Money Where Your Mouse Is: Moncler

As temps start their brutal, unseemly descent to the dark side, it's time to start thinking about your cold-weather wardrobe. Conveniently enough, famed French outerwear brand Moncler has just launched an online boutique to make your shopping and bundling up this winter that much easier.

And it's not all quilted goose-down goodies. The e-store allows you to discover the brand in its entirety, from its retro ski line Grenoble to more fashion-forward offerings from Thom Browne-designed Gamme Bleu (for the hommes) and Giambattista Valli-designed Gamme Rouge (for the femmes), as well as various campaigns, like Bruce Weber's too-cute fall ads filled with happy children and fuzzy little dogs. Of course, you'll also find shoes, bags and accessories to ensure that all parts stay warm, whether you're trudging through snow-filled city streets or slaloming down the French Alps.


Sep 20, 2011 18:00:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is

ALWAYSNEVER NEW YORK was an adventure in online men's retailing for Peter Nguyen, assistant designer at Robert Geller, when he founded it in the spring of 2010. Was an adventure, because this summer he decided to exit the e-store to focus on his own men's line, Keeps.

But the shop must go on! And so an anonymous crew of intrepid e-tailers with different backgrounds—Odin New York, Denim Bar Arlington, Stel's Boston—has taken up the cause, relaunching ALWAYSNEVER this week with a curated selection from the archives, conceptual-leaning pieces by the likes of Number (N)ine, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, Undercover, Rick Owens and, of course, Robert Geller. While it's limited to exactly one piece per style, the selection will be updated weekly. In the meantime, keep your eye on Keeps!


Aug 25, 2011 15:34:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Bl33n

What happens when you lift the front of your T-shirt over your head? You show flesh. Which is why, for a good month now, we've been ogling Bl33n, a playfully sexy new T-shirt project by husbands, photographers, and flesh-lovers Donovan and Matthias Vriens-McGrath. You've no doubt seen the latter's work—basically, art masquerading as porn and vice versa—in any number of alterna-mags, mostly in European countries without tired hang-ups over sex.

On Bl33n's website, models coyly lift their shirts, et voila! Boobs for the guys, and lean male torsos for the girls and gays, all shot by the lewdsome twosome. But while nudity clearly plays into the concept, an image of a cute monster's face on the inside of the shirt also appears, covering the face like a mask. That's also loads of fun. And for the exhibitionists among you, you're encouraged to buy a shirt and submit your own nudies. 

Aug 12, 2011 14:18:00
Daria Werbowy for Salvatore Ferragamo, fall 2011

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Ferragamo

In just two days, on August 5, Salvatore Ferragamo will launch its first online trunk show, the label's first foray into e-commerce. For three weeks only, runway looks from fall 2011—ready-to-wear, shoes, bags—will be available for pre-order. (Heartbreakingly for some, it's for U.S. residents only—sorry, we don't make the rules!)

Here's where it gets interesting. None other than Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann will model each outfit, which can be mixed and matched through fancy technical wizardry. Why the bemused look? Elettra isn't just the daughter of legend-in-her-own-right Isabella Rossellini, but the granddaughter of the truly iconic Ingrid Bergman, who, if you didn't know, was a loyal client, friend and basically the muse of Salvatore himself.

The trunk show will also mark the premiere of the fall 2011 ad campaign, shot by Mikael Jansson, modeled by Daria Werbowy and Mathias Lauridsen.


Okay, if you're still not impressed, Lady Gaga wore head-to-toe Ferragamo houndstooth—well, the houndstooth piano wasn't Ferragamo—for her appearance on The View earlier in the week...

Aug 03, 2011 12:58:00
The Row

Money Where Your Mouse Is: The Row

The Olsens aren't just the most precious twins on earth; they're a force to be reckoned with. After all, they've built a fashion empire with Elizabeth & James, their mainstream contemporary line; Olsenboye, the Macy's range for the crazed tween shopper; StyleMint, a new mail-order T-shirt venture; and the well-regarded, CFDA-backed The Row, which has just launched an online store.

