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CONTENTS OAK HALL 6150 Poplar Avenue Memphis TN 38119 901-761-3580 oakhall.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Karen Alberg Grossman DESIGN DIRECTOR

Hans Gschliesser MANAGING EDITOR

Jillian LaRochelle PROJECT MANAGER

Lisa Montemorra DESIGNERS

Cynthia Lucero, Jean-Nicole Venditti CONCEPT DIRECTORS

Andrew Mitchell, Russ Mitchell MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR

Bob Mitchell DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION

Peg Eadie DIRECTOR OF PREPRESS

John Frascone

BUSINESS JOURNALS FASHION GROUP PUBLISHER

Stuart Nifoussi PRESIDENT AND CEO

Britton Jones CHAIRMAN AND COO

Mac Brighton CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Christine Sullivan

APPAREL FORUM Andrisen Morton DENVER, CO Garys NEWPORT BEACH, CA Hubert White MINNEAPOLIS, MN Kilgore Trout CLEVELAND, OH Larrimor’s PITTSBURGH, PA Malouf’s LUBBOCK/SOUTHLAKE, TX Mario’s PORTLAND, OR/SEATTLE, WA Mitchells/Marshs HUNTINGTON, NY Mitchells/Richards WESTPORT/GREENWICH, CT Oak Hall MEMPHIS, TN

FEATURES

FASHION

4 Welcome Letter 8 Jake: The Official Oak Hall Greeter 28 Shopping: How to Get the Relationship You Want 34 Join Us This Spring 72 Wellbeing: Finding Clarity

10 Oak Hall Must-Haves for Spring 15 Noteworthy: Canali, Samuelsohn 51 Noteworthy: Peter Millar

Rodes LOUISVILLE, KY Rubensteins NEW ORLEANS, LA Stanley Korshak DALLAS, TX Wilkes Bashford SAN FRAN/PALO ALTO, CA

FASHION FORUM MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED IN 10 REGIONAL EDITIONS FOR MEMBER STORES OF THE APPAREL FORUM © 2015. PUBLISHED BY BUSINESS JOURNALS, INC, P.O. BOX 5550, NORWALK, CT 06856, 203-853-6015 • FAX: 203-852-8175; ADVERTISING OFFICE: 1384 BROADWAY, NY, NY 10018-6108, 212-686-4412 • FAX: 212-6866821; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THE PUBLISHERS ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ADVERTISERS CLAIMS, UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS OR OTHER MATERIALS. NO PART OF THIS MAGAZINE MAY BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHERS. VOLUME 18, ISSUE 1. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.


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Welcome to the Spring 2015 OAK HALL FORUM MAGAZINE

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hat’s not to love about spring? The weather is warmer, the sun stays out just a little bit longer, and the spirit of rejuvenation and renewal is in the air. At Oak Hall, we’re excited about the launch of our new website and all the latest fashions and brands we’ve added to our selection. We’re also grateful that some things never change, like the inspiration and joy we receive from each and every one of you. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and we look forward to seeing you in the store and online very soon. With best wishes always, Will, Bill, Bob Levy and Jake and the entire Oak Hall family


P E R F O R M A N C E

C O L L E C T I O N

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J ake The O ff i ci a l O ak H a l l Gr e e t e r


“ It ’s n o t wor k i f y o u’ r e h a v i n g f u n wi t h you r fr i e n d s .” J ake Le vy


On Her: Karolina Zmarlak dress with belt Alexis Bittar earrings Joie shoes On Him: Ermenegildo Zegna sportcoat, trousers and lace-ups


OakHall MUST-HAVES FOR SPRING 2015


Canali suit and tie Eton dress shirt


Vince blouse and skirt Lana earrings Joie shoes


Jack Victor sportcoat Oak Hall knit tie


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CANALI: SOPHISTICATED OFFHAND STYLE

