There’s something very seductive about altering the way you look. I don’t mean in the sense of a disguise. Just changing the impression you make by way of clothing. At a time when much of what is offered in menswear is slim fitted, spare or just derivative, Margaret Howell makes clothes with the opposite affect. READ MORE >
OAMC is a collection that’s making inroads in the men’s market. Not exactly a revolution is taking place but their point of view is compelling. Their mission statement states that the collection is designed in the present for the present. With a respect for the craft and techniques of the past, OAMC strives to create for now and not to recreate the past. Unlike so much in men’s fashion that is repetitious and banal, OAMC is challenging some of those codes. READ MORE >
Toots Thielemans, easily the most virtuosic harmonica player in the world, not to mention a world-class whistler and guitarist, passed away last week at 94 years old. His career spanned more than 75 years and continued uninterrupted until just days before he died. Listening to this song, Bluesette, one of his most loved and most recorded signatures, just transports me back to my childhood. His playing is so distinctive that you almost feel that he along with perhaps Stevie Wonder were the only real masters of the instrument. Listening to Bluesette is thrilling with his brilliant syncopation. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times and will never tire of it. This particular performance was only 7 years ago… Listen, enjoy and live every moment as if it’s your last. Toots did !!!!!
My name is Eric and I’m a sucker for Hermes. Like the intro of a 12-step program I’m here to share my experience, strength and hope. I had my first taste of Hermes about a dozen years ago. It was a small black Ulysse notebook in grained leather that caught my eye. It set me back a bit considering you had to buy the cover separately from notebook paper. A year or so later I found myself stranded in a foreign airport that happened to have an Hermes boutique in the terminal. I did the only thing I could think and went in to buy something to soothe my frustration at being stuck on the ground. There was a taupe grained leather Ulysse notebook the next size up that called to me. I answered the call and found myself falling deeper down that orange hole.READ MORE >
For a long time now I’ve been wearing glasses. Contact lenses just don’t work for me. Either I can get them in and not out or can only get one in and not the other. So eyeglasses are my lot in life. Of all the people you see with glasses I’ve long admired the shape of Yves Saint Laurent’s glasses.READ MORE >
Rodolfo Paglialunga, the creative director for Jil Sander has an interesting way of infusing minimalist clothing with a subtle luxury. READ MORE >
The Olympics have taken possession of the world’s collective heart. A sprawling South American nation rife with economic, political and social upheaval plays host to the Olympic Games and the world with barely the strength to hold its own. And yet the world comes, the Games proceed, records are set, and at the closing there are many a wet eye. It was touching to watch the whole event and just when you think Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball will never, ever, ever end the closing ceremony is finished.
Scott Schumann of The Sartorialist has an incredible eye for detail and character. His subjects are a growing mass of fashionable types from here and in Paris, London and Milan. I like that they cover a range of ages and types. What they all have in common is incredible and sometimes way over the top style. It’s unapologetic and makes a case for the power of fashion and style. You can practically treat Schumann’s 3 volumes as primers on how to dress.READ MORE >
There’s a Peter Pan thing going on a with a huge swath of the fashion industry stuck in an adolescent rut. Just look at all the kittens, dogs and cartoon characters turning up on the clothes of grown men. On one hand, I find it silly and cloyingly provocative. But when the obvious is eschewed for a focus on shapes and proportions then the idea becomes interesting.READ MORE >
It’s so hot I can’t pretend it’s anything but. Getting around the city is like maneuvering in a blast furnace. Whether you go fast or slow you’re cooked. I’ve taken to carrying a hand towel in my pack do sop up the river of sweat that flows from some unknown source on my head. The challenge is figuring out the coolest possible things to wear besides a thong and a prayer.