The weather is beginning to change and the wind is blowing a slight chill into the air. It’s time for fall, so what to wear? Here are some of the top trends for this fall and winter season, and they’re actually wearable trends that any man should be able to easily participate in.

1. The Bomber Jacket

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look.

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look. Photo courtesy of Matthew Miller press.

This jacket, which is lightweight and perfect for fall temps, has been popular for many years, in fact, since the 1940’s. This season, it’s back with a serious vengeance and every man should be able to dig one out of his closet or pickup a new one.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

These jackets have been spotted all over the AW16/17 runways as well as in the streets. Combine it with some chic trousers or layer it (see number 2) over a longer shirt or coat for a cool silhouette.

2. Layers, layers, layers

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

This may be one of the easiest fall trends to partake in, simply because there a very few rules and anything goes. Just take some garments and pile them on to stay warm. See, fashion is easy!

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Obviously you want to pick thing that aren’t too bulky so you aren’t ballooned out, but this trend is both practical and fashionable, as you can peel off layers if you become warm.

3. Copper

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This is a super cool color that immediately reminds us of autumn. It’s been spotted on virtually every runway from London to New York to Tokyo, so if you plan to invest in a new item this fall, a rich copper jacket or sweater is the ideal item.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

The return of the bowtie as an everyday male fashion accessory has presented handsome, well-dressed men all over the world with a pending dilemma: to bow tie, or to necktie?

I’ll start by running through the difference between the two:

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A bow tie is a small tie that has an ending which is straight and rectangular or one that tapers and flares out at the end. Bow ties are often for more elegant occasions, but lately have been used with more day-to-day looks, and often provides a playful, whimsical touch to an outfit.

A dapper necktie spotted in London

A dapper necktie spotted in London

Neckies are more traditional, longer ties that can vary in width. Recently, the skinny tie is a hipster trend that can be worn with just about anything, no suit needed.

Why Wear A Bow Tie?

Wearing a bow tie may be easier for those with an busy lifestyle. It won’t fall into your soup and salad lunch combo or get stuck in a car door or machinery. Men of action will like the bow tie and it also gives off a retro, spirited and elegant vibe. 

Bow ties don't always have to be dressy

Bow ties don’t always have to be dressy

Millennials also enjoy wearing bow ties with just about any outfit, including a more casual looks like paired with jeans. Of course, the old-school elegance of a bow tie can go a long way when you are trying to impress.

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn't be caught dead without their bow ties

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn’t be caught dead without their bow ties

Famous bow tie wearers: Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin

Why Wear A Necktie?

Wearing a more traditional necktie can actually make you look taller, so all you height-challenged dudes out there listen up: Tie lengths are usually between 52 and 58 inches and make sure your tie is proportional to your height.

Neckties can express your style

Neckties can express your style

Width of  ties is also important. Three inches is always a good choice and skinnier ties can give you a more hipster, downtown look. A necktie is a safe bet–one you can never go wrong with as long as you can tie it properly!

George Clooney isn't starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

George Clooney isn’t starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

Famous necktie wearers: Donald Trump, George Clooney, The Blues Brothers

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Regardless of which you choose, commit to it, and choose one that reflects your personality. If you are stuck wearing a suit all day, this may be one of the few ways you can truly accessorize, so have fun with it and pick a tie you can be proud to wear.

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

Tie Tips: 

  • Looking impeccable means you know how to perfectly tie your tie
  • If you want something really original and retro, try a bolo tie
  • Enjoy and embrace all tie styles. You don’t always have to stick to one or the other–that’s the beauty of accessories! You can have a great collection of both bow ties and neckties.

Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Darrel Hunter and Paloma Canseco.

After a year of fluorescent colors shocking the system at the Arnold Classic, basic black is back. The majority of the hottest fitness and casual clothing here has a biker meets Game of Thrones vibe: heavy on shields and tough text – as logos or words of inspiration. 

Gymshark’s black/camo tank was a hit at the Arnold Classic.

