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[4]u|Tø Know: +J Spring 2010

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What did we tell you all before Thanksgiving…rhetorical…+J was coming back for the spring with a some new pieces and spring remakes of certain fall essentials. Either way you look at it you cant lose, its low-cost luxury! The men’s collection still has the familiars like button downs, sweaters and blazers but there are some new editions like the full-zip stretch parka a la Bapesta. Not to mention that the women’s collection has a bevy of lightweight blazers and jackets…ready to be worn with leggings (That trend seems to have no end in sight lol)!

The official launch date is January 14th but you can jump the gun (and lines) and purchase pieces from the Uniqlo UK site now [women] [men].

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January 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

The SmARTORIALIST: Duffle Bag Boy

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For the winter….sometimes you need that heavy duty, in-between coat (you know, not a topcoat, but not as short as a peacoat). INSERT>> the Duffle Coat! This badboy is truly a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Generally they are 3/4 length, and come with durable hoods. I’ve run across several with cashmere lining on the interior, or, simply a really unique plaid or tartan patterned interior, which adds a bit of character to your outfit. Blue and black are the most common colors — but I’m partial to the camel colored ones.

Historically, the jacket was a must among Navy shipman, artic fisherman, etc. — basically, anybody who needed to be warm at all times! The staple feature of the Duffle are the toggles (some people know them as frogs) — see below. These nifty little latch systems were essential for frigid weather — they made it possible to snap up that coat while wearing thick gloves and whatnot.

If you’re looking to complete the look, opt for a pair of dark denim, or cords. You want to push a consistent message: “weather-proof”. Top it off with a knit cap, and a pair of distressed boots or my personal fav…Redwing 875’s. Done deal.

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January 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm

RecessionPrøøf 220: Winter QLOthing

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UNIQLO is setting a solid standard for great looks this winter. Ladies, I stronnnngly urge you to peep the overall composition of these outfits!! I know all our readers aren’t in the closest proximity to a Uniqlo store — but you can definitely use their lookbook photos for inspiration. There seems to be an emphasis on color, tailoring, extended knits, and fur accents. (Things that I dig on women….the colored tights, the patina-toned denim, and ivory) Peep game:

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December 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm

[4]u|Tø Know: Jil Sander x Uniqlo 2.0

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With the launch of the +J collection at Uniqlo a little over a month ago, the fashion gears are already in motion for a spring 2010 collection. You know how it goes…sales are good, so lets do it again until sales are not so good. According to Catwalk Queen Ms. Sanders is in New York right now shooting the campaign for the spring collection. I got a few good things from this collab so I’ll be looking forward to the next one. I only hope that there are more men’s pieces the next go-round.

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November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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Jil Sander x Uniqlo: [the]aftermath

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I know this post may be a lil late because the jump for the +J Collection was last Thursday, however the collection is still going strong at Uniqlo’s flagship store in Soho [Excuse the clarity of these pics, they were taken on my cell]. I went the day that the collection was released but apparently I went at the opportune time because I was in line for like 7 MINUTES…

…The exclusivity was presented in the form of white drapes forming a partition from the rest of the store


…Then it got crazy on the inside…

…Of course the women had more pieces but the men had their share of eye catching separates. If your into minimal details that pop then this was the collab for you. There were some very clean looking woolens like the Chesterfield coat and the wool blazer for men, but the women had the one item that I wanted…a pea coat…

…But they had some interesting pieces that I had my eyes on. There were these khaki cotton/satin pants that had like a slight sheen to them. Then there was this cotton turtleneck long sleeve shirt with a wide, high neck that made this drapey, funnel look. There was this half zip hoodie with a black coated zipper placket that was nice too. Everyone was clamoring for the denim pinpoint oxford shirt. The blazers were nice; especially velvet one and the wool, salt and pepper looking one that had that Jil Sander cut. The outerwear was amazing too. My favorite was the down funnel hooded coat. The down jackets for men and women were also very nice. There was this reversible one for men that was navy on the outside and brown on the inside but you could cuff the sleeves so that you could see the brown inner…PUNCTILIO.


