• Vampire Weekend Live at Roseland

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    Nothing tops "being there" when Vampire Weekend took to the Roseland for their sold out hometown show in New York recently. A live filming of the show directed by Steve Buscemi comes in a close second though.

    May 13, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Ace left a comment on 5/20/2013 at 4:11 PM:

    How annoying are people with their stupid phones stuck up in the air?  Just enjoy the show people!


  • Icons of Men’s Style

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    Bill Blass said it was a matter of instinct.
    Richard Eberhart claimed it was the perfection of a point of view.
    But Edna Chase declared you can’t buy it.

    They were musing about style. And while style is what you have and not what you buy, it remains elusive to most men. This sartorial pandemic can partially be attributed to most men’s lack of style icons—individuals or characters (past and present) you are drawn to. Personal style starts there though...icons. Amanda Brooks sums it up perfectly when she observes, “Style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.” It is something one develops through a constant looking process. That looking process will be in vain though if you’re closet is full of clothes your mom or ex-girlfriend picked out for you. Icons of Men’s Style can help you with that. The thorough encyclopedia examines the most important menswear staples (the duffle coat, the polo shirt, the penny loafer, the diving watch, etc), their provenance and history, the stories of their design, the brands that started it all, and how the iconic pieces shaped the way men dress today. Now you can know, and knowing is half the battle.

    May 6, 2013 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • May 2013 Playlist

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    Listen on Spotify

    May 1, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Orgastic Future left a comment on 5/4/2013 at 12:24 AM:

    Nothing like waking up in the morning to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky!”

    valerie left a comment on 5/3/2013 at 11:46 AM:

    Thanks! I always enjoy your playlists.

    ari left a comment on 5/2/2013 at 10:38 PM:

    I always love these - I’ve found some of my favorite songs from your playlists!

    Davis left a comment on 5/2/2013 at 1:59 PM:

    Hummingbird // Local Natives. Excellent.


  • The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook

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    When The Official Preppy Handbook hit the shelves in 1980, the east coast American sub culture had flourished long enough, and aroused enough curiosity, to commence poking fun at it. For those familiar, it was such a hit that is spawned a sequel of sorts some 30 years later. On the heels of the The Official Preppy Handbook's popularity, England turned out a handbook of their own in 1982, The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook. The approach feels familiar, riffing on its predecessor down to the title itself. While hard to find, I serendipitously came across a copy in New York while vintage shopping.

    What is a Sloane, you ask? The moniker refers to a stereotype in the UK of the young, upper class, or upper-middle-class who share distinctive and common lifestyle traits not all too different from American preppies. The exemplar female Sloane Ranger was considered to be Lady Diana Spencer before marrying The Prince of Wales. These fun illustrations (click them instead of pulling out your glasses) of the various Sloane uniforms from the book highlight the nuances of dressing the part. It’s all quite humorous...yet simultaneously quite serious.

    Apr 15, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    CavalierHealth left a comment on 4/20/2013 at 11:11 PM:

    Don’t forget the Sloane Rover!

    Kathleen left a comment on 4/20/2013 at 8:28 PM:

    Not so hard to find. Bought a copy on amazon for less than $10. Just had to wait forever (a month) for it to arrive from the uk.  It’s worth the wait.

    RWK left a comment on 4/20/2013 at 2:16 PM:

    And the ranger part came from a play on words, pairing it with sloane to sound like “The Lone Ranger.”

    TJT left a comment on 4/20/2013 at 7:03 AM:

    The “sloane” part comes from Sloane Square - A square bordering a number of the more affluent boroughs in London where one would typically find these sloane rangers.

    Ashley left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 4:09 PM:

    You might be interested in this book - an update of the Sloane Ranger culture which has changed greatly since the 80’s… http://www.pinkjulepabroad.com/2013/01/cooler-faster-more-expensive-return-of.html


  • American Fashion Menswear

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    It has been said that almost all of menswear has been mined from the sartorial-rich soil of war and sport. American Fashion Menswear, an Assouline book by Robert E. Bryan, vividly illustrates this claim. It is the latest addition to my coffee table. The book chronicles the past century of men’s style by way of a septenary arrangement: Utility, the Ivy Road, Sportswear, the American Suit, the Dandy, Hollywood, and Music. Bryan aims to prove that American men’s wear is more influential and significant than American women’s wear. “The things the U.S. is known for in fashion are men’s—jeans, Western gear, work wear, great outdoors clothing. Ivy League style is essentially about men, and rock style revolves around men, too,” Bryan notes. Pick up your own copy but ditch the dust jacket—the sartorial-rich turf of football is a much more effective conversation starter.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    psp left a comment on 3/25/2013 at 9:19 PM:

    Another area where we are pretty good is military uniforms.  FYI Brooks Brothers is once again making Navy uniforms.


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