MINI may be well-known for their little cars, but did you know that the British brand also has a presence in the fashion world? MINI FASHION builds on their design expertise, and the results are bold and full of individuality, just like their cars.
Earlier this year, MINI and The Woolmark Company (two brands which both have a history of questioning and boldly reshaping existing structures) announced a partnership for 2018 for a limited-run “Field Notes” collection, a travel-inspired capsule collection made from the finest Merino wool, designed by a series of up-and-coming fashion designers that includes Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein.
All four of these designers sourced inspiration from their travels to foreign cities, and woven the encounters and stories they picked up along the way into unique garments that transcend borders for the collection.
MINI recently presented the MINI FASHION Field Notes Capsule Collection at Pitti Uomo 94, one of the leading international trade shows for men’s fashion and lifestyle, in Florence Italy, where they showed off the eye-catching 16-piece line that was designed for the urban traveler. The collection was met with very favorable reviews.
Following the launch at Pitti Uomo, the collection is going on a world tour organized by MINI and The Woolmark Company, where it will inspire new perspectives through a series of local events. Afterwards, the “Field Notes” collection will be made available for purchase online in limited numbers, later this fall.
For more info on the “Field Notes” capsule collection, be sure to check out the video above.
This post has been sponsored by MINI, but all thoughts are our own.
Enter To Win A $100 Gift Card So You Can Upgrade Your Summer Wardrobe
If you’re looking to update your Summer wardrobe, then you have come to the right place, as we’ve partnered with Nakturnal to give away two $100 gift cards to East Dane.
For those of you unfamiliar with East Dane, the popular men’s fashion e-tailer launched back in 2013 and delivers a thoughtful, straightforward approach to men’s fashion. They serve up heritage brands and new names for men who are more interested in style than trends — those guys who understand that dressing well comes from a combination of confidence and quality construction, and not just a trendy label.
East Dane is your one-stop shop for the best men’s fashion. with a brand roster that includes familiar names like Helmut Lang and Norse Projects, along with up-and-comers like Raen and Saturdays NYC. There are so many great pieces to choose from that it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole!
So how would I spend a $100 East Dane gift card?
This Polo Ralph Lauren tiger logo tee is a nice alternative to the traditional polo player that we are all used to seeing, and the quality of their shirts are second to none. If you’re looking for a modern/slim fit, buy your normal size. If you want a regular fit, go one size larger.
Since I will be showing some skin, I might as well accessorize with some wrist bling. East Dane has a great selection of mens watches to choose from, like this Emporio Armani watch, which offers a clean yet sophisticated look, without breaking the bank.
Heading to the beach? Then you’ve got to make sure you look the part. Saturdays NYC has killer swim shorts that will help you stand out from the crowd (and get the attention of the ladies), like this unique tropical number.
Come to think of it, I might need to check out their selection of mens bags, as my current bag is looking pretty rough. They’ve got a sweet Filson small duffel bag that is calling my name.
So I’ve picked out a few of my favorite pieces, and now it is your turn to do the same! To enter the giveaway, simply visit East Dane and pick out your favorite item from the store. Then leave a comment below telling us what it is (even better, link to it!) and you could win one of two $100 gift cards!
We will pick two lucky winners at random on July 3rd at 5pm EST. Located outside of the US? International shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but any potential customs tariffs must be paid for by the winner. These vary greatly from country to country based on the items you purchase.
The Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Watch Delivers Refined Toughness
G-SHOCK is known for their tough, rugged watches, designed for people with active lifestyles. And while that’s still the case today, their latest G-STEEL collection takes that functionality and goes upscale, delivering exceptional timepieces with top-of-the-line craftsmanship and engineering, perfect for wherever the day takes you.
We recently had a chance to check out the stainless-steel G-STEEL model (GSTB100D-1A) you see above, and this might just be my favorite G-SHOCK watch yet. Their latest offering is the first G-STEEL lineup models featuring chronograph performance in analog format, blending performance and style in one seriously refined yet understated package, with a double-layer bezel, hybrid resin and stainless construction with a refined metallic finish.
This collection’s case height is noticeably slimmer than previous G-STEEL watches, while still retaining the seven elements that G-SHOCK watches have long been known for: electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock and toughness resistance. Clearly, the G-STEEL is ready for whatever comes your way.
As you can see here, the G-STEEL is both handsome and rugged, with a chronograph face and stainless-steel band. Another neat touch is the dial at 9 o’clock, which has a multi-functional rotating disk that looks like the blades of a jet engine. As these blades rotate, the red coloring behind the disk can be seen, and this is used to indicate the battery level and the alarm on/off setting. They also rotate in the Timekeeping and Stopwatch modes with the passage of time.
