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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Sartorialist X Tod’s

TodsScott_0376I find the best collaborations are always with the companies I know best, and that I personally wear myself. Tod’s is a perfect example of this.

 

I’ve worn Tod’s boots across the streets and sidewalks of the world, and with the introduction of the Marlin, I hope to add a few boardwalks and boats with a few villas scattered in-between.TodsGiovanni8B1133

As you’ll see in the following set of images, I’m not alone. Tod’s gave me a chance to capture some of my friends and acquaintances across a two month period to try and understand how they personally epitomize the expanding concept of international Italian style.

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 Click here to see more shots on the Tod’s Website

Thursday, May 28, 2015

On the Street…Crosby St., New York

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On the Street…Thirteenth St., New York

 

This is the second time I’ve run into Arpana on the streets of New York, but the first time was quite awhile ago (when she was wearing a giant fur coat so I didn’t recognize her). Once she reminded me of the location, I remembered the shot immediately.

 

As we were chatting I mentioned how cute her necklace was. She was very happy to tell me it was her own design and that she’s selling these necklaces on her Instagram @Arpanaraya and that 20% of the proceeds from the sales are going to help the earthquake victims in Nepal, where she is from.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

On the Street….Broadway., New York

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Bhutan & Bangkok, A Life Well Traveled

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I’m very lucky to live a life well traveled. Not only do I get to visit some of the most bustling metropolitan cities in the world like Paris, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rio de Jinero…but I also try to balance those urban experiences with travels to some of the most secluded, rural, physically beautiful small cities and villages around the world.

 

On this trip I was able to visit both. The hectic growing city of Bangkok and the Land of Happiness, Bhutan.

 

Recently I visited Bhutan. Like everybody else, I was struck by the dramatically beautiful and raw landscapes, but also by the gentle nature and the serenity of the people. To me a life well traveled means learning about the culture of where you are. For Bhutan, the national pastime is archery. I spent a great afternoon watching these guys drink beers and shoot arrows. I don’t know how they could be so incredibly good shooting arrows across the length of a football field, while also being incredibly good at downing lots of the local beer. It was this contrast that made me feel both like I was in an incredibly exotic place while at the same time it felt familiar. Like I was around guys that I knew who could have just as easily been down  at the park playing softball.

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But a life well traveled also means not only looking at the past but learning about the future. I stayed at the Amankora Hotel which you can see from the photographs is the epitome of minimalist design. It always inspires me to be in such a cool place. You might expect that type of modern inspiration to be found in Berlin, not Bhutan. That surprise is what makes it so rewarding.

 

I can’t wait to go back to Bhutan. Like the best adventures, it leaves you wanting more.

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902C8599WebThanks to Cathay Pacific’s support, I was able to visit both Bangkok and Bhutan, which were both two places I really wanted to include in my next book, (of which the above photos are just a small portion of that).

 

If you’re going to take a 20 hour flight, a great way to do it is flying business class on Cathay Pacific.

http://www.cathaypacific.com/us

Friday, May 22, 2015

On the Street…Bond St., New York

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Who To Follow On Instagram…Hamish Bowles

instagram_hamishI’ve known Hamish for years and I’ve always admired his wonderfully eclectic style and his depth of knowledge regarding all things fashion, interior, gardening, etc.

 

What I love about his instagram is the diversity. He’s one of the few people I love to live vicariously through his travels. Basically anything that involves good taste Hamish is your go to guy. If you’re not following his instagram now I highly recommend it.

 

https://instagram.com/hamishbowles/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

On the Street…Broome St., New York

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On the Street…Broadway, New York

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On the Street…..Bleecker Street, New York

Monday, May 18, 2015

On the Street….9:35am, May 18th, Broadway, New York

Friday, May 15, 2015

On the Banks of the Ganges…Varanasi, India

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Best Belts EVER…found at Unis, New York

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I Finally found my favorite stretchy Anderson belts at Unis in New York which is great because I had just recently lost my blue one. They must have around five colors of them available.

 

If you’re thinking about buying just note they run small. Personally, I had to go up a size for the right fit.

 

http://unisnewyork.com

Friday, May 15, 2015

Faces by The Sartorialist…Curtis Kulig

I had a great time the other day shooting New York artist Curtis Kulig of “Love me” fame. He’s the latest contributor to Faces by The Sartorialist!

