NEW YORK – Expanding its footprint in men’s fashion, Cadillac today launched a specially curated capsule collection, expressed in 15 looks, chosen and styled by fashion icon Nick Wooster. The Cadillac Capsule Collection is comprised of pieces from the Fall/Winter 2015 collections of today’s most influential emerging designers, many of whom showcase their work annually at New York Men’s Day (NYMD), which the brand has supported since its inception.
The Cadillac Capsule Collection will be available exclusively on Gilt.com/CadillacCapsule at full price beginning on September 9, 2015, and will include select pieces from David Hart, Cadet and Ernest Alexander unavailable at any other retailer. The Cadillac Capsule Collection ranges in price from $59 to $2,000. All of Wooster’s 15 looks will debut at a kick-off VIP shopping event in New York City on September 1.
“We look forward to bringing the groundbreaking designs of the designers of New York Men’s Day to a greater audience in partnership with Nick Wooster and Gilt,” said Melody Lee, director of Cadillac Brand Strategy & Planning.
This partnership with emerging talent represents Cadillac’s continued commitment to platforms that elevate up-and-coming designers who are making waves in the industry through their daring approach to style and design. The collection features a diverse assortment of pieces from Cadet, Carlos Campos, David Hart, Ernest Alexander, Gents, J. Lindeberg, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, PLAC, and Timo Weiland.
“Getting dressed is a form of self-expression, and today, men are more attuned than ever to the possibilities in front of them,” Wooster said. “My approach to curating this collection with Cadillac was to show a spectrum of ideas that can fit into a variety of lifestyles. We’ve worked with a cross section of some of the most interesting emerging designers to create a collection that is, in my opinion, stylish, appropriate and cool.”
“For me, participating in the Cadillac Capsule Collection was an opportunity to mix style and performance, which are two words that I’ve always found synonymous with Cadillac,” said designer David Hart.
The Cadillac Capsule Collection caps a significant year for the brand within the menswear arena, including presenting sponsorships for both seasons of New York Men’s Day, as well as a multi-season partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America in support of the first New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
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ABOUT NICK WOOSTER
Kansas born, New York based Nick Wooster, has a resume that reads like a roll call of America’s top fashion brands. Nick’s illustrious tenure in the menswear space has spanned over 30 years with stints at Calvin Klein, Barneys New York, Ralph Lauren, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, where he held the position of Men’s Fashion Director until 2011. Most recently Nick has been consulting for a handful of global fashion brands while cultivating an enviable digital presence and a vast network of followers on social media. A true fashion authority, Nick continues to push boundaries through his work and distinctive personal style.
Gilt, www.gilt.com, is an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences every day at insider prices. Gilt continually searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion for women, men, and children; home decor; and unique activities in select cities and destinations. We believe that every day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired.
Established in 2011 by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt, CADET is entirely designed and manufactured in the brand’s own factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With complete control over design and manufacturing, CADET provides the highest quality in an ethical way and stays true to the brands DNA to be “Made in the USA.” Inspired by the post-war military academy era, CADET includes a full range of shirts, pants, outerwear, knits and swim that captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the 1950s and 1960s. CADET is a student of precision, focusing on quality and clean lines for a crisp aesthetic that honors classic silhouettes while continuing to push menswear design forward with bold prints and colors.
ABOUT CARLOS CAMPOS
Born in Honduras, Carlos Campos grew up in design household, inspired by his father, a master tailor. It was here that Carlos decided to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a fashion designer. At 13, Campos left Honduras and walked to New York City to pursue his own version of the American Dream. In 2007 his debut collection was named Best Menswear Collection at Mexico City Fashion Week and was named The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star for Menswear in 2009. In 2010, he collaborated with architect Santiago Calatrava, on costumes for “Estancias,” Calatrava’s and Campos’ first project for the New York City Ballet. In 2011, Campos a Top 10 finalist for the esteemed CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, a great honor as he was the first Latino-American Menswear designer to have been nominated as a Fund finalist. Carlos’ designs have been worn by some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment such as Carmelo Anthony, Victor Cruz, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, John Legend, Ethan Hawke, Jack Houston, Franz Ferdinand and the Killers… all of whom are fans of the brand’s tailoring-driven clean esthetic and Latin-inspired color palettes.
