ZEGNA GROUP TO ACQUIRE MAJORITY STAKE OF THOM BROWNE

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The Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced today that it has reached an agreement with Sandbridge Capital and with Mr. Thom Browne for the acquisition of 85% of Thom Browne Inc, for an enterprise valuation of approximately half a billion dollars. Mr. Thom Browne will be the sole other shareholder, with the balance of the Company’s shares.

The Thom Browne business will remain independently run, in order to pursue and accelerate the strong and profitable growth trajectory that the brand has seen over the past several years. As such, Mr. Thom Browne will continue in the same capacity as Chief Creative Officer and Rodrigo Bazan will retain his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Ermenegildo Zegna, Chief Executive Officer of the Zegna Group said: “As global leaders in luxury menswear, we have always been open to opportunities for external growth. And, since we started looking at partnerships, I always knew that Thom Browne would be the perfect fit.”

“In addition to the immediate benefits with regards to fabrics and manufacturing support we can leverage our global reach to further expand Thom Browne’s retail network. Most importantly, we share the same passion for excellence and impeccable, modern tailoring. Thom’s visionary approach and his unique point of view have enabled him to build and nurture the most loyal clientele. On this strong footing, and thanks to a thriving women’s business and strong appeal with millennials, we believe that we can build long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”

“Finally, I am very proud to oversee a rare major investment by an Italian luxury player in an American company. I have always been a strong admirer of the United States, and look forward to our strengthened presence here.”

Thom Browne, Founder and Chief Creative Officer said: “... I am very proud and excited for my new partnership with Zegna ... I feel that their passion for only the best quality and craftsmanship is very much aligned with how I have always approached my collections ... my conceptual approach to design and the long-term vision of growing a true luxury design-led collection for men and women is something we both feel strongly about as the future strength of Thom Browne ... with Zegna, Thom Browne will have a partner who not only understands the fundamentals of this business, but truly embodies them and brings the knowledge and skills of a global leader.”

“As I welcome Gildo to the Thom Browne world, I want to personally thank Sandbridge Capital, and Ken Suslow in particular, for being such a good partner, but more importantly, being such a good friend ... I have always valued our friendship over the years of our partnership because he has always proven to be a true gentleman ... We would have not achieved the outstanding growth of Thom Browne without his support.”

Ken Suslow, Founding Managing Partner of Sandbridge Capital, added: “I could not be more pleased to announce this transaction, which ensures the continued long-term growth of Thom Browne. I am profoundly grateful for the successful partnership that Thom and I have developed over the years. Thom is a uniquely talented visionary - his enduring commitment to building a modern American luxury house dedicated to the finest craftsmanship and tailoring is truly inspiring.

I believe that Zegna is the ideal partner for the Thom Browne brand. It is for this reason that we did not engage with other interested parties, and that instead Gildo, Thom and I agreed upon this deal in a privately negotiated manner."

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The 90s Urban Chick Gets A Revamp

During the 90s, slowly but surely women’s fashion became dominated by denim. Jeans were already killing off the flared trousers of 80s. But it was going further than that by jackets that were made completely of denim, and even backpacks made from this material also. Nowadays we don’t bat an eyelid when we see someone wearing any one of those kind of clothes but we don’t realize why we should be paying attention. As much as other styles like streetwear and modern urban was to claim the top spot of the go-to fashion for women in major cities, it's actually the humble 90s background that claims true victory. Denim Wear became immensely popular for going to the beach. Sand and sea salt didn’t get stick in your jean, denim shorts and jacket, unlike clothes made from wool and cotton. It was noticed from this that denim was durable, even when wet and being hit by the elements. Hence why now, we have seen a revamp of the urban chick, mainly because of the contrasts the 90s fashion offered.

Confident in simplicity

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Remember when urban fashion was obsessed with denim clothing that was artificially ripped and torn? The look of jeans having been through a blender was all the rage in the early 2000s. Especially for people that wanted a rebel look, this kind of clothing was attractive. And where better to go against the grain than in a city setting where so many people follow fashion trends? The need to be different was palpable by the urban chick style. Young women that were into hip-hop and rock n’ roll wanted to be separated from the pop culture of the day. However, this fashion style has gotten to a point where there is one dominant approach. No longer being excessively ripped, jeans with tears or rather holes at the knees are simple yet confident. Lighter denim is the choice here, and jeans that are either stretchy or straight cut are the most popular choices. Boot cut and tapered are also great choices but the retro look boot cut styles offer is perhaps the best option if you’re not sure.

