Coach + Philip Crangi Collaboration Features Heirloom-inspired Leather and Brass Pieces

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The latest in Coach’s designer collaborations is with New York-based jewelry designer Philip Crangi for a limited edition collection of braid bracelets, buckle belts, key rings and more men’s leather accessories with brass elements. Each of the unique pieces’ brass features have been left in their raw natural state overtime, which has resulted in aged, beautiful colors that pop over the quality leather. The Coach + Philip Crangi collection is available online now and in select stores in May, and prices range from $128-$168.

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Crangi, who trained as a goldsmith at the Rhode Island School of Design, explains his collab with the brand: “For me, Coach has defined the ‘American Look’ for as long as I can remember. The work I’ve done with the brand builds on the same sense of American style. With that said, it’s been a real honor for me to work with Coach on this collaboration creating men’s accessories – I think together we’ve succeeded in creating some beautiful things, new icons of this classic style.”

I had a chance to style a look with my favorite piece from the collection, the double braid toggle bracelet in saddle, which will coming shortly. Here’s a preview:

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Music Download: Lana Del Rey’s Sultry, Soft Rock “West Coast”

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I kind of wish Lana Del Rey pulled a Beyonce with this track. After debuting “West Coast” (which was announced as the lead single of Ultraviolence earlier this month when “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight” leaked) while at Coachella this weekend, Lana’s released the official audio for the new track that we’re all going to have on repeat this spring and summer. The song is in typical Lana fashion, with sultry vocals and a moody track, but also has a little soft rock edge. Listen below: Read the rest of this entry

Must Have: Burton’s Lightweight, Spacious Carry On Roller

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On a trip last week to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ picturesque St. Croix and The Buccaneer Hotel, I traveled with Burton Snowboard’s Drifter Roller Travel Bag. As I only do carry on when traveling under a week, especially if I have transfers, it proved to be a formidable travel companion. burton-carry-on-2

The dimensions (H: 22 in, W: 13 in, D: 10 in) were perfect for my three flights each way to get to and back from the island. Usually it is just two flights if leaving from the city, but I took flights from White Plains. Super lightweight, the roller without anything weighs 7.7 lb, which is due to the polyester body and use of IXION lightweight skate wheels. The wheels are also easily replaceable if you want to spice up your roller some more, but of course that isn’t needed with the trendy camo option of the Drifter Roller.

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014: Chad White, Patrick Hurley And More Male Models

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares, now in its 11th year, brings together fashion industry pros, models and stars for a good cause. Proceeds from the New York event last night—which I attended via Instagram since currently traveling—benefited charities such as Lambda Legal and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, and attendees included My Girl‘s Anna Chlumsky, designer Steve Madden and even Vogue‘a Anna Wintour, who did not partake in any selfies it looks like.

Hunky models marched down the runway at the 69th Regiment Armory sporting spring collections of various designers. They included favorites such as Chad White, Brian Shimansky and Clint Mauro and newcomers like underwear model Parker Hurley. See the boys on the runway and some behind the scenes below:

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Preview: Perry Ellis Fall/Winter 2014′s Smart Layering & New Mixed-Media Pieces

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For its upcoming fall/winter line, Perry Ellis continues to add more contemporary styles to its line of traditional work and classic day wear. The brand will be introducing mixed-media pieces that feature faux suede detailing and active-wear vests and sweaters joining the collection of layering essentials such as cardigans, pull over sweaters, denim, slim pants, shirt jackets and more:

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See the rest of the collection below:

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Outfit: The Traveler’s Multi-Wearable Leather Backpack

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Nicola Formichetti’s Debut for Diesel Fall/Winter 2014 – Denim, Tattoos and Pussy Riot

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A year at Diesel as the artistic director, Nicola Formichetti wanted to present his debut collection in a different way outside of the established fashion weeks. Wanting to offer “an experience people can remember”, Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2014 presentation was only shown to an audience of 300 in Venice yesterday, and was promoted and shown through social media with the hashtag #DieselVenice.

Attendees included editors from across the globe, power bloggers such as Bryan Boy, Susie Bubble and Blonde Salad, designers Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2 and Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf, and celebs from Courtney Love to Colton Haynes (who’s becoming quite the fashion attendee).

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While yours truly wasn’t there (#somedaymaybe), thanks to social media, I’ve picked out the best photo moments from the show, which include a performance from rapper Brooke Candy (Nicola’s muse), a ski mask homage  to the Russian feminist punk rock protest band Pussy Riot, and the clothes of course, which for men included distressed, patch worked and paint splatter denim, leather moto jackets, and a lot of tattoos!

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Music Download: Lana Del Rey’s Groovy “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight”

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As we count down the days to the release of Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey’s second album due on May 1, we got a special treat today, a new leaked single. Though it is still uncertain if this track will appear on the new album, no doubt that “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight” is winning over fans with its a groovy disco-influenced tunes and classic (meaning Lizzy Grant – Lana’s previous persona) lyrics that needs to be on this upcoming album or released on its own for us to properly download.

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Travel Grooming Essentials For Cancún, Mexico

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After picking out a travel ensemble for Cancún and your travel bag and other accessories, grooming selections are next. Opt for products that’ll leave you fresh and ready with light scents for your days and nights out. They are also under 3.4 ounces:

  • Fresh Shave – The Art of Shaving offers a full shave kit with a pre-shave oil, shaving cream and after-shave balm that is able to give you the same experience as at home with its travel-sized Pure Badger Brush. Leaves you with a nice close shave for your day at the beach or night out on Cancún’s bustling Hotel Zonera, and the unscented option is always a good choice to not interfere with the scent from your fragrance and other grooming products. ($175)
  • Clean Face - Ursa Major‘s face wash will give your face a good cleaning and leave bright and clearer skin as it removes oil and grime, dissolves dead surface skin cells and clears blocked pores. Scent features cedar, spearmint and lime. ($10)
  • A Light FragranceLacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Green features a classic, clean and cool fruit-woodland scent with notes of grapefruit, thyme, fig and sandalwood and fig. ($32)
  • To Keep Hair In CheckBilly Jealousy has introduced a new styling mud that works with wet or dry hair, leaves a strong hold with a light shine finish, and has an herbal scent ($16).
  • Lip CareTURO Skin‘s protective lip balm goes further than your usual drugstore chapstick and has the added benefits anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Also is SPF 15 with a peppermint scent. ($10)

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In The Bag: Travel Essentials For Cancún, Mexico

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, essential accessories for traveling Cancún, Mexico. Shot at the Moon Palace, these accessories mix a little luxury with simple travel and tropical necessities that’ll keep you stylish and happy.

Tote – Coach

The sophisticated Coach Bleecker Day Tote In Bar Stripe Leather makes a colorful statement with the sky blue stripes, but its gold hardware adds the refined look to the bag. Spacious with large pockets inside (one zip and another with snap closure, it can be carried by its leather handles or a detachable nylon shoulder/crossbody strap. Large and durable for 15″ laptop as well.

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Swimwear – Zara

You can’t go wrong by selecting a floral or tropical print swimwear for the Caribbean, my selection is a clean black and white design from Zara (not available anymore, but here’s another style). The key to swimwear is picking one for your body, but a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to avoid purchasing ones that go past your knees. Swim shorts with an 6-8″ inch seam should be able to work and look good for men of most heights and body types.

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