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Thursday, December 4th 2014

Gifts for Him from East Dane

Can we all just acknowledge that men are kind of hard to buy for? He might be your brother. Your boyfriend. Maybe even your dad. And he already has everything he needs and everything he wants—or so he thinks. Enter the East Dane Gift Guide.

Does he travel a lot? Check out this Wallpaper City Guide for maps to the five best beach cities in the world. And send him something to read on his trip from our collection of titles on subjects from comic books to cabins, and most everything in between.

Maybe tech accessories are his thing. Upgrade his current swag to a new iPhone 6 case with inset wood grain, or help him ditch ratty earbuds for a pair of classy headphones. Or go retro with a Marshall speaker.

For the man who likes to dress nice, we recommend old-school accessories: watches, ties, and cold-weather accessory sets are perfect. And if this is a guy that really does have everything, we’ve got a healthy sampling of what we like to call curiosities: little trinkets like notebooks and water bottles that even he could really use.

And if you’re really stuck? Go with a gift certificate. Can’t go wrong there.

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Tuesday, August 19th 2014

East Dane Watches: Borrowed from the Boys

While What’s New is where we normally get our fashion fix, sometimes we have to click on over to East Dane to borrow what the boys are wearing.

Today, we’re stealing their watches.

A minimalist Tsovet Gold & Black 38mm watch next to a simple gold bangle is the right touch of oversized.

If you have your eye on a new timepiece, try one that contrasts your current wardrobe. Men’s watches with their heavier, masculine silhouette can balance a floral print or add detail to a tailored skirt. It will become a go-to statement piece for your everyday wardrobe. 

We’re not giving them back.

Add a pop of color to a plain tee with a Tsovet Stainless Steel & Blue 38mm watch.

Stack them! Here, a Daniel Wellington Sheffield 40mm watch and the KOMONO Winston Galore watch pair well with a 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli backpack.

Take time for some coffee with a Miansai watch (similar).

A Marc by Marc Jacobs Rock Chronograph watch is the perfect menswear piece to borrow.

-- Abbigail

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Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and finding a gift that shows just how much you appreciate the dads in your life is never a simple task. That’s why we turned to East Dane Fashion Director Jonathan Evans to put together this handy gift guide.

For the new dad: Where Chefs Eat, Marshall headphones, Ben Minkoff backpack, Triple C phone charger.

From the bag to (stylishly) carry all of those baby-care essentials, to an on-the-go charger to juice up the tech gear he forgot to plug in last night, to a great set of headphones and a book to help him relax after a long day of parenting — this assortment has everything a brand-new dad needs. (Well, maybe not the diapers.)

For the traveling dad: The New York Times 36 Hours, Garrett Leight sunglasses, Lotuff Leather bag, Form Function Form watch.

Start off with a book full of inspiration for a quick getaway. Then add a bag perfectly sized to hold everything he’ll need for those weekend excursions. Once you throw in a pair of great sunglasses to keep the glare out of his eyes and a watch to make sure he’s ready to hit the road on time, you’ve got yourself a tailor-made collection of gifts for the Dad who’s always looking for a little adventure.

For the classic dad: Drake’s tie, Paul Smith cufflinks, Jack Spade tie bar, Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet.

The classics are classics for a good reason. So why mess with a good thing? Embrace Dad’s traditional streak with gifts that will look just as great this Father’s Day as they will years from now. Like a tie he’ll wear constantly, or a wallet he’ll use every day. Cufflinks for a special occasion and a tie clip to keep things in place round out the assortment.

For the design-obsessed dad: Braun clock, Kaweco pen, The Design Book, Maison Martin Margiela night light.

So he’s the kind of guy who knows as much about Philippe Starck as other dads do about the Yankees? Nothing wrong with that. Give him something that’ll feed his design obsession. An understated and expertly wrought pen or a night light cast from phosphorescent plaster certainly fit the bill, and a book devoted entirely to the subject of design isn’t exactly off the mark, either.

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Thursday, February 20th 2014

We Play Favorites: Joey & Levi’s Clothing

Clockwise, from left: Needle Splintered Wash Jean, Button Down Shirt, Fleece Sweatshirt, Button Down Shirt.

With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month, we have a special East Dane edition: Joey, who thinks Levi's Made & Crafted is pretty cool.

