• Joseph Abboud



    For his Spring 2017 collection, and to kick-off New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Joseph Abboud hosted an intimate breakfast before presenting his new collection comprised of 28 looks. The season was influenced by Ernest Hemingway, giving a nod to the American voyager. A man hungry for knowledge and adventure who collects his rich, softly tailored wardrobe of linen, silk, and cotton as he explores the world, from New York and Paris, to Havana and Madrid.

    “This collection was a very personal endeavor for me. Having studied at the Sorbonne, I spent my 21st birthday in Paris, and celebrated with one of my professors in a café outside of Notre Dame,” Abboud says. “As the clock struck midnight, he handed me Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and highlighted the passage that read: ‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.'”

    With a palette of ivory, chocolate, white, sand, flax, and tobacco, Abboud’s clothes are simultaneously tailored and informal, thus ensuring the Spring 2017 man is ready for whatever unexpected expedition might await him. Printed linen and rustic jacquards lend a bold elegance to raw, deconstructed suits and separates, which allow the textiles to take on a life of their own. These clothes are substantial—just like the men who wear them—but the fabrics have an organic, heirloom quality that exudes an anything-goes confidence and an effortless sophistication that is inherently American.

    About Joseph Abboud
    Since the age of sixteen, Joseph Abboud has been passionate about fashion. He started his career in menswear at Louis of Boston and later Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1987, Joseph Abboud launched his own eponymous label. Shortly after its debut, Abboud was accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row (1989 & 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Other awards and honors include The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, the first Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and again in March of 1993, and Person of the Year award from the American Apparel & Footwear Association in 2016.

    Abboud joined Tailored Brands Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) as its Chief Creative Director in December 2012. Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Tailored Brands Inc. acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud. Abboud re-launched his label, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modern-American lifestyle collection. The Joseph Abboud designer collection launched in October 2014 on Joseph Abboud.com and is now available at the Joseph Abboud Flagship Store in New York City. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @JosephAbboud and Facebook.

  • The Magic of Nolcha

    Image: Co-founders Arthur Mandel and Kerry Bannigan pose with celebrity Christina Milian on the red carpet during the Nolcha Shows.

    When co-founders Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel initially created the Nolcha Shows, the motive for its development was to create a cost effective platform for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections during New York Fashion Week. The result solidified a true fashion machine that reconstructed the industry dynamics and created a new hub for a priced-out segment of the fashion industry. Our editor-in-chief, Tiffany Tate, catches up with the founders of the Nolcha Shows on its mission, its goals and the upcoming New York Fashion Week season in September 2016.

    LINGER: How has the Nolcha Shows guided aspiring independent fashion designers in overcoming the various obstacles in the fashion industry?

    NOLCHA: Today, we continue on this mission providing a 360 turnkey solution supporting designers via the fashion show production preparation of press, guest lists, model selection, hair/makeup styling teams and quality production teams. We aim to help designers overcome the overwhelming situation of planning and executing a fashion show during New York Fashion Week and also provide the added benefit of media results post show to use in their marketing efforts. We definitely find ourselves providing a lot of guidance as well regarding brands preparing themselves for retail.

    LINGER: Each season, Linger has witnessed the team cohesiveness of the entire Nolcha team – the unified pride of the models on the runway, the proud smiles of the fashion designers during their runway finale, to the thunderous applause from the audience. What is your advice for designers and models who wish to be a part of the Nolcha Show family?

    NOLCHA: Thank you, we truly appreciate your continued support throughout the seasons! We pride ourselves on the efficient guidance and expertise that we provide our clients throughout the process, from when they are accepted to do the show until post show when we recap on the project. We seek brands who are innovative and stand out, but also marketable and relevant to the industry so that they can launch a successful brand at all levels. When we do meet with brands and models to decide to work together, we always seek very personable and professional people as we have to work together for several months. It is also important to us to have transparency at all times so that we can truly help somebody grow and work with them to overcome any of their concerns, obstacles or fears for the season.

    LINGER: How the Nolcha Shows influenced the growth of a particular designer/collection?

    NOLCHA: The Nolcha Shows influences a variety of brands on different levels each season, but my most recent favorite was the launch of MINAN WONG last season. The response to her brand was fantastic and she is still receiving support from media and industry today. She is returning to our runway this upcoming season and I truly believe this will see her brand go from strength to strength. She has caught the attention of the media and now would be excellent to increase her retail relationships and stockist placement.

    LINGER: Outside of the Nolcha Shows, who do you feel is the designer on the rise?

    NOLCHA: We love the work of Charles Youssef. He is a part of the CFDA incubator and creates beautiful womenswear.

    LINGER: The Nolcha Shows continues to be one of the strongest platforms for emerging fashion talent. What can we expect this season?

    NOLCHA: For the Spring/Summer 2017 season, the Nolcha Shows will be presenting over 18 apparel and accessory brands during runway shows and the Fashion Media Lounge.

    The runway shows will take place September 12th at Artbeam and will showcase global designers during individual and collective runway shows. The Ones to Watch collective will present Jody Bell, Olivia B, MINAN WONG and the NY School of Design. The main runway showcase welcomes back ACID NYC and Rohitava Banerjee. Samantha Leibowitz will debut her Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Chinese designer LU YANG will present his Spring/Summer 2017 collection during an individual showcase.

