New York City Fashion Scene Heats up in Soho at Sartoria Studio Store Opening Event
Made-to-measure suiting takes on a fresh edge with Sartoria Studio, a men’s fashion retail concept store developed by longtime collaborators Jack Menashe and James Mansour, the visionaries behind New York City’s iconic Limelight Marketplace, LOUNGE Soho, and countless other iconic New York City retail destinations. The modern haberdashery and style lab officially opened last night in Soho with a star-studded event attended by fashion designers and leading lights of New York’s City’s fashion community. The new store is already out to make a difference, partnering with Fashion Group International, Inc. for the month of February: lending further support to the FGI Foundation fund benefiting nonprofit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.
Sartoria Studio welcomed well-heeled guests to the store at 65-69 Houston Street from 6 to 9 p.m., among the first to discover the lounge-like space’s curated sample garments, premium ready-to-wear and accessory items, and décor offerings. Guests in attendance included FGI President and CEO Maryanne Grisz; fashion designers Frederick Anderson, Loris Diran, Carlos Campos, and others; as well as Fern Mallis, Chris Lavish, Katya Tolstova, and Olga Ferrara. Throughout the event, vocalist Minda Larsen and saxophonist Miles Tucker entertained attendees with a live performance. In a surprise turn of events, the Funny Auctioneer Bill McCuddy made an appearance and took over as master of ceremonies to introduce Sartoria Studio Founder Jack Menashe and Principal of Mansour Design, James Mansour.
Long recognized for his unique style, with Sartoria Studio, Menashe says, “Men often tell me that they’d like to know how to dress better but they just don’t know where to start. They crave trusted advice. That is why we employ a team of skilled stylists in addition to our on-site tailor, to help our clients button everything up and take their look to the next level.”
Sartoria Studio was established with a unique mission to help men develop and discover their own unique fashion identities, and to offer Italian tailored, made-to-measure clothing with a unique downtown sartorial point-of-view. The evening offered the opportunity for guests to interact with the Sartoria Studio staff tailor and stylists for styling advice and guidance through the store’s premium fabrics and luxe trims.
The intimate, relaxed club environment was the perfect venue for the event. The inspired interior by James Mansour reflects the essence of heritage Florentine workshops long admired by store founder and CEO Jack Menashe. “Sartoria Studio brings the experience of the best Italian tailoring to Soho,” says Menashe. “We offer the most luxurious fabrics, hand finishes, and the precision fit you can only get from a made-to-measure garment.” The sophisticated store also reflects the founder’s determination to inject much-needed personality into fine made-to-measure menswear.
According to designer James Mansour, Principal of Mansour Design, “The intimate club-style interior expresses that ephemeral spirit of sprezzatura—quintessentially cool, unmistakably Italian nonchalance—layered with the textures, colors, and flavors of New York city’s resurgent Soho district.” Menashe also tapped Mansour to develop the Sartoria Studio brand identity.
Whether a custom tuxedo, suit, sport jacket, or oxford shirt, each bench crafted Sartoria Studio garment is designed to impress and constructed to last using only the finest materials from leading textile mills including Loro Piana, Dormeuil, Drapers by Vitale Barberis Canonico, Caccioppoli Napoli, Holland & Sherry, and more. Made-to-order apparel can be further customized with a range of elevated trims and embellishments like hand-stitched bone or mother-of-pearl buttons, custom monograms, and premium accessories such as the house’s own hand-stitched cashmere and silk pocket squares.
In addition to samples and ready-to-wear men’s accessories, premium denim, and attire from the likes of Thomas Mason, the lounge gallery also features a rotating exhibition of limited-edition collectibles, artworks, design objects, and furnishings curated by James Mansour. Each and every item in the store, from the décor to the wall art, is available for sale – ensuring that the lounge environment will always be in a state of evolution.
The haberdashery, located at 65-69 West Houston Street at the corner of Wooster Street, welcomes clients seven days a week, whether a walk-in or private appointment. Clients booking private appointments can expect a pampering experience, with the chance to enjoy catered fare and beverages courtesy of the Studio’s own private chef. The seamless experience also extends after hours with off-site fittings, sample deliveries, and on-call styling advice from the company’s styling concierges available upon request.
Clients can also be assured that their February purchases will contribute to a good cause. Jack Menashe will be donating 10% of sales from the month of February to The Blue Jacket Fashion Show cause, via the Fashion Group International (FGI) Foundation benefiting nonprofit advocacy group ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. With FGI, Sartoria Studio is proud to support the non-profit’s efforts to raise awareness and funding to support prostate cancer patients, improve early detection, and reduce mortality, with special emphasis on remedying racial disparities and supporting underserved communities. Sartoria Studio also outfitted Blue Jacket event Co-Founder and fashion designer Frederick Anderson in a made-to-measure Sartoria Studio blue jacket for the recent Blue Jacket Fashion Show in New York City, and the jacket was also on display in the store for the event.
