MR PORTER’s currently stocking this suede backpack from Parisian label Ami. It comes in a brick-red finish made and features very subtle detailing such as the embossed emblem on the front pocket as well as the top handle and adjustable shoulder straps. Everyone should have a backpack in their lineup of travel bags and this one from Ami is a sound investment as it’s made from rich materials and is sure to last.
Cadillac. Every time we here at Por Homme think of the GM brand, some of the first things that jump out at us are their cars’ undeniable comfort, the love for their V-Series performance vehicles and their prominence in classic American media (think Vinny’s ’62 Cadillac “Series 62″ convertible). We recently had the opportunity to take the 2013 Cadillac ATS for a spin and pondered the about the first — how do we really test the comfort of this car? Well, going on a road trip we thought would do the trick and it most certainly did. Cadillac tossed us the keys the AWD 2.0L Turbo Premium model as we embarked on a twelve-hour drive to Atlanta. Along the way, we stopped a few times to re-up on fuel and food but it all went by much faster than we originally anticipated.
The ATS is Cadillac’s compact luxury sedan and matches up quite nicely against its German competition — the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This isn’t a shrunken version of the CTS that the American automaker tossed together just to compete directly with the cars mentioned above. In fact, design work began with zero inspiration from the CTS and a few key goals — keep it compact and lightweight, with near 50/50 weight distribution as well as rear- and all-wheel drive. All is accomplished without sacrificing design or comfort.
New York-based Hvrminn has provided a custom tailor service for two years and is finally set to introduce its Ready-to-wear and Made-to-measure collection. Production takes place at the historic Martin Greenfield factory in Brooklyn, allowing the label to provide quality across both the materials utilized as well as the craftsmanship. There’s a timeless elegance to the offerings, with a modern sensibility and an American romanticism not seen in the current Menswear market. For Fall 2013, inspiration comes from the Jazz Age in a forward interpretation including exaggerated lapels and elongated jackets.
H&M has announced that Beyoncé will be the face of its summer campaign. Beyoncé is set kick off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on April 15th and will be appear in television and print ads featuring pieces from H&M summer collection. The print and outdoor billboards introduce “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M”, the idea that all women can be all things: strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun, flirtatious. The campaign was shot in Nassau in the Bahamas by photographers Inez & Vinoodh, while the commercial was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The clothing will be available beginning May in H&M stores worldwide and online.
Here we have a look at Tres Bien’s Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook. The retailer’s known to pick all the right brands and is able to effortlessly deliver a solid blend of product that’s wearable and perfect for the current season. Photographer Linus Morales was behind the lens for this shoot and featured a mix of styles for both men and women. Labels include Acne, Marni, Kolor, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin and many others.
Check out the goods through this lookbook and be sure to head to Tres Bien as the products are now available for purchase.
Frank Ocean caught the interest of Band of Outsiders founder and creative director Scott Sternberg, so much so that the label commissioned the R&B artist to showcase their Spring 2013 collection. The Polaroid-style lookbook is on par with delivery of lookbooks from past seasons but the tux Frank wears is exceptional and everything we’ve come to expect from Band of Outsiders. Mr. Sternberg was behind the lens as they shot the lookbook oustide the Los Angeles Times Building.
This is in fact the first batch of photos from the lookbook featuring Frank in a Band of Outsiders peak lapel tux in the SoCal sun. Expect the rest of the lookbook to be released throughout the rest of the week via their Tumblr and Instagram accounts.
From Haerfest comes their latest collection, pulling inspiration from DeWain Valentine and the Light and Space Art Movement of the 1960s. Their use of aerospace materials to suggest, manipulate, and conceal light was a driving aspect of the new collection. Reflective gold leathers, translucent ghost PVC panels, and high density canvas to deliver fresh takes on some of Haerfest’s signature pieces. The lineup includes their overnight duffel, shell backpack, two handle clutch, as well as their E18 Book Sleeve.
Submit pre-orders for pieces from the Light and Space collection at Haerfest.
From Givenchy comes their latest fragrance, Gentlemen Only. In 1975, the first edition of Gentlemen was issued — an assertive signature scent blending Cologne and lavender. Now in 2013, the Givenchy gentleman hasn’t aged one bit. The natural elegance of Gentlemen Only stays true to the image of a real gentleman.
This addition to the highly successful lineup of scents from the French fashion house features a woody elegance. Primary notes include a blend of green mandarin, pink peppercorn, musk and birch leaf, with background scents of cedar, vetiver, and patchouli. It features an effortless sophistication that will be appreciated by those that are uncomplicated and adventurous, bold and daring.
No detail is overlooked as the bottle is adorned with a woody-metallic sleeve in a gunmetal grey. Below you can catch the Gentlemen Only television ad featuring Simon Baker, the leading man for this wild and timeless fragrance.
Damasquina presents this 2-pocket accordion style card case made with vintage leather. It’s made in Japan and features exceptional detailing such as the leather string wrap flap closure with a brass anchor on the end.
J.Crew, as part of their J.Crew on Film series, recently took a trip to one of the storied Italian mills that produces fabric for our Ludlow suit. The team traveled to Italy’s Vitale Barberis Canonico mill to learn how the intersection of family, tradition and passion creates a suiting fabric tailor-made for the J.Crew’s iconic Ludlow suit. The film highlights the American brand’s appreciation for design, quality, heritage, artistry and the people who bring their designs to life.
Check out the video below in which Francesco Barberis Canonico, the charismatic scion of this family business, provides narration. The full story can be found on J.Crew.