Gymshark’s black/camo tank was a hit at the Arnold Classic.

Some vendors went all out with their booths to catch  the eyes of  more than 175,000 people who come from all over the world for the four-day festival in Columbus, Ohio. Making the biggest splash here:  Gymshark.  They created an elevated red carpet experience where visitors could pose with familiar faces like The Hodgetwins,  YouTube and Instagram sensations. Gymshark has re-imagined the tank top, with a variety of two and three-toned designs, with black or white and a muted color or camouflage, for $30.

Former Mr. Canada body builder Mike Johnson sported a kilt during the festival as he worked the Headrush booth.

Former Mr. Canada body builder Mike Johnson sported a kilt during the festival as he worked the Headrush booth.

Headrush’s slogan,”Fortune Favours The Brave” makes for some smart t-shirts.  The company also features Native American inspired accents, and the brand is endorsed by the popular Canadian bodybuilder Mike Johnson who sported a kilt throughout the festival.

Gorilla Clothing Booth

Gorilla Clothing Booth

Monsta Clothing Co.’s in-your-face designs showed off a bit more color and a “go big or go home” attitude. Gorilla also makes a big impression with some smart jackets and t-shirts sporting their popular logo.

Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal sported a Team Cutler tank, named in honor of former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler.

Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal sported a Team Cutler tank, named in honor of former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler.

Many of the fitness celebrities proved that with the right physique, a simple black tank top can make a strong impression, like  legendary Powerlifter Mark Bell and Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal.

Governator Arnold wear

Governator Arnold wear

Some popular items here  include black tshirts emblazoned with “Governator,”  in honor of the festival’s namesake, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The sports and movie icon usually dons fancier duds for his appearances, typically a blazer and crisp dress shirt without a tie. His Expendables co-star Randy Couture wore a leather blazer and jeans while Michael Jai White rocked a smart custom black brocade blazer by Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Martial Arts Champion and Movie Star Michael Jai White looked smart in his custom blazer by The Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Martial Arts Champion and Movie Star Michael Jai White looked smart in his custom blazer by The Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Michael joined a group of best dressed athletes inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame, including wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque, powerlifter Ed Coan, body builder Lenda Murray, kickboxer and movie star Don “The Dragon” Wilson and boxer Evander Holyfield. Presenting the awards was another best dressed fixture at the festival, Dr. Robert Goldman, founder of the hall of fame. When Arnold came to the podium, he ribbed “Dr. Bob” for his impeccable bespoke suit and tie. “You look studly!” Arnold said, encouraging the crowd to applaud.

Namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger usually is spotted in a blazer and crisp dress shirt at The Arnold Classic.

Namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger usually is spotted in a blazer and crisp dress shirt at The Arnold Classic.

Post and photos by Steve Oldfield.

 

It’s everywhere on the runways and grey is always in style when it comes to the courtroom. BDMOTP photographed and interviewed three future Best Dressed Lawyers On The Planet: students from the prestigious Loyola University Law School in Chicago. The suits and ties all come from a store that’s helpful to law students and other budget conscious dapper dressers: Cosmo’s Designer Direct near Chicago in Villa Park, Illinois.

Meet Conor, Fredrick and Michael, three Loyola Law students willing to suit up.

Meet Conor, Michael, and Fredrick, three Loyola Law students willing to suit up.

Cosmo’s Bettina Gallo created looks that work for men of various builds. For taller, leaner guys, Gallo says a vested suit can be a sharp look; shorter and stockier men are smart to avoid most vests and double breasted suits; while a single-breasted, pinstriped suit will look more flattering.

TIE TIPS: think about choosing a wool tie with a tartan print to go with a suit that has a thicker weave. Jewel-toned silks always work well: Amethyst, Emerald or Garnet ties look great with grey. For a livelier look – think about a bright tie with light blue, yellow or white accent colors.

