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Many quest to create the perfect T-shirt, but few ultimately succeed. When Anthony Thomas Melillo launched his ATM line (inspired by his initials, which he tattooed on his upper bicep at about the age of 19) of casual basics around a year and a half ago, he had a wealth of industry experience behind him. After serving as the style director of Esquire in the nineties and several subsequent stints designing contemporary sportswear, Melillo later found his niche managing celebrity lifestyle brands including Selena Gomez’s Dream Out Loud line (he remains the creative director). It was then that he recognized a gap in the market for luxury tees that don’t break the bank—we’re talking sub-$100, as opposed to ones by The Row that go for upward of $250. This is what gave rise to ATM. “Everything shouldn’t have to be at a designer level, even for the customer who exclusively shops high end,” said Melillo—whose wares start at $64—during a studio preview of his latest Resort lineup. “My business role model is James Perse. Circa 2001, he really made T-shirts an It item, and now everyone is wondering, Who’s next?”
ATM debuted exclusively at Barneys New York (“The only place where they’ll present a T-shirt on a wooden hanger,” he added) last year with its core group of ultrasoft modal and slub jersey pieces manufactured in Peru, and has since expanded to include cashmere, wool, and French terry categories. The new collection features more fashion-forward items, like a pale pink woven silk tunic dress and flattering micro pima workout pants for the woman who needs something more elevated than Lululemon. In addition to Barneys, ATM is now sold at select boutiques including Kirna Zabête, Harvey Nichols, and Satine. There’s always a demand for great-looking quality T-shirts, particularly during hot and humid days like these, so we’d say the only direction Melillo is headed is up.
For more information on ATM by Anthony Thomas Melillo, visit atmtees.com.
Twenty years ago, Kelly Klein released her first Pools tome, a tribute to the swimming pools around the world in all their various forms. Klein, the ex-wife of Calvin Klein, is back again with a new set of iconic images from some of fashion’s finest photographers, including Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Theo Wenner, in her follow-up book, Pools: Reflections, out this month. “I felt enough time had passed to do the sequel,” Klein tells Style.com. “I’m a bit obsessed with the architecture of pools and the water—swimming is such a form of relaxation for me.” This latest rendition combines pools with fashion, architecture, sculpture, and art. From a Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photo of a naked Sasha Pivovarova to a Patrick Demarchelier photo of two lovers underwater, this edition is certainly sexed up from the last. One of the book’s highlights is a Bruce Weber photo, featured on a limited-edition ATM T-shirt ($85) on sale at Barneys. (ATM designer Anthony Thomas Melillo also just launched cashmere styles of his namesake label exclusively at Barneys earlier this month.) “I choose the guy and girl underwater photo by Bruce Weber because of how sensual it is,” Klein explains. “You feel what it’s like to be floating underwater with someone—it’s sexy.” There’s also a limited-edition ATM T-shirt being sold by ACRIA (all profits from the book are being donated to the organization). Here, the Weber shirt makes its debut on Style.com before this evening’s private book party at the Barneys New York store.