Name: Joey
Position: Menswear Stylist
Brand: Levi's Made & Crafted

Why you love the brand in 6 words or less.
Classic Americana with a vintage feel.

What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Levi’s Made & Crafted Short Sleeve Shirt has classic appeal but an updated fit.

How would you describe your personal style?
I tend to stick to a simple, timeless look with a few curveballs added to the mix.

Do you have a style icon?
Late ’70s/early ’80s-era Tom Waits. His look is the perfect blend of beatnik and jazz culture. Not to mention he wears the best hats.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
A denim jacket, a plaid button-down, a brown leather belt, broken-in jeans, and white low-top Chuck Taylors.

What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
Watching a Miles Davis documentary with my dad when I was a kid. You can’t get much cooler than mid-’60s Miles Davis in an Italian suit and loafers.

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Thursday, January 16th 2014

4 Fashion Essentials for Men

Clockwise, from top left: Baldwin Denim jeans, Band of Outsiders shirt, A.P.C. jacket, Coverse sneakers.

We turned to East Dane Stylist Joey to give us the lowdown on menswear fashion essentials. Do your man a favor and sneak these four items into his closet at your earliest convenience.

Selvedge denim is a wardrobe staple. With unique wear over time and minimal washing, one find—like a pair from Baldwin Denim—could easily be the only jeans in a man’s closet.

A military-style jacket can be paired with a white oxford and jeans for simple sophistication, or thrown over a flannel for a more rugged feel. A.P.C. makes our favorite option.

Every man needs a versatile shirt. With its modern cut, this classic Band of Outsiders shirt will take your man from the office to the bar in style.  It can be worn under a cashmere sweater or tucked into a pair of jeans.

There’s a good reason these popular sneakers have been around for so long. White Converse Chucks are the perfect addition to any casual ensemble. They are comfortable and look cool with wear.

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Monday, January 13th 2014

Talking with Cousins Undercover Anthony Carrino & John Colaneri

East Dane is all about straightforward fashion for straightforward men, and we couldn’t think of two guys who better align with that mantra than Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of HGTV’s Cousins Undercover. We tapped the contractor pair for this week’s cover story, and snagged a few moments of their time to ask them about home remodeling, working together, and their personal style.

What’s the first thing someone should do before starting a renovation?
JOHN: Have a clear, concise vision of your design and layout of the space. You need to stick to that plan, and if changes are needed try to keep them small. Too many times people shift design and focus, and that is why their projects double in time.
ANTHONY: PLANNING! That is in caps for a reason. It is absolutely paramount to your success and to staying on budget!

What’s a contractor secret every homeowner should know?
JOHN: Always have a 15% to 20% contingency when starting a project. You will find issues or problems you did not know were there nine out of ten times.
ANTHONY: If you’re afraid you can’t cut a super straight line with a skill saw freehanded, clamp a long level or straight edge to the plywood and run the guide along it—straight as an arrow.

What are your favorite sources of design inspiration?
JOHN: Travel is the best design inspiration you can have because you are able to experience different design aesthetics and elements from around the world.
ANTHONY: The blogs are endless: Remodelista, Design Milk, and Design*Sponge, just to name a few. But my ultimate source for design inspiration is travel.

What is your favorite room to renovate and why?
JOHN: I would have to say the kitchen because it is the heart of the home and is the most used room in a house.
ANTHONY: Without trying to avoid the question, I don’t have one. I just love to renovate a full room. Helping a client realize their vision is the best part of what we do, so it’s really about their needs. We are always ready for a challenge.

What’s your design go-to?
JOHN: When looking for a wall color my go-to color is grey. It goes with any design style, and it gives you the ability to use great accent colors that will really stand out.
ANTHONY: For me, it’s the use of organic or reclaimed materials. I love mixing old and new, and organic materials and shapes serve to both warm and create visual interest within a space.

If you could design a kitchen for anyone, current or historical, who would it be?
JOHN: I am a history buff so I think it would have to be John F. Kennedy.
ANTHONY: Ha! I think it would have to be Brunelleschi himself. More so because I would love to see what he thinks of our work and company (Brunelleschi Construction) named after him.

John, what are some of Anthony’s best work qualities?
JOHN: Anthony is a true leader when it comes to construction and business. With the over 100 workers and volunteers involved in Cousins Undercover episodes, there needs to be one person driving the ship, and Anthony is that person.

