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STREET SMARTS.
Our painted moto has all the traits required of a perfect leather jacket—versatile yet distinctive style, edgy detailing and, above all, an effortlessly cool look. But as we learned from David, our assistant men’s knit and sweater designer who hand-painted this leather jacket in a Brooklyn art studio, a lot of effort went into crafting it. He takes us through the creation cycle, from inspiration to finished product, and explains how to wear it like a boss.
“While painting this jacket, I was inspired by the classic 1950’s biker. The man who wore his leather jacket daily as if it were another layer of skin, who wasn’t worried about getting his hands dirty. I was thinking of grease-covered, paint-splattered, worn-and-torn jackets that stood the test of time and wear. Made of buffed nappa leather, this jacket features topstitching and industrial zippers and hardware. I used an airbrush technique to give it a slightly faded, worn look. Then, using hand-brush techniques, I painted the seams and edges to further the worn-in appearance. The final touch is a paint splatter to amplify the ‘dirty’ characteristics of this jacket. The man who wears it shouldn’t be afraid to make his own mark on it—give it his own wear-and-tear characteristics to define himself in his own second skin.”


Photographs by: Genevieve Garruppo

STREET SMARTS.

Our painted moto has all the traits required of a perfect leather jacket—versatile yet distinctive style, edgy detailing and, above all, an effortlessly cool look. But as we learned from David, our assistant men’s knit and sweater designer who hand-painted this leather jacket in a Brooklyn art studio, a lot of effort went into crafting it. He takes us through the creation cycle, from inspiration to finished product, and explains how to wear it like a boss.

“While painting this jacket, I was inspired by the classic 1950’s biker. The man who wore his leather jacket daily as if it were another layer of skin, who wasn’t worried about getting his hands dirty. I was thinking of grease-covered, paint-splattered, worn-and-torn jackets that stood the test of time and wear. Made of buffed nappa leather, this jacket features topstitching and industrial zippers and hardware. I used an airbrush technique to give it a slightly faded, worn look. Then, using hand-brush techniques, I painted the seams and edges to further the worn-in appearance. The final touch is a paint splatter to amplify the ‘dirty’ characteristics of this jacket. The man who wears it shouldn’t be afraid to make his own mark on it—give it his own wear-and-tear characteristics to define himself in his own second skin.”

Photographs by: Genevieve Garruppo
SAHARA AND THE CITY.
 The inspiration behind our Spring 2013 Collection, hitting stores now, is based on the “urban nomad.” It’s the idea of mixing textures reminiscent of ancient desert cultures with the modern designs of present-day Manhattan. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and intricate meets minimalist. Simple shapes get ethnic embellishments; slouchy constructions get paired with tailored pieces. For women, think: mini-skirts with flowing blouses, pure linen that looks like leather, and chiffon tops embroidered with jewels, beading, and gold tassels. The men’s line shares the same lived-in spirit as the women’s, but the pieces have a harder edge, with an emphasis on the motorcycle jacket (a wardrobe staple for guys this spring). Also look out for collarless linen shirts, sharply tailored slim pants, leather vests, and loose-fitting shorts. Ultimately, both the men’s and women’s lines are signature Kenneth Cole infused with the spirit of the desert. 

SAHARA AND THE CITY.


The inspiration behind our Spring 2013 Collection, hitting stores now, is based on the “urban nomad.” It’s the idea of mixing textures reminiscent of ancient desert cultures with the modern designs of present-day Manhattan. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and intricate meets minimalist. Simple shapes get ethnic embellishments; slouchy constructions get paired with tailored pieces. For women, think: mini-skirts with flowing blouses, pure linen that looks like leather, and chiffon tops embroidered with jewels, beading, and gold tassels. The men’s line shares the same lived-in spirit as the women’s, but the pieces have a harder edge, with an emphasis on the motorcycle jacket (a wardrobe staple for guys this spring). Also look out for collarless linen shirts, sharply tailored slim pants, leather vests, and loose-fitting shorts. Ultimately, both the men’s and women’s lines are signature Kenneth Cole infused with the spirit of the desert. 

MINI BAGS: BIG TREND. If the old adage “good things come in small packages” never resonated with you, perhaps you’ll reconsider when you take a look at the diminutive designs above. Our collection of mini bags are compact, cool, and decidedly on-trend. Whether the occasion calls for a relaxed cross-body strap or a sophisticated top-handle one, these tiny totes are the perfect accent for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks. Still have pint-size purse phobia? Don’t worry: these bags carry surprisingly more than you would think. An array of zippers and pockets allow for all the girl-about-town necessities, plus a little more. Just leave the hair-dryer and toy poodle at home.

MINI BAGS: BIG TREND.

If the old adage “good things come in small packages” never resonated with you, perhaps you’ll reconsider when you take a look at the diminutive designs above. Our collection of mini bags are compact, cool, and decidedly on-trend. Whether the occasion calls for a relaxed cross-body strap or a sophisticated top-handle one, these tiny totes are the perfect accent for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks. Still have pint-size purse phobia? Don’t worry: these bags carry surprisingly more than you would think. An array of zippers and pockets allow for all the girl-about-town necessities, plus a little more. Just leave the hair-dryer and toy poodle at home.

