• Kate the WASP Takes a Holiday Photo

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  • Parisian Time Capsule

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    I have this recurring fantasy where I fly home for the holidays, pull-up to my childhood home, and fish my bags out of the trunk amidst a light snowfall. The warm glow in each window a flickering neon "vacancy" sign after a long stretch of flight delays. Floating into my old room, it's exactly how I left it in 1999. The plastic trophies, acoustic guitars, foosball table, love notes, and trading cards—all waiting for me like old friends. Here, the 17 year-old me never ages, immune to the years, months, and days. Weezer's Blue Album is on compact disc while My So-Called Life reruns (I secretly wanted to be Jordan Catalano) flicker on my television. Time just…stands.

    The reality was something different altogether. While I spent the entirety of my boyhood under one roof, my little brother took up squatting before the Sharpie could dry on my college boxes. The shrine of my adolescence brought low in a single afternoon. Hardly tragic in the moment. But, as the years pass, the nostalgia cakes thick like the old dust that should have donned such an alter. The museum of a suburban adolescent left only to exhibit in the recesses of a thirty-something's fading memory.

    Imagine the relapse of my golden age syndrome when the “Untouched Paris Apartment Discovered after 70 Years” news broke earlier this year. Abandoned during the second great war, the opulent flat belonged to the granddaughter of the late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian. She fled for the south of France to avoid the Nazi raid. She’d never return.

    The discovery came at the hands of her executor after she died in 2010. Under lock and key since 1939, rent diligently paid, and left utterly untouched, the 9th arrondissement flat is literally a Parisian time capsule. A stuffed ostrich, lavish heirloom furniture, Persian rugs, and a scad of oil paintings were among the inventory taken. Among the gems unearthed from the strata of dust, a Giovanni Boldini oil on canvas portrait of Marthe de Florian that later fetched 3.4 million at auction (a record price for the 19th century Italian artist). However, the real find lies inside the love letters exchanged between Boldini and his subject. That's what time capsules should be, as rich in secrets as it is with possessions.

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  • Life is Messy

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  • Lazy Brim Fedoras with Makins Hats

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    Makins Hats was started by Marsha Akins in 1974 in her one-room, 4th floor walk-up in New York's East Village. Using a Jiffy Steamer, she molded the raw hat bodies over her own specially designed wood blocks and then baked the hats dry in the apartment oven before trimming them. Now, more than 40 years later, Makins still makes all of their hats the old fashioned way...by hand. Under the new ownership of Satya Twena (a new near and dear friend), Makins Hats still takes great pride in their craft and hard work, making the finest handmade hats in New York.

    We pitched camp in the Garment District factory for a couple days talking iconic silhouettes, playing with 50 year-old hat blocks, and grooving to Frank Ocean. Indiana Jones served as a huge inspiration—the Boy Scout turned college professor turned treasure hunting archeologist feels as good now as it did when we were kids. We felt like we could get into some trouble in these and escape with the Cross of Coronado...or at the very least our dignity. The brim is a little wider than a traditional fedora, kept on the lazier side, and finished off with vintage military laundry pins, pheasant feathers, varsity pins, 70s union buttons, and military ribbons.

    Available at the 111 Charles Street pop-up shop in Boston's Beacon Hill, the capsule collection ranges from $297-$397 and is available in olive, chocolate, camel, and grey.

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  • November 2014 Playlist

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