13 comments

  1. Anonymous

    January 26, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    What the hell do Neapolitan sleavecaps have to do with American fashion or style?

    If you’re gonna do PR you have to tell us where to buy it……..

    Doh!

  2. Anonymous

    January 27, 2006 at 1:02 am

    Wow, the wrong model can make good clothes look like shit!

  3. London

    January 27, 2006 at 1:07 am

    I think that statement sums up true “Americana”.

  4. The Sartorialist

    January 27, 2006 at 7:04 am

    The design is American and the spirit is American but the production is Italian. Why not have the best of both worlds?

    I mentioned I will be posting more photos during the next week, don’t you think I might talk about distribution then? I don’t want to blow it all in the first post.

    Finally about “doing PR”.
    The beauty of doing my own blog is I can talk about whatever I want, whenever I want and for as long as I want. I “don’t waste time on people I hate, thats why this (Sartorialist) is a tramp” oops, sorry to break out in song during a response.

    Anyway I am working hard to find something bad to say about Michael’s collection, (I think the paper he uses for his linesheets is from Staples! gasps, the horror!!)

  5. sarno

    January 27, 2006 at 9:13 am

    hm…the top suit looks a bit short. intentional? coughcoughthombrownehack…excuse me. the image of pleated pants was quite a shock. i thought it was mandate that ALL pants had to be flat front or else they just weren’t “cool.” i think tweeds and texture can pull it off but lets keep them away from corduroys, please. it would be nice to see some non-skinny sanderlangdiorpradaesque silhouettes again.

  6. Swagger

    January 27, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Hey if Cuccinelli is doing the production….i’m there!

  7. Anonymous

    January 27, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Considering what Bastian did at Bergdorf’s, it’s hard to imagine that he’ll do anything less than terrific. Is there a reason the Milan preview was not covered by DNR?

  8. The Sartorialist

    January 27, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t know why they didn’t write it up in Milan unless they are waiting to cover it during New York fashion week.

    DNR did have a profile on Michael in the new redone format that came out on Jan. 23rd.

    I will post at least one new image tonight.

  9. MrWynn

    January 28, 2006 at 8:43 am

    You know, I am personally very interested in seeing this product and how it develops. In terms of a “dream team” assembled to launch a men’s line I don’t know how much better you could get.

    However, let’s not underestimate the difficulty of launching such an endeavor in the US. While the work Bastian & Burke accomplished at BG — in particular the first floor on the 5th Ave side which seems to highlight their point of view most succinctly — is fantastic and a great source of inspiration it is important to remember how specific and rarefied it truly is.

    Let’s look at Cucinelli in particular, their product works in perhaps four markets in the US, maybe 10 doors? It will be interesting to see how they do at Saks, personally I can’t imagine it will last more than three seasons. The bulk of American men seem unwilling to part with the required amount of money or are unaware of the subtle details of such a collection. And let’s not even get into delivery delays!

    Consequently, I can see Michael Bastian’s collection doing quite well at BG, Louis Boston, Mario’s, but then what? The cashmere sweater you photographed in is funny but how many men are willing to pony up the $800-$1200 it will command? More importantly, how many will do so at full price (pre-markdown)?

    The truth of the matter is that is is nearly impossible to launch a fashion brand (in the US at least) without a significant amount of product for women and accessories.

    I will be watching this project with interest and I wish him the best!

  10. The Sartorialist

    January 28, 2006 at 9:06 am

    Wow, so well put MrWynn!

    I love when people that really get it contribute to the blog.

    You’re right that it will be difficult, all designer have that same challenge. Hopefully his background will make him more sensitive to the potential problems all new collections will fall into.

    Remember Matt Nye? All the Rolling Stone Magazine money, American classic design and model good looks but he didn’t do enough design detail.

    I agree this will be fun to watch.

  11. MrWynn

    January 28, 2006 at 10:49 am

    Thank for the opportunity! And the access you seem to have to some of my favorite brands.

  12. Anonymous

    November 28, 2007 at 4:18 am

    What an interesting blog…and I just so happened to just “stumble” into it by googling “Michael Bastian” since I have two of his sweaters (I purchased on double markdown…still at $500 each). And I wondered the same thing, as to how many would purchase the same sweater at $1500. And I am the Bastian “Man” they are probably marketing towards.

    One thing that has saddened me greatly are there are no true “Designers” out there…the ones who started out wanting to be a designer when they were eight and struggled to become great designers. I am assuming to get into BG, is quite the challenge. Mr. Bastian didn’t have a hard time at all…probably a commitment from them even before he started.

    Where are the young “gentlemen” designers out there, like a George Zaharoff – who is a true young menswear designer, without starting out with the “right” contacts, or millions in backing? (Zaharoff sells in Nordstrom and Neimans I think).

  13. Robert

    March 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    If there is a prevailing element to this blog it is the fact that certain elements of style transcend time and trend. When a line like “the return of pleated pants” pops up I always wonder where they went….? For some of us they didn’t go anywhere because they look good and always have. As we see in the pages of your blog, nothing really has to go away but, frankly, this ludicrous pee-wee Herman skimpy look we see for men really needs to soon. To me–it was dead on arrival!

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