Archive for June, 2009

The 14th Rebel

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

A recent story at The Selvedge Yard about Arden Van Scykle and his 13 Rebels motorcycle club dared me to track down an old leather Brando-like cap even though I feared such a piece could no longer be worn post-1977 without a guy just looking like a Village People person.


On e-bay, such caps weren’t as easy to find as I’d have thought, but there was one perfect piece which I made mine for under 10 bucks.


For starters, I wanted to wear the hat like Arden would’ve. With high-waisted jeans and my belt buckle shifted one loop over. (Half the cast of West Side Story did that to their belts last week too. Must’ve been proof of rebel-hood back in the day.)


Next up I should figure out a way to wear the cap as myself, not as a member of some cinematic crew. Not sure what would be right though. I’m thinking thick materials and layering will be necessary to match up with the hearty heft of the cap’s leather.

I guess my cap and I will meet up with you in our new look, further down the road, brothers.

Nostalgia Has A Scent

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Question – do I write too constantly about cologne?

To be fair, I wear it every day and I do feel it helps transport me to other places and times. Sometimes I don’t even have to spray it on, I can just glance at the bottle on my bathroom shelf and pretend I’m someone richer, slicker, or grittier.

In the shadows of an image on All Plaidout I came across a bottle of Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella. I’ve been wearing the house’s Colona Russa (Russian Cologne) the past few summers since something in its mix literally chills and tickles my skin with every spritz. It’s like running through a shivery sprinkler before having to get dressed on hot humid mornings.


Nostalgia sounds like the ideal, atypical scent to sport in the cooler months when Colona Russa proves icily abusive to wear.

“Nostalgia is the scent of a vintage racing car. It brings to mind the small of benzene, tires and leather for a truly unique and individual eau de cologne,” the LAFCONY website states.

Something that tough and turbine sounds perfect come fall.

Gallo in Tetro

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

There’s something car-crash crazy about Vincent Gallo. I’m always craning my neck around to see what he’s careened into most recently.

A few years ago, I was able to attend a screening of Brown Bunny at which he was interviewed before the audience after his difficult film played. The man’s quite skilled at saying loathsome things while making you reluctantly fall in love with him, and he has undeniably superb style.

The first of the Coppola filmmakers puts Vincent to work in the intensely Italian-looking Tetro. Its been ages since I’ve gone and seen an “art house” film. Tetro might be just the vehicle to change that.

Once You’re A Jet

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


For whatever reason, up until last night I had never seen West Side Story in any incarnation. The Heights, a renovated 1920s theater in my old neighborhood had a restored 70mm print of the original screening all this week, so I finally found out what the fuss was all about.


Much has been written about James Dean’s iconic red jacket in Rebel Without A Cause but the snazzy citron number Russ Tamblyn wears as Riff throughout West Side’s opening scenes hit me as even more inspiring.


Paired with sullied sky-blues and dingy grays, the use of a Riff-y yellow todays strikes a fresh and yet firmly retro note.

Yesterday-yellow doesn’t seem like the most wearable color initially, but really, paired with tans and blacks, military greens or white-ish creams, there’s few colors that wouldn’t rock right with Jet yellow.


I remember Apolis Activism had some acidic-tinted denim pants that Riff could’ve rolled in. I’m gonna beat the streets and see if they turned out anything else in that same shade. I got turf to protect, y’see, and I best look the part.

Tv Guiding: One Man’s Trash…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

…is another man’s treasure, they say.

Around 1993, though not much before that, and not much after, Melrose Place was the best sort of trash, and Laura Leighton’s performance as sad-sack Sydney Andrews on the night time soap was the truest sort of treasure.

To be clear – the recent 90210 remake isn’t trash, its just God-awful garbage. But this man, for one, is hoping this fall’s made-over MP, and Sydney’s resurrection on it will yield some treasurable trash once again.

Prettier Than An iPod

Monday, June 22nd, 2009


Vintage transistor radio.

I’d find ways and reasons to use it – if I had one that pretty.

The Medium That Wasn’t

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I had a vibrant vision of my future, and it involved this red vintage Marine Corps sweatshirt. Sized Medium, it seemingly would be roomy and quite reliable, paired with anything, pulled over everything.


The future has now come, and it’s much more grim than I’d pictured. The shirt’s tag indeed says Medium, but its fit is even shy of Small. It’s too tight to wear over an oxford, too short to wear solo (or otherwise my belly’s button would show.) A thin tanktop underneath has become my only option and its doubtful I’ll wear it with any real regularity.


So, men – after three attempts at military sweatshirt victory I’m surrendering here, today, exhausted.

“Always Music In The Air”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Any music that has any trace of Twin Peaks in its DNA always makes me feel far away and right at home, all at once.

A long-time pet project of film director David Lynch, Fox Bat Strategy features a cast of musicians who began collaborating with Lynch surrounding the filming of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”


The same line-up of players appeared on Fire Walk With Mes two roadhouse cuts: “The Pink Room” and “Blue Frank” (as well as made cameos in the film itself). In 1994, these same musicians, with an invitation from Lynch, re-entered the studio for experimental collaboration. What emerged were these 6 tracks. For nearly fifteen years these songs have remained unreleased and unheard, slow-cooking in the ether of time, all the while retaining a uniquely modern sensibility. This release is a tribute to the album’s late singer and guitarist Dave Jaurequi, who passed away suddenly in 2006.

Released on June 30th. Take a peek, but with your ears not your eyes, right here.

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I’ve recently purchased a trio of vintage military sweatshirts over the past weeks. I’d been envisioning wearing them in one of two ways:


1. With short shorts and either my new Common Projects sneakers or some sort of boots – as if I’ve been running up and down Mt. Currahee with my band of brothers in Easy Company. Or…

2. Dressed up, over a white oxford, with khakis and black or brown wingtips. The mash-up of the politely preppy with the mucho-macho military delivers the real thrill.


Unfortunately, the two S/M shirts pictured here proved a titch too S and not enough M for me. So I tried to pawn them off on the e-baying public but only the red one proved popular.

(I’ll post an image of the third sweatshirt I pulled the trigger on once it arrives later this week. Hopefully that one’ll fit.)

Tomorrow: The Olympus EP-1

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The EP-1, a revised version of the tan ‘n glam Micro Four Thirds camera I featured in one of my very first Treasury entries will be officially announced to the hungry world tomorrow.


‘Til then, marvel at its nifty, neutralized color palette, and contemplate its rumored $900 price tag.


Monday, June 15th, 2009

The line’s S/S 10 looks will debut during Men’s Fashion Week in Milan and Paris next week.



I’m quite keen on the idea of a looser, limper blazer and the use of the suddenly quite popular shade, sun-faded red.

Popover in Plaid

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The XS plaid popover shirt I’d ordered last week arrived yesterday from The Gap and it looks even better in person. I don’t dress like a camp counselor often enough, my new shirt’s made me realize.


Reminiscent of an A.P.C. madras offering but at a banal-mall pricepoint, get yourself some popover pinache on sale here.