Halving Your Wardrobe Can Leave You Rich In More Ways Than One

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When it comes to our most significant monthly expenditures, most of us would say that clothes are right up there. An obsession with stocking our wardrobes is one of those expensive adulting behaviors which we’re all guilty of. As soon as our pay packets hit our bank accounts, many of us head out to stock up on the latest fashions. We convince ourselves that new clothes will help us look and feel better. And, that in turn can increase our opportunities for earning. You could say, then, that this is a must for making money, rather than wasting it. Couldn’t you?

Not at all. In reality, there are a few key reasons to approach your wardrobe more minimally. If you’re reading this, the chances are that you already know about the benefits of stripping back your life. And, your clothes are no different. To prove that, let’s consider three benefits of cutting your wardrobe by at least half.

You’ll drastically reduce your expenses

As we mentioned, clothes form a hefty sum of our monthly expenses. A large clothes shop is so ingrained for many that we don’t even notice it. As soon as you stop buying clothes every month, you’re sure to notice the reduction in your expenses. In extreme cases, you may find that this frees you with over $100 extra spending money. Throughout the year, an amount like that adds up. That’s not to say, of course, that you can’t spend a cent on clothes. But, cutting back to just one item every few months is sure to make a real difference to your bank account.

You’ll discover the joys of accessories

When you aren’t buying clothes, you’re more liable to play around with what you do have. And, when you start to accessorize items, you open yourself for endless benefits. For one, you’ll find that accessories are both cheaper and easier to store than brand new clothes would be. That’s a benefit on both counts, especially if you’re embarking on van life. You may also find that accessories can satisfy you in a way clothes alone never could. You don’t need ten shirts, for example. You need only alternate between blue, green, and red ties throughout the week. For barely any cost, you’ll soon learn to create a new outfit each day. We would argue that’s a benefit worth cutting back for.

You’ll treasure clothes like you never have before

You may assume that halving your budget here would leave you loving your wardrobe less, but the opposite is true. In reality, owning less stuff always makes you value what you have more. And, the same is true for your clothes. Fast fashion is a pretty heartless affair. The focus is on new things all the time, not old things which mean a lot to you. The moment you stop looking for new clothing, then, you’ll come to appreciate the items you do have. As a result, your life is sure to be richer in every way...

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10 Facts That Will Totally Change Your Opinion Of Rolex

The name Rolex has, over the decades, become synonymous with quality. But few people know the lengths that the company goes to to create its products, assuming that the process is now entirely automated and run by computers. Rolex is not a mass-market watchmaker. It does not automate the production of its products, and while machines help, they are not the backbone of the process. The bulk of the work is done by real artisans, trained in the craft of watchmaking.

Ever since the company was established by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in 1905, it has focused on creating items of exceptional quality. The founders decided that they wanted people to have watches that not only told the time accurately but also made a statement about who they were. Although the notion of luxury branding was in its infancy in the early 1900s, Wilsdorf and Davis understood the fundamental psychological drivers behind it and took full advantage. Before long, Rolex had established offices in multiple countries, all over Europe. To keep quality high, the company has integrated much of the production process. The company uses its own foundry to ensure that the quality of the metal it uses remains high.

Take a look at the following infographic. It’ll totally change your opinion of Rolex.


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So, as you’ve just found out, Rolex is not a mass-producer of watches. All of its products are handmade. It’s no wonder that the most expensive Rolex in history sold for an astonishing $17.7 million.

Now that you know more about the company, do you want a Rolex?

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THOM BROWNE OPENS MIAMI STORE IN DESIGN DISTRICT

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Thom Browne announces the opening of its Miami store, the designer’s second freestanding American shop.

