Tuesday, July 29, 2008

il bagatto - "the best trattoria in manhattan"

Last Thursday, my fiancee and I found ourselves downtown without concrete dinner plans.  Our discussion took but a moment before we agreed to head over to 192 east 2nd St. and Ave. B.  This is the address of il bagatto, our favorite Italian spot in the city.  The menu is Romana tipica, which is simplicity at its best.  I always get a big kick out of the menu listing for the tagliata seafood special: "No cheese allowed for this dish so please don't ask!"  This brings me back to my days in Rome.  Waiters would look a you as if you had three heads if you asked for cheese with seafood.

Ethan Desu

Ethan Desu is, from what I gather, a tailor and designer for the Sydney, AU-based Herringbone.  He is also the author of ethandesu.  I stumbled upon his blog one day while looking for photos of Al Bazar's Lino and was pleasantly surprised to find someone on the other side of the world that shared similar sartorial taste and zeal for the craft.  It is his blog that lead me to the slew of online traditionalists that I check in with every morning (Admiral Cod and Tucker, you can thank Ethan for my pesky comments).  He posts sparingly but, as the saying goes, its all about quality, not quantity.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Completing a Look - Embroidered Silk Knit

This is it. After months of trying to find the perfect wedding tie for my groomsmen and myself, I've landed on a version of the above. The silk knit tie is great because it adds subtle texture to what can be a day in, day out mundane look. While planning my wedding wardrobe I've been thinking slightly informal but classic and this line of thinking can easily yield a final product that is both unrefined and boring. The embroidered silk knit (custom of course with embroidered dots to match the bridesmaid's dresses) is the last piece of the puzzle.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Influential Imagery: Gino Iannucci

Patrick O'Dell is finally putting the "epic" in Epicly Later'd, his web TV show on VBS.tv. The first episode of season duece will be focused on none other than my all time favorite, Gino Iannucci. I can draw inspiration from anything or anyone that has there own individual style and Gino's got more of it in his fakie 360 kickturn than I will in my entire life, no matter how many Michael Bastian jackets I own.

Here's a teaser for the episode....

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Daily Dino - Bye, Bye Booze? Hardly....

Influential Imagery - The Best of Michael Bastian

This is where I've been looking now that I'm starting to think about the fall. Here are some of my favorite looks from his various fall collections. The one directly below inspired me to take a chambray shirt of mine to Raymond, my custom shirtmaker outside Philadelphia, and have him replace its collar with a fresh white cutaway.

All photos borrowed from mens.style.com

Influential Imagery: Michael Bastian and the Double-breasted Jacket

photo borrowed from mens.style.com

Anybody that knows me well will tell you that I'm a huge fan of Michael Bastian. To me, he is the perfect blend of America & Italy, early 60's Locust Walk & the Via Condotti. It also helps that his sample size (50 euro - 40R) fits me off the peg without any alterations! I think what impresses me most about this product is exactly what is causes many people to say "So what?" He, like all truly great menswear designers, understands that there is no need to over design. Why reinvent the wheel? He focuses on fabric, fit and color and executes impeccably. The result is a product that subtly stands out and makes people double-take without understanding why.

Right now I am particularly enjoying his take on the double-breasted jacket. the narrower, higher-notched peak lapels and the condensed button stance are what really do it for me....so much so that I actually own both of the jackets below.

photo borrowed from mens.style.com

photo borrowed from thesartorialist

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mister Freedom

A Continuous Lean's post about The Stronghold yesterday got me on a little vintage kick, which brings me to Christophe Loiron's Mister Freedom.  He combines one of a kind vintage garments with hand applied graphics.  This is the result.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I wore a trench and bowtie today for Digby

Recentering my equilibrium - The Beta House - Sept. 22, 1911

I found the link to this wonderful site chronicling the histories of UPENN fraternities today after spending a half hour inside the Dance Club/Retail freak show that is Abercrombie & Fitch for technique R&D. Thank Christ and google image search for some real inspiration. As all two of you know, I've got very personal ties to UPENN and the building above in particular. While looking at this photo I can almost hear the beta-driven stolen trolley car approaching...

Friday, July 4, 2008

The spoils

The spoils of a short trip to Italy. The ties were purchased from my friend Danilo at Cruciani & Bella in Rome and everything else from the infamous Lino of Al Bazar in Milan. I'll post more when I get back to my house in Connecticut.

The extreme cutaway by Guy Rover for Al Bazar - Lino designed and approved

Finally a trench that doesn't moonlight as a dress

Twill tape - "a very high end detail," just ask Scott.

Searching for Dickie Greenleaf

I've been watching the Talented Mr. Ripley a lot lately because I've been working on a spring concept called "Hello Ravello." As I walked down the Via Condotti, I heard Dickie Greenleaf's voice in my head singing the praises of Battistoni. The 62 year old shop is tucked away through the cortile of a palazzo half way down said street. Its continued success, despite its discreet location speaks volumes about the cut and quality of their product. No doubt Dickie would still be a frequent customer.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Roman Holiday

This Saturday I'll finally have some visuals from my quick trip across the pond to Italia. Highlights will be a look at the Battistoni flagship and a profile on Danilo Cruciani of Cruciani & Bella, the wonderful Roman shirt and tie shop in the Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina. I will, of course, also throw up some images of a few things I picked up along the way including some great stuff from Al Bazaar in Milano.

Till then....