Day 2 of Pitti Uomo in Florence was just as hot and just as rewarding as Day 1.  We were able to see some more great brands and some of our favorites were Angelo Galasso, Broska, and Pasotti.  Each brand is extremely different and features something unique and special.  Angelo Galasso features clothes, shoes and accessories, Broska carries scarves and pocket squares, and Pasotti designs umbrellas, shoe horns and canes.

Angelo Galasso

Angelo Galasso is a high end, luxury brand that has shops in New York, Moscow, Milan and London.  This season the collection has a safari theme and includes some very sharp shoes and jackets, among other things.  Galasso is also known for a special touch/detail on his shirts.  On the sleeve, he allows for a small open space in order to have your watch face peek through. No more having to push up your sleeve to see the time!  Genius!

BDMOTP Favorites: Blue Shoes

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Broska

Broska is a German brand, based in Frankfurt, that creates original pocket squares and scarves.  Some of the pocket squares have up to 4 different patterns per square.

BDMOTP favorite: Grey, blue and brown patterned scarf

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 Pasotti

Pasotti is an Italian brand, based near Milan, which offers umbrellas, canes and shoe horns with unique patterns and of course, funky handles decorated with silver, studs, skeletons and more.  These items would be great as gifts, especially for those difficult to shop for men!

BDMOTP favorite: The Umbrellas

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Posted By: Lori Zaino

 

Pitti Uomo is a gigantic trade fair for all things fashion and men.  The fair is overwhelmingly large and after one very hot afternoon, we sifted through hundreds of vendors and stumbled upon two of our favorites:  the Italian brand JW Tabacci and the French brand Vicomte A.

Tabacci had a great collection of blazers.  They were lightweight, some were linen but they were all very summery and perfect for warmer temperatures. They also were using scarves as belts, which was a fun idea.

BDMTOP favorite: beige window pane blazer

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Vicomte A had a very trendy, poised collection called ¨Exotique Safari¨ which as you may have guessed, is French for exotic safari in English.  The clothes were all very ¨safari like¨but also very wearable and trendy. They also design and create their very own prints, which were found in surprising places, like the underside of a jacket collar.

BDMOTP favorite:  the jackets with the patterned collars

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Posted By: Lori Zaino

It is fairly easy moving around Florence, Italy if you are comfortable with a map.  Even then there are a few major landmarks that help….Santa Maria Novella train station, Duomo, and River Arno.  Great city for walking, and walking, and walking, and walking.  Chatting with a gentleman he mentioned that some friends were averaging 11 miles per day on their pedometer over a few days.  I didn’t have a pedometer with me, but I am certain I eclipsed that figure on a couple days.  Just have comfortable shoes…no revelation there.

Getting a taxi on the other hand can be a bit of a challenge.  Unlike New York City, London, or most other large cities for that matter, you cannot just step to the curb and hail a taxi.  You need to call for a taxi or reserve one the day before.  On busy days like Pitti Uomo, even when you call ahead, you may be waiting.

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Waiting for a taxi…waiting…and waiting…

We walked to Fortezza da Basso, the Pitti Uomo venue, after it became apparent that our taxi was not showing up.  The walk turned out to be not so bad.  We got a jump on our 11 miles for the day!

London Collections Men isn’t just about catwalk shows.  They also host fabulous gatherings like the The Grand Match.

The bespoke tailors of Savile row are historically the root of British fashion. Savile Row is a shopping street in London that dates back to forever. The Savile row shops and tailors sponsored the Grand Match event held at Lord´s Grounds, which is actually where cricket games are played in London. All the brands and tailors on Savile Row styled and dressed models for the event.

Over 100 outfits were shown, spread throughout the the rooms and terraces of the Lord´s Pavilion overlooking the cricket field.  Some of the participating shops and tailors include Chester Barrie, Hardy Amies, and Goster & Son.

Looks ranged from pastels, light weight wool suits, linen, flannet waistcoats with trousers, and more.

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Posted by Lori Zaino, photos by Yulia Gromova.

