30 5 / 2014

How To Do Nantucket Right

I was lucky enough to have been flown up to Nantucket on Memorial Day weekend for the annual Figawi sail boat race by SquadUP. Really it’s an elaborate excuse to be around tons of other preps and get really really drunk in a nice setting. And get drunk we did.

Outside of all the drinking the island was chock full of preppy clothes, from the Chubbies shorts on the guys and statement necklaces on the girls to the Sperry TopSiders, color pants, and button downs on both. There also were many preppy staple stores such as Lily Pulitzer and Jack Wills to One Orange, who hosted us on Sunday for an intimate cocktail party in the alleyway behind their store. They even had special Tucker Blair x Figawi needlepoint embroidered items like belts, coasters, and flasks.

Across the way Chubbies shorts opened up a popup shop just in case you needed a last minute short shorts fix. It was great that they did that but it seemed like tons of guys up there already had theirs, including myself. I made sure to especially bring my American flag Chubbies because what Memorial Day outfit wouldn’t be complete without a little patriotism.

If you’re looking to go to Nantucket in the future make sure you bring these things:

  • Sperry TopSiders
  • Colored pants
  • Button down dress shirts, preferably Oxford cloth
  • Chubbies shorts or shorts above your knees
  • Vineyard Vines tees (VV is a local fave)
  • Croakies for your sunglasses
  • Polos
  • Bathing suit, mid calf length (2xist makes some great swim trunks like this)
  • Baseball cap - TuckerNuck is a local fave
  • A weekender bag - Hudson Sutler makes some really great ones tailored to the prep set
  • Oh yeah, and a coozie

If you can’t find some of this stuff the island will be sure to have it, especially the Vineyard Vines store. Go there and pick up a pink whale coozie. Everyone loved mine when I broke it out to drink.

Here’s to the next vacation!

12 5 / 2014

The Real Winner Of The Kentucky Derby? Vineyard Vines

Yes The Kentucky Derby is about horse racing and yes there was a horse who won, but it’s as much about the parties and the fashion as it is about the actual race. The real winner here in that aspect is Vineyard Vines.

They created a special limited edition collection that incorporates their whale logo with Kentucky Derby Americana such as horseshoes, roses, mixed drinks, and even a blue watercolor scene of the derby. Items range from preppy staples like ball caps and scarves to polos and accessories such as belts and ties. Check out their site for more information on this collaboration and other events they’re sponsoring such as the Figawi Race in Nantucket.

26 3 / 2014

Garrett Leight for Mark McNairy and Snap-on Sunglasses for Springtime

You may have not heard of Garret Leight before but you soon will; his father heads up Oliver Peoples, another popular eyewear company. Not only does eyewear run in the family but so does creativity.

Garret Leight collaborated with Mark McNairy on a capsule line that showcases both designers personality. This can best be seen in the little details like the words ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ written on the inside of the arm of the glasses. Garrett Leight also offers a great line of snap-on sunglasses, for times when you want to add a new style to your sunglasses or some sun protection to your eyeglasses.

Check out some more styles over on their website, and if you you can get your hands on it pick up a copy of their California lifestyle inspired magalog Spectacle.

20 3 / 2014

Put Some Spring Into Your Step With Sperry

With the first day of Spring upon us, it’s time to do some Spring cleaning, put away the snow boots and break out the casual shoes. Sperry is perfect for this, even though we at Cool News tend to wear our Topsiders through the deepest of winter (as the most dedicated of preps tend to do natch). From their authentic original dark brown boat shoes to their more casual tan boat shoes with fleece lining, as well as a pair of traditional white skips, any pair is great with no socks shorts and a polo. Check out all of their men’s offerings over on their website and find something that fits your personality.

12 3 / 2014

Raf Simons Fred Perry Blurred Check Print

Raf Simons has updated the classic check print for his Fred Perry SS14 diffusion line by slightly blurring it, almost as if you took your eyeglasses off. The overall effect is one that is softer on the eyes and more subtle as a print. He made an amazing black raglan sleeve baseball jacket with a red check and a short sleeve buttondown in a blue check. For maximum effect wear both together. That way you’re not too matchy matchy but you’re still coordinated.

