I stumbled upon 18 Waits on Twitter and fell in love with their online lookbook filled with pieces “meant to be worn well, enjoyed, loved, and destroyed.” The clothes, accessories and jewelry are all hand made in Canada or the U.S. with a close eye for detail and craftmanship. My favorite piece is their Native Son necklace, individually hand stamped and tarnished for that worn-in heritage look. The necklace is complete with a colorful tie of selvedge linen at the clasp and sealed in a hand stained raw wooden box. The perfect gift for that someone . . . or yourself.
Monthly Archives: June 2010
The Date Night Special Feature is here! The fabulous team over at Rue La La asked me and Skip to do a special Date Night feature for their blog. We wanted to do a movie that was still in theaters that had amazing style. Ashton Kuther and Katherine Heigl’s romantic comedy Killers seemed like the natural choice. In the feature Skip and I have given a summary of Heigl’s and Kutcher’s clean and classic wardrobes and how you too can pull off their styles and look pretty killer at that (shameless pun I know).
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I’m sure all of my female readers adored the Léon t-shirts I posted about yesterday (and hopefully ordered one!). Now, for the men out there, a collection of T’s with a bit of a bite to them. Penfield delivers yet again with a collection of durable cotton jersey t-shirts ready for any activity thrown at them. Rock it old-school with the brand’s 35 year-old logo on a bold purple T. Or, let your inner man give out a roar with Penfield’s bear emblazoned T. These two are only a taste of their SS ’10 t-shirts, all of which are definitely worth a look.
Looking for an elegant T for summer? Check out the collection from Léon, the women’s line designed by the talented Peter Nguyen of The Essential Man and Always Never. Nguyen collaborated with his friend and floral designer, Rachel Nina Schwartz, to create a group of T’s inspired by the cover art of New Order’s album “Power, Corruption & Liest”. The results are stunning bouquets hand printed on lightweight 100% cotton t-shirts; the perfect T to take you through the warm summer months and beyond.
Claire Cleary is definitely a free spirited personality, but I actually found her wardrobe a bit challenging because its reserve and simplicity. I love the classic prep look, but Claire’s wardrobe leaned a little too close to the bright pinks, purples and apple greens (not my favorite) of ultimate prep. But I think her outfit here is pretty adorable. I would probably switch out the Lilly Pulitzer shirt for a J.Crew linen gingham shirt in navy, but each to her own!
PS The Date Night Special Feature has been pushed back, so hold on to your seats, it’s on its way!
Who can resist the modern classic Wedding Crashers? And who can resist quoting lines from it for hours on end? Not this girl. In the true nature of summer and subsequently, wedding season, we decided Wedding Crashers was only too suitable for Date Night. Skip has put together a great nautical outfit for a sail on the yacht with that wicked cute girl you’ve been eyeing. Before you get out there, catch up on your sailing skills and tell her the boat’s “yar”. She’ll be impressed.
The classic trench carries a lot of style weight with it. It’s the jacket the makes anyone look classier and more respectable. It’s the jacket that can be re-invented with buttons, belting, pockets or piping and yet it still remains to be that old school stand by in every man and woman’s closet. Many people would immediately refer to Burberry when thinking of the trench coat, but I think it’s more fun to look at the smaller establishment that have modernized the classic. Aimee Cho, the adorable young lady behind Gryphon New York, has continued to design innovative trench coats over the past few years since the launch of her company. Throughout her collection, Aimee’s designs are weather appropriate, practical and manage to maintain a pretty meets tough aesthetic that makes the trench even more memorable. Sadly, my pockets are not deep enough to spring for one of her pieces, but I love browsing her collections and reading her very sweet blog.
If you are looking for a modern shoe that retains a touch of the classic boat shoe, desert boot or loafer, Pointer Footwear makes it. With clean white soles and a variety of neutral colors in suede and leather, these shoes will provide you with that simple, well crafted shoe that can take you through all your summer antics. Whether it’s a morning bike ride, eating lobsters on the dock or an afternoon wedding, your feet will be dressed for the occasion.
Today marks the launch of Run Of The Mill, the online shop created by the gentlemen behind some of the most influential men’s style blogs out there to date. For S/S 10, Lawrence, Jeremy and Jon have curated an impeccable selection of pieces designed by the talented Mark McNairy. Classic wardrobe staples freshened with a modern twist, this collection is sure to claim real estate in a smart man’s closet for years to come.
I’m a bit of a jewelry fanatic, having studied and made jewelry since high school, so I’m always on the lookout for cool new collections. Right now I’m on a metal kick whether it’s gold, silver or both. I love the look of simple metal pieces with a small pop of color. Mars Jewelry has the most simplistic bracelets in colorful organic fabrics or leather, threaded through small silver and gold squares. Either by themselves or stacked as multiples or with other jewelry, they are the perfect summer accessory. And for the price range of $45 to $65, it’s easy to indulge in your craving for several colors.
