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Dandy of the Week: Michael Jeffries (ABERCROMBIE & FITCH)

Mike Jeffries’ life isn’t easy seeing he’s probably the boss of the possibly most unpleasant fashion label in the world: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH (A&F).

His company is being mocked everywhere, be it for dull marketing initiatives (dozens of half-naked adolescents in front of newly opened stores), questionable human resource practices, unpleasant school-sports-locker-room-smells in the stores, or, most frequently for the ‘chavy’ suburb style of the brand.

When you’re constantly exposed to such humiliation you would at least want to lead a somewhat comfortable life outside of the realm of public awareness. For example when you are traveling.

As was revealed recently 68-year-old Jeffries insists on having exclusively freshly groomed, male staff on his private jet, wearing nothing but ABERCROMBIE & FITCH polo shirts, flip flops, boxer briefs, gloves (black ones when silver ware is brought, white ones when the table is being set. This absolutely makes sense!), and a hint of the brand’s cologne. Those of you wondering if something is missing here: Yes, of course there is. It’s the pants. And that is, even if everyone is going to get angry again about A&F, absolutely correct.

We too, would have our staff constantly run around in underwear – if we had a private jet, that is. We can’t see anything indecent about it (we’d merely make massive adjustments to the gender diversity).

Quite the opposite actually: We find such consequent acting out of one’s aesthetics very dandyesque. Therefore we’re awarding Michael S. Jeffries, the ethereally aesthetic Botox-sugar daddy, the highest rank of this blog. He is our DANDY OF THE WEEK.

Von: Jakob

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After Transition to ADIDAS: NIKE is suing three Ex-Employees for 10 Million Dollars

A few weeks ago, it was announced that three of the most important shoe-designers at NIKE are going to transit to ADIDAS. The hard bitch-move, on NIKE’s costs, had an effect:

NIKE is suing the designers Marc Dolce, Mark Miner and Denis Dekovic for, all in all, 10 million US-dollars. The accusation is that they have already been consulting ADIDAS while working at NIKE and stole company kept secrets, like the design for a new shoe-model and gave it to their new employer.

It is also interesting, that the three were accused of stealing documents from NIKEs ‘kitchen’, the strictly kept-secret design-lab that NIKE is running in Beaverton (Oregon, USA). A similar design-house is suppose to be build by Dolce, Miner and Dekovic, beginning in September 2015, for ADIDAS in Brooklyn. Coincidence? Well.

Insiders therefore suppose that ADIDAS is going to carry the costs for the trial, direct or indirect. Because even for a top-designer, 10 million dollars are a lot of cash, it is only a mild fart in the hand of ADIDAS.

The Portland Business Journal has created, based on the plaint by NIKE, a chronology of the incidents, which could also be a great screen-play for a nerve-racking economy-thriller:

October 3, 2005: Nike hires Dolce as senior designer for Active Life. He signs a non-compete and secrecy agreement.

November 2005: Nike hires Dekovic as a senior designer.

2007: Nike promotes Dolce to design director for Nike Sportswear.

March 2008: Nike hires Miner as a footwear designer in Women’s Training. He signs a secrecy agreement.

2011: Nike promotes Miner to senior footwear designer for running. He signs a non-compete agreement.

2012: Nike starts a $1.5 million effort known as “Keep It Tight” to prevent leaks of confidential information.

February 7, 2012: Nike promotes Dekovic to design director for Global Football (soccer). He signs a non-compete agreement. Dekovic also signed a secrecy agreement on April 16, 2007.

2014: Nike promotes Dekovic to senior design director.

March 2014: Brian Foresta, Adidas vice president of design for global basketball, contacts Dolce andDekovic to “discuss professional careers,” according to Nike.

April 2014: Nike claims the designers start a “plot” to leave and take trade secrets. Nike further claimsDekovic, Dolce and Miner bought “thousands of phony social media followers” in order to create “false perception of buzz and popularity” and make themselves more attractive to future employers.

April 29, 2014: Dekovic tells Miner and Dolce to use his personal email address for further communications, according to Nike.

May 18, 2014: Dekovic and Dolce agree on a plan to pay for Instagram and Twitter followers, according to Nike.

May 2014: Nike agrees to pay more than $50,000 in relocation expenses so Dekovic can more his family to Italy. Nike quotes an electronic communication from Dekovic in which he says Italy is one of those “countries where (Nike’s) non compete is difficult to enforce.”

June 2014: Dekovic, Dolce and Miner are “fully engaged” in discussions with officials at Adidas to start a design center modeled after Nike’s innovation lab, which is known as the Kitchen, according to Nike.

June 2014: Dekovic, Dolce and Miner start work for Adidas as consultants while still employed at Nike, according to Nike.

June 29, 2014: Dekovic meets with Adidas Vice President Brian Foresta to talk about the design center.

June 2014: Dekovic, Dolce and Miner raise concerns about legal consequences of consulting for Adidas, according to Nike.

June 21, 2014: Dekovic sends a copy of his Nike non-compete agreement to Adidas.

July 2014: Dekovic and his family move to Italy.

Aug. 22, 2014: Adidas presents Dekovic, Dolce and Miner “lucrative” employment offers, according to Nike.

September 16, 2014: Dekovic copies hard drive of his Nike-issued laptop, according to Nike.

September 19, 2014: Dolce emails confidential Nike design plans to his personal email account, according to Nike.

September 22, 2014: Last day of employment for Dekovic, Dolce and Miner at Nike.

December 8, 2014: Nike files $10 million lawsuit for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other claims.

Von: Julian

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No-Go: Coat Slinging!

 

A few years ago, streetstyle-experts started wearing their jackets or coats around their shoulders, instead of putting their arms through their sleeves. The technical term for that is ‘coat slinging’.

Recently, the german newspaper BUNTE (!) reported about the styling-trend. ‘Coat slinging’ therefore officially became a ‘no-go’. So: dear friends with good taste, please stick your arms in your sleeves from now on.

Because a sleeve without an arm, is like Justin O’Shea without Veronika, like Cara Delevigne without eyebrows: somehow not complete.

In 2008, Scott Schuman (aka: The Sartorialist) has revealed the first case of ‘coat slinging’ on his blog, afterwards an epidemic broke out, from which the fashion-world still has not recovered.

It has been enough: put your jackets on properly again! Otherwise you appear like a gay fashion-journalist from 2010 (who would put his arms into sleeves nowadays)

Von: Julian

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Casual Thursday Candy Jakob sporting some posttraditional Austrian gangster wear @adidasy3 pants, @gstarraw_official jacket, @nike sneakers and this White Russian hat from Moscow in between some deers.

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