Another cool feature is a new layer guard structure that houses resin cushioning parts in the case, for a more elegant design and a better fit on the wrist. This line also uses high-density mounting technology to create a module that is smaller and thinner, also ensuring a better fit.
Believe it or not, these watches are also equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing you to connect them to your smartphone with just the press of a button. This will let you get time information from an Internet time server. Timekeeping doesn’t get more accurate than that. No matter where you are in the world, your watch will have the correct time. It also lets you use Phone Finder and more from their app.
Other G-STEEL functions include Tough Solar along with CASIO power saving technology to ensure you’ve got power, high brightness LED light illumination, and dual dial World Time.
You can see a full list of the G-STEEL specs on their website.
Our opinion is that this watch is likely to go down in history as one of their best models. It will be a classic that endures. That’s why you want one too. And if that’s the case, you should go for it without hesitation because it always stinks when you’re indecisive only to swing back around and find that it’s gone. Don’t let that happen to you.
Father’s Day is also coming up quick, and you know Dad would totally love this. Make his year with a gift that is durable, has amazing style, and will have him thinking about you every time he looks down at his wrist.
Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.
Summer’s Guide to Shorts – Just Say No To Cargo
Men’s shorts have been through a lot of judgment and abuse over the years. They still are not worn in an office setting, aren’t considered professional and sometimes, it feels like there’s no way to win with them.
Some have excessive pockets, some have terrible patterns — it’s like they’re testing you to see if you actually know how to dress yourself.
Thankfully, there is help. These quick tips will help keep your fashion sense in check if you begin to doubt yourself.
How Low Can You Go?
One of the first things people notice about shorts is their length. For men, there’s a fine line between gamer who never sees the sun and 70’s-era basketball player. Length that’s too long may make people wonder why you even bothered to wear shorts. Length that’s too short, and they’ll probably wonder the same thing.
The ideal length is a nine-inch inseam, with a couple of inches to fluctuate on the longer and shorter sides. If your shorts cut off a couple of inches above the knee, you’re in the safe zone.
Bagginess is something to also watch out for. Nothing is flattering about baggy shorts or any shorts that flare out at the bottom. Unless you’re jumping from a plane and forgot a parachute — or you want to make it look like you have junk in the trunk — baggy shorts will do you no good.
The same can be said about cargo shorts. Cargos are utility shorts, nothing more. So if you’re about to go on a hike, need to work on a project or want to win a Halloween costume contest, you have the cargo gods’ blessing. But if you’re about to walk outside for any other reason, reconsider, go back inside, and don’t come back out until you make better choices.
Thread Carefully: Materials
Cotton is an excellent choice for both casual and semi-formal events, such as yard parties and family gatherings. The material isn’t too prone to wrinkles, it usually offers a variety of colors and patterns, and it’s one of the most common types of shorts.
Linen shorts are made to be lightweight and keep you cool on hot, humid days. Depending on if you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not, use your best judgment on which type of material to use when going to social events or casual get-togethers.
Fleece and sweatshorts are great if you get a day to lounge around the apartment or go to the gym. Maybe even if you want to go for a walk on the beach. They’re comfy, but again — they have a time and a place.
Chinos are another great all-around material to wear. They’re best for casual-wear and can be paired with a variety of shirts, watches and accessories as well.
Wool shorts…it’s a trap. Don’t do it — they don’t even make sense.
Sock It to ‘Em
A lot of people have really strong feelings about sock length and appropriate times to wear them. You may wonder when it’s not okay to wear socks.
If you want to wear flip-flops, the answer to the sock question is no, and you may carry on. If you plan to wear boaters or slip-ons, there’s some room to wiggle.
No-show socks are both fashionable and useful. They’re impossible to see, so your swag is still on point, and they’re also lightweight so that you don’t sweat too much. They pair well with any low-cut shoe, but the answer to your sandal question is still no. Resist the urge.
Go Forth With Your Shorts
There you have it, the basic dos and don’ts of men’s shorts.
It may feel like there’s a lot to keep track of, but a great way of keeping yourself in line is to check yourself and see if it feels wrong. If you begin to feel like you made a bad choice — it probably is.
The safest pair of shorts is a nine-inch inseam pair of chinos in a basic color. When in doubt, walk it out.
If you don’t get hit with tomatoes or other rotten food, you’re doing just fine.