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Fashion Depends on Where You Go & Who You Are

Do not plan on traveling to Japan for the Olympic Games; visitors from outside of Japan will not be able to attend. However, we can count on the television coverage being massive, so we can watch TV in the same casual clothes that we Zoom in.

In his article in the Style/Menswear section of the Robb Report from March 14, “Lighten Up: How to Wear This Spring’s Light, Airy and Laid-Back Menswear,” Paul Croughton writes, “We guys can struggle to stay stylish in the hottest months, often resorting to a wardrobe that bears little resemblance to how we dress the rest of the year. The trick is not veering from what works for you normally but just changing fabric and construction.”

Examples discussed by Croughton include a Prada cashmere-and-wool sweater, Caruso cotton trousers, Bruno Magli suede loafers, Herno nylon parka, a Stoffa cotton pique shirt, a Vacheron Constantin rose gold Patrimony watch and a Brunello Cucinelli linen suit.  

Citing an article in Harper’s Bazaar from April 13, by Alison S. Cohn, Mr stated, “With its tweeds, ties, pocket squares and often arcane rules about everything from label shapes to the appropriate weight for shirt fabric, the world of menswear has been slow to embrace change.”

In 2017, Emily Adams Bode became the first female designer to present a menswear collection at New York Fashion Week. The article referred to some of the troubles she faced when trying to break establishment norms.

“‘There was this group of boys who went to Pitti together,’ she said, referring to Pitti Uomo, the Florence trade show that doubles as a street-style showcase for a coterie of preening menswear influencers. ‘Some of these guys would come into my showroom and say, ‘You know, Emily, this kind of shirting will never sell.’”

But her shirts did sell, proving that there is always room for innovation in the industry. The article continued, “The desire to challenge gender norms is part of what drew Wales Bonner to menswear. ‘There is a certain set of rules and restrictions, which is what also attracted me to tailoring,’ says the designer, whose recent triptych of collections have explored diasporic connections between Great Britain and the Caribbean. ‘I like working within frameworks because you can be quite disruptive. There are subtle changes that can be made to menswear pieces that give them a new or deeper meaning.’”

Now there is a travel accessory for both men and women. As Mr reported, Moncler has launched unisex footwear styles with vulcanized soles.

All of this just proves that what you wear depends on where you go. Happy traveling!

Benjamin S. Seigel, Esq. is of Counsel to the firm of G& B Law LLP, specializing in matters related to the textile, apparel and related industries. He can be reached at bseigel@gblawllp.com.

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