Friday, March 27, 2009

Influential Imagery - Borsalino gets that spring blue just right


Who knew Borsalino made clothes? Apparently the people over at L'UOMO VOGUE. As I was looking at their previously mentioned SP/SU Fashion Guide I noticed that they used a pair of steel blue/grey trousers made by Borsalino in almost every look for their "Total Blue" concept. This peaked my interest and led me to the images below. I love the atypical use of navy and grey as a spring color driver. It’s easy and obvious to roll out bright color for spring but it takes a real talent to make a spring version of the blue blazer/grey flannel combo feel right. Cucinelli usually nails it and apparently Borsalino can as well.



Check out the grey pinstripe linen undercollar...


A Chambray 2 button Peak? 13&W approved.



All photos borrowed from Borsalino

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What I found Today - What I Saw Today

all images borrowed from what I saw today

Valet's the handbook lead me to a pretty great find this morning.  What I Saw Today is like an illustrated version of thesartorialist.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Influential Imagery - L'UOMO VOGUE SP/SU '09 FASHION GUIDE


L’UOMO VOGUE’s seasonal fashion guide is like an Italian version of Free and Easy. After the shows the Italians try to tie them all together with a few themes. This year my favorites were “Darjeeling” and “Gatsby.” I pulled some of my favorites and posted them above. I love the strong statement of the white cleric color against more muted brights like light faded brown and blues. The Moschino look has me inspired to mix a dressier knit with more tailored clothing. Now, to find that knit….

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Third times a charm? Bastian nominated for CFDA

photo borrowed from michaelbastiannyc

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced their nominees for 2009 Menswear Designer of the Year today and 13th & Wolf favorite Michael Bastian is in the running yet again.  This marks his third nomination by the CFDA and this time he'll be up again Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein.  Lets hope he gets the recognition he deserves this time around. 

AGCGD - il giorno di s. patrizio


Today I'm debuting a new feature: AGCGD or  A gentleman's C gets dressed. Today is Il giorno di S. Patritizo, or St. Patrick's Day to you regular folk who didn't know that Saint Patrick was a Roman legionnaire (ie. Italian). Here's how I've decided to brave the crowds and roadblocks around Fifth Avenue.

a. Rugby shetland crewneck sweater in green heather from Fall '07 
b. Steven Alan blackwatch down jacket, $298, get here 
c. Rugby university relaxed frayed jean, $98, get here 
d. Rugby argyle socks, $15, get here 
e. Rugby "Edmund" vintage slim fit rugby from Fall '08 
f. Pratesi Firenze "Brunelleschi 120" briefcase in nutella, $527, get here 
g. Minnetonka fringe boot with hardsole, $40.95, get here 
h. Custom double strap Brooks Brothers timepiece, a 13th and Wolf original

Friday, March 13, 2009

The only thing my Father had in common with Thom Browne...


photo borrowed from Pratesi Firenze

photo borrowed from mens.style.com

The Pratesi Firenze Brunelleschi leather briefcase.  My father's was a gift from my mother and he carried it everywhere.  When he passed away sorting through it was like going through a scrapbook of some of my favorite memories.  In it he had, among tons of other things, two decks of cards for card tricks he constantly performed, a little leather notebook with game tallies for the backgammon matches he played against all of his children, notes for articles he was working on, a shoe horn and black shoe polish (he always polished his brown shoes with black polish).  

This case epitomizes the perfect men's accessory for me.  It's functional, masculine and elegant simultaneously.  As I've previously said, I can't usually back Thom Browne.  But the inclusion of my father's bag was a happy note for me amidst a sea of grey flannel ridiculousness this Fall.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

J. Crew - Counterfeit Rugby

Our tweed hunting jacket - Fall 07
Their tweed hunting coat, same fabric, same details - Fall 08

Our knit tie - Fall 07

Their knit tie - same colors and EXACT same stripe layout - Fall 08

We often wonder if there's a traitor in our midst...

Rugby ran both the jacket and tie a full season before they hit the floors at the Crew. Getting inspiration is one thing, completely knocking off a garment with the exact same details and fabric is another.

rugby knockoff garment photos borrowed from J. Crew

Shop of the Hour - Sid Mashburn



all images borrowed from Sid Mashburn

I hate to reblog but Sid Mashburn's name has been popping up on my computer screen and in work conversations a lot as of late and all of this discussion/coverage has peeked my interest.  The store, which is located in Atlanta, GA, seems to be the ideally curated for someone like me who appreciates Italian and American style equally and enjoys the punch of color and fun that southerners (both American and Italian) are known for.  His private line best embodies this amalgamation: yarn died chambray dress shirts and double monk captoes.  Too bad the store's not located in NYC, my brother would clear the place out of their entire stock of incotex trousers....


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Influential Imagery - Spring 09 ISAIA lookbook



images borrowed from ISAIA

Its the first of March and there is at least four inches of snow on the ground in New York. Naturally, this has me thinking of spring and summer on the southern coast of Italy. ISAIA's spring lookbook has a real Dickie Greenleaf feel to it that I'm seriously digging. Schoolboy stripe shorts, colorful tailored jackets and knit shirts with cutaway collars - check, check and check. The whole expression can be viewed here.

printed, rolling artwork - chocolate skateboards woodcut series

I miss seeing Gino's name on one of these...

image borrowed from crailtap.com