Anthony, what about John?
ANTHONY: John is the most organized guy I know, and this translates into him being a ninja on the job site. With no less than fifty moving pieces on each of our projects, it is an invaluable skill—not to mention John always has the ability to make me laugh, even at the most stressful point of a job. I think I appreciate that more than anything.

What’s more important: comfort or style?
JOHN: They are both equal. Anthony and I always say: design and function go hand in hand.
ANTHONY: On the job site: comfort hands down. Out on the town: I like to be comfortable, but style rules. Fortunately, my style is comfort.

Any style go-tos?
JOHN: My favorite style is Contemporary Rustic.
ANTHONY: I love henleys, and they’re great for layering. As it gets colder, they look great under a button-down. My other winter go-to is a cardigan. I might have one in every color. Oh, and I can’t resist a good elbow patch.

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Friday, December 6th 2013

Get Handsome. Pop Up Flea & East Dane

Above: A selection of Michael & Randy's picks for Pop Up Flea on East Dane. Below, Randy Goldberg and Michael Williams.

This weekend will mark the seventh installment of Pop Up Flea, a unique menswear event founded by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg. The event will take place at 82 Mercer St. in NYC, as well as online at Eastdane.com. We took a minute of the guys’ time to ask them about PUF.

EAST DANE: For the uninitiated, tell us a little about the Pop Up Flea.
RANDY GOLDBERG: It’s a one-weekend-at-a-time menswear store full of interesting items and staffed by good people. It's like a pop-up shop in the sense that it only lasts for three days. It's like a flea market in the sense that vendors rent a space and man their own mini-storefront.

EAST DANE: Where did the idea come from?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: The Pop Up Flea was born, like many good things, over cocktails in Manhattan. We wanted to have a store, but we also wanted people to have a chance to meet and talk to the designers that make the stuff they love and wear.

EAST DANE: This weekend (December 6-8) marks the seventh installment of PUF, and it’s your biggest yet. Who can people expect to find there?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: We have a lineup of over sixty different brands and vendors. Everyone from accessories designer Alexander Olch to Billykirk, plus bigger brands like Filson and Levi's Vintage Clothing.

EAST DANE: Any vendors you’re extra excited about this time around?
RANDY GOLDBERG: We're excited about everyone that is coming. We only invite great brands to participate. The litmus test is: Would we want to wear these clothes? All killer, no filler.

EAST DANE: We signed on as your online partner for the event, a first. How do you think East Dane fits with the PUF feel?
RANDY GOLDBERG: There's a lot of common ground between us and East Dane in terms of what we care about—well-made things, a great shopping experience, unique finds—so it's a natural partnership. Plus, we never thought in a million years PUF product would get the Amazon Prime treatment. That’s next level.

EAST DANE: How'd you choose the product that you selected for East Dane? Was there a guiding principle?
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: We have a supercomputer that computes a unique Pop Up Flea handsomeness algorithm that we had developed for this special East Dane shop. It chooses the most mathematically handsome selection of garments. Just kidding. We choose the stuff that we want to personally have in our closets. No computers, no robots, just good old-fashioned menswear.

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Friday, November 15th 2013

6 Questions for Todd Selby

The man behind TheSelby.com, Todd Selby.

Todd Selby launched The Selby in 2008 as a place to post photo shoots he took of his friends in their homes. Five years later, TheSelby.com has showcased the stylish lives of countless tastemakers, spawning two books: The Selby Is In Your Place and The Edible Selby. A third volume, Fashionable Selby, is set to publish in 2014.

We partnered with Todd on an exclusive set of notebooks featuring his illustrations, available on Shopbop and East Dane, and here, we took a few minutes of his time to find out what makes the man behind The Selby tick.

SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about the origin of TheSelby.com.
TODD SELBY: All people are curious and I'm definitely one of them. I love meeting people, seeing there spaces. I just started taking pictures of my friends and their spaces and everything fell into place from there.

SB: You worked on an exclusive set of notebooks for Shopbop and East Dane. What made you land on the sketches you drew for each sets’ covers?
TS: I wanted to do something fun and lighthearted and thought these designs would hit the spot.

