Men’s Shoes: MARK MCNAIRY

 

Transition Game at Park & Bond.

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The Semi-Secret World of: STEAMPUNK JEWELRY DESIGN

A few things about Steampunk…

It’s described as literary genre (science fiction or fantasy) that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century.

It has an influence of the Victorian era, with an adventurous-industrial twist.

You may recognize the style in graphic novels such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and movies like Sherlock Holmes.

“To me, it’s essentially the intersection of technology and romance.” – Jake von Slatt

Those drawn to this style have handcrafted everything from jewelry to cars and much more following the same design aesthetic characteristics:  Using materials like Brass, copper, glass and polished wood; and engraving, etching, and adding details over more detail. Sometimes it features anachronistic innovations; like the use of antique, or obsolete artifacts.  Such pieces bring to mind the worlds of authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.

“Steampunk simply embodies a time and a place. The time… the late 19th century. The place… a steam powered world, where air travel by fantastical dirigibles is as common as traveling by train or boat (or submarine). A place where national interests are vastly different than our own version of history. A place where the elegant and refined are as likely to get pulled into a grand adventure, as the workers, ruffians, and lower classes. A place where the idea of space travel is not so far fetched. A place where lost civilizations are found and lost again. A place where anything is possible, and science can be twisted to meet ones own ends.”

Joshua A. Pfeiffer 

Cream-Colored Suits for Spring

“There couldn’t be anything more glamorous than a cream suit for a summer event or party,” said Mr. Varvatos, who introduced a cream-hued linen suit into his spring collection. “Think about mixing a crisp white button-down with an antique cream suit. You can take it to Old Hollywood or to rock-star effect.”

Men should consider their own skin tones as well. “Pale complexions might need a little color in the shirt with any variation of white suit,” advised Mr. Reid. “Adding color and pattern to white suits make bold statements as everything stands out against them. The color of the suit is a statement enough.”

via Cream-Colored Suits for Spring – WSJ.com

Scents with History and Architecture: ARQUISTE

With a background in Architecture and Historic Preservation from universities in Spain, Mexico City, and New York City, Carlos Huber has taken his longtime love of fragrance, applied his other loves: history and art, and merged them together to form Arquiste Parfumeur, his new line of luxury fragrances. With an immaculate attention to detail, Huber joined with two top Givaudan perfumers to create a range of six unisex perfumes. Each scent is an olfactive interpretation of an exact moment in history that is meticulously researched and finely tuned. Arquiste’s debut collection of six distinct scents take us from Aztec temples (circa 1400) to a 17th-century encounter between European royals.              

–  Mark David Boberek, The Perfume Magazine

 

“I’ve always been very connected to my nose and every time I would do research on a building or city for work I would come across an anecdote, a part of the story, where I would think “What did it smell like?” – Carlos Huber

 

Time Travel in a Bottle: 6 Transportive Scents from ARQUISTE

Plastic on the Runway

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Looks like the “Kelly Jellies” are back with designers putting plastic accessories on the runway…a great alternative for pioneers in the fashionably eco-conscious movement like celebrity favorite, Stella McCartney & other indie brands such as Matt&Natt. The idea of using a repurposed material to create a luxury handbag is looking very smart indeed…
Other leaders of the plastic fantastic pack include the Spring 2012 collections of Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Ralph Rucci for Chado Ralph Rucci.

Read more about the Plastic craze in the Wallstreet Journal