Nice and Simple | Bags in Progress.

At one point during my visit to her Garment District showroom, Chiharu Hayashi, the designer behind Bags in Progress , describes her bags as tools for everyday life. As she says this, Chiharu gleefully picks up one of her bags to show me how each interior has a specific purpose. One pocket is for an iPad, another is cut specifically fit a Moleskin, and one of the side slots is perfectly proportioned for a pair of sunglasses.

ALWAYS ON THE PROWL

James Andrew Interior Designer As an interior designer, I’m always on the prowl for the most unusual and wonderful things for my clients (and for my own collection!). For me, the hunt is certainly a big part of the fun

Second Look | How British Menswear Grew Up

Reputations are a hard thing to shake.

Complex Speaks With A$AP Ferg on His Hero Ralph Lauren, Festival Essentials, and Trap Lord Condoms

Fergenstein geeks out about the legend and wonders if he should get into the designer prophylactic game.

Jeff Koons for H&M’s Largest Store and Limited-Edition Bag

Retail giant H&M may be well-known for their designer collaborations (see: Isabel Marant , David Beckham , and  Maison Martin Margiela ), but this year, they employ an artist for the first time. The chosen one is Jeff Koons , maker of the famed Balloon Dog sculpture, who will decorate the facade of H&M’s new NY Fifth Avenue flagship as well as release a limited-edition bag

Second Coming | Mark McNairy x Woolrich Woolen Mills.

“Don’t call it a comeback.” Normally we shy away from rap references (that’s why God invented Four Pins), but we’d like to believe that Mark McNairy would appreciate an allusion to LL Cool J. After all McNairy’s relationship with rap (and the rappers that wear his clothes) is prolific enough that The New York Times devoted an entire profile to it earlier this year. While McNairy’s eponymous brand and his collaboration with BBC have garnered plenty of attention over the past year, there was a noticeable silence from Woolrich Woolen Mills , the designer’s third major endeavor.

Former Designer of MA.STRUM Launches EFM, Engineered for Motion

Donrad Duncan, creator of Victorinox /Swiss Army Apparel and former owner/designer of MA.STRUM unveils a new label called EFM, short for “Engineered for Motion.” Duncan explains the brand’s name is “the clearest explanation of what we are producing” —   garments that are engineered, rather than designed, from a sporting or technical perspective. The objective is to add an extreme level of functionality and purpose to everyday goods.

Waraire Boswell for Garrett Leight “Made in America” Frames

Waraire Boswell  teams with Garrett Leight California Optical for these “Made in America” frames this Spring/Summer 2014. Boswell’s bespoke tailoring for his designer clothing inspired Garrett Leight to create the eyewear, crafted with “larger specs for a grander stature.” Just as the name of the frames says, they are 100% made in America in a small factory in San Francisco. Shop them here .

Reiss Personal Tailoring

Alex McCart walks into the Reiss on Bleecker St. moments after hopping off a jet plane from London.

Selectism Q&A | Northern Grade’s Katherine McMillan on “Made in America”

Over the past few years, the “Made in America” movement has grown at a fairly steady clip.  As she prepped for the debut of the 2014 of Northern Grade markets, we chatted with Katherine McMillan about what it all means. “I don’t like the word, ‘movement,’” says McMillan, co-founder of Northern Grade. The mother of four – that’s two children as well as two businesses – finds something wrong about the word when associated with “Made in America” goods, as she does with the word “Americana.” “At this time, the words ‘heritage’ and ‘Americana’ do not resonate with me,” she confesses.

The VOID V03 Alarm Watch from Designer David Ericsson

Hong Kong-based designer David Ericsson takes the Dieter Rams at Braun route for this clean, easy to read watch for his independent brand VOID. This latest version adds a handy alarm for moments when the smartphone just isn’t enough

Babylon Desk Set – Multi-Colored Stationery from Designer Samuel Wilkinson

British Industrial Designer Samuel Wilkinson puts together this colorful stationery set, Babylon, for French brand Lexon .

Future Fabrics | A Technical Textiles Primer.

There was a time in the not too distant past when all of our clothes were truly organic, created along a clear path from seed to seam. Nowadays though, our textiles are not so much grown by farmers as they are developed by scientists who continuously search for new ways to make our clothes better, faster, and stronger. This quest to meld textiles and technology has given us a whole new set of fabrics that continuously push the boundaries on what a garment can achieve, and today these cutting-edge materials have become almost commonplace.

Dutch Artists Unravel Designer Sweaters Into Balls of Yarn for "Last Season"

Lernert & Sander reduce expensive garments to their materials.

The Best Spring 2014 Designer Items Available Now and Their Affordable Counterparts

Runway pieces have hit the sales floor but they have inexpensive twins.

