What one wears can be very surface, but men's wear writer David Coggins dug deep for his new book, "Men and Style," which is out this month and was designed by Abrams' creative director John Gall. Coggins spent one-on-one time with men's wear industry vets including Andy Spade, Frank Muytjens and Glenn O'Brien to talk about their fathers, moving to New York and, of course, clothes they like. Coggins spoke to WWD about putting the book together. Why did you write the book?I wanted to write a book when I turned 40 and pull some of my essays together and talk to the men I cared about. But once I started to do it, it got bigger and bigger and much more involved. It's not about telling you what to wear. It's about showing how these men got to be where they are.How long did it take to complete?About a year. It was really fun to do. We got to sit down with these men and a lot of them had never talked about these things. I was surprised that they were surprised. No one has asked them what it was like to move to New York and I was touched by that. I think that comes through in the book. It's very human and personal.Who surprised you the most?Jay Fielden [editor in chief of Esquire]. I knew Jay a little when he was the editor of Men's Vogue, but I hadn't seen him in a while. He's so dapper, so refined and he opened up a lot and was absolutely fantastic. He talked about being from San Antonio and working at Ralph Lauren and hiding clothes from customers to get the discount he wanted. He's such a great storyteller and has lived such a great life.What do you think of men's wear currently?I love seeing photos of old Italian men in Florence and Milan who care about what they wear and that's really inspiring, but now people are leaving the house hoping to get photographed. Dressing well has to do with self awareness and understanding how you fit into the world, and if you have that you are going to look good in a tuxedo or jeans. It's not about clicks or followers. I get worried when I see people trying to build their brand.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)