July 19, 2016

You say Pajama, I say Djellaba

Anton tuning in.
Anton tuning in

My first encounter with a djellaba was about 5 or 6 years ago at John Bartlett’s West Village store which no longer exists. That season he made these curious floor length djellabas in a linen/rayon fabric. It moved around the body like a cool breeze. The style was very much in the vein of Egyptian thobes or Dishdash. This fact would become clear a few years later when I made my first of 4 trips to Qatar where I lectured at the Fashion Design dept of a university there.READ MORE >

July 18, 2016

Impossibly Cool in Incredible Heat

Mumbai Cool
Mumbai Cool

We’re in the midst of a heatwave over here on the East coast. Any 3 or more days in a row of 90+ degrees or more is a heat wave. Walking around town in too much or too little doesn’t serve anyone. I’d wear a tube top and thong if I didn’t fear getting hauled in for indecent exposure. But in warmer climes, say like Qatar where I’ve spent some quality time the temperature hovers at 115 degrees on a good day in April. Still, Mumbai is a hands down winner for the long hot summer.READ MORE >

July 15, 2016

They’re Here

Manhattanhenge at 23rd st and 8th Ave tues 12 July 2016
Manhattanhenge at 23rd st and 8th Ave 12 July 2016 8:00pmĀ 

Every year around now NYC experiences one of its more cosmic moments. It’s commonly known, though not to me, as Manhattanhenge. That would be when the setting sun aligns perfectly with West 23rd Street casting its rays dramatically straight across from the west to the east side of the city. I just happened to be walking up 8th Avenue this past Tuesday evening at about 8 pm when I came to the intersection at 23rd st. There was a throng of people standing smack in the middle of the intersection and all with smartphones and cameras held aloft pointing west at a blazing setting sun. It seemed everything was stopped including traffic. The thought of an invasion came to mind and considering it was about 150 degrees outside anything seemed possible. New York city is so full of incredible moments and this is just one more. Have a good weekend, keep your eyes and ears open and see you on the other side!

July 14, 2016

In the Bag

Patterson & Salisbury large leather tote
Patterson & Salisbury large leather tote

There are certain things I’m passionate about. Dressage and horses would be at the top of my list. In quick succession would be architecture, art and objects, pairs figure skating, travel and luggage; tote bags to be precise. I have a weakness for sturdy tote bags that are masculine yet stylish. Whether in leather, waxed canvas or some unexpected man-made material they’re the most functional bag in my arsenal. Whether you’re toting books, computers and stuff or using it as a weekend getaway bag, the trusty tote is ready to do the job. It’s just tough to find one that has a little zip without a scary bang at the register.READ MORE >

July 13, 2016

A shaded view

Warby Parker Abbott Jet Silver shades $145
Warby Parker Abbott Jet Silver shades

For years I’ve worn expensive eyeglasses that darken in the sun. They never seem to darken enough to feel like real sun shades. Recently, I broke down and went to Warby Parker to see what all the fuss is about. Well, that visit changed my life. No more thousand dollar glasses and shades for me. When you have a feast to choose from in their shops or online and everything under $250 your whole perspective towards purchasing glasses and shades changes. And when you factor in their customer service you are so far ahead you’ll probably buy 2 pair on the spot.READ MORE >

July 7, 2016

They’re Back: Wide Pants

Bottega Veneta Men's Sp2017
Bottega Veneta Men’s Sp2017

The women’s collections for the past 2 seasons have shifted their gaze to a pant silhouette that’s decidedly full. The skinny legging look for women and regrettably for men may finally be just about played. If you’re built like a stick without a posterior, then it’s all good. But many of us have muscle and flesh that call for a bit of room in a trouser. This season Bottega Veneta Men’s for spring2017 showed a whole collection without a skinny legged trouser in sight.READ MORE >

June 30, 2016

Feet Chic

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I’ve been wearing Birkenstock’s since forever. Like a fine German wine they never lose their ability to surprise and delight. Over the years there are usually one or 2 pair laying near the front door ready to be put into service. But this summer things have gone a little off the deep end and now a legion of them sit ready to go. When Anton and I went skiing in Austria in March we spent some time afterwards at his home on the lake of Konstanz. That’s practically ground zero for Birkenstock’s with a fantastic store way too close for comfort.READ MORE >

June 29, 2016

Keepin’ it Clean: Alvarez Gomez’s Agua de Colonia Concentrada

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If you’re like me and take an average of 2 showers a day, you’ll appreciate this post. At the beginning and end of the day and often just before dinner, I like nothing better than to shift gears and change clothes.READ MORE >

June 28, 2016

Cos: One Stop Shop

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Cos Raincoat Striped tee and Trousers

When I was a teenager, my twin sister and I used to fantasize about taking a trip at a moments notice, forcing us from a dull geography class at Groton Junior High to a waiting limo and then off to a secluded runway with a waiting private jet to take us off to Paris or London or Rome… The best part of the fantasy was what we would bring to wear. It couldn’t be things we had but a wardrobe chosen and packed on the way.READ MORE >