Category Archives: #Fashion4good

#Mylatestobsession-Shauns Shades

I recently checked out Shauns Shades S/S 2014 collection at The Modern at MOMA.  Raising my hand to admit I have an obsession with sunglasses, I fell in love with their Earlsferry in a matte camo green finish. Not only did they fit my face perfectly, but the Carl Zeiss lenses made my view picture perfect.  The LA-based eyewear brand also gives back in a big way with their “Give Sight” commitment.  When you purchase a pair, it triggers one more pair of glasses to be given to someone in need.  To learn more, check out styleTV’s recent interview with the designer Shaun Paterson and supermodel Chanel Iman here.

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Last-Minute #Fashion4good Gift Guide

If you’re like me and are guilty of waiting till Christmas Eve to cross off items from friends & family wish-lists, then consider yourself a last-minute shopper.  Dashing through the stores with a Starbuck’s in one hand, the final race to get things done is upon us, and most likely your not laughing but crying all the way. To help turn that frown upside down, I’ve decided to put together a last-minute guide showcasing some of my favorite items by designers and brands that are giving back in a big way.  From the glasses by Warby Parker, to the shoes by Parcel & Journey, every single piece within my look was designed to make a difference. Whether it’s perserving craftsmanship right here in the US, or promoting it within impoverished communities globally, it’s the perfect gift that continues to give long after the holiday season.

The glasses I’m sporting were designed by eyewear brand Warby Parker.  Founded only a couple years ago, they already are changing the way see things.  This summer, they hit a milestone of distributing 500,000 pairs of glasses to those in need.  Their “Buy a pair, give a pair” concept is quickly becoming one that many are looking to imitate.

The scarf and shoes were created by Parcel & Journey.  Recently launched, this new website has created an online shopping experience that reflects the rich colors, patterns, scents, and textures of tradition while introducing you to the hands and heritage behind the work.  A process that is honored by a “trade not aid” philosophy; giving skilled artisans a chance to earn a sustainable income and provide a better life for themselves and their families.  Creator, Joanna Steinberg, has made a decision to build something that would improve the lives of artisans around the world through micro-finance and craft revival, while at the same time sharing with you the history and tradition that these crafts represent.

The dress shirt underneath by sweater was designed by Mizzen + Main.  Along with keeping production here in the US, their program “A Shirt for A Start” was created to aid in giving selected servicemen and women the opportunity to work and learn new skills through internships and jobs within their organization.  They will pay them while they develop entrepreneurial experience, industry connections, and a better understanding.  As they grow as a company, they will offer these vets more than a start.  They will offer an opportunity to join them in design, logistics, communications, engineering, and other key departments – on a full-time basis.  They will also connect them into our networks for continued career development and networking opportunities.

The sweater and backpack were designed by outdoor apparel company Appalatch.  Priding themselves on being ethically-driven, they’ve created the first 3-D wool sweater, available to the masses, which allows for virtually zero waste and the perfect fit.  Also, entirely made here in the US, Appalatch’s mission is to design, manufacture, and sell clothing and accessories that honor the people they work with, the environment that produces their materials, and the customers who support the brand.

The denim I’m wearing, I recently discovered at Brooklyn Denim Company right here in Williamsburg.  The entire process is produced in the US using cone mill denim.

The timepiece on my wrist was designed by WEWOOD.  Being eco-smart, the wooden watches are made from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, a hybrid of technology and nature resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome and earth friendly.  In 2010, WEWOOD hit the scene as the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability. Later that year, WEWOOD opened a branch in Los Angeles and teamed up with tree-planting-partners ‘American Forests’ and ‘Trees For The Future’.   With this cohesive collaboration, the goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Since 2011, WEWOOD has planted 250,000 trees with its partners and sets challenging targets for 2014 and beyond.

