The average guy's wardrobe is a pretty drab place. Blacks, blues, the occasional yellow. You could be describing a bruise. Then summer rolls around, and with it the entirely reasonable impulse to be summery.
A few prints might be plausible for some. Most of the time the phrase "summer patterns" is reserved for dresses and migratory birds. Ties are one outlet, but when the thermometer hits 95 the impulse is to wear less, not more.Read more »
Most of us would like to think our fashion sense is individual. Failing that, we'll settle for timeless. If that's how you feel, you might want to ignore the idea of trend forecasting entirely. Because once you hear how your personal style has been obsessed over, debated and then decided for you, it might not feel personal at all.
Fashion forecaster sounds like a job somebody made up, like chocolate taster or unicorn tamer. When Loot spoke to Sharon Graubard, senior vice president and fashion director of Stylesight, a fashion-forecasting company that advises Brooks Brothers, Converse, Godiva, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Saks, The North Face, Uniqlo and others, there was more than enough fodder for a skeptic.Read more »
Editions, or sets of an artist’s prints, are often cited as an entry point for aspiring collectors. They're reproductions, usually lithographs, of a work made to be sold in the mass market.
In the world of blue-chip art, even something marketed for broad appeal may be out of your price range. Prints like the ones on auction at Paddle8's editions sale (online from June 19th- July 3rd) are estimated at $400 to over $150,000. At a glance, it looks like a sound hoodwinking. You, the aspiring collector, are basically buying a very high-quality, very limited-edition poster ... not unlike one you could have picked up at a museum gift shop. The difference? One or two, or three, decimal points.Read more »
Considering that many men will shave once a day for the rest of their lives, it makes sense that each has a firmly held opinion about how to do it. Gillette? Schick? Three blades? Five blades? Everybody knows The Right Way to Shave.
Loot decided to settle the razor question the old-fashioned way, with a face-off.Read more »
It may sound crazy to spend $238 on a piece of fabric that may be chewed on by a child, covered in watermelon juice and sunscreen, and spread on sands next to god-knows-what flotsam from the sea.
Beach towel prices can hurt more than sand in your eye. Deck Towel's pieces regularly sell for upwards of $200. A linen bath towel from Matteo in Los Angeles costs $175. Fog's beach towels cost $124. Steven Alan makes a comparatively affordable linen beach towel for $48. Still, that's a lot for a day at the beach.
Gentle reader (GR): Are you sure you want a monogram?
Some do. Kids who need to distinguish their backpacks from other kids' backpacks do. Grown-ups, too, who want to confer a touch of old-world elegance on their lives in the digital age.
The risk is in the operative word there -- old. "It's just not as common anymore," says Alex Yampolskiy, vice president of client relations at Michael Andrews, a bespoke tailor in New York. Clients "don't want to be perceived as someone older," he says.
Loot recently found itself seated next to Buzz Aldrin at an event. As the famous astronaut detailed his plan to colonize Mars, we were struck by something a little closer to home -- the man was decked out in jewelry, and it looked fantastic. Loot couldn't help but ask: Fashion statement? Religious adornment? Space rocks?