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Stockholm-based J.Lindeberg settles in at Saks Fifth Avenue

Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks. Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.” So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble:…

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Picture a room peppered with chiseled Nordic men donning skinny suits and sipping ”neat” Mackyra whiskey, and you’ve envisioned the J. Lindeberg man. Luckily, all were accounted last week as our New York store celebrated the Swedish label’s debut at Saks.

Founded in 1996 as a stylish answer to stodgy golfwear, J. Lindeberg has undergone something of an overhaul at the hands of head designer Jessy Heuvelink. Saks Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings is totally on-board. “We had five J. Lindeberg windows along Fifth Avenue and received a great response – that says something. We feel strongly about the brand and its future, and they should be proud.”

So what exactly is that future? When prompted, Heuvelink makes a sweeping gesture toward his own ensemble: a rock-n-roll-meets-tailored look, complete with a fitted J. Lindeberg jacket, skinny jeans, spiked smoking slippers and wrist cuffs. In other words, rockstar charisma, with or without a golf club.

Head designer Jessy Heuvelink on…

The future: “I want men to have fashion options, and I want our brand to reflect that; I see us evolving into more chic, streetwear-based designs – like what I am wearing (smiles).”

The difference: “Swedish style is very minimal and clean, but J. Lindeberg is different. We use technical fabrics, which represent our sportswear history, and I feel that our label can be worn by everyone and anyone.”

The style: “Swedish style has always had a very simple and chic philosophy, but recently, we’ve been well-received in the U.S. We’re very excited about that!”


“Scandal” Hits Saks

Kerry Washington & Co. bring the ABC hit to our New York store

Though the show’s name implies all that is risqué, Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is study in sophistication—and her style savvy has garnered as much attention as the show’s twisty plotlines. No surprise then, that Saks teamed up with the show’s cast, crew and a host of bold-faced names to celebrate the new season on Wednesday night in New York. Kerry Washington says that it’s not just about her character looking good. “Olivia literally and figuratively wears the pants, yet her clothes have a softness about them.” Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo agrees. “I didn’t want another female victim character on TV. I wanted to dress a strong woman.” As part of the Saks x Scandal celebration, Washington and Paolo collaborated on the windows of our…

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Though the show’s name implies all that is risqué, Scandal heroine Olivia Pope is study in sophistication—and her style savvy has garnered as much attention as the show’s twisty plotlines. No surprise then, that Saks teamed up with the show’s cast, crew and a host of bold-faced names to celebrate the new season on Wednesday night in New York.

Kerry Washington says that it’s not just about her character looking good. “Olivia literally and figuratively wears the pants, yet her clothes have a softness about them.” Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo agrees. “I didn’t want another female victim character on TV. I wanted to dress a strong woman.”

As part of the Saks x Scandal celebration, Washington and Paolo collaborated on the windows of our New York store. “We had a blast curating them,” says Washington. She was so enamored by the results that she dipped inside the windows to strike poses for fans during the party.

As Season 3 debuts, an expert source was willing to a reveal a style spoiler: “There will be a lot more gloves and a lot more capes,” says Paolo. It’s a fashion-forward development for the always-elegant Olivia, but forgive us for taking our own small bow: “It’s really hard to find clothes in L.A. that are appropriate for our show,” says Paolo, “so Saks is one of my go-to spots.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Scandal premieres October 3 at 10/9c on ABC.