    The Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge, taking place September 14th, 2016 at the Bryant Park Hotel, welcomes Media, bloggers and industry to connect and engage with global independent accessory designers. Designers showcasing this season include USA-based brands Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Taylord Blu, Riley Versa, Marshelly’s, James Carletons and EL VOYAGE. The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub will be showcasing APRELLEDUANY, Ami Doshi Shah, Sammy Handmade and Mafi Mafi. British debuting brands are DELA EVA and Oysby.

    Sponsors for the season include NeoGrid for Fashion, CitiBank, J.R Ewing Bourbon and Garden of Flavor.

    Linger Magazine is a proud media sponsor for the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms for full event coverage:

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  • Healthy Eating

    The 80/20 of Healthy Eating

    The Busy Professional’s Guide To Preparing Healthy Meals Fast Without Breaking The Bank

    In this article, you’ll learn 3 strategies that are incredibly useful for the busy person trying to eat healthy. They’ll even save you money. Before I give you the scoop, I want to know if anyone has told you this before. “It’s impossible to eat healthy when you’re busy.” OR “Sure, you can eat healthy when you’re busy. But it’ll cost you boatloads of cash.” I used to believe those people. In fact, I used to be one of them.

    A year ago, I was swamped. My life was the definition of busy. I raced from photo shoot to hosting gig to that night’s workshop. It felt like the accelerator on my life was stuck. Everywhere I went was a race. Because of this, I found it harder and harder to focus on my eating habits. I’d eat out to save time or I’d snatch up the cheaper deals to save money.

    But my health was as important to me as my career. How could I strike a balance? The solution landed on my lap while having coffee with my friend, Kimberly Kois McConnell. She was having the same issue. We identified the major hurdles most busy people have. By the end of a long day, you don’t want to deal with excessive prep-work of spending an hour or more getting your dinner ready. You barely have enough time as it is!

    On top of that, juggling ingredients for different recipes was confusing and time-consuming at the grocery store. We were so excited about what we discovered that we pulled together 30 busy professionals and shared with them our secrets for cooking healthy meals while saving precious time, energy, and cashola.

    Here’s 3 of the strategies we taught them:
    1. Batch Your Shopping: A big motivation for eating unhealthy takeout is having an empty fridge at home. No one wants to make a trip to the grocery store after a long day of hustling. So plan what you’ll eat at the start of the week and make ONE trip to the grocery store to buy everything you need. Not only will it save you time, it’s way more likely you’ll cook the healthy food if you actually have yourself stocked up. If you want to save even more time and you don’t mind the small upcharge, use Instacart to have your groceries delivered directly to your home or apartment. You can also checkout Thrivemarket.com to get wholesale prices on high quality food delivered directly to your door.

    2. Strategize Your Meal Prep: We found that if you spend an hour prepping for the week it could save you 3-4 hours of working during the rest of the week. Prepping your meals on a less busy day (usually Sunday) helps you get on track before the week even starts. I prep for the week while I’m cooking my dinner that night since I’m already in the kitchen anyway. Ask yourself what can I prep today so I can just dive straight into the cooking during the week? One major time saver is chopping up the vegetables ahead of time. Get it all out of the way once and you won’t need to see a cutting board for the rest of the week. I also usually batch cook quinoa so all I have to do is reheat. I prepare any protein like chicken breasts on my prep day too so they are already seasoned.

    3. Stretch Your Ingredients: Here’s a big one: use recipes that include similar ingredients. For some people, eating healthy means sacrificing variety. They’ll eat the same thing over and over. You don’t have to do this with this protocol. Mix and match with the same set of ingredients to create very different flavor combinations. For example, I’ll buy eggs and make a vegetable frittata one night and scrambled eggs another using leftover vegetables from the baked fish I had at the beginning of the week. Stretching your ingredients means you can buy larger quantities than if you were buying ingredients for just one recipe saving you money. Get Started With A Trial Week.

    “It’s impossible to eat healthy when you’re busy” just isn’t true. These 3 strategies are proof. They are a few of the biggest shifts you can make healthy eating apart of your life in tandem with a packed schedule. You’ll save time and money without sacrificing tastiness. So give it a shot. Make this next week your a “trial” week. You don’t have to live this way forever. Just see what it’s like. To make it even easier, you can get recipes we used when teaching our students this system: 5 meals each prepared for $11 or less with stress-free detailed instructions: http://taramagalski.com/5recipes

    So decide right now. What day will be your prep day this week? What are the core ingredients you know you love that you can rotate into different recipes? Take 5 minutes to think about it now. “I’m busy” is no longer an excuse.

  • James Carletons

    Leaving your mark in the world is a dream shared by many. Living your dream is a journey that is reached only by a creative few.

    This is a notion truly realized by the James Carleton brand. Skilled craftsmanship is upheld to the finest caliber and is notable in this Italian collection of luxury shoes. Strong construction ensures maximum comfort in detailed leather with a custom fit. The vision of the brand is developed through its view of fashion as a cultural entity and its goal to reach the stylish feet of women across the globe. James Carleton understands that although trends change, a dedication for custom design is not a fad.

    Here’s to a brand with a conceptual passion that will never expire.


    James Carletons will be showcasing at: http://nolchashows.com. Find out more about James Carletons at www.jamescarletons.com.

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