Mmm Mmm, Good Times with
The MensWearNetwork at M Bar

Last night the Mansfield Hotel’s M Bar served as a new venue for the summer edition of The MensWearNetwork, hosting a friendly cluster of menswear executives, designers, buyers, press, bloggers, stylists and fashion entrepreneurs toasting the heat and the hot new products from the Liberty, Project and MRket menswear trade shows taking place this week.

Business convo highlights surrounded tidbits about a new film and television series written by a longtime industry insider being shopped around, the traffic at the Javits, potential new retail solutions, and, of course, what vacation plans many were entertaining for the rest of the summer season.

Sustainable style, fashion shoots, children graduating from high school and political topics also dominated talk from the close-knit group of approximately 50 or more who flowed through the elegant darkness of the MBar, which served as a cool day’s end antidote to the oppressive heat and humidity of the city summer.

Surprise guests, longtime colleagues and fresh newcomers included former HartMarx PR executive Erin Gaffney, one of Badgley Mischka’s sportswear designers, Peter Catania, real estate exec Zachary Szwed, show producers and art gallery associates.

A recap, in photos:

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Menswear’s Tailored Touches – NYFW:Men’s SS19

Tailored touches abound for guys this upcoming Spring/Summer 2019, as evidenced by designers showing during the recent CFDA New York Fashion Week: Men’s and New York Men’s Day earlier this month. Find a few of FW’s favorites featured here:

Carlos Campos combined architectural lines with clean tailoring, a bold palette and Reebok sneaks. Vanessa Zhang Fashion Incubator also used color blocking to a tailored advantage, accented with coordinating colorful bags. David Hart took men back to the ’70s, with ruffled shirts, bow ties and brocade jackets, not only inspired by Watergate days but the sumptuous Italian fabrics of Albini. Krammer and Stoudt, always pushing the envelope, found menswear balanced between Tokyo and tailoring, inspired by designer Mike Rubin’s first-ever travel to Japan earlier this year.

CFDA’s New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Carlos Campos bold color block

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Sleek + Chic: Seeing Clearly at NYMD SS19

New York Men’s Day Spring/Summer 2019 kicked off in style this past Monday with much fanfare and fantastic fashions. The best? Clear and present…the rain slicker, as designers permutated the look of the standard nasty elements style into something chic, sleek and as wearable as a shirt.

Maybe it was waterproof, maybe it wasn’t. Who cares? These unmistakable winners take transparency to a whole next level of dressing. Clearly.

Clearly, the coolest, at sundae school SS19

Sleek side view

The ubiquitous translucent slicker updated at Taak

Even the skull cap at Taak

Clear and present at Vanessa Zhang SS19


Not clear, but still rain slicker chic, patent turf “jean jacket” at Vanessa Zhang SS19

“Sun, Sand—and a Whole New Sense of Myself”

By Sarah Gold for

Serving as our resident travel writer (other than Tribe leader Jeannie Ralston!), Sarah Gold, below, taught us the ways of wording our observations and intentions during illuminating writing workshops, her contribution to our itinerary during the recent Next Tribe Stretch Your Mind, Stretch Your Body Present Moment Retreat in Troncones, Mexico.


Author Sarah Gold with the turtles she helped release. Photo: Amy Kawadler

Professional photo instructor Amy Kawadler led the group in honing eyes and rules of thirds with her expert photography workshops, as the mind stretching continued.

Meanwhile, I helped everyone on the “Stretch Your Body” part during my morning moving meditations.


Yep, that's me, caught during a meditative moment on the yoga platform. 
Photo: Paula Olivier

Here’s an outtake from Sarah’s beautiful take on the trip. Click for the full article. And note that it was so popular, we’re doing it again!  Sign up now to join for Part 2! Namaste, Next Tribers!

Sun, Sand—and a Whole New Sense of Myself

Sarah Gold was shy and skittish about joining a bunch of strangers on our most recent trip. But something fascinating happened under the tropical sun.

There probably aren’t many women out there—not sensible ones, anyway—who’d have to argue themselves into going on a group beach-and-yoga retreat at a tropical resort. But sense has never been my strong suit.

It’s not that I have any issue with temporarily running away from home: As a travel journalist, I’ve spent most of the past decade exploring some pretty off-the-map parts of the world. And I’m not averse to yoga classes and sunbathing, either—even though my…asanas are a little droopier than they used to be.

featured-imageOlga and Jean in front of the Be Here Now mural.


Grungy Gentleman at NYFW: Men’s, Autumn/Winter 2018

Sporty, athletic and relaxed summed up the looks from Jace Lipstein’s Grungy Gentleman menswear brand showing during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Even when the clothing in question was tailored, like a handful of the sports coats shown. And why not? When you dress, design for, hell design with professional ballers, that’s the attitude that shines through.

Grungy Gentleman

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Style Fashion Week New York:
Malan Breton’s Exotic Men + Women

Crafting beautiful exotic luxury clothing, this Taiwanese-born U.S. designer pulled out all the stops during Style Fashion Week in his New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 collection for men and women at a sizzling runway presentation at Cipriani Manhattan last week.Malan Breton

Malan Breton

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Sanchez-Kane and the Lure of Sexx Toys

The covered art pieces on the runway prior to the show should have been a give away, if you didn’t already get the idea from the invitation. Artisanal sex toys?! Is there really such a thing?!

Sanchez-Kane Apparently, in Sanchez-Kane Mexico’s world. From the show liner notes that offered “Find your group of misfits and levitate together” to the plaster-of-paris penises Continue reading