I’ve been obsessed with camo lately, so I couldn’t resist rocking a pair of camouflage socks by Nice Laundry. They are determined to do their part in reducing the amount of waste we shed each year.  Believing in second chances, they’ve partnered with one of the nation’s oldest and largest textile recyclers to make sure your old socks are recycled responsibly and efficiently.  When you send your socks directly to one of their recycling partners, they undergo a grading process. The top-tier of socks will be cleaned up and sent to areas of need. The balance will either be repurposed as textile or shredded into fibers and turned into things like home insulation, depending on the condition.

mockup gray fontsPhotographs by Eniko Szucs, Hair by Nicholas Shatarah for Phyto

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Brooklyn Bound

It’s official!  I recently made the move to Williamsburg and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Birthplace to Jay-Z, the Twizzler, and the first roller coaster, I look forward to discovering what this city rich in history and cool culture as to offer a boy like me.  So far, I’ve walked over the famous Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, purchased by first pair of denim from Brooklyn Denim Company, which I might add is completely made here in the US, and tried the best chili dog’s I’ve ever tasted at famous Crif’s on N 7 St.  Does that consider me a brooklynite?  Anywho, I look forward to learning about new designers, brands and boutiques and sharing it with you all.

Speaking of sharing, I do want to let you in on a cool new #fashion4good brand.  The t-shirt I’m wearing was created by TransElated which was given for me to wear for this particular feature.  TransElated is more than just a brand, they are a social movement towards global unity, tolerance and acceptance. Using fashion, art and philanthropy as platforms for their mission, they design pieces that celebrate the world and its people, societies and languages.  From their Washington DC base, they spread these messages of love and acceptance through their exclusive fashion line and philanthropic efforts.

Translated is giving back by making yearly donations to an array of causes that support the well being and education of children, our future leaders.  Additionally, they have teamed up with Kollegebound Learning to provide tutoring and mentoring to kids living in homeless shelters in the United States and developing countries.  To learn how you can purchase the t-shirt I’m wearing or support their cause, click here.

Last but not least, a couple weeks ago, I attended a cool menswear event at Salvatore Ferragamo’s flagship location on 5th Avenue.  It was in collaboration with Details magazine for a curated list of holiday gift ideas. More interested in checking out the clothing rather than socializing, I fell in love with a beautifully designed pull-over sweater and calf-skin high-tops.  Unfortunately, $2200 was a bit over my budget. I did however splurge and get the high-tops.  I haven’t been able to take them off since.  They are probably the most comfortable designer sneakers I currently own.  If you love them like I do, splurge-worthy here.

Hat: Hurley, Sunglasses: Eyebobs, Scarf: Parcel & Journey, Jacket: GANT Rugger, T-Shirt: Trans Elated, Sweater: Boston Traders, Pants: Banana Republic, High-tops: Salvatore Ferragamo

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A Look into: Lunch date w/Parcel & Journey

This past Wednesday, I had a wonderful lunch date with the my good friend Liz and Joanna Steinberg, Creator of Parcel & Journey, at L’Express in midtown.  It was really great to finally see and feel all the wonderful accessories this new and exiting website has to offer.  More importantly, it was inspiring to listen to Joanna explain to Liz and I what Parcel & Journey is doing to help these talented artisans grow their own businesses.  “It’s all about distribution and without it, these individuals wouldn’t be able to pay their rent, debts off, etc.,” Joanna explains to us.  #Fashion4good at its finest!

I was fortunate enough to snap some photos of our outing with my new Canon Rebel.  Black Friday deal curtesy of Target!  If you’re just getting your holiday shopping started, this is definitely one website I endorse you to check out.   The quality is amazing and everything is priced appropriately.  Not to mention, you’re helping someone you don’t even know sustain their business.  What a great story to tell the person you’re giving the gift to!

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TOMASNYC.com Launch!

StyleTV was recently invited to the launch of my good friend and Filipino designer Robin Tomas’s online boutique here in NYC.  Creator of the label TOMAS, he has decided to expand to the online market with Tomasnyc.com.  The event also happened to feature a look at his womenswear Holiday/Resort collection for 2013.  More importantly, due to the recent tragedy that occurred in the Philippines, 10% of his online sales will go to charities helping in relief efforts till the end of the year.  A HUGE #fashion4good shout out to Robin!  To learn more about the launch and to view the entire collection, click & watch!

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#Fashion4good: CTMA x Parcel & Journey

I’m excited to announce that CTMA has joined forces with Parcel & Journey.  Recently launched, founder Joanna Steinberg has created a virtual global marketplace featuring beautifully designed accessories.  More importantly, the curated collections have been handcrafted by skilled artisans from improvised countries like Africa, Indonesia and Nepal.  Aiding in helping these artists become self-sufficient within their communities by providing better healthcare, education and nutrition to their families is a goal Joanna is looking to accomplish with P&J.