Preview The A.Sauvage Spring/Summer 2014 Eyewear Campaign

Adrien Sauvage plays photographer for this Spring/Summer 2014 campaign previewing eyewear from the  A.Sauvage line.

NEEDS & WANTS 2014

R ecently Sean Brown, the designer of Needs & Wants in Toronto, sent over their look book for 2014.

Saint Laurent Menswear Campaign Spring/Summer 2014

Saint Laurent show off Spring/Summer 2014 in this video campaign with imagery from Hedi Slimane . Sticking to his usual black and white and, of course, that rock ‘n roll theme going strong, the designer picks out the more wearable pieces from a glamrock vs teddyboy collection

Victor Cruz in 3.1 Phillip Lim – Effy Jewelry’s 35th anniversary

Victor Cruz and Jackie Cruz / Source: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America Victor Cruz attended Effy Jewelry’s 35th anniversary on 10 February 2014 in New York City. The New York Giants NFL player wore a grey layered sweatshirt with a sewn on shirt from 3.1 Phillip Lim, over a pair of black trousers. A baseball cap and rose gold tone timepiece accessorised his outfit.

Watch the Indigo Dyeing Process for the New Stephen Kenn and Simon Miller Furniture

Stephen Kenn  teams up with Simon Miller for a collection of furniture that goes beyond his usual military inspirations. To celebrate Simon Miller’s identity as a denim brand, sofas are upholstered with canvas that’s been hand-dipped in indigo five times.

Aitor Throup On His New Role as Creative Director of Damon Albarn Solo album ‘Everyday Robots’

Designer Aitor Throup steps into a new role, becoming creative director of Blur frontman and World Music chaser Damon Albarn’s first solo album and single ‘Everyday Robots.’ For their debut video project Throup creates a “digital portrait” of the performer using CGI software and facial reconstruction techniques to form cranial scans, “showing the digitised anatomy of Albarn’s head.” Deep. Using the song’s lyrics as a starting point, an exploration of modern life, Throup describes “it’s a sort of individual statement on the loss of individuality through technology, done in a way that at the same time not only embraces it, but is dependent on it.” Dazed get the exclusive on the following video interview, press play to find out more from the designer on this rather fascinating collaboration

Kris Van Assche Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Kris Van Assche releases the campaign images for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Models face away from the camera, lending only small glimpses of the designer’s staple looks of the season. Check out the campaign above and look for the collection in select global retailers this Spring.

FROM THE LONDON MENSWEAR SHOWS: SHOES BY TOM FORD

Lately TOM FORD has been busy putting a lot of casualness into his menswear collection (skinny jeans, the perfect white V-neck T-shirt) but he also still does fabulous formality, as seen here through the eyes of our illustrator CLYM EVERNDEN, who sketched two pairs of crazy slippers. Image no.

Parents Can Now Rent Designer Clothing for Their Children Through Borrow Mini Couture

Because as a caretaker, you’ve got your priorities all lined up.

A Unisex Fall Winter 2013 Shot & Styled “By Rad Hourani”

A designer with little time for gender boundaries, Canada’s Rad Hourani continues to push the unisex clothing cause in this black and white editorial for SSENSE . Share and share alike an admirable sentiment to start off  the new year, it takes technical skill and a keen understanding of the male and female form to create clothing that sits easily on both, “By Rad Hourani” summing up the designer’s vision perfectly. Get involved over in our gallery.

Jewellery Designer Hannah Martin Creates Hip Flask For Hendrick’s Gin

If you just can’t be without your gin, indoors, outdoors or on public transport then this may be of interest. British accessory designer Hannah Martin has created a handmade blown glass hip flask wrapped in racing green leather with a pewter cap and a stainless steel funnel to top up.

Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith iPad App

Take a look into the world of famed British designer Paul Smith with his new interactive app, “Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith,” part of his exhibition at London’s Design Museum.

Simplicity in Saint Germain

Veranda posted pics of this apartment in the Saint Germain neighborhood of Paris on Instagram and now it has me even more excited to rent an apartment next year. It also makes me want to order a new sofa upholstered in a blue/black linen fabric.

FIFTH AVENUE STYLE BY HOWARD SLATKIN

I do love seeing how people live at home, especially if they are as super-stylish and sophisticated as our friend, legendary interior designer and entrepreneur Howard Slatkin . And so it was with great pleasure that Scott McBee and I had a luncheon chez Slatkin today! James Andrew in Howard Slatkin’s home. Staged interiors in books tend to make interiors look better than they could ever possibly be in person, but I can tell you that Slatkin’s interiors meet and yes, surpassed even the wildest of expectations.

Bazar-14 Puts Designer Sportswear Back On the Map

More luxe streetwear in time for winter.

Putting It All On The Table: A Wood&Faulk DIY.