AND how could I forget the cashmere section…

…This cardigan also came in pink with gray trim. I really wanted the cashmere stole that was around the maniquin’s neck. I went back yesterday and saw that they put out the plaid shirts. I think that a +J plaid button-up would be a nice essential for that hunter gatherer look.

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October 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

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Jil Sander x Uniqlo

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Head Mistress of the Minimalist Mystique, designer Jil Sander is collaborating with Japanese discount design conglomerate, Uniqlo to bring us the +J collection. These are some really sharp pieces of clothing with clean lines. “The challenge for me is to establish a premium quality in a democratically-priced range.” The collection is expected to drop at Uniqlo’s Soho location in New York on October 1st. Here is a list of the items in the main collection by gender:


On another yet similar note The German designer has made her unofficial return to fashion by recently signing a “design consulting agreement” to oversee the men’s and women’s apparel at Uniqlo.

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September 26, 2009 at 12:55 am

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RecessionPrøøf 220: Jockin’ (+J) – Z

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Who’s gonna run this fall? Fashionably speaking, it will be none other than +J – Z. Let me clarify; we’re not talking about Hov, we’re talking about the fall offerings of two affordable fashion powerhouses, Uniqlo and Zara.

The heavily anticipated +J collection (Jil Sander for Uniqlo) is set to launch October 1st, and from what we’ve been privy to viewing…the pieces are BANANAS (especially the women’s down ¾ length coat)! The monochromatic grays used in this line will establish a legit base for every look you attempt this Fall/Winter. We’re talking, Japanese engineered garments, with a reputable designer’s vision, ALL ranging from $21 to $155 (we know…those are like Canal St. prices). Don’t SLEEP!

+J by Jil Sander for Uniqlo+J by Jil Sanders for Uniqlo

The budget chic underdog, Zara, usually gets overlooked because of H&M’s popularity/ accessibility, and Topshop’s coup d’etat of Europhile fashionistas. However, there are 2 lanes that Zara succeeds both brands: Outerwear and Footwear. In terms of outerwear, Zara uses a unique color palette and mixes different, yet complementary materials to recreate traditional blazers, jackets, and overcoats. In terms of footwear, Zara manages to produce tasteful analogs of designer/runway shoes, with better construction than ANY budget chic brand – for prices ranging from $39 to $89 (women & men). That’s a no-brainer!





On that note, just act accordingly: this F/W, your Blueprint for fashion…+J – Z (AWH!…in my best Hov voice).

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September 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Sing Swan Song

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This post here is to take note of a few Urban Graduettes that I think deserve some “fashionable attention.”  These sirens have styles all their own and continue to appease, displease, and even raise eyebrows in indifference with their clothing choices.  In many ways, their music reflects their own individual style…listen to them and you’ll see what I mean.

Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes



Ms. Khan’s style is usually very tribal, complete with eye makeup and adornments.  Her style is what the clave and conga sounds from an 808 drum machine would look like if they were made into an outfit.  Something about the whole “native woman” thing is kind of hot to me.




Ms. A is adventurous.  She seems to have a good idea of how to transition from B-girl to sexy hip hop artist and back.  I like how she is not afraid to show some skin and be feminine in a male-dominated musical genre (this usually hurts any female rapper’s career).

Chan Marshall of Cat Power



Ms. Marshall’s style is definitely the tamer of the group.  She fits more of the contemporary, all-American mold.  Not so much Ralph Lauren, but more so like Banana Republic.  She has already signed on as a spokesperson for a Chanel line of jewelry.  She appears comfortable and very laid back in her stylistic approach.




Ms. Gold’s style is uhhh…lots of patterned tights, leotards, and a pair of doorknockers.  I don’t really know how I feel about her style.  Let’s just say I don’t mind the 80s, but I’m not a big fan of the pseudo-80s movement that’s going on.

Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley



Ms. Lewis’ style is very reminiscent of something you would find in an Urban Outfitter’s catalog…not the cheap stuff, but more like the Lark & Wolff stuff at the front of the store.  She likes printed dresses that add to an offbeat, vintage look.

Lovefoxxx of CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy)



One word…WOW.



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Shout out to Ladebelle for this one.  We all know this is MRS. Jones, but her style is very much her own.  Kelis has always been a wildchild; a mare that cannot be broken.  That first picture looks like she’s getting ready for her Uniqlo photo shoot…and is that an obi wrapped around her waist?  What I like about her style is that it is very diverse, but she doesn’t resort to the bright patterns and spandex of the Eighties as if it were some costume (that decade should not be venerated people).  I feel like she actually has her own style and isn’t just being gimmicky.

Alison Mosshart of The Kills













Ms. Mosshart, Ms. Mosshart.  It’s kind of hard to put a finger on her style, but I think that’s the way she wants it.  In the first picture she looks kind of grunge and then her appearance is more contemporary and urbane…both of which I like.  That last picture, I don’t know.  It reminds of my father’s friend Lucy who has an apartment in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Something about that outfit makes me think, Jazzfest attendee.  Oh yeah, big up to Lauren for this recommendation.

Please feel free to comment and let me know who else should be added to this list.

Get Familiar: Vegan Fashion…Peacoats

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URBAN GRADUETTES, this post is for yall this Fall season. I know that you ladies love to see a man in a nice fitting peacoat; it gives him that distinguished, metropolitan look. Yet, it still allows him to be playful with his choice of jeans and shoes. But it seems that women’s peacoats are getting more attention this Fall. The average peacoat is over $100 dollars, but under that $200 dollar mark, but if you want something different from the navy, dark gray, or black variations then you might have to shell out a little bit more. So instead of going on and on, I’m just gonna let the JPEGs speak for themselves…

Darlita Trench Coat [blue], $88

Darlita Trench Coat, $88

Andrew Marc Black Wool Short Peacoat, $219

Banana Republic Petite Wool-blend Peacoat, $198

*This brown is little more refined, but this peacoat also comes in “squaw berry”*

LAmixx Women's Pinstripe Peacoat, $78

Marc by Marc Jacobs Peacoat, $398

Marc by Marc Jacobs Peacoat, $398

*Updated peacoat design sans the double-breast*

J.Crew Classic Peacoat

J.Crew Classic Peacoat, $225

*This peacoat comes in an assortment of colors…check out the website*

Calvin Klein Peacoat, $199.99

Calvin Klein Peacoat, $199.99

[ALSO, check out Uniqlo and GAP for their take on the woman’s peacoat.]

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October 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Denimation 201: Selvedge [sel-vij]

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Urban Graduates,

This is lesson one in a class about the wonderful world of denim.  The class on what denim actually is was covered in Denimation 101…but that was the basics.  As Urban Graduates you are now specializing in the fashion field so there is no need to backtrack.  Lesson 1: You say selvage…I say SELVEDGE.  

Selvedge, or “self-edge” denim has always been hot but pricey because of its high quality.  Selvedge denim is made on old-style shuttle looms that produces a narrower fabric than the newer and more commonly used projectile loom.  This produces a more tightly weaved denim that lasts longer.  In Selvedge denim, you can see the actual edge in the outseam where the weaving has stopped (as opposed to projectile looms where the fabric has been cut off at the ends resulting in lighter and less durable jeans).  The selvedge edge is usually stitched with a colored thread…red being the most common.  In the past, to acquire a pair of selvedge jeans you would have to buy some vintage jeans or go to Japan.  Prices for a pair of premium selvedge jeans usually range somewhere from 200-300 U.S. dollars.  But now, thanks to Uniqlo (they’re the “Japanese H&M”) you can acquire a pair of premium selvedge jeans for around eighty bucks.  Unsure if the jeans are selvedge…cuff em and look for the signature selvedge edges located along the outseam of the jeans!

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June 17, 2008 at 5:57 am