Hiring | Social Media / E-Commerce Intern

Wednesday July 27, 2016

 

We are currently searching for a digital intern to start August 2016 to assist in managing Roden Gray’s online blog, social media and digital content.

The Intern will:

  • Report to the Creative Content Director
  • Assist in managing social media platforms
  • Prepare and format shop blog articles
  • Source imagery for content curation
  • Generate content pitches and ideas

 Come holla if you are…

  • Working towards a university degree or college diploma in journalism, marketing, communications, advertising, or any other related discipline.
  • Fluent on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop
  • Passionate about fashion, menswear, culture, and lifestyle

 

If interested, please apply with your cover letter, resume, and links to social media or blog.

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Buyer's Log | John Elliott Season 9 - Watching Waters

Monday July 18, 2016

 

Elevating basics into fashion forward garments is no longer a strange thing for John Elliott. For the showing of his 9th collection, I had the chance of going back stage to watch it all happen from a different perspective - the angle of what really goes down, behind the scenes prior to the show.

I clocked in at 9:30am while the models were also arriving, two hours prior to John’s third runway show. Pusha T was already looking through the collection with John and Eugene Tong, the man who styled the entire show. Meanwhile, John goes over the collection entirely with Pusha and the models were starting to get their hair and make-up done.

John Elliott and Pusha T goes through the outfits for the show.

Models waiting for hair and makeup

Season 9, titled “Watching Waters,” is more of an epiphany for John, as he explains that the visionary inspiration came as a reflection after market week last season, while all the success and noise around him was slowly become a little overwhelming. The thought of luxury and success came to him, “What is luxury, and the definition at the end of the day? – it’s watching waters on a yacht” while making a reference to himself watching Jigga man’s Big Pimpin video in his senior years in high school. John also said that he didn’t want to create garments strictly for luxury - that's too obvious - but actual luxurious things that regular guys can wear, functional luxury that is understandable but still showing depth.

Just about an hour after I checked in backstage, more action was starting to pop off - the rundown of the walks on the run way (which was quite intense), and Eugene finalizing the details and footwear selection for outfits while shooting each look as they were completed. Yes, there were a lot going on and by this time, the energy was definitely climbing up, tense yet natural. 

While it was full throttle in the back with models, hair, and make up artists running around and plenty of media and press squads in the back getting the inside scoop, I decided to go up front to check out the set up for the stage. This year, in collaboration with Nate Brown’s creative studio Institute, John worked with Boiler Room and producer/recording artist Lee Bannon to produce a live soundtrack and stream. As the seating arrangements were being placed, plastic films from the mirrored walkway for the models were just being pulled away, with Lee testing out the soundtrack and speakers in the back.

The primary colors of blue and green weren’t the only standouts from this collection. Mineral wash inspired from the mid 90’s in pink, sand, olive and blue were also introduced for this season, right next to the usual black, white, and gray tones.

With attention to detail, fabrics and techniques were chosen and used in relation to the theme - needle punch as a technique with embroidery through sweaters, hoodies, and jackets was used. This was something they discovered in Japan, a craft very similar to laser perforation but more precise in execution, as each of the holes were done by hand. John also went out and embroidered the emblems of 60 yacht clubs from around the world in one of the jackets this season, to speak out on his interpretation and intention to its full extent.

As I made my way up front to the show, familiar faces such as Poggy from United Arrows, Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Nick Wooster, Tommy Ton and the ex-Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, were all popping out in the front rows seats across from me. 

It was quite unreal to watch everything unfold as each model walked down the runway with the complete look. Big ups to John and Nobu for their dedication and vision to come up with what I think is their strongest collection by far. Thanks to Mike and Janet for their hospitality for inviting me backstage. After the show was finished, the buzz was now for reals in the back, John being surrounded by press coverage, friends, family, celebrities and the whole nine yards.

Clearly, with his charismatic laughs and the energy in the room - John Elliott is making waves.  

 

View the stream here.
Check out the looks here.

-Jacky outs.

Trend Alert: Collaboration Season

Wednesday July 06, 2016

The new trend this season seems to be collaborations. In particular collaborations with brands that were popular in the 90s Hip-Hop and Rave scene. Modern brands such as Gosha Rubchinsky, Off-White and Vetements collabrate with FilaUmbro, Juicy, Levi's, CarharttEastpak, Dr. Martens, Reebok, and Hanes to name a few. What could they possibly think of next? Perhaps a Vetements collaboration with Roden Gray? 

