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Good Morning
I apologize for not keeping up with my
Blog as often but I promise that is now changing! Today I received some awesome news! Probably about a month or so ago I partnered with an Extremely talented woman by the name of Sarah Bulmer. As the director, and designer of D’office Apparel she has been a huge inspiration to me! A post about this wonderful company will be coming soon and it will change the way men see business suits!! Today I would like to tell you about a suit Sarah kindly named after me which is a complete honor! I am currently on there talented team as a style director to help D’office grow and see where this journey takes us!!
GOODWIN 3 PIECE SUIT
Luxury & Classic

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VERY EXCITED
Can’t wait to see what happens next

BUT FOR NOW
I’m heading back to Ohio for our final trip of the summer…. 😦

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Cheap Monday

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Swedish founders Örjan Andersson and Adam Friberg created a brand in Stockholm that is sweeping the fashion world. Cheap Monday was founded in 2000.. The first store was titled Weekday and was only open on Sundays, leading to it’s current name of Cheap Monday. The company focuses on quirky and eccentric designs. Originally the brand centered on jeans and denim. Their success started with the “Tight” jeans style, which were fitted jeans that were fashionable and sold at a good price. For both men and women, Cheap Monday clothing includes coats, jackets, shirts, shoes, shorts, and trousers. They also sell accessories and swimwear, along with a children’s line. Ann-Sofie Back is the creative director. Stores such as Barneys and Urban Outfitters sell the brand. Some Cheap Monday stores can be found in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Beijing. There are stores in over 35 countries. The Cheap Monday logo has a recognizable skull. H&M is now starting to acquire the company.

Men’s Pre-Fall 2014 Collection:

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Credit: Cheap Monday

Calvin Klein

“I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else.” – Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein- The Designer:

Calvin Richard Klein was always interested in fashion. Coming from New York, he attended both the High School of Art and Design as well as New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Starting in 1962, he began working in clothing stores throughout New York and did an apprenticeship under Dan Millstein. He opened his first store in 1968. He was a protege under Baron de Gunzburg, which is where his talents became popular and well-known for the fashion industry. After his first show was held in New York Fashion Week, Klein was easily recognized and sought after for his designs. He has been married twice and has one daughter. He is known for contributing and donating to the Democratic Party political causes. In 1969, he appeared on the cover of Vogue. In 1973, Klein was awarded his first Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, then again in 1974 and 1975. In 1974, his signature jeans grossed over $200,000 in their first week of sales. Also during this year Klein received an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for outstanding design in men and women’s clothing. He was on International Best Dressed List in 1983. Klein was also awarded by the CFDA in 1981, 1983, and 1993. Klein has made television appearances in Seinfeld and 30 Rock.

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Calvin Klein is best known for branding his name with his company, Calvin Klein Inc., launched in 1968, which includes clothing, underwear, denim, jewelry, fragrances, and accessories. The company’s headquarters is located in Manhattan in New York City. The first store, Calvin Klein Limited, opened in 1968, was a coat shop in New York. Then by 1971, Klein added sportswear, blazers, and lingerie to the women’s collection. Then by 1977, Klein added scarves, shoes, belts, sunglasses, and bed sheets to his line, and then added menswear, cosmetics, and jeans. The 1980s brought his underwear collection to success and has been successful to this day. Also starting in the 80s, Klein sold clothing in over 12,000 stores and in six countries. His annual income was more than twelve million dollars. Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg brougth the Calvin Klein underwear line to fame, which also helped an almost bankruptcy problem in 1992. Klein sold his company to Phillips Van Heusen Corporation in 2002. Calvin Klein products include the Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Sport, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Home, The Khaki Collection, Calvin Klein Golf, Calvin Klein Underwear, Calvin Klein Watches, Calvin Klein Jewelry, and fragrances by the Calvin Klein Cosmetics Company. A number of famous people have modeled for the company, such as Kate Moss, Kellan Lutz, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, and Justin Bieber. The monogram “ck” is branded to the company.

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Credit: Calvin Klein

Tommy Hilfiger

“I think it is really important to have a sense of business. As a designer, you can get so wrapped up in the design and fashion side that you forget the business side.” – Tommy Hilfiger

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Tommy Hilfiger- The Designer:

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger created one of the best worldwide known American fashion brands. Born in New York, started in the retail business at the age of eighteen. He started working at Brown’s, a shop in Elmira, New York, which lead him to open his open store near there called The People’s Place. After his store when bankrupt when he was 25, Hillfiger and his wife Susie moved to New York City where he opened more stores. Hilfiger even turned down positions with Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. He founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in 1984. The Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded him the Menswear Designer of the Year award in 1995. He sponsored Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time tour in 1999. In 2012 he was the fashion consultant for American Idol. Hilfiger has five children and has been married twice.

Tommy Hilfiger- The Brand:

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Founded in 1984, this brand now sells products such as menswear, womenswear, children’s apparel, home decor, denim, and a number of accessories. The company’s headquarters can be found in the United States, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. By 2004, the company had over 5,400 employees. The brand has a net income of over six billion dollars. The Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation has owned the company since 2010. Daniel Grieder is the current CEO for Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger product lines include Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Girl, Red Label, H by Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger for the Home, Tommy Jeans, and Hilfiger Athletics. Beyonce Knowles is the spokeswoman for the company’s fragrance True Star and True Star Gold. Enrique Iglesias is the spokesman for the fragrance True Star Men.

