Thursday, March 4th

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Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM

 

ONE SUIT-THREE DIFFERENT LOOKS
 
 
As design director for Haspel, the century-old label legendary for creating the seersucker suit and making preppy looks de rigueur at Ivy League campuses, Jeffrey Ammeen is not a choice out of central casting.  
 
The 45-year-old former professional musician favors pairing leather and silver bracelets – several on each wrist – with trim-tailored suits, striped buttoned-down shirts and bright narrow ties. He lives on a horse farm in New Jersey. His favorite piece of clothing is a vintage brown leather coat with fringe cuffs. And only recently did he take a liking to short hair.   
 
Yet at a time when younger men are increasingly dressing up and embracing modern interpretations of classic looks, Ammeen’s influence may be tailor-made to help lead the brand’s resurgence – as it seeks to recapture and, at the same time, reinterpret the rich heritage of a family-owned brand, born in the bayou of New Orleans, whose personable patriarch famously never wore socks and publicized “wash-and-wear” fabric by swimming suit-clad in the Atlantic Ocean.  
 
While Ammeen’s path to the house of Haspel may defy the usual script, he is no newcomer to the industry. The son of James Ammeen, a former senior executive at Burlington Industries who has been involved in several fashion labels as CEO of Neema Clothing, he was exposed to the business at an early age. He now fondly recalls how his father would touch the suit sleeves of complete strangers on elevators – all in the name of market research – and how he would accompany him on trips to fabric mills. Yet he resisted following his father’s coattails.
 
After graduating from Columbia University, he turned down a Wall Street job to pursue a passion for music he had since picking up a guitar at age six. Inspired by Harrison, Hendricks and Clapton, he wrote music and lyrics for hundreds of songs for a succession of bands, successfully making his way through New York’s music scene.  Perhaps subconsciously, he channeled his upbringing and approached the process as if he were the band’s chief merchant - fashioning a unique style for the band and its members, a process that included frequent visits to Greenwich Village to buy bangles, buttons, jackets and leather jeans from which he would make outfits. 
 
Finally, feeling he had accomplished much of what he set out to do as a musician, he joined Neema “at the bottom,” seeking to learn the business literally thread by thread. He made his mark with BCBG, Kroon, the upstart sportswear-oriented label, and Voodoo Guru, a specialty brand of his own creation. Following the formation of Haspel Worldwide, a partnership created last year among Neema Clothing, the Haspel family and branding firm Graj + Gustavsen, he became the brand’s design director.
 
Asked what he considers to be his greatest asset, the response reveals the key to his fit for Haspel: 
 
“Restraint – having the ability to stay true to the brand and evolve a label in a way that’s authentic, that’s focused and directional and that resists the temptation to chase the latest new trend.  Part of the enduring strength of the Haspel brand is that it’s never been about fashion – it’s always been about style. My job is to capture the essence of the brand’s iconic style and make it current – modernizing fits and taking classic fabrics and garments and presenting them in a way that resonates and reflects not only a look, but a lifestyle.”
 
 
NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL
 
   
 
Friday, March 5th 6:00-11:00pm
Saturday, March 6th 10:30-11:30pm
Sunday, March 7th 11:30-7:30pm
 
Friday - $10.00 Daily - $15.00 Weekend Pass - $25.00
 
Discounted Daily tickets at all area Tom Thumb Store Locations
 
Hotline - 972-943-4624
 
Take DART Green Line to Fair Park
 
International & Regional Headliners
that offer Traditional Irish, Celtic Rock,
Irish Celtic Dance & Folk Music with
Continuous performances on 9 stages!
Food, Beverages, Crafts, Vendors,
Whiskey Tasting, Children’s Area,
Storytelling, Rides and much more!
For more information visit our website at
 
                     New for 2010!
“The Spirit of the Celtic Horse” and
Continuous equestrian shows during the weekend.
 
 
 
TXU ENERGY
 
To sign up for the TXU Energy Solar Program, call 877-TXU-SOLAR or online at www.txu.com/solar
 
 
 JAY'S NEW YOU BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE
 Lin and Jay Johnson are looking for 20 people to take part in their 9 week “New You” workout challenge.  Its runs from January 26th thru March 30th.  Each participant will need to be available Tuesday’s and Thursdays to work out at Victory Park from 9-10 am.  If you are interested, log onto www.jaysbootcamp.com to register and answer some essay questions.   All of the rules/requirements are online.  All 20 people will be selected by Lin and Jay Johnson and the winner will also be decided by Lin and Jay Johnson.    Please consult your doctor to be sure you are ready for a new workout routine. 
 
If you are interested in working out with Lin and Jay during this 9 week challenge, but don’t want to formally enter the challenge, you can still work out at Victory Park from 9-10 am Tuesday’s and Thursdays.
 
You can find out more about future classes by logging onto www.jaysbootcamp.com or call 972-373-8344.
 
AMY SEWELL/ ORGANIZING YOUR CLOSET FOR SPRING
Before you hit the mall to scoop up the latest spring fashions, we’ll get you started with all of the basics.  Amy Sewell from Shop with Style is back with some ideas to help get your wardrobe ready for spring.
 
Slendersize Skirts & Pants
Built-in shape wear
Designed for any body type
 
Spring Shoes!
Colorful wedges and espadrilles
Jewelled sandals
Metallics and neutrals
 
Spring Handbags
Oversized totes
Embellishments
Bright colors and neutrals
 
Organize Your Wardrobe
Real Simple Purse Organizer
Real Simple Shoe & Boot Organizer
Real Simple Slimline Hangers
 
 
CHERYL JACKSON/ STEALS AND DEALS
 
Cheryl will give away a free gift to the first five people who email her at  cactionjackson@me.com
 
Boutiques are the way to go to save money.  
Cheryl found great deals at “Pink Cadillac” in the heart of Plano.
There is currently a 75% off rack and a 50% off rack and if you mention GMT you will receive an additional 10% off good until Saturday!  
 
Pink Cadillac2009.net
1020 E 15th Street
Plano, Texas 75074
972-801-9816
 
SASCIA MARCHESI/ NICOLA’S RISTORANTE
 
After taking a break from Texas to work on the Big Island of Hawaii, Executive Chef Sascia Marchesi has returned to Plano to helm Nicola's Ristorante Italiano in The Shops at Legacy. Chef Marchesi was born in Bergamo, Italy, and began his career at the age of 14 working in his family's Michelin-rated two star restaurant. He fine-tuned his culinary skills under the tutelage of his mother in the kitchen and went on to work at locations such Alfredo's of Rome at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World, Florida and Donatoni's in the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. No stranger to the spotlight, Sascia's great smile and charming personality have made him a popular guest on local television cooking shows and culinary programs.
Also, he’ll be one of the many chefs participating in this weekend’s Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting making Cioppino Alla Livornese ( a seven seafood Italian dish):
www.savordallas.com
 

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