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Nouveau Spotlight: Sergio Wonder Fall/Winter 2016 Menswear Presentation

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2016 by James Field

Last weekend in Brooklyn I experienced a wonderful presentation of menswear for Fall 2016, by a very special designer.

Mr. Sergio Wonder, my former design partner on the highly successful and innovative custom-made jewelry and accessories line  “Sergio + James” debuted his second consecutive clothing presentation among 5  other designers, in a showcase curated by our good friend Curtis Bryant.

Sergio’s aesthetic stems from his incredibly deep and complex love for Fashion, and the art of presentation on the human form. When we worked on the design concepts for Sergio + James, I was continuously awed and dazzled by his love of fabric selection, research, and of course the design process itself.

This collection showcased for Fall 2016 revealed both an expert attention to detail and a touch of urban sophistication in the form of tailored cotton bomber jackets with hand worked knit detailing, to tapered black & white cotton checked-pattered pants worn under a black knit tee topped off by a black cotton collar & button-less jacket.

Two of my favorite looks. Fifty Shades of Chic is the vibe here.

Two of my favorite looks. Fifty Shades of Chic was the vibe here.

The main idea presented in  Sergio’s collection is a simple concept of utility and wearability, so often lost in independent designers so set in the conviction of bold statement pieces to garner press. He achieves this soft yet modern take on classic looks with various pocket details, pleated shorts, and 4 pocket trousers that create a uniformity to the collection. The more whimsical pieces like the bomber jackets, grey knit and jersey sleeve crew neck pull overs and long sleeve black & white jumpsuit, with pleats are fresh and modern urban chic silhouettes that are right on par with the current “revolution” as its been described of new, different and exciting shapes in menswear.

Form & Function displayed in the balance menswear presentation at Sergio Wonder Fall 2016

Form & Function presented in the balance menswear presentation at Sergio Wonder Fall 2016.

This color scheme of mostly black, white, and grey is simple yet incredibly powerful in its ability to reveal Sergio’s tailoring skills. Custom hand worked jewelry to jumpsuits and bomber jackets, his talent has without a doubt sharpened with time and it was an honor to witness the wonderful expression of said skills.

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The black cotton and knit zip bomber jacket that I absolutely fell in love with, paired with black cropped pants featuring a black side leg stripe.

 

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Sergio with two of the shows models.

 

The entire presentation was quite poetic and fresh, and a well received display of tailoring, craftsmanship and passion by a very talented young artist.

Sergio’s collection was debuted during Brooklyn Fashion Week 2016, which seemed to magnetically attract a colorful and fabulously unique flock of artist, designers, makeup and hair stylists, musicians and the like to Bushwick last Saturday afternoon. There was even a reunion with one of our most passionate patrons to our former jewelry collection, Mr. Michael Ibidapo who wore his custom-made black & white, “Jo” necklaces backstage and posed for a photo with myself and Sergio.

James Field, Michael Ibidapo & Sergio Wonder, after the presentation of the Fall 2016 Menswear collection.

James Field, Michael Ibidapo & Sergio Wonder, after the presentation of the Fall 2016 Menswear collection.

 

Sergio Wonder’s collection of Ready to Wear is available exclusively at

www.SergioWonder.com

Also be sure to follow him via his Tumblr page and on Instagram  and Snapchat at: SergioWndr

 

A special thanks and Congratulations to our good friend Curtis Bryant who curated the 6 show designer showcase, doing a wonderful job of getting such great talent together and it was a pleasure to see Sergio and everyone that attended for gathering of superb young talent.

-James

 

 

New Bag Swing

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by James Field

New Bag Swing

Hare & Hart Crawford Tote

Current Obsession

This is Hart & Hart Crawford Tote. I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation of the current collection by the designers Emily Harrison and Jennie Engelhardt in which they discussed their design philosophy and brand development. It was an absolute pleasure meeting them at Jo’s Nolita last week for an evening of delicious cocktails, amazing leather goods and some really cool people.

Prior to composing this post, I was in the market for a new everyday tote, but I knew I wanted something subtle, yet striking and black, typical! This bag, the Crawford tote ($595.00) was one of my first choices. Crafted from vegetable tanned natural haircalf, this bag is truly unique. Produced in Argentina, the leather used was some of the softest and highest grades I ever came across, thus solidifying this bag as my new “it piece.” The entire collection features extremely well made, high quality leather pieces that can easily make their way into your wardrobe, and they also produce jackets, bangles and  other small goods.

