Thursday, April 30, 2015

Randa Raises Bar on Center’s Sustainability Standard

Women’s Wear Daily – Arnold Karr


Randa Accessories is realizing substantial gains — both environmental and financial — from its decision to boost the sustainability standards of its 524,800-square-foot logistics center in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center.

Originally part of a $25 million infrastructure program unveiled in 2013 and including other Randa facilities, the cost of the Tahoe-Reno logistics center alone rose to that amount as the building received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, rather than the silver designation originally sought, and invested in additional storage and conveyance systems, an enterprise resource planning system and other equipment and software prior to the center’s January 2014 opening.

Men’s Accessories Sales Keep Climbing


Featured in WWD

There was at least one good thing to come out of the Great Recession — it was the spark that started the worldwide explosion in men’s accessories.

From pocket squares to bracelets, backpacks to colorful socks, accessories are the hottest category in men’s wear.

According to The NPD Group, total sales of men’s accessories in the U.S. jumped 28.7 percent from 2012 to 2014, rising from $11.5 billion to $14.8 billion. By product category, sales of men’s bags almost doubled, from $1.4 billion in 2012 to $2.3 billion in 2014. Small personal accessories rose from $800 million to $1.2 billion, and jewelry sales soared from $2.9 billion to $4.3 billion in that time frame.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Suspenders Are Back – Here's How To Wear Them



The leather belt as a practical garment is a fairly recent invention.

Prior to the First World War, belts were largely decorative outside of military uniforms (and even then were often more decorative than practical).

The traditional device for holding up a man’s trousers was a pair of suspenders, and to this day they remain the preferred method by many fine dressers.

Here’s 10 things you need to know about suspenders before adding them to your repertoire.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bridget Foley’s Diary: The American Moment

Was it just a quirk of the season or is American fashion experiencing a Golden Age?


A whole lot of fabulous paraded across the runways of New York (and one distant L.A. outpost), clothes not only engaging in the moment, but with hindsight, an impressive feat at the end of another endless run of shows. To wit, many of the season’s best happened Stateside.

That’s on the brand level. On the consumer level, the American market, only recently considered a frumpy, mature second-best doyenne to those exciting glamoramas of developing capitalism, has regained its stature. Now, the great European luxury houses are again enamored with the U.S., and happily demonstrative with their affections. They’re upgrading stores and making client connections. By next month, the tony itinerants will have come calling thrice in 16 months: Chanel with its 2013 Métiers d’Art show in Dallas and its recent redo of the collection’s Salzburg show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York; in May, Louis Vuitton will show cruise in Palm Springs, Calif., a fashion honor even for a second-choice port of call (Vuitton scrapped plans for Seoul, perhaps rather than follow Chanel, which got on that city’s calendar first), and even if Dior, its LVMH sister powerhouse, scrapped long-standing plans for Los Angeles in favor of Saint Moritz.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mars and Venus, in Clothes: Fashion Is Becoming More Egalitarian


On Friday, The New York Times debuted Men’s Style—the first new launch of a print section of the newspaper in 10 years. The insert will appear the first Friday of each month, and will incorporate stories about men's fashions and grooming, profiles, and personal essays. The inaugural edition of Men's Style featured, among others pieces, a cover story on spring suiting ("A New Freedom in Men's Suits"), a profile of the surfer-turned-menswear designer Kelly Slater, a service-y piece on grooming ("How to Scrub Your Body Like a Man"), an essay on gendered communications technology ("Should Grown Men Use Emoji?"), and some light sociology (an exegesis on "the giddy arc of male high jinks"). It is, in other words, pretty much exactly what you'd expect would happen when the paper's iconic Style section gets "Men's" appended to its name.