NYC Street Etiquette

A friend of ours who works for a leading cultural think tank here in Los Angeles sent us a link to this blog out of NYC. We were instantly taken by the individualism, style and panache of “JKISSI” and “Trav” who run this site. We loved this photo but more so respected the nod to tradition and heritage that it represents. It seems the style ethos they are pushing is easily encapsulated within the frame of this photo.

Check out our favorite article, “Accessories Are A Necessity: The Necktie”

Su-Yoon | Heutchy | Bijules

Su-Yoon from Christine Su & Liz Yoon

the wedge from Su-Yoon

Liz Yoon & Christine Su from Su-Yoon

Heutchy out of NYC

Some of the standouts from Heutchy's Fall '10 line

Bijules NYC -- one of the best women's jewelry lines

The always stunning Jules Kim of Bijules

We would be remiss if we did not mention some of our favorite brands that we saw in Vegas this week.

These 3 brands represent some of the most talented people designing right now.

Even though they are all out of New York, we can only hope that they one day decide to make the move to Los Angeles.

Su-Yoon | www.su-yoon.com

Heutchy | www.heutchy.com

Bijules | www.bijulesnyc.com

Watch and learn how it’s done.

GENTRY at (capsule)

GENTRY just finished up two days showing the new Hemingway Collection at (capsule) in Las Vegas. We want to thank all our friends, old and new, who gave us such amazing feedback on our new line. We particularly would like to thank Eugene Tong from Details, Jim Moore from GQ and David Lipke from WWD.

Cecconi's | Warren Alfie Baker

Depending on your general disposition and outlook on life, Sundays are primarily for:

A) Church

B) Brunch

C) Sleeping

Although we’re never one to pass up an opportunity to don Sunday’s Best, we generally skip A and go straight to B…and when there’s time slip in C.

One of the best locations for a Sunday brunch is Cecconi’s on Robertson and Melrose. With true European service, Cecconi’s serves up a simple yet impressive menu of breakfast basics amidst one of the most beautiful indoor/outdoor courtyards.

We had brunch with Warren Alfie Baker, a true English gentleman, who not only runs the showroom for Reiss, but also is the face of GENTRY. Over coffee and english breakfast tea, he gave us his thoughts on the new season in preparation for our trip to (capsule) next week. One can never overvalue the opinion of the London gentry.

Cecconi’s

8764 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310-432-4000

http://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com

GENTRY Readying for (capsule)

We really didnt anticipate showing anywhere until at least 2011. After we spoke with our friends at BPMW and really took a close look at (capsule), we soon realized the reputation they’ve built over the years and the caliber of brands that show was a perfect match for GENTRY.

That was 2 weeks ago.

Since then, we’ve been steadfastly working on our second season (sneak peak of the neckwear in the third picture) and on our display unit (sneak peak of the sketch in the first picture). It’s been a tight deadline but as of right now we’re looking to hit the mark.

We’ll be posting more sneak peaks of our new collection in the coming days so make sure to come back and preview what will be in stores early April.

The Kennedys | End of An American Era

For more than half a century, dating all the way back to 1947, the Kennedys have been the closest thing to American royalty this country ever had. With an almost uninterrupted reign of public service, the Kennedy name has become synonymous with American sophistication.

With the announcement today from Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy that he will not be running for re-election, this will be the first time in over a half a century that no Kennedy will be serving in public office. The son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,” this is truly a sad day in American politics.

We will miss the Kennedy name on Capitol Hill. We will miss their progressive, populist politics. We will miss their tireless work they’ve done on behalf of the common American citizen. We will miss that panache and effortless New England style they brought to a stoic and bland political landscape.

Alexander McQueen | 1969-2010

We would like to take a moment to pay homage and respect to one of our favorite designers of this decade., Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen spent the early part of his career working on Savile Row before stints working under Koji Tatsuno and Romeo Gigli. He soon returned to attend London’s most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, eventually leading him to Givenchy then to his eponymous line he’s most commonly known for.

His lavish, unconventional runway shows were truly the work of a genius and will never be recreated.

Oscar Fashion from the 1940s & 1950s

Academy Awards - Ambassador Hotel - 1943

Academy Awards - Pantages Theater - 1959

Ginger Rogers & James Stewart | 1941

William Holden | 1954

Humphrey Bogart | 1954

Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly | 1954

Frank Sinatra | 1955

With the 82nd installment of the Academy Awards just around the corner, we wanted to reflect on the golden era of Hollywood and the leading men who defined what it meant to truly own a red carpet.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood was an industry defined by class and tradition. Though men’s attire did not have as much versatility as it does today, the influence of the classic tuxedo and suit can still be seen today.

Take a stroll with us back to this golden era and visit the the men who defined this era and remember what it was like to be a leading gentleman of the big screen.

Carolyn Murphy by Tom Ford

Carolyn Murphy & Nicholas Hoult douse on the pomade and throw discretion to the wind in these new photos for Tom Ford S/S 10 Eyewear ad campaign.

We are particularly affixing our gaze on the bikini lines. They’re reminiscent of pornography of the 1970s, admittedly a nostalgic era for us in this regard.

More photos from the campaign HERE.