INA Nolita offers parting words to the end of summer with textiles in translucent tortoise shell, wildflower embroidery, and frayed cloth. Continue to find items at up to 70% off, and camouflage a summer garment as a fall garment in September: add suede, shearling, fringed boots and bombers. To remember seasons past, one only needs a transitional object. My favorite nostalgic item is the denim culotte.
All merchandise featured from INA Nolita: Zac Posen tortoise shell sunglasses; Christian Dior black leather purse with blue stitching; YSL suede pumps with pony hair mohawk heel; Margiela leather loafer with hallucinogenic floral print; Rachel Comey cropped jeans; Christian Dior t-shirt with psychedelic cartoon.
My attention was drawn to a red brick window full of white cardboard signs while passing through lower Manhattan. The window reminded of a red hat against white-blond hair, of red lipstick, and brought to mind the red stripe on classic piece of Gucci luggage. That vertical fabric stripe has never gone out of fashion, the red stripe on a graphic fabric synonymous with the locked-Gs monogram. Red accent marks draw the eye, no matter how many letters.
Picture 1: INA Noho men's Jil Sander short-sleeved shirt and Ermenegildo Zegna sunglasses; Picture 2 - 5 all INA Chelsea, Gucci monogrammed luggage and mens' John Lobb black leather, cap-toed boots; Picture 3: Adam Lippes red silk gown and Christian Louboutin patent peep-toe graphic wedge; Picture 4: Pierre Hardy women's black and white platform ankle boot and men's Helmut Lang digitally-printed sweatshirt; Picture 5: men's John Lobb leather ankle boot with wrap-around strap.
Is it name dropping to wear Kenzo, Dior Homme, and Saint Laurent all at once? Roll up your distressed jeans and throw on a leather vest, ball cap and hightop sneaker. At INA Men, it's Saint Laurent everyday, all day. Dior Homme all day, everyday. And Kenzo most days, especially in the form of a ball cap.
All merchandise from INA Men: Kenzo red ball cap, Grown & Sewn beige distressed jeans, Saint Laurent leather motorcycle vest, Christian Louboutin hightop sneakers with plastic, El Senor razorblade necklace; Moods of Norway silk pastel suit, Hugo Boss white button-down, Dior Homme tan leather sneakers; Hugo Boss paper woven hat, Donna Karan black button-down shirt.
The gates stood open to Elizabeth Street Garden on a sweltering August day. In a cleared lot set back from the street, this park is usually locked, protecting stone gargoyles and concrete lions within. Plantings include the hydrangea, gerbera daisy and scattered wildflower, a companion backdrop to our Givenchy cut-away tank, MCM studded backpack, and Kenzo leopard tennis shoe.
All merchandise located in INA Noho: Givenchy samurai-inspired tunic, Hermes satin walking shirt, Phillip Lim buckled loafer, Gents ball cap with snake brim; Louis Vuitton monogrammed briefcase; Kenzo splotched sneaker for Vans; MCM teal leather backpack.
A day in the life of a New Yorker, especially as some celebrity sightings have led to believe, is rumored to include up to four daily outfit changes. Button-down Comme Des Garcons always seems right. Hunter galoshes are the only answer after a flash thunderstorm, and when the rain picks up again, an afternoon rotation of casual formalwear follows with an umbrella in black.
All men's merchandise from INA Union Square: black and white silk Comme Des Garcons aztec button-down shirt, Rag and Bone forest green hat, Lanvin grey leather sneakers, Y-3 navy striped sweatpants; green Hunter galoshes, Wanda In Nylon clear rain jacket with hood, Michael Kors black tank, Zanerobe blue cotton joggers; Yohji Yamamoto black sleeveless vest, T by Alexander Wang black pants, Frye oxfords, Ann Demeulemeester slouchy black bag, Voradi sunglasses and eyeglasses; Margiela brown vest, Prada grey silk slacks, white Made & Crafted button-down, Fendi logo briefcase.
Regulars hold court on the Thompson Street benches, coffee in hand. From underneath the brim of a straw sun hat, topics range from local politics to newcomers on the block, to the extravagant ruffle on a Chanel cardigan. The ruffle, at times an overstated flourish, is lately a talking point.
All merchandise featured from INA Soho, from top: Chanel ivory cardigan with navy-edged ruffle, Chanel linen sailor pants, Tabitha Simmons navy and white striped tennis shoe, Maurizio Pecoraro straw hat; Valentino cotton red dress with ruffled hem, Gianvito Rossi black fringed sandal, Alaia vintage beret, Marni metallic flower rubber handbag; Louis Vuitton cream lace ruffled skirt, Chloe logo tank top, Miu Miu sparkled sandal, Karl Lagerfeld red shades, Vionnet red python purse; Marc Jacobs black silk deconstructed ruffle dress, Marni black and white rubber flower purse, Chanel silver and clear slide sandals.