London Collections Men SS14 – Days two and three were packed with more exhibits, presentations and runway shows.  First up was to Hunter Gather.  The HG shop felt good and the clothes chic casual.  My favorite piece was a real funky T-shirt, in an eye-catching black and white print with a mint green collar.  It would add a little color to an otherwise basic black and white ensemble.

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Next was the Olebar Brown presentation, with a theme that takes us to Monaco.  They offered a great line of casual wear in unique shades, Riviera Blue and Marshall Orange.  Something for the yacht owner, gran prix driver, fan and pit crew.  A merchandised line of pieces perfect for strolling Bd des Moulins or Av Atlantica for that matter.  By the way for you intrepid executives, I recommend the Design Suite with Panoramic view at the Le Meridien Hotel in Monaco.  Sweet curved rooms with “the” view.  Now back to overcast London.

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Then to the Hospital Club and spent time with Frank Phillips of  ToBeFrank, Jae Wan Park, and ESK cashmere company.

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In between all of that I stopped by Victoria House to see a couple of brands that I met at this same event in January 2013.  The most exciting shoe designer Diego Vanassibara and a great accessories brand Marwood.  Both of which we have big plans for!

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We also stopped in on the Oliver Spencer runway show.  Tailored as expected with his combinations of colors and fabrics.  My favorite piece was a navy peacoat with brown collar trim.  Very well done.

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I ended Day Two at the Marylebone Cricket Club.  The Savile Row Association put on a phenomenal event, The English Gentleman, showcasing what seemed to be 100 ensembles designed and produced by Savile Row shops.  Difficult to pick just one, but one of my favorites was by Edward Sexton.  It was a pistachio sports jacket worn with White Oxford Bags, and shoes by Manolo Blahnik.   You can read more about the event in our post on The Savile Grand Match.  

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On Day Three we had time for one show before taking off for Florence.  The James Long runway  show was a splash of color.  Wonderful separates with sublimated horizontal print patterns.  Splashes of color for a season.

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For more on these designers, visit our Day 2 runway show post and our Day 2 presentation post.  

During London Collecions: Men, there are lots of mini-showrooms set up for press and buyers to pass through and check out some collections.  We were able to see a variety of designers in these two showrooms: The Hospital Club and Victoria House

Hospital Club Visits

We started at the Hospital Club where we loved Universal Works, and Jaewan Park.

Universal Works had an entirely pink line!  It was very different and original and the interesting counterpart is that everything ALSO comes in navy.

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Jaewan Park had some fabulous and very original blazers and jackets.  They included different kinds of layers, an unexpected twist like a single breasted jacket that appears to be double breasted or other subtle details.  This line is architecturally and visually stimulating.

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Victoria House Visits

We enjoyed stopping to see Marwood and Diego Vanassibara´s collections at the Victoria House.

Marwood definitely has the gold when it comes to accessories.  Beautifully tailored ties, pocket squares, bow ties and more are Marwood´s specialties.

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Diego Vanassibara, a BDMOTP original favorite, makes beautiful and luxurious shoes with a special wood paneling.  Click here to see his collection from last fall, and stay tuned for a more detailed separate post on his spring collection.

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HUNTER GATHER

On Day 2 of London Collecions: Men, we headed over to Hunter Gather first thing in the morning  to check out their styles accompanied by breakfast.  After grabbing our daily dose of caffeine we roamed around the Hunter Gather boutique, checking out what they had to offer.  I was immediately drawn to a rack of a very bright, mint green selection of shirts.  They had several fully patterned head to toe oufits, which were fun.  They also had a fabulous pair of green jeans and a funky green drawstring closure backpack. (ahem…do we see a pattern here? Green is where it´s at!) Everyone is doing backpacks this season and this one was quite original, in contrast I´ve seen a lot of leather so it was nice to view something a bit different.

BDMOTP favorite:  Black and white patterned T-shirt with mint green color collar accent

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ORLEBAR BROWN

After Hunter Gather, we headed down over to the Orlebar Brown boutique on Sackville Street.   For SS14, “Orlebar Brown visits Monaco”.  Reanna Brown, Sales Executive with Orlebar Brown, explained to us the concept of the collection.  Monaco embodies several different styles, a regular in the yacht world, the Gran Prix race driver, a pit crew guy, and the beach goer.  Each style represents something related to Monaco, colors like blue and yellow to represent the beach, swimming trunks with a pattern of tire tracks.  Orlebar Brown likes to think their designs were wearable five years ago, are wearable now, and will be wearable  five years from now.  It´s nice to see that even as designers/brands participate in trends, they still like to keep an element of timelessness in their designs.

