Filed under: Architecture & Design
Filed under: Handbags
Every now and again it's good to switch things up and offer a 'handbag of the day' that steps away from the high-fashion world yet offers an accessory that is still essential to a daily wardrobe. Here is where Samsonite's Black Label Attache Case designed by Thom Browne comes in. Reflecting the 1960's design that represents the focal point of Browne's Fall/Winter collection, this attache features a dark gray leather exterior and Thom's signature striped interior. Available exclusively at Samsonite's Black Label stores as well as Thom Browne's NYC store this case look fashionable and formidable all in one neat 60's package.
Gallery: Thom Browne x Samsonite Black Label
Impish cutting edge men's designer Thom Browne has collaborated with classic sports shoe brand Converse on a limited edition pair of patchwork grosgrain ribbon sneakers. The quirky take on Converse's iconic canvas Jack Purcell model sells for $1,800 at so-hip-it-hurts Parisian boutique Colette. A pair of original canvas Jack Purcells, designed in 1935 by the badminton champ of the same name, runs about $40. The red, white and blue patchwork ribbon motif was used by Browne for one of his characteristically loopy men's suits in his spring fashion show. Men's style expert Alan Flusser, who called out President Obama's dodgy inauguration ball tuxedo, has dubbed Browne's out-there designs "irresponsible."
Gallery: Converse by Thom Browne
Filed under: Apparel
Brooks Brothers just made their high-end, high-style Black Fleece collection for Spring / Summer '08 available online, and it's certainly stimulating, if perhaps not to everyone's taste. The line, designed by controversial but undeniably au courant designer Thom Browne, features twisted takes on preppy classics with eyebrow-raising pricetags.
Highlights of the men's looks include a "Fun" red, green, yellow and blue patchwork seersucker jacket for $1,900 with matching pants for an additional $700; a suit of cotton madras plaid (jacket $1,500, pants $600); a $2,500 morning coat with grosgrain tipping meant to be worn with a top hat; and an Irish linen trench coat with grosgrain tipping for $2,000. For women, there's a patchwork seersucker shorts suit to match the men's model (jacket $1,900, pants $500) and a cotton piqué patch pocket jacket with grosgrain tipping and sterling silver buttons for $2,100.
While the classic influences are obvious, this isn't exactly the kind of thing one associates with the traditional wares of Brooks -- but that's exactly the point of Black Fleece. Whether you can a) afford it, and b) pull it off is another matter entirely.