Front Row at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

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The beginning of September means one thing: Fashion Week. And this year rather than lament on all the fun we’ll be seeing around Fashion Week on Instagram – we decided to go to New York ourselves to get a firsthand look. To Lincoln Center. Yes, that Lincoln Center. Starting Thursday, The Sanctuary by UGG Australia will be a place where fashion’s elite and runway attendees can disconnect, recharge – and experience the comfort that #ThisisUGG is all about, all week long.

To bring This is UGG to life, the legendary & talented Scott Schulman of The Satorialist will document the small moments that make Fashion Week so special – stretching from New York, to London, Milan, and then finally Paris. He’ll be sharing images on his blog, Instagram and Twitter – giving us a sneak peek into the comings and goings of fashion’s elite.

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Scott Schuman | The Sartorialist

But what’s fashion week without the fashion? To bring a bit of style to our Instagram, Helena Glazer of Brooklyn Blonde, will be taking over our feed on September 5th – showcasing her journey throughout one day of the hectic week.

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Helena Glazer | Brooklyn Blonde

On September 6th, Arielle Nachmani of Something Navy will be hosting some of her friends from the Sanctuary for an intimate lunch.

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Arielle Nachmani | Something Navy

Additionally, Swiss fashion blogger Kristina Bazan of Kayture will be lending us her sartorialist sensibility with a certain “je ne sais quoi” all her own.

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Kristina Bazan | Kayture

Make sure to follow our Instagram and Twitter for the latest from New York during the week.


All American | Introducing our new Made in America Collection

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As we embark on Labor Day weekend, we’re excited to highlight our new Made In America collection, and share a little about the labor and soul that is put into each hand-stitched shoe.

Our Director of Men’s Footwear, Patrick Armitage, is no stranger to quality materials and exquisite design. It was only fitting that we partner with three American companies to produce a collection of exclusive, hand-sewn footwear crafted with the same standards we hold our own. From hand-crafted designs to premium leather, the collection offers a range of styles that are sure to become closet staples, and last for years to come. We caught up with Patrick to discuss the exciting range of shoes from the Harrisburg boot to the Lewiston slipper. He shared his take as to what makes this collection different from any other, and what aspects of each shoe is his favorite.

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What comes to mind when a product is ‘Made in America?’

There’s something romantic about the heritage, the craftsmanship, and the artisan techniques. There was a time when these skills were passed down from parent to child. Anything we can do to keep this industry alive – it’s worth the effort. It’s like your grandmother’s recipe. It takes longer to prepare, requires finding the freshest ingredients, but the end result is so worth the effort. I completely ‘geek-out’ watching a craftsman, with two needles, hand stitch a slipper upper or the sound of a Goodyear welt machine on the factory floor…there’s nothing like it.

 

A lot of footwear is made in the US, how do these stand apart?

The Made in America, UGG for Men collection – are made by hand. Leather quality is essential. Every tanner has a recipe for different leathers. And when they get it right… you don’t change it!  And don’t even get me started about the smell of good leather.  I don’t have to explain this to those out there that know.

 

What details of this line are you particularly proud of?

There is so much effort required to stitch and last these shoes when being made by hand…it’s not an easy task. It’s hard work executed with strong, experienced hands. When you wear a pair of these shoes, you are wearing and showcasing this labor and the soul that was put into making them. Each pair is unique.  

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There’s a lot of history between the Horween Tannery, Addison Shoe Company, and the Quoddy Workshop – can you talk a little to why these partnerships are so special?

The nature of working with leather requires adjusting and manipulation that can only be done by hand. Quoddy – our partner for our Made in USA slipper collection has a great video on their site. It gives you a peek into the quality construction. Quoddy is keeping hand-sewn footwear alive and well.

Horween – in my opinion, is one of the highest quality leathers available. Horween has been creating their beautiful product generation after generation for over 100 years – since 1905.  They took the stand to never cutting corners – their focus has always been on quality… and it shows. In fact, one of the leathers we use was developed 100 years ago.

The Addison Shoe Co. has had a long history making high quality footwear. They are our source of Goodyear welted construction.  The process and quality of this type of construction will allow years of wear. The Made in America collection is very special, and it comes from combining quality materials and craftsmanship.

Can you give us a sneak peek of any upcoming new UGG for Men styles?

Sneak peek? Two innovations: Twinsole and Treadlite for UGG. You’ll need to make room in your closet.

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Meet Jack Guinness

filed in Behind the Scenes, Culture, Style

If Jack Guinness so desired, he could hit a different party every night. Judging by the reports in the press, the British model, DJ and columnist – recognizable by his trademark beard, dapper style and sharp wit – sometimes does just that. Often seen out and about with an arm slung around one famous friend or other, having the time of his life, he documents his escapades in his online diary.

It’s away from the flashbulbs, though, that the real Guinness emerges – where, as he says, “there’s no one to impress,” only an inner circle of we-go-way-back friends. The fun happens around Jack’s Bar, which sits front and center in his East London apartment. “It might sound like a weird idea, but it’s one of my better ones,” grins Guinness. “It’s become a big part of any night for me and my friends. When Jack’s Bar opens, that’s where friendships flourish.” Indeed – these are the moments when Guinness really relaxes, loosens his tie and settles in for what we all know is the best part of any night. “It’s just us, setting the world to rights, playing our favorite songs on repeat,” he enthuses. “I’m spending time with my favorite people in the world. What could be better than that?” Not much.

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Jack Guinness

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Summer Strolling

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Creative Council contributor and perennially chic style maven, Kim Pesch, of eat.sleep.wear kicks off summer by making making strides in her Delmar wedges. We’re taking cues from Kim’s #summerresolutions – breaking out our sunnies and sunblock to explore the outdoors.

Where will summer take you? Check out our Live Alfresco Pinterest board for outdoor ideas. Or if you’ve already got your summer plans dialed in, share them using #SummerResolutions.

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A blank canvas

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As spring comes to close and Memorial Day propels us into summer, we invited uber-stylish Kim Pesch of eat.sleep.wear. to join our Creative Council. First up: Kim walked us through her love of a neutral color palette and its impact on both her wardrobe basics and her interior design scheme. Check back to see the rest of Kim’s projects and follow along with her Pinterest board.

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