Clothing and Fashion

This is Not Colonel Sander’s Bow Tie.

A number of years ago I had to wear a necktie on a regular basis for work. I have to admit, I didn’t really mind having to dress like a professional from time to time. Hipsters will hate me for saying this, but its true, you get more professional respect when you’re dressed like a pro.

I learned this a long time ago when I was trying to collect payment on a freelance job. At the time I had hair about half way down my back, I looked like I was 12, and dressed like a slob. Needless to say the client was dragging their feet when it came time to cut me a check. For better or worse I showed up at their office with a fresh haircut, wearing a suit, and ready to threaten legal action. Their attitude changed, I got paid, and yes I fired them as a client. Anyway that isn’t what I wanted talk about. I wanted to talk about bow ties.

20130102-092700.jpgThe bow-tie is back, and just like in the mid 1970’s its back with a modern crazy colorful vengeance. The English brand Charles Olive encourages the once stuffy neckwear to be seen as a hip, stylish, fashion statement. A sartorial choice that sets you apart from the crowd, without appearing nerdy or uptight. The new collection from Charles Olive features non-traditional patterns of tiled rectangles, with complimenting colors of blues and aquamarine, punctuated with pops of yellow, and orange. Their new line of bow ties are timeless, yet very contemporary, and guaranteed to stay in style longer than the oversized velvet bow ties of the 1970’s. I really like the color pallet, patterns, and classic size of this neck ware. Now, if I could just remember how to tie one.

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Dear Santa, I Have Needs.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you know what that means… it means the holiday shopping season has begun with “Black Friday” deals erupting everywhere. I’m not participating in any of that nonsense. For the last 7 or more years I have done almost all of my Christmas shopping online, and probably will again this year as well. That doesn’t stop you however, and that is why I am posting my top ten wish list for Christmas 2010. Feel free to purchase any of these items for me.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is the World’s smallest and lightest compact system camera with a built-in flash. Replacing the popular GF1 model, the new GF2 is 19% smaller in size and 7% less in weight than its predecessor, thanks largely to the introduction of a touch-control interface via the 3 inch 460,000-dot LCD screen. The DMC-GF2 also offers full HD movies at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format with stereo sound, a new Graphic User Interface, a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine FHD image processor, expanded ISO range of 100-6400, a built-in pop-up flash and Dust Reduction system. If you don’t want to use the LCD screen for composition, an optional electronic external viewfinder is also available ($200), which slots into the external flash hot-shoe on top of the camera. The camera comes in Black, Silver, Red, and White. Prices range from 600 to 750 bucks depending on where you buy, and the accessories you get with it.

Olive O2 Multi-room player and olive Music Server

 

Olive makes some of the best digital music systems in the world, and this is a set up I could love. But with steep prices, I am counting on one of you to buy this for me this year. The multi-room players run $599.00 and the Olive servers run from 1000 to 5000 dollars depending on storage, Olive ripping your entire CD collection, pre-loading music etc. Speakers aren’t included so if you want to pick up a couple decent pairs I wouldn’t mind at all.

Eames Lounger and ottoman

I figure this Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman would be an awesome addition to my living room. What better way to relax than sitting in this chair with my feet up listening to my new Olive sound system while checking out the photos I just shot on my new camera. Well I can think of a few additions that might help.

Charbay alambic whiskey release ii

This is hands down the best whiskey I have ever tasted, and at $329.00 a bottle it should be. Using original pot heated distilling methods Charbay took 3.5 weeks of 24/7 distilling, working in shifts to check on the Pot Still every 3-4 hours. (One of the main reasons nearly all whiskey is column distilled.) to make this hand crafted whiskey. It is so smooth and flavorful you have to taste it to believe it. Distilled from “Low Wash” beer this whiskey has  a flavor that really allows the hops and barley overtones to come through. And yes I would drink this while sitting in my new chair listening to my new sound system, while fiddling with my new camera.

Samsung UN55b8500 Led backlit LCD Tv.

I figure if I am sitting in my Eames lounger sipping on whiskey, listening to my new sound system and checking out my new camera; I should have the TV going so I can stimulate even more of my surroundings with additional visual overloads. And what better way to do that than with one of the TV’s that C-Net says has the best picture of any TV they have reviewed. This 55 inch backlit LED/LCD TV boasts a 2 millisecond refresh rate clocking at 240 Hz. It has a contrast ratio of 7000000:1, and is internet connected.

