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Indochino Opens its First West Coast Showroom in San Francisco

Indochino San Francisco

San Francisco’s Silicon Valley studs are moving away from their uniforms of hoodies and relaxed fit 501s to a more polished look. Bonobos, one of our favorite lines for casual-cool duds, opened up it’s very first West Coast Guideshop right near Union Square a few years ago and this past week, Canadian custom suit makers Indochino have opened their very first West coast showroom in the city, guys a place to suit up in style.

Canadian label Indochino is known for crafting custom suits for guys in New York and Canada (where the brand already has showrooms open) as well as the rest of the world through online sales. The brand is the world’s leader in online custom suiting, boasting fans from all over the globe. Guys love how easy it is to measure themselves — it takes just 10 minutes — and all of the customization options. But like other brand that have moved from online-only to brick and mortar, Indochino wanted to give guys a chance to see, touch and feel all of the different fabrications, sizes and more that they had on offer. In the past few years, men have been gravitating to custom online ordering because it offers the customization and fit of a bespoke suit without the price tag, which can easily start in the four-digit range at menswear brands such as Ralph Lauren and Berluti. Indochino keeps prices down by manufacturing in Shanghai while still sourcing fabrics (suits are crafted from Australian Merino wool) from the finest mills in Italy and China.

Indochino San Francisco

The San Francisco showroom is staffed with expert tailors that will measure customers and guide them on the creation of their custom suit.

The brand’s most popular option, the Essential Navy Suit, starts at just $449 and is a great way for guys to experience the custom made experience. After customizing a suit, which includes choosing buttons, pocket placement, lapel width, collar felts and more, guys can expect to receive their creations after just four weeks.

In addition to custom suiting, Indochino also offers custom shirts as well. Accessories aren’t customizable, but the brand offers ties, cufflinks and pocket squares to outfit their clientele. The San Francisco store has a few exclusives, including the Natural Basketweave Jacket, Midnight Shadow Checkerboard Luxury Suit, Midnight Split Stripe Twill Luxury Suit, and the Midnight Tonal Twill Luxury Shirts, which won’t be available anywhere else. 

Ready to go custom? Expect your first appointment to last about 30 minutes, where an expert tailor will take your measurements and walk you through the process of choosing each detail. In just four weeks you’ll have your custom creation — we recommend a monogram inside, because you might as well let everyone know you’ve got a one-of-a-kind suit — and if there’s anything wrong or something’s just not right, Indochino’s customer service will work to ensure your suit fits your exact expectations.

For more information or to order online, visit www.indochino.com.

Indochino is located at 61 Post Street in San Francisco.

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DSquared2 Plots American Expansion with a Rodeo Drive Flagship

DSquared2 Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive’s renaissance continues with the opening of the very first DSquared2 store in America. After almost 20 years of giving the fashion world plenty of cheeky runway shows and statement dresses, the Canadian brand is set to expand into the American retail scene. The Rodeo Drive boutique is just the first step — DSquared2 is set to open two more stores by the end if 2014.

DSquared2 Rodeo Drive

Previously, DSquared2 was only available in department and specialty stores, and the Los Angeles flagship is the only spot where the brand can showcase its entire offering in one place.

€œAmericans are the highest percentage of our customers online, and the highest percentage comes from L.A. We€™re coming to fulfill a need,€ Dan Caten, owner and creative director of the brand along with his twin brother, Dean, told WWD. “When we came in and ripped out the ceilings, we discovered these 30-foot-high lofty spaces, so we kept the exposed tubing and brick and let that guide us.”

Created in partnership with design firm Storage, the store blends slick, modern architectural details with the outdoors, a reminder of the brand’s Canadian roots.

The facade features double story windows and poured concrete behind black glass. Inside, the 4,500-square foot space is divided into two levels and houses the men’s and women’s collections alongside accessories and a special capsule collection of special occasion gowns.

DSquared2 Rodeo Drive

Shoppers can browse apparel, shoes, underwear and fragrance by exploring the store on a runner designed to look like a forest path and discover items tucked away in architectural elements such as cage dividers and tall screens fitted with vertical metal rods. Fitting rooms are outfitted with lush velvet armchairs and Okum¨ wood trunks along with digitally printed recreations of Canadian vistas. 

DSquared2’s American expansion continues with a second store slated to open this December in New York. It will be located at the corner of Spring Street and Broadway in SoHo and will be the brand’s largest store globally, coming in at 6,467 square feet. The Miami store, which is set to open at the Bal Harbour Shops, has its opening set to coincide with Art Basel in early December. DSquared2 Rodeo Drive joins the newly opened Saint Laurent Paris women’s flagship as well as new openings from Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Zadig & Voltaire, Jimmy Choo and more.

For more information, visit www.dsquared2.com.

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L.A.’s Chan Luu Links up with Hello Kitty for 40th Anniversary Collection

Hello Kitty x Chan Luu

Los Angeles-based Vietnamese designer Chan Luu is known for stacking wrists with chic handmade wrap bracelets, but her latest collection will bring a little bit of feline fun to your baubles. The Hello Kitty x Chan Luu collection, set to hit stores this August, blends Luu’s staple styles with subtle (and luxe) accents from Sanrio’s most chic kitty to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary.

€œHello Kitty has a uniquely broad fan base with universal appeal,€ said Luu. €œI infused her into my signature pieces to create a collection that is sophisticated and high-end and can be worn by women of all ages.€

The collection includes Chan Luu’s signature boho wrap bracelets along with layering necklaces and cuffs accented with Swarovski crystals, delicate lace, semi-precious stones and sterling silver Hello Kitty charms.

The Hello Kitty x Chan Luu collection features soft and delicate colors, including blush pinks, soft blues and neutral earth tones so that Sanrio’s Hello Kitty charms can really shine alongside Luu’s semi-precious stones.

Pieces will retail from $80 for a single bracelet and $208 for Luu’s popular 5-wrap bracelet.

The collection will be available online at www.chanluu.com and www.sanrio.com.