Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We are blessed that our jobs involve so much travel. Honestly, it is the reason so many of us choose to work in the fashion industry. The different languages, the markets, the people, the sights, smells, etc., they all combine to shape our views of the world and often create new and diverse cultures in the process.
The ideas of fashion and style are endlessly interesting as they affect every part of people's lives. Again, many of us have chosen this life/industry because it opens us up to new experiences. As people develop an interest and appreciation for fine clothing, that appreciation will transfer into how they view the world. Next time you are around an artistic type, watch them; I guarantee that how they view the natural aesthetic of the world will be unique, interesting, and special.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Already highlighted from Luciano Barbera, we have amazing new plaid coats and vests arriving in shades of red, orange, and purple. They are easy to tone down with a vest or knit, but the best way to wear them is on there own with some beautiful Red Engine jeans and a Majestic T - very classic and stunning.
Tie knots should compliment the collar being used - meaning that the wider the spread or gap on a shirt collar, the tie knot should possess a similar width. The four-in-hand taught a few weeks ago is the perfect knot for a sport or button down collared shirt. However, the Windsor is at home when the collar is wide. The multiple layers of the Windsor create a wider knot which compliments the width of a spread or even semi spread shirt. The knot is perfectly at home walking around the streets of Milan or the boardrooms of Denver.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
First, we are moving Third Thursday for October to October 22nd.
This makes it easier for our clients as the 22nd is also our Caruso and Taste of Parma event. We will have wine and cheese from Parma and the Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy. We will also be hosting Enrico di Giovanni from Caruso as he explains and presents the new suitings from Caruso and the current changes happening at the company.
Caruso is one of the finest suit makers in the world and have recently made it a goal to be even better. This night will be one to not miss, so please mark your calendars now.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
It is a beautiful piece of sartorial perfection. However, the details are what make it special. This was a trunk show order, where dreams are the only real limits. As such, Andrew went a little crazy and made something very self inspiring:
... a jacket lined with the Italian flag.
Again, whatever you want, whatever inspires you, stop by this weekend, it will be fun.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
No one can argue that Paris is a stylish city, Joe Covell may even say it is the most stylish city in the world.
Jerry Schatzberg's book Paris 1962 only lends credibility to Joe's argument. Set against the backdrop of old and glamourous Paris, this coffee table book is full of beautiful and inspirational images from Schatzberg's 1962 trip to photograph the French Haute Couture shows. Although this is not necessarily a fashion book, it is a wonderful invite-only look from a photographer's perspective into the 1962 era where grace and elegance remained supreme.
The book is available from Tattered Cover and has remained Joe's preferred coffee table book since it's release.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Because of their great ties! The Miller brothers know that a great tie can really make for a great day. Ties are one of the few places a gentleman can add a personal touch into a wardrobe. Whether it be a pink Kiton tie or a navy Barbera tie, a tie adds a little color and sprezzatura to your daily look. So next time you get dressed or come into the store, remember what the simple necktie can do for your attitude - ties equal smiles.
Located at 11th and Ogden, Potager specializes in fresh French/American cuisine. The menu consists of local and in-season ingredients and is changed on a monthly basis. The herbs and spices are grown on site and the additional ingredients are all purchased from local farms. Fresh and organic ingredients are key to Potager, where the belief is that food is part of the soul.
Potager is closed on Sunday and Monday and does not take reservations. Let them know Lawrence Covell sent you, you will really enjoy it!
Monday, September 14, 2009
For all of our stylish and well-heeled clientele, we are excited to announce we just received issue 4 of the Rake and it is incredible. I posted a breakdown of the current issue above. We have been fans of the rake for awhile now and will use any excuse to promote such a great magazine.
The Rake (http://www.therakeonline.com/) is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to classic styles and timeless icons. This is no flimsy magazine, each issue is a few hundred pages and full of iconic images and ideas. The photography is breathtaking and at the end of every issue, the reader feels inspired to dress. Come into the store, have an espresso and check it out, you will not be disappointed.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Dogs add style to any look - store dog Foo always makes the sales floor a bit more elegant.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We are only one week away from the beginning of our Third Thursdays series. Stop by the store this Thursday, Sept 17th, from 5 to 7 to enjoy some billiards, cocktails, stories, and to simply have a good time.
Ultimately, we are here for our clients and readers. If there is anything or any question someone would ever like answered, please feel free to email us (email@example.com) and we are happy to help.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Personal Style Icon?
Describe your personal style ...
Dries Van Noten, Luciano Barbera
I feel best wearing ...
Narrow pants and a jacket or coat
Favorite item of clothing
New green wool coat from the Dries Van Noten Fall 2009 Collection (Seen in photo)
Most Cherished Item
Gold bracelet from Lawry (husband) purchased at Pomellato in Milan
Dress to Impress who?
What would you never wear?
Your next "must have" purchase?
Henry Cuir Handbag
I never break this fashion rule ...
Rules change, so I'm flexible, but in general I never dress too casually
The first thing I notice in somebody else's outfit ...
I notice everything
Most stylish city?
When I was younger, I wore ...
In high school, it was the typical New England preppy fare; in college (the 60s) it was jeans and army jackets
Favorite place to holiday?
Isola d'Elba, off the western coast of Italy
Potager in Denver and Mas in New York
What keeps you inspired?
There are always new challenges and goals. That's what keeps me inspired.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
And every day we make choices, countless choices about how to become who we want to be.
No one thinks clothes makes the woman or the man, yet when we think a moment more on it, yes they do matter.
Why is complicated, oblique, and certainly connected to both our sense of ourselves and our hope of finding that other.
Luciano Barbera makes some of the most beautiful clothes in the world.
Wear them, mix them, match them, get them dirty and wrinkled.
Otherwise, what's the point?
Barbera S/S Catalogue
Think, Enjoy, Have fun!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Photo Credits: Life
The word Sprezzatura first made an appearance during the Italian Renaissance in Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier. It is defined as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.”
Luciano Barbera thinks of Sprezzatura as quiet confidence or low key style. Descriptions like "detached confidence", "nonchalant elegance" or "effortless" are also common. Either way, gentleman like Gianni Agnelli and Agnelli's protege Luca Cordero di Montezemolo of Ferrari (pictured below) are often used as models for Sprezzatura.
Gianni Agnelli (Andrew's personal fashion icon) is often considered the best dressed man in history. Everything he did was intentional, but it all looked so easy, so natural - the tie pulled to the side, the watch over the cuff, the unbuttoned collar points, the longer back tie blade, the list goes on. But everything was done in such a natural way, it never looked odd or affected. It was perfect, it was Sprezzatura!
As classic as Luca looks, notice the unbuttoned collar - Sprezzatura
In the end, you should have fun with your clothes. The idea should be to look good, have fun, and feel good. Sprezzatura is great because it gives a little personal freedom to your clothing. So next time you get ready for the day, think about Luciano Barbera's advice and face the world with Sprezzatura.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The new line is highlighted by prints with luxurious shades of indigo, purple, camel and black. We also have some beautiful new heels and outerwear pieces as seen in the camouflage and black cocodrilo.
Please stop in to see the new collection and as always, we are happy to send pictures or answer any questions.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sept 17 - Third Thursdays event series begins
Sept 18 - Luciano Barbera and Bontoni Trunk Show
Sept 19 - Luciano Barbera and Bontoni Trunk Show
It will be an exciting few days. Please mark it down, you will not want to miss out.