fashion wee 2015Iowa native Todd Snyder launched his eponymous menswear collection exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, Ron Herman, and Neiman Marcus for Fall 2011. Inspired by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility, the line has garnered wide critical and commercial praise in the US.

In 2012, the line was picked up by Barneys New York and select Nordstrom stores; simultaneously, Snyder was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers.

todd snyderMore recently, Snyder was selected as one of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. During that time he launched his Todd Snyder + Champion collaboration with the iconic Rochester, NY-based sportswear brand, and opened his first New York boutique, called City Gym, at 242 Elizabeth Street in NoLiTa.

This success is a humbling reaffirmation of Snyder’s roots. In Dutch, his surname means “one who makes outer garments” and while studying textile and clothing design at Iowa State University, Snyder learned the art of cutting and sewing at the Des Moines haberdashery Badowers.

He spent the following two decades honing his skills in New York, designing outerwear for Polo Ralph Lauren, working as Director of Menswear for the Gap, and SVP of menswear at J. Crew, where he revamped men’s styling, introduced formalwear, and launched a series of collaborations with heritage brands like Timex, Red Wing, Thomas Mason, and Alden that culminated in the popular Liquor Store boutique, opened in 2008. At the helm of his own brand, Snyder still strives to deliver on the rubric set forth by his Badowers mentor: “A perfectly fitted suit makes the man.”

DISCOVER:  Todd Snyder

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fashion wee 2015Nicholas K is a New York based design company, founded in January of 2003 by siblings Nicholas and Christopher Kunz. Nicholas K was conceptualized with the intent of providing sophisticated customers with modern classics to become wardrobe staples.

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Incorporating traditional quality and design with modern refinements and a downtown edge, Nicholas K offers items across the full women’s RTW product range as well as accessories and a menswear line that launched for Fall 2006. The first collection for Fall 2003 was extremely well received and sold through 35 of the top women’s specialty boutiques across the U.S. and Japan. Demand for Nicholas K continues to exceed expectations.

Nicholas L Kunz Cofounder and creative director, Nicholas L Kunz attended FIT in New York and the Polimoda School of Design, in Florence. Upon her return to the U.S. Nicholas took a position with DKNY and later joined the founding team of Coach Men’s sportswear. Over the next 8 years Nicholas worked with other design companies including Nautica, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo, operating in primary positions and overseeing the design and coordination of five new labels. Immediately prior to founding Nicholas K, Nicholas worked as a full-time consultant for Calvin Klein (CK women’s outerwear collection and US and European jeans).

Unlike most designers, Nicholas’ experience from working with large multinational corporations afforded her a broad and thorough understanding of all consumer segments. Christopher L Kunz The corporate operations of Nicholas K are overseen by cofounder Christopher L Kunz, who graduated with an MBA, summa cum laude from the Eller Graduate School of Management in Marketing and Finance, and with a BS majoring in both Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Biology.

Prior to Nicholas K, Christopher worked with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, providing his expertise to early stage companies, guiding them on all aspects of operations from competitive marketing analysis to strategic positioning. Christopher’s previous experience in the fashion industry ranges from runway to retail, working with companies such as Polo Ralph Lauren.

DISCOVER:  Nicholas K

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adidas originals rita oraBlacker than night, this limited edition adidas Originals by Rita Ora sold exclusively through selected adidas Originals stores emits its own supernatural glow.

Slick as streets, supple leathers make a statement with glow-in-the-dark tooling. Flashes of Rita’s signature yellow brings out the details against glow-in-the-dark reptile prints on micro-knifed 3-D scaled uppers across reimagined adidas Originals sneaker classics, infusing feet with wild eclecticism.

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adidas originals rita ora“THE COLLABORATION CAME ABOUT THROUGH MUTUAL LOVE AND APPRECIATION. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF ADIDAS ORIGINALS AND RESPECT WHAT THEY STAND FOR IN THEIR FEARLESSNESS AND ORIGINALITY. I WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH ADIDAS ORIGINALS TO PUT A PERSONAL TOUCH IN EVERY PIECE WITH CONNECTIONS TO MY MUSIC, MY CAREER AND MY LIFE. I’M REALLY PROUD OF THE COLLECTION AND BEYOND EXCITED FOR MY FANS TO GET THEIR HANDS ON IT!” – RITA ORA

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Spinning adidas Originals a new line with a fresh take on classics infused from one icon to another, the debut FW14 adidas Originals by Rita Ora collaboration sees the brand with the three stripes hook up with an award-winning pioneer of stage and style. Known as much for her fearless take on fashion, as for her head turning musical collaborations, Rita Ora has carved herself a pedestal for her energy and original spirit.

Now Ora collaborates with adidas Originals in a three season collaboration, a match brought about by a mutual admiration for breaking the rules and our shared rebellious natures.

DISCOVER:  adidas Originals by Rita Ora

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