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FASHION 411 EYE CANDY From the Financial District to the South Shore, Tom Ford's new eyewear makes a statement. threads that bind I A FASHION GIANT BRINGS HIS RIGHTEOUS APPAREL TO DOWNTOWN CROSSING. n mid-April, legendary fashion designer and fre- quent Nantucket visitor Tommy Hilfiger launched The Promise Collection to support Millennium Promise, a nonprofit organization that works to elimi- nate extreme poverty, hunger, Known for his sophisticated clothing, Tom Ford lends his aesthetic to a retro-themed special-edition eyewear collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Sunglasses are made of gold-plated metal with water buffalo horn on the front and temple pieces. The men's glasses are available in white-gold plate with brown and gray striped horn or yellow-gold plate with black striped horn. Ted Mogtader, owner of Lunette Optic, which carries Tom Ford eyewear, points out that the retro trend in glasses is a crowd pleaser with his stores' high-end clientele. "Our Boston customers want something they can wear with a suit during the week or on the weekends with more casual attire. They all are concerned with the quality of the product," says Mogtader, who styles the eyewear for some of the Financial District's top executives. 121 High St., 617-338-7200; 92 Derby St., Hingham, 781-741-8100; home pride and preventable disease. The collection of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories is a twist on Hilfiger's classic design style— the clothing has African-inspired prints and is made in Africa. Hilfiger is pledging 100 percent of the pro- ceeds from the collection to the foundation and focusing this initiative on Ruhiira, Uganda. Actress Katie Holmes, the project's ambassador, just returned from a trip to Ruhiira, where she saw first-hand the good that Hilfiger's work with the foundation has done, including increasing the access to clean water. Chronic malnutrition in the area's children aged two and under has decreased by 20 percent, and five schools and six health clin- ics have been built. Solar energy powers the clinics and schools, which are outfitted with computers for students to use during classes. The 10-piece men's collection, including patterned polos and shorts in lim- ited-edition prints, is available at Macy's in Downtown Crossing and on 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000; BC 84 BOSTONCOMMON-MAGAZINE.COM BALL AND BUCK'S NEW STORE DEBUTS AMERICAN- MADE FASHION ON NEWBURY STREET. C ONSIDERING BOSTON'S LONG HISTORY of handmade goods, it is fitting that American men's clothier Ball and Buck just opened a new store on Newbury Street. Owner and Babson college graduate Mark Bollman will offer brands such as Apolis, Tellason, Danner, and Red Wing Shoes, as well as the Ball and Buck label, made exclusively in the USA. Bollman, who opened his first Ball and Buck location in the North End in February 2011, sources fashionable accessories and new button-up shirts that can be worn while camping in New England or strolling the cobblestones of Boston. 144B Newbury St., 617-262-1776; Ball and Buck carries raw denim from Tellason. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FOX/GETTY IMAGES (HILFIGER)

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