To celebrate design, craft, style and the entrepreneurial spirit, Timberland in partnership with ACL set out to highlight the guys that take matters into their own hands, to not only make great things, but to inspire and teach others the skills to do it yourself. Wood&Faulk started as a hobby, it continued to grow as a blog and eventually it emerged as a full-fledged label. Founded by Matt Pierce in Portland, OR in 2011, Wood&Faulk now offers a full collection of interesting leather goods and operates out of an amazing shared workshop called Beam & Anchor that overlooks a massive Union Pacific switching yard next to the Williamette river.

Burning the midnight oil

 » Having both the main line in Opening Ceremony as well as the capsule collection is great , » Lou Dalton beams proudly over the Internet.  » Both are very different, each say something different without compromise,  » she excitedly exclaims.

Austen Heller Grey Suede Driving Loafers

Austen Heller was founded by Gavin Hoffman, after the designer was unable to find loafers that suited his taste and price range. Using small family-run European factories for their production, Austen Heller offers a range of affordable slip-ons for dressing up or down.

Hearst Designer Visions 2013

The Hearst Designer Visions Showhouse is an event I look forward to every year.

A Walk in the Jack Purcell Duck Boot with Converse Product Designer Michael Defoto

Following our “Get Boots or Die Tryin’” outfit, we had the chance to sit down with Converse product designer Michael Defoto and ask a few specific questions regarding the brand’s Jack Purcell Duck Boot. From the get go, the shoe’s unique design piqued our interest making us want to know more about what makes the hybrid piece of footwear so versatile. Check out our interview below and pick up your pair in time for the unpredictable weather of the fall/winter season  here .

Set Designer Shona Heath Creates Taxi Storefront for J.Crew London

J.Crew London is almost here, as anyone who may have found themselves on Regent Street lately will have noticed. In order to jazz up the temporary front, the store employed set designer Shona Heath to create something “totally crazy” and very British. Classic London taxis turn multicolour, decorated with unicorns, lions, bows and the crown jewels

The Meeting of Two American Dreamers

 » We both like to inject a bit of attitude and our personality into classics , » George Esquivel excitedly exclaims whilst standing at the centre of his hive of craftsmanship, a lively leather scented, three and half thousand square foot workshop in Orange County. His voice races as he whizzes us around on a whistle stop tour of his world.

Margaret Howell Creates Postcard Set For Open House London

Margaret Howell continues her support of Open House London, a brilliant event taking place this weekend which, in simple terms, allows ordinary folk to wander around some of the most amazing private homes and buildings in the city across two days. “Open-City actively promotes public engagement and education programmes, encouraging a dialogue about the built environment and urban regeneration projects.” Having championed sites such as The Royal Festival Hall, Swiss Cottage Library, Balfron Tower and Span Housing, this time round Battersea Power Station will be receiving the designer’s support.

Lotusland and Beyond

James Andrew, Lotusland – photo Scott McBee When our dear friend Philip Bewley insisted we go to Lotusland while in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area, I set about doing some research.

Nicomede Talavera SS14

 » As this is my first full season I wanted to move on from the Masters, to push myself and demonstrate just what I can do ,” Nicomede Talavera excitedly explains as we’re both enveloped by the sculptural shake-up of the senses that is his spring/summer 14 collection. Confidently striding out from the Central Saint Martins classroom, beyond the realms of Louise Wilson’s omnipotence and the far-reaching ripples of applause that his graduate collection received, we meet a young designer ready to step onto a larger stage. Having watched him develop over the last four years, documenting his progression from eager second year design student to a fully realised label, he feels both familiar and forcibly fresh

Fall Book Brigade

I’m either going to have to build more shelves or move in order to accommodate all the new books coming out this fall. Lots of fabulous design books are about to be published from some your favorite decorators, as well as books by a few first time authors whose names you will definitely recognize.

The Folded Record Bureau by Hugh Miller

Liverpool based furniture designer, Hugh Miller , presents us with an intriguing cabinet perfect for any audiophile or dusty crate digger looking for something a little more refined and sophisticated.

High/Low: Designer Sneakers and Their Affordable Counterparts

Can’t afford luxe kicks? Opt for these instead.

10 Sports-Inspired Designer Pieces You Can Buy Right Now

Menswear designers have been making athletic gear that looks great off the court.

Thom Browne Fall Winter 2013 Lookbook – Subdued Drama

Thom Browne ‘s Fall/Winter 2013 lookbook is much more subdued and commercial than the designer’s theatrical runway show of the collection which showed last January. Nowhere is the oversized, square top hat that made the catwalk so iconoclastic

Ask the Designer: Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

Find out what drove these creatives to get started on their brands.

Private White VC M65 Shacket

I t’s always interesting to see classic and historical silhouettes slightly reinterpreted for today with a unique perspective of the designer or brand.