“It costs a mint, but Samsung’s local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we’ve tested.” C-Net

Cartier Santos 100 Chronograph Black Dial Watch

All of this sitting and relaxing might have a tendency to lead to an abundance of sloth, and I am not the kind of individual that likes to sit around or be late. what better way to keep track of time than with this Cartier watch. The Santos features a titanium satin coated ADLC case with a black toile de voile bracelet. The bezel is constructed from stainless steel and titanium. It features a black dial with sword-shaped hands and Roman numeral  markers around the outer rim. The Chronograph features three sub-dials displaying: 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. The self-winding automatic movement guarantees I’ll never be late.

Hermes Blake Loafers

Thanks to my new watch I won’t be late, but that doesn’t mean I won’t push my departure to the last-minute. With all this good stuff why would I even want to leave my house. None the less I know I am going to have to venture out at some point, and I might as well sport some fine shoe leather if I do. That is where these hand stitched Hermes loafers come in. My feet will be swathed in the finest of calfskin, cushioning each step as I race out the door for my flight to Monaco.

Best Made Axe

I don’t want you all to think I am some sort of sissified dandy, so I think it’s important that I request some manly gifts that exude luxury, yet hold on to that utilitarian function that I also covet. This is where the Best Made Axe comes in. Whether I am chopping down a tree, splitting logs, or killing zombies, nothing does a better job than this axe. Constructed with a hand painted and polished 30″ hickory helve topped off with a 3.5 lb fine grain steel bit this axe means business. Very manly, kind of designer. Either way its 400 dollars worth of zombie splitting goodness in your hands.

Raleigh Denim Jeans

Using an axe requires a solid pair of jeans. No self-respecting lumberjack would be caught dead wearing anything but denim when cutting down trees with their Best Made Axe in hand. These are not your ordinary machine-made jeans. Each pair of jeans from Raleigh Denim is handcrafted and sourced in North Carolina, made from White Oak Cone Denim, hand signed and individually numbered. Frankly I think I’d look good wearing these while sitting on my Eames Lounger, checking the time on my Cartier watch, sipping my Charbay whiskey, Listening to my Olive sound system, watching my Samsung TV, while taking pictures of my Hermes shoes.

If you wish to purchase any of these fine gifts for me, shoot me an email and I’ll give you my mailing address.

My Calvin Klein Raincoat.

I don’t think I have ever posted about fashion or clothing before. It’s not that I don’t like or appreciate fashion, and the sartorial stylings of the well dressed. For some reason, I just never have. That however changes this morning. I am about to get all fashionista about a raincoat.

Back at the beginning of April I purchased a raincoat to take with me on the trip to France around the first of May. I had been checking the weather, and things looked like a typical Parisian spring. In other words the possibility of the land of perpetual mist. I figured a black raincoat would come in handy. I could wear it over a sport coat if I needed, and it was black so the citizens of Paris would approve. When I started shopping I had no Idea what I was going to get. I knew I wanted a tailored jacket that wasn’t to long, and it had to be versatile. During a random visit to Halls Crown Center in Kansas City, I found what might be a perfect all-weather jacket.

While browsing in the men’s department, I happened to spot a number of Calvin Klein raincoats hanging by the register in the suit department and I decided to check them out. I think this is possibly one of the best clothing purchase decisions I have made in a long time. This raincoat is outstanding, and as winter approaches, it is going to see a lot of use.

The Jacket has a modern, tailored profile and is constructed from a bonded polyester shell. This raincoat is a cool compact option that I can use as an  everyday jacket, or as a fantastic raincoat.Last night while walking the dogs in the deluge that was engulfing Kansas City, this coat was amazing. It kept me dry, and warm. Earlier in the evening I wore it over a sport coat, and it fit great. The thing is so well-built, it has a zip out lining, tons of inner pockets, it’s just solid all the way around. And you don’t look like some trench coat geek when you are wearing it, which is a definite plus. (no offense  trench coat fans.)

This coat set me back over 200 bucks, even with my Halls discount, but the investment was worth it. This is the kind of thing you buy and keep for the next 10 years. It’ll never go out of style, and it is so well made it is never going to fall apart. My only complaint, the outer shell attracts Cosmo’s dog hair like a super magnet.

If you are interested in picking one of these up, Macy’s has them on sale for $199.00 marked down for Veteran’s Day from the original $375.00 price.