Porter at the Door

The classier of the Hoveys (jokes, H, jokes), Miss Porter, was gracious enough to include my mug amongst her lovely collection of polaroids. A million thank yous, Porter. I’m honored. See also: shots of Russ & Daughters and KCMO.

Oh, Grandpa!

Paul Jasmin, photo c/o Band of Outsiders Umit Benan, Band of Outsiders, and several other young, hip designers are using older men for their look books (NB The absolutely gorgeous Lauren Hutton, 65, sports J. Crew’s spring ’09 looks for women, after she roughed it with the Olsen twins in ’08). Is it fair to…

Beauty and the Beard

Looking a bit like Kevin Kline’s Lear, Umit Benan’s model could not be more well-suited, pardon the pun, to the look of his debut line, which showed at Pitti Uomo earlier this month. High quality fabrics like cashmere and Sea Island cotton went into these gruff, rough, and tough-looking garments. Mr. Benan’s taken a fresh…

Wood You Ski with Me?

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about some – often times, quite literally – killer bi-athletes slash war heroes and their hulking wood skis. On the train this morning, I read about Rønning Ski, a father and son operation out of Skotterud, a small town in eastern Norway that specializes in making skis made entirely…

Shock of the New (Gentleman)

Despite announcing net income loses of 6.6% on Wednesday, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is forging ahead. “We are operating in one of the most challenging times our company and industry has ever faced,” (WWD) said company chairman and CEO Ralph Lauren. The focus, as reported in Women’s Wear Daily, is on their “sub-brand culture.” For…

In Defense of: The Bowler

In the most recent issue of Fantastic Man, actor Jason Schwartzman endorses the bowler hat. I found an excellent new blog, Top Hats & Spats which refers to the Wikipedia entry on the subject. Could we see a return of the bowler?

Fundamentals of Shaving

Since receiving my shave at Freemans on Sunday, my skin has never felt better. In researching the best way to keep this fresh feeling, today, I came across Geo F Trumper’s “The Fundamental Principles of Wet Shaving.” More than anything, I can’t get over how well-written it is. With meticulously written phrases like, “making the…

Back to Basics: Quality is King

Yesterday, Brandweek ran an insightful piece examining a trend current in businesses as varied as greeting cards, clothing, and insurance (see video). Companies are focusing on the Great Depression as a selling point: When times are tough, where do we turn? “A home-cooked meal, time with loved ones, appreciating the things we do have, the…

A Trip Down South

Southern gentleman, Trip recently endorsed all plaidout over at his A Trip Down South. Check out a recent post on the unfortunate decline of L.L. Bean. I’m with ya, Trip!