Fall Fashion Is In…Part 4…The Brooklyn Circus


Finally, one of our favorite retailers has come back to the internet with a newly stocked online store with some tremendous pieces for the late Fall. The Brooklyn Circus in a nutshell is one of the newest, and classiest clothing lines around for the intellectually fashionable. They company has several locations – Brooklyn, San Fransisco, Sweden – where they stock some beautiful private label items, as well as some mentionables from “comparable” clothiers. Needless to say, we don’t feel there is a comparison. The following items are our favorite and can be found at their locations, or on their online shop. The items aren’t cheap, but quality clothing rarely is:

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BKc V-Neck Cardigan Blue. $220.00.

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BKc Brushed Cotton Slacks Plum. $110.00.

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Wolverine Wesley Boot Brown/Tan. $285.00.

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BKc 8 Panel Hat Olive/Orange. $80.00.

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BKc 8 Panel Hat Brown/Black. $80.00.

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BKc 8 Panel Hat Red Plaid. $80.00.

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BKc College Basics Hoody. $160.00 — $170.00.

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BKc Cotton Varsity Navy. $250.00.

Are you ready to completely abandon CDs? The choice has been made for you.


Today, Side-Line Music Magazine published an article, outlining the plans of major  worldwide record labels to completely abandon the CD format as we know it. The  reasons seem to be quite obvious: low demand for the traditional “album” outside of  limited edition releases and labels will spend less money distributing the album. But  does the digital download devalue the music? Does the CD, and the tape, and the 12  inch vinyl before it, offer a quality that is unmatched by simply digital consumption?  Will we further devalue music because of the ability to instantaneously access it?

One party stated that a possible upside might be the label will spend less money on  the album in total, thus allowing for less money to be recouped from the artist, and  therefore allowing the artist to generate more income from the album’s release –  wrong. The label will just allocate the “costs” to some other phantom expense on the balance sheet, probably into marketing as this fascination with the juxtaposition between social media and music continues to climb at an unprecedented pace.

Many business around the world will become defunct, with the consolidation of music distribution becoming more and more concentrated into the hands of the few, to be rationed out to the masses. These “hands” will more than likely iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Facebook, who has recently been inking deals with several music streaming services in order to add integration into its user account architecture. Amazon is the most interesting of the bunch, as it is currently the world’s largest CD distributor, and probably in the top 5 globally ranked online streaming services as well. This is going to put a lot of pop into this stock, for those of you interested in that sort of thing.

This transition is supposed to occur over the next 5 years, and Amazon is poised to be the basket that will hold all limited edition releases of CD albums in the not to distant future. So it seems that with the devaluation of the album, it will find itself resurrected in other forms. Clearly the labels expect to increase their profit margin on their musical product. But who is to stay the world’s heavyweight digital music companies won’t jack up the prices on the labels over time…food for thought.

Year of the Overachievers

16/10/2011 2 comments

This has been an eventful year in Rap Music. Dr. Dre tried to make a comeback. Super groups were formed: The Throne featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West, Wayne and Drake have an album coming out soon, also, the Bugatti Boyz, Rick Ross and Diddy are suppose to drop early next year. Outside of that, the most surprising thing about this year were the Rookie debuts.

It all started on March 29… Wiz Khalifa released his first album “Rolling Papers” under Atlantic Records. Critics stated he wouldn’t break 100k first week. He ended up selling 197,000 albums and was number one on Nielsen SoundScan charts. Multiple hits on the radio, and a strong “Steelers” campaign with “Black and Yellow” have turned him into a superstar.

Astonishingly, Rapper Big Sean didn’t make an impact with sales – only selling 85k. Still, he did exceed expectations with his singles. He has two number one Billboard singles “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” and “My Last”. His other single, “I Do It”, was in the top 5 , and it also got him an endorsement deal with Adidas.

Another rapper to make an impressive statement was Jay-Z’s protégé, J.Cole. The North Carolina born lyricist puts his heart on every track, and he speaks about real issues. He didn’t have a big following, and was projected to sell around 115k. He actually doubled that total, selling 217,000 copies his first week on the charts. On deck for a release is Wale, after having a disappointing rookie campaign. With only 28k albums sold under Interscope, he was eventually dropped from the label. Wale gets a second chance to put DC back on with his sophomore album “Ambition” which drops on November 1st under the Maybach Music Group. Hopefully this time around he’ll trend like his peers and beat the odds.

By Jon Matthews

Categories: Music, Uncategorized

Fall Fashion is in…Leam – Men’s Collection…Part 3.