ABOUT DAVID HART
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland; David Hart began designing clothing at a young age. At 17, he received the Fashion Group International Scholarship Award and moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received his BFA in fashion design, with a specialization in evening wear and tailoring. Over the next seven years, while designing for Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, Hart refined his skills. He honed his eye for sartorial craftsmanship, explored his interest in the history of American sportswear, and continued to cultivate his own distinct aesthetic. In 2009, Hart launched his independent neckwear line, David Hart & Co., a collection of luxury ties, bow ties, and pocket scarves. Expanding his focus over the following years, he debuted his first full ready-to-wear collection of menswear in 2013 under the label David Hart.
ABOUT ERNEST ALEXANDER
Founded in 2009, Ernest Alexander is a New York City-based menswear brand known for American-made accessories and men’s tailored clothing. Designer and founder Ernest Sabine was named GQ Magazine’s 2013 “Best New Menswear Designer in America.” Ernest conceived the brand while working in the creative department at Laird + Partners, an uber luxe branding agency. At the time, he was on the hunt for the perfect men’s bag. Unsatisfied, he decided to launch his own men’s accessories label. It was out of this quest that the brand was born. Since then the label has fully evolved into a complete lifestyle brand that now includes clothing, shirting, denim and tailored suiting. In February 2013, Ernest held his first fashion presentation during New York Fashion Week debuting his fall/winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection to both buyers and press to much acclaim.
With 12+ years of experience in the fashion industry, most recently as the Calvin Klein Men’s Public Relations and Celebrity Director for five years and Gilt Groupe Men’s Public Relations Director for the past year, Gents Founder + CEO Josh Reed had amassed an extremely strong education of the inner workings of the men’s fashion, retail and e-commerce business. He had observed very carefully all aspects of what it takes to build and sustain a brand. His hard work ethic, success in the business at such a young age and his unique ability to connect on a personal level, cemented invaluable connections in the fashion and entertainment industries. Like most men, Josh Reed always loved to wear baseball caps. He would wear them any chance he could: to the gym, on weekend afternoons, to dinners, to work when it was appropriate and even to red carpet and industry events with a suit or tuxedo.
Gents officially launched in November 2012 and quickly expanded to other categories by consumer demand within a month leading toward a full men’s attainable luxury lifestyle brand.
ABOUT J. LINDEBERG
The Scandinavian Fashion House J.Lindeberg was founded in Stockholm in 1996 with the vision to build an international brand for modern and aware consumers. The company bridges fashion and function, offering outstanding products for a modern active lifestyle. The collections consist of menswear and womenswear offering fashion, tailoring, golf and skiwear. The fashion collections are presented at the international fashion weeks in e.g. New York, Beijing, London and Stockholm – the sportswear collections are worn by some of the world’s best athletes. Born and raised in Holland, Jessy Heuvelink joined J.Lindeberg in 2005 to design and develop the Golf Collections. He is now J.Lindeberg’s Head of Design with full responsibility for the company’s fashion lines, Mens’ and Women’s as well as a design department of 10 people.
ABOUT MARK MCNAIRY NEW AMSTERDAM
Supported by the strength of a cult following of dedicated, fashion-forward young men around the globe, designer Mark McNairy has risen from an under-the-radar favorite to a driving force in contemporary American style. His collection of menswear and footwear, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, is defined by a strong sense of sartorial history with an eye fixed on the future, and combines the designer’s vast knowledge of American and English tailoring tradition and complete dedication to craftsmanship.
Launched in 2009, PLAC is to design an innovative yet wearable line at quality with an assured price-point, targeting young men and women who have strong fashion sensibilities. Starting off as a denim brand, they’ve expanded their boundary to contemporary clothing by incorporation unique twists to basic wear, plus adding printed fabrications.
ABOUT TIMO WEILAND
Timo Weiland’s first men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection debuted for Spring-Summer 2010. The collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Based in and inspired by New York City, the Timo Weiland collection reflects Timo, Alan, and Donna’s personal aesthetic sensibilities and a broader desire to spur a return to the art of dressing. Timo Weiland works with established luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, Moda Operandi, and key independents like Intermix, Shopbop, and Atrium New York. Celebrities the likes of Krysten Ritter, Levin Rambin, and Taylor Lautner are supporters of Timo Weiland, and are often seeing wearing their designs on the red carpet.