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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.
All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Photo credit: roccoshoes.com
I really love shoes. I really do. I think if I could only pick one thing in fashion to splurge on it would be shoes and Carmina Shoemaker has some of the most beautiful and finely crafted shoes on the planet.
This brand was started by Matias Pujadas in a small workshop in Inca, Majorca in 1866.
Many generations later…
…and after a downturn in the market for luxury shoes in 1997 (what were they thinking?) Carmina Shoemaker was born.
Created by Matais great-great grandson Jose Albaldejo and family, they decided to…
Women’s Oscaria Last
…provide some of best hand-crafted shoes to the world. And I must say, they have definitely succeeded in their mission.
I mean, just look at how beautiful these shoes and boots are.
Rain Snuff Swede
And the styles are also incredibly timeless. Not an easy “feat” to pull off, (yeah, I did!)
And yet they are also very sexy.
Women’s wingtips and tassels
And what I really love about this company is the fact that they also do gorgeous women’s shoes…
…that are inspired by their masculine counterparts.
I have such a big foot I can wear men’s or women’s shoes, but for the Dandi’s out there with smaller feet (but a bigger budget because these shoes start in the $400 range) this is definitely an investment well made.
Photo’s courtesy of:
Carmina Shoemaker tumblr
The Montreal duo of Byron and Dexter Peart are the twins behind the fabulous accessories line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
Inspired by interior designs these two approach their elegant creations as though designing furniture.
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.
I will feature their accessories in another blog soon, but for this one I wanted to showcase the twins and their style.
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.)
Clearly influenced by the preppy aesthetic, these two elevate it by wearing more neutral and dark colors, yet keeping the whimsy of the style.
Luxury, minimalism, and beauty are who these designers are through and through. Not only in their WANT label, but also in their personal style.
Photo’s courtesy of Google
To all my readers and fans throughout the years, thank you!
May your 2015 be Dapper and Bright!
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