Ed Helms | Hangover 2 premiere

Ed Helms. There’s really nothing else we can say.

May 20, 2011

Mann’s Chinese Theater

“Hangover 2” premiere

wearing: red white & blue plaid tie from The Mailer Collection, SS11


Alpine Village | Germany in Torrance, CA

We’ve been touring our backyards, the sprawling suburban crawl of Southern California, for inspiration for our SS12 collection.

Alpine Village in Torrance is a little slice of German kitsch, which we highly recommend for anyone looking for Ritter Sport and Bratwurst without the hassle of the airport.

60's N.A.S.A. Fashion

We just had dinner with Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn of the LA Times for a long-overdue catch up over Japanese fried chicken and other delectable bar foods.

The random topic- not so much anymore given this weekend’s final launch of the Endeavour from Cape Canaveral– of 60’s N.A.S.A. fashion came up, particularly those short sleeved button-up oxfords that mission control workers would wear beneath their neckties.

We know you remember those iconic photos of mission control with all those career men looking like drones in their white short sleeves shirts and solid color ties…

As summer approaches, we want to firmly stand behind this look as one that is not only weather-appropriate, but modernly stylish as well.

Just make sure your shirt fits well, is cut short, just below the waist (if you decide not to tuck it in), and your tie is a slimmer fit with a brightly colored plaid or gingham print. You want to channel the men of N.A.S.A., not look like them.

Congratulations, Ilaria & Eric

This past weekend, one of our favorite couples, Ilaria Urbinati and Eric Ray Davidson, got married.

Ilaria is stylist to some of today’s biggest male celebrities along with owning LA’s best store, Confederacy. Eric, is a photographer whose work can be seen in GQ, Details, Esquire and a bevy of other major publications.

We were honored that Eric contacted us to wear one of our ties. We or course happily obliged.

He ended up wearing the grey linen tie from The Salinger Collection, which paired perfectly with his bespoke navy blue Simon Spurr suit that Mr. Spurr made expressly for him on his special day. Simon Spurr happens to be our favorite menswear designer who we hope to someday work with.

GQ covered the wedding, where you can see all the photos HERE.

Googie Architecture | Eldon Davis Dies at 94

His work was described as whimsical, space-age, aerodynamic, groundbreaking. He and his fellow cohorts espoused a style of architecture that became known as Googie Architecture, with a defining trait of being willing to try anything to catch the eye of the passing motorist.

Eldon Davis was an influential architect that was known as the father of the California coffee shop.

His most well-known architectural feats were the original Norm’s on La Cienega and Pann’s in Westchester.

He was for all intents and purposes a groundbreaking voice in mid-century modern architecture that would soon take root in this city.

We mourn his death. But the man left an indelible mark on this city with his eye-catching designs.

LA Times has a nice piece that can be read HERE.

Newton N. Minow Dies at 81

Former FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow, a major figure of the Kennedy administration, recently passed away at the age of 81.

He was best known for his speech railing against the mind-numbing characteristics of television, which soon became known as the “vast wasteland” speech.

In this speech he said,

“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland”

This speech is considered one of the one hundred best speeches of the 20th century.

We tip our hat to a man who essentially wants us to read a book.