Canali has a new creative consultant, Andrea Pompilio, whose talent is widely recognized in the fashion world. As a careful observer of life, Pompilio draws his inspiration from the small everyday gestures and individual expressions of people he encounters on the streets of big cities throughout the world. His talent lies in his ability to give a twist to the classic male wardrobe, reinterpreting shapes, fabrics, patterns and classic colors in an unconventional and unexpected way. Pompilio’s spring ’15 collection is an intersection of existing heritage and newfound inspiration. It fuses the values and excellence of classic tailoring with the unstructured elegance of leisure. He enjoys finding the perfect balance between these two worlds, brought together by complementary attraction. Starting with the Canali man’s refined attention to detail, Pompilio designs clothing to bring out the unexpected aspects of his style. The lines on suits and sportcoats are soft, lean and comfortable, often featuring checks or horizontal stripes. Trousers rest just at the ankle and are finished with a particularly high (8 cm) cuff. Rounding out the collection are colorful oversized sweaters, casually exquisite shoes in nubuck crocodile or soft two-tone calfskin, parkas, light jackets and long car coats worn over ultra-fine cashmere T-shirts, all glowing with the radiant palette of a Mediterranean summer. For guys who appreciate sophisticated classics but long to express their own personality, the new Canali collection is sure to please.

Above: designer Andrea Pompilio

SAMUELSOHN: DESIGN FOR LIFE Three years ago, Samuelsohn was a hidden gem. Based in Montreal, the company founded by master tailor Lesser Samuelsohn in 1923 was still making remarkable full-canvas garments the old-fashioned way, but it wasn't well known outside its league of loyal customers. That's changing. President and designer Arnold Brant Silverstone has managed to double the 90-year-old company without compromising its quality. More than eight hours of work goes into a Samuelsohn suit—they are all full canvas with one-piece collars and hand-sewn armholes. Today there are three collections: Performance, which features innovative waterproof and wrinkle-free wools; Collection, the classic full-canvas line that made Samulesohn's name; and Soft, a lighter collection of full-canvas jackets and suiting for evenings and weekends. “Our Performance line uses a Loro Piana fabric called Extreme that’s exclusive to us,” says Silverstone. “It’s the first Loro Piana fabric with natural stretch and also waterproofing. It’s a beautiful super 120s and 130s wool from Italy that looks rich, but also performs.” Samuelsohn's made-to-measure program is exceptional, both for its quick delivery and the tailors' abilities to make just about anything. “I've never seen a factory that can do what they do,” Silverstone marvels. “We’re a North American company,” he adds proudly. “We understand our customer and we live his lifestyle—we understand the fit and the fabrics and we're designing just for him.”

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Joie dress Rebecca Lankford necklace Alexis Bittar bracelet Joie shoes


Samuelsohn sportcoat Eton dress shirt Incotex trousers


Zegna sportcoat and dress shirt Oak Hall knit tie Hiltl trousers


T H E U LT I M AT E T R O U S E R . . . AND JEANS


Karolina Zmarlak dress Alexis Bittar earrings Joie shoes


Joie shoes


Rebecca Taylor vest J Brand leather jeans Jordan Alexander earrings Alexis Bittar bracelet Joie shoes


Isaia sportcoat Eton dress shirt Oak Hall knit tie


Rebecca Minkoff handbags


Vince jumpsuit Alexis Bittar earrings and bracelet Lauren Merkin handbag Joie shoes


Canali sportcoat Eton dress shirt Ermenegildo Zegna tie Hiltl trousers


shopping

HOW TO GET THE RELATIONSHIP YOU WANT

WE CAN’T HELP YOU WITH LOVE OR MARRIAGE, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY IMPROVE AN EQUALLY ESSENTIAL RELATIONSHIP: THE ONE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CLOTHING SALESPERSON! BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

