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Club Monaco Opens First Men’s Store in Hong Kong

Club Monaco designer Aaron Levine

Hong Kong was once known as a mere sartorial stopover. It was where guys could go to get cheaply made suits during long layovers. But as more men became concerned with the details of suiting and traditional tailoring, Hong Kong began to attract a different sort of shopping experience. Big brands such as Zegna, Hugo Boss and Armani began to open stores to cater to the business set not only in Hong Kong, but also visitors from mainland China and around the world. So it’s no surprise that Club Monaco, an emerging player in the world of traditional tailoring, set up their very first men’s-only shop in this burgeoning menswear mecca.

Club Monaco fall collection

The Men’s Shop, located in Hong Kong’s quiet Wanchai District, is the first of its kind for Club Monaco, and according to Aaron Levine, the vice president of men’s design for the company, the 600-square-foot, intimate boutique is meant to be the ultimate men’s closet. For the opening, however, Club Monaco transformed the usually sleepy street into a little piece of New York City with a real yellow taxi cab and vendors serving tacos and other street food.

Also involved in the store opening were two of Hong Kong’s menswear tastemakers, including Jun Kung, a local musician and famed drummer along with JJ Acuna, a lifestyle blogger and Hong Kong-based architect.

Club Monaco fall collection

Inside the store, shoppers will find a mix of Club Monaco items along with a unique selection of third-party accessories.

The majority of the store will feature the latest from Club Monaco’s own line — and the label’s ¼ber-popular Made in the USA capsule collection — but about 30 percent of the sales floor will be dedicated to collaborations with labels such as Rancourt & Co., Ernst Alexander, Aether, Goruck and more. There will even be a small area with vintage watches from Rolex, Tag Heuer and Omega curated by watch blog Hodinkee (a Gilt Groupe and Park & Bond favorite).Club Monaco’s signature tailoring and sophisticated preppy staples will be on display, including their GQ-approved lauded fall collection, which features newer punctuated silhouettes.

Levine previously held a position at Thom Browne, so the influence of his experience under Browne is clear to menswear aficionados, but he’s mixed in true American heritage to the new Club Monaco oeuvre that has resonated with everyone from fashion-savvy men and everyday consumers alike.

Club Monaco designer Aaron Levine

The first Club Monaco store opened in Hong Kong over seven years ago. But following the success of the Made in the USA collection in Canada and the United States, the brand wanted to extend its reach into Asia and other markets, said John Mehas, Chief Executive Officer of Club Monaco. With Hong Kong being the first overseas location to offer the unique Men’s Shop mix, Mehas sees the opportunity to expand the Men’s Shop into the rest of mainland China and other countries throughout Asia.

We may just have to schedule a stopover now.

Photos courtesy Club Monaco


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Tom Ford Debuts Skincare (and Makeup) for Men

Tom Ford for Men

If your summer tan is starting to fade or you just want to boost your bronze factor, look no further than the new Tom Ford for Men skincare and grooming line, available today. The perpetually tan, always polished designer has released an eight-piece collection exclusively at Neiman Marcus that covers all the basics and then adds a few extras just in case guys are looking to put in a little extra time in the mirror.

Tom Ford for Men Skincare and Grooming

Dopp kit staples such as cleanser, moisturizer, serum, eye treatment and lip balm are all available in Tom Ford Beauty’ signature dark brown packaging, though Ford does eschew the gold detail and lettering for a more subdued silver in the mens’ line. In addition to daily necessities, Ford has added a few extras, such as a detoxifying mud mask for when your skin is feeling particularly clogged and a concealer as well as a bronzing gel.

Tom Ford for Men mud mask

Think Ford’s taken his regimen a bit too far? Step back and consider that one in ten men admit to secretly wearing makeup (we’re assuming it’s just a touch of concealer, not a full-on face) and that the men of South Korea account for 21% of the global beauty industry’s total sales.

And that number is expected to rise this year, especially now that Tom Ford’s bringing the trend stateside.

After all, if girls are looking refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world with just a few clicks of Touch© Eclat, then who is to say guys don’t deserve the same boost? Neiman Marcus has the exclusive now, but as Tom Ford expands his brand to include more stores, expect guys to look just a bit better wherever his counters land.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

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Peter Som Plays Dress Up with a Capsule Collection at Anthropologie

Peter Som for Anthropologie

While he’s managed to stay under the radar for the past few seasons, Peter Som is still very much at the forefront of fashion. Skipping out on Fashion Week presentations doesn’t mean that the man is skipping out on his design duties. Far from it: Som has teamed with Anthropologie for a summer capsule collection that will have both Upper East Side girls and even the most die-hard downtown girls alike flocking to their nearest Anthro.

“They get that mad cap, eclectic kind of mix, which is what I love. We both love happy clothes,” Som said. “The great thing about it was that I wasn’t constrained creatively at all. Now I€™m able to bring what I do to so many more people.”

Peter Som

As part of the store’s ongoing Made in Kind collaboration series (past participants include collab-happy designer Chris Benz, Timo Weiland, Karen Walker and more), the Som collection is a perfect blend of Anthro’s boho vibe and Som’s more upper crust aesthete.

Standouts from the collection include bright floral dresses that will have Som’s usual clientele chomping at the bit and a zany mashup floral-meets-zebra dress that includes the zebra print straight from his Spring 2013 collection.

While some girls will flock straight for the mixed-media dresses, more demure dames will definitely want to pick up the more sedate separates, including a zebra print blouse, floral skirts — the design was taken from a trip that Som took to the New York Flower District — and a wear-everywhere maxi.