Category Archives: Accessories

Shedding Winter

It’s hard to believe that some parts of the country are still shedding the signs of winter, but there is one sure-fire way to feel better about any delays…go shopping for Spring!
Here are some ideas to get you started for May…
THE  LOOK
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Overalls are back. You can accessorize these with a T-shirt and for those of you that are daring, nothing at all.
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 (First Photo Source) (Second – @boisociety Model @Renegades
Photo by @salimimima)
ACCESSORIES 
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Leather Casing Bracelet- Silver Plated (Shopping)
SHOES
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A good high-top would be great with either long-pant overalls or short-pant overalls. Here’s a nice basic black pair from Common Projects
COCKTAILS 
(PB NOTE -We will begin with my Favorite!)

OLD FASHION

The origins of the word “cocktail” are lost to history, but the first definition we find in print comes from an 1806 newspaper from upstate New York. A cocktail is called “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…” Over the course of the 19th century, the cocktail picked up a number of additions and refinements: liqueurs, fortified wines, various bits of garnish, et cetera. Eventually, some drinkers came to prefer a simpler form of cocktail, the type their grandfathers might have enjoyed, and so they’d ask the bartender to make them an “old-fashioned” cocktail, of booze, sugar muddled into water to form a syrup, and bitters. (Source)

(PB NOTE: using flavored bitters can really spice up this traditional cocktail as well as trying different types of citrus)

GROOMING

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It’s time to get rid of the wear and tear of winter with a good hand cream. (Men’s Society)

HOME

Bamboo Bike Wall Clock made of reclaimed bike parts

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(Buy at Uncommon Goods)

ENTERTAINMENT
(PB NOTE: I reread this wonderful novel almost every year. Now go see the show!)
8pm at Circle in the Square Theatre, $75+
Three things: It’s our favorite Tony-winning, smash hit queer musical; it’s based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir; and it’s a must-see! Fun Home showcases music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, direction by Sam Gold, and stars Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Lauren Patten and Gabriella Pizzolo, along with a wonderful supporting cast. Thru Oct 9. (Source gomag.com)
xo,
PB
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Carbon2Cobalt

So I got this catalog in the mail yesterday and it really caught my eye.  Not because of the clothes, per se, there is nothing at first glance that is particularly revolutionary between its pages, in fact you can find just about every style they offer in many catalogs and stores where you go to buy well-made casual menswear. What I liked about it was how it made me feel. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a catalog that made me actually want to peruse it.

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It is a subtle but definite step into the direction of making flannel, khaki’s, Chukka boots and leather jackets a little more modern, yet keeping it rugged.

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There is a sense of whimsy about it and the clothes really fit the brand.  The whole of it evokes camping or being in the woods in the winter. Or even yet, being a well dressed-down hipster.

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In looking on the website, because I honestly thought this was a spin-off company from a larger retailer trying to appeal to a hipper audience, I didn’t find much that made it personal to the founder Matt Cooper. But the designs are true to his design muse.

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Like the name insinuates, he likes polished carbon and rough cobalt.  Matt’s intention is to “design unique details into the clothing that will enhance your individual style”.

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The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.

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xo,

PB

All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website


Byron & Dexter Peart

 

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The Montreal duo of Byron and Dexter Peart are the twins behind the fabulous accessories line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

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Inspired by interior designs these two approach their elegant creations as though designing furniture.

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This sleekness shows in the lines and refined qualities of their totes, shoppers, clutches and weekenders, which are suitable for Dandi’s of all kinds.

Pearts Street Style

I will feature their accessories in another blog soon, but for this one I wanted to showcase the twins and their style.

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I love the fact that though they are twins, they don’t do that look-a-like thing that so many twins do (sure, not as many adults do it but still.)

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Clearly influenced by the preppy aesthetic, these two elevate it by wearing more neutral and dark colors, yet keeping the whimsy of the style.

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Luxury, minimalism, and beauty are who these designers are through and through.  Not only in their WANT label, but also in their personal style.

 

xo,

PB

 

Photo’s courtesy of Google


Women’s Brands Now Designing Menswear

 

Well I guess we all saw this coming.  In a day and age where companies are all  trying to procure the consumer in every aspect of their lives it is not at all surprising that fashion brands, that previously were known exclusively as a women’s wear or menswear brand, are now branching out and trying to do it all.  We shall see how successful some of these will ultimately be.

