The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe hit showrooms earlier this month and before we even saw one on the road, the fine folks at Mercedes tossed us the keys to a C350 to check out as part of their C-Coupe Your Week campaign. This is a true two-door coupe, folks, and nothing like the C230 Sport Coupe of generations past. Not only does it take inspiration in the looks department from its older brethren, the C-Coupe also packs more power over its four-door siblings. The C350 Coupe features a new, direct-injected version of Mercedes’ 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and redlines at 6,750-rpm. The coupe packs 302 horses compared to 268 of the sedan and more torque as well. Normally you’d expect more power to equal less fuel efficiency but that is not the case here as C350 Coupe actually gets better highway mileage than the C-Class sedan.
We recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A7, a modern blend of luxury and performance. I’ve had the pleasure of driving other Audi vehicles in the past and this one definitely sits atop the list. Over the past few years, Audi has really become one of the most exhilerating German automakers on the market. The A7 was introduced earlier this year and we fell in love with it on first sight. The front end is aggressive with Audi’s symbolic front grill and iconic daytime LED headlight system playing the lead and delivering well against the sleek lines of the body. The rear is as elegant as it is sporty and gives the car a look that does more than rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The rear spoiler really tops things off as it comes up from hiding at the hold of a button.
We recently had the opportunity to visit 3×1, a fairly new shop denim brand and the third venture of designer Scott Morrison following Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn based in New York. Being the denim fanatic that I am, Scott’s past work (especially Earnest Sewn) really had me excited to see what 3×1 was offering up. There’s only one location and it’s on Mercer St. in SoHo. The shop houses a 4,000 sq. ft. retail and gallery space, an entire manufacturing facility as well as their 3,200 sq. ft. design studio. Each pair of 3×1 jeans is created on site and tailored for the customer as Limited Edition, Custom Made or Bespoke. Yep, bespoke denim.
Alongside the endless of amount of menswear for Spring 2012 on display at this year’s PROJECT show are a handlful of brands really taking the tradeshow to the next level through “MADE by PROJECT”. They’ve set up shop within the show and are crafting product on the spot and offering it up for sale.
Michael Williams of ACL was in Florence for this month’s Pitti Immagine Uomo and the man definitely made his rounds. Here, he gives us a closer look at Lubiam’s L.B.M. 1911 line and their amazing soft shouldered sportcoats. The pieces will be offered up in various shades of blue as well as a few other key finishes. MW also gives us a look at the main Lubiam collection that’s filled with formal suiting and the sort.
For this editorial, Por Homme teamed up with up-and-coming online catalog, Two Inch Cuffs. Our teams worked closely together to ensure the contents of this piece were fitting of our independent yet fairly similar voices. Much thanks to Ruben Hughes of Two Inch Cuffs. Photography by Paul Wax.
We had the opportunity to meet New York based designer Alexander Olch a few months back and all eyes were on the man’s necktie. He was sporting a raw silk tie that was due to drop this season and now that his Spring 2011 collection is out at select stockists, we wanted to shed light on some of our favorite pieces from the lineup. The raw silk material is unique as not many designers have taken their stab at it and also because the texture allows it to be worn year ’round. The Olch has been downright flawless ever since he entered the industry a few years back and this season’s collection reaffirms this.
The raw silk neckwear comes in both bowtie and necktie varieties.
Gitman Vintage is entering its 5th season, this time channeling Gitman’s Spring & Summer of 1986 for much of the inspiration behind the Spring 2011 offerings. The wide range of pieces offers an array of pastel Oxford solids and strips, summer weight chambrays both solid and patchwork, Indian cotton madras, not just in plaid, but awning stripes as well. Linens slip through the cracks as well for the spring as well as a few first timers including the Jungle Bros. offerings which you can check out after the jump.
Gitman Vintage is available now through select retailers worldwide.
We’ve got an in-depth look at White Mountaineering‘s outerwear lineup for Spring 2011 and the offerings are tremendous. Firstly, there’s alot of product dropping in the coming months, all of which is worth a gander. It’s never easy finding some lightweight jackets for the spring and summer but White Mountaineering utilizes a plethora of fabrics such as Gore-Tex and cotton with silicon coating to appease the brand’s loyal following.
Wm. J. Mills & Co. gives us an in depth look at their entire bag lineup from their Stonewashed Vintage Series. The bags featured are all their standard offerings such as the Jitney Cargo bag and Sag Harbour duffle but feature this unique stonewash finish. The washing gives an aged look to the canvas and the hot wash, causes the fabric to pucker at the seams due to shrinkage. Check out the collection in its entirety below.
SS11 gear is beginning to roll into stockists worldwide and End Clothing just got a hold of this Nigel Cabourn piece which happens to be exclusively available at the UK retailer. The Aircraft Jacket draws influence from aviation design, made to withstand the elements while providing maximum comfort. “This End Hunting Co. exclusive is a novel reworking of this brilliant jacket. Made from beeswaxed coated cotton based on classic English shirting, making for a jacket that is durable and striking.”
The jacket is a perfect Spring/Summer jacket as it’s lightweight but fully waterproof. The Aircraft Jacket is available exclusively through End Clothing in four different finishes — Blue Oxford, Black Oxford, Blue Gingham Check, and Blue Windowpane Check. This will definitely be a rare find so once it’s gone, folks, it’s gone.