Sticking to the brand identity, The Row's new site is clean, aligned neatly in rows, and easy to navigate. Essentially it's a one-stop-eshop for the label's bread and butter: tailored basics and wardrobe staples made from the highest-quality materials that, sticker shock aside, you can't help but crave. Along with a blog and behind-the-scenes content, also features a Personal Shopper tool, which will come in handy when you can't decide between the $29,000 clutch and $34,000 backpack.


Aug 04, 2011 08:36:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Thakoon

Finally, Thakoon Panichgul, that master of tropical-meets-concrete-jungle, is offering all three of his colorful collections—Thakoon, Thakoon Addition, Carbon Copy—on his website, starting today. Navigating the e-shop is easier than finding your way around a colossal department store, and a million clicks aren’t necessary to get detailed shots of his signature asymmetrical cuts. That's the good news. The bad news is: in less than 24 hours, some sizes are already sold out. So if you have a particular piece in mind, get browsing before you have to head back to the stores.


Jul 21, 2011 09:23:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Balenciaga

The first thing you notice on Balenciaga's just-completed website redesign is a large-scale video—almost as large as your computer screen—of its fall '11 campaign shoot. Bright to the point of shadowless, the tightly edited clip merrily bops along for minutes on end, culminating with the final still images of the campaign. This is the confident, transparent, optimistic message that the house, and creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, would like to convey as their embrace of the brave new digital world gets ever more snug.

We almost didn't want to give you the news, because, most importantly, the site features an online store for Frenchies (joining the U.S. and UK markets), and we didn't want to be wearing the same Balenciaga dog-print sweater as Gallic gals, who already have first dibs on so much. And you can imagine the speed at which Balenciaga's e-store will have their latest collections available.

In addition, the site—divided into six sections: Collections, Clothing, Accessories, Fragrance, La Maison Balenciaga, Boutiques—will feature over 200 videos and 3,000 images, ranging from historical (dating back to Cristobal Balenciaga himself) to inspirational, and worn by runway models. Can we breathe now?

Jul 19, 2011 21:52:00
La Belle Echoppe

Money Where Your Mouse Is

Let's face it, when it comes to fashion and lifestyle, men don't exactly throw themselves on a fad—particularly not French men. That's where La Belle Echoppe comes in. A collaboration between Gallic retailers French Trotters and, the online men's shop is dedicated to products “made in France.” You know, those provinces with charming, heavily accented names like Pyrénées, Côte d'Azur, and Rhône-Alpes (a complete list can be found on the site)—which is to say, items with character, history and authenticity. (We won't bore you with that other A-word: artisanal.) These include bags by Bleu de Chauffe, Basque espadrilles by Don Quichosse, grooming accessories by Thiers Issard, nautical Breton shirts by Le Minor, and combs and shoehorns by L’Atelier de la Licorne. It's so très continental, you might as well be nibbling on pâté and quaffing cognac while you browse online.

Jun 07, 2011 00:00:00

Money Where Your Mouse Is: Mjölk

We have a thing for umlauts (who doesn't like strange characters?), but there's so much more to the Danish men's label Mjölk that we're obsessing about. Such as the hand-cobbled footwear, colorful leather backpacks, knit shorts, hand-stitched quilts, quilt carriers, pencil cases and so on—all available on a just-launched e-shop.

Plus, all these items are made in New York City, where designer Lars Stoten recently moved operations. Before that he'd grown up between Denmark and London, learning tailoring from his grandfather and eventually attending the prestigious Designskole in Copenhagen and Otaru Bunka School in Japan. Pretty eccentric upbringing, to say the least. Perhaps the new online store says it best: "Our new website is a space for selected beautiful items designed by us, curated objects we like, images, ideas, thoughts, rants, loves, losses, friends, obsessions."

May 16, 2011 00:00:00

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