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Nice sweatshirts for nice men

Men love sweatshirts; seriously, unless you’ve dedicated your whole life to be a full-time Dandy, you need to find YOUR favorite sweats. I know guys who keep their beloved ones for ages. Here’s our nice selection for nice men. Oh, and we’ve tried to keep it simple. Click on the pictures to buy them if you like!

Paul Smith: classy, efficient, you can wear it at the office or with your dates. The quality is great, the nuance is smart. Your future daily favorite piece.

French Connection provides a nice alternative to the American Apparel classy navy sweathshirt. And it’s on sale. Good.

Pro Green x PUMA: you’re developer, geek, work in agency or in a cooler environment? Well, we like this Panda alternative

Replay knows how to make us feel more comfortable when we pretend to do sports. Only one shade of grey thus :)

This one is more a joke than a reco. But in the meantime, it might be fab if you’re an hipster kind of boy.

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Harukazilla: a fashion monster in Japan

Japan fascinates. Trends, technologies, people; everything looks like a big mystery from a Londoner perspective. We’ve asked a nice Japanese monster what was going on there.

Your blog is called “Harukazilla“: are you a fashion monster?

Actually Harukazilla is my account name I use everywhere on SNS. I came up with the name when I started my twitter about 4 years ago and I wanted my name to represent that I’m Japanese so I decided to add”zilla” , which is from Godzilla , after my name. And yeah I guess I’m a fashion monster then ;)

What are your biggest achievements so far as a fashion blogger & epicurean young woman?

I started my blog just for fun and to improve my English a year ago and I’m sure it’s helping a lot with English , and what’s more, blog is a very good way to keep my interest in fashion . Well I don’t think I’ve achieved anything big so far, but I hope I’ll be able to express myself through my blog more in the future.

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© Harukazilla

Japan is a very attractive place for so many European: how would you define a Japanese fashion identity?

Yeah right, I feel very lucky be able to live in Japan as a fashion lover and I’d probably define Japanese fashion as a “melting pot”, which is used to define the American diversity of races and culture in general . Japanese fashion is so diverse and a lot of kinds of style live together in such a small island , which is the most significant , of course, in Tokyo.

If we want to better know the fashion scene in Japan, where shall we go?

Definitely Tokyo. As you know Tokyo is known as one of the biggest fashion cities in the world and it’s very popular among the tourists all over the world. Especially I love and Harajuku where are probably the two biggest fashion cities in Tokyo. Shibuya is where I usually shop and I always get inspired by fashionistas walking by and I love how they’re never afraid to express themselves through fashion.

What can we wish you?

I’m actually studying business at university right now but my interest in fashion seems to get bigger and bigger these days. I’m not so sure what I want to do in the near future after my graduation but I at least hope I’ll be able to do a job related to fashion.

Follow her on Polyvore/Instagram/ Twitter

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Commune de Paris 1871, Anonymes, Spring Summer 13 collection

It’s rare to be always pleased by a brand. Moreover when Commune de Paris 1871 claims an inheritance of made in French revolutions.

The new S/S 13 collection is exciting; real men wearing preppy-chic items, but with an indus twist. A bit like if the guys from La Haine had finally found a proper job and were now grown-ups, but still with a big energy to fight against daily submissive bread. Shop it.

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© Commune de Paris

Teaser spring summer 2013 from COMMUNE DE PARIS 1871 on Vimeo.

 

 

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Agyness Deyn x Dr Martens: Sundance shopping

Remember the former collaboration between Dr Martens & Agyness Deyn?

Well, the new collection has just been released, and it’s all about Summer love, Sundance festival. We like this reinterpretation of the famous French “Meduse”; it’s still Dr Martens process, with upper and sole that are heat-sealed and sewn together, not merely glued like many footwear constructions:

A full clothing line, which tends to prove that Dr Martens is trying to provide us a full outfit.

And you can watch the full campaign starring Aggy:

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Paulina Villalpando from the PAAR Blog: accessories have never been THAT essential

There are women with weapons, who manage to teach us fashion without any dictatorial tone. And women who manage to create meaningful fashion pieces; accessories have never been that essential. That’s our feeling with Paulina Villalpando from The PAAR Blog. And you guys are lucky: here’s what she said.

When did you start blogging and why?

