Texture and Print Mixing, Manhattan

i ran into my friend, menswear designer and stylist Chike Atu the other day and i absolutely love the mix of grey wool flannel suiting, gingham, and plaid he is wearing. also the quirky scissors are fun without being too much. menswear is starting to become more classy and i think it is about time!  men look so good in a GOOD suit. (please note: GOOD SUIT, not A SUIT) his flat front trousers were tapered, cuffed and slightly short a la Thom Brown and his gorgeous italian brown suede loafers with tassel detail finished the look impeccably.

we are wanting Chike to work with Adam when he designs his suit for our wedding, as Adam is looking into moving into good suit territory, which, if you know Adam makes a lot of sense. His uniform as of now is nicely tailored shirts in fun colors, stripes, florals and plaids, cardigans and trousers. Moving to suits is just the next logical step. we’re thinking midnight blue, very saturated, almost phthalo blue.. hand sewn detailing and an interesting lining… which reminds me, the lining of Chike’s suit was a multi color silk botticelli-esq fabric. beautiful.

such excitement!

i am incredibly excited to hear that Yoko Devereaux, a wonderful street wear clothing line for men (sold at flagship store in Williamsburg as well as Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Colette (Paris), Fred Segal, Odin, Bloomingdales, and Isetan (Tokyo)), that was forced to close last year due to the economic downturn, has been able to reopen their “doors” thru online retailer Gilt Groupe.  Andy Sälzer, founder and designer spoke about the new partnership: “Over the last few years, the relationship between designers and the customer has been completely turned upside down.  Gilt, however, has been a leader in redefining that relationship.  To have them believe so strongly in Yoko Devereaux is an honor.”

it is incredibly exciting and encouraging to witness the rebirth of a boutique clothing line.  the fashion industry, as with many industries, is going thru many changes at the moment.  Some consider these changes to be signs of a dying industry.  Yoko Devereaux is not only prepared to prove these naysayers wrong, but has adapted to be at the forefront of a new business model.

Yoko Devereaux S/S2009

New York Street Style, July 2nd 2010