Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On the List - DelToro Velvet Slippers

I want to like velvet slippers.  It seems that most people I respect around the workplace have them in their closet.  They make for great formal shoes but most of the versions I've seen have crazy embroideries or monograms that are not my own.  I've always wondered why someone would want to promote somebody other than themselves by wearing a logo or another person's initials.  

Today I discovered DelToro Shoes which produces a clean, plain black velvet slipper for $120.  For a small additional fee they also do custom monograms and embroideries so that you can advertise yourself, not Ralph. 

Monday, December 29, 2008

13th & Wolf - looking back to move forward

June 1980

My Father's thoughts about my weblog as shared in its very first comment back on June 10th, 2008:

"The best part of the 1960s in the Ivy league was the melding of the children and grandchildren of the the late 19th-early 20th century immigrants into "Americans". Our cultural differences were hammered onto an anglo-saxon preppy anvil and thus were forged the new Americans-the leaders of the 20th Century, the leaders of "one America". The clothing style of British public (private in the american sense) schools was the unifying symbol of our emerging generation. This was an enormously successful enterprise, perhaps, the most successful in recorded history in terms of upward migration of social classes. There is much to be learned from that American era. The rules of meritocracy, social asencion without regard to ethnicity, symbols designating heirarchy i.e., freshmen dinks, pipes, Sophomore cars and elbow patches, Letter sweaters worn backward or inside out dependent on status were our guiding semiotics. The western civilization ship of excellence and shabby elegance has been rudderless for more than a quarter century. It is time to look back; it is actually overdue, and to regain the best of America. Aldo Penn '64"

I could not have said it better Pop. Looking back to move forward.

Time for Inspiration

My BB custom dual grosgrain strap timepiece.  Everyday this watch helps to remind me that I grew up listening to The Clash and Minor Threat.  The wine label next to it on my inspiration board and below is a reminder as well.  When Dad decided to do something, he committed himself to excel at it.  My father used to make his own wine with his grandfather's wine press.  He had stopped by the time I was old enough to drink it but he said that it has gotten pretty good by his last vintage.  I often wonder if it was as good as the label he created for it bearing our name and our house.

Gianni's taste is Lapo's luck

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Influential Imagery - Domenico Vacca

If you can afford it, get yourself down to West Broadway and go get fitted. You won't be dissapointed. Great fabrics, great cut, great details.

all photos taken from domenicovacca.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Swordplay - How to Saber a Champagne Bottle

Taken in full from today's urban daddy email blast. This actually went down at my high school graduation party...

December 17, 2008

Swordplay - How to Saber a Champagne Bottle

Around these times, our minds tend to drift to a non-stop longing for the cool caress of champagne. So as we build toward the New Year, it's time to revisit the subject of disrobing your bubbly. Considering the year that was 2008, we're recommending putting any latent aggression toward the sabering of your champagne bottle. Here to help you again is our step-by-step instruction guide...

1. DISROBE YOUR BUBBLY: Take your well-chilled bottle of champagne and remove the foil and the wire cage covering the cork. (As you probably know, it's essential the bottle be well-chilled to avoid leakage, foaming and premature cork-popping.)

2. LOCATE YOUR TARGET: Locate one of the two vertical seams running up the side of the bottle. Where the seam meets the lower lip of the bottleneck is the point at which you'll aim.

3. CONTROL YOUR SABER: Grip the bottle firmly around the base. Point the bottle at a 30-45 degree angle away from all people, windows and, obviously, Faberge eggs. Now take your saber (or the back edge of a chef's knife) and lay the blade flat, just below the lip at the weak spot.

4. MOMENT OF TRUTH: Draw the sword back along the seam and then swing with full force away from your body, upward and into the bottom of the lip. Don't forget to follow through (as with any sport, see the cork popping, be the saber). To minimize spillage, turn the bottle upright immediately afterward.

5. VICTORY: If done right, the cork and bottle top will thrust several feet into the air, and you will lose no more than an ounce of your champagne. And you will be a hero. A champagne-pouring, knife-wielding hero...

vintage vespas - continuing the obsession

All photos from the LIFE photo Archive.