Japanese Brand BEAMS’ First USA Foray

Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard hosts their pop-up shop

Glowing Japanese lanterns fill a giant window at Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, marking fashion and lifestyle brand BEAMS‘ first physical presence in the United States. It’s an apt location considering Fred Segal was the first retailer to bring BEAMS products stateside back in 2011, and recently launched the BEAMS x Ziploc collection. For the pop-up, the BEAMS team selected items from …

Menswear Label Willem’s Contrasting Artistic Influences

Ahead of the brand's first-ever NYC pop-up, we speak with founder Sean McDonagh

Menswear brand Willem—under the direction of founder and creative lead Sean McDonagh—reimagines staples with contrasting artistic influences. The newest collection, FW19’s Pavement Preacher, includes nods to Dash Snow, Glenn O’Brien, Richard Prince, and silhouettes from Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider. When investigating “cowboy” style (which comes and goes), McDonagh saw an opportunity to address the root of its most recent resurgence. Brushing aside the trendier traits, …

Word of Mouth: Cape Town

From beaches and gardens to design hotels and restaurants in South Africa's oldest city

Cape Town (or the Mother City as its lovingly referred to by locals) is an intoxicating blend of natural landscapes and eclectic, dynamic venues. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and anchored by the jagged granite mountaintops above, it’s easy to fall in love with this city for its beauty alone. But beyond the lush gardens, beaches and sprawling vineyards lies a cultural melting pot of warehouses-turned-markets, …