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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like most New Wave devotees, I'm an avowed Erasure fan. Writing just one song equivalent to "The Circus", "Blue Savannah", or "Chains of Love" would immortalize any band, but those were just three of Erasure's Top 20 singles. So I cracked a smile when I heard that Andy Bell and Vince Clarke just dropped a new album, appropriately titled Snow Globe, that's half originals and half synth-pop holiday jams. Give a little respect.
The City Gym sofa designed by our friend Stephen Kenn is now available for purchase. Hewn from 100% wool blankets made at Minnesota's Faribault Woolen Mills Co., it's a chic marriage of military tailoring, industrial styling, and clean minimalist lines. Place your custom order at the City Gym store or online here.X
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 email@example.com.
Over the past four months we were lucky enough to be one of the CFDA's Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, and we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the folks at Vogue and CFDA who made this incredible journey (from New York to Los Angeles and back again) possible. This week's awards ceremony was an unforgettable experience. Congratulations to our partners in crime Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, above, on their win and special thanks to all the other finalists for their support along the way. We enjoyed every minute of the ride.
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
The photos of Constantin Brancusi in his New York studio—surrounded by his minimalist bronze, wood, marble and limestone sculptures—looking contemplative in a pair of chinos, a thick wool sweater and that iconic salt-and-pepper beard are some of the coolest examples of relaxed elegance I’ve ever seen. So I’m looking forward to the Brancusi in New York: 1913-2013 exhibition (and the accompanying book from Assouline) debuting tonight at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Rarely seen, mostly bronze, and unfailing in form it’s a crash course in how much the Romanian master's clean geometric lines have impacted everything from international starchitects to humble Iowa-born designers over the past century. As Brancusi once said, "Manhattan is my large-scale studio." I couldn't agree more.