Denim & Tweed: J. Press Fall 2014

Mon 18 Aug 2014 - Filed under: 1990-present,Clothes — Christian
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Recently J. Press sent out an email plugging its fall items, so if you haven’t visited the “new looks” page, take a look.

And while you’re there, tell me if things look a bit different compared to seasons past. The mannequin forms, shirt collars, tie choices — something feels like a piano slightly out of tune. (Continue)

Trade Show Roundup

Tue 12 Aug 2014 - Filed under: Clothes — Christian
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We’ve had such a steady stream of newsy material that the menswear trade shows have been put off for months. So for the rest of this week I’ll be posting photos from shows in January, springtime, and just a couple of weeks ago. In other words, there will be a seasonal mixture. Check back on this post; new photos will be placed at the top. — CC (Continue)

 

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

Mon 11 Aug 2014 - Filed under: Personae — Christian
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I was on a film set with Robin Williams once, working as a dance extra on his movie “Bicentennial Man.” It was a disastrous night of shooting. Already behind schedule, the lighting set the sprinkler system off at San Francisco’s City Hall, where we were filming. It flooded the set and delayed us yet hours more. Sometime in the middle of the night Williams tried to boost morale among the hundreds of extras by walking among us, shaking hands, and making wisecracks about the ladies’ wacky sci-fi costumes and hairstyles.

The powerful plays goes on, but without his verses. — CC

 

Norm! Fall 2014 Norman Hilton Sportcoats

Sat 9 Aug 2014 - Filed under: Clothes — Christian
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Nick Hilton just sent over photos of the new Norman Hilton sportcoats we posted about recently. Made in the US, they will be priced at $695-$795, or about the same as last time around. They are scheduled to arrive in Hilton’s Princeton shop in the next few weeks. — CC (Continue)

 

Rising Sun: A Kamakura News Update

Thu 7 Aug 2014 - Filed under: 1990-present — Christian
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We’re long overdue for an update on Kamakura Shirts. A couple months ago I had coffee with the NYC store manager and a a member of the founder’s family visiting from Japan, and they said the New York store is doing just great. In fact, they’re currently scouting for a second NY location, likely in the Financial District.

They were eager to point out that they’re not just about shirts. Their necktie range is expansive, and includes ties in fabrics from England and Italy as well as Japan. You can read about the fabrics and manufacturing here. They’ve also got a wide selection of pocket squares with plenty of trad appeal.

The brand was also recently featured in a Smithsonian Magazine article entitled “How Japan Copied American Culture And Made It Better,” from which the above photo of Kamakura founder Yoshio Sadassue is taken.

Finally, last December the brand held an Ivy party in Tokyo (multiple representatives from Ivy-Style.com, alas, were unable to attend). Head over here for party pix and see how it all went down. — CC

 
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