Our legal eagles were photographed at the Loyola University Chicago Law Center, just a few blocks away from some of the world’s best shopping on Michigan Avenue.

Thank you to Loyola University’s Elisabeth Brookover and her team and Bettina Gallo from Cosmo’s Designer Direct.

Desmond is a first-year law student in the Public Policy program and an extern in the Lt. Governor’s office. Conor’s planning a career in politics and hopes to be governor of Illinois some day.

Conor Desmond is a first-year law student in the Public Policy program and an extern in the Lt. Governor’s office. Conor’s planning a career in politics and hopes to be governor of Illinois some day.

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Conor currently owns three suits including a charcoal gray one. He likes to incorporate something personal into his look. “I regularly wear a Loyola, Illinois or other tie that is connected to what I am working on at the time. When I used to work on environmental issues, I would wear a green tie. Conor nearly always wears a pin on his suit jacket: either his grandfather’s US Air Force Pin, an American Flag or a pin from his fraternity. “I want to feel connected to what I am wearing,” he said.

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Michael Tien is a third- year law student from Lansing, Michigan, concentrating on Employment & Labor Law; Litigation & Dispute Resolution. “My ultimate career goal is to end up in a position where I can use my legal skills to advocate on behalf of a person or group,” He said. “And most importantly, love what I do every day.”

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Michael owns six suits and takes his fashion cues from blogs like BDMOTP. He says that lawyers always have to dress-to-impress. A lawyer should generally dress in a conservative, sophisticated, and professional manner, but still find a way to insert their personality into their wardrobe, like the color or pattern of a tie,”Michael said. “Even the smallest details and accessories of the wardrobe are important, like cufflinks or a tiepin.”

Frederick Joseph III is a third-year law student originally from Cuba, NY. Before heading to Loyola to become a litigator, --- studied music in Boston and worked as an opera singer.

Frederick Joseph III is a third-year law student originally from Cuba, NY. Before heading to Loyola to become a litigator, he studied music in Boston and worked as an opera singer.

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Frederick owns seven suits and has been a subscriber to GQ since he was 15 years old. He generally is wearing a suit in class because he often comes straight from his job at the high-powered law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, where he’s learned a lot about looking like a lawyer. “I think a “power” look comes from the details,” Frederick said. “A perfectly fitted suit, crisp white shirt, understated pattern on the tie. Colored socks and a beautiful pair of bench-made shoes. Can’t go wrong there.”

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Posted by Steve Oldfield.

With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up the day after Thanksgiving, we thought you men out there might need a little guidance on holiday shopping. So regardless of if you are shopping on Black Friday, Christmas Eve, or at any point in between, we’ve put together a little plan to make things easier for you!

Gift Giving Guide

Girlfriend/Boyfriend: if you listen when she/he talks, it shouldn’t be too hard

Does she/he love old movies?

Have a private screening with her

outdoor movie screening

An outdoor movie screening is a thoughtful and romantic gift!

Has she/he always wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial lit up at midnight?

Take her there!

Honestly, do something that shows you care and you’re golden.

A romantic stroll in the park  can a beautiful present!

A romantic stroll in the park can a beautiful present!

Wife/Husband: NOT the same thing you always get her (follow guidelines for boyfriend/girlfriend’s gifts)

Mom/Dad: there are two categories, practical (things they need) and things of luxury (things would like but will never buy for themselves). With both categories factor in their interests:  gardening, home improvement projects, sewing, cooking, parlor games, travel, gadget fanatic, etc. Odds are, your parents like at least one of these things, so factor this interest into focusing on a gift they will appreciate.

Co-Worker/Boss: based on jokes/conversations shared, get something small that applies. If you don’t have a cool boss give them a card/gift card combo, it can’t fail. Don’t go overboard with co-worker and boss gifts, usually something small is perfect.

Sister: a cute, unique piece of jewelry (ring/necklace/bracelet) She will appreciate the thought you put into it. If you shop at stores: Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, you will find something any sister will like.

