Five Things to Know About Saucony® Sneakers

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Thanks to an enduringly retro shape—and exclusive-to-us colors—Saucony’s 30-year-old sneaker style is feeling fresher than ever. And because sporting a pair might get you a style compliment or two, here are five charming facts about the iconic brand to keep handy. (You know, so you have something to say other than, “thanks!”)

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#MADEWELLBK: Where to hang after you visit our new Brooklyn shop

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This Wednesday, we’re officially opening the doors to our first Brooklyn location. Needless to say, we’re very excited to move in. The scents, the tastes, the views—there are so many things to do in the area, from canoe rides to selfie spots. We’ve created a little guide to the neighborhood with the help of a few local friends featuring more than 50 recommendations on how to waste five minutes or five hours in the neighborhood. It’s called The Time Waster’s Guide to Williamsburg & North Brooklyn and it’s available at our new shop at 127 North 6th Street between Bedford and Berry. Want a sneak peek? Here are just five of the spots you’ll find in its pages. (Fun fact: All the illustrations in the guide are by our very own head designer Somsack.)

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MADEWELL ET SÉZANE: BEHIND THE COLLAB

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Our exclusive collaboration with French brand Sézane lands tomorrow, 10/21, and to learn exactly how it came together, we arranged a little tête-à-tête with both our head designer Somsack Sikhounmuong and Sézane designer Morgane Sézalory to ask them a few questions. Turns out the trick to a great collaboration isn’t just a shared fashion sense.

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Noticed: On Somsack’s Radar

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Design inspiration comes from myriad places: art, books, globetrotting market trips and even food. From a favorite (and, until now, semi-secret) Vietnamese sandwich spot in New York’s East Village to the bold way women have been cuffing straight-leg jeans, here’s what our head of design Somsack has been noticing.

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Show + Tell: Sézane Designer Morgane Sézalory

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Parisian Morgane Sézalory’s designs for her line, Sézane, reflect her personal style ethos. First, every piece must have a “this was made just for you” effect and second, a well-stocked wardrobe shouldn’t include a million versions of any one thing. Her determination to create “the perfect black dress, the bag for all seasons, things that are both practical and quality” has garnered her a cult following in France. Her now-iconic La Superbe sweatshirt sold out within days when it was first released (do a quick Google search and you’ll see it on style bloggers, French editors and the like). Partnering with her on a 14-piece capsule collection—including a reissue of that very sweatshirt—felt natural for us, and we quite honestly can’t wait for Madewell et Sézane to arrive on Tuesday, October 21st. We went to visit Morgane in her hometown to understand the feverish obsession her designs provoke and the woman behind them.

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Ground Level: Three Boot Styling Tricks

We follow very few rules when getting dressed. In fact, we’d say it’s more fun to do away with guidelines altogether. Right now, we’re all about mixing something a little laid-back with something more polished. (And since the point is not to match, it could be called an anti-rule.) We asked our stylists for advice on finding that sweet spot with our newest fall boots.

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Noticed: The Half-Tucked Button-Down Shirt

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The half-tucked button-down has become something of a standard style trick at our office, but we’ve been noticing it on everyone from arty gallery-goers to our girlfriends at dinner. As of late, what’s moved the needle on this tweak is the fact that shirts seem to have the half-tuck already designed into them.

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