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Rudy Gonzales

  • Introducing the NEW Cockpit USA Catalog!

    After months of dedication and hard work, it is with pride that we at Cockpit USA introduce the 4th edition of our acclaimed army, air force, and fashion catalog. Designed to embody Cockpit's signature heritage influences and reflect our title as the official suppliers to the U.S. Air Force, the new catalog presents our iconic A-2 and G-1 bombers along with the sleek motocross, textile M-43 and luxury shearling and sheepskin styles in a fresh and easy to access way. Be sure to have a peek and look out for the ‘USS Forrestal Carrier’ which pays homage to the Vietnam war and the capsule of women’s jackets inspired by the famous ‘First Lady of Aviation’ Amelia Earhart!

    Photographed by the talented Theodore Samuels
    Styled and directed by Rudy Gonzales alongside Jeff and Jacky Clyman
  • Cockpit USA in Prince Magazine Debut Issue

    This week, the new, ultra glossy Prince Magazine launched. Founded by fashion maven Matthew Grimsley and with our own Rudy Gonzales on hand, we at Cockpit USA were delighted to be featured in an outstandingly beautiful editorial spread, shot on location at the American Airpower Museum. Take a look at for the low down and more images from the shoot!

  • IWC NYC Launch

    Earlier this week, Swiss time piece artisans, IWC Schaffhausen launched their new NYC flagship store, marking the event with a celebrity studded grand opening. Following the IWC and Cockpit USA Top Gun collection collaboration, of course our very own President Jeff Clyman, EVP Jacky Clyman and Rudy Gonzales were in attendance. Take a look at coverage of the evening on

    IWC Schaffhausen NYC Launch

    It was a night of celebration when the Swiss based IWC Schaffhausen watch company launched their much anticipated first flagship boutique in New York City.

    Known for their time piece expertise, the IWC’s 3,000 square foot, bi-level boutique is designed to a gentlemen’s lounge aerial. Located on 535 Madison Avenue, the Portuguese inspired entrance pays homage to the great seafarers of Portugal, while the Ingenuity and Underwater installments serve as a canvas to their beautifully designed chronograph and pressure-resistant pieces.

    The World of Aviation stood out particularly as the recent collaboration between Cockpit USA and IWC’s leather A-2 hung heroically in the modernly designed pilot hangar. The Top Gun and Pilot watch collections were shown alongside an interactive flight experience.

    IWC’s CEO Georges Kern and North American President Gianfranco D’Attis hosted the launch party to celebrate the architectural efforts of Nicholas Kaeser. The event was filled with celebrities such as Adriana Lima, Chris Hemsworth, the handsome Joe Manganillo and Channing Tatum  and yes, Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes. Alongside the stars of the evening were a few renowned fashion journalists including Michael Williams of, publisher of GQ, and Matt Reicky of Men’s Threads. One of my stlye favorites Pedro Andrade looked ever so dapper.

    Please take a peak at some sneaky images captured during last night’s event…



  • Sneak Peek at Civilian Pilot Training F/W 2012

    It was on an uncharacteristically warm March morning in New York City, that the Cockpit USA team congregated in a sun drenched studio in midtown to shoot the Civilian Pilot Training Fall/Winter 2012 look book. Shot by the up and coming talents of photographer Benjamin Stelly with direction by our creative genius, Rudy Gonzales and his partner in crime, stylist extraordinaire Barret Wertz, the look book captures the contemporary yet heritage imbued elements of the next season's collection. Our suave models, Don Hood and Grey Barreda were made all the more striking by the magical hair and make up prowess of Kayle Williams while myself, Rosa Kaftan formed an ever lasting bond with Jiffy the steamer. Although among a team of stars, the limelight was firmly fixed on the collection, composed of modernized iconic flight jackets, hooded duffle parkas and an array of denim, plaid and checked shirting created according to influences from military tactical systems. All the jeans are by Agave Denim and footwear by Bed|Stü. Here's a sneak peek...

  • Guest Post: Rothmans Store Opening @ 18th & Park

    The perfect find from your father’s closet can be hit or miss, unless your father is Ken Giddon that is.

    Originally located on 16th street, Rothmans- the well known men’s retailer has relocated just two blocks north to 18th and Park. Outfitting the local Washington Square alumni since 1986, owner Ken and brother Jim Giddon offered consumers quality discounted suiting and have since evolved alongside their customers.

    “This is NOT your fathers closet.” my good friend Syl Tang points out, with brands like Mr. Brown by Duckie Brown, Scotch & Soda, and Will Leather Goods she couldn’t be more accurate. Housing contemporary styles of shirting, denim and even t-shirts, Rothmans is the perfect source to dressing the NY gentleman in style.

    Suiting by Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and Ted Baker can also be found on the basement level of the 11,00sq. foot flagship store.

    Please check out some photos of the store and debut event.


    Photos by Marcus Fiore & CB

    Band- Caveman

    via Rudy Gonzales

  • FADER TV : Shop talk at Cockpit USA

    Formerly known as Avirex, Cockpit USA is an establishment in downtown NYC that we have passed probably about a hundred times. At first glance, it might look like any other megastore on Broadway, but as our own Mobolaji Dawodu discovered last week, a closer look reveals much more than that. Cockpit has a long history with the US military Continue reading

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