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Club Monaco Men’s Spring Collection

Club Monaco Flagship
Flatiron District/ 160 Fifth Avenue

Last fall the Club Monaco flagship store in the Flatiron District unveiled a handsome and spectacular new store design after a complete renovation. I’ve been shopping at that location for years and expected a decent spruce up, but was instead blown away by how elegant the store was completely made over. This was not a new paint job and some new fixtures and I thought it very befitting since the line has gotten more refined and well designed over the last couple of seasons with head designer Aaron Levine in charge. They even added an attached outlet of Toby’s Estate Coffee and The Strand Bookstore which is a New York institution.

On a recent trip to the new digs a few weeks ago I was assisting some clients with some personal shopping and overhauling their wardrobe. After a long day of the usual suspects – Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, Bloomies et al., it was a relief to end the day at Club Monaco to fill in the rest of their wardrobe. It was at that particular outing that I had the good pleasure of meeting the Men’s store manager, Joshua Kokeny who invited me to check out the Spring ’14 line. I brought along part time model Craig May to wear just some of the vast array of the great spring threads they are offering this season and all looks were styled by Jonathan Chang, who is Joshua’s right hand. The clothes definitely put some stars in my eyes and pumped me up to begin dressing well for spring. Such is the magic of Club Monaco.

 

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Shipley & Halmos Pop Up Store

Shipley & Halmos
385 Canal Street/ Open until February 23rd

The American menswear brand Shipley & Halmos is the eponymous line of Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. It has a great laid back feel with a very west coast vibe mixed with an east coast aesthetic. I’ve always loved the cut and quality of their clothes and they are the rare brand that fits right off the rack for me, requiring very little tailoring. I’ve been a huge fan of their gear ever since I first discovered them in Barney’s back in 2009; so to stumble upon their pop-up store a few blocks from my apartment was a sheer delight.

Shipley & Halmos won me over even more when I walked into their temporary digs to discover that the store takes its cues from and models itself after the surrounding neighborhood of Chinatown, particularly Canal Street, which is littered with tons of souveneir/hole-in-the-wall/tchotchke stores. For natives and visitors who have spent time on Canal Street and experienced store after store of cheap retail chaos, the S&H mimic is pretty great, albeit more serene. The playful irony makes the store fun, but once you see the threads, that’s where things gets serious! Their current spring line, handsomely and neatly displayed on the racks and tables most definitely put me in the mood for higher temps. I brought along model Tony Divirgilio who kindly volunteered to bring the clothes to life and he did not disappoint. The tanks, pastels and beach inspired looks with flourishes of nautical for the summer is specifically tailored to Tony’s sense of style. Both he and I were raving about each piece of clothing between shots in the changing room.

As I mentioned, the store is temporary, so take a gander down to 385 Canal Street to see what an actual Shipley & Halmos store could one day look like. I hope there are plans for a real brick and mortar location since this pop up is pretty inventive, a fun novelty and provides a great foreshadow .

Check back later this afternoon for another post on Shipley & Halmos featuring Tony Divirgilio.

See also: http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2014/02/store-spotlight-shipley-halmos-canal-street-pop-up.html

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