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Brother: Bookstore/Amazon Gift Card, it has everything! Books, movies, clothes, tools, videogames, etc. Perfect for the brother with multiple interests.

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Final Tips:

*A silly heartfelt card (not overly sappy, but an ‘I care and Love you sentiment) goes a long way with the folks, and will butter them up before they open their gifts.

You can never go wrong with a cute card.

You can never go wrong with a cute card.

*All gifts must be individualized and thoughtful at the core for them to be considered a success.

Have a great holiday season and good luck shopping!

Posted by Anne Grimaudo

Jeans and a white tee shirt…a simple, practical go to look that will never go wrong.  You can do so many things with this look, add a blazer for a more classic feel, a leather jacket for a rocker look, or nothing at all for a casual fall style.  This is a basic style that goes way back…stylish back then, stylish now, and stylish tomorrow!

Looking for some inspiration?

The Trendsetters…

James Dean and Marlon Brando

Catapulting their careers with their bad boy, rebellious public images Dean and Brando simplistically wore fitted white tees and jeans. They made the ‘greaser look’ iconic as well as a combination of carelessly cool. White tees with jeans also associated men with bikes and cars, so if that white shirt got dirtied up a bit, it added to the overall effect.  Versatility is how this look has survived and been easily replicated throughout the decades.

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Continuing the trend today…

Shia LeBeouf and Johnny Depp

Both actors have continued with the image of rebels and not following Hollywood’s rulebook. They make their own rules; maintain their eccentric side and rock tees with jeans.  LeBeouf is more of the Dean/Brando mold, riding bikes and living dangerously.  Depp is more of a nonconformist rock n’ roller, adding tons of necklaces, rings and bracelets to the basic white tee and blue jean.

 

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What you should take from these gentlemen is that fashion is not difficult to have as long as you commit to what you have chosen to wear. It’s not bad to care how you look, but once you have your outfit on you need to feel as confident in yourself as these gents mentioned above. Channeling the white tee and blue jeans rebel look, tried and true for decades, gives you the equipment you need. Go tear it apart!

Image Credits:

James Dean: stlyeandcheek.com

Marlon Brando: the zipper.umwblogs.org

Johnny Depp: fanpop.com

Shia LeBeouf: way2speed.com

Posted by: Anne Grimaudo

Jeans, Jackets, Vests, Shirts…Denim is everywhere!

All of it is in right now! There are many associations and ways to wear denim well due to its neutral colors (any color you choose, white/black/dark/light washes, can be very easy to mix with other articles of clothing).

Associations include rustic, hard-working, utility, durability. Clothes that can take wear and tear, showcasing an individual that is not afraid of the mundane of daily chores.

What you gain from wearing denim are pockets, strong fabric, layers for warmth or to shed when working hard.

Denim is making the hard working individual fashionable. We all feel proud when we’ve done a days work of manual labor, now you can feel this way more frequently simply by implementing denim into your daily look.

Trending right now in the denim world: cuffed pants, colored pants (try mint green or oxblood), and denim button up shirts, left unbuttoned over a tee for a casual look.

Feel better about your great work ethic, be a cowboy (we all wanted to be when we were kids!) Have all the pockets in your shirts and pants you could ever need.

The many ways to wear denim are shown below:

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Image Credit: hotcosmetics.com

Posted by: Anne Grimaudo

 

Let’s start at the beginning, who is Ryan Gosling? He’s an actor.  He’s no more handsome than any other young Hollywood star. However, post 2008, he wasn’t the best dressed. In fact, he was a shabby mess. And even though he was the leading man in the tearjerker, The Notebook, no one was blogging his or her fingers numb about his style. In fact, because of the success of that movie, he should have been Hollywood’s “go to” leading man.

