Paul Newman...on a motorcycle...in sweats and cowboy boots. Does it get any cooler than that? Probably not, but our best approximation is the Todd Snyder + Champion Vintage Sweatshirt. Pocketed and contrast-stitched, with a comfortable glove-fit, it’s a staple for any off-duty rebel.