A hint of attitude

In large cities, it's not uncommon to find all manner of people walking around and making up the fabric of the urban environment. There are people that don’t care about fashion, those that do, those that wear floral dresses, leather jackets, knitted jumpers, and a whole raft of other items during the same season. It's almost as if any kind of fashion is hip and ‘in’ at any time of the year. Mixing this kind of attitude of anything goes, you can wear round glasses from Eyebasic. The EyeBuyDirect review showcases why thin frames don’t have to be dainty and how metal is always going to be able to mold into any outfit. And perhaps that’s one of the more remarkable things about the modern urban fashion. Sunglasses aren’t as cool as actual glasses, as function is set above form for a change. This philosophy was always respected by the style, since practical wear and tear was needed for clothes worn in the bustling cities. However frames that are slim, lightweight, and always blend into the outfit without stealing the spotlight are exactly the kind of items that last the longest.

The famous bomber

You could say that certain celebrities have made the bomber jacket remain the popular choice of the urban fashion admirer. However, wouldn’t be doing justice to the designers that have constantly revamped the style to make sure that the bomber remains the top choice for jackets among younger women. Bomber jacket fashion was dominated by men, again in the 90s especially, as well as the early 2000s. However, they have been designed to compliment the body of a woman who is in shape. The stretchy elastic waist, flexible wrist and elbow material is directly destined to be worn tightly. The bomber is becoming slimmer also, and finally there is a vibrant color palette to choose from, as maroon and military green are becoming the fading choices. It's not uncommon to see urban women wearing this kind of style, in the new streetwear fashion. It's amazing how the bomber hasn’t been replaced by another jacket altogether, but it's understandable as it's practical and has been made more feminine over the years.

The urban chick has gone through a slow transformation. Since the 90s and 2000s there have been many changes but now, the style is supremely confident and knows what works, and what doesn’t. Practical and having stood the test of time, if the urban style speaks to you, rest assured that you have every right to be confident in the revamped designs.

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adidas Running launches brand-new PureBOOST GO, created specifically for thrilling city running

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After introducing a limited release black and white colorway in early July, adidas Running now presents PureBOOST GO – a silhouette created especially for the street runner. Designed for changing directions, the highly adaptive shoe offers a running experience that’s both thrilling and accessible for all.

The PureBOOST GO features a brand-new Expanded Landing Zone - a wider forefoot platform for increased forefoot stability during multi-directional movements. A deconstructed circular knit upper, crafted from a breathable fabric, improves flexibility and freedom of movement with each step. The full-length BOOST midsole, adidas’ industry-defining technology, offers runners endless energy return.

Captain of adidas Runners New York City Kwasi Kessie said: “For me, there’s nothing more thrilling than running the streets through my city. It’s exciting because it’s raw and unpredictable and discovering the city in this way is totally unique. adidas’ PureBOOST Go is the right shoe for city running, it means I can change direction and adapt to anything the city throws at me.”

The PureBOOST Go was first introduced in a limited release black and white colorway on July 6, followed by an exclusive US edition in white with grey detailing on July 19. The hero colorway of adidas PureBOOST Go in charcoal will be available to purchase globally on adidas.com on August 22 and in stores on August 29.

To find out more, please visit: adidas.com/PureBOOST

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Queer Eye’s Tan France Shares Must Have Fashion App & Cash Giveaway On Instagram

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“You know, from watching Queer Eye, that an organized, well curated wardrobe makes getting dressed so much easier” – Tan France

Queer Eye’s very own Fashion Expert Tan France recently teamed up with fashion app Mode-Relier to introduce the newest must have styling tool. By allowing users to organize their closet, put together looks and share outfits, Mode-Relier is an innovative essential for the fashionista looking to save time and money.

So whether users are looking for a way to organize their closet, sort through their favorite accessories or style looks before shopping, Mode-Relier’s user-friendly interface hopes to inspire users of all ages to discover the secrets to looking stylish every day.

Tan is also doing a Cash Giveaway on Instagram. Contestants will have a chance to win up to $1000#FrenchTuckMeTanFrance

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Event Recap: Jeffrey Fashion Cares 26th Annual Patron Party at Atlas

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, over 75 Jeffrey Fashion Cares Host Committee members and Patrons descended upon Atlas, the acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of Buckhead at the St. Regis Atlanta, for the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Patron Party. Fashionable partygoers mixed and mingled on Atlas' expansive patio while enjoying wine form the Tavistock Reserve Collection and signature cocktails made just for the evening.  Guests also noshed on an array of sweet and savory bites from the popular Tavern menu created by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and Pastry Chef Christian Castillo.

Hosted by Event Co-Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams, the 26th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares will be held at Phipps Plaza on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. and includes a high-energy cocktail reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring founder Jeffrey Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Dries Van Noten, Sacai, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  

One of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country, this year’s event will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com. Event photos by Dylan York.