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Credit: Tommy Hilfiger

MANGO

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Brothers Isak Andic and Nahman Andic founded the clothing and accessories company MANGO in Barcelona in 1984. The company grew quickly. The first MANGO website was formed in 1995 and the first online store was created five years later. Instanbul, Turkey, is the country that hosts the most MANGO stores. The headquarters is located in Palau Solità i Plegamans, in Barcelona, and MANGO has over 11,000 employees. There are MANGO stores in about 107 countries and over 2,000 stores worldwide. Models like Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr have been featured for ads for the company. Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz have been seen wearing the brand. The first menswear line was launched in 2008 tilted H.E. by MANGO. The MANGO brand states their success is because of their belief in concept, their team, and their logistics system. The brand is Spain’s second largest textile exporter. The company works to help protect the environment, an example being their agreement with Greenpeace to commit to Detox initiative as well as restricting certain substances from their clothing. MANGO stores aim to have an enjoyably and comfortable environment for their customers to shop in and to create affordable clothing which adheres to the latest trends and ready-wear collections. MANGO offers accessories and clothing for both men and women.

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Zara: AW14 Collection

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Founded in 1975, Amancio Ortega and Rosalia Mera created this international Spanish clothing and accessories company that would soon sweep the world. Zara is owned by the largest apparel retailer, Inditex. It is said that Zara has a zero advertising policy, focusing on store openings verses advertising. Daniel Piette, fashion director of Louis Vuitton, has said that Zara is “possibly the most innovative and devastating retailer in the world.” The first store was opened in Spain and held copies of high-end clothing fashions. By 1990, Zara stores were in the United States and France, adding Mexico, Belgium, and Sweden throughout the 90s. Now Zara stores are in over 88 countries and over 2000 stores. Zara clothing includes mens, womens, shoes, accessories, and a children’s line. The first online boutique launched in 2010 in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France. Towards the end of that year, Zara Online included Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Austria. Then by the next year, the United States and South Korea were included. Zara now only makes fully toxic-free products after a controversy in 2011. A number of celebrities are known to wear Zara, including Dutchess Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, and Casper Smart.

Collection AW14:

Zara has launched the Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion lookbook. For women, clothes include outerwear, dresses, shirts, trousers, jeans, skirts, knitwear, t-shirts, shoes, handbags, accessories, and a nude collection. Men clothing offered are jackets, blazers, suits, trousers, jeans, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, knitwear, shoes, and accessories. The collection also has lines for girls, boys, and babies. The collection is spectacular, especially for men. The calm colors and distinctly chic/classy styles can be worn fashionably by anyone.

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Kenzo: The Eye of the Tiger

“Fashion comes from outside the mainstream. That is what makes fashion so interesting” – Kenzo Takada

Kenzo- The Designer:

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Kenzo Takada is a Japanese fashion designer who founded the fashion house Kenzo. Always interested in fashion, he was one of the first males to attend the Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College in 1958. He then traveled to Paris in 1964 after graduating fashion school. Kenzo had to use a mixture of patterns and fabrics because of finances until he started succeeding in 1970 when his first store, “Jungle Jap,” opened. The next year, his first collection appeared in Tokyo and New York. In 1972, the Fashion Editor Club of Japan’s prize was awarded to him. From then, Kenzo became known for his dramatic shows within the late 1970s, using elephants and circus tents. Kenzo Takada retired in 1999 but returned to working in 2005 but more with decoration and design.

Kenzo- The Brand:

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Kenzo is a French luxury company founded in 1970 by Kenzo Takada. The brand includes clothing for men and women, fragrances, and beauty accessories like skincare products. The brand started out with just womenswear, adding mens clothing in 1983 and including childrens and home decor. The head designers of the company are Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Thanks to the first Kenzo store, “Jungle Jap,” the brand is known for jungle-inspired clothing, like the signature tiger shirt. Kenzo shows are collaborated with music, artists, actors, and the 21st century. The brand works with the Blue Marine Foundation, helping with marine life. The Spring/Summer 2014 Kenzo collection proceeds went towards the foundation. Celebrities like Beyonce, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, and Spike Jonze has worn Kenzo clothing.