We (Ari my best friend, and I) opened The PAAR Blog in 2008. It was initially intended to be a dynamic news plattform to promote our accessories brand PAAR, but it soon evolved into a personal style and lifestyle blog. We currently post content from three different countries: the United States (Ari lives in New York), the United Kingdom (I live in Oxford) and Mexico (the rest of our team and operations are based in Mexico City). We love the blog for two main reasons: it allows us to write about our passion, while promoting our accessories brand through our personal style photos.

You also design accessories, like belts and jewels: where do you find your inspirations?

We usually draw our inspiration from our real life. Since I moved to the UK I’ve been influenced a lot by the British fashion scene, and that is reflected in my drawings and designs. Ari also is influenced by her life in new york, and we both have a Mexican background, which is influenced by folklore, color and tradition. We always create new things and love to experiment.

How would you describe the Mexican Fashion scene?

It is growing fast. We’ve been around for quite a while now (our brand’s 10-year anniversary is this year!) and we’ve seen a lot of improvement not only in the number of designers and people interested in fashion, but also in the exposure of Mexican fashion and style worldwide. We are putting ourselves out there, and it was about time! We have a lot of young talent and we need people to know about it.

What are the blogs you like to read?

We love StyleScrapbook (who doesn’t?) because she helped promote Mexican fashion in a time where Mexico wasn’t perceived as a “stylish” country. We also like Amlul, DearMilano, KnighttCat and The Man Repeller.

Fashion can change the world: do you agree?

Yes, particularly sustainable fashion. Fashion is one of the largest industries in the world and if we manage to make it sustainable, we will make an enormous contribution to preserving our environment.

What do you expect from fashion brands?

Originality and quality. One good item is better than one hundred cheap and poor-quality ones.

You’ve met Cara Delevingne during New-York Fashion Week: is she popular in Mexico?

She is getting quite big in Mexico and elsewhere. Its the second time we’ve met her, we also met her at the Jason Wu backstage last season in New York. We also had the chance to see her at the British Fashion Awards at the end of last year.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also visit our online store, we ship worldwide! Prices are in Mexican pesos (super cheap for Europeans!)

 

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“I Promise to Love You”. A #MidnightMoment with Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin Midnight Moment video from s[edition] on Vimeo.

Imagine Times Square; imagine that at midnight, you and your lover could take part to a broader love story. That’s what British artist Tracey Emin rings in Valentine’s Day in NYC on Feb 13 to celebrate her “I Promise to Love You” collection – a dazzling visual valentine – displayed on the digital billboards in Times Square.

Thanks to the guys of S[e]dition, on Valentine’s Day Eve, from 11:57pm-midnight people shared a #MidnightMoment photo happening with Emin. The competition is still going on until the end of the month, just check on their blog what you need to do.

Her ‘I Promise To Love You’ digital collection is exclusively available on s[edition] at: seditionart.com/tracey_emin/collection/i_promise_to_love_you_collection

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Chelsea Tyler x C’N’C COSTUME NATIONAL

The world is always looking for new talents, new faces. And after Georgia May Jagger, this time, it’s Chelsea Tyler, the daughter of the legendary Slash from Aerosmith and the younger sister of Liv Tyler, who’s in the spotlights.

For their 2013 Spring Summer campaign, C’N’C COSTUME NATIONAL invites us to visit « Dreamland » a place between reality and the virtual world.
Photographed by Charlie Engman, this campaign reveals the Spring Summer collection of C’N’C COSTUME NATIONAL, inspired by the brand’s signature military chic and minimal aesthetics. And we just want to ask Costume National: when do you bring us backstage? :)

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Huishan Zhang: the designer to watch in the coming months

We had a chance to discover the new collection of Huishan Zhang at Somerset House during Fashion Week. Huishan Zhang is a very followed creator these days as he’s one of the representative of the new Made in China. Born in Qingdao, China. Huishan is a fellow of Central Saint Martins. He worked for a year at Dior, but he directly launched his own label as he was a student.

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The collection demonstrated a fusion between Asian influences in the forms of the outfits, meeting a very European 60s preppy attitude. But instead of diving into BCBG feelings, the designer offered a twist of impertinence: an asymmetrical motif here and there, a cheeky transparency on certain dresses, worn by the sublime Becca Horn.

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Fashion observers should definitely spend some times discovering the talent of Huishan Zhang. You can also read Amber Atherton analysis, Emma’s one.