BDMOTP favorites: Lt. blue jacket, oxblood heathered items

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London Collections: Men Day 2 started off bright and early with  Hunter Gather and Orlebar Brown Presentations.  Following that, we were able to catch two fabulous shows, YMC (front row!) and Oliver Spencer.

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This company began in 1995 and designs with the idea that form follows function.

This season for their SS14 collection, YMC presented a collection of minimal silhouettes, laid back looks with fun patterns.  Stripes and patterns were both present in the collection.  The looks were accessorized with hats, berets and sunglasses.   Colors were muted, focusing on deep green, blue and purple.  Cuffed pants and shorts were present in a majority of the looks

BDMOTP favorite: Striped blazer

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OLIVER SPENCER

When a live DJ walked to the center of the show space, I knew things were about to get very cool, very fast.  This SS14 collection was influenced by a variety of themes such as art, architecture and some of London´s underground sub-cultures.  Again…cool.  What really stood out in this collection were the coats.  Spring jackets, linen coats, all sorts of funky ways to create new shapes and silhouettes using flaps and buttons were present on this runway.

BDMOTP favorites: brimmed hats and navy jacket with brown popped collar

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JAMES LONG

Before the BDMOTP team headed to the airport, we were able to catch one morning show on Day 3: James Long.  This SS14 collection, entitled ¨Beyond the Velodrome¨ was named for and inspired by cycling.  Mesh, Lycra, zip up jackets and leather and silk bomber jackets all made an appearance.

BDMOTP favorites:  striped knit sweaters

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Posted By: Lori

Photos By: Yulia

London Collection: Men was a whirlwind scurry of shows, presentations, street style, and more.  Day 1 was intense but we were able to see a lot, and of course…we had our favorites!

Some of BDMOTP´s personal favorites from Day One were Hentsch Man and Spencer Hart.

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Hentsch Man was a static presentation of models placed in a funky, artisic garage space in central London.  As guests sipped on Mexican beer and ate popcorn, they discussed the chilled-out group of models in a variety of relaxed, comfortable garments.  The Hentsch Man collection ¨We Met by Accident¨ can be described as ¨the nostalgic backwater of America¨.

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The models were shaggy haired and bearded, and looked laid back and relaxed.  Cowboy hats and boots were present, as was a distinct 70´s vibe.  Native American prints, cool plaids, and faded t-shirts give a certain New Mexician desert feel.

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BDMOTP especially favored this gold coat.

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Spencer Hart

After Hentscham, the BDMOTP team was blown away by the Spencer Hart catwalk.  This line was elegant, spring-like, serene and just fantastic.  The main fabric present was linen, and it was used in the way of short and long shirts, blazers, jackets, pants, topcoats, shorts, scarves and more.  Every piece that walked down the runway was stylish and wearable.   We especially loved the colors: so much  navy and white, fitting for spring.

Make sure to note BDMOTP favorite, the long linen navy topcoat!

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Posted By: Lori

Flights delayed, missed my connection, got bumped from AA to BA, but eventually found my way to London to begin my European Mens Fashion Weeks tour.  The first event, London Collections Men SS14 – Day One started for me and my team at the Hentsch Man Presentation.  Casual pieces that all looked  comfortable yet rugged.  One piece in particular caught my eye, a gold jacket sported well by model Chris Chasseaud.  We are off to a good start at LCM.

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We then scurried over to the Spencer Hart runway show.  When we entered the room to the sounds of James Brown, I had a good feeling about the show.  Once they broke into Parliament Funkadelic “Knee Deep” as the show began, I knew it was on!  As I danced in my seat, I enjoyed and appreciated the entire line.  Moderately edgy yet very wearable, top to bottom.  My favorite piece was a blue linen topcoat.

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Although a bit jet-lagged the shows/presentations offered just enough excitement to get me underway and through the day.

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