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Gian Marco Menswear
Name: Marc Sklar and John Massey, co-owners of Gian Marco Menswear
Prediction for spring fashion trends: "... One of our go-to items is our travel blazer, an unlined hybrid jacket made in a cotton and nylon that repels rain. It is available in basic colors (ideal for every outfit), comes out of a suitcase unwrinkled (ideal for travel), features more pockets than a herd of kangaroos (ideal for security) and is made for us by Swiss Army-Victorinox. Our shirts, either Egyptian cottons or handkerchief linens, feature bold colors and sophisticated patterns. To the cognoscenti, they are always fashionable. In short, we are buying haute fashion (which lives forever) not style (which may have the life of a fruit fly)."
Dos or don'ts: "The main do is to wear clothing that fits the wearer. Not gifts from Haloti Ngata, or Pee-Wee Herman. Although many styles from the 1930s are making a resurgence, clothing that fits like a barrel is not. Loose, baggy, amorphous and non-fitting clothing has a place, and the place is in the donate section of the closet. ... Ditto those transitory trousers that need a party so one can invite the shoes to meet the trousers."
Go-to item for spring: "The beauty of our merchandise is that it is timeless -- every item can become the new staple. We buy for function as well as form, and every item is an asset to one's wardrobe. At Gian Marco, the question will not be what is the basic 'go-to' item; it will be 'It's all good; what must I leave without?'"
Spring pieces available right now: "This season, Swiss Army-Victorinox has created the above-mentioned travel blazer and several fantastic plaid shirts both long and short-sleeved. Ross Graison's collection -- outstanding linen designs which must be seen to appreciate -- are also here. A new vendor out of Australia makes the tennis shoes for their Olympic team -- we have had them design some great tennis shoes in bright and bold colors. ... Edward Armah's individual interpretation of reversible bow ties and pocket circles are flying off the shelf."
If you go: Gian Marco Menswear, 517 N. Charles St. Call 410-347-7974 or go to gianmarco.org.
March 22, 2013