 

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Shopping Top French Brands #1

Every week or so, follow our editor slash pro-buyer VQ into the depths of the Internet to single out your best shots at stylish and promising french brands and designers. When it comes to contemporary fashion, we tend to overlook what Frenchies can do. Quite an error, shall we say? Here’s a first style why.

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Brooklyn We Go Hard Baholo Shirt – 88£

This shirt by young label BWGH is all about mixing the comfort of vintage denim to two eye-catching details: the very graphical indie patterns on the breast pockets and a very streetwear-inspired hoodie.

Etudes Locomotion red-dyed denim
Etudes Locomotion red-dyed denim – 87,5£

These red-dyed jeans by Parisian-New Yorker label Etudes is a must-have. The fabric is incredibly reliable and the dying technique is perfectly mastered. The cut is a perfect mix of vintage higher waist and contemporary fitted lower legs. Eagle eyes will spot the subtle two-colored waist, a signature move of the label since it was called Hixsept.

Veja Frenchtrotters High Top Sneakers
Veja Frenchtrotters High Top Sneakers – 140€

French sneaker-maker Veja teamed up with parisian concept-store Frenchtrotters to create this pure high top pair. All Veja materials are ecologically elaborated in Brasil, from cotton to leather and tint. This burgundy reference is dark enough to be elegant and stripped of any streewear feel. It matches the level of desirability of cult Common Projects, with a much easier price tag.

###Instagram us @vuquan if you shop the look or part of it!

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Korin Avraham from Ya Salam, fashion blogger in Tel Aviv

Fashion is like a great journey; from a place to another, people have different faces, moods, attitudes and dreams. We had a chance to discover Korin Avraham, who is the proud owner of Ya Salam fashion blog. Based in Tel Aviv, Korin shares with us her own fashion genesis. A family story, but also a deep attachment to Italian know-how.

Your blog is called “Ya Salam“: why this reference to an Arab word to say hello?

When I opened my blog I was thinking how should I call it?
I knew I want the name to reflect me… and a second later I experienced a colorful flashback of me as a four years old girl standing in my bedroom the night of my kindergarten graduation party. I was telling my mom that I’m not going to wear the dress and the Sandals she gave me and if she wanted me to go to the party she better get me the linen overall and my burgundy polish shoes because that was the outfit I felt like wearing!!! She tried telling me she doesn’t know where she put the overall and asked me to wear the other outfit and go to the party on time without making my entire family wait for me. I apologized and just said that the faster she will get me my outfit the faster we will all go. She left the room and came back with my outfit and after I put it on she said “ok Korin, now can we go?” I looked at all of my family members and saw that all of them were upset. I thought to my self: There is no way we are leaving to a party with this attitude. So I did my pose and said “now everybody say: YA SALAM!!

I will just explain that Ya Salam means “WOW” in Arabic and its a term that my dear amazing dad would say whenever I would wear something nice or say something smart.
So that’s it- they were all laughing, said YA SALAM and we all had a great night.
So that’s what I want my blog to be about: A good attitude is the first thing you have to wear no matter where you go, who you go with and what you wear!!!!

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What are your biggest achievements so far as a fashion blogger & stylist?

My biggest achievement was the production I made for Moschino when his team arrived to Tel Aviv as the Tel Aviv fashion week – guest of owner.

As a result I have been interviewed to an Italian online magazine and have been invited to the fashion show that will take place at the Milan fashion week.

I also have been given a regular slot on ‘The Lounge’ show on IDC Radio – an international Radio.

© Kara Bieber, Make up by Sara Rutstein, Styling by Ya Salam
© Kara Bieber, Make up by Sara Rutstein, Styling by Ya Salam

 

Tel Aviv is a very sought place these days: would you define an Israelian fashion identity?

The fashion scene in Israel is, like the country, very young and is still at a curious stage without a clear identity.

The main fashion scene in Israel is based in Tel Aviv as most designers are located here, and there are lots of vintage stores here as well.

The style is eclectic and has an oriental flavor along with modern and western motifs, as you will find an urban colorful designs next to vintage influence and interesting and fun accessories world.

If we want to better know the fashion scene in Israel, where shall we go and which sites shall we visit?

Sheinkin st, Flee market on Jaffa, art and crafts market on Nachlat Binyamin st., the vintage market on Dizingoff square, Dizingoff st., Neve Tzedek, Mitcham Hatachana.

What can we wish you?

To keep love for what I’m doing and to keep doing what I love!

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