Archive for February, 2009

E. Tautz Fall/Winter ’09

February 27, 2009

Earlier this week, London fashion week’s afternoon devoted to menswear gave us a foretaste of tomorrow, but the day actually ended with a long, loving look at yesterday. It came courtesy of Patrick Grant, the bearded young gent (below) who has resuscitated the old tailoring business E. Tautz. Grant is the driving force behind Savile Row’s Norton & Sons, which absorbed the original Tautz business back in the sixties, but he feels the time is right to push it out on its own again. Why? “Because it’s authentically English and beautifully made,” he says. But isn’t just about everything on Savile Row? Well, it’s especially true for Tautz. All materials are from the U.K. (except the calf, which comes from the same tannery Hermès uses), and they’re the kind that will look best when your grandson or godson gets his hands on them. Sweaters are in Shetland wool, rather than a less manly cashmere; ties are knit, rather than silk. Heritage obsessives will be thrilled by the haute Hollywood clientele (Cary Grant, of course); the holy relics like Winston Churchill’s first order, framed on the place’s wall (“1 pr dress pants with gold lace”?); and the photos of the Duke of Windsor all Tautz-ed up and ready to rock. Those were the days, weren’t they?

Jack Spade suits up

February 27, 2009

Man cannot live on accessories alone—at least Jack Spade, that jaunty (if fictional) avatar-about-town no longer can, as his eponymous company is debuting a menswear collection for Fall 2009. The apparel is a fitting counterpart to the brand’s bags: a polished prep take on the standards, from suiting and knits to khakis and casual shirting. The vibe is decidedly low-key—with some exceptions. The trad-ish gray suit (above) opens to reveal a silky, wine-colored lining, the kind of louche fabric Hef might select for his pajamas. Well, you know what they say: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Patrik Ervell Harrington Jacket

February 27, 2009

“Made in the USA from the highest grade fabrics, this cotton linen Harrington from Patrik Ervell with contrasting pinstripe detailing is the piece de resistance for summer … grab a boat, some oars and a bottle of sancerre and go find a boating lake and pretend you are part of Hockneys gang…” He said it.

Loake Boat Shoes

February 27, 2009

With the renewed interest in classic shoe styles, companies like UK’s Loake are having a renaissance. Loake are the latest to open an online store, selling their full range of well made shoes at relatively low prices. These boat shoes are hand made in Northampton and are made from suede and leather.

Urban Spectacles Wood Eyeglass Frames

February 27, 2009

“Using the most eccentric and durable hardwoods as material, each pair of eyeglasses is fully customized to meet the specific desires of the individual.” The model above is made from Desert Ironwood and has been applied with a clear coat which protects the natural wood from UV rays and is “skin safe.”

Thom Browne “Black Moccasins”

February 27, 2009

Thom Browne is featured as part of Colette’s “Shop in a Shop” build out happening right now. As part of the Spring/Summer 2009 showcase, Browne is featuring these recession proof 1820$US ”black moccasins.” We know you love the custom shoe trees and the trim detail on the pull.

Black Fleece By Brooks Brothers

February 27, 2009

Since we like very much the designer Thom Browne, we obviously also appreciate his range for Brooks Brothers under the Black Fleece label. Today we came across a fantastic piece out of the new Spring/Summer 2009 Collection – the rugby shirt. This might be the smartest looking ruby shirt that we have seen to date. The striped shirt collar and button line, buttons on the cuffs and the overall choice of colors and patterns just works on the piece!

CW1 : Another Modern Chair by Charles Wilson

February 27, 2009

If you liked the Heron Chair from designer Charles Wilson then you will surely love the rest of his works he conspired with Woodward of Australia to produce. Wilson’s progressively modern collection of chairs are part of a vast collection of home furnishings that share his trademark style, and include the CW1 swivel chair which is on display in the Museum of Applied Arts & Science. The unusual shape of the CW1 chair features a structure that uses symmetrical ribbons of bent plywood to create a sinuous and highly comfortable form. The shells are angled inward and work independently to provide an embracing form that curves around the lower back to support the lumber region.

The Heron Chair by Charles Wilson

February 27, 2009

Designer Charles Wilson has received rave reviews for his innovative works and “The Heron Chair” he did for Woodmark of Australia is no exception. The forward thinking behind the Heron Chair stem from his experiences as an industrial designer and Wilson even made the 1;1 scale patterns that form the chair and seat moulds by hand. These were meticulously tested and modified until the optimum level of comfort was achieved. The inspiration for this sleek modern chair came according to Wilson “while photographing curvaceous Victorian lounge chairs and wondered how I could re-interpret these organic shapes in a modern way”.

Miam: Low table chewed through

February 27, 2009

Planning an addition to your assortment of furniture? Miam by Josselin Zaïgouche is a low table that just begs to be taken home. Miam has been described as the “greediest low table” and the reason lies in its unique shape. Miam is actually fashioned out as a composite of two fitting parts. These come together on an edge that’s designed as a zigzag, possibly representing teeth marks. The low table seems suited to hold trays in living rooms and lounges. Stack the pieces in different corners and bring them together when needed. That’s sure to add a bit of fun in an otherwise simple item. The color combination is also rather tasteful. A tribute to partisan ways, perhaps.