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The British Are Coming

Gieves & Hawkes is coming across the pond and into our own backyard. That’s right! Over 200 years (243 to be exact) of Bespoke goodness is about to be on our shores.  Not only is it one of the oldest Savile Row tailors, it is also tailor to the Royals!

The thing I really love about this company is that even though they are almost as old as the history of the Bespoked suit, they also have a very modern and contemporary approach  (now thanks to their new CCO, Jason Basmajian), there is much less stuffiness here than one might expect.

Bergdorf Goodman will be the brand’s exclusive retailer (looks like a trip to New York.) They will offer off-the-rack suits, separates, outerwear and offer bespoke and made-to-measure services.

Here’s what we have to look forward to:

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xo,

PB

 

Photos courtesy of:

Gieves & Hawkes

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SERIES ONE

The new year has brought with it new ideas and new ventures (I hope you are experiencing the same!)

Check out my first mini fashion filmlette as well as some other incredibly inspiring things on my tumblr page at…

Preppybaba 

PB


GLOBAL STYLE

I ended the StyleX weekend last night at the Neiman Marcus‘ StyleX party at the Palm Door in downtown Austin.

I missed the initial launch of this great idea by founders Joah Spearman and Jon Pattillo at last year’s SXSW and was fortunate enough to ride the coattails of my sweetie Miramar, who was one of the event stylist for the weekend.

It's 3:00 in the morning folks. You'd look this way too! 🙂

I meet a lot of great people that are doing wonderful things in the world of fashion and style all over the globe, particularly here in Austin, and I learned a lot from the panel discussions I sat around to hear.

The world is changing folks (as if you don’t already know this!) in all areas of commerce and business but particularly in the way of the old guard of fashion.  No longer are the designers and magazine editors able to stay locked away in their elite palaces and dictate to us what we wear, how we wear it and who it’s for.

There are so many vehicles; Thre.ad and Pinterest to name a very few, as well as all of the other social media vehicles we use everyday without thought from Twitter to Facebook, that are taking away the power from all measures of commercial enterprise and putting it where it always belonged, in the hands of the consumer.

I learned during the discussions that this world, as global and connected as it is becoming is also being a niche consumer market  for every designer, retailer, blogger…you name it.  Basically every idea and business needs to figure out their niche audience.  Who will get the most out of what you have to offer?  Narrow marketing resources and strategies and find them and stay connected to them.  We experience an overload of information every, single, day and because of this we have an overload of choices!

For example – I choose who I want to listen too now (select and proven bloggers, no longer GQ, Vogue, Esquire, etc), I choose the conversations I want to have  with consumers that already have experience with the products I am considering buying (chat rooms, comment discussions, informed blogger interaction),  I follow who they like (not the product’s slick and expensive advertising)…now here is where the niche part comes in…I then interact with the people who create the products I decide to buy.  Let me say this another way, long gone are the days when a company has a wall of protection between them and their consumers and only talks to shareholders at duress during their yearly stockholder meeting.  Consumers want to know, in fact are demanding to know and keep in close contact with the creators behind the brands they are buying.

If you are in the business of anything that has to do with the public, but particularly fashion, you need to know why you do what you do and convey that to your customer in everything you create, every way you present your brand and in all of the ways you promote your brand.  What is your story?  Why do you do what you do?  And be prepared to make lifelong acquaintances if not friendships with the people who patron your business.  This is a new global economy and it’s bringing us closer together everyday!


SHORTS

As a matter of course shorts are always a summer staple.  The showing of the leg can be scary to some Dandi’s and finding the right pair that fits is very important to keeping our dapper silhouette from getting too bulky.  When summer rolls around and it’s time to add to our shorts collection – buying on trend, staying within budget and keeping signature styles are all a concern.

