Oak: AW 08/09

Posted Oct 29, 2008 by Emanuel in oak new york, oak ny, oak

Joining the ranks of other upscale fashion retailers branching out with house lines of their own, Oak New York launches their first collection for the Fall '08 season. Founded by Jeff Madalena and Louis Terline, Oak's concept is simple; to bring knowledge of fashion to an unpretentious retail setting. Fashion for both Madalena and Terline is about being informed, obtainable, and easy; their store is a mix between classic designers and up and coming talent, their own line reflects these values as well.

Find these pieces on hand in GPTG Edmonton!

Oak NY Rolled Cuff Short-Sleeve Hoodie, $260 CAD

Oak NY Patch Pocket Long-Sleeve Button-Up, $260 CAD

Oak NY Shawl Collar Cardigan, $260 CAD

Opening Ceremony: Women's AW 08/09

Posted Oct 29, 2008 by Emanuel in opening ceremony

This Autumn/Winter, the retailer-cum-clothing label Opening Ceremony has presented some great knit and outerwear pieces, (including a few jackets that use Woolrich fabrics, the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the United States) as well as some very charming dresses and tops. Don't forget to click on the pictures to link to the website for bigger/alternate views.

Opening Ceremony Layered Moto Flare Side-Zip Wool Coat, $730 CAD
Opening Ceremony Cropped Blouson Check Jacket, $570 CAD

Opening Ceremony Classic Short-Sleeve Flare Jacket, $710 CAD
Opening Ceremony Layered Wool Trench Coat, $880 CAD

Opening Ceremony Box Pleated Cotton Short-Sleeve Shirt, $270 CAD
Opening Ceremony Box Pleated Silk Short-Sleeve Shirt, $350 CAD

Opening Ceremony Sunburst Pleated Sleeveless Dress, $360 CAD
Opening Ceremony Pleated Anorak High Collar Silk Dress, $670 CAD

Opening Ceremony Full Shirt Flannel Long-Sleeve Dress, $395 CAD
Opening Ceremony High Waisted Kneelength Skirt, $280 CAD

Opening Ceremony Safari Sleeveless Dress with Pockets, $670 CAD

Nom de Guerre: AW 08/09

Posted Oct 22, 2008 by Emanuel in nom de guerre

Nom de Guerre is a New York based creative collective founded by Holly Harnsongkram, Wil Whitney, Devon Turnbull, and Isa Saalabi. Combining basic and diverse influences from art, fashion, and various New York City subcultures, the collective aims to create a composite culture and product.

Imagine the look of a high-end Army or Navy outpost with an emphasis on utilitarian basics. That’s the significant expression of Nom de Guerre. This season's Fall/Winter collection, titled “The World As Will and Ideaâ€, takes inspiration from the American Military Theatre of Operations in Europe during the Second World War, and is reminiscent of both sides, the Western as well as the Eastern European military. The range of color consists of sober black, white, and gray, which conjure the ideas of protean truths brought about by military intelligence interrogations.

Nom de Guerre Shawl Collar Marine Cardigan, $635 CAD

Nom de Guerre Classic Button Down Shirt, $295 CAD
Nom de Guerre Uniform Tie, $165 CAD

Nom de Guerre Deconstructed Button-Up Shirt, $330 CAD

Nom de Guerre for Fruit of the Loom Rodchenko Print T-Shirt, $95 CAD

Nom de Guerre for Fruit of the Loom Darwin Print T-Shirt, $95 CAD

Nom de Guerre M-65 Field Jacket, $975 CAD

Nom de Guerre Protective Rain Parka, $850 CAD

Nom de Guerre Regulation Shetland Vest, $295 CAD

Nom de Guerre Regulation Shetland Crewneck Sweather, $355 CAD

Katharine Hamnett Profile

Posted Oct 21, 2008 by Emanuel in katharine hamnett, katharine e hamnett

If you haven't heard of Katharine E Hamnett before, she is definitely worth looking up. Another Gravitypope Tailored Goods first for this season, Hamnett herself best explains the influence she's had on the fashion industry and the ethical and sustainable motivations that drive her work. (Article taken from http://www.katharinehamnett.com/.)

What was happening in the eighties fashion world?

My clothes became unbelievably successful - beyond my wildest dreams. Menswear, womenswear, jeans, watches and of course, my slogan t-shirts.

Sarah Mower said I was the most copied designer in the world - to the point where I had to consider designing something I would be happy to see copied.

What eighties fashion did you introduce?

I made protest slogan t-shirts a fashion, social and political staple.

I also invented distressed denim, stonewash denim, stretch denim, parachute silk, garment dyeing, the crumpled look, military inspired sportswear, power dressing, leggings, lycra, jump suits, retro revivals and ethical and environmental clothing.

You were a massive influence. Tell us more.

