Men’s wear continues to make strides as guys from all walks of life prove that it’s not only women that care how they look.
From the red-hot streetwear market to suits with a slim modern fit — and technical attributes in everything — men continue to upgrade their wardrobes to keep up with the latest trends.
And it’s showing in the numbers.
Men’s wear is now estimated to represent 40 percent of the global apparel market and continues to grow. According to Euromonitor International, global sales of men’s wear increased 3.7 percent to $ 419 billion in 2017, outpacing women’s, which rose 3.4 percent to $ 643 billion.
In the U.S., sales hit $ 85 billion last year and are on track to rise 1.1 percent to over $ 86 billion this year, Euromonitor projected.
Other firms’ figures bear that out as well. According to Statista, retail sales of the men’s market in the U.S. were $ 62.1 billion in 2013 and are projected to hit nearly $ 75 billion this year.
And NPD Group said for the six months ended June 2018, total men’s apparel sales rose 3 percent to $ 29 billion with active bottoms and knit shirts gaining in popularity while dress shirts and woven shirts declined. For the second
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MILAN — “It was time to bring it all home,” said Thom Browne of his focus on and the development of his namesake brand.
During a walk-through of his men’s pre-collection in Milan, which clearly showed how extensive his line has become, with every category expanding significantly, the designer explained how he is looking forward to the future as the company is expected to close 2017 with sales gain of 20 to 25 percent.
“I made a conscious decision a year ago to spend all of my time on my own brand, which is really coming together,” said Browne, adding that he had been “really happy” with his past collaborations. These include the Moncler Gamme Bleu line, whose last season was presented for spring 2018. As reported earlier this month, Remo Ruffini, chairman and chief executive officer of Moncler, said the company was also closing the Gamme Rouge collection, designed by Giambattista Valli, in line with a new strategy that is expected to be presented in February.
“I am evolving my brand, but making sure it’s my own way, so that you can see the Thom Browne sensibility. I am staying true to the label but reaching out to a bigger audience,” the designer explained.
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As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, when you hear about a movie where one of the main characters is a young man with Down syndrome, you get excited to watch that movie. Where Hope Grows tells the story of two men: one afraid to embrace his lot in life and do something with himself, while the other has a dream and is working hard to chase it.
Calvin Campbell (Kristoffer Polaha) is a former Major League Baseball player who is struggling with alcoholism and low self-worth while raising a rebellious teenage daughter. While in the grocery store to restock his liquor supply, Calvin meets “Produce” (David DeSanctis), a young man with Down syndrome and an infectiously positive attitude. An unexpected friendship takes root in the produce section.
Both men see something in each other that they need: Hope. When a tragedy strikes, their lives are forever bound together.
The International Down Syndrome Coalition staff had the privilege of a private screening of Where Hope Grows. Staff members were impressed and moved by the film.
IDSC Executive Director Michelle Slape said, “This movie tugged at the heartstrings and I was rooting for ‘Produce’ the whole time.”
IDSC Secretary Leslie Sieleni said the movie covers, “Real, hard subjects brought to the forefront like alcoholism and bullying. Tough to watch, but even harder to live.”
Several on the IDSC staff noted their expectations going into the movie were little more than hoping to watch a sweet movie starring an individual with Down syndrome — but were unprepared for the strong message, excellent acting and moving moments.
“If you go into this movie expecting little more than a quaint movie that gives a part to someone with Down syndrome, you will have greatly underestimated this movie,” noted IDSC Chairman Beth Sullivan. “The movie runs much deeper. It’s about love, forgiveness… and making your life count.”
This inspiring movie shatters stereotypes of those with Down syndrome and illustrates the power of friendship, love… and hope.
A story that is real and honest with an ending that you didn’t see coming, Where Hope Grows is a movie you will want to see. Be sure to find it at your local movie theater when it opens on May 15!
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At least if the beard belongs to Isaiah Webb, a San Francisco-based employee of Sony, who has earned a bit of Internet fame as “Incredibeard.”
Every Monday via various socialmediachannels, Webb posts a picture of himself with his beard in some bizarre shape or pattern.
His most famous photo shows him turning his beard into a ramen bowl.
He credits his wife, Angela, with turning him into a tonsorial superstar.
“My wife’s into fashion and she likes beards,” he told The Huffington Post.
Webb’s wife’s fashion sense is paying off for Webb in new ways. He’s one of the characters featured in the newest Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! book, “Reality Shock!” debuting Sept. 9.
Webb’s had facial hair since he was 11. About four years ago, his beard was enough to “play with” so he and his wife started shaping it into fun shapes.
“We never knew we’d get the attention,” he said. “It was just fun and we thought, ‘Let’s do this as often as we can.'”
Eventually they ran out of ideas of what to do with his beard, so they solicited suggestions from fans.
Webb is branching into the business of hair care. In August, he is coming out with a special comb he’s invented for long beards.
“It has a special brush that untangles hair,” he said. “You can brush your beard when it’s wet.”
That’s not his only dream.
“I really want to bring more exposure to beard competitions in the U.S.,” Webb said. “It’s one thing to grow a long beard, but if you connect with like-minded individuals, it helps sustain your interest in the beard.”
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