The 35 Manliest Mustaches of All Time

errolThe good people over at The Art of Manliness have put together another amazing list in which they highlight the 35 manliest mustaches in the history of mankind.

Not every man can pull off a mustache- stylistically and physiologically speaking. However, we at GENTRY definitely stand firmly behind the majority of these men when we say, bravo for that little tuft of hair above your upper lip that gives you so much panache.

Check out the full list of men alongside Mr. Errol Flynn here over at The Art of Manliness.

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“Bike of the Month Club”

pulse-subFrom Karin Nelson of The New York Times’ Style Section, Sunday 12/27:

Forty years after Joe Goode created “L.A. Artists in Their Cars,” his iconic and nearly impossible-to-find calendar, comes the East Coast version. “Artists on Their Bicycles: New York” was produced by the Swiss Institute, photographed by Lukas Wassmann, and features 14 of the city’s artists, captured on their preferred mode of transport. Philip Lorca diCorcia, cycling down Greenwich Avenue, starts off the new year. Maurizio Cattelan, dressed as a mechanic in a bike repair shop, was adamant about being Mr. September. (It’s his birthday month.) October has Ryan McGinley maneuvering precariously around a pile of cabbages; and in December, Cindy Sherman and David Byrne (who is so enthusiastic about bicycling, he designed nine bike racks for the city) cruise down the West Side Highway.

“Artists on Their Bicycles: New York,” $45, is available in a numbered edition of 500 at www.swissinstitute.net

Jim Krantz, the Marlboro Man

pulse7The ubiquitous Marlboro Man, who through the years has become one of the iconic figures of Americana with its embodiment of man in the rugged outdoors with nothing but his bare hands- and Marlboro cigarettes- is based on the commercial photographic work of Jim Krantz. More commonly known is the fact that Richard Prince appropriated the ads in the 1990s and turned them into a million-dollar art piece.

Finally Jim Krantz is getting the recognition he deserves through a show he is having at Colette in Paris. There he will be displaying works from a project with Adam Kimmel, in which he photographed the designer’s spring collection on real cowboys at the ranch in Utah where the original Marlboro ads were shot. Additional landscape and large format portraits taken from a single crowd shot at a bullfight will also be on display.

Jim Krantz’s work will be on display at Colette from Jan. 4 to 30.

Drew Heitzler at Blum & Poe

02sLA Times Art Critic Christopher Knight writes about Drew Heitzler’s “new triptych of three appropriated Hollywood films re-edited and transferred to video [in] an elaborate, highly stylized bit of historical theatre.”

This projected work of melange chronicles the subtle shifts between the Beat Generation and the Pop era, with Hollywood B-movies framing the raw material of this backdrop.

The Wild Ride (1960) has Jack Nicholson as a tragic troublemaker at the dirt-racing track. dennis Hopper is obsessed with a carnival mermaid in Night Tide (1961). And Warren Beatty pursues mercurial Jean Seberg at a sanitarium in Lilith (1964), as fellow patient Peter Fonda commits suicide in despair. Heitzler’s multiple screens, choice of black-and-white pictures and youthful movie stars together seem to recall Andy Warhol’s films, which he began to make in 1963.”

The exhibition is an intimate and unique look into the psyche of Los Angeles through the lens of film and history.

The exhibit runs through January 30th. Blum & Poe is located at 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard. For more information visit: Blum & Poe.

TED Conference 2010

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The 2010 TED Conference program of speakers has just been announced and as usual the line up is a stellar list of the leading minds in every field imaginable. For the full listing CLICK HERE.

For those that may not be familiar with TED, TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In their own words: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

The annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). The TED Conference held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy.

Past speakers have included Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Billy Graham just to name a few.

We were lucky enough to be able to attend last year’s conference for a few sessions and the ideas being thrown around that room were enough to reinstill in you that sense of wonderment, awe and optimism that seems to erode more and more each day we turn on our televisions.

Though we’re not going to be attending this year, we would like to highlight a couple of the speakers:

David Byrne, Musician

Sam Harris, Neuroscientist & Philosopher

Daniel Kahneman, Behavioral Economics Founder & Nobel Prize Winner

Jamie Oliver, Chef & Activist

The New York Times Sommelier, Eric Asimov

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Eric Asimov serves as the Chief Wine Critic for The New York Times. He graciously lends his delightfully refined palate to help those of us less inclined navigate the oft times convoluted pleasures of the culture of wine, beers and spirits.

