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New Men’s Luxe Fashion Label, Stinson R. Ely, Inks Haute Fabric Deal With Lochcarron of Scotland.
Signaling its intent to battle Italy’s top brands for a chunk of men’s ultra-luxe fashion niches, Stinson R. Ely announced a fabric deal with Lochcarron of Scotland that promises an artisan-made men’s collection without rival, the world over.
By: Stinson/R. Ely & Partners
Strategically, the announcement signals Stinson R. Ely’s focus on menswear’s ultra-luxe niches, exclusively. It also predicts nosebleed pricing and narrowly defines his target audience as dandies and well-heeled sartorialists.
Stinson’s just announced Lochcarron deal unites what is arguably the world’s premier luxury cloth maker with Rochester, New York’s Adrian Jules, itself arguably America’s premier artisan hand-maker of men’s luxe clothing, dress and formal slacks, included. Stinson R. Ely’s savvy allying of Lochcarron of Scotland with Adrian Jules dramatically bumps-up-the-
Beside predicting a slack collection retailing at ultra-luxury retail prices, Stinson’s deal with Lochcarron of Scotland also tips his design hand, promising dress and formal slacks that tilt heavily toward Tartans and richly textured flannels. A widely renowned dandy, Stinson’s design rep is for tastefully juxtaposing often flamboyant design twists atop classic design themes, then interpreting this modern take on traditional classics in bold, adventurous coloring. Extrapolating forward, Stinson R. Ely is expected to be chock full of vibrant colors, despite it a Fall-Winter edition.
Although Stinson declined to reveal retail prices or designs specifics ahead of the July launch of his Stinson R. Ely label at Mrket’s New York venue, pundits claim the combination of Lochcarron cloth with Adrian Jules’ artisan hand-make argues for a RTW slack collection trafficking in the $600 to $700 range at retail, a very narrow, nosebleed niche with barely handful of rivals. Though few in numbers, Stinson R. Ely’s short list of rivals – all top Italia brands – rank among the world’s most aggressive fashion marketers and include the likes of Kiton, Zanella, Brioni, Barbera, Incotex, and Canali.
Despite his luxe label’s freshman status, Stinson ranks a veteran designer who boasts a vaunted, if not enviable, list of design clients. Over his brand imaging firm’s 22-year tenure, Stinson and his longtime partner and co-designer, Robbi Ely, created the press and editorial collections for a bevy of top American and British luxury labels, including Robert Talbott and Audrey Talbott, Cole-Haan, Martin Dingman, Tommy Hilfiger, Insignia Design Group, Pantherella, Seaward & Stearn and others.
About Stinson R. Ely:
Born from the 22-year-old, Stinson/R. Ely & Partners, Inc. – the brand imaging, design and PR firm formed in 1988 by Andy Stinson and Robbi Ely -- the debut collection of their luxe menswear brand features neckwear and pocket squares, dress slacks, sport coats, hosiery and dress shirts.
Bereft of basics, it’s a dandy’s collection, exclusively, its designs inspired by the Duke of Windsor and popularized by Hollywood’s dashing, silver screen idols.
Completed shortly before her passing, 18-months ago, Stinson R. Ely pays tribute to the design genius of co-designer, Robbi Ely, an ardent minimalist whose own design influence, time and again, proved the timeless saw that the most visually dramatic designs are those reduced to their simplest elements.
Stinson R. Ely -- along with its parent, Stinson/R. Ely & Partners – is headquartered in San Diego, California, at 8775 Aero Drive. Zip code is 92123. Website is http://www.stinsonrely.com. Fall-Winter 2012 "look book" is available in print or PDF versions. Phone for Stinson/R. Ely & Partners corporate offices, Stinson R. Ely, or its co-designer, Andy Stinson, is 858-573-1698. Stinson R. Ely is a founding member of the Alliance of American Luxury Makers (ALM).
J. Andy Stinson, co-designer
Bobbi Koller, associate designer
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Stinson/R. Ely & Partners is a 25-year-old, San Diego- and New York-based publc relations and publicity firm specializing in fashion designers and luxury-niched fashion brands. American brands and designers are the company's exclusive focus.