The Original Yellow Boot

IT STARTED 40 YEARS AGO WITH A BOOT CALLED TIMBERLAND.

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Founded on quality craftsmanship and Yankee ingenuity, that boot helped build a brand and set new standards in the footwear industry. Its quality, authenticity and rugged outdoor heritage continue—inspiring new collections for today. This post pays tribute to the yellow boots heritage and influence—to the icon that built a brand on this.

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Nathan Swartz started it all in 1952 with the Abington Shoe Company in South Boston. His two sons, Sidney and Herman, joined him a few years later and relocated the company to Newmarket, New Hampshire. In 1973, Sidney introduced one of the first waterproof leather boots of its kind. Incorporating premium full grain nubuck leather, thick rubber lug soles and unprecedented craftsmanship, the yellow boot was an instant classic. He named it the “Timberland”.

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The “Tree” Logo
The mark of quality, right there on the outside of the boot. Timberland was one of the first companies of its kind to boldly brand a product like this. Many discouraged Timberland from burning the logo onto the outside of the boot. They feared it would damage the leather and no one would want to buy. Turns out, the exact opposite happened.

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Timberland didn’t set out to create a new fashion icon. The yellow boot was born for a hard working New Englander. It was form, function and craftsmanship that inspired Timberland to create its yellow boot, not trends and runways. And remaining true to that authenticity is the very ideal that appealed to the fashion world’s trend makers everywhere.
Eventually, selling to stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue was the beginning of a whole new era of the yellow boot: the boot as fashion.

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The Timberland® brand was known for quality handsewn boat shoes in Europe in the early 1980s. But by the mid-1980s, everyone wanted to know more about the yellow boot. Timberland distributors attended shoe shows across the continent. The rugged, waterproof nubuck leather was like nothing else ever seen on display at these shows. Soon the yellow boot could be found at high-end sporting goods stores, department stores and men’s fashion stores throughout Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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In Italy, the epicenter of the yellow boot explosion, the rise in popularity can in part be credited to the “Paninaro”. The Paninaro movement in the early 1980s was a subculture of youths that were known for their regular hangouts at the “Al Panino” bar—a popular sandwich and burger joint in Milan’s Via Agnello district. They chose the yellow boot as a cornerstone of their fashionable style. By the mid-1980s, the yellow boot was adopted into popular culture in Italy, appealing to a consumer-driven middle class that was searching for a “Made in the USA” look.

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Today the Timberland yellow Boots come in many designs and colors. Over the years many designs have been released as a tribute to the classic or in reference to special events and kinda like the converse all stars, many collaborations with other designers have resulted to a huge supply of models.

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Source: timberland.com

Trends in Rome

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I’ve been in Rome on a convention for the past few days and I think I found my dream city. There are historical monuments all around and beautiful buildings in every street. It hardly came as a surprise that there was a strong fashion sense everywhere. The architecture and the layout of the city serves as an inspiration for classy dressing and makes a beautiful background.

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One of the most evident trends in this city are the weaved leather sandals. Many of the tourist as well as the locals are wearing them even during the night. These come in many styles, from close weaved that look more like shoes, to sandal like.

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The tailored shorts suit is another example of the influence of Rome in fashion. With the weather being so hot, dressing in a full suit during the day can be really inconvenient. Wearing a tailored shorts lets your skin breath without having a negative effect on your style. Choosing a different coloured blazer will add a lighter, casual cent to your outfit.

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Via de Condotti is a busy and fashionable street of Rome. Being near the Spanish steps, the street is visited by large numbers of tourists. It begins at the foot of the Spanish steps and is named after conduits or channels which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Today, it is the street which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion retailers, equivalent to Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, Paris’ Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Florence’s Via de’ Tornabuoni or London’s Bond Street. Via Condotti is a center of fashion shopping in Rome, dating to the atelier of Bulgari which opened in 1905. In addition to Valentino, other designers such as Armani, Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo have stores on Via Condotti. Others, such as Laura Biagiotti, have their offices there.

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Last but not least, I really enjoyed the Palazzo del Quirinale guards’ uniform, as well as the rest of the polizia’s outfits. They are really stylish without being exaggerated at all.

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Article by Panos Pappas.

Espadrilles

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The classic rope-soled shoe of the French Mediterranean is the hot new shoe, as men around the world discover the simplicity and comfort of the espadrille. First appearing in the Pyrenees mountains, espadrilles have become synonymous with summer and the casual ease of the Riviera. Over time, their appeal and look have found their way into modern fashion, and fashion houses such as Versace and Armani have even used them on the runway. Don Johnson sported a pair in white during the early years of Miami Vice on television. Today, however, they have become the easiest to pack and most versatile footwear for a man of any age to wear in warmer climates.

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Espadrilles are normally casual flat, but sometimes high heeled shoes originating from the Pyrenees. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of rope or rubber material moulded to look like rope. The jute rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.

