Ok, so the pic above doesn’t really represent what I was up to the last couple weeks - it felt much more like work. Enjoyable work, but still work.
I just got back from lapping (see below) Italy for two weeks and I’m a few days away from heading off to Hong Kong again. I really don’t do a great job of updating things on here while I’m gone, but I do have a few insights I will share in the coming weeks.
I’m in China at the moment, but before my current trip I was in Vegas and LA for the shows (ugh), shopping, and visiting with friends. While I was in LA I stopped by Union and came across the Phosphorescence sunglasses, pictured above, designed by Erin Wasson. They are like a matte black version of my prescription Moscot Lemtosh’s. But where my Lemtosh’s go clear at the bottom these have a depth change. It creates a very nice illusion and is a great classic look but with a little bit of an edge.
My only complaint is that, although made in Japan, the quality is a little suspect for the price. Definitely not on par with a Dita in fit and finish. But don’t get me wrong, I still picked them up for myself. I just couldn’t pass them by.
Ninski has owned The Changing Countryside by Jorg Müller for many years. He shared it with me for the first time 6 years ago and I was just in awe.
Although this is sold as a hardbound book it is not really a book at all. It’s an unbound collection of seven meticulously rendered fold-out spreads meant to be viewed successively. It’s truly a work of art. And it is really meant to be viewed much larger than you can on a computer screen, but please click on the images to enlarge them a bit as you go through them.
Really, this could be T.O.T.Year for both. But they get to share this honor today. Cantor for using FEMA funding, being used to help Hurricane Irene victims, as a political tool and Boehner for showing such little respect for the office of the presidency by denying Obama his request to speak to the House on Wednesday.
I have to say I’m more than a little annoyed that many of the ‘menswear’ blogs, especially those that are NY based, have dismissed Hurricane Irene as over-hyped and uneventful. They are doing a disservice to the thousands of people who are still dealing with flooding and power outages across the northeast. Mind you, Paterson, New Jersey (amongst other towns) still looks like this today almost a week after the storm passed through. Not sure the residents of this town feel it was much to do about nothing.
When I first saw a clip of this video clip on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell last week I initially thought, wow, good for Matt Damon for standing up for what he believes in even if I didn’t fully agree. But after getting an opportunity to see the unedited exchange I realized how much he was aided by the ill-prepared interviewer and he sort of comes off as d-bag.
Don’t get me wrong, I support union rights whole-heartedly. It’s just hard for me to understand how the current rules under which public schools are run are benefiting our children. It is a system that is set up to simply protect jobs rather than quality teachers. We are spending more money per child now than ever with no results and it is clear that is not the solution.
I am a product of the public school system but more and more I question whether my own children will be the same as I must consider private options if they are going to be able to thrive in an ever competitive global community.
As you may have noticed NewDandyism is officially off our hiatus, or at least I am, I think Ninski is still looking for some time off.
Life has been very busy for the both of us the past 8 months or so that we have been away, but I think there is just too much to talk about not to be using this as a place to share some thoughts, ideas, and interests.
As we get geared up and start letting the posts flow again I think you will notice a shift in the tone and focus of the site. As time goes by, like all people, we evolve and we are finding there are new things we would like to share and other things we have no interest in talking about anymore.
There will be no huge sight relaunch with a corresponding launch party - just some subtle tweaks as we go along and some new content.
And as always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to those of you who have been checking the site regularly despite the lack of updates, we apologize for wasting a few minutes of your day and hope some fresh content will make up for it.
As the Fall lookbooks begin to flood the blahgs, there have been a few that really standout. Two being cousin lines SOPHNET. and uniform experiment. SOPH may have gone a little heavy on the camo but there are some really great items and looks in the collection. I particularly like the rich mix of earthy tones and navy blues - those tones paired with the camo and plaids make for some great color and texture mixing.
And if the SOPHNET. collection is a guy’s weekend look then uniform experiment is surely his weekday source. U.E. has a definitively slick maritime aesthetic but it seems perfect for ‘city living’. It has a much stricter palette then SOPH - sticking more sternly with deep navy blues, black, and khaki - giving the line a clean and polished feel. Either way I don’t think you could go wrong mixing elements of both these collections this Fall.
“vobios asked: How do you take care of a suit when traveling? What’s the best way to pack it and not end up with a wrinkled mess? How do you keep it looking decent while on the road?
Reach through one of the sleeves, and pull it inside out. Tuck one shoulder into the other, so that the lining is on the outside, then fold in half lengthwise. Place your trousers flat on the bottom of your bag, with the ends flopping over the outside. Put your jacket, folded in quarters with the lining out, on top of the pants. Fold the top and bottom of the pants over the jacket.
Then, when you get to your destination, hang everything immediately.
This should be good enough for most trips. If you’re traveling for a long time, and are disinclined to use a laundry, consider bringing a portable steamer with you. I haven’t found this to be necessary, myself.”
“Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty” is probably the first hip-hop album I’m really looking forward to in a long time. Sasha Frere-Jones did a nice write-up on the album for The New Yorker. Now if we could only get pre-2001 André 3000 back.
Don’t know much about these guys, but they are making short runs of hats manufacturing out of LA - they have the videos to prove it. Big surprise I’m feeling the floral print cap. Discovered on Hypebeast.
I’m sure J.Crew’s designers stood up and looked hard at this lookbook - get ready to see some of these looks at your local mall next year (I don’t mean that as a knock). Man, I miss Silas - those of you that live outside of Japan no what I mean.