Check out the full collection only @Hare & Hart.com

Thank you so much to the beautiful designers Emily & Jennie,  and to Ms Wendy Wolf!

UPDATE:

I am now a PROUD owner of this amazing piece! THANK YOU HARE + HART!

You Want Me…Don’t You?

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by James Field

 

Asher Levine Black & Silver Metallic Leather Jacket $1,538

Current Obsession

Via OAK

Topic: 191 Unlimited

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by James Field

The world of mens fashion is a constantly revolving door of upward spirals and downward slopes of success and failure. One minute something is in, and the next its out.

I recently came across a great company on the rise named 191 Unlimited and their cool, laid back approach to menswear was what inspired me to feature them on T.B.N. 191 Unlimited is a small brand that was started in 2002 by two best friends Parth Sharma and Girish Karnani, who took $191 to a casino and turned it into enough money to launch their first 191 Unlimited collection. Now 191 Unlimited is carried in Macy’s , Nordstrom, Dillards and Bloomindales, just to name a few. The brand sticks to 4 basic principles that they abide by 1) Awesome Fit, 2) Extreme Comfort, 3) Innovative Detailing, and 4) Affordability. The mix of these elements have created a brand that has become a true success and has taken off in a major way.

I was so honored to review a couple of shirts from the new 191 collection. The Hopscotch gingham check shirt, and the basic V-neck black tee with military epaulet detailing.

The Hopscotch woven shirt (shown above) is a great spring/summer shirt. I  paired it with some beige cropped pants last night when I wore it to a concert in Brooklyn, and it looked great!. The military epaulets is a very nice detail and the buttons are actually octagon shaped which is anther small, but very well crafted detail.

The basic black  V-neck  shown above is another great option for those hot summer months. Made of lightweight cotton, with  great stitching  detail along the outer most trim of the shirt. The v neck tee is something I will definitely wear a lot of this summer, classic and simple, it goes with anything.

191 Unlimited seems to have a great thing going with their clothing line, a classic approach to menswear but with updated colors and styling, they really know their customer and how they like to dress. The company has grown so much since 2002 and is such an inspiration and a testament to what you can do when you put your mind to something and work hard and dedicate your, time, passion and in 191 Unlimited’s case, actually $191 dollars.

Check out more of 191 Unlimited on Twitter and also make sure you “like” on their Facebook link.

Special thanks to Amy and the whole 191 Unlimited team!

James

Topic: The GeboMana Shirt

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by James Field

So about a week ago a wonderful company named GeboMana contacted me about their beautiful handmade tee shirts and the great cause that they support. The company makes these  amazing limited-edition handmade shirts of 100% organic cotton featuring beautiful motifs. They were even so gracious enough to send me one, called the “Temple Fan” which has a beautiful silver foil effect to it.

The name “Gebo” literally means giving or gratitude, and was given to the tenth rune in the Viking rune alphabet. The main focus on what makes this company so special, aside from their cool shirts, is that every 5 shirts that are sold, GeboMana provides a whole year of education to an underprivileged child. With that fact in mind, GeboMana is out to make the world a better place, one shirt at a time.

“At GeboMana we have chosen Gebo to stand for what we’re all about; socially conscious fabrics, giving gifts and creating bonds and connections between all of us here on this planet.”

  GeboMana

Special thanks to Fiona and the entire GeboMana PR team.

Thanks so very much guys!

Visit Gebomana.com for more info, and also check them out on Twitter and their Facebook page.

James

Punked Up Grampa Cardigan

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by James Field

April 77 Mountain Springfield Sweater $248

Current Obsession

 

Dior Homme Spring 2010: Noir Obsession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by James Field

If I had the choice I would literally wear black all day, every day. It’s so mysterious, so elegant, so edgy that it only needs little to make a statement. Of course if you want to look like a goth, or like you just came from a funeral most people dont wear all black everyday. But on the runways of Paris, Dior Homme made it happen. Majority of the mens collection was either black, dark grey, charcoal and some off-white thrown in for good measure. The entire show from start to finish could easily find its way into my wardrobe, here are some of my favorite looks from the show courtesy of WWD

Images from WWD