Friday, July 30, 2010

Mello Yello

While in line at the store the other day, you noticed something you had not seen in a long time:
It's not that you thought that Mello Yello soda pop had stopped production (though you wouldn't have been surprised if it had because you never really hear about it in these parts), it's that you were surprised by how refreshingly unchanged the logo appeared. You realize that there have been several iterations of the design--
--but the bottle you saw in the cooler could easily have been from 1985. "Well done, The Coca-Cola Company," you said to yourself. "Well done."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hamilton 1883 | Fall 2010

You were very fortunate to preview the Hamilton 1883 Fall 2010 line last week in New York City. Last year, Houston-based Hamilton (one of America's oldest shirtmakers) unveiled Hamilton 1883 as its ready-to-wear collection and the younger brother to its more traditional custom offerings. Named for the year of Hamilton's founding, the 1883 line features shirts that have a trim fit and hip details. However, the shirts never stray from the quality materials and craftsmanship that have defined Hamilton for over 100 years.

The first thing that caught your eye was the Camo Print shirt, which seems appropriate given the steady influx of military-inspired pieces into menswear collections from runways to catalogues. The styling is classic, as it is with all of the shirts in the collection, which allows the bold print a bit of range. You could see yourself wearing it with a sport coat.

A number of the shirts feature details that harken back to the long and rich history of Hamilton's past customers. One loyal wearer, an oil man, was robbed, which prompted him to have his shirts made with a tiny hidden cash pocket just above the shirttail. His request for a place to stow extra dough (in his case a $100 bill) is reproduced on some of the Fall 2010 shirts, marked with a barely perceptible dollar sign. There are also a number of shirts embroidered with old monograms, like "Special Brand," for a customer who wanted a special brand on his shirt. He didn't expect the shirtmaker's literal interpretation, but loved it enough to have all of his shirts made that way.

From workwear-inspired detailing (as in the Field and Utility shirts) to a wide assortment of plaids to the classic oxford, you find the Fall 2010 collection from Hamilton 1883 to be seriously tight. You wish you could swap out all of your shirts for these.


Taupe with "MINE" monogram.

Cash Pocket.
Camo Print.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tim Boal in France

France. Surfing. Remote-controlled, camera-mounted helicopter. Game on.
And, for good measure, some more SW France tubes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Outlier Pants

Outlier makes clothes for the bicyclist--an active, healthy individual. Their garments, as the pants below illustrate, are not only durable, breathable, and highly functional for riding, but they are also stylish.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Qoins Eyewear

Many of the glasses designed by Qoins are reinterpretations of vintage designs.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Etel Armchairs

The Brazilian furniture brand Etel offers a full compliment of interior furnishings. Here are a few armchairs.
Poltrona Anel.
Kudasay Armchair.
Gaivota Armchair.

Esfera Armchair.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two Folding Options

Obviously, there are a number of ways to fold a pocket square, but here are two of the more viable. The former comes from Details Magazine, the latter is Will Boehlke's take.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Heinrich Dinkelacker

Dinkelacker shoes date back to 1879 in Stutgart. Today, although produced in Budapest, the shoes are still made (at the rate of one pair a day per each employee) using century-old traditions of hand-craftsmanship.