For a girl, a Dad represents security, comfort and unconditional love. My father was exactly that for me. I consider myself and my older brother and sister incredibly blessed to have a father who has been so involved in our lives. He was the dad that would get just as excited about the Playmobile pirate ship as we did and proceed to spend hours playing pirates with us. Unfortunately, not many dads these days are as attentive and involved in their children’s lives as ours was. I could never thank my dad enough for being there so much for all of us, in our childhood, youth and now adulthood.
I remember absolutely adoring Minnie Driver’s no fuss wardrobe in Good Will Hunting when I saw it in theaters. As the studious Harvard student, Skylar, practical jeans and T’s are her uniform – and she looks good in them. Even the barn coat that Will lends her in one of their scenes looks fantastic on her. I inherited my grandfather’s barn coat, which fits me pretty loosely, and it’s the most comforting jacket. I’m not positive whether she had Doctor Marten Mary Janes in the movie, but I’m pretty sure that practically every New England collegiate girl had a pair in the ’90s, so they really work here.
Don’t forget to check in next week for a Date Night special feature!
Just in time for date night. We decided to provide you with a Boston classic this week, Good Will Hunting. Maybe it will reignite your New England pride after the Celtics’ big loss last night . . . maybe not . . . there is only so much we can do over here at “Date Night.” At first Skip was a little nervous about throwing a look together for a guy who spends the majority of the film in a schlumpy t-shirt and pants, but I think what he concluded with is an easy-going New England outfit. Especially with the Danner boots – courtesy of Foster Huntington’s photo of his own that he posted on his blog, A Restless Transplant. But please be aware that you won’t become a math genius just by wearing this look.
Stay tuned for a “Date Night” special feature next week!
Rogues Gallery never ceases to produce compelling limited edition collections. This time around, the native to Maine company and John Bartlett, the innovative designer of his namesake brand, offer an exclusive collaboration of vintage T’s and leather pouches. Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman iconography are cleverly printed on the pieces, all of which are hand constructed and printed in Rogues Gallery’s Portland, ME workshop. The collection is smartly contained in a $35 to $75 price range, and they are worth every penny.
I got the chance to pop into the Liquor Store this past weekend when I was in NYC. It was my first visit to store and I actually came across it completely by chance while cruising through TriBeCa on my way to meet some friends at Bubbie’s. I instantly fell in love with the location and how they maintained the original architecture and feel of the space. The store was filled with treasures in every nook and cranny and I wanted to take it all home with me to give to my boyfriend . . . and later steal and wear myself. I really appreciated the attention to detail throughout the store, like this small display in the glass case (please excuse the quality of this image – my Chocolate phone isn’t up to par for photo taking). Next time you go to NYC, make shopping at the J.Crew Liquor Store a priority. Your wardrobe will be grateful.
For more interior shots of the store, check out A Continuous Lean.
I always thought of Leslie Bibb’s character in The Skulls as somewhat of a Daddy’s girl; smart, sweet and a bit naive. Her clothes aren’t flashy or overly feminine and she wears them casually. But, being a rich girl at an Ivy League school, her wardrobe would most likely have a few expensive labels so I’ve put together a mix of hi and low priced items. The Tiffany necklace looks like something she could have gotten as a gift from her parents for getting good grades for the year or something. It’s all very ’90s Ivy League – classic and squeaky clean.
Let’s take a moment to reminisce about the ’90s and one of the movies that made Skip become obsessed with the Ivy League. Personally, I remember when The Skulls came out like it was yesterday. All my girlfriends and I were obsessed (them with the sweet Joshua Jackson, me with how good the bad boy Paul Walker looked in a tux) and went to see it twice. It was the one of those ’90s films that really made modern prep iconic. Here, Skip draws inspiration from the casual preppy look that Jackson sported in the film, combining old school and contemporary for the perfect college look.
If there’s a movie you’d like to see on the Date Night Series, email me at email@example.com!
I was shifting through some old editorials on Selectism and found a post on the Arrow Moccasin Company. Having always been a fan of the Quoddy’s Ring Boots, I’m now an even bigger fan of Arrow’s less hefty price tag. A true New England company, Arrow’s headquarters have been stationed in Hudson, MA for over 45 years and is still run by the original family. To see some great photos of the inside of their headquarters and of the materials used to make the moccasins, head over to An Affordable Wardrobe.
-guest post by EAJ
Having been born and raised in Maine, I grew up doing a lot of outdoor activities such as canoeing, sailing and fishing and finding the right durable clothing and equipment for such sports is essential. I was pretty impressed when I stumbled upon Eddie Bauer’s Heritage Collection and I found their versions of the American sportsman essentials to be the real deal. Above is a selection of my favorites from their canoeing and fishing collections.
-guest post by EAJ