Consider this: There’s probably just one person in the universe who truly wants you to look fabulous all the time. Yes, he also wants to sell you stuff, but he knows that if you don’t look and feel terrific in your purchase, you’re less likely to come back to

the store or give referrals. This person, if inspired, can make your life easier and more fulfilling. Hard to believe? Then you haven’t maximized your relationship with your primary sales associate. Here, a few tips to get you started. • First and foremost: If you don’t have a preferred sales associate, find one. It’s as simple as walking around the selling floor and approaching an associate whose style you admire, someone you can relate to and feel comfortable with. (The other option is to ask the store owner and let him make the match.) • Make an in-store appointment with this person. Your time is valuable and there’s no need to start from scratch each time you need something. Then let him know how you prefer to communicate— phone, email, text, etc.—and how often. • Over-communicate with your sales associate at the beginning, providing as much information as possible about your life, job, fashion preferences, favorite brands, comfort level for experimentation and favorite items (around which to build a future wardrobe). • If you’re comfortable with it, indulge in a closet consultation where your sales associate comes to your home and goes through your wardrobe. The goal is to give away clothing that no longer works (your college sweatshirt and Landlubber jeans, those DB suits with huge padded shoulders) and to fill in with a few new items to ultimately update your image. You’ll be amazed at how liberating it feels to clear the clutter! • Be open to trying new things. We all get stuck in fashion ruts and

IMAGE COURTESY OF LARRIMOR’S

have trouble envisioning ourselves in a new look. But trust us: a small change can make all the difference! Even a minor adjustment (a different collar spread, a new color tie or sweater, slimmer-fit trousers, cool shoes) can greatly modernize your appearance. • Don’t forget to share your wedding anniversary and spouse’s birthday: your sales associate can make you a hero at least twice a year!

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On Him: Ermenegildo Zegna suit, dress shirt and tie On Her: Rebecca Taylor dress Alexis Bittar earrings and bracelet Lauren Merkin handbag Joie shoes


Gitman dress shirt


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PETER MILLAR: STYLISH PERFORMANCE “We started out with cashmere sweaters in a lot of colors and it just took off,” says Peter Millar's co-founder and creative director, Chris Knott. The 14-year-old American luxury brand, which takes its name from an inscription on a vintage lawn bowling ball given to Knott by his mother, now covers everything from underwear to outerwear. Two of the newest additions to the Peter Millar lifestyle collection are e4, a performance-driven line, and Pick Stitch, a premium European-made line. “We hired experts in technical apparel to make the e4 line truly authentic,” says Knott. “It’s our styling with performance fabrics.” E4 includes waterproof jackets, stretch jersey golf shirts, lightweight fleece vests and performance pants. They’re pieces you can wear for travel, working out or the game—whether you're watching it or playing it. “Pick Stitch is taking Peter Millar’s classic line and elevating it,” says Knott. “It’s a little more refined, more city. It’s all made in Europe out of European fabrics; we use Loro Piana, Zegna and Carlo Barbera, and cashmere from Todd & Duncan, and put our own spin on it.” “We want to keep our customers right on the edge without making them jump off,” says Knott. “We’re not chasing the next hipster dandy. We’re classic, not traditional; on trend, but not trendy.”

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spring 2015


On Her: Twenty dress Tom Ford sunglasses Lana earrings Jordan Alexander bracelets Joie shoes On Him: Eton sport shirt Persol sunglasses Citizens of Humanity cotton twill 5-pocket Cole Haan loafers


Faherty sport shirt Bonobos seersucker shorts


Rag & Bone blouse and jeans Tom Ford sunglasses Lana earrings Jordan Alexander bracelets Lauren Merkin bag Joie shoes


Dylan knit shirt AG jeans Lana earrings Jordan Alexander bracelets Joie shoes


Oak Hall baseball cap True Grit tee Citizens of Humanity jeans


Culturata sport shirt


Culturata sport shirt Citizens of Humanity cotton twill 5-pocket Torino belt


AG denim romper Lana earrings Gillian Julius bracelet Joie shoes


Bonobos sport shirt and shorts


Faherty All Day swim shorts


Faherty sport shirt and shorts


Faherty sport shirt and shorts


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FAHERTY: TWICE AS NICE Twin brothers Alex and Mike Faherty launched Faherty in 2013 as a luxurious weekend-wear brand. Mike was a designer for Ralph Lauren’s RRL brand, so he brings that casual luxe vibe to the collection. Faherty’s fabric patterns are all designed by Mike, and as Alex (who handles the business side) explains, “They’re colorful and appealing to a wide range of guys. Our shirting is soft and buttery; our washes make new shirts feel old but still luxurious.” For spring, Faherty is evolving from its beautiful woven shirts to knits like indigo polo shirts that feel “manly and traditional.” Another must-have is the brand’s All Day short. The brothers developed a quick-dry fabric for a short that acts as a hybrid between a cotton chino and a swimsuit. Available in five colors (olive, khaki, charcoal, baby blue and Nantucket red), this short will quickly become an essential part of your weekend wardrobe.

