Along with pretty much everyone else out there, I’m pretty stoked that the days are getting longer and warmer. I’ve been packing up my cozy sweaters one by one to hibernate at the back of my closet until the fall. At the same time, I was pulling out my summer wardrobe and realed, damn, stuff isn’t looking so good. Fall is my favorite time of year. Not only for the crisp cool air and pumpkins and all that jazz, but I love the wardrobe. In reorganizing my closet I realized my summer wardrobe was pretty bare bones in comparison. Not only is it incredibly minimal (and not in a good way), it’s been worn and torn and due for retirement (otherwise known as The Goodwill). Getting to the point, I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts on summer style inspirations from film characters and women of history and modern day that have amazing Spring/Summer style. First up is Mary Stuart Masterson as Idgie Threadgood in Fried Green Tomatoes. I saw the movie for the first time last month and really dug Idgie’s tomboy wardrobe of loose pants and shorts cinched at the waist with a leather belt, breezy white blouses, straw hats, dungarees, and handkerchief headbands. The shots above don’t really do it justice, but they were the best I could find. I recommend just watching the movie to get a real sense of her fuss free look.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
If you’re in the Baltimore area tomorrow be sure to cruise over to the new pop-up Confirmed Stock. Menswear-centric, this shop will be offering some killer goods from brands and stores including Corter, Two-Inch Cuffs, Cause & Effect, Ruell & Ray, Ball & Buck, and Fisher Clothing (just to name a few). Founders Neal and Chris have a mission is to “present a well-curated selection of high quality and mostly American-made goods from some of the best brands around”. Based on their roster, I have a strong feeling they have succeeded. Head over to their incredibly well-designed site to get more info on the pop-up and the brands they’ll be featuring.
I’m excited to be reviewing some amazing products from form function form along with a bevy of friends and fellow bloggers. Inspired by the famous quote of Louis Sullivan (mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright), “form follows function”, founder and artisan Shawn Reed simplified it to create a complete cyclical concept. These two elements equally dictate the design and aesthetic of Shawn’s work. His pieces are not only functional and durably made in the USA (with the finest Horween leather and skilled craftsmanship), they are beautiful in form.
It was really fun to be able to work with Shawn to create a custom bracelet from his designs. The lure bracelet instantly caught my eye having grown up in a fishing community and now with a fiance who is an avid fly fisherman. I wanted to give the bracelet a bit of a hunting/fishing theme by having the cord blaze orange. The result was exactly what I had hoped for with a silvery fish paired with the blaze. The Eagle Claw hook closure completes the concept and was quite easy to fasten and unfasten on my own. Shawn was very kind and sent me a second bracelet, the Bow Shackle, with my second color choice hunter green. It has turned out to be an equal favorite for me with the closure’s nod to closure to an authentic, yacht-quality bow shackle.
It was an honor to be asked to join the ranks of Jeremiah Simmons of A Headlong Dive for the Sartorial et al. Part II and represent the female voice amongst a great group of friends. Thanks to both Jeremiah and Shawn!
*Apologies for the tint of the photos. My iPhone 4 is not quite equal to my camera (which is currently in need of repairs).
Today is the last day of the Of a Kind Roadshow sample sale in NYC. I was so bummed when I saw that I would be missing it by one day. There are some amazing vendors in the event so I highly recommend taking an extra long lunch break to swing by the sale before it’s all gone!
Anything Nick Wooster touches seems to turn to gold. It might not always be your cup of tea (I have yet to have that be the case for me), but you always respect his impeccable taste and ingenuity. His collaboration with Orlebar Brown is no different. At first glance a man who typically wears a looser swim trunk might find these too fitted and cropped. But look again, the fit is a perfectly tailored straight cut that sits on the waist and fits through the seat probably better than most of your trousers do. The zip fly and hidden hook and bar slide closure is a thoughtful upgrade from the typical Velcro or lace-up closure found on most swim trunks. All these features attest to the signature quality, versatility, and wear-ability of Orlebar Brown’s swim trunks, which are only enhanced by Wooster’s input. For me, the real kicker is the pattern. Camo is a pattern that people either love or hate – I love. Wooster has made this easily recognizable pattern, traditionally used for blending in, and made it stand out with an adapted pattern and bright hues. The curves of the pattern are reminiscent of the very waves one would wear the trunks in – a brilliant and subtle design move. Park & Bond is exclusively carrying the collaboration here. In the video above, directed by the talented Jake Davis, Wooster chats about the inspiration and design process behind the pattern for the Camo Swim Trunk.