Sunday, May 8, 2011

Perfect Union

PF Flyer and TLF's favorite men's boutique Freemans Sporting Club have teamed up to launch a line of canvas footwear reinterpreted from the former's 1949 catalog. It's yet another representation of FSC's passions for rugged sartorial classics and the outdoors. These canvas styles are named after favorite retreats, Mohonk and the Taghkanic. Pick them up at Union Made in San Francisco.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Easy Morning: Fat Radish

We wouldn't call it the perfect place for either a lingering brunch or a solo English breakfast and paper. But it certainly would be our first choice for ducking into a place so chill we thought it belonged in California (at a stretch, maybe Montauk). The white-washed brick space is spacious yet cozy, minimal, aligning with our love for found objects, and respectful, having left the Red Chinese characters on the wall in homage to its former incarnation as a sausage factory. Two Brits have re-envisioned English cuisine and a few things that stood out the most after a long, lingering breakfast and two cups of strong coffee was the beet and pear juice (garden in a glass), homemade sausage and the banana bread sandwich. A coffee bar at the front allows takeaway and muffins.

17 Orchard St., NYC

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fashion Week: Band of Outsiders Spring 2011 Collection

Scott Sternberg takes us back to military school dormitories with a hint of college campus in the 90's. He not only accessorizes with light-rimmed eyewear (a contrast to the heavy-frames that are ubiquitous), but he takes his preppy sensibility a huge leap further by bearing calves, in every variation. We couldn't help but also notice that college football season was at last underway.

Fashion Week: Girl by Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg's new Girl collection may be his most feminine, but you can't take the boy out of the Girl. The fabrics and silhouettes may be softer and lighter, yet he playfully infuses military sensibility and tuxedo details into his dresses and rompers. It's that sense of ambiguity that's utterly captivating.

Photo by Nick Wolf

Fashion Week: Lorick Spring 2011 Collection

Called Linear Dawn, Abigail Lorick's Spring collection, which debuted at the Tela Design Studio this past week, focuses on sheer fabrics in a soft palette of pale greys, blues and pinks, including hand-painted georgette. We fell in love with Lorick's feminine designs a couple years ago, gravitating mostly to her painted silks and mid-century silhouettes. The designer, who also designs for Gossip Girl, told WWD that her new collection is about "letting go and getting to her roots."

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monocle Shop Opens

Last Thursday after 8 o'clock in the evening, the Monocle shop was still furiously unpacking, readying itself for its official opening on Monday when it will unveil its second U.S. outpost in the west village. It's about time.

535 Hudson St., at Charles

Above: Los Angeles Monocle Shop, Santa Monica

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rain Check

We're embracing the wet weather, taking those dark skies as a sign we should get a head start on our Fall outerwear. Here are a few of our faves, starting with the Elka Army Raincoat from Denmark, offered by Rogue's Gallery. Just below is the Fall Rain Slicker by Steven Alan, followed by Freemans Sporting Club's Chore Jacket. Made from water-resistant waxed cotton, FSC added brass buttons from the Waterbury Button Company, circa 1812, as a nice special detail. At bottom, Steven Alan's Seaside Slicker Jacket of waxed cotton, with detachable hood.