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Ryan Gosling in 2004 on the Red Carpet

Legend has it that sometime between “Lars and the Real Girl”, a small indie film that earned him a Golden Globe nomination and “Blue Valentine”, his inner fashionisto was awakened or Cinderella’s fairy godmother arrived and fixed him. Either way, he had no aid from a highly skilled stylist. He showed up on the red carpet of the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival for “Blue Valentine” May 18 2010, in a crisp white fitted shirt and a pair of white and blue striped pants with a white lace shoe; he was flawless.

Ryan Gosling at the Canne Film Festival

Ryan Gosling in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival

But enough about Mr. Gosling… the Gosling Effect happens when your look impacts your life for the good.  Everyone knows your first impression shapes what people think of you; however, what if you looked amazing all the time? Simply, dress for the role you want, not the one you have.  That being said, anyone can have his or her own Gosling Effect.  Here are a few tips:

1. Tailor it.

  • It is not likely that off the rack will be a perfect fit, so find a good tailor and invest in yourself.

2. If it doesn’t fit, then you should quit.

  • If you’re wearing things that are too loose or too tight out in public, it makes you look like a sloppy mess in need of a mommy. Too tight looks like you’re trying too hard to be noticed.

3. If you can’t afford or find a stylist, find a great sales associate.

  • Sometimes, you just don’t have the aptitude to put together looks. Sometimes being color blind or style challenged can hold you back.  Stylists are paid to make you look great and effortless. They can go in your closet and get rid of the mess that is holding you back and give you the tools to be your own leading man. And if you can’t find one or afford one, ask around your favorite stores for the honest associate and get their help.

4. Grooming…Grooming….Grooming

  • Get a great hairdresser or barber and make them your new best friend.  The right scent on a man leaves a great impression (not too strong or musky). Don’t live in fear of product, invest in your skin care or find a dermatologist.

At the end of the day, gentleman, you’ll feel different and that’s good. Your day-to-day life is your red carpet at Cannes. Success is bigger then profession… it’s having it all (whatever that means for you), and you can learn from the great and chic Mr. Gosling.

Go forth and look good doing it.

Photo Credits:

Red Carpet-Zimbio.com

Canne-Mydaily.com

Posted By: Denee Davis

Rue de Turenne Part II

Part II

Rue de Turenne, Marais: The Coton Doux

My favorite store on this old strip of man’s fashion, Rue de Turenne, is called Coton Doux. It´s a man’s shirts store, or better said, a man’s OUTRAGEOUS shirt store, or as the French would say, a store for ˜chemises extraordinaires. It does sell some shirts and items for women but once you walk in it becomes immediately clear that most of the merchandise is for men ONLY and all are sufficiently outrageous: men’s shirts for about half the store, men’s PJ’s, neon colored men’s ties and men’s scarves, men’s boxers and briefs, (which are only sold with carrying ˜pochette or bag so that, should it come to pass, you can show your girlfriend or guy-friend, the morning after, that you are a proper man after all, in that you carried an extra pair of briefs or boxers haute finition in stylish little bag, just in case you were allowed to sleep over). How about that for making a first impression?

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At perhaps 15 square yards in size, Coton Doux is an absolutely incredible place. And even though the place is not a designer house per se, it prides itself on ‘haute finition’, which means that on the ladder of fashion, it ranks somewhere between ready-to-wear (pret-a-porter) and actual ˜couture or design. In other words Coton Doux offers a personalized and especially designed finishing touch on standard man’s items like shirts, boxers, briefs, scarfs, and ties (the only real woman-only item in the store is the so-called etiquette which is a quite sexily shaped woman’s PJ (low cut) with the original design of a man’s PJ as a blue print)

But it is not the real thing until you see haute finition live in front of you at Coton Doux. It’s not so much the outrageous variety of designs on the man’s shirts that bewilders (the oddest shapes & patterns from the very mundane (circles, stripes, & checkers) to the round-out hallucinating (defying my powers of description unless this would become a doctoral essay in shirt design), but the combination of the outrageous variety in design with a beautiful and personalized individualized touch.

