With archival designer clothing commanding staggeringly high prices on the secondary market, predicting which brands will pop off next isn’t easy.
His only regret? His social media handles.
It's just a fact -- men are harder to shop for than women.
Today, Tumblr--home of gifs, memes, and NSFW photos--joins the ranks of corporate America: It's just been bought by Yahoo for $1.1 billion. Besides goofy cat videos and loads (seriously, loads) of porn, Tumblr also hosts one of the most passionate, creative, and irreverent fashion communities out there on the internets. So now the question is: How will that community, which so far has thrived on the free-for-all vibe that prevails at Tumblr, be affected by the new acquisition?
From the increasingly well-documented street style scene outside of Pitti Uomo (it's starting to rival the scene outside any major fashion week venue) to the number of nattily dressed gents we see walking down the street in NYC, there's no question that dudes have been stepping it up in the personal style department. There's even a burgeoning menswear (that's #menswear if you're scrolling through Twitter or Tumblr) clique, comprised of editors at print publications like GQ and Complex as well as bloggers at sites like Four Pins and Selectism and Hypebeast. They are the arbiters of men's style, speakers of the language of #menswear. Yes, they have their own language and we dont' understand at all. Cop some jawns? That dude is sprezzy? Say what?
We caught up with Kevin Burrows and Lawrence Schlossman, authors of the hilarious menswear phenomenon Fuck Yeah Menswear to chat about their blog, just-released book, and what half of the stuff they’re talking about actually means (because seriously, they speak a different language).
You know how brands partner with bloggers to create editorial content and capitalize on their influence? And how those brands pay bloggers so they can make a living? Fohr Card, a new start up founded by former Tumblr fashion director Rich Tong, Holly Stair and James Nord (all of whom met through Tumblr), aims to streamline that process for bloggers and brands alike. We chatted with Tong's co-founder Holly Stair about how the project came about, the response from bloggers and brands, and what's next.
Mark Zuckerberg is having quite a month. The Father of Facebook just turned 28, bought out Instagram for $1 billion and is now facing the most lucrative point in his career: Going IPO on Friday. We’d offer him a congratulatory “poke” but sadly, that option’s no longer available. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the IPO acronym, it stands for Initial Public Offering-- meaning that the company will finally be open to stock holders where the likes of Wall Street—-and even you!—- can purchase a part of the social media company. But with the estimated $100 billion that’s supposedly coming his way, we’re wondering whether the Harvard dropout will invest in a new wardrobe. Will he finally change out of his usual uniform consisting of dowdy college hoodies, sweat-drenched Adidas shower flip flops, and tattered baggy jeans, into something more uh, dapper? Better yet, the question posed is this: Can all the money in the world transform someone from HTML geek to sartorial chic? Fashionistas can only hope! To give him an extra boost, we’ve enlisted the help of several fashion experts from designers like Carlos Campos, Alan Eckstein from Timo Weiland and Simon Kneen of Banana Republic, to editors from GQ and Esquire, to buyers and the likes to see what kind of advice they’d shed onto Silicon Valley’s hottest star. And regardless of whether he takes our suggestions or not (note to Marky Mark: you really, really should!), happy IPO Day! We’d definitely like to send you a congratulatory poke soon—- this time, live and in-person.
Figuring out what to get the men in your life isn't always easy. Especially if, like us, you usually spend a disproportionate amount of your shopping time drooling over the latest purses, jewelry and dresses. So, to point us in the right direction, we asked some of our favorite stylish men around--from GQ and Park & Bond editors to the coolest menswear bloggers--to recommend the gifts that are bound to make the guys in your life smile. So whether you're shopping for your brother, father or boyfriend, read on for the best dude-approved gifts out there.
Fashion took to Tumblr almost as soon as the microblogging platform launched. A match made in heaven, the image-heavy Tumblr was the perfect way to showcase fashion pix--from editorial inspiration to runway looks to street style. According to a recent report from Mashable, approximately 180 of the top 1,000 Tumblr blogs are fashion related so it made sense that the platform hired a fashion director, Rich Tong, and that it invited 20 Tumblrs to New York Fashion Week last season. This season, Tumblr will once again import 20 influential fashion bloggers to New York to cover the shows. According to Tumblr spokesperson Katherine Barna, "the selection process for the bloggers this season was much more intensive; we put up an open call for submissions and recommendations, then spent a tremendous amount of time reviewing each and every single blog, evaluating each on original content, level of curation, unique voice, overall aesthetic, followers and traffic." Candidates were then interviewed before the final selection was made. 16 new bloggers from Tumblr's fashion community were chosen, and four are repeats from last season. Those four "produced incredible content and really capitalized on the opportunity to advance their professional careers," says Barna. So without further ado, here are five of the lucky 20 bloggers who will be at New York Fashion Week at Tumblr's behest. Tumblr will release the full list tomorrow. What do you think of Tumblr's choices this season?