When Seun Olubodun used his dog, Duke, as inspiration for his fashion line, he had no idea it would become such a success. Duke & Winston, the company that offers east coast-inspired garments, is named after a bulldog and Winston Churchill...so obviously it can do no wrong.
The fashion line was created in 2009 and was solely focused on menswear. The goal was to create casual duds for the modern gentleman - sorry, Ed Hardy fans, that discludes you. The graphic tees in the collection sported Duke's mean mug and was an instant hit, and we can sure see why. Now the line has expanded to include both womenswear and clothing for pets (check out the perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover here). Seun states of his most recent collection - his Fall 2012 Boathouse Row series - that he was "inspired to put together a fall line that is a little more refined than my more graphic line of t-shirts. It focuses more on subtle graphics and embroideries, and makes a perfect transition from summer to fall.”
Greg Cummins, founder of Logan Zane, a handmade leather goods company in New York City, chats with Joonbug about his line. The company, founded in 2010, draws inspiration from the art deco period, using quality materials, and made right here in America. Cummins created the collection out of his own necessity for a quality bag. He created The Remsen, a camouflage leather backpack, and within weeks of sporting it, people began to notice. Thus began Logan Zane. This company sets itself apart from the rest with its simple sophistication. Unlike some other designer brands, Logan Zane's classic design can withstand the test of time--both with durability and style. See what Greg has to say about Logan Zane.
A big new collaboration with Perry Ellis for next spring; big patterns; big pants; really, really big hair—Hometown heroes Daniel Silver and Steven Cox have clearly decided 2012 is the time to embrace their personal aesthetic and use it forge their own way into the big leagues. Duckie’s 2012 line has an air of mad scientist to it—almost like the design duo snuck into J. Crew’s shop and went to work with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch. They took a classic herringbone coat and spliced it together with a hoodie—why? Because it’s awesome and you just didn’t know it yet. They took a classic plaid pattern and “exploded” it onto an overcoat—wherefore? Because your life has been sorely lacking in exploded plaid and you had no idea.
"What are boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails!" Then why do we want to be like them so bad, girls? Technically, we don't. But we do like, maybe even love, to dress like them. Boxy smoking jackets, loose trousers, and wingtips were all over women's fall runways, also spawning one of the season's biggest trends: the tuxedo look. But menswear inspired womenswear has become so much more than a seasonal delight. It may even transcend existing as a trend to living on as a life style for some women in mainstream culture. Who knows? What we do know are the prime pieces you will need to swagger-jack from the boys to pull off your menswear inspired look.
Being a fashion-forward guy is frequently much more difficult than your girlfriend gives you credit for. We know you want to look your best—for us, for your boss, for yourself—but striking that balance between standing out and being classically handsome is oftentimes seriously stress-inducing. When the time comes to refresh your wardrobe, shopping in a female-centric store can only add more stress—we all know the classic cliché that guys hate shopping, but we at Joonbug believe that what guys really hate is shopping like we do. You deserve your own place—a place with a cool, laid back vibe where you can get in, browse with ease, get help when you need it, and get back out again. Welcome Stranger, in Hayes Valley, is exactly that sort of place.
For the inner preppy, jock or college boy within you, Jack Wills knows the in's and out's of taking a causal day and turning it into a sophisticated evening. Men always preach it is a job for them to find clothing, but who knew it could be so simple? JW has everything from your basic crew neck, to gilet detailed vest,s to your must have accessories. The JW online store sure knows how to make a person feel as though they are in college all over again. The prep look has been seen all throughout the men's runways this past Fashion week, so why not have your own fresh-off-the-runway style for half the price? With the holidays creeping up, ladies, here is your easy guide for stress-free shopping for your man --or for the guy who just chooses to purchase his own gifts months ahead!
by Arthur Stubbs
We had a chance to chat with Triple F.A.T Goose clothing about past, present, future, and their upcoming tour. Check out our exclusive interview and what's to come for the label!
What is the inspiration behind the name/brand?
TFG (http://www.triplefatgoose.com) started off primarily as an outerwear brand (Triple F.A.T. Goose) back in the late 80s. We brought it back a few years ago and launched a sportswear collection to complement it. There are two divisions to the brand, TFG for sportswear and Triple F.A.T. Goose for the down jackets. The reaction to both labels has been great so far. We are inspired by European contemporary influences and also by elements of music. For example, our spring 2012 collection comes complete with twill tape emblazoned with the phrase “Empowering Indie Bands Everywhere.” That statement is actually a key part of our brand positioning for coming seasons. I know a lot of fashion companies collaborate with bands but we’re actually doing it on a much deeper level.