In addition to his printed pieces, Eric has one of the most thorough, thought-provoking and credible wine and spirits blog called The Pour. More than a blog, he really exemplifies an acute understanding of the intricacies of this culture and dexterously quips on everything from the business aspects to the overall culture of wines and spirits. Aside from being someone I would blindly follow into any wine country in any part of the globe, he’s also quite the entertaining writer. To find someone who can engage on such a specific culture is indeed a rarity.

Bookmark him now.

“Sharp Suits” by Eric Musgrave

sharp-suits01-300x217sharp-suits03-300x217Fashion journalist Eric Musgrave penned this amazing homage to 150 years of men’s tailoring in his soon to be released book on the Pavilion imprint entitled “Sharp Suits.”

This coffee table book, which includes a foreword by Richard James, encompasses a thorough history of the suit from the days of British dandyism to our current obsession with the cult of celebrity and its effect on the style decisions of suit designers.

WWD has an interview with the author here.

Ace Hotel Pop Up Shop at Shinjuku Isetan

DSCN0828_1Ace Hotel, the boutique hotel based out of the Pacific Northwest, has recently opened up a pop up shop on the fifth floor of Shinjuku’s massive department store Isetan.

According to A Continuous Lean, the pop up shop will stock collaborations with: “Mackintosh & Various Projects, Wings + Horns, Pendleton, FjallRaven, Coto, Surface to Air, Rudy’s Barbershop, Pearl Plus, Generic Man, Arkitip, Evan Hecox and more. The shop is open now through the 25th.”

Heutchy

heutchy1Heutchy5When not designing for one of your favorite lines that you wish you could fill your closet with, our good friends Brandon T. Snider and Wells Stellberger moonlight as the dynamic gentlemen behind one one of our favorite line of men’s shoes, Heutchy. Pronounced “HI-CHY”, this line, like GENTRY, pays homage to classic menswear but fuses its aesthetic with a modern update.

In their own words: “Our mission is to create a shoe that’s of an intelligent, modern design; something that bridges that gap between casual and formal, an all-purpose classic made from quality materials. We aim to build a shoe that’s forward in concept but lacking pretense; something adaptable that mixes classic and contemporary, a staple shoe in every man’s wardrobe.”

We absolutely love these shoes and wouldn’t suggest any better compliment to a GENTRY tie than a Heutchy shoe.

Check them out at www.heutchy.com to see what retailers are near you. Add a pair of these to your wardrobe and you too can be the envy of any room.

Note: Each photo features a snapshot of four different styles

Mark Peel Opens Up The Tar Pit

the-tar-pit-barthe-tar-pit-boothFor the past several years we’ve seen an influx of major world renowned chefs open up shop here in Los Angeles. Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres are just some of the few who have finally realized that Los Angeles is indeed an American epicurean center  rivaling New York and Chicago.

But what we’re most proud of are those chefs that are born and raised in this city. Those chefs who have stayed true to their heritage and dug their culinary roots deep into this city.

Mark Peel is one of those gentlemen. Mark is best known for Campanile, the extraordinary pillar of Angeleno dining with Italian dishes built around wine.

Just this week Chef Peel had the soft opening for The Tar Pit, a restaurant with a menu built around cocktails. Among Chef Peel’s cohorts at the pit are noted bartenders Chad Solomon and Christy Pope and Manhattan cocktail impresario Audrey Saunders from Pegu Club.

LA Mag reporter Lesley Bargar Suter writes: “The cream-and-gold color scheme makes the space feel light and airy. There are banquettes and snug booths galore as well as plenty of art-deco flourishes inspired by, Peel says, the Coconut Grove and the 1940s film My Man Godfrey. “At the very end, they’re in this fabulous bar owned by William Powell’s character, Godfrey, and it’s called the Dump because it was built right on top of the dump where they found him.” And such is the story behind the name The Tar Pit—after all, that’s exactly what lies beneath a majority of the mid-city area.”

Make sure to check out The Tar Pit at 609 N. La Brea Avenue or online at www.tarpitbar.com