The fabrics of Lou Dalton SS14

Take me out tonight

Alexander Wang Turned to a Psychic for Guidance on Balenciaga Job

The pyschic said it was the designer’s destiny.

London Designer James Long on his ‘Helltrack’ Spring Summer 2014 Collection

Returning to one of our favourite shows of Summer 2014 , London designer James Long discusses his futuristic line-up based on the ‘Helltrack.’ Tough-guy cycling with plenty of lycra and multi-coloured stripes, the collection took the current obsession with technical clothing and sportswear in a fresh direction, proving it’s not just about parkas with a load of unnecessary zips. “I think it’s just about having your experience

The Rise of Sample Sales and How to Navigate Them

We’re known for noticing trends around here at Selectism, so it’s no surprise that we’ve noticed one major trend – the rise of the sample sale. We investigate the in’s and out’s of the sample sale, why they’re happening so often and offer some tips on how to navigate them. For the most part, scenes in fashion rarely, if ever, look like how they’re portrayed in film or TV.

Hors de Combat Spring & Summer 2013

I first met Tung Vo, the designer for Hors de Combat, in Calgary back in 2010 when he was running a small shop filled mostly with his own clothing in the old district of the city.

You Might Be Able to Buy Fake Designer Goods in NYC and Not Go to Jail

Bloomberg is seeking to make the purchase of fake goods LEGAL.

Arturo Vega, Designer of The Ramones’ Iconic Logo, Has Died

He died on Saturday in Manhattan at 65.

Dutch Designer AJ Mets Covers an ‘Imaginary Youth’ in Print for Fall 2013

Rotterdam’s AJ Mets from designer A.J. Metselaar present Fall Winter 2013.

Watch these Models Sing “Get Lucky” for 2013 CFDA Awards

The 2013 CFDA Awards had some fun last night with their “Menswear Designer of the Year” award nominees: Thom Browne, Michael Bastian and Duckie Brown. Dressed in their respective collections, male models sang Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” as a highlight to the award, taken home in the end by Thom Browne.

Surface Magazine Design Dialogues with Piero Lissoni and Giulio Cappellini

Surface Magazine opened their Design Dialogue Series in New York City recently with two of Italy’s most well known talents in architecture and design, Piero Lissoni and Giulio Cappellini. Those in attendance heard insight and thoughts on the current world of design as well as the designer’s take on the energy of New York City.

Dapper Dan Talks Proudest Moment as a Designer in New Interview

Find out what made the godfather of hip-hop style so happy.

Junya Watanabe COMME des GARCONS Loewe Wallet Collection

Originally unveiled during the Junya Watanabe runway collection during Paris Fashion Week, the special collaboration between the designer and Loewe release a selection of wallets. Expect similar silhouettes to their classic CDG line with zip top pouches with the playful and interesting use of combining fabrics and textures

G-Dragon in Astrid Andersen – World Tour 2013 Shanghai Concert

G-Dragon in Shanghao / Tungstar, Sina South Korean artiste G-Dragon from supergroup « Big Bang » recently held his solo concert in Shanghai, China. Besides wearing a Givenchy ensemble , G-Dragon also wore a green fur lined basketball jersey from Danish designer Astrid Andersen. I guess when the designer showed the collection during London Collections, people were wondering « fur and basketball? » Perhaps Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom were on her mind when Astrid was designing the collection

Pusha T Reacts to Nigo’s Departure from Bape

King Push had a few words for the designer.

Is Justin Timberlake Done Wearing Tom Ford?

Everyone thought the singer would wear Tom Ford to Cannes-even the designer’s people-but he didn’t.

A View Inside the London Home of Italian Architect, Claudio Silvestrin

We take a look at Italian Architect and Designer Claudio Silvestrin ‘s London home.

Sam McWilliams Looks to Become Hip Hop’s Next Go-To Designer

The London designer talks Kanye West, designing unisex clothes, and shorts in winter.

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci Is Now a Ballet Costume Designer

Your favorite rapper’s favorite designer is putting dudes in dresses for the sake of art.

Today in Gear: May 6, 2013

Rapha & Braeburn Cycling Apparel Designer Christopher Braeburn and his brother Graeme’s three-piece spring line for cycling apparel king Rapha is well tailored and modern to a T. The lightweight shell jacket, merino henley and cycle-centric jeans are England-made … Read More »

Wicker Park

Warmer weather doesn’t just mean lighten up your wardrobe.

Watch This Jeremy Scott Interview to Learn Everything You Need to Know About the Designer

He discusses it all, from his collaborations with adidas to making clothes at 12 years old.

Skingraft Designer Jonny Cota Talks New York Store Opening and His Dream Celebrity Client

We chat with the designer on whats new from the cult brand.

The Truth Behind Nicolas Ghesquière Leaving Balenciaga

From the mouth of the designer himself.