Paul Stuart is a brand that has always fascinated me. They’re always very focused and true to who they are, unapologetically dandy, and have a very distinct flavor that is unmistakably Paul Stuart. The Phineas Cole label, with it’s new corner shop on Madison & 45th, comes at exactly the right time. It represents Paul Stuart speaking to the younger guy who wants a grownup alternative to the shrunken suit silliness that is Thom Browne, and many other’s, ilk. Phineas Cole is respectful to timeless style, but in a way that’s approachable and relevant for the younger guy.
Paul Stuart has always had a strong point of view, which has served them well. It isn’t for everyone, mind you. If you’re not well versed on the classics and the art of dressing, then you may be overwhelmed, or simply just not get it. For me, it’s like being a kid in a candy shop. I love what they stand for. After all, many brands have learned recently that if you do not stand for something– you will fall for anything.
And many of them have.
Photo courtesy of Material Interest
The stylish menswear team at Ralph Lauren has been getting a lot of press time on the blog scene lately. Feels almost like a guerilla P.R. campaign.
Jerry Lauren is a legend in menswear and if you know him, you’ve heard the following Jerry-isms– “Regimentals for the gentiles” –pronounced regimentiles, as in regimental stripes & “The perfection is in the imperfection” –like the beauty and greatness of an old printed fabric is in the way that the screens are slightly off-register, giving it character and visual interest. Today, designers will often engineer prints to look off-register for that old world, authentic flavor. One of many tricks of the trade.
J.L. via Mister Mort. Can you name these other guys?
The always excellent Hollister Hovey did a great story on NYC Hardcourt Bike Polo. She’s right– these guys do look intense– with the chap on the far left throwing some downright menacing Clockwork Orange vibe.
Menswear designers new and old are tracing fashion roots and embracing brand heritage– whether it’s their own or borrowed. Ralph is the true master of classic American sportswear, and no one is more in their element at this time than him.
Yesterday Racked NY scooped that the Thom Browne / Brooks Brothers long-awaited Black Fleece store on Bleecker was about to open any day. This morning, WWD announced that today would be the day– and in time for Fashion Week. Skinny fashionistas everywhere rejoice.
James Dean’s New York City apartment
What’s better than a piece about classic Hollywood Icons and their old pads?
The bull horns and matador cape were of special meaning to Dean. He had read the novel Matador by Barnaby Conrad, and for a while was obsessed with dramatizing it as an internal monologue without words, using just a few props. Dean also loved to play his bongo drum along to jazz records late into the night. He hung with a small, close-knit circle of actor/artist friends. Among them was a young Martin Landau.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Sid Mashburn at the Warwick Haberdashery Show. He stopped by to see the Robert Redd line and hung out for awhile.
I had a blast “getting my Redd on” with friends at the Warwick Hotel today. The Haberdashery Show starts Saturday in NYC, so all of us “Redd extended family members” put in a fun day of folding shirts, dressing rigs and pinning boards to get ready for the event. It’s personally rewarding to be a part of something special like Robert Redd. I regret forgetting my camera, but Carol saved the day and snapped a few pics while we were setting up. The photo above was taken in the afternoon before we were completely done, but you’ll get the idea.
Known for their signature knit shirts in a breadth of color- Robert Redd has now expanded their product range to include sportshirts, sweaters and accessories that are sure to please diehard followers along with adding some new. Robert Redd is based in Charlottesville, VA and run by a couple of great guys- owner Robert Matheson and Eric Jones. It’s a brand that believes in telling their story through beautiful product more than selling you their mark- there are no logos on Robert Redd shirts. I know I’ve said this before, but they do a great knit shirt with a self-collar and open sleeve- The Charles.
Robert Redd is definitely a brand whose time has come– so you have my permission to get a Redd on for the ladies.
Link to Robert Redd “Charles” shirt
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