There are many styles and lengths of shorts to chose from this year. A few tips before buying, if your parents didn’t give you much height long shorts will make you look even shorter and if you have long legs it’s great to show them off but too much leg will give you that daisy duke look (a great thing if that’s what you’re going for.)  The trend right now is for shorts to be several inches above the knee though the acceptable length is right at the knee.  Flat front shorts are still a must.  Pleats will make you look like your grandpa.  If your legs will accommodate it a tapered silhouette will give you a more sophisticated and dapper vibe, complimenting the Dandi style.

Shorts can be spiced up with the perfect fitted shirt and tie or rocked with a well fitted t-shirt.  Solid colors are great but don’t be afraid to add some preppy spice to you wardrobe and add a madras plaid or paisley number to the collection.  Don’t wear socks with shorts, it really does make a person look like they don’t understand the basics of style and fashion.  If you want to buck trends wear a clunky boot, that will give you the style edge you are looking for and keep you away from the fashion police.

 

Photo Courtesy of J. Crew


The Loafer

According to Details Magazine the penny loafer is this season’s go-to shoe.  The latest designs are a little  more streamlined than the old school loafer with a narrower toe.

The penny loafer originated in the 1930’s when the Spaulding company produced a shoe styled after the ones Norwegian diary farmers wore in an article that appeared in Esquire Magazine; but the penny didn’t entered the equation until years later.  The modern day loafer was created by John Bass who put his mark on the shoe with the creation of the Weejun.  He added the decorative strap across the top that was soon used to add a bit of style  (and money for an emergency phone call) by adding small objects such as pennies.

Generally worn without socks for a preppier style.  It is a simple practical shoe that looks great with a pair of rolled up Chino’s or for the more daring a classic suit.

 

Photo courtesy of Details Magazine


Personal Style

Being a Dandi is about being an original.  I love to look through all of the men’s magazines and see what is in fashion but I have never had the desire to spend a Queens ransom trying to keep up with the latest and greatest designers and their price tags.  Style is not about that.  It is about individuality and you can create an amazing wardrobe on any budget.

This column maybe called Preppy Baba but sometimes I feel more elegant and find that wearing blacks, greys and navy’s is a great way to make a powerful statement when I walk into a room. And that’s okay, don’t let fashion paint you into a corner.  As Madonna says, “express yourself!”

The important thing about clothes and accessories or any other outward material expression of self for that matter, is that it be experienced in a loving fun way.  When fashion becomes about telling people what they should and shouldn’t wear or that they are too fat or too thin, then it is being judgmental and punitive and that to me is not what true self expression is really all about.

So take this blog in the way that it is intended.  Love who you are on the inside first, let that become a reflection of who you are in your daily life and enjoy the creative possibilities and the joy in creating personal style.   And remember, don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines.

 

Photo courtesy of Sherography of the Author


The Hat

Want to stay looking young? This is a great outfit for not looking like you take life too seriously and for dressing up or down.

I love the old school appearance of this look and  I particularly love the hat.  Fedora’s are a great addition the spring and summer vibe.  And with Memorial Day just around the corner and being in the sun a requirement there is no better excuse to add ‘the hat’ to your wardrobe.

The Fedora look is right out of the 60’s.  My dad used to have plenty of these and it made his Sunday Seersucker suits look immaculate and when he would don one with his t’s and Khaki’s he’d be the hippest dad in the park.

When buying a hat remember not every hat will compliment every head and face so be sure and try yours on before you buy it.   Walk around with it and maybe take a friend or girlfriend with you to give you the final thumbs-up approval.   And when it’s time to create a wardrobe around it be sure and let the ribbon on your hat be your guide to the colors you choose, complimenting is great, matching is not necessary.

Hat care – Buy straw Fedora’s for the hotter months, they are lightweight and cooler, however be reminded that straw fedoras do not like rain or water for that matter, so they may not be the best beach or pool accessory.   A wipe every now and then of the interior sweatband with a damp cloth or wet-wipe will keep your hat smelling fresh and stain free.  For exterior cleaning use a very soft bristle brush or damp cloth.  These two simple things will keep all of your straw hats looking new and Dandi for years to come.

Photo courtesy of GQ Magazine


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