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Origins
The espadrille has been around for centuries maybe even thousands of years. The Archaeological museum of Granada owns a pair of espadrilles that were found on human remains inside the “cueva de los murielagos” (the bat-cave).

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Espadrilles became fashionable in USA in the 1940s. Lauren Bacall’s character in the 1948 movie Key Largo wore ankle-laced espadrilles. The style was revived in the 1980s, due to the success of Miami Vice—the shoe was worn by Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson).
In the summer of 2009 one could see the espadrilles, having a hesitant comeback. Since then, they have become a classic piece of summer footwear for men.

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Espadrilles are unquestionably casual, to the point at which they could be considered more like ‘outdoor slippers’ than shoes. This is definitely not the sort of footwear you can take into a business meeting on Monday morning! However, they are an ideal solution for those planning to spend their holiday deck side, or perhaps walking the dog along the boardwalk in the oppressive twilight heat. Living in Greece, I am used to seeing Men wearing Espadrilles during the morning or the afternoon, on the beach or for a walk. Again, avoid wearing them on dinner, or something even slightly formal.

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Witty Accessories

We live in a very stressful age. These days fashion all about seriousness and being appropriate for each occasion. One way to lighten up your days is by wearing playful, yet tasteful accessories. It’s a great way to feel like a child again without being icky, and even put a smile on other people’s faces. So below I am presenting some witty accessories that, in my opinion, can be casually worn without undermining your outfit.

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The Moustache Tie-holder.
As you all have surely noticed, moustaches have been in since the last year. Moustache themed accessories came in hand in hand, to take place as a funny retro looking touch on your everyday dressing. I’ve seen many of them, from socks to mustache patterned shirts, but this simple tie holder can be elegant enough not to exaggerate the hole outfit.

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Eyeglasses-Patterned Socks.
Socks are a small part of your outfit, but providing you are wearing plain-coloured pants you can play with different styles and patterns on socks. I like the playfulness of these ones, as they are neutral and can me worn with almost anything.

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Gold Anchor Bracelet.
Anchors were the main theme of the last summer and hopefully they are here to stay. Anchors can add to a classy suit as well as enrich a casual look. From cufflinks to belts and buttons, anchors, and generally nautical themed clothing, is a great way to celebrate the summer. Captains are cool, aren’t they?

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Warbler Pin.
I love pins and brooches. Made of gold, brass, iron or even suede or wood, I thing it’s a kind of male jewelry that we all missed. Fortunately they’re not just for girls anymore. I find this warbler pin fascinating. Its neutral theme and discrete size can make for a great subtle decoration to your dull shirt.

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Vintage Map Watch.
I don’t know what it is that makes vintage maps so cool, but I’m really fond of them. This one is classy but not necessarily formal. The leather strap can be really versatile, while the vintage map background makes it really interesting.

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Skull Earrings.
I always wear a pair of earrings. It’s the only part, of my teenage years as a goth kid, I am holding onto. I would definitely wear this pair of golden skulls without second thought. In my opinion we should all outgrow the taboo of wearing skulls, we are not in the 80s anymore. Either with a rock look, or a casual night out, these skull earrings are enough to give you a load of bad-boy confidence.

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Nerdy Cufflinks.
Nerd is the new jock. It is obvious from the sudden explosion of comicbook-based cinema to the comeback of suspenders and big glasses. I know we are not in high school anymore, but nerd-style is the latest fad now. So why not play with it a little? And since everybody loves Star Wars, this Stormtrooper cufflinks can only be shadowed by… maybe Darth Vader cufflinks.

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By Panos Pappas.

Tips for the Spring/Summer 2013

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This spring/summer is definitely one to get excited about. We’ve had the summer of prints and bold colours, and while they were great fun at the time, this summer is all about taking what we’ve learnt from past experiences and refining it.

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Men’s style is really advocating the sensibility that less is much, so this season your mind should be on smaller, more subtle patterns and simple colour combinations that help to communicate your own confidence and natural sense of style. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear what you wore last year, you just need to be more considered when putting a look together.

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1. Old Jacket, New Fit
It seems like every designer is reaching into the past and bringing all kinds of traditional patterns and fabrics back into the modern day, complete with quality cuts and silhouettes.
This is especially apparent in blazers and sport jackets, which are set to prominently feature classic check patterns this spring/summer. Whether you opt for Glen plaid, houndstooth or gingham, look to pick one up in summer appropriate fabrics like madras, linen or cotton blends so when layered over an Oxford cloth shirt, you’ll barely even know it’s there.

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2. The Panama Hat
I mentioned this hat last year when we were covering the comings and goings of Pitti Uomo, and it seems to have done nothing but gather speed.
Forget those black, grey or navy fedoras with stingy brims – the man with the whitest widest brim wins this year.