SPRING 2015 We made Bills better by not changing a thing.®

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ATM tee Dylan shorts Lana earrings Jordan Alexander bracelets Joie shoes


ATM tank Lana earrings Jordan Alexander necklace and cuff AG jeans


Vince cotton-linen polos


Vince sport shirt and tee


Bills Khakis sport shirt and pant Torino belt


Bills Khakis sport shirts


Joie beaded tank Citizens of Humanity jeans Jordan Alexander bracelets


On Her: Twenty dress Jordan Alexander jewelry On Him: Canali blazer Eton sport shirt Citizens of Humanity jeans


Rag & Bone jeans

AG jeans


AG jeans

Citizens of Humanity jeans


Lauren Merkin handbag


Rag & Bone layered sweater, jeans and booties Gillian Julius bracelet


1859 sport shirts


Agave polo AG sueded cotton 5-pocket


Rebecca Taylor blouse


Scott Barber pique polo


Scott Barber sport shirts


True Grit sport shirt and shorts


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wellbeing

former General Mills VP, started the program in 2006 after she found prosperity through a personal practice. Marturano has since gone on to found the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization where she now works with clients like Target, The United States Army, The United States Air Force, Procter & Gamble and The Mayo Clinic. The company organizes workshops and retreats that are described as ways to “explore the intersection of mindfulness training and the qualities associated with leadership excellence. With dedication and practice, employees transform their leadership abilities and their environments into places of increased innovation, greater focus, improved productivity and widespread compassion.” Oprah Winfrey is one high-profile exec who practices transcendental meditation (TM). She gives interested employees access to teachers and time to practice at work. In a post on Oprah.com, she revealed that her 20-minute morning sessions leave her feeling “full of hope, a sense of contentment and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is—still—the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.” Founder and former-CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Robert Stiller, created meditation rooms in his offices as a place for employees to find that stillness. Stiller once told Bloomberg News, “If you have a meditation practice, you can be much more effective in a meeting. Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks.’’ Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini implemented corporate wellness and mindfulness programs including Mind-Body Stress Reduction, Metabolic Health in Small Bytes, and Healthy Lifestyle Coaching. (A spokesperson for the company tells us that approximately 13,000 Aetna employees have participated in at least one.) In 2012, Aetna launched the Mind-Body Stress Reduction Program in order to “help participants reduce their perceived stress levels while improving their ability to respond to stress.” Since then the company reports that “participants are regaining 62 minutes of productivity, with an approximate dollar return, in terms of productivity alone, of more than $3,000.” Finding stillness in an otherwise stressful world is not always easy. But the more you practice meditation, the better you’ll become at quieting the clutter. Your mind—and your company’s bottom line—will thank you!

FINDING CLARITY

THE ANCIENT PRACTICE OF MEDITATION IS MAKING ITS WAY INTO THE BOARD ROOM. BY ELISE DIAMANTINI We live in a high-stress world where it has become more difficult than ever to disconnect. So how do we find peace of mind when we’re constantly being pulled in a million different directions? When our work-life pressures are becoming increasingly intense, we’re always on call, and never without a smart phone… or two? Meditation is becoming more common in corporate America, since many top-level execs have discovered the benefits from their own personal practices. Some companies now offer mediation spaces at the office, to encourage employees to de-stress, rebalance and find clarity. General Mills was one of the first corporations to encourage and execute mindfulness practices in the workplace. Janice Marturano, a

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Want to get back into that vacation state of mind? Even five minutes of daily meditation can help.


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