Archive for May, 2009

Strapping

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Not a day goes by where a desperate reader doesn’t charge up to me on the streets and, down on their knees, literally beg me for tips on how they should wear their newly acquired, vintage cream + yellow French military straps from Ax-Man

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In this day and age, there’s really only one way to sport cream + yellow military straps without sullying one’s pristine reputation as a champion of cool:

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Slyly let it slide to potential spectators that you’ve been invited by Thom Browne’s fittest intern to set aside some court time, then hike-up the sleeves on your dressiest dress shirt.

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Somewhere blank and bright or otherwise Browne-ish, stunningly simulate your power serve, taking great care, of course, never to break a sweat. And there you have it, cats. French straps, simple as all that.

Character Driven – Mr. Luu

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Dressing up for a day, driven by the style of a constructed character is a snappy ‘lil shortcut to refreshing a gentleman’s original, stale self.

In the Character Driven series, a single fashion find is fleshed-out, through its pairing with other items-of-interest, into a full-fledged, fictional figure, complete with a Treasury-issued name, age, and fatal character flaw.

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These robust and retro frames from UO are perfect for a far east transplant now toiling under a Terry Richardson-ish fashion photog. As soon as he’s finished lighting up in the men’s room, I’d love to introduce you to Mr. Victor Luu, the Hong Kong-raised hellion.

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Eyeglasses – Urban Outfitters
Lighter – Cooper Hewitt Shop
Sugar Cane Workshirt – Blue in Green
Court Shoes – Tretorn at Zappos
Yashica T4 – Amazon 

The Pen is Mightier…

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Made from .375 H & M Magnum shells these beauties are mighty on many, many levels. A round of five, standing at attention in a glass jar would be bad (in the good way) on any gent’s desk.

Scooter

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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I rode it up and down dark, dangerous mini-roads through the Italian forest one simmering summer. 

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And then I secretly took half a roll of film of it one afternoon.

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I’m notoriously nostalgic.

(…and it’s been way too long since I’ve worn a helmet.)

Takel Shirts

Monday, May 25th, 2009

California-based company’s cotton button-ups now in at Alter.

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Their Wall shirt in Pine is the best of the bunch, to my eye.

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Though part of the spring/summer line, worn with wide-wale cords in the fall, it’d be dynamite.

Band of Brothers

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

On a rare lazy day in bed over Christmas I flipped across the last 3 or 4 episodes of the Band of Brothers mini-series on TV. A few months later I came across the middle 3 or 4 installments. Now I’ve been reading the source book by Stephen E. Ambrose, yearning for myself a life where heroism involves something more noble than finding Common Projects shoes at $100 off.

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I’ll have to get my heroism vicariously for now, it seems. The entire Brothers mini-series is running on the History Channel this holiday weekend so I’ll finally be able to see how it all started. I’m excited to see the base training scenes at last. I know from my reading now that those men trained for nearly two years before ever being dropped into combat. Just imagine!

Looking ahead, The Pacific a companion WWII mini-series also produced by the Brothers team and HBO is set to air in March 2010. I’m gonna watch that one right away and in order. Mark my words.

Primo

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Sooo do not need these sunglasses.

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But so so sooo don’t care.

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The flat top silhouette is staking its claim as the shape o’ the season. That’s the story I’m sticking to, at least.

Julius Bissier

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I framed these two Bissier prints to place somewhere in my bedroom that I’m currently re-decorating in a theme I’ve dubbed “Under The Cherry Moon.”

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Haven’t found just the perfect place for them yet, however.

Suspension of Disbelief

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Produced just a few years before my time, I had never but heard of the 70s super-heroine TV series The Secrets of Isis until last summer.

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After working its way up my Netflix queue the past ten months, the first disc of the program has arrived at last. Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels were my very first favorite programs, but neither Diana Prince nor Sabrina Duncan wore such nerd-de-licious eyewear or hung around hunks with such foxy facial hair. So it’s quite possible Isis might turn out to be my TV show soulmate.

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Having peeked at the adorkable opening credits sequence on YouTube, I realized how glad I am for having come of age when one’s own imagination was still required to buy into the fiction of our filmed fantasies.

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All the spot-on CGI effects we’re spoon-fed today seems to make make-believing a lot less human.

Some Call it Flair

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

On pretty much of all the coats, blazers, or cardigans that I wear regularly I prick a few metal pins on to the chest – be they military or academic. My favorite ones are probably vintage Soviet army pins I’ve picked up here and there.

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These faceless pieces from A-Z Collection fascinate. Made by stripping the enameled identity of once-decorated pins they now forge forward in aloof anonymity. Three or four of them clustered on your lapel suggest slyly a station of selfless soldiers. Flair away, men.

Must Love Sunsets

Monday, May 18th, 2009

About Me:
W.M., non-smoking, 33, 5’9”, 145 lbs. I enjoy long walks on the beach, somewhat-friendly puppies, and pretending I love the symphony.

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A perfect evening for me might include watching the sunset glow of my own new t-shirt while enjoying a nice bottle of domestic orange soda and sharing my intimate thoughts with that special someone. Intimate thoughts like how happy I am the silver belt I bought in the Women’s department at Urban Outfitters in 2004 has faded so beautifully throughout the years or how my desert shoes are a whole size too big and sometimes I trip on stairs because of that.

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Looking For:
Just Fun, Friendship, and Fashion Industry-Freebies.
(aren’t we all?)

More Adventurous

Friday, May 15th, 2009

A new line of rain-gear from Slow and Steady Wins The Race x Stand Up Comedy got me thinking about ponchos; specifically, about how incredibly adventurous my life would become if I had one. 

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I want a hip-lengthed one, to pair with short-ish shorts and tall-ish rain boots, like Christopher Robin in basic training.

It’s irksome when you set out to search for something you think would and should exist commonly, and then have a devil of a time tracking one down. A short, khaki poncho made out of clothy-canvas is not a common thing, I regret to inform the world.

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This and this is all I’m finding otherwise that seem close, and they’re both too long. Christopher and I would just drown in wares like these.