Women’s Fashion Brands Are Rushing to Design for Men

For Adweek

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Men, it is clear, have outgrown the stereotype of the reluctant shopper. “There was always a fashion market—what they used to call a ‘metrosexual’ market—that could sustain designer brands in a healthy way in bigger cities in America, but in the last few years there’s been a much wider acceptance of fashion among regular guys that previously were shy about it,” says Esquire’s fashion director Nick Sullivan. “There isn’t the stigma attached to making an effort that there used to be.”

The shift in men’s perceptions about fashion can be attributed to a number of factors. Men’s style blogs like The Sartorialist and A Continuous Lean have become must-reads. Online shopping has made designer apparel more accessible, while helping guys avoid dreaded trips to the store. And as they’ve become more fitness conscious, men are now more invested in what they put on their backs.

Celebrities are helping, too. Actors, not just actresses, are now name-dropping designers on the red carpet. At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, all nine celebrities donning Prada were men, reported The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman. Even more importantly, many athletes—the ultimate guys’ guys—are becoming nearly as well known for their style savvy as their sports skills. “Every time we shoot an athlete, they want to talk fashion with me,” says GQ’s creative director Jim Moore.

It’s hardly any wonder, then, why brands that have exclusively or mainly catered to the fairer sex are ramping up their efforts to reach gents. Consider Tory Burch, the popular women’s designer, which recently hired Coach’s former svp of men’s design, Jeffrey Uhl, to oversee a new men’s accessories line, set to debut as early as spring 2015. Michael Stars, known for its women’s knitwear, is launching its first men’s collection this month, something co-founder Suzanne Lerner calls a “natural next step for our brand.” Clover Canyon, purveyor of women’s apparel and swimwear featuring bright, graphic prints, previewed menswear during New York’s Fashion Week.

Not just American designers are jumping on the trend. Moschino showed its first men’s collection in June, as did luxury lingerie line La Perla, which is readying a line of silk kimonos and other garments that the wives of its male customers may well find themselves coveting. Whistles, a high street chain in the U.K. that recently dipped its toe in the U.S. market, is launching a line of men’s apparel this fall. Even Spice Girl-turned-footballer’s wife-turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham was quoted in the British press last February as saying, “I’d love to do menswear at some point, absolutely.”

Some of the biggest investment in menswear is happening at companies that see potential in growing existing albeit limited men’s lines. Take Michael Kors, which has already found massive success in the accessible luxury space with its affordable yet aspirational women’s apparel and accessories. While the brand has included a smattering of men’s pieces among its expansive women’s offerings for more than a decade (menswear represents about 5 percent of its sales), the designer is now making a play for a bigger share of the men’s market.

Last month, Michael Kors CEO John Idol announced the company’s intention to grow its menswear into a $1 billion business by 2017 with the help of Mark Brashear, its new head of menswear and the former CEO of Hugo Boss. Idol detailed plans for Michael Kors’ first freestanding men’s store next year, noting that as many as 500 male-focused retail shops could be in its future. Meanwhile, the company’s forthcoming flagship store in New York’s SoHo will include a full floor dedicated to men.

While Michael Kors looks to menswear to bolster its already booming business, rival Coach hopes an expanded menswear offering will help turn around its sluggish sales. Last year, it hired former Mulberry and Loewe designer Stuart Vevers to lead its transition from a mall brand into one with more fashion credibility. After adding some much-needed refinement to its women’s accessories and showing its first women’s apparel collection during New York’s Fashion Week, Vevers is now turning his eye to the men’s category. This fall, male shoppers will find a much more stylish and luxurious selection of shoes and leather goods. By next year, one can expect to see a full line of men’s apparel.

The retailer’s focus on men is already helping the bottom line. In an August earnings call, the company reported that while overall sales slumped 7 percent to $1.14 billion in the fourth quarter, men’s sales showed significant growth, reaching $700 million for the year ending in June versus $100 million in 2010. By 2017, CEO Victor Luis projects that number will rise to $1 billion.

A similar tactic is being employed by brands like Prada, which plans to nearly double menswear sales to €1.5 billion (about $2 billion) in the next three to five years and open 50 men’s stores to make up for declining women’s sales. Luxury conglomerate LVMH has spent $135 million to expand its luxury footwear label Berluti into a broader apparel and accessories brand. Richemont, the owner of luxe brands like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc, decided last year against selling off smaller labels such as Dunhill and instead increased its investment.

The obvious question in all this: Will men be willing to wear a Tory Burch shirt or La Perla loafers or a Victoria Beckham suit? “I think it depends on the brand and how feminine it is in terms of people’s awareness,” says Sullivan. “I don’t know that men will buy Tory Burch because it’s a famous women’s brand, but I don’t know if they will automatically be put off of it, either.”

