Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tip of the Hat

A nod to all in customer service and sales, who's professional standards, duty of service, personal compass, and charm are without peer. Your company is appreciated.

Have a Hand in It

Fine things age gracefully and a little effort put into taking care of them will ensure they have the chance to do so. The last thing you want is to shorten the life of a favorite item out of neglect. Washing clothes, polishing shoes and other so-called chores associated with what is worn are decidely unglamorous; however, they are noble pursuits, and very often all that is needed is a personal touch. And who better to give that than the one who appreciates them the most?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

London Calling

London-based bespoke tailor Jonathan Quearney will be returning to North America in early December. He will be in Vancouver on December 2nd. Consult his blog for further information, and feel free to make an appointment.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fresh Flowers...

... to start off the day.

A Repair

During a recent rain-soaked day my dear umbrella broke. One of the metal lugs which connect the fabric cover to the fiberglass ribs was gone. There was no way I was going to replace the umbrella - the patina on the wood handle is just starting to develop after two years of use - so I visited the local umbrella shop for a matching lug and sewed it on myself. Good as used, and not a day in the wet wasted.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Details are more than just details, they are the design. For the discerning few, this goes beyond the construct of an object. It has to do with the beauty of things: beautiful things and the emotions they elicit. It is these emotions and the experiences which prompt them that reward and bring about nuance. What a rich life to enjoy the subtleties and variations that come with it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Truth

There is no getting past the tape - a proverbial lie detector. Thought you were 5' 10" in height? Wrong. Thirty-three inch waist? Not anymore... Some of the best memories of my early visits with tailors have to do with learning what truly was versus what I had believed. The gaze of a tailor as they work away - on you - is something to experience, much like being under a microscope. The truth is not all dire though. To go with my mismatched feet and longer right leg, at least I have arms that match.

In Shadows