#53 Tradeshows: (capsule) men Paris Vol.1

If I was a buyer at (capsule) men Paris, I would buy…

A kind of guise

Ally Capellino

Assembly New York

Barque New York

Bespoken Clothiers

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 Cuisse de grenouille

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#52 Made in France Vol.6

Hey there, long time no see.

Here’s my volume number 6 about the great things we surprisingly still make in my country.

Maurice & moi (Maurice and me) is a Marseille based company which manufactures shoes in Mauléon-Licharre and May-sur-Evre (I have no idea where those places are either, just Google it). It was founded a couple years ago by two friends who decided to launch their brand while they were still in business school (fairly inspiring for me). Apart from the fact that they modernize typically French designs such as the espadrilles, without a “made in China” tag on them, the interesting thing is that they give 10% of their profits to micro-entrepreneurs worldwide (see Babyloan). A nice way to join the useful to the pleasant.

They do not indicate their stockists yet, but it should be online soon.

#51 Made in the USA Vol.7

It seems I’m a little obsessed with bags and leather goods, probably half of my “Made in the USA” series being about these items. Anyway, today I’m presenting you with Joshu + Vela, a young San Francisco based brand which manufactures bags and other small leather items. Each piece is custom made, the canvas and leather are dosmetically sourced, vintage sewing machines are used.

Cause that’s the way they roll.

Joshu + Vela products can be found in the USA (duh.), Germany and Taiwan.

Now dear reader, please behold.

Image of Natural A Tote

Image of XL Boat Tote

#17 GQ’s Best Menswear Designer in the USA 2012

So it’s that time of the year when GQ announces who the 2012 best menswear designers in the USA are. The lucky winners will create a limited edition collection for the Gap, which is a great thing for the apparel retailer but also for the designers who will benefit from a lot more coverage. Indeed, the oldest brand was founded in 2008 and the youngest, in 2011.

Even if I’m a female, I’ve always been interested in menswear (except this). Let’s take a look at great pieces from each of their collection.

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam

Chick Magnet (!!!) Loafers

BLKDNM

Saturdays NYC

James Crewneck

Thomas Boardshort

Todd Snyder

Ovadia & Sons

White Pinpoint Oxford

IAN VELARDI 

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#3 Fantasy shoe closet

I think we all have materialistic fantasies (no, you’re not above the masses).

As far as I’m concerned, shoes are a great part of them.

Check this selection out and tell me what your fantasy shoe closet looks like.

Click on the pictures to access the websites.

Pierre Hardy

Isabel Marant 

Isabel Marrant

Pierre Hardy

Mi-Mai

Tory Burch

Finsk (because I really want to know what it feels like in them!)