Here is the 3rd installment of our Fall Fashion Series. This post will include exclusively the Men’s wardrobe, with the Ladies to follow soon after. LEAM is a high-fashion boutique located in Rome, Italy. They have a very nice selection of fairly limited items, some of which are not seen often outside of the major fashion cities of the world – Tokyo, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles… Needless to say, we felt showing a few of our favorite highlights would be appropriate…

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THOM BROWNE MEN SHIRT CELESTE. €177,00.

THOM BROWNE UOMO CAMICIA CELESTE - 90010

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DOLCE & GABBANA MEN’S STRIPED SHIRT. €97.00.

DOLCE & GABBANA MEN'S STRIPED SHIRT - 88703

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BLUE MEN’S JACKET FANTASY RANGES. €756.00.

BLUE MEN'S JACKET FANTASY RANGES - 86185

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SWORD MAN SHEEPSKIN BLACK. €860.00.

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BARENA MAN JACKET BLUE. €290.00.

BARENA MAN JACKET BLUE - 92724

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BURBERRY MEN’S BLACK JACKET. €1005.00

BURBERRY MEN'S BLACK JACKET - 93903

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GREY SHIRT BLUE MEN’S RANGE. €389.00.

Netflix to split itself in 2…DVD and Streaming services to separate.


Netflix – Qwikster

The CEO thinks that he would be foolish to keep the businesses as one, given the fact that the DVD business is in noticeable decline. He would rather focus on the opportunities for growth, and thereby separate the emerging dead weight from the profitable and growing balance sheet of “Netflix”. This is an interesting move to say the least. Qwikster is also a horrible name. Could have done better. Read and comment on what you think!

Fall Fashion is in…Dr. Jays…Part 2.


This is for the “urbanite”. By the way, we hope that you find this selection of fashionable items in the “Fall Fashion” series interesting. It is our hope that we inspire some fusion of the styles that we have highlighted:

COOGI - Monaco Hi

Coogi Grey Monaco Hi. $70.

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DRJ Leather Shoppe - Leather Moto Racer, S-6X

Leather Moto Racer. $275.

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ORiSUE - Knots nylon hoodie jacket

Knots Nylon Hoodie Jacket. $90.

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Champion - CHAMPION CHENILLE C LOGO CHAMPION SUPER PANT SWEATPANTS

Champion Chenille C Logo Champion Super Pant Sweatpants. $60.

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WT02 - Detachable Hoodie Blazer

WT02 Detachable Hoodie Blazer. $104.

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ORiSUE - Humphrey vneck crew with stripes

Humphrey V-Neck Crew With Stripes. $84.

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Lacoste - Cotton Jersey V-Neck Sweater

Cotton Jersey V-Neck Sweater. $98.

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Baby Phat - Double V-Neck Dress

Double V-Neck Dress. $59.

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Ecko Red - ACTIVE HOODIE WITH BACK PRINT

Active Hoodie With Back Print. $38.

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Sean John - All-Over Me Jumpsuit

All-Over Me Jumpsuit. $66.

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Baby Phat - BELTED PUFF JACKET

Belted Puff Jacket. $104.

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Rocawear - You Got Me Polo

You Got Me Polo. $44.

Fall Fashion is in…Thom Browne and the Black Fleece. Part 1.


The following features can be found in the Black Fleece collection at Brooks Brothers, designed by Thom Brown – an economist by trade and a fashion designer by fate. Phenomenal work, more to come during the week:

______________________________________________________________________________________________Pure silk.  Navy Black Fleece Logo. 2 1/4" width. Grosgrain trim at neck. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

Guard Stripe with Logo Tie. $125.

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Lightweight merino wool jersey. Mother-of-pearl buttons. Grosgrain trim at front placket and sleeve cuffs. Locker loop. Dry clean. Imported.

Merino Cardigan. $425.

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Worsted wool . Three-button roll over lapel, center vent. Genuine horn buttons,  locker loop at back neck. Fully lined in striped cotton and modal blend. Jacket sleeves are lined in Bemberg and unfinished; signature cuff has two-button holes.  Dry clean. Made in the USA.

Ticket Pocket Jacket. $975.

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Double layer cotton macintosh. Khaki shell with contrast navy back. Self fabric belt and buckle. Genuine mother-of-pearl buttons. Locker loop at back neck. Half-lined in cupro, cotton and polyester blend signature stripe lining. Dry clean. Imported.

Military Trench. $700.

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Pure wool. Plain-front wide leg trousers with hook-and-bar waist closure, zip fly and interior button-tab extension. Horn buttons. Locker loop. Unlined. Unfinished. Dry clean. Imported.

Wool Windowpane Wide Leg Trousers. $350.

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Black pebble leather and pony hair. 3" stacked heel, leather sole and lining. Locker loop. Made in Italy.

Pony Oxford. $600.