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.

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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.

A Toast to the New Year

dapper old ny manWe met this gentlemen last September while walking the meatpacking district in NYC. Amidst all the comical madness of ladies in stilettos tripping over the cracks in the street as they furiously fretted on their blackberrys from one show to the next, this man stood head and shoulders above them all.

We’ll let this dapper young gent speak for himself and just leave you with this GENTRY new year wish: May we all keep ourselves happy and healthy enough this year so that one day we too can look this good at 85.

The Beauty of Actual Books

hard bound booksSome call it old fashioned. We call it tradition. In the age of the kindle and mass-produced paperback books by James Patterson and Dan Brown, there’s still something about the deliberateness of the one pound hard bound edition book with its scent reminiscent of your dad’s first briefcase that we just can’t get past.

It’s kind of like the love-hate relationship we have with the newspaper. Despite it being a massive and arguably needless waste of trees and a futile battle between the ink and your hands staying clean, we still love the process and tradition that surrounds the Sunday paper (Yes, we’ve given in to the ease of newsfeeds direct to our PDAs the first six days of the week). There’s just nothing better on a Sunday than walking 3 blocks to the coffee shop, picking up a large black coffee along with the paper and spending the first hour of the day thumbing through each section.

Though many lament the eventual and soon to be demise of the publishing industry as vehemently as right wingers predict the imminent oncoming of the 3 horsemen and the accompanying raputre, we still steadfastly believe that publishing will always be here to stay. In what form and scope we are not sure. But regardless, there is one thing we can say for sure: Who the hell wants to cozy up on the couch with a plastic box and easily losable stylus?

Jane Smiley has a great article on this in today’s Sunday paper. Read HERE.

Buy American

032609_buy_americanAt GENTRY, we try as much as possible to keep all of our production domestic. Not only is this decision steeped in the respect for the quality craftsmanship that the American garment industry was known for in the mid twentieth century, the era that informs much of the classic aesthetic of GENTRY. But it is also in response to a growing demand for authenticity.

Our friends Ali Paul and Michael Williams of PR firm Paul + Williams (also the prolific author of A Continuous Lean, summed up the reasoning for such patriotic sartorial pride on Valet Mag:

“In Japan, consumers want English things to be from England, French things to be from France and American things to be made in America. It’s a quality that I believe is derived from a devotion to authenticity. Portland, Oregan-based Danner is a perfect example of the type of company the Japanese love to support. Danner, which is often over-looked by the newly minted throngs of Red Wing admirers, has been making quality boots in America since the early 1930s. It’s about time we as Americans hold companies that shun domestic manufacturing to as high of standards as our Japanese friends.” – Michael Williams