What You Need to Know | Thom Browne S/S17

Tuesday July 05, 2016

We all know you love Thom Brown and everything he has to offer. After all he is the man who made four bars iconic as well taking grosgrain ribbon from a nice accent on a gift box to a nice accent on a shirt. His crazy runway shows are what have made him so entertaining and somehow he seems to keep blowing us away with a new kind of spectacle season after season.  This seasons Spring/Summer 17 collection was his craziest collection to date full of theatrics, birds, sharks and wetsuits. Need I say more?

Heres a quick play by-play of what you missed out on this Spring/Summer 2017 collection. 

 

1. The Show Starts before The Show Really Starts 

An anonymous man sat on the stage by a palm tree while audience members settled themselves into their seats. Was he part of the show or was he simply tired of all the hype and was taking a rest? We never really did find out. Either way he hasn't been seen since. 

2. Seeing Double!

You do not need to be a huge fan of Thom Browne to know that Thom loves a good uniform look. And whats not to love? As humans we love seeing the same thing over and over. Why do you think everyone keeps buying Thom Browne season after season! 

3. Take Off That Wetsuit Your Getting it Wet!

Ok well not really but at some point every model in the show took of their wetsuit to reveal real suits underneath ( Get it? It's a suit that can be worn as a wetsuit! Touché Mr.Browne you've surprised us yet again.) 

Lots of colour, print, and classic Thom Browne proportions were revealed as models unzipped their wetsuits to show the real runway pieces. 

4. Dance Little Monkey Dance! 

5. Surfs Up!

Not sure how real surfers will respond to Thom Browne creating a limited edition Thom Browne surfboard but here in the fashion world it wouldn't be fashionable if we didn't take it from a popular sub-culture, paste our favourite brand name on it, and sell it for triple the regular price! Joking aside these prints were perfect for appearing bright and colourful this surf season. 

 

 

Vetements Spring/Summer 2017

Tuesday July 05, 2016

Once again this seasons industry darling Vetements slays again on the runway with not only their classic oversized fits but also 18 collaborations. Known for bringing a sense of ironic style to fashion (DHL t-shirt anyone?) it is no surprise that Vetements has its pick of any other brand to collaborate with. With a mix of high and low end brands the list go as follows. Levi's, Carhartt, Eastpak, Dr. Martens, Reebok, Hanes, Juicy Couture, Alpha Industries, and Churches, as well as higher end labels such as Manolo Blahnik, Comme des Garçons, Canada Goose, Mackintosh, and Brioni. Most notably the revival of Juicy Couture (although did it ever really leave us?) Taking a look back at the classic velour jumpsuit Juicy Couture was the go to trendy piece of the 2000s. The likes of Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lauren Conrad could be spotted anywhere in LA trotting along in a hot pink Juicy Couture tracksuit while totting a small dog or ferret alongside as an accessory.

So how did Vetements renew the classic “never goes out of style” look?  They did what Vetements has become infamous for, taking classic brands and adding a new, modern spin on fit and silhouette. Oversized and awkward fits, as well as long velour evening gowns, mixed with irregular-fit pants are what made this season’s collection so loud and once again unexpected.

 You might consider 18 collaborations to be a huge endeavor, however Vetements designer Demna Gvasalias has made it clear that this seasons runway collection should be seen as 18 separate collections featuring 18 separate collaborations.

 Now here at Roden Gray we aren’t saying we expect you to step out of your Common Projects and into some 4” heel Manolo Blahnik/Vetements collaboration boots.  After all who’s to say Common Projects won’t be next in line for a possible Vetements collab? All we are saying is check out these looks that are a bit outside of your comfort zone, if not only for the pure entertainment that is Vetements.

 

Now Hiring | Full Time Sales Associate

Tuesday June 21, 2016

 

We're seeking applicants for the position of full time sales associate. The sales associate will assist customers in finding clothing, footwear, and accessories to fit their individual style. This is an excellent opportunity for style-conscious individuals to exercise their creativity and gain experience in a highly competitive field. Qualified candidates will possess a strong work ethic, a passion for learning on the job, and a desire to utilize and expand their selling abilities. 

Requirements are as follows:

- Full Time Only
- Minimum 2 years retail experience
- Professional presentation, excellent interpersonal skills
- Dependable, punctual, flexible schedule
- Fashion-forwarded and have a passion for the luxury fashion goods industry
- Team player with a pro-active attitude
- Ability to adapt to changing needs of the Company as necessary 

If you're interested please apply either in store at Roden Gray located at 8 Water Street or online by sending your Resume and Cover Letter to info@rodengray.com with subject: RG Recruit