7 times a celebrity has made a social statement with their style
Celebrity fashion has always been talked about in the media. From Gaga’s iconic VMA meat dress to Jason Sudeikis’ statement suit about racism in football during the Ted Lasso premiere, celebrities know how to use the red carpet as a platform for political activism.
Fashion is about so much more than a label, style can tell a story in seconds, making it the perfect outlet for opinion leaders with popular platforms.
Look closely at seven key moments in fashion history when a celebrity outfit made the next day’s newspaper.
Lady Gaga / Meat Dress
The 2010 VMAs will always go down in history thanks to Lady Gaga’s most iconic fashion statement, the meat dress. Known for her quirky style and her passion for using her platform for good, she’s not s stranger to an out-there outfit, but this one came with a social cause behind it.
In a protest against the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented military workers from being open about their sexuality, Gaga used the meat dress to speak up about sexuality not being a choice.
“If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights…pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones,” she told Ellen.
Less than a year later, the same policy was fully repealed in September 2011.
Laverne Cox / #TransIsBeautiful
Second up is Laverne Cox, with her statement style choice at the 2019 Emmy awards. Carrying a rainbow clutch designed by Edie Parker, she sported the statement #TransIsBeautiful to draw attention to the discrimination of Trans people in the US Supreme Court.
Protesting against the discrimination of employment rights in the LGBTQ+ community under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Laverne Cox stated that “A lot of people aren’t talking about this case, and it has implications for the LGBT community. But it has implications for women and anyone who doesn’t conform to someone else’s idea of how you should be… A man or woman or neither,” in a recent interview with E!
Just a year later, the Supreme Court rectified the act, ruling that LGBTQ+ employees would be protected from work-based discrimination.
Jason Sudeikis / Racism In Football
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Ted Lasso actor Jason Sudeikis also made a statement during the premiere of the newest season of the hit football-focused show Ted Lasso.
Choosing to sport a black top with the names of three black England team players on it, the star started a conversation about racism in football after the three players showcased faced racial abuse on the back of the 2020 European cup.
“They caught a lot of guff online, the three young Black men,” Sudeikis explained “And our show is rooted in both, you know, despising things like bullying and racism or whatnot, but it also is rooted and takes place in London, in England. And so yeah, it was just our way to use this big fancy premiere to spotlight them and let them know we got their back.”
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez / Tax The Rich
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Who says political figures can’t make statements with their fashion too? At the 2021 Met Gala, American politician Alexandria Ocasio Cortez did just that with her “TAX THE RICH’ dress.
In an attempt to get the attention of NYC elected officials who would be attending the event, she took to the red carpet to share her options on the healthcare system and climate action.
“The medium is the message,” she said on Instagram. “The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.”
Spike Lee / Kobe Bryant Tribute
Fashion statements don’t always have to be political. American filmmaker Spike Lee gave us an example of that at the 2020 Oscars after walking the red carpet in a fashion tribute to the late Lakers player Kobe Bryant.
Laced in Lakers colours, purple and gold and embodied with the number 24, the emotional message paid tribute to the work Lee did with Kobe in his last documentary, Kobe Doin’ Work.
Lizzo / VOTE Dress
Lizzo is known for her extroverted personality and strong moral compass, so fans were not surprised to see her rocking her own fashion social statement at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
With just a few months left before the presidential election, Lizzo used her platform to encourage young fans to get out and vote.
Wearing a black Christian Siriano dress plastered with the word ‘VOTE’, she definitely stood out amongst the crowd.
Better still, after winning the award for Top Song Sales, she used her acceptance speech to further enhance her fashion statement.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed,” she said. “I wonder, would I be standing here right now if it weren’t for the big Black women who refused to have their voices suppressed? …Whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed.”
Harry Styles / Genderless Fashion
Last but not least, international pop star Harry styles has also had the media talking with his newest fashion statements. After dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ during his Love on Tour, Madison Square Garden performance, the singer came under fire for wearing feminine clothes.
Styles has since used his platform to remove gender stigmas from the fashion world. As the first man to appear on the cover of American Vogue in a dress, he uses his stage to campaign for LGBTQ+ rights, especially in the fashion industry.