Thom Browne continues his collaboration with architect Flavio Albanese of ASA Studioalbanese on the design of its newly opened store located within the Moore Building of Miami’s innovative Design District. The 3,000 square foot store neighbors some of Miami’s most prominent art galleries, restaurants and luxury retail boutiques. Behind Browne’s signature slat blind covered windows, the grey subway tile-wrapped boutique features a mobile wall installation that can be shifted to visually transform the space. Outside of the brand’s signature tailored and sportswear offerings, the store’s men’s and women’s assortment is tailored to the temperate climate through the use of seersucker, linen, and lightweight wool fresco fabrics. The mid-century furniture throughout the store is by American and French designers including Pierre Jeanneret, Dunbar by Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, Jacques Adnet, and Maison Jansen.

Browne notes, “...I am excited for my store in Miami...the design district feels right and feels special and unique within the city...I felt it was important to be part of the design district because of the importance that the area places on art...and my approach to the design of the store is unique to Miami...my grey tile box...i felt the design district deserved a unique retail experience...”

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You're Invited to the 'Back From The Stars' Holiday Soiree at UNOde50

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UNOde50 is #BackFromTheStars and ready to sparkle some holiday cheer…

Please join UNOde50, unique handmade jewelry brand from Spain, as they celebrate the season of giving. Discover their Back From The Stars collection and shop for a cause as they donate 10% of all shopping proceeds to the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation (DotC)! This is an exclusive event hosted by fashionado’s / DotC’s E. Vincent Martinez, Veronica Flam of Veronica Flam Interiors and Rich Valladares. Enjoy sips, bites, and holiday cheer.

UNOde50, a Spanish jewelry brand, was founded in the late 90’s with a design concept that offered a different point of view. One that was exclusive, unique and limitless. The brand set out to unveil a revolution in which the techniques and processes of traditional jewelry-making would be used in the name of creativity.

Today, UNOde50 is present in over 42 countries with more than 100 stores in main cities around the world, including: Toronto, Madrid, Rome, Milan, Berlin, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Moscow and Paris, keeping its philosophy of exclusiveness through a highly crafted production process.

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Fresh Off the Runway: 2018 Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves

by Poppy Jones

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The Story of Shearling

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Being cold is not an option this Winter. The runway hosted a wardrobe of armour coats designed to protect a man, so he can confidently take on the modern world, in style. A particularly significant style of coat is the Shearling (sheepskin) jacket, a classic piece of outwear for the Winter. The wearing of sheepskin as a form of protection arose as long ago as the Stone Age, which is fascinating considering it’s making statements on the 2018 fashion runways (almost 2.5 million years later). The coat began on a different kind of runway during the Second World War, which truly cemented the shearling jacket as high fashion when the sheepskin bomber jacket became standard uniform for pilots in the US Air Force.

The historical classic was interpreted by a range of designers and presented on the runway in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and a bomber, all combined with essences of the Shearling. Unsurprisingly, one of the best Shearling coats this season was by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail and costing $3300. Balenciaga exhibited a modern take of the classic, a black sheepskin jacket as part of the labels AW18 collection featuring a graffiti shearling collar, leaving you $5,038 down. If that’s too hard to swallow, then ZARA have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway.

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Raf Simons takes the creative reigns at one of America’s most iconic fashion houses, creating a memorable masterpiece at New York fashion week. The designer presented his Fall 2018 Collection with Calvin Klein through the emergence of models through a sea of popcorn that coated the former American Stock Exchange building, greeting the audience with the aesthetic pleasures of sweet-smelling butter. The collection represents a theme that is consistent to his first season at Calvin Klein, which is Simons personal commentary on America. Firefighter coats, boots and gloves provoked thought of the country’s horrific natural disasters whilst silver foil jackets and boots evoked inspiration from the 60s intergalactic style.

The collection also stars the traditions of Calvin Klein underwear, in keeping with the iconic yet simplistic and gender-neutral style of briefs for men and women. The collection is designed with a standout 205W39NYC logo styling and can be purchased from the Calvin Klein website.

