It was so exciting to see friends Ashley James of Ruell & Ray and Billy Moore of Cause & Effect launch their collaboration shop Art & Survival on Park & Bond this week. Both are incredibly talented designers and makers, producing hearty denim and reliable leather goods respectively. Hailing from Tennessee and Virginia, they both display the sort of kindness, generosity of spirit, and cheer that only Southern folk can posses. For example, only Billy would carry Maker’s Mark in a hand-made leather hobo stick and insist you join him for a toast . . . in the middle of a menswear tradeshow in NYC. And only Ashley would be too happy to join in for no doubt the fifth time in an hour. Now aren’t you eager to get a bit of that southern charm in your wardrobe?
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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.
I am in love with these silver brooches made by Pierre Toulhoat. He is a leading craftsman of jewelry and crafted pieces in France and specializes in symbols (religious, Celtic, and Breton to name a few). A small bit of flair like the woodpecker and clever looking owl above looks amazing on a coat lapel; whether it’s your wool winter coat or a unstructured blazer in the summer. You can find a few Toulhoat brooches at Nepenthes in NYC or online at their curated shop with Park & Bond.