With the holidays right around the corner, this is one place you can shop and not have buyers remorse.  To get you started, I’ve gone ahead and picked out some of my favorite pieces that I think every fashion lover should own.  A huge #fashion4good shout out to Joanna for her efforts to wanting to make a difference!
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#Fashion4good: 7FAM X Movember

We’re already almost a week into the Movember movement and it seems like everyone from celebrities, to athletes, to even TV news anchors are getting in on the month-long mustache growing global charity event.  More importantly, I recently read via the LA Times, that LA-based premium denim brand 7 For All Mankind has partnered with Movember USA in creating a limited-edition collection with the famous moustache logo printed on the inner waistband and pocket.  The best part!?  For each pair sold, they’re donating $20 to Movember’s efforts in raising awareness for men’s health issues.  Now that’s denim you can wear with pride!  The collection is being sold online and select retailers.  A huge hairy #Fashion4good shout-out to the boys over at 7FAM growing out their staches again this year.

P.S.-Please don’t forget to donate directly to my fundraiser in honor of someone you know has suffered or is currently suffering.  If I’ve reach out to you personally, I’m going to be stalking you until you GIVE generously.

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#Fashion4good-Movember Movement

I hope everyone had a safe and ghoulish time yesterday.  With that said, today marks the start of November and another Movember.  For those unfamiliar, millions of men (and some women) will be sprouting moustaches all over the world in hopes to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as cancer. The charity movement which runs the entire month, has raised over $173 million dollars since its humble beginnings back in 2003.  Now spread over 21 countries, the funds raised have gone to support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.  These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve a vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

I now need your help.  This year, I decided to create my own fundraiser and am asking you to donate what you can in honor of someone you know who has suffered from some type of men’s health issue.  I’ve personally kicked it off and donated $50 in honor of my uncle, Jack McDonald, who suffered and passed away from cancer several years ago.  Help me honor his and so many others lives, by giving what you can in an effort to help those who are currently suffering. There’s no greater feeling in the world then giving back.  It’s what keeps my heart feeling full-Donate here!

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styleTV x Shauns Eyewear x Chanel Iman

A couple months ago, styleTV sent Correspondent Charlii, to check out Shauns Eyewear’s latest collection at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York.  The California-based brand, recently collaborated with director Jenna Elizabeth, who’s most famously known for shooting subjects like Erin Wasson, Julianne Moore, and Kanye West, and has been featured in publications like W Magazine, NY Magazine, Vogue Italia, and Elle Italia.  The result?  A 5-minute short film titled “Spectral” featuring supermodel Chanel Iman and lots of Vuitton.  The entire flik can be seen exclusively at Vfiles which debuted June 18th.  Event attendees included Alessandra Codinha, Fatima Siad, Gertrud Hansen, Kelly and Emily Framel, Cameron Richardson, Lauren Levinger, and May Kwok.   My favorite pair you ask?  The Wee Earlsberry in Matt Gray Crystal.  I MUST have!

P.S.-A #Fashion4good shout out to the luxury brand for creating their “Give Sight” program.  For every pair you purchase, they will give a pair to someone in need in a developing country.  Love!

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Half a million

That’s the number that our friends over at Warby Parker have sold since establishing themselves a little over three years ago.  A huge milestone for them, more importantly, they’ve also been able to provide a half million pairs of glasses to those in need within poverty stricken countries.   Elated to find the email in my inbox, I thought I would share the exciting news with you all.

A couple months ago, we were lucky enough to speak with one of the co-founders, Neil Blumenthal, who explained to us how the social giving concept “buy one, give one” works.  If you happened to miss it-Click here! A HUGE #Fashion4good shout out to the entire team over at Warby Parker for their major accomplishment. I’m honored and proud to have been able to use my platforms to help spread the word about this amazing brand.

Disclaimer: The #Fashion4good concept is a movement that was created by a group of individuals to aid in the awareness of those doing good within the industry.  It is not related nor has nothing to do with similar organizations.

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