re.porter

Money Where Your Mouse Is: re.porter

As the period-punctuated, lower-case name suggests, re.porter is an online consignment store for men of the avant-garde persuasion. And here's how you know you're dealing with a very specific sliver of the avant-garde. When founder Graham Newmarch selects items to resell, "People either email me pictures of their items," he says, "or simply describe the item to me. They'll say things like 'Julius gun holster lamb-leather jacket' and I'll know exactly what it is." If you, too, know exactly what that is, you may have found your bliss.

Other designers on the calm, quiet e-store include Rick Owens, Carol Christian Poell (apparently very difficult to acquire), Obscur, Label Under Construction, Damir Doma, Undercover, and Helmut Lang (the original, as if you had to ask). Prices are approximately half off retail, and since most of these items are meant to look worn-in and/or deconstructed anyway, it's like buying new.

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Apr 12, 2012 15:23:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is: 3939

Nestled in a cozy corner of Kingsland Road sits the Japanese-inspired concept store 3939. Pronounced “thank you thank you,” the store takes its name from the numbers 3 and 9, which translates to “san ku” in Japanese, and which, spoken at tongue-twisting speed, sounds a lot like “thank you thank you.” Obscure, yes, but at least it’s polite.

Founded by Tatsuo Hino, his girlfriend Pippa Greenbank, and his ex-colleague from Dazed & Confused, Peter Stitson, 3939 sets out to combine art, fashion, and home things in a new environment. “We do what we like without following trends or what's perceived as cool and just hope that there are people out there who like our tastes,” Hino told Hint. With London-based set designer and fashion favorite Gary Card designing the store’s Christmas decorations and Daytrip’s Ian Halsted the shop's interior, 3939 may not be following trends, but the trends are following them.

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Mar 27, 2012 08:18:00
Alexander McQueen

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Alexander McQueen

Visiting designers’ websites can be a frustrating exercise. You view the lookbooks and watch the runway shows, but, having been tantalized into actually wanting to buy something, you have to go elsewhere. Hoping to stem the exodus, Alexander McQueen has just launched a fully integrated e-store, combining key pieces from the main line and McQ diffusion range. And what would an online McQueen store be without their notorious skull scarves? Those, too, are featured in a dedicated scarf boutique.

Also, with the new My Queen feature, it’s possible to pinboard favorite catwalk looks alongside wish lists and recent purchases from the site. Expanding their shipping reach from the US and UK to the entire EU, it won't be long before Lithuanian and Romanian kids are rocking head-to-toe McQueen.

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Mar 20, 2012 19:14:00
Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry

It's been seven months since her sudden and tragic death, but Amy Winehouse was again the subject of controversy last week when Jean Paul Gaultier showed his spring 2012 couture collection. With its black beehives and wannabe-Fred Perry polos, he imagined it as a tribute to the late singer. Her family and fans didn't agree.

They would say a more fitting tribute is a collection she was actually involved with, and which comes with her family's blessing: her collaboration with the real Fred Perry label. Winehouse's second and last collection, spring 2012, bursts with her perennial inspirations—namely, vintage 50's Americana and art-deco Miami. The new offerings include retro cadillac and jukebox prints across tie-waist blouses and collared dresses, pastel pink and blue gingham shirting, hot pants, cuffed knickers and a tie-back raspberry pink halter that is so undeniably, inimitably Amy.

Available January 30 at Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry

Jan 29, 2012 22:16:00
Karl at Net-a-Porter

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Karl at Net-a-Porter

Karl Lagerfeld has landed at Net-a-Porter. And it looks like no part of the e-tailer has been left untouched. Its online magazine declares “KARL IS HERE," followed by a definition of KARL-O-PE-DI-A (in case you didn't know, it's a noun that means “a comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or numerous aspects of the one and only Karl Lagerfeld”). The words “innovator," "pioneer," and "visionary” make ample appearances. Even the “a” in Net-a-Porter is now the ponytailed profile of the designer's head.