Marketing will be key, adds Moore. “I think you really have to be in it to win it if you start designing menswear,” he says. “In the past, when some of the womenswear designers did men’s, they would just sprinkle it into their women’s boutiques, hoping to entice women to buy a little something for their man. If someone like Tory is looking to build her own men’s business, she’ll have to figure out how to set it apart from the women’s business on a retail basis. I’m not so sure that guys are going to go deep into a women’s store to find something for themselves.”

Designers and retailers are taking note. Some, including Kors, are opening more men’s stores or creating men’s-only spaces in flagship stores. To lure even the most reluctant shopper, many are creating a club-like atmosphere and adding features like the cocktail bar inside the Tod’s Milan flagship or the barbershop at Dolce & Gabbana’s men’s store in London.

Even men who prefer to shop online (according to NPD, online purchases of men’s apparel last year grew 19 percent year over year and now represent 14 percent of all men’s apparel sales) are getting the guys-only treatment. Women’s e-tailers like Net-a-Porter and Shopbop have spun off Mr Porter and East Dane, respectively, men’s sites that combine a vast selection of designer goods with editorial content to help guide men in their shopping journey. “Some men are definitely still more comfortable with hiding behind their keyboards to make their choices, but it also requires them to know more,” as Sullivan puts it.

Those retailers who do it right may see a rich payoff. As Moore explains, “Men are completely different customers than women. If they find something that they love, they will keep going back to that designer. With men, it’s all about loyalty.”

 

xo,

PB

 

Article from Adweek

 

 


LookBook 5

Though I am a spring baby and always look forward to shedding layers when that time rolls around, loving fashion as I do, I admit that there is no better time for putting your best style foot forward than in the fall and winter months.

If you can ;ayer like this and not look like a stuffed turkey I say go for it!
If you can layer like this and not look like a stuffed turkey I say go for it!

 

Tim Coppens F/W 2013
Tim Coppens F/W 2013

 

Gieves & Hawkes SS2014
Gieves & Hawkes SS2014

 

Simple and gorgeous!
Simple and gorgeous!

 

Cashmere Melton Varsity Jacket
Cashmere Melton Varsity Jacket

 

Suspenders are the style accent piece that sets you apart.
Suspenders are the style accent piece that sets you apart.

 

"I don't always smoke, but when I do..."
“I don’t always smoke, but when I do…”

 

The always fabulous Esther Quek!
The always fabulous Esther Quek!

 

The Fem version.
The Fem version.

 

Aymeline Valade
Aymeline Valade

 

Don't be afraid to take it there.
Don’t be afraid to take it there.

 

PB

 

Photos courtesy of the

fabulous people of Tumblr

 


Fall Is Upon Us!

Okay, maybe it’s not yet here and now but it is coming.  I mean Labor Day is tomorrow or if you are just waking up and reading this, today.  And no you don’t have to put away your whites (shoes or clothes) if you don’t want to but I’m certainly gearing up for wearing something besides shorts and a t-shirt so here are some of my picks for your next shopping spree, as well as some style ideas.  Enjoy!

 

Zonkey Boot
Zonkey Boots

 

Fairisle scarves by Drake’s London  Lambswool, hand knot fringes Handmade in England
Fairisle scarves by Drake’s London
Lambswool, hand knot fringes
Handmade in England

 

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Layering done well.

 

High-top Converse are always a hit!
High-top Converse are always a hit!

 

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Some accessory ideas to go with that Saint Harridan
suit.

 

Add color with socks.
Add color with socks.

 

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It’s nice not to always wear a jacket.

 

Leather is in top or bottom (Viktor & Rolf)
Leather is in top or bottom.
(Viktor & Rolf)

 

Take your style up a notch, even with the basics. (Giorgio Armani)
Take your style up a notch, even
with the basics. (Giorgio Armani)

 

PB

 


Lookbook 4

I call this one the rugged look for spring and fall.  I like to dress up like the next dandi but I mostly love fabrics that have been broken in and look like I’ve been out at the ranch all day.

Denim, cotton, linen…

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these are some of my most favorit fabrics to wear

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and live in.

Bracelet

Not being so serious all of the time

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can be a good thing.

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You can still rock style

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and be a bit ruffled.

Brown Bucks

You can dandi it up and still have a casual feel.

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The tones that best fit this look are blues, browns and greys.

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Or any color in a darker pallet.

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Yeah, even red can rock if done right.

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Either way dressing up or down never looked so good!

 

PB

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