Not a beat missed on or off her bicycle.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Luxury for me is appreciating what is before me. My shirts and shoes are made all the more luxurious when I care for them.
The simple act of laundering my own shirts, hanging them to dry and hand-ironing them reminds me of how beautiful they are. The flowing cut of a collar, the intricate weave of the fabric, and the sheen of a button are all appreciated even more - not just through wear.
Seeing the shine emerge on a pair of shoes during polishing is akin to that aha moment when a day's look works out perfectly. The detail of decorative perforations, the antiquing of a fine-grained upper, or the beauty of closely-spaced stitching is fully enjoyed.
Luxury in wear and care.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
What wardrobe mishaps come to mind for you?
I was greeted by this chap - chimp actually - in a dinner jacket with a kind wink and thumbs up. I gathered from the way he was dressed that he must have felt good, because he certainly looked good. Now monkeying around does not usually get one anywhere, but being well dressed does get you noticed for all the right reasons.
The trim fit of his jacket and simplicity of his look are standouts for me, and the red cummerbund lets his personality show through in a tasteful manner - hanging off a lamppost notwithstanding.
Black silk bow tie: Self-tie, the only way to go.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Some items in a wardrobe never see the light of day, but are no less important - no, cherished - than a favorite piece. The tools integral to wardrobe storage, care and maintenance keep that pair of shoes or shirt looking new and, with the passage of time and wear, loved. Items which I keep close by include my garment bag, brush, iron, needle and thread, shoe trees, hangers, and hat box.
Horsehair brush: Perfect for dusting off shoes post-wear and pre-shine, and keeping fur felt hats looking their best.
Wood hanger: Stained solid maple, wide shoulder flare, felted trouser bar, available in three widths. A fine companion for any tailored jacket and pant.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
These paintings remind me of how important umbrellas are - rain as it does - in Vancouver.