“I’m not just sprinkling in sexual ambiguity to be interesting, I want things to look a certain way,” he told the Guardian. “Not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool.”
What’s next for the fashion world?
As long as fashion exists, it will be used to tell a story and make a statement. If you want to see yourself better, it’s time to take a look at what your own style says about you.
As celebrities make movements with their clothing choices, could it be time for you to make a style statement too?
A New Luxury Destination Planned to be “Silicon Valley’s Answer to Rodeo Drive
Stephen and Jared Silver, principals of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, are opening Silicon Valley’s most significant new luxury retail and dining destination in Fall of 2023. In a prime location near downtown Menlo Park, CA, the ultra-luxurious 35,000+ square foot development, known as Middle Plaza, marks a significant evolution for the region’s luxury experiences and is the first upscale development of its size and scope. The Middle Plaza development creates a centralized shopping and dining destination in the SF Bay Area, complete with world-class boutiques, Michelin-star award winning chefs, and spaces designed by acclaimed designers.
Stephen and Jared Silver and the late visionary real estate mogul John Arrillaga Sr., in partnership with Stanford University, set out to radically evolve the local community by creating a new cultural hub showcasing high-end shopping, dining, and art in the heart of world-leading technology companies and venture capital firms.
Although this $100+ million development is called “Middle Plaza”, the zip codes the new development serves are anything but middle-of-the-road, and consistently rank among the nation’s most affluent. According to NBC Bay Area KNTV Channel 11, almost half the USA’s 100 most expensive zip codes are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“In 2018, John (Arrillaga), Jared, and I agreed that the Middle Plaza development should answer the local community’s need for a new gathering space and destination that remains locally grounded yet rivals the world’s great shopping cities,” says Stephen Silver, CEO and Chairman of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry.
“Middle Plaza marks the next chapter in the evolution and growth of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry,” says Jared Silver, “and, with the help of our brand and local project partners, we will create a new standard of experiential luxury retail and dining in the Bay Area.”
To help him manifest the vision, Jared Silver recruited iconic Bay Area-based interior architect Jon de la Cruz to design uniquely different experiences on each floor of the three-story development. The ground floor will host six to seven mono-brand boutiques: one dedicated to Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and others to partners including a new BVLGARI boutique concept, and a number of Switzerland’s most exotic watchmakers including MB&F, H. Moser & Cie, Roger Dubuis, and additional brands to be announced shortly.
The second floor will host a ~4,000+ square foot indoor-outdoor apartment-lounge styled showroom featuring a world- class selection of watch and jewelry partners including MESSIKA, Hermes, Urwerk, Greubel Forsey, Laurent Ferrier, Bovet, Ressence, Louis Erard, Arnold & Son, and many more. The third-floor penthouse level of this grand townhouse- style building will host Stephen Silver’s high jewelry salon and their new corporate headquarters.
Middle Plaza will also be home to multiple dining experiences, including restaurateur Ayesha Thapar’s newest culinary experience, called Eylan, a highly anticipated encore to her Michelin-acclaimed Cal-Indian fusion Palo Alto-based restaurant named Ettan.
Previous Mayor and current City Council Member of Menlo Park, Betsy Nash, states, “The City of Menlo Park is looking forward to the opening of Middle Plaza. Its new residents, offices, retailers such as Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, and Ayesha Tharpar’s new Indian restaurant, will be exciting additions and a new center of vitality in our town.”
Ayesha Thapar: “We are excited to bring our new restaurant concept to life in Middle Plaza, that promises to become a landmark destination for the community. El Camino is going through a complete revival with developments like this infusing a vibrance to Menlo Park with new and exciting dining and retail options.”
Jon de la Cruz: “The spaces where you shop and dine should be as luxurious as the goods you purchase and the food you eat. Working with the Silvers to create this environment brings a new aesthetic to shopping in Menlo Park. As a San Francisco native, we worked to make sure the identity of the Bay Area compliments this new upscale retail space, making it both luxurious and local.”
This once-in-a-lifetime project, set to open in fourth quarter of 2023, represents only the latest milestone in the growth of the family- owned company, helmed by Stephen and Jared Silver. Stephen has been a driving force in the jewelry world for over 45 years, acquiring, selling, manufacturing, and trading in some of the rarest and most precious jewelry and gemstones. Jared Silver, President of the company, led the opening of its retail division in 2014 and quickly positioned Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry as one of the world’s leading retailers of high-end independent watches and fine jewelry.
