Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Some great examples of how to inject color into your wardrobe as the weather turns. The rig shots are from the thesartorialist's bergdorf archive and the live ones are courtesy of Gai's Milano & Co. I think its brilliant that Gai chose to take his summer blazers back to a grey trouser. This is an ideal illustration of my previous point about the Italian's ability to make something that is traditionally associated with one season feel perfect in another.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This past Friday night my wife and I attended a wedding in Princeton, NJ. I hadn’t been back to Princeton’s campus since my brother’s graduation in ’97. My clearest memory of that occasion was a debate I had with my father over the merits of the school and the beauty of the campus’ collegiate gothic architecture. It went something like this:
Dad: “Tonio, look at this place. There’s such an amazing history here. This architectural style is called collegiate gothic and many of the buildings on this campus were modeled after buildings from Oxford and Cambridge. Simply walking in their shadows inspires excellence.”
Me: “Sure its okay and all Pop but its nothing compared to Penn.”
Dad: “Penn is a great school, I should know, but its no Princeton. Trust me on this, one day you’ll look back and wish you studied a little more and skateboarded a little less.”
Me: “Sure Pop…”
Like usual, Pop was correct. I had all day Friday to explore this great little town and I must say that there’s no college campus quite like it. The images above are a few things that I found inspiring as I investigated Princeton’s eating clubs, libraries and quadrangles. Enjoy them.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here's a great clip from the guys at GQ and Lugo on how to tie your tie like an Italian. It's all about the double fourinhand. Just ask David over at Borrelli. Lugo was a great shop, does anyone know what happened to them?
You can watch the rest of GQ's style rules here.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Thanks goes out to the sales guy at Barney's that knowingly turned a blind eye to my guerrilla photography after warning me to keep my head on a swivel for security. Guy Rover has one of the best summer shirting palettes this year and they are sold exclusively at Barney's in the US. Do yourself a favor and punch up your wardrobe with one of these guys.
The Italian sartorial aesthetic is not easy to find on this side of the pond. The media usually portrays us as sloppy, overweight mobster heathens with a penchant for black shirts with long, pointed collars and sharkskin suits. Tony Soprano and the image below from Analyze That are two fairly solid examples of this.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Yesterday evening Michael Bastian and Tommy Fazio of Bergdorf Goodman hosted the east coast release party of Lifeguard on Duty, a collection of photographs by Matt Albiani, on BG’s third floor. It was great to see some familiar faces like Rafe of Can I Tell You as well meet the rest of Michael’s team. By the looks of it, he has a rock solid support system of some very capable people. It was really refreshing to see just how modest and simultaneously enthusiastic they all are about the product they work on. It is easy to imagine that Michael and his associate Marlon would have big heads by now as they’ve been nominated for the CFDA three years running and they get a multitude of great press every month but this could not be further from the truth. They are both just excited to be doing what they do day in and day out. Its no wonder the collection looks fresh every season. Above are a couple photos of the aforementioned people behind MB. Thanks for the invite!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
two of the best morning reads
Today JP swung by the office to sit down with our fearless leader Lee Norwood and brought Foster along for visual proof. You should be able to check that out tomorrow over at The Selvedge Yard. I was happy to find out that the man behind A Restless Transplant is going to be lending his sharp eye to Blue label’s concept team this summer. Welcome aboard Foster!