OBSESSION CONFESSION: COLOR-BLOCKED SWEATER DRESS
Sometimes the sexiest looks are not overtly sexy at all. This body-conscious dress is more sporty than sultry, but its waist-defining color blocks and curve-skimming knit fabric ramp up the wow factor. We’ve taken the editorial liberty of showing this look with bare legs, but for a more office/winter-friendly option, tights are a suggested addition. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: COLOR-BLOCKED SWEATER DRESS

Sometimes the sexiest looks are not overtly sexy at all. This body-conscious dress is more sporty than sultry, but its waist-defining color blocks and curve-skimming knit fabric ramp up the wow factor. We’ve taken the editorial liberty of showing this look with bare legs, but for a more office/winter-friendly option, tights are a suggested addition. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: ANKLE-STRAP WEDGE SANDALS
Anyone who believes that sandals are exclusively for warm weather is missing out on an entire winter footwear category. A chunky platform worn with tights is a welcome change during the long boot season. And given that ankle-strap wedges were a seen-everywhere style on the Spring 2013 runways, we’re already envisioning the outfits we’ll be building around them when the temperature finally rises again. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: ANKLE-STRAP WEDGE SANDALS

Anyone who believes that sandals are exclusively for warm weather is missing out on an entire winter footwear category. A chunky platform worn with tights is a welcome change during the long boot season. And given that ankle-strap wedges were a seen-everywhere style on the Spring 2013 runways, we’re already envisioning the outfits we’ll be building around them when the temperature finally rises again. 

NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK.
If you’re anything like us, your resolutions have probably already gone out the (gym) window. Instead of promising to hit the treadmill daily (ugh), eat less chocolate (the horror!), or recycle (okay, that one you should probably keep), we’re suggesting a simple resolution you’ll love: revive your closet with a few on-trend pieces. 
1. Jacket 
2. Draped Top 
3. Printed Skinny Jeans

NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK.

If you’re anything like us, your resolutions have probably already gone out the (gym) window. Instead of promising to hit the treadmill daily (ugh), eat less chocolate (the horror!), or recycle (okay, that one you should probably keep), we’re suggesting a simple resolution you’ll love: revive your closet with a few on-trend pieces. 

1. Jacket

2. Draped Top

3. Printed Skinny Jeans



A NO-SWEAT NEW YEAR’S MAKEOVER PLAN
A variety of statistics (from a variety of reputable sources who measure such things) report that getting in shape ranks among the top five New Year’s resolutions. While this is unquestionably a noble goal, we’d like to see the statistic on the number of people who actually achieve it—we’re guessing it’s woefully low. Accordingly, we’re proposing a more immediately attainable objective—getting your wardrobe in shape. To help put you on track to becoming a better dressed you, our plan starts with a few timelessly (and classically) stylish work additions which, while not a substitute for six-pack abs, will probably generate considerable positive feedback with significantly less effort than 100 crunches a day. 
1. topcoat 
2. chalk-stripe blazer and pants
3. chambray shirt
4. leather zip portfolio bag
5. leather driving gloves
6. oxford shoe 
7. satin tie 
8. silver tie clip

A NO-SWEAT NEW YEAR’S MAKEOVER PLAN

A variety of statistics (from a variety of reputable sources who measure such things) report that getting in shape ranks among the top five New Year’s resolutions. While this is unquestionably a noble goal, we’d like to see the statistic on the number of people who actually achieve it—we’re guessing it’s woefully low. Accordingly, we’re proposing a more immediately attainable objective—getting your wardrobe in shape. To help put you on track to becoming a better dressed you, our plan starts with a few timelessly (and classically) stylish work additions which, while not a substitute for six-pack abs, will probably generate considerable positive feedback with significantly less effort than 100 crunches a day. 

1. topcoat 

2. chalk-stripe blazer and pants

3. chambray shirt

4. leather zip portfolio bag

5. leather driving gloves

6. oxford shoe 

7. satin tie 

8. silver tie clip

HOLIDAY STOCK EXCHANGE
Guys, wasn’t it sweet of Mom to put a tie clip in your stocking? Guess she didn’t realize you haven’t worn a tie since the 6th grade chorus recital. Or ladies, how about the earrings from Grandma who must have forgotten you don’t have pierced ears? Now that the last of the presents have been unwrapped and you’re mailing thank-you notes for all the things that were given with great sentiment (but maybe aren’t a perfect fit), isn’t it time to get some stuff you can really use? Check out our picks for best post-holiday exchanges.
Men’s Leather Wayfarer Sunglasses 
Men’s Leather Chukka Boot
Men’s Puffer Jacket
Women’s Leopard-Print Flat
Women’s Leather-Wrapped Watch
Women’s Metallic Satchel

HOLIDAY STOCK EXCHANGE

Guys, wasn’t it sweet of Mom to put a tie clip in your stocking? Guess she didn’t realize you haven’t worn a tie since the 6th grade chorus recital. Or ladies, how about the earrings from Grandma who must have forgotten you don’t have pierced ears? Now that the last of the presents have been unwrapped and you’re mailing thank-you notes for all the things that were given with great sentiment (but maybe aren’t a perfect fit), isn’t it time to get some stuff you can really use? Check out our picks for best post-holiday exchanges.

  1. Men’s Leather Wayfarer Sunglasses 
  2. Men’s Leather Chukka Boot
  3. Men’s Puffer Jacket
  4. Women’s Leopard-Print Flat
  5. Women’s Leather-Wrapped Watch
  6. Women’s Metallic Satchel