SB: You’ve published two books, The Selby Is In Your Place and The Edible Selby, and recently announced a third to come out in March, Fashionable Selby. How did you go about editing photos and features that were included in the books?
TS: I traveled all around the world to find great people for each book and then worked with my editor at Abrams to see what fit together and what didn't for the final edit.

SB: How are the books different from your site? How are they similar?
TS: You have to do a lot more editing when you make a book. With a website, you can put as much content up as you would like.

SB: If you could visit the home of anyone, historical or contemporary, who would it be? Why?
TS: Lil Wayne, because he's my inspiration.

SB: In the spirit of The Edible Selby, which just hit Shopbop and East Dane, what is your favorite meal and who would you most like to eat it with?
TS: My favorite meal would be wine and cheese with my fiancée Danielle Sherman at the Osteria Senz'Oste in Valdobbiadene, Italy.

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Thursday, November 7th 2013

East Dane Edition: Vuarnet Sunglasses

I like the chill that’s coming on at the East Dane offices. It means autumn is here. From a fashion point of view, it’s the best time of the year. I get to break out the sweaters and boots and outerwear—all the gear that makes a wardrobe great. And it’s no time to forget about the eyes. The right pair of sunny-gees, for however you’re living, is crucial.

Specialized eyewear is not a new concept, but it’s easily overlooked for the sake for fashion. For more than 50 years the designers and sunglasses experts at Vuarnet have making people look good and protecting their eyes.

In 1957 Roger Pouilloux and Joseph Hatchiguian created a new style of sunglasses, the Skilynx Acier, specifically for skiers in the Alps. Their design won over the French Ski Federation, and in 1960 Jean Vuarnet took home gold at the Squaw Valley Olympic Games wearing their sunglasses. Using the recognition of Vuarnet’s name, the Skilynx Aciers were rebranded. The Vuarnet brand was born, and with it came an increased demand for high-quality eyewear that focused on fit and performance.

Vuarnet hit the American market hard in the 1980s, as the official sponsor of the Los Angeles Olympics. Simply put, Vuarnet blew up. Every day was a Vuarnet day. Their gear was everywhere, and not just at the beach or on the mountains—it was a hit across the country. Then as trends do, Vuarnet fell out of favor.

But here’s what makes the Vuarnet story great: they never stopped making high-end, performance-driven sunglasses. The ideals that lead to the Skilynx, are still the guiding force of the brand today. Vuarnet has continued to develop new technology by studying the way light enters the eye— directly or via a reflection—and they take into account what it is reflecting off. And all styles are made in France, with mineral lenses.

Now, 50 years deep in eyewear, Vuarnet is as committed as ever to the creating great shades. It’s an iconic brand that offers more than just a name. Its mineral lenses and stylish frames are its legacy, and the brand’s continued development shows its commitment to making the right sunglasses for whatever you’re doing.


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Thursday, October 31st 2013

We Play Favorites, East Dane Edition

Clockwise from left: Western Shirt, Wool Blend Anorak, Quilted Down Shirt, Moleskin Fatigue Pants.

With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month, we have a special East Dane edition: Greg, who thinks Creep is pretty cool.

Name: Greg
Position: East Dane Copywriter
Brand: Creep by Hiroshi Awai

Why you love the brand in 6 words or less.
American workwear stacked with Japanese style.

What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Wool Blend Anorak.

How would you describe your personal style?
I’m colorblind, so I need to be sure most of my gear works with other pieces. I’m also a proponent of having one item that sets you apart every day. But, if you take that one piece away, the outfit should still look really good. So I try I stick to refined basics, with a few bangers tossed in.

Do you have a style icon?
Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. I’ve always been impressed with the commitment he had to work shirts and properly cuffed sleeves.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
Oh, no question: An M65 field jacket, a pleated pocket work shirt, brown leather belt, raw selvedge jeans, and some chukkas. Menswear is pretty steady, so that combo will pretty much get you anywhere. I’d also throw in a Toronto Blue Jays cap.

What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
At summer camp in northern Wisconsin, this kid had a pair of Air Jordans with an anarchy symbol he’d painted on the toe. It was so rad. He just owned that look at 13 years old. It was one of the first times I took notice of someone doing it their own way. Never mind the irony of those shoes and that image, I wanted it. I went home and did the same to a pair of Adidas sneaks. My mom flipped out. I couldn’t have worn it as well, anyway.

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