In one birds-eye-view three second look one will notice the most improbable colors, prints, and designs possible on ANY collection of shirts one has ever seen together. You like a lady bug shirt on yellow cotton with the inside of the cuffs or collar in deep purple? How about a fire-truck design or, better yet, just fire ladders on your shirt but finished with tiny black buttons and tiny button holes with a brightly colored stitch.

Damian Hirst like skulls in tiny circles shaded on the spectrum between blue, red, and purple.

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Mundane cats in black on white but seated in some various very obnoxious poses.

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Stamps with the (young) Queen of England. Telephone booths or street signs from different large cities around the globe. Retro coffee brand marketing as a design. Wine labels. Post-modern pop-art cartoon characters. Cars, but only beetles, fiat minis, and other small cars. Retro radio-casette tapes. Of course butterflies.

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And now for my favorite item at Coton Doux: a white cotton shirt with tiny blue five-pointed stars.

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As if someone would have plucked the stars from the American flag, in the exact same shape of stars, and painted them navy blue, and then pasted them by the hundreds, the thousands perhaps, on one single shirt. And that is of course only the design. Because it is the finishing touch the haute finition which is just marvelous, outrageous yes, but marvelous nevertheless: A star-sprangled shirt with tiny pearly rosy buttons double-stitched in kryptonite-green Ouch! The kind of green that lights up your room at night if you have a vintage radium watch. The kind of green you can see with the corner of one eye when you least expect to see it. The glow-in-the-dark-post-nuclear-catastrophe-filmed-at-night-with-a-hand-held-camera-horror B-movie type of green. It’s outrageous. But it works! It rocks HAUTE FINITION the fashion equivalent of High Definition. Only on the Rue de Turenne! Only at Coton Doux. NO TECH NECESSARY.

For more information visit the Coton Doux Website, at http://www.cotondoux.com. They have five stores about the same size in Paris with the main one on the Rue de Turenne and they ship DHL and FEDEX within France within 48 hours.

Posted by: Sandro

Rue de Turenne

Part I

Rue de Turenne, Marais

I only first noticed the street when a camera man started following me when I was dressed up to go to work. I was wearing nothing special, just a man in black with black shoes, a casual pin-stripe Mexx jacket, a white shirt, a burgundy tie, and dress pants. So why did he follow me this camera man on the streets of Paris, in the Marais of all places no less? It made no sense — I am neither famous, nor well known, nor well connected and I am not a notorious lawbreaker –I have no scandals to my name so what was happening?  They were filming me like story-hungry paparazzi, but why?

It is a not a well-known street in Paris but it is in the Marais district, to be more specific in the old Jewish Quarter of St Paul and the street is called Rue de Turenne. If you went to Wikipedia you would only see a couple of monuments and a few hotels particuliers (old private residences) on the street, but something belies our modern virtual information because this rather unknown street, is very markedly and rampantly home to the largest collection of man’s clothing stores perhaps ON THE PLANET.

In a stretch of three blocks, in less than one mile, you will find the following kaleidoscopic variety of man’s pret-à-porter (ready-to-carry/wear), factory outlets, distribution centers, shops, tailors, retail stores, home brand manufacturing & brand name outlets, maisons (house brand stores), and one maison de haute finition, and yes, a single house that CLAIMS to be haute couture — a traditional designer only making individual & personalized collections. There are around 60/65 different outlets MEN ONLY and I listed as many as possible below, however I am sure I have missed some you´ll just have to visit in person.

It is well possible of course that Hong Kong, Milan, London, or New York have a larger collection of man’s clothing stores: But they are never going to be THIS concentrated in one small area; I highly doubt it; not on the stretch of half a mile like this. 