03 3 / 2014

Celebrity Icons Transformed By Adding Tattoos

Cheyenne Randall has taken photos of old and new celebrities and transformed them into modern hipsters. Our favorites are Debbie Harry and Pablo Picasso, who look natural with tatts all over their bodies.

Cheyenne had this to say about his art: “I’ve always been interested in tattooing. I started out by drawing tattoos on certain personalities in magazines and wanted to step it up. I taught myself Photoshop and thus began a slight obsession with seeing out of pure curiosity what some of my favorite iconic personalities would look like, perhaps if they were in a parallel universe or took another path in life. Really I just let my imagination run wild.”

We definitely wouldn’t mind an oversized tattooed print of the Fight Club guys. Go over to his site to see another really good celebrity update, this time of Dolly Parton. If this is any indicator of what’s to come then we can’t wait to see what he does next. 

03 3 / 2014

Fred Perry Raf Simons Removable Collar Color Tipped Polo Shirts

In Raf Simons latest collection for Fred Perry he adds a little transformability to a staple we’ve all come to know and love. The further iteration on his removable collar acts almost like a detachable fur piece on a jacket neck - a little bit of flair with a little bit of fun. The newest additions to the Detachable Collar Polo adds single tipping color blocking to the stable already out there. The two great things about this is that you get two outfits in one, and if you get the second color you can mix and match the removable collars. As a bonus there’s side dart styling that gives the old standard a new look. The Spring Summer 2014 collection is out now at Fred Perry stores worldwide.

27 2 / 2014

Skaters Cover The Smiths’ ‘This Charming Man’

At their album release show at Bowery Ballroom, Skaters broke out a cover or two. They decided to treat the audience with This Charming Man. While some people may be against covers unless they’re completely different, Skaters cove this flawlessly by keeping the spirit of the song alive while giving their own take on it.

20 2 / 2014

Timo Weiland Men’s FW14 Collection

Timo Weiland showed his men’s fall winter 2014 collection separately from his women’s collection at the Rectory in The Highline Hotel. The mix of colors was a decidedly deep jewel tone palette including emerald green, sapphire blue, and wine burgundy. This combined with the modern cut of the pieces updated the references to 80s and 90s culture.

Some pants had hints of a parachute past, as if a pair of hammer pants and a pair of skinny jeans had a baby. A green and blue checked flannel harkened back to Cross Colors where you would wear mixed up patterns together in an unironic way, except Timo’s creation was more refined, subtle, and could be a new staple in your wardrobe.

The one thing that stood out that really impressed us was the way the leather was worked. It reminded us that just because leather is applied with multiple techniques doesn’t mean it needs to look overworked.

You can find more of Timo Weiland’s men’s collection on their website. The new fall winter 2014 collection should be in stores soon.

17 2 / 2014

Shipley & Halmos’ Fun And Irreverent Canal Street Popup Shop

Shipley & Halmos are no strangers to a sense of humor as anyone whose familiar with their brand knows about their cheeky S&H Athletics diffusion line. Instead of doing a large presentation or a costly show for NY fashion week S&H decided to open a popup shop that is located on Canal Street and harkens back to the fake products sold there. This can most clearly be seen in their ‘Made In S&H’ gold stickers, which are a take on the ‘Made In China’ stickers.

What’s wonderful about this setup is that their team took the time to build out a raw space to reflect the brand ethos. Think of this as the beta version of the Shipley & Halmos retail store. It might not look exactly like this but we know what to expect - quality clothing, cheeky playful adornments, and an environment that’s inviting and modern all at once.