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“Moda di Valentino”

“I hope people will say, ‘Mr. Valentino, he did something for fashion, no?'” – Valentino Garavani

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Valentino Garavani is an Italian fashion designer who created the Valentino brands. Like most of the great designers for the fashion world, Valentino was interested in fashion from an early age. He moved to Paris to pursue his fashion dreams. He studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and at the École des Beaux-Arts. He interned under Jacques Faith, for Balenciaga, and also for Jean Desses. In 1960 he opened his first fashion house in Rome. He took much of his inspirations from Paris and put it into his own house; this also led him to become known for “Valentino red.” The next year he also met future business partner and lifelong friend Giancarlo Giammetti. After struggling with bankruptcy, Valentino made a comeback in 1962 in Florence. He started making famous friends and designing for them, such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon. In 1964, he made an impact on Jackie Kennedy, who would later wear Valentino’s clothing often and became a close friend. 1966 brought about his now famous “V” logo and started having more shows in Rome instead of Florence. During the 1970s, he made himself known in New York City and with artist Andy Warhol. From 1983-1985, Valentino worked with Ford Motor Company. The Accademia Valentino opened in 1990. Elizabeth Taylor helped Valentino and Giammetti start the AIDS support organization, L.I.F.E. Valentino Garavani retired in 2008 after his final haute couture show was held in Paris. His work is shown in an exhibition in London that opened in 2013.  The online Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum is also dedicated to the designer. He appeared in the The Devil Wears Prada movie as himself. The 2008 film Valentino: The Last Emperor was made about him. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. He was also given the sixth annual Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011 and in 2014 the Medal of the City of Paris. He loves dogs, especially his six pugs. Valentino collections and line include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and R.E.D. Valentino. The Valentino headquarters is in Milan. The creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. The Valentino lines include menswear and womenswear, footwear, eyewear, fragrances and accessories.

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Roberto Cavalli

 

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“With time, fashion has become part of my DNA.” – Roberto Cavalli

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Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer who has made his spot in the fashion industry. He took an interest in textile prints which brought attention to himself and his designs starting at an early age. He started showed his designs of leather and patchwork materials in Paris, bringing notice from companies like Hermes. He was 32 when he presented his first collection in Paris. He concentrated on jeans with creative patterns and prints, incorporating leather and brocade as well. In 1972 he opened his first boutique. He is credited with creating the sand-blasted jean look, which he debuted in 1994 in Milan. During the same year, Cavalli’s main line was sold in over fifty countries around the world. 1998 brought about lines from Cavalli of menswear, womenswear, accessories, underwear, eyewear, jewelry, fragrances, footwear, and more. Other collections from the brand are RC Menswear, Just Cavalli, the Angels and Devils Children Collection, and Robert Cavalli Home. He uses signature animal prints in his designs. He was a judge during Miss Universe 1997. In 2013, he was given from the Domus Academy in Milan an Honorary Master Diploma in Fashion Management. He received controversy from the Hindu community in 2004 as well as the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi school of Islamic Sufism in 2014. He has been married twice and has five children, including famous designer Daniele Cavalli. Celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Bon Jovi, and Kimora Lee Simmons are known to wear Cavalli clothing. His most famous smell for women is the Serpentine perfume as well as for men his Just Cavalli fragrance line. Roberto Cavalli designs usually leave an audience talking and are hard to forget.

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Threads for Her: Stella McCartney

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“Being effortless is the coolest thing in the world.” – Stella McCartney

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Being the daughter of the famous Beatles member, Paul McCartney, never stopped Stella from making a name of her own. Born in London in 1971, McCartney was surrounded by music. She toured with her family group, Wings, from the time she was born until 1980. She also showed an interest in fashion, making her first jacket at age thirteen and then interning for Christian Lacroix at fifteen. McCartney also worked under her father’s tailor for awhile. In 1995, she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and shared her first collection. Her first show made headlines and models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss walked in it. Her designs were then licensed to stores like Neiman Marcus. She became the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris in 1997, after Karl Lagerfeld. The next year, McCartney designed her sister’s wedding gown. In 2001, she launched her own fashion line. Stella McCartney is now worldwide, having stores in over 50 countries and in places such as New York, California, Paris, Barcelona, Miami, Rome, and Milan. Her first perfume is called Stella and was released in 2003. Her 100% organic skincare line called CARE was launched in 2007. The following year she created a lingerie line and in 2010 her collection for kids was launched. She held a famous fashion presentation in 2012 at the New York Marble Cemetery which included guests like Andre Leon Talley, Anne Hathaway, Jim Carrey, and Amy Poehler. She has designed clothes for Madonna and Annie Lennox music performances along with costumes for Gwyenth Paltrow and Jude Law. Since 2004, she has been in partnership with Adidas for a womenswear sports-line collection. In 2010, McCartney became the Creative Director for Team GB for the 2010 Olympics. She designed for H&M in 2005 and for Target in 2007. In 2008 she released bags for LeSportsac. The same year, she collaborated with the lingerie label Bendon. In 2010, Disney and McCartney paired together for an Alice in Wonderland jewelry collection. She also designed costumes in 2011 for Ocean’s Kingdom in New York. Her father presented her with the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year award in 2000. Also that year, she designed Madonna’s wedding dress. McCartney was awarded with the Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year in 2004, the Organic Style Woman of the Year Award in 2005, the Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year Award in 2007, the Best Designer of The Year at the British Style Awards in 2007, along with a number of other awards throughout her fashion career. She was Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2009 and was featured in the Time 100. In 2013, she became the Officer of the Order of the British Empire. BBC Radio 4 named her as one of the most powerful women in the UK in 2013. McCartney is a strong advocate for working against cancer as well as supporting PETA and being against fur. She is married with four children.

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Credit: Stella McCartney