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Paul Manafort's Suit Dealer Doesn't Want to Talk About It
"Maximilian Katzman told a D.C. courtroom all about the five-figure menswear he sold Paul Manafort. Here, he tells GQ why none of it surprised him."

via: GQ

It's Time to Kill James Bond
"On Tuesday, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, stewards of all things James Bond, along with Daniel Craig, announced via Twitter that Danny Boyle—the director of the forthcoming twenty-fifth James Bond film—has officially exited the production due to "creative differences." No further details were given, but if you know the kind of movies Danny Boyle makes and the kind of movies James Bond films tend to be, you can imagine that Bond 25 was going to be too much of the former for anyone's comfort. Following this news, everyone's got ideas about what should be done with Bond—and since the suggestion box is open, we've got a good one: Kill him."

via: GQ

The Dwarf, the Prince, and the Diamond in the Mountain
"An unlikely fable, in which Birkenstocks become cool and double sales overnight."

via: The Cut

You Have to Book an Appointment to Buy Balenciaga’s New Trainer
"Named the ‘Track’, the new sneaker–which could easily be considered the younger sibling to its ugly older brother–takes inspiration from hiking and running styles and incorporates high tech materials to enhance performance. That’s all well and good, but before you head online to get your hands on the new style, you’ll have to book an appointment as it’s only available in-store at Selfridge’s. From today until September 3, head to the specially dedicated site to reserve a pair, and then book a time slot to collect once they launch at the store’s Corner Shop."

via: Dazed

In the Rivalry Between Farfetch & Net-A-Porter, which e-Commerce Giant is the Better Player?
"Monday morning brought the news that FarFetch will go public. The 10-year old London-based e-commerce site–which was founded by Portuguese entrepreneur Jose Neves, alongside of whom Net-a-Porter’s founder Natalie Massenet acts as co-chair–has long been rumored to be in the process of going public and as of this week, is said to be aiming for a valuation of as much as $5 billion, although the company has not yet disclosed the number of shares it will sell or the offer price per share. "

via: The Fashion Law

Fashion’s Dirty Secret: Millions in Grey Market Sales
"The grey market refers to the trade in goods from unofficial suppliers. The way this often works in luxury fashion is a retailer buys product at wholesale from a designer and instead of selling it directly to end consumers, sells it to another retailer or agent who isn’t approved by the brand and typically lacks the same aura of exclusivity as official sellers. The product is legitimate but sold via an unofficial channel, hence the term grey. (This is distinct from counterfeit goods, which are “black” market)."

via: Business of Fashion

6 Asians in Fashion on What "Crazy Rich Asians" Means to Them
" Here, six Asians working in fashion—makeup artist Mai Quynh (Vietnamese-American), model and L’Oréal Paris global ambassador Soo Joo Park (Korean-American), model and Givenchy muse Paolo Roldan (Filipino-Canadian), NYC-based stylist Turner (half-Vietnamese, half-Caucasian), NYC-based menswear designer and CFDA Member Siki Im (Korean), and creative marketing VP Jane Kim-Smith (Korean-American)—discuss what Crazy Rich Asians means to them, and how they’re using it to start conversations in their industries."

via: i-D

How Willy Chavarria’s Working-Class Roots Inspire His "Menswear With a Message"
"The ‘political designer’ likes to use engaging, down-to-earth collections, with oversized coats and heavy-duty jeans, to raise awareness of what is important"

via: South China Morning Post

Chanel’s Men’s Makeup Line Is the First for a Major Brand, But It Won’t Be the Last
"Chanel announced this week that it will be launching its first makeup line for men in South Korea on Sept. 1. The three-product line includes a tinted fluid foundation in four shades, a matte lip balm, and an eyebrow pencil, also in four shades."

via: Quartz

How Angelo Baque, Chris Gibbs, and Brendon Babenzien Are Leading Streetwear Into Its Politically-Activated Future
"The O.G.’s behind Awake NY, Union, and Noah are using dad caps, hoodies, and rugby shirts to cultivate a new generation of politically activated cool kids."

via: GQ Style

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