29 July 2013
04 July 2013
I love the more obscure facts about the Revolution...Did you know there were more than 13 colonies? In North America there was East and West Florida and North and South Novia Scotia, Sam Adams was looking for a revolution to escape his debts. George Washington was an Anglophile and Ben Franklin may have been a spy for the British. Whether he was or not, many historians agree he would've come out of the war, equally as well, if the British had won. But...you don't really wanna know any of that.
I may be getting too old, but I have an idea of what you want -- You wanna buy something...Preferably, something you don't need. Something that says something about you. You'd say it yourself but it's better 'things' do the talking for you. Me? I have six wallets and I'd sure like another one. These tasty beauties are at Brooks Brothers under the Black Fleece label. You're sure to get some attention whipping one of these bad boys open in Freemans Restaurant. They say Benedict Arnold turned coat because Congress screwed him over on his expense account but no one gives a toss about that. Happy Independence Day...Go buy something.
17 September 2012
No. 1, Canvas goods perfect for a green beret on leave in Cologne, Panama
No. 2, Pique cotton dinner jacket for L.A. public relayo
No. 3, Foreign Service Officer and grad of Bryn Mawr who thinks you went to Haverford
No. 4, Honeymoon with FSO in British Virgin Islands.
No. 5, Insurance broker at captive seminar in Hamilton, Bermuda
No. 6, On the terrace with R.O.P. at Renato's in Palm Beach
No. 8, Steve Martin & Dan Aykroyd visit the Cork & Clever restaurant in Ft Wayne
No. 10, The coolest dress ever...
...goes with this seersucker. Wear to a friend's wedding -- or, your own.
23 March 2011
The Ride Up...
To the 7th floor
Suits start at $1,295
Made by Southwick
Tweed sport by Southwick coat w/ half lining
and patch pockets with unfinished sleeves for working button $950
Poor Boy sweaters
Camp Mocc is out mid April for $250
with the right soul.
Canvas Dipped Bag - Go Navy $195
Proportions (not too small)
and removable labels are a Go.
Canvas Dipped that glows in the dark
Davis leather brief (named after T. Wayne Davis)
Great idea for a book lover's wallet
University Stripe Oxford. At $185, a No Go
There's an intelligent aesthetic here with details. Lots and lots of details. If you're a Manhattan working stiff who doesn't have the time to scratch your watch or wind your ass -- then Jack Spade can kit you up so you look like you know what you're doing. There's good value here with suits, blazers and sport coats all made in the USA by Southwick. There's sourced (not made in the USA) attire that's good looking but not such a good value...unless you're in a hurry.
Great value lies in the bags. An orange leather brief named the Davis (after the designer's grandfather) is $395. That's a steal in New York. Not so much if you live in Ft Wayne. There's creativity and fun with the bags that speak to the designer, Brittany Kleinman and to the history of the company. Andy and Kate Spade started the business by selling handbags in 1993. You sense that bags are still important here.
Great design and fairly priced. That's not easy to find today. Who knows... maybe the insanity of Thom Browne (BOHICA) is getting old with everyone. Even that New Yorker who works and makes too much can't afford $5,000 mistakes.