On the Rue de Turenne man’s suits go for as low 60 euros even though a more regular price is advertised ubiquitously on the street as between 140 and 200 euros.  Again, pret-à-porter, ready to carry it away, ready-to-wear, you walk in, give your measurement, and you walk out, and it is a good buy, you walk away content and happy.  Clothing repair is possible in every third or fourth store, and what is surprising is the low number of real tailors.  There is only one or two and to play a Where-is-Waldo with the list below, I challenge the fashionistas to find the one real tailor on the list.  And of course many of the stores are having clothing repair services or in house tailors. Many are just outlets or franchises, and there are two corner-anchor stores on both ends of the mile (Zadig & Voltaire on one side and IZAC on the other), but a large number indeed are original clothing manufacturing maisons houses who most certainly must have attracted all the other stores to come to the street to begin with. They were there first. Yet, no designers, no haute couture, no luxury, just pret-à-porter, a great place to be for the average man who likes to dress well, an average guy like me.

So what is it in the end that brought all these stores and outlets together on this small strip in Paris? To be short, I asked one of the store owners, who owned a store with its own brand name, a real clothing manufacturer of man’s clothes. Apparently some centuries ago when there were many Jewish tailors coming to the district from Eastern Europe, this is how it started. The tailors set up shop in the street because this was the heart of the Jewish quarter of the Marais.  Later many other brands other than just house brands started to set up shop, attracted by the concentration of quality of man’s clothes.  Then came franchises.  Corner stores.  Flagship stores.  Factory outlets.  Distribution centers.  You get the rest.

What is sad however is that the current economic crisis seems to have severely affected the sales in the street and seems to have sapped the energy and life out of it not completely of course, but the street seems notably affected.  A few stores are empty, and a few are closed, I listed below which ones.  The majority of the stores seem to be scraping by, you can tell by the faces of the people who work there, and few to zero tourists or others appear to come to the street on a regular basis so that probably most business is done by sales online or distribution to far regions around the globe. However, if you want a local shopping experience, stay away from all the touristy shopping areas, instead help these smaller shops out and visit Rue de Turenne.

So there you have it, the camera crew that one sunny day was doing a shoot for some or one of these brands, and I bet you they were looking for an average guy, dressed up well, while he happened to be walking in front of one of the stores. Probably for some commercial shoot; there are many in Paris all the time.

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To be continued:  Part II A la recherche (in search of) a star-sprangled shirt on the Rue de Turenne.

List of stores/brands on the Rue de Turenne:

  • Aless Andro
  • Zadig & Voltaire
  • Pepe Jeans (London)
  • Vito (Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss, Cerruti)
  • Azzaro
  • Cotton Doux (Paris) Haute Finition (shirts)
  • XOOS (shirts)
  • B.garbo (shirts)
  • Palenzo
  • Cotton-Velours (Diesel, Tommy, D&G, Armani, Cavali, Marlboro, G Star)
  • Alless Andro
  • Walry (leather)
  • Melchior
  • Claude Riviera (outlet)
  • Alphi
  • FC Diffusion (fabricant / outlet) (E.khanh, Montana,  Lanifico Cerruti)
  • Linco (distribution / outlet)
  • Brzoza
  • Ceci est un tailleur
  • Jean de Sey
  • Kotazo
  • Guy Laurent
  • La Boutique
  • Mag One (Haute Couture hmm)
  • Zakoya (XXXL)
  • Kost, Azzaro
  • Malone (Joe?)
  • Barberini
  • Mac Lennon
  • Itris
  • Ray Club
  • Elios (Rochas, Azzaro, Ferre, Laroche)
  • Shakapour
  • Simon’s
  • Zed By (closed)
  • Massimo Boni (fabricant/manufacturer of parkas)
  • Julien (shirts, closed)
  • Woodfield
  • Brazzi (empty)
  • Plazza
  • Sam Daniel
  • IZAC (empty)
  • Ferre
  • Lâ Homme du Marais
  • Matt (sporty)
  • Yves Dorsey
  • Meynal
  • Virtuose
  • Virtuose
  • Marco Belli
  • Franck Michel
  • Giacomo
  • Portofino
  • Oscar
  • Diffusion (Cerruti, E.Khanh, Zegna – outlet)

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