Tuesday, December 29, 2009



Helm products are handmade by artisans in Istanbul. Each style combines the best of various boot designs and is constructed from the finest natural material from around the globe.

From distressed Dutch calfskin to supple Australian sheepskin, Helm's vintage-inspired line offers quality that transcends trends. Eschewing mass production, Helm favors old world craftsmanship--from the hand-sewn inlays to hand-stamped toe design. Every boot is an original. Just like the people who choose to wear them.

Genuine. Uncompromising. Enduring. Tradition starts with Helm -- authenticity in every stitch.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hugo Boss Toggle Cardigan

Hugo Boss toggle cardigan

Here's an image from a recent issue of Details magazine. This is projected as one of the top trends for this season. Check back for purchase info as it comes available.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Endorsement 12.14.09

Engineer boots

Engineer boots are one of many styles of leather boots; this type of footwear is often worn by motorcycle riders. The boots are most often made of heavy weight black leather, have a rounded toe and range in height from short (10") to extra high (38"). The most typical height is between 10 and 18 inches.

For some great examples, check out Frye boots or the various vintage offerings at Imogene + Willie.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Shaun Leane

Shaun Leane

Awarded UK Jewellery Designer of the Year, Shaun Leane is internationally celebrated for pushing the boundaries of jewellery design.

Renowned for his darkly romantic and beautifully crafted jewellery; his work has been described by Sotheby's, London's prestigious auction house, as ‘antiques of the future'.

Leane's first diamond collection was launched in 2005 in celebration of his 20th year in the jewellery industry. The Collection marked a return to his traditional jewellery roots with hand crafted pieces that celebrate the exclusivity of high end jewellery. His idea of fusing fashion with tradition introduced a new element to fine jewellery. This collection was later crowned UK Luxury Jewellery of the Year in 2006.

By spring 2006 Leane was granted Freemanship of the City of London for his contribution to the UK jewellery industry.

Alongside his collections and bespoke pieces he produces for clients such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Daphne Guinness, Leane is also responsible for creating some of the most iconic catwalk pieces we have seen today. Past catwalk collaborations have included acclaimed projects with Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. His work with fashion designer Alexander McQueen spans over thirteen years and has brought him international recognition.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

John Varvatos Spectator Combat boot

John Varvatos Spectator combat boot

Dark ghurka leather. Tonal topstitching. Goldtone hardware. Lace-up shaft. Beige mesh detail on side. Lugged sole. Stacked heel. Made in Italy.

Available at Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Billy Reid

Billy Reid

William "Billy" Reid grew up in Amite, Louisiana which is just south of the Mississippi line. During this period his mother operated a women’s clothing boutique from his grandmother’s home. He spent his boyhood mostly out of doors while in the company of his father and friends in the Southeast Louisiana wetlands.
He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and later the Art Institute of Dallas where he studied fashion design and merchandising. While there he initiated a career at Saks Fifth Avenue where he was mentored by tailored clothing veterans. From there, Billy had a 6 year stint at Reebok International where he traveled worldwide developing the early stages of the Greg Norman collection. In 1995, he founded his own fashion design and marketing company and worked with a diverse group of clients including Fruit of the Loom, Neiman Marcus, Reebok and Takashimaya.
Billy Reid launched his first collection in spring of 1998. Industry took note of his low-fi Southern-bred luxury as defining the collection's difference. In 2001, Billy received the prestigious CFDA Perry Ellis award. With momentum in his favor, expectations were optimistic; however, the tragedies on 9/11 would bring upon a very harsh reality that would force him to shutter his business in spring of 2002, resulting in leaving New York to settle back South in Florence, Alabama attempting to regroup.
After struggling to bring back his collection, a group of friends approached Billy in 2004 with the idea to consider a new business model. Essentially, the idea was to build shops for the collection that would reflect his personality and his aesthetic. Steeped with antiques, family heirlooms and reclaimed architectural materials, the shops take on a very personal, warm and hospitable environment.
Billy Reid, Inc. headquarters in Historic Downtown Florence, Alabama in a turn of the century book store where the downstairs is converted into his flagship shop and the upstairs serves as the design studio overlooking Main Street.
In fall of 2008, a flagship shop on Bond Street in New York City opened to great reviews and was voted Best Men's Store by New York Magazine. Additional shops include Nashville, Charleston, Dallas, Charlotte and Houston.
By John T. Edge

Monday, October 26, 2009


The keffiyeh (Arabic: كوفية‎, kūfiyyah, plural كوفيات, kūfiyyāt)), also known as a (ya)shmagh (from Turkish: yaşmak "tied thing"), ghutrah (غترة), ḥaṭṭah (حطّة), mashadah(مشدة) or shemagh is a traditional headdress typically worn by Arab men made of a square of cloth (“scarf”), usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. It is commonly found in arid climate areas to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well as for occasional use in protecting the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand. Its distinctive woven check pattern originated in an ancient Mesopotamian representation of either fishing nets or ears of grain.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009



EDUN's mission is to create beautiful clothing while fostering sustainable employment in developing economies, particulary in sub-Saharan Africa. We work on a micro-level to help build the skill sets of factories where the clothes are produced. EDUN is currently produced in India, Peru, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, Tanzania, Mauritius and Madagascar.

