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TECHY TIME PIECES TELL MORE: SUUNTO/TIMEX

Outdoor Retailer, SLC

SUUNTO & TIMEX

words/images judith ecochard

There are people...and then there are watch people.

We know guys that have watch wardrobes that rival any stiletto struttin' fashionista Manolo fanatic.

That includes the men (and women too)--- who are all about the performance/technical aspects of a timepiece---that really is a computer latched onto one's wrist. As opposed to those carrying their gigabit enriched screen devices...and nixing the wrist thing altogether.

Anyone who scuba dives knows how a "watch" is really a life saving piece of equipment.

SUUNTO---hailing from Finland, celebrated an anniversary (precisely)- with a new bold timepiece --- a CORE 75th ANNIVERSARY Edition digital watch that outdoor sports enthusiasts in mind. With an altimeter, barometer, altitude log, semi-automatic compass calculations, and compass functions built in...PLUS depth meter, and an audible storm alarm ...that sounds off after three hours of declining pressu…

AAFA AMERICAN IMAGE AWARDS 2011

Grand Hyatt, NYC

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

The American Apparel & Footwear Association's annual American Image Awards ceremony is always an industry draw...with designers, retailers, media and business heavyweights coming together this year--- for an evening of a lot of laughs...










AND of course, to pay tribute to honorees:


Mark Weber-CEO of LMVH, Chaiman & CEO of Donna Karan
Man of Year

Neiman Marcus
Retailer of the Year

Ruben and Isabel Toledo
Fashion Maverick

William Rast
Brand of the Year

UGG Australia
Footwear Brand of the Year

David Koch
Humanitarian Award

AND to also donate 40% of the net proceeds from the evening to the Prostate Cancer Foundation























Robert Verdi was a very quick witted host---full of wise/sly comments laced with well-timed comedic doses of humility. We can see why he is a M of C in demand although he referred to himself as the ultimate last minute fill-in.


Kevin Burke, President & CEO of AAFA opened with remarks about the state of the industry wi…

JOHN BARTLETT/BON-TON STORES NEW MENSWEAR COLLECTION FALL 2011

ACE HOTEL, NYC


Words/Images Judith Ecochard






















John Bartlett is one of menswear designer icons---and we were thrilled to hear bout his JOHN BARTLETT CONSENSUS (sportswear) and JOHN BARTLETT STATEMENTS (furnishings) brands for mass merchant Bon-Ton Stores.

Designed for guys wanting a clean all-American fit, the presentation we saw at an Editors' preview ---had nice combo patterns and solids that fell into three categories...as Bartlett showed us---







































Updated Ivy, with nice grown-up collegiate tailored pieces, classic argyle prints, charcoal slim suits with dress shirts and ties, duffel coats...

 Military autumnal shades (rust, olive green, brown), with GI Joe details like epaulets and updated cargo /five pocket jeans.

--- and Lumberjack with great plaids, a yarn shawl collared cardigan and fair isle pattern sweaters--- even a skinny tie worthy black suit a Joey Ramone might like.




Amazingly, the prices of these well made separates are all under $200 with the top price--- going for the ver…

IRREGULAR CHOICE/ WHOOPI GOLDBERG @ AMERICAN IMAGE AWARDS

Grand Hyatt, NYC

SHOE ALERT

An industry powerhouse crowd of fashion industry people always dresses well---and largely in black, of course.

A FLASH OF BRILLIANCE:

We loved these Irregular Choice shoes on comedian/actress/tv host Whoppi Goldberg---who gave us lots of laughs delivering one the funniest intros to an awards winner(s) (the off the charts talented Isabel and Ruben Toledo)---ever.

She brought them at the shoe label's downtown store (276 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012-3304)...commenting:

"They're the best."

Earns a salute from us.

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS FALL/WINTER Built For The Mountains...

Outdoor Retailer, SLC



Words/Images Judith Ecochard
Talk about the “it” pants for the upcoming seasons…

Khakis haven’t gotten so much fashion tongues wagging since those dancin’ Gap ads --- and the ubiquitous Dockers/casual Fridays phenom…but they’re back in vogue with that set ----with different fits (slim, flat front, military), cuffed or straight legs--- or the ultimate, we guess--- bespoke.

The costs of that finery might cause a cackle or two for a whole host of humans that have always worn this durable American classic of cotton canvas/twill, itself a fashion statement inspired by the Brit’s Corps of Guide troops in India as the dusty tan uniform of choice to avoid sniper fire.



















Mountain Khakis, a Jackson Hole Wyoming based company got their take on this timeless rugged apparel ---100% right from the outset…with its Original Mountain Pant –made of proprietary 10.4 oz cotton canvas ---
And with the details that make all versions of them standouts: perfectly angled hand pockets, triple sti…