Brooks Brothers will be joining the growing number of luxury retail brands on the transformed Bleeker Street in the West Village with their new Black Fleece concept launched last year with guest designer Thom Browne. The first Black Fleece by Brooks Bros. freestanding store will open in mid-October at 351 Bleecker Street on the corner of 10th Street. Brooks Bros. men's suits range from $600 to $2,400, whereas Black Fleece men's suits start at $2,700, with plaid suits being the bestseller. (via WWD)
If you have ever worked on an "eating out" brand, you probably are aware of the way in which food/restaurant chains are often positioned and grouped. The difference from fast food and fast casual. It seems that these groupings are slowly losing their meaning. Do consumer see a difference between "semi-upscale" fast food like Panera and "everyday" fast food like BK's? The consumer is looking for innovation and it seems like it is anyone's game if you can capture the imagination and attention of the consumer. Trading up is the opportunity in every action you take.
(excerpt from Adage)The world's most-expensive burger -- at $190 a pop -- is not to be found in an exclusive Manhattan restaurant, but in a tiny branch of Burger King in West London. Determined to show the world that it takes meat quality seriously, the fast-food chain is marketing a limited-edition gastronomic glory available once a week, Thursdays only, in this single location. All proceeds go to a local children's charity. "The idea is to change perceptions by pushing the envelope to raise awareness of our ambitions," said Mark Dowding, Burger King's head of product and innovation for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "We have emphasized the quality to create noise and interest in the market."
The cover story of this week's NY Times Magazine deals with the diminishing child rate in Europe. The ripple effect on cities and global commerce is shocking. The video is from a documentary from last year titled "Where have all the babies gone?" by Journeyman Pictures.
(excerpt) In the 1990s, European demographers began noticing a downward trend in population across the Continent and behind it a sharply falling birthrate. Non-number-crunchers largely ignored the information until a 2002 study by Italian, German and Spanish social scientists focused the data and gave policy makers across the European Union something to ponder. The figure of 2.1 is widely considered to be the “replacement rate” — the average number of births per woman that will maintain a country’s current population level. At various times in modern history — during war or famine — birthrates have fallen below the replacement rate, to “low” or “very low” levels. read more
In this Sunday's NY Times Magazine Guy Trebay asks: Does stereotype trump archetype?
What does the clothes of Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, the iconic Fifties housewife and YSL’s Le Smoking femme fatale have in common? Why do hemlines goes up and down? Why does volume reign this season or minimalism proliferate in the next?
Daphne Guinness‘ short film, the The Phenomenology of Body explores the politics of fashion by showcasing the clothes of various eras on a revolving turn-table. The daughter of the Guinness brewery heir Jonathan Guinness, formally known as Lord Moyne, Guinness is also the step-granddaughter of Sir Oswald Mosley, the British fascist; the ex-wife of Spyros Niarchos, of Greek shipping fame (she married him at 19; he settled a reputed $40 million dollars on her when they divorced in 1999); and lately the subject of tabloid rumors related to her friendship with Bernard-Henri Lévy, the wealthy, and married, French writer whose intellect is almost as celebrated as his luxuriant head of hair.
George Carlin cemented his reputation in 1972 with "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television". His ode to curses led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Despite that 1978 ruling, the Federal Communications Commission doesn't have a list of words it considers profane. In its consumer fact sheet, the FCC defines profanity as "including language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance." But are those seven not-fit-for print or broadcast expletives still offensive?
What a cool job it would be to compile and edit such a list! Imagine the street cred...
According to W Magazine, Diane Von Furstenberg has been carrying a picture of Wonder Woman around in her diary for years. Who knew? It came up in an article about the capsule Wonder Woman collection she developed in tandem with Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Joel Silver's movie is still in the works for 2009, while everyone laments the team's loss of Buffy Vampire Slayer's Joss Whedon over creative visions.