I art directed killer ad campaigns. I discovered photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth, Jurgen Teller and Terry Richardson.

My eighties fashion campaigns were the first for Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Nadia Auermaan and others.

What drove the need for change?

By 1989 I was bored with success. Something was missing.

Buddhist philosophy talks about the need for 'right' livelihood (making a living without hurting anyone or anything). I thought I wasn't hurting anyone by making clothes but when I did the research I realised I was wrong.

I discovered the fashion industry was responsible for a living environmental nightmare. (See 'Clean Up Or Die Essay') Millions of people in the garment sector were working in conditions of slavery.

I was horrified and felt a moral imperative to do something.

What did you do about this environmental catastrophe?

From 1989 to 2003 I tried to change the industry from within. Forget it.

From 2003 to 2007 I realised consumers care even if industries and politicians don't. Industries must sell but consumers don't have to buy. I decided to raise consumer awareness of issues in the clothing industry.

On return from a 2003 Oxfam visit to Mali, having seen firsthand the devastating human suffering amongst conventional cotton farmers, I knew the solution was organic cotton.

I decided to drive demand for organic cotton clothing and help conventional cotton farmers' trade their way out of poverty.

What does this mean to the person on the street?

My re-launched Katharine E Hamnett menswear and womenswear includes re-issued eighties fashion slogan t-shirts made with organic cotton to the highest ethical and environmental standards in the world. Available from our webstore and selected retailers worldwide.

I have also signed a deal to do ethical and environmental clothing with Tesco because they agreed to sign contracts with the farmers.

Is it working?

It's amazing, and the slogan t-shirts are being worn all over the place: KT Tunstall Live Earth, Bloc Party Live Earth, Lily Cole London Fashion Week, Peaches Geldof and Dirty Pretty Things are all wearing them.

There's an increasing trend for consumer driven ethical and environmental purchasing.

People are realising that how we consume decides the future of the planet and they're doing something about it.

Stay tuned for pictures of the slogan tees that have arrived!

Common Projects at GP Shoes!

Posted Oct 9, 2008 by Emanuel in common projects

Though not carried in the Tailored Goods stores, our friends over at Gravity Pope shoes have received a beautiful selection of Common Projects footwear. Complete that pair of Nom de Guerre or Raf by Raf Simons denim with the minimalist luxury of a Common Projects shoe.

Common Projects Court Shoe, $415 CAD

Common Projects Desert Boot, $365 CAD

Common Projects Lo Top in Grey, $345 CAD

Common Projects Patent Lo Top in Black, $395 CAD

Common Projects Lo Top in White, $345 CAD

A.P.C. Denim and the ACL Advisor

Posted Oct 9, 2008 by Emanuel in a.p.c., tips

For those of you who have just started breaking in your new pair of A.P.C. denim from gravitypope Tailored Goods, the folks at A Continuous Lean have recently posted a How To on washing denim. If the ultimate goal of wearing in your jeans perfectly seems so far away, do not lose hope! The end results are worth it!

Moncler: FW 08/09

Posted Oct 8, 2008 by Emanuel in moncler

Moncler is a famous name that is familiar to anyone who loves the mountains and easy wear: easy wear is trendy. But few know that the name comes from the abbreviation of Monestier de Clermont, a place near Grenoble where, in 1952, René Ramillon and André Vincent founded what would become one of the most famous companies in the sector, later creating jackets for the French team during the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. Credited with creating the first down jacket, the brand has since grown to its present upscale standing, having produced collaborations with Balenciaga, Junya Wantanabe, Yohji Yamamoto and Fendi.

Moncler Mens Everest Basic Parka, $805 CAD (also available in Navy)

Moncler Mens Himalaya Hooded Parka, $940 CAD

Moncler Womens Mess Classic Puff Coat, $1335 CAD

Moncler Womens Clair Classic Puff Parka, $835 CAD (also available in Black and Bright Blue)

Moncler Womens Maina Long Puff Coat, $1075 CAD (also available in Black)

New Robert Geller: FW 08/09

Posted Oct 7, 2008 by Emanuel in robert geller

A week or so of prolonged summer weather here in Edmonton had people forgetting about those chilly nights of fall. But rest assured, it's getting darker and colder. Stay warm (yet stylish, naturally) with the newest Robert Geller arrivals.

Robert Geller Blouson Ribbed Hem Blazer, $750 CAD
Robert Geller Toggle Parka with Hood, $895 CAD

Robert Geller Arctic Bomber Leather Jacket, $2195 CAD
Robert Geller Field Jacket, $975 CAD

Robert Geller Flight Jacket, $875 CAD
Robert Geller Braided Cardigan with Hood, $995 CAD

Purchase of these items through gravitypope.com is currently in the works. Please email us at our locations in Edmonton or Vancouver until then if you have any questions!