Un Moment de L'inspiration

I love this photo of famed interior designer Jacques Grange. Like a volcano of color, the terra cotta floods the bottom of the frame, and the spin art spouts liquid hot neons and pastels across the top. Notice that he wears very little color but for his ostentatious watch band, the perfect flash. I was…

Plaidy of the Week: Joanna Goddard

I first became enamored with Joanna Goddard and her fantastic blogs, Cup of Jo and Glamour Magazine’s Smitten, this winter when her holiday shopping guides for the men in her life (1, 2, 3, & 4) won me over and may have saved my tail end a time or two. The sublime photos capturing Joanna…

You're with Me, Leather

A favorite amongst the hunters and fishermen of Juneau, Alaska, these Xtratuf Neoprene Pac boots, $94.00, are proudly Made in the USA. A more affordable option from Servus, the Northerner Max Boot, $29.95, Made in the USA. You may see these on the feet of Vanilla Bicycles’ pit crew. Before they made cell phones, Finland’s…

The Goods: Wellington Boots

When I turned seven, I asked my mom for a pair of Spiderman “rain boots” to match the raincoat I received for my birthday. I remember they were navy blue with a thick, red tread. The spring showers that year had nothing on my Spidey skills. Countless puddles emptied, left trembling in the wake of…

Designers Dressed for Success

I uncovered an incredible article in Playboy from July 1961 about some of my heroes: midcentury designers Nelson, Wormley, Saarinen, Bertoia, Eames, and Risom. What struck first was this photo. Notice Eames’ bow tie, Saarinen’s specs and pipe, Risom’s hefty pocket square, and all those dark socks. Take this as proof that to be the…

Betsy Ross Didn't Outsource

Terrific article in MR on the state of menswear “Made in America.” It features quotes from folks at three of my favorite brands: Bill Thomas of Bill’s Khakis (Reading, PA), Mike Cohen of Oxxford Clothes (Chicago, IL), and Paulette Garafalo of Hickey Freeman (Rochester, NY).

Ten to One: Alex Beh

A little while ago, I sent a list of ten questions to LA-based quintuple threat – actor, writer, producer, director, and of course designer – Alex Beh, one of the co-founders of Brotally Worldwide, Inc. You can find his reply, mostly in lower case, below: 1. Could you give me the history of the Brotally!…