Tom Ford F/W18

Tom Ford brings hyper-masculinity to the run-way treating the audience with an erotic presentation of the new Fall 2018 underwear range. The range consists of four basic styles; a brief, a trunk, a short boxer and a classic boxer. Each cut is available in cotton stretch jersey, cotton, and an extra special version of silk. Of course, these outstanding run-way collections have inspired the streets and the replication of the simplistic designer lingerie is readily available offering a cheaper alternative of the classic cotton jersey pieces perfect for the Winter.

Pinstripes

The pinstripe is perfect for a casual business look and embodies quality and fine male grooming as well as being the backbone of any stylish man’s business wardrobe.

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Alexander McQueen explores British masculinity starting with a collection of elegant tailored autumnal pieces. The collection subverts the classic British wardrobe, renewing the codes of tailoring and progresses into opulence as the show goes on. A prominent fabric that stole the show is the use of woolen pinstripes which is modeled as a classic tuxedo, worn with jogging pants for a modern subversion and representation of the evolution of true British menswear.

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Hiking Boots

If you are going to make one worth-while investment this Winter, be sure to make it a pair of high quality hiking boots that are adamant to last a life time and keep your toes warm for just as long.

Inspired by the world of hiking, brands such as Gucci and Prada have taken an outdoor classic and given it a cosmopolitan polish using high quality materials and catwalk-ready details. Creating a hybrid of fashion that meets function and a must-have staple for a man’s wardrobe this Winter and many more Winters to come.

For something with equivalent quality at an affordable price, Timberland offer a range of styles of hiking boots inspired by our runway favorites and designed to be just as durable.

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MONCLER POLDO DOG COUTURE FW18

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Moncler Poldo Dog Couture is a project entirely dedicated to man’s best friend, for which the brand has designed – in collaboration with Poldo Dog Couture – a mini collection for our four-legged friends, to ensure that they can face harsh winters in perfect warmth and total comfort. And let’s not forget - style!

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Point of reference for this collection, the classic down jackets, that have now also been extended to include other colors and to be able to dress all of ‘our best friends’.

The clothing features the brand’s most iconic material of all, the nylon laqué and the range of colors has been enriched to introduce new hues, ranging from light blue to baby pink and fuchsia. The waistcoats have been interpreted in two variations: the reversible version comes with a hood and is available in two-tone red and blue, whilst the waistcoat with a practical detachable hood is made in the French flag tricolor. The French flag tricolor in fact also appears in the tape used for the collar and the matching leash. For less chilly days, there is a hoodie presented in bright blue or red colors and animated by contrasting trimmings and by Moncler’s writings.

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COACH PRESENTS “LIGHTS, CAMERA, HOLIDAY” A HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN STARRING SELENA GOMEZ

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COACH PRESENTS “LIGHTS, CAMERA, HOLIDAY” A HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN STARRING SELENA GOMEZ - With an unexpected cast of new festive friends…

Coach unveiled “Lights, Camera, Holiday,” its campaign for the 2018 holiday season. Starring actress, singer and global face of Coach women’s Selena Gomez, the campaign follows the star and an unexpected cast of animated animals as they audition for the gig of the season: the Coach holiday windows. Playful, inclusive and irreverent, the campaign puts gifts and the tradition of holiday windows at the heart of the story to celebrate all that is fun and festive about this time of year.

To launch the campaign, Coach releases a series of short animated films written and directed by creative duo Henry and Rel of Supermarché. Shot in a raw, irreverent style, the films reveal the audition tapes of Selena and her festive friends as they compete for a role in the Coach holiday windows. 

In addition, Coach unveils today a print advertising campaign for the 2018 holiday collection. Set against the glittering skyline of New York, the photographs show Selena emerging from a vintage car holding the Parker bag in metallic leather. Revealing the star ready to steal the spotlight, the campaign captures the magic and charm of New York during the holiday season.

To bring this vision to life, Coach worked with a team of long-time collaborators: photographer Steven Meisel, art director Fabien Baron, makeup artist Pat McGrath and hair stylist Guido Palau.

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