This is the best thing I’ve found in a while now. A Fresh Take is like Secret Fort’s Head to Toe but oh so much more. Each post is like a one look concept rig focused on a particular time and place. Follow Adam Christopher from a contemporary brunch in Tribeca to a date at the Drive in circa 1962. The range of product he chooses from in also refreshingly broad from James Perse and A.P.C. to Bean and J. Press. To me, this is the very definition of influencing imagery.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
One of my favorite ebay dealers, writersink, has some great vintage hab stuff up for auction as we speak. I know JP’s going to love this Hart Schaffner & Marx salesman case with sample swatches dating from the fist quarter of the 20th century. I bet most of you didn’t realize that HartMarx were the first to put zippers into the flys of trousers in 1926. The other standout in my mind is the 1957 Great Western salesmen kit complete with swatches, mailers, sizing forms and a truly unique calling card (pictured above).
Readers beware, I’m calling dibs on the HSM box and I’m ready for a war….
Thursday, April 16, 2009
When I saw this painted phrase inside a store that had recently closed shop down in soho I was immediately reminded of a recent conversation I had with JP of theselvedgeyard. All of the stuff you see on this weblog is great but, at the end of the day, its just stuff and I don't really need any of it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
There is always something to learn from a run-in with Clemente DiMonda. Today, Mr. Lauren's barber of twenty plus years shows us how to effectively layer corduroy and tweed without looking like you belong on the moors. The camel DB topcoat (which was buttoned before I stopped him) and silk scarf take this look out of the field and stream and into the heart of Madison Avenue. The fedora and vintage pocket watch don't hurt either...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
My father loved the boatneck sweater and bowtie combination. Like so much of his style, this look was adopted during his undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied under the famed academic and sociologist E. Digby Baltzell. Professor Baltzell is credited for the creation of the acronym WASP and was known for his fondness for tweeds, regimental stripes, and bowties. He was said to slightly favor athletes who excelled in academics because he believed that a well-rounded education had to include rigorous exercise of the mind and body. Knowing this, the members of PENN’s football team would show up to Digby’s class in burgundy boatneck letter sweaters. My father added the tie for extra points. He continued this after graduation, changing only the side of sweater the world saw because PENN tradition dictates that letter sweaters must be worn inside out after leaving the shade of trees that line Locust Walk. This morning, while thinking of him fondly, I grabbed my striped boatneck in PENN’s colors, one of his favorite bowties and headed out the door and into the sunlight. I’d like to think that somewhere, he and Digby are chatting about their days together and smiling.