Monday, January 9, 2006

Start Saving Your Money Now For The New Michael Bastian Collection

Have you ever had one of those friends that is really passionate about something and when their onto something good they just glow, Robert Burke is one of those people.

I met with Robert (the outgoing Fashion Director and VP of Public Relations for Bergdorf Goodman) today to talk about his new consulting venture. He must have recently met with Michael Bastian (Mr. Bastian will be one of Robert’s first consulting clients) because he could not wait to talk about his collection. As he was telling me about the design concept and the prices ($1200 for a jacket, $300ish for a shirt, etc) Robert had this small smile ,a smirk really, and the distant gaze of someone trying carefully to choose just the right words to express just how excited they are about a new project.

Michael Bastians collection will be big for a debut effort ,140 samples, and encompass all the categories a Sartorialist needs to face the world. Bergdorf is ,of course, very interested in carrying the line but the price points are at a level that will not make it restrictive to store all around the United States and abroad. A lot of the details are still under wraps but as soon as the samples are available in the U.S. (through my Sartorialist friend Massimo Caronna) I will be there with my camera to bring you a preview.

As for Robert’s other clients, I’m sworn to secrecy, but suffice to say it will probably include at least one very important young designer collection besides Michael Bastian, several other design/merchandising consulting assignments for both large and small, mens and womens, designer brands and consulting with a few very major investment firms on potential investments in the luxury market. Not to be pigeonholed Robert is also entertaining offers from such diverse sectors as entertainment, food and wine, and mass consumer goods, basically anything that could benefit from Robert’s finely tuned aesthetic and commercial sensibilities. Ok, basically he took my dream job, but I’m not bitter, I just made him look shorter in this photo than he real is,oops.


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  1. Rexroth Hudler

    January 10, 2006 at 11:51 am

    I can’t make out what animal/thing is pictured on Mr. Burke’s club tie. Could you be so kind, Mr. Sartorialist, as to let me know?

  2. Otto

    January 10, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    Not much of a look Mr. Bastian.

    The suit is good and so is the shirt, but why wear a tie that’s almost the same color as the suit?
    They are close enough to clash in fact.

    A little color please.

    Even his glasses are close to the same tone.

    He gets a style C- from me.


  3. Kiev

    January 10, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    I like the look. It’s a study in black, white, and grey — dark grey pinstripe suit, light grey horizontal stripe shirt w/ a white contrasting collar, black club-patterned tie. Cool.

  4. Anonymous

    January 10, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Could those be “snails” crawling across Mr. Burke’s tie?

  5. Anonymous

    January 12, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Alright, enough of this redundant praise. The only reason why we’re commenting on Mr. Burke is because his pic is up. He’s ok –as generic as can be –but ok.
    I wouldn’t date him (on appearance alone) whether I were a man or a woman.. Rodent cravat apart, looks more like a beurocrat than an aesthete. Bergdorf’s a great store, only because it mimics Europeans without subduing to American men’s stores commercial garmento “slick” Canalied up the wazoo.
    I’d still like to see less of the usual hyped up labels, and more discovery of those lesser known finds.
    Someone who “loves” what he does so much should put their _____ on the table and make a difference.
    Instead, best of luck on his new job. xoxo

  6. The Sartorialist

    January 12, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    oh, by “usual hyped up labels” do you mean labels like Thom Browne, Adam Kimmel, Spencer Hart,etc. and all the young womens designers they bring in?

    Bergdorfs really puts its ass on the line by producing the best private label products of any department store in the country and maybe the world.

  7. Anonymous

    January 12, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    I have to agree with the previous anonymous post, these smaller labels distinguish the store, but are still props. (P.S. they also had their fair share of press pre-Bergdorf, not vice versa)

    The branded ones drive the margins to the bank.

    It’s a textbook merchandising formula in any retail arena.
    Trust me, they succumb to the big boys like everyone else.

    Still a good store anyway, not to worry.

  8. Deals Hunt

    September 16, 2009 at 4:37 am

    i like the style of wearing cloths

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