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Can You Be Fashionable Without Breaking The Bank?

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If you are looking to try and be as fashionable as possible, then you might automatically assume that that means you have to spend all of your money in the process. However, it is likely that this is not actually going to be the case. The truth is that if you know what you are doing, you can generally get to be fashionable and look your best without actually overspending, and in most cases anyone on a normal, regular salary can do this too. It's all about knowing what you are doing, taking a few honest steps towards being thrifty, and making a few sacrifices. In this article, we are going to discuss just a few of the clever things you can do to make this so. Let’s take a look now at how you might be able to appear fashionable without breaking the bank.

Knowing How To Shop Around

Clearly, one of the most important parts of this is always going to be that you know where to actually look in order to try and find the cheapest items as easily as possible. In some cases, this will be as simple as looking at sites like Expensive Cheapest to see if you can glean some information that way. However, more often than not it will come from trial and error, and that means actually spending time going out and trying to find places which sell clothes cheaper than other places for the same kind of quality. This can often mean going further afield than you would usually go, but it is ultimately worth it if it means that you can get hold of the clothes you wear for a much cheaper price.

Being Clever With Your Wardrobe

Generally, being fashionable has less to do with always having the best new clothes, and a lot more to do with knowing what to do with the clothes you have. If you can manage to find some interesting and unique things to do with your clothes you currently have in your wardrobe, by pairing them in in original ways for instance, then you will hardly need to spend any money at all. As you can imagine, this is easily one of the most important skills to have here, so it is worth thinking about if you are trying to be more fashionable for less money. By changing how you wear what you wear, you can easily make a huge difference to your look without having to worry at all.

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Accessorizing

Finally, we come on to a favorite topic for anyone interested in fashion even in the slightest: accessorize. By using any accessories you might have, you can be sure to double and triple the use that you are getting out of your wardrobe, and that in turn means that you save money, so this is actually really worth considering if you are not already. Learn to accessorize, and you might find that you are able to be much more fashionable without spending an extra penny.

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Hot jewelry Trends Inspired By The Royal Wedding

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The eyes of the world were trained on Windsor last weekend, as actress Megan Markle and HRH Prince got hitched in a fantastically romantic ceremony that brought a lump to the throat of even the most hard-hearted. With a posse of glamorous and groomed young royals now stealing the limelight – and headlines around the world – Meghan is now more a trendsetter than ever. The effect that she, the Duchess of Cambridge and the little Princes and Princess have on product sales is significant, with both making instant sell-outs of items they are pictured in. Small British company Strathberry, makers of luxury bags saw their waiting list jump to 3,000 for a bag Meghan was pictured carrying during one of her post-engagement appearances in Nottingham. So what trends are emerging in the wake of the royal wedding?

Luxurious Drop Earrings

Sculptural earrings were all over the guest list at the royal wedding, as statement ear candy makes its comeback from 80s style Siberia to be a key accessory for summer 2018. The Robinson Pelham diamond tsar earrings sported by Pippa Middleton last week epitomize this trend, while the dramatic pear diamond drops worn by Amal Clooney also shone. Pearls were also a key trend at the wedding, with the somewhat fusty image they’ve had being shaken off with the wearing of dramatic, oversized pearl drop earrings. New designs mix pearls with rose gold and contain just enough punk edge to look modern while still nodding daintily to the heritage vibe. Even the Her Majesty the Queen, the original wearer of pearls, sported a slightly oversized drop pair for the big day.

Stacked Items

Meghan’s signature style when it comes to jewelry has always been to combine and stack multiple pieces, sometimes mixing metals, which gives a high-end boho twist to her tailored couture outfits and perhaps expresses a bit of her self-confessed free-spirited hippy vibes under the modest and formal style of a new member of the royal family. Steal this look with stacking rings, an arm party full of bangles in gold and silver, delicate layered necklaces and earrings featuring climbers and jackets that almost give the appearance of multiple piercings. Stella and Dot is especially good to get this on trend look. While bar necklaces and circular pendants from Daisy London are also ones the new Duchess of Sussex would definitely rock.

A Story of Origins

While the debate about ethically-sourced diamonds is certainly not a new one, the fact of Meghan’s ring containing a centre stone originating from Botswana, where the couple have holidayed in the past, casts a whole new spotlight on the topic, bringing the issue of sustainability in fine jewelry to the front and centre, and making political topics more about a couple’s personal values. The incorporation of heritage stones from jewelry previously belonging to Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales will similarly inspire couples getting engaged to think outside the box when it comes to repurposing family mementoes. Use a supplier such as http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/ to source the most perfect fit for your story.

 

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