The fun knickknack must haves include our favorite, the author shot glass, which measures how much you’re having to drink by which author was the biggest drunk. Another great purchase is definitely the mug. Apparently we’re biased towards drinking. In any case, if you’re in NYC before February 23rd stop by Shipley & Halmos’ popup shop located on Canal Street just west of West Broadway on the north side of the street. It won’t be long before they launch a more permanent shop and we can’t wait.

17 2 / 2014

The Norwegian Men’s Curling Team Pants Steal The Show At The Sochi 2014 Olympics

The winner of the Olympics is none other than the Norwegian Men’s Curling Team and their pants. Almost always tying their pants back to the red, white, and blue in the the Norwegian flag, these pants are far from timid. Preps have been doing this for years, and they’re called F.U. pants. Tactics or style, these guys have it all and are straight crushing it with their loud patterned pants. You can buy every single glorious pair over on Loudmouth Golf for $110 each.

12 2 / 2014

Scoop Launches Capsule Collection With Pantone

Scoop recently feted their new collaboration collection with Pantone by throwing an intimate party in their dedicated Pantone shop in NYC’s Meatpacking District. Some of the products shown consisted of tees, and iPhone/iPad covers with Pantone color chips on them, as well as more designed items such as suede belts, and swim trunks. Attention to detail is definitely there as each swim trunk has a tag that has its Pantone name on it on the front part and right behind it there are 3 words describing its color personality.

Not seen in stores (but seen in the catalog and online) are some of the cut and sew pieces like the grey sweatshirt with the letter “P” over the heart. Overall the collection does not disappoint. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, from high-end fashionistas to street wear enthusiasts. Stop by the colorful Scoop shop before it’s gone.

11 2 / 2014

Beyond Closet by Tae Young FW14 Army Inspired Collection

Beyond Closet presented a witty reinterpretation on classical looks and items. This season the collection was heavily influenced by military styling and details.

Designer Tae Yong Ko spoke a little about his inspiration for the collection: “I drew inspiration from my time in the army. The collection imagines a soldier on leave, blending military staples with more relaxed dressing. Conceptualized through traditional uniform silhouettes in updated camouflage and hip-hop graffiti patterns, the collection balances order with a sense of freedom.”

The attention to detail and usage of subtle patterns makes Beyond Closet a brand to keep an eye out for. If the Devil is in the details then this collection is devilish. Any man would be well-suited to acquire one of Beyond Closet’s coats as they evoke a classic sensibility with a slight flourish - key pieces indeed.

07 2 / 2014

DKNY Men FW14 Is NYC Personified

This season DKNY is very directional. And the direction is NYC. There’s no better way to celebrate the NY in DKNY than to bring NYC to life in the personality of the clothing, and that’s exactly what they did. Blue, gray, black, and slate are staple colors of their FW palette. On top of this expect to see plum and burnt orange throughout the streets of NYC coming up this fall. 

Another amazing part of the DKNY FW14 presentation is that they were literally inspired by the streets. They hired a handful of graffiti artists to create custom NYC graphics that make up a giant DKNY sculpture. When I spoke to Donna Karan’s SVP of Global Communications, Aliza Licht, she told me that one of the reasons why DKNY loves to show their presentation away from Lincoln Center is that by having it in a large raw space floors above the street you literally have the city as your backdrop. And nothing says DKNY more than NY.

29 1 / 2014

A Night Out On The Town with Bills Khakis

Move effortlessly from day into night with key metropolitan separates from Bills Khakis. Instead of defaulting to a dark blue denim, try a pair of dark olive jeans. This is a great way to add subtle color and not look like you’re trying too hard (you know who we’re talking about). Pair these slacks back to a classic multicolor check dress shirt in equally muted colors. You can never go wrong by choosing one that has red as a base color. To turn this whole outfit into one that is a little less casual and a little more dressy add a navy deconstructed blazer. When wearing multiple muted warm colors navy blue becomes your black. By wearing a deconstructed jacket with no lining you still keep the look casual but dress it up a bit. Go on over to Bills Khakis website to see more dressy casual items for a night out on the town.

Photography by Stuart Tracte