Lagerfeld's exclusive collection for Net-a-Porter is modeled by Abbey Lee, Arizona Muse, Sui He, Saskia de Brauw, and Anja Rubik. In an editorial shot by the man himself, these five catwalk queens rock such edgy, monochromatic staples as metallic silk dresses, cracked leather collars, and biker-style vest jackets. With zips and sharp corners everywhere, the collection brings together a mix of influences, from 80s New Wave to androgyny. Shoes also figure into the equation, with heeled gladiator sandals the clear winner.

To celebrate the online launch, five offline pop-up shops were unveiled in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and Sydney. Net-a-Porter describes the massive global interest as “all about Karl”—and that's the only way it could ever have been.

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Jan 26, 2012 13:25:00
Maison Martin Margiela AIDS T-shirt

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela originally launched his AIDS T-shirt back in 1994, when very little was known about the HIV virus and hysteria ran rampant. That was the year Rudolf Nureyev and Arthur Ashe succumbed to the disease, shockingly, and when Benetton and ACT UP Paris placed a giant condom over the Concorde obelisk in an awareness-raising stunt that reverberated around the world. Echoing the uncertainty of the time, the humble words around the tee's collar read: “There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this T-shirt but it's a good start.”

A lot has changed in the last 17 years, but of course the fight isn't over. And so, since the designer's departure from the label, Maison Martin Margiela has kept the tradition alive. Except now the text is written in a different language each year (in addition to English), reflecting the global reach of the virus. This year it's in French, following last year's Japanese version. As usual, a percentage of sales will be donated to AIDES, a French organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS and caring for those who are infected.

$165 at Maisonmartinmargiela.com

Dec 05, 2011 13:41:00
Galliano Gazette

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Galliano

The big wigs at the house of Galliano are probably hoping for a bit of good news this holiday season. And just in time for Hanukkah, the label has launched its first online store.

Designed by the Level Group and set up like a newspaper, the Galliano Gazette, the site incorporates a diary-style blog and enhanced shopping tools, i.e. "searchandising," a dynamic suggestion system powered by real-time customer preferences. On offer are Galliano's fall 11 ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women, ranging from T-shirts (€152) to the ultimate controversy-courting fashion statement, a €234 leather bag with a caricature of the namesake designer, wine glass not included.

John Galliano makes few other appearances on the site. In fact, the brand’s About Us section does all it can to downplay the departed designer, with a portrait and detailed bio of the label’s new creative director, Bill Gaytten.

Visit GallianoStore.com

Nov 15, 2011 16:14:00
Iris Apfel

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Iris Apfel

The inimitable Iris Apfel, one of fashion’s most eccentric living legends, has created a line of statement jewelry for Yoox.com. Now in her 80s, Apfel is every bit the style maven she’s always been, her diminutive frame still draped in oversized baubles. Her designs for Yoox.com are as colorful and unique as Apfel herself, broken down into three categories: collection (new ready-to-wear, responsibly sourced, $45-525), limited-edition (exclusive high-end pieces, $1,195–2,800), and personal (one-of-a-kind pieces from her private collection, $695–3,500).

In a tribute to the creative genius, a gathering of influential filmmakers, designers, editors and other tastemakers dubbed the "Iris Lovefest” have gathered to endorse the venture. These include Bruce Weber, Bill Cunningham, Linda Fargo, Harold Koda, and Ari Cohen. They'll be the first to vouch for the precious stones, wood, jade, bone, and metallic resin pieces. For us though, the standout is a pair of crystal cluster drop earrings with dangling Buddha heads.

Visit Yoox.com

Oct 24, 2011 19:21:00
Rihanna for Armani

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Armani

Click-happy fans of the Armani family of products will be glad to know that the Italian luxury brand has finally opened an online store, launched today. It's a big and growing family, but Armani.com is up to the challenge, offering virtual boutiques for each of the company’s major lines: Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, and Armani Junior.

The site is also packed full of videos, including the blonde Rihanna commercial for Armani Jeans, and boasts an iPhone/iPad/Android application for shoppers on the go. Because why be confined to your desktop when you can order up a leather wallet, a pair of tight jeans, or a full-on gown with a few clicks on your mobile? Bellissimo!

Visit Armani.com

Oct 06, 2011 11:53:00

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