Beams, which started as a small shop in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in 1976, has since grown into a significant retail force in Japan. The men's line, Beams Plus, which was launched in 1999, is the rugged, heritage- and ivy inspired range from the company. Above some pics from their SS 2013 collection.
Yes....I'm a sucker for pocket squares!
In the May issue of GQ there was this article on how to fold your pocket square SS13 style, and I thought this is something I have to share. Click here for the full article in GQ.
Since I started last January as agent for Arrow, I also started my search for vintage Arrow stuff on Ebay. Above pictures show my Arrow Vintage collection, some boxes with collars, a shirt from the 1920's. and last but not least my treasure an Arrow Collar Display from 1910. These vitrine where used in the stores back in the days to showcase the variety of collars made by Arrow. Just to give you an idea on prices the shirt costed only $ 7,50 and a collar costed just $ 0,35.
Last week I had my very first Italian shave at New York Barbershop, located in Hotel New York, once the head office of the Holland America-Line. When you enter New York Barbershop it feels like you are going back in time. The retro interior, including the American Barber chairs gives you the feeling like you are in an original Brooklyn Barbershop from the roaring 30s. While waiting you will be enjoying an excellent espresso and the sounds of jazz music from the record player. I was pampered for half an hour with an Italian Shave, hot & cold towels to ease the skin and after the shave my face was splashed with the limited edition fragrance of Aqua di Parma called Colonia Intensa Oud.
This was a great experience, great hospitality and nice staff, I'll be back!
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If there is one thing which is constant in Manchester, England - it's the rain. In a city where it rains more often than it doesn't, Rainwear was big business in the early 20th centuary. Brothers, John and Isaac Miller ran the Baracuta factory, making rainwear for brands such as Burberry and Aquascutum. When they branched out into their own brand, Baracuta soon became synonymous with the finest Raincoats.
By 1937, the Miller Brothers were looking for a new, functional design for a working man, and which would also keep them dry in the rain. They came up with what would eventually become the Baracuta G9. This shorter jacket meant the wearer would have the benefit of a shower proof coat while he was still able to move around, unhampered by a longer raincoat or mac. With the design including collar button fastening, elastic waistband and cuffs and button fasten pockets nearly finished, the Miller Brothers took their idea to Beaufort Castle, Scotland. In the presence of Lord Lovat, the head of the Fraser Clan, the Miller brothers requested that they be granted permission and licence to use the famous red Fraser tartan in the lining for the new Baracuta Jacket. With the agreement in place, the Miller Brother's began manufacturing the Baracuta Jacket in the classic G9 style, as well as other variations.
Over the years the Baracuta G9 built up a reputation. In the 1950's Baracuta G9 Jackets were being exported to the US as 'Sports Coats' for the early Mods looking for that Ivy League look. In 1958 Elvis Presley wore the Baracuta G9 in the flim, 'King Creole' propelling the jacket to the forefront of fashion. Other fifties and sixties icons picked the Baracuta G9 as thier jacket of choice - Frank Sinatra, Arnold Palmer, Gregory Peck, and perhaps most famously, The King of Cool - Steve McQueen, who made the Natural coloured Baracuta G9 an integral part of his 'look'.
The Baracuta G9 is back for Spring/Summer 13 ready for another generation of aesthetes to take it to their hearts.