WHARF is one of my all time favorite shops. Of course it helps that owner/founder Rob Babigian is one of the coolest and kindest dudes out there. But they are one of those diamond in the rough shops that carry only the very best quality goods that works perfectly for us New Englanders (and others, naturally). After a very successful year in the suburbs of RI, Rob relocated his shop to a fantastic new space in downtown Providence. Being the awesome guy that he is, Rob commissioned several local artisans to create fixtures, furnishings, and art for the new shop . . . including yours truly! Rob reached out to me this spring to do a small collection of charcoal drawings concentrating on the great products and brands that he carries in his store. The results can be seen over on the WHARF site and of course in the actual store which I highly recommend taking a trip down or up to shop at in person. If you can’t make the journey, “walk” around their online shop here.
Monthly Archives: July 2011
The good folks at Penfield shot me a preview of their upcoming collaboration with Sperry Top-Sider and I must say I’m pretty excited about it. Both brands are iconic New England brands (and also both hail from the great state of Massachusetts where I currently reside). The collection will be the best of both worlds – the classic silhouettes of Sperry and Penfield’s unique outerwear fabrics. Keep an eye out for the entire collection releasing this Fall.
I was very excited to be asked to be part of Nylite Project this summer. Tretorn sent 35 bloggers a pair of their classic/iconic Nylite shoe and asked us to style them as we saw fit. My boyfriend shot me wearing mine while we were running to work one morning near our home in Cambridgeport, MA. I styled mine with washed red linen shorts and my new favorite shirt from one of the best stores on the East Coast, WHARF (soon to be available for all ladies, so stay tuned!). Nylites are one of the most comfortable sneakers I have ever worn and they have instantly found a spot in my wardrobe as an irreplaceable staple. Be sure to check out the other contributors of the project here!
The Talented Mr. Ripley is certainly a favorite for the amazing acting and wardrobe. It’s constantly cited as a source of sartorial inspiration. Obviously, this makes it a perfect addition to the Date Night Series. I love everything Gwyneth Paltrow wears as Marge Sherwood in the film. She is elegant and classy, but cool and relaxed at the same time. The perfect balance for a woman. Check out Skip’s look here.
My boyfriend’s mum told me about a recent spread in Vogue titled America the Beautiful. We thought it was funny how prevalent Grundéns raingear was in the bit on Maine. Coated canvas coveralls, hats, and jackets are primarily worn by fishermen and lobstermen in Maine and all over the world. But here in the Vogue pages, they appeared to be quite fashionable when paired with a Moschino skirt or a Cucinelli cable knit sweater. I thought it would be fun to dive into the history of this brand which has been a staple in foul weather gear.
In 1926, Carl A. Grundén founded a collection of the highest quality foul weather gear, primarily to be worn by sailors, fishermen, in a small fishing village on the coast of Sweden. Before the 1930′s this sort of gear was made out of unbleached canvas which was sewn, dipped into barrels of linseed oil, hung up to dry for a fortnight, taken down and painted by hand, followed by another fortnight of air drying, and then the whole shabang was repeated three more times. In the later half of the decade, the first rubberized materials were introduced which were much lighter, flexible, and comfortable. Finally, in the 1950s PVC coating changed the foul weather gear industry providing the ultimate weather protection and durability. To this day Grundéns produces the heavy duty skins that are staples in the commercial marine industry – it’s the “no-nonsense, no-glitz gear that does exactly what it is designed to do.”
Images via Grundéns
After a nice spring vacation, Skip of Alex Grant and I are back with our Date Night series! Being a Harvard man himself, Skip suggested we do The Social Network. Here is Mark’s slighted ex-girlfriend Erica Albright’s typical look. I updated it a little to make it more seasonless with a lighter weight jacket, but all in all it’s the perfect bookish look for a date at a low lit pub or a cafe. Head over to Alex Grant to see Skip’s look for Mark Zuckerberg.
I’m one of those people who is crazy about stripes. I see a stripe, and I am immediately drawn to it. There is something so simplistically appealing about the pattern, especially on a perfect cotton T. Whether they are mini stripes, multi stripes, thick stripes or blue and white, red and navy, grey and white, etc. Some people stick to some archaic rules about striped shirts. Horizontal stripes make you look bigger. Or a striped T on a man makes him look like a boy. That’s all just silly nonsense to me. And I can’t resist a man in a great fitting, soft, striped T. Above are some great choices for the gentlemen out there looking to add some stripes to their your wardrobe (click on the image to be led to the product page). You can go the classic St. James boatneck route or mix it up with a henley. Either way, you’ll look great in my book. And be sure to keep an eye on Chance Co. Known for their expertise in producing the perfect striped apparel, they’ll be launching a men’s collection soon!
Cy Twombly; April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011
Day four, and final day, of the N’East Illustrated: Our Founding Fathers series, Thomas Jefferson.
Day three of the N’East Illustrated: Our Founding Fathers series, John Hancock.