Fashion Group International Announces 2023 Rising Star Awards Finalists
Fashion industry advocacy group and career incubator Fashion Group International (FGI) has revealed its official 2023 Rising Star Awards finalists with a new slate of inclusive fashion, beauty, and related categories. The 27th annual ceremony – a ticketed, red carpet luncheon – is set to take place in New York City on May 8, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
“It is our honor to welcome the fashion industry to the FGI Rising Star Awards each year as we gather to celebrate some of the most promising new talents in the fashion, beauty, and business sectors,” said Maryanne Grisz, FGI President and CEO. “FGI has always sought to support the industry and our members, whether well-established or emerging talent. Over the years, past FGI Rising Star honorees have risen to become some of the leading voices in the business, and I cannot wait to cheer on our finalists in their next successes.”
Andrew Kwon, Andrew Kwon
Bach Mai, Bach Mai
Kate Barton, Kate Barton
Terry Singh, Terry Singh
Manuel Tiscareño, Tiscareno
Autumn Adeigbo, Autumn Adeigbo
Stephen Mikhail, Atelier Cillian
Kelsey and Cassidy Tucker, Deviate
Marrisa Wilson, Marrisa Wilson New York
Alex and Michael Toccin, Toccin
Marusya Tamboura and Burkindy, Jahnkoy
Nicholas Raefski, Nicholas Raefski
Joseph DeAcetis, Potro
Teddy von Ranson, Teddy von Ranson
Stephanie Miklosvary, Lucky Chick
Michael and Diana Wilson, Saints & Sinners Haircare
Raquel Riley Thomas, Raquel Riley Thomas Beauty
Accessories – Hard and Soft Goods Categories
Celia Torvisco, Celia Torvisco
Chris Donovan, Chris Donovan Footwear
Jennifer Rose Smail, Cuddigan Leather
Megan Key Campos & Nick Lucio, Oncept
Rowell Concepcion, Binata Millinery
Metri Holliday,Metri Holliday LLC
Lei Li / Yiren Zhou, Monsecret New York
Hakan Orrling, Arild
Ritika Ravi, Ivar Jewelry
Maika Rivera Tanpoco and Melizza Jaune Tanpoco, Jaune Pearls
Collab Name: Jared Jewelers x NBA Cleveland Cavaliers “Junkyard Dog Chain”
Dan Hines, Marketing Director, Jared
Collab Name: Wolverine 1000 Mile x Old Rip Van Winkle
Scott Schoessel, VP, Global Marketing – Wolverine, Bates & Hytest, Wolverine Worldwide
Collab Name: AMER_ICAN and various designers
Vesna Cremona, Founder, AMER_ICAN
FGI Special Awards for 2023
The Hilldun Business Innovation Award
Recognizing Marcelo Guimarães and Jordana Guimarães, Fashinnovation
FGI Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year
Recognizing Kimberly Carney, The Wires
The annual awards event, now in its 27th year, is a vital extension of FGI’s ongoing mission to connect and support the global fashion diaspora with vital career resources and connections for long term success. In many cases, the competition offers first time brand exposure for finalists. In order to be nominated, participants must not have been in business longer than six years. Past Rising Star Awards winners have gone on to great acclaim and success, including Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, Brandon Maxwell, Thom Brown, Bond No. 9, Warby Parker, Dylan Lauren of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway, to name a few.
Leading up to the event, FGI will fete the finalists at a pre-awards party on April 4 at Sartoria Studio made-to-measure haberdashery in Soho, located at 65-69 West Houston Street in New York.
2023 FGI Rising Star Awards Sponsors include Hilldun Corporation
Confirmed RSVP required for event entry and on-site coverage.
When: May 8, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty-One on the Hudson
Press RSVP: RSVP@anamartinspr.com
ABOUT FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1928 by a group of seventeen women leaders, with original charters including Helena Rubenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Head, and other renowned fashion icons, Fashion Group International (FGI) was established as an industry forum for career advancement. Today, the non-profit organization remains dedicated to connecting and supporting fashion professionals at every level, from startups to seasoned professionals. By providing access, education, and connection, FGI seeks to spark creativity, fuel innovation, and advance the business of fashion.
FGI maintains a headquarters in New York City, chapters in numerous regions worldwide, and a roster of over 5,000 active members in fashion and related design sectors including apparel, accessories, beauty, retail, and lifestyle. Vital member benefits offered to FGI members include ongoing professional development opportunities, forums for discussion and networking, market insights, mentorship opportunities with industry leaders, business directories and resources, and high-profile event platforms for professional recognition.
The Fashion Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Fashion Group International and is dedicated to nurturing the fashion talent of tomorrow through education, scholarships, internships, and career counseling services. The FGI Foundation also promotes charitable partnerships and impactful public service initiatives.
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