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3. Colour Me Pastel
This is a really simple upgrade and it can do wonders for all of your looks once the sun begins to shine.Invest in pastel (or chalk-like) colours, they work great for nearly every guy once they’ve got a little bit of colour themselves and can be integrated seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Think pinks, greens, purples and yellows and always make sure to pair them with more neutral pieces to give your look balance and help ground the bolder hue.

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4. Floral Accessories
Yes, I know I said that this spring/summer would be all about keeping things simple – but you should always own accessories that help bring your look to life.
This time, rather than trying to integrate wild patterns into your look, opt for a floral accessory such as a tie, scarf or pocket square. The pattern is subtle, simple and sophisticated and works well with any outfit you build, be it a full suit or simple jeans and t-shirt combination.
Don’t be afraid to invest in florals, it’s just about the only pattern that guys haven’t worn regularly yet.

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5. Check Your Contents
When the weather picks up it’s easy to think that your only options are shorts and polo shirts, day and night. But you’re just plain wrong. With so many pieces being made out of lightweight, breathable materials such as linen, whipcord and tropical wools there’s no reason that you can’t wear a blazer during the day and layer up at night.
It’s just a matter of layering with intelligence as well as style. Try a navy linen blazer with peak lapels for a jacket that can be worn no matter the occasion or weather.

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Original article by Matt Allinson here.

Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013

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Comfort, fit and durability rank high with men when it comes to choosing their eyeglasses. While men are concerned with style, they won’t forsake comfort and fit just to look good. Men have their own tastes, but it may be a wife, girlfriend or significant other who will influence the final style or color of the frame. Lets try to change this by giving away some tips and trends for the next season.

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Nerdy is in. And it is more than evident from the shape trends that are being predicted for eyeglass frames this year. Panto (round) frames are ruling the roost. Regardless of whether you are looking to buy optical frames or sunglasses, this is the trend to pick. Fascinated by everything retro? Oversized accessories have been popular for a while now. A super-crazy trend that was seen in most runway shows was protective eyewear. Whether or not it makes an actual transition to the streets remains to be seen.

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Zachary Quinto being the King of retro in the TV series “American Horror Story”

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Terra Moderna: Specs and shades in this trend have a retro, handcrafted feel, with artisanal touches like leather piecing, weaving, perforations and topstitching. Be on the lookout for materials such as luxe plastics, straw, burnished brass and wood, which all add to a rustic appearance.

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The Ray Ban ClubMaster brings the hottest eyewear style for 2013. In addition to new and modern colors to the market, such as green, red and yellow. The model was launched in the 80s, precisely in 1986, and was inspired by a piece used by Malcolm X in the 50′s, thus becoming a reference in attitude. The Ray-Ban ClubMaster model has became famous for being the hallmark of Mr. Ripley film The Talented Mr. Ripley, besides being the darling of the rock world. Turned counter-culture reference, intellectuals and civil rights leaders, and in recent years has been gaining the fashion world and the streets as an indispensable accessory of personality and style.

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The successful lunch of the new optical collection from MYKITA has become the next level of the industry. This line was created especially for sport lovers, for use in sports. As you can see that all frames are created as sportswear and fashion accessories, as well.

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Do you believe that fashion goes round? The new round shaped frame collection from Marc Jacobs has become the retro chic heritage during the Summer 2013 season. Fans of the 50′s and 60 years and fashionistas, аs well, will be fallen in love with these new Marc Jacobs sunglasses 2013.

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Japanese eyewear label Tana-Gokoro has just released a collaborative effort with fellow Japanese brand hobo in the form of a celluloid fiber-based optical frame. The thin classically-styled frames feature simple silver ornamentation near the bridge and temples for a professorial look.

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New styles from the Thom Browne by Dita Eyewear Collection were introduced for Holiday 2012. The collection sees the reintroduction of both the Wellington and Round frame styles, as well as new color/lens combinations unique to this season. Particularly appealing is the barely-noticeable Thom Browne signature tri-color stripe on the arms.

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Hyde’s Spectacles is yet another Swedish brand that has caught our eye with their upcoming collection. Established in 2010, Hyde’s pride themselves as purveyors of old school craftsmanship. In some ways, we can look to Hyde’s as small run producers, as all of their products are crafted by hand and made in limited numbers. As with all of their previous collections, no Hyde’s logo is found on their products based on their belief that the spectacles should “belong solely to an owner’s personality.”

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Sources: framegeek and buzzle

The Satchel

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The main difference between a satchel and a briefcase is that a satchel is soft-sided. Also, satchels often have straps while briefcases usually don’t.

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The satchel became a fashion accessory and was popular during the 17th century. The satchel predates the backpack.

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Satchels used to be only indicative of bags that men used, that had a flap and typically wore across the body like a messenger bag.

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In literature, the satchel is often associated with the classic image of the English schoolboy: “And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel” is a phrase from Shakespeare’s monologue “All the world’s a stage”.

Today, satchels are very popular and fashionable. The newest trend has been the the introduction of satchels in fluorescent and metallic colours, mostly worn by women.

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