In addition, EDUN acts as a voice encouraging the fashion community to do business in Africa and thereby help bring the continent out of extreme poverty. In 1980, Africa had 6% share of the world trade. By 2002, this had dropped to just 2% despite Africa having 12% of the world’s population. If Africa could regain just an additional 1% share of global trade, it would earn $70 billion more in exports each year. This is several times more than what the region currently receives in international assistance.

While EDUN's primary focus is trade, we are also working towards using more organic materials in the collection. Organic cotton is not only a responsible environmental solution, but also provides healthier working conditions and is a valuable market opportunity for farmers in Africa.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009



Nestled comfortably out of the way up against the pacific ocean in southern California, and tucked neatly next to the best surf in Europe, you'll find Nixon people doing what we do. What started as a frustration at a lack of quality watches that simultaneously do the talking for you and deliver what you need in various high stress work and play environments has grown into a network of athletes, rock stars, retailers, and dedicated loyalists that bring Nixon products to market.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Imogene + Willie

Imogene + Willie

imogene + willie is an unseen retail concept. It is a mix of product design, product execution, and product distribution... all in one retro-fitted gas station. It is like an artisan bakery for premium apparel.

Jeans, dresses and t-shirts are the core. They are all conceived in the shop, then designed, produced and sold in the shop. Of course, there are other beautiful things like vintage cowboy boots from Nashville and hamam towels from Turkey and tantalizing perfumes from France and hand dyed scarves from India. But the core remains the same. The best premium denim and lifestyle products in the world, produced and customized right in front of your eyes. The husband and wife team of Matt and Carrie Eddmenson are the creative proprietors. They are artists. They are designers. They are sewers. They are shop keepers. They live in the attic. They meet you at the open garage door and tell you the story behind every interesting piece. They make you feel like you have already worn the jean or shirt all your life, and then you realize that you will.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

PRPS Denim

PRPS denim

Each item in the collection is conceived with a specific purpose and function in mind.

Before fashion, PRPS is designed to be worn and utilized.

In the pursuit of delivering perfect garments to the most discerning denim enthusiast, no detail is overlooked.

PRPS uses African cotton combined with expert Japanese construction to create what we believe to be the finest product available.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Palladium Boots

Palladium Boots

Palladium was founded in 1920 to make tires for the fledgling aviation industry. Tires were made by layering canvas bands underneath vulcanized rubber. Palladium’s expertise was so advanced that soon the majority of Europe’s aircraft were using Palladium tires.

After World War II, with aircraft manufacturing screeching to a halt, the demand for tires decreased dramatically. Palladium decided to open a plant in Pont De Cheruy, France, to start producing footwear that was as hard wearing as their tires. In 1947 the legendary Pampa boot was born, and the functionality, comfort and durability were so outstanding that the French Foreign Legion adopted it for their use. The Foreign Legion put the boot to the test in the harsh desert conditions of North Africa, and throughout the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains.

Today, the original design, classic lines and time tested utility are as relevant as they have ever been. Combining over 60 years of authenticity with modern manufacturing, premium materials and cutting edge styling, Palladium boots are ready to help you explore your street, your city, or the world.

Monday, August 24, 2009



Longines has been based at St Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise, built up over 175 years, reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and the sporting world: it has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of watches and associated products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, is now established in more than 130 countries.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


In 1924, Harry Grosberg founded Belstaff in Victoria Place, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire in the English Midlands. The original product line consisted of waterproof garments for men and women.
For the company logo a portrait of a Phoenix rising up was chosen as a symbol of the continuity through the times in the good and bad fate.
At about this time Belstaff became the first company in the world to use a fabric that was totally waterproof but breathable, the now famous "Wax Cotton". This was a very fine Egyptian cotton treated with natural oils, making it waterproof while leaving the cotton's excellent breathability characteristics unimpaired. With this mater, Belstaff specialized in the creation of high technology wear for the protection of the motorcyclist.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Frye Company

Founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a prominent English shoemaker, The Frye Company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States. Mr. Frye ran the business for nearly fifty years and after his death in 1911, his family continued to run the company until 1945.
Frye's footwear has a long and illustrious history... Frye boots were worn by Union and Confederate soldiers during America's Civil War, as well as by soldiers in the Spanish-American War including Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. When homesteading sparked adventurous New England families to go West in the mid and late 1800s, many of these pioneers wore Frye Boots for the long journey.
The Frye brand remains true to it's heritage and vintage American roots with finely crafted, fashionable boot, shoe, and handbag designs featuring rich leathers and quality hardware.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nice Collective

The San Francisco based designer clothing brand founded in 1997 by Joe Haller and Ian Hannula. In just a few short years they were awarded as one of the top 10 "Best Designers" of the year by GQ Magazine. Each piece is incredibly well made with subtle details such as concealed pockets and compartments that not only enhance the look of the garment but the functionality as well. Their modern creations can be seen on countless musicians and celebrities including Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, and Gavin Rossdale.