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rag & bone’s Dedicated Men’s Store Pivots Business Back to the Guys

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When rag & bone opened the doors to its first dedicated men’s shop in September 2016 it was more of a homecoming than a foray into uncharted territory. The New York-born label was founded by Nathan Bogle and Marcus Wainwright in 2002, and officially launched two years later, in 2004, as a men’s denim brand. At the time, it was a direction Bogle and Wainwright imagined would eventually define the brand.

In 2005, a year before Bogle left the company and David Neville joined, the duo also launched a women’s line. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The rise of the direct-to-consumer model coupled with the success of a wholesale approach to retail created an atmosphere in which a young, hungry fashion label with a strong point of view could potentially enjoy massive success. And rag & bone was exactly that – inspired by Wainwright’s British heritage and informed by a modern urbane aesthetic, the meeting of traditional refinement and contemporary edge was a resounding success, with women in particular.

Within three years of introducing a women’s line the company was doing around $10 million in wholesale for women’s alone; it was a vast increase from the $1 million Wainwright and Neville hoped to reach in the first year. In 2008, Neville also revealed to WWD that the women’s business was already four times larger than the men’s side. That year, in response to the growing demand, rag & bone introduced pre-fall and resort collections exclusively to women’s.

Last year, with business still firmly on the up-swing, the founders circled back to where things started and opened a location strictly for the guys. At 2,300-square-feet, the Tribeca location is half shopping destination, half idealized man cave meant to draw patrons in and keep them in comfort for an hour or an afternoon. Aged wood, leather and a bar stocked with fine whiskey and scotch seem calculated for an aura of refinement but streaming Apple TV and a perennially available gaming system add an element of lightheartedness and youth. The life-sized storm trooper standing at permanent attention at the store’s front helps with that as well.

As do the graffiti and street art-bedecked fitting rooms, state-of-the-art custom sound system, and sprawling record collection handpicked by friend of the brand, Kris Bones. rag & bone’s controversial Fall/Winter 2015 campaign commercial also makes a reappearance: the 1979 Porsche 911 SC whose death by cement slab sent vintage car enthusiasts into a tailspin is now the flagship art piece. As the space designer intended, it all combines to create a wonderful kind of diversion that makes shopping pleasant for those who generally hate the practice, while boosting the experience for those who love it. Above all, it’s rag & bone’s recommitment to the male-focused ethos that launched the brand.

See this month’s top designers to watch in our newest Under the Radar column.

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On The Rise: Jay 45, Buck LGR & Live Connect On Their Remix To “Don’t Run”

Jay 45, Buck LGR, Live, and the rest of the #SplashLYFE affiliates continue to increase their buzz across New Jersey, as well as the rest of the country. The three New Jersey natives, Buck LGR (Linden,NJ), Jay 45 (Jersey City, NJ), and Live (Jersey City as well) ferociously annihilate Casanova’s hit single “Don’t Run“.

The three #SplashLYFE members continue their momentum as they trade aggressive verses over a fire instrumental. They do a fantastic job adding their own personal flare to Casanova’s hit record, and the rendition even caught the attention of Casanova himself, who reached out to show love via Instagram. Buck and Jay 45 gained major attention with their standout collaboration “Welcome 2 Hell” in 2016.

Between Live, Jay, Buck, and fellow NJ superstar Albee Al, it seems as if this squad shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. Stream their remix to “Don’t Run” on SoundCloud below:

 

Amber Coffman Talks Split From Dirty Projectors, Dave Longstreth

Former Dirty Projectors member Amber Coffman discussed her split from the band and breakup with its leader Dave Longstreth, Stereogum reports. “I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me,” Coffman said in a statement.

Coffman shared the statement as she prepares to release her debut solo album, City of No Reply, which Longstreth worked on as a writer and producer. However, the LP also arrives in the wake of the Dirty Projectors’ new self-titled album, which Coffman did not appear on and which Longstreth referred to as a breakup album. Coffman said she learned that Longstreth planned to release a new Dirty Projectors album without her last September. 

“It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave,” she said. “It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc.”

Coffman said she and Longstreth split in 2012 after a six-year relationship, but patched things up and began working on music again in 2014. The pair recorded City of No Reply at Longstreth’s studio in 2015, but as the musician wrote, “things took an unfortunate downturn around the completion of my record, at which time we stopped speaking.”

Coffman has yet to announce a release date for City of No Reply. Last fall, she shared the album’s first single, “All to Myself.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Longstreth spoke about splitting with Coffman and how working with Kanye West and Solange helped him embrace making a more personal record. “If you had asked me at the time, I felt very uncertain about where to go with music,” Longstreth said. “I didn’t have answers for that. It was really helpful for me to work in a different kind of capacity than I ever had before. Working as a producer, an arranger and in some cases as a writer for some other people, gave me a super different perspective. But at that same time I was doing the Kanye stuff and working on the Solange album, I would go back to the music I was making. It was probably early sketches and versions of the music that became this record.”

Amber Coffman Statement About Dirty Projectors, Dave Longstreth
Dave and I indeed broke up in the summer of 2012, after a 6 year relationship. After a long tumultuous period, we managed to patch things up enough to leave the future open, and in 2014 we gave working together on my music a test run. Eventually I brought him on in a greater capacity as a producer, he moved to LA and we recorded my album at his newly built studio in 2015. All went considerably well, but things took an unfortunate downturn around the completion of my record, at which time we stopped speaking.

It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave. It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc… I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me.

I’m really proud of the album I made and my hope is that people will listen to it on its own terms. I’ve waited a long time to share it and I’m looking forward to it.

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DL1961 Taps Milennial Stars Sofia Richie & Jasmine Sanders for SS17 Campaign

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Brand: DL1961

Season: SS17

Key Pieces: Light-washed denim jacket and cropped denim with frayed hem.

Editor’s Notes: Premium denim label DL1961 introduces its SS17 collection underscores the resurgence of vintage denim with the help of influential digital millennials. Lensed by Ryan Kibler at the famed Nom Wah Tea Parlor in NYC’s Chinatown, the campaign, dubbed “#TheUniform,” features leading social media influencers Sofia Richie, Jasmine Sanders and Nathaniel Dam, and was styled by longtime A$AP Rocky collaborator Matthew Henson.

Here’s Every Piece From Kanye’s adidas “Calabasas” Collection.

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See What It’s Like to Be a Part of Air Max Con

Immortalizing the iconic Air Jordan XI in bronze last year, Los Angeles based mixed media artist, Matthew Senna delves into his latest project — “The Book of Matthew,” as this two-part episode showcases how Senna works with Nike as a “Master of Air” for Air Max Con NYC.

Combining his everyday experiences and exploring the narrative behind socio-cultural issues to create exceptional pieces of work that incites thought and sparks emotion, Senna dives in the historic impact of Nike through his art, which also dictates his story and how sneaker culture has been a catalyst of community.

Enjoy part one above and stay tuned for part two next week.

Don’t forget to check out our favorite sneakers worn at Crepe City SS17.

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