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Strap On

With the F/W season almost through, I’m very much looking forward to a bit of change and less layers in my daily routine.  In the meantime, I’ve been trying to keep warm on the streets of New York with some of my favorite outerwear.  I haven’t been able to live without a topcoat.  For a professional like myself, it’s a great go-to piece to throw on over any look that might need structure.  Those who feel a bit basic in this style coat, strap on a fun colored or textured belt you might already have in your wardrobe to add some shape.

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Seven Minutes in Heaven: Rinat Brodach

Born in Israel, Rinat Brodach came to America with one thing in mind, to become a successful fashion designer.  A dream of hers since her earliest memories, she is hoping to continue the family business with the recent launch of her very first ready-to-wear women’s collection.  Currently living in New York City, she’s partnered with CTMA to help bring awareness to her line.  I am very excited to be working Rinat and can’t wait to share with you all what we have been creating in the studio.  In the meantime, learn more about this talented artist in a recent Q & A-Seven Minutes in Heaven.
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Colin T. McDonald Agency: What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?

Rinat Brodach: Ever since I was young, my mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes. I don’t think many kids grow up with the chance to have their own opinion to what they wear each day. I have always been artistic with a love for clothes and as I grew, the clothes I wore depicted the stages in my life.

I knew I also wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Being a fashion designer has been a lifelong dream of mine. Fashion has been a part of my life and culture. My passion for fashion started back in Czechoslovakia, where my great grandfather was a famous tailor in his village before WWII erupted. Growing up, I would constantly go shopping with my mother where I was exposed to draping techniques and menswear. Becoming a fashion designer makes me feel like I am continuing my family’s legacy.

CTMA: Who are your favorite designers (living or dead) and why?

RB: I have great admiration for the following fashion designers; Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. I admire each of them for their various draping techniques whether the techniques are soft, hard, feminine, masculine, etc.

My appreciation for both Lee Alexander McQueen and John Galliano started when I was very young, 12 or 13 years of age. Both of them have amazing draping skills and yet each is to their own. My love for Albez Elbaz and Rick Owens came as I got older; there is something so raw yet so magical about how they create clothes.

CTMA: What is one project you’ve worked on that’s changed your view on fashion?

RB: My thesis collection, which I made my senior year in college, is the one project that changed my views on fashion. That collection, taught me so much about myself. Rob Curry and Simon Ungless were two of my mentors who were both amazing in letting me discover who I was and am today. Through this particular experience, I learnt to embrace who I am.

CTMA: Tell me about your S/S 2014 Collection.

RB: My S/S 2014 Collection is straight from my heart, as it is filled with raw emotions.  I was inspired by the dilemma of exposing and protecting the heart. I call it, How to Expose the Heart. Every day, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I learnt that the heart is exposed to passion, happiness, sadness, and vulnerability.

I executed this concept in my designs by using boning. I used it to enhance the ribcage area to act as protection to the heart. It is my intentions to show the various situations that the heart has to endure. It is my hopes to convey that art does not always make sense, because art comes from the heart.

CTMA: Three words that describe the Rinat Brodach woman?

RB: Strong, Sexy, and Independent.

CTMA: Where do you see your line a year from now?

RB: In a year’s time, I want to see my clothes at Barney’s, L’Eclaireur (Paris), and at selective boutiques in major cities around the globe.

CTMA: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?

RB: My advice would be to never stop believing in your dreams. As my father would say, it is all about the journey. I know I have a long journey still ahead of me, but I will never stop believing in myself ###

Photo Credit: Vincent Parker

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Winter Blues

Feeling a bit blue lately?  The runways were full of it last February showing off every single shade under the cool sky.  I particularly love seeing it in stores this season since it is one of my favorite colors to wear besides red. Despite what some critics might say, I’m not afraid to layer several different shades on top of each other, and it seems designers weren’t either.  To break it up, mix in a pop of print or block it with another bold color.

Sunglasses: Ray-ban, Scarf: Fratelli Talli for Bloomingdale’s, Vest: Brooks Brothers, Jacket: J.Hilburn, Sweater: Appalatch, Shirt: Desigual, Chinos: Calvin Klein, High-tops: Salvatore Ferragamo, Tote: 3.1 Phillip Lim

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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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#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!

MovemberPhoto Courtesy of Vincent Parker

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