 

Discover his exclusive art series inspired by eyewear below.

 

Click here to see the video on Faces by The Sartorialist

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Reading List….Pradasphere, 2014

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If you’re a fan of Prada this book will be like candy to you.  I originally saw it a few months back in the Prada in Milan and decided I NEEDED to have a copy. It’s a HUGE hardcover book filled to the brim with images of everything Prada. Runway stills, ad Campaigns, accessories shots, exhibition photos…trust me when I say, you’ll feel very full after looking at this book.

 

Book Details:

 

Pradasphere, 2014

Published by Progetto Prada Arte, Milan

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On the Street…Lafayette St., New York

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Sartorialist’s Italian Tips….Villa Spalletti Trivelli

 

I can’t wait to go back to Rome this summer.

 

When I was there last summer, I fell in love with Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli. It’s a private home which has been converted into a hotel (but don’t worry, it has not lost any of its original character).

 

As you can see from all the photos above, I loved the decor in this hotel. They had such a great mix of classic Italian with little modern touches that kept it from being too period specific. The real charm was in all the small Italian touches. It seems every table had a little silver candy tray and if it didn’t have a candy tray the tabletop was filled with framed photos of the family. The pure linen sheets are tonally monogrammed with an S for Spalletti. Again, so chic and so subtle, most people wouldn’t even notice it, but that’s what makes it so special.

 

My individual room was a corner facing room with windows on either side which allowed me to throw open the windows and feel like I was really a part of Rome.

 

Below is a link to the site, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

 

http://www.villaspalletti.it/en/

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On the Street…Crosby St., New York

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the Street…Crosby St., New York

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Ease of Paris with Cinq-S!

 

We’re preparing for the next round of shows in Italy and Paris and one of the first thing’s we’re doing is making arrangements with Cinq-S.

 

It’s a great car service in Paris, and it was able to get us not only around Paris, but also to Versailles just outside of Paris. The driver literally meets you at the door of the airplane at Charles de Gaulle.

 

Everyone knows my love for Italy but Cinq is warming me up to the delights of Paris.

 

Click here for the Cinq-S App

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Screening Room…Leave Her to Heaven

leaveher2Leave her to Heaven won the Academy Award for best cinematography in 1945, but that’s only part of why I’m suggesting this film.

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The color throughout the movie is beautiful, a dreamy palette of teal and white, but to me this film is all about Gene Tierney. Specifically in the infamous boat scene above. I watch this movie for that scene alone.

 

She embodies the perfect idea of 1940′s fashion.  Great hair, perfect makeup, gorgeous sunglasses, and of course big shoulders. Not to mention she plays a great femme fatale.

 

 

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Colors & Patterns of the Spice Market, Mumbai

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Sartorialist’s Italian Tips….Trattoria Sostanza

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For those of you planning some time in Italy this summer, over the next couple of weeks i’ll be sharing a few tips of places you really must visit.

 

Florence is an obvious must see for ANY trip to Italy.

 

Tucked away on Via del Porcellana, is Trattoria Sostanza. I hate to use the phrase “it feels like old italy“,  but this place really does.

 

It’s tiny and it’s crowded, but it’s so charismatic and the food is SO good. You have to try the chicken dish (i don’t remember what it’s called exactly….but I bet you could just say Chicken!!! and they’ll know). The last time i was there, I had the pasta (pictured above) and it was equally as good.

I think it’s usually pretty packed at night, so lunch seems like a better option. Whichever time of the day you choose is up to you, but make sure you spend at least one meal at Trattoria Sostanza.

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

On the Street…West 13th St., New York

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On the Street…La Fortezza, Florence

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Who To Follow On Instagram…The Costume Institute Library

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Sometimes it can be very hard figuring out who to follow (even harder trying to sift through hundreds of accounts to find one that might actually inspire you).

 

The Costume Institute Library (@costumeinstitutelibrary) is a great surprise because a library within a museum would typically be the last type of institution you’d expect to find using a social media tool such as Instagram to their advantage.

 

Several photos are posted each day from The Costume Reference Library at The MET Museum of Art. Photos are taken daily by Librarian Julie Lê.

 

How clever to take something that would usually be quite private, and make it so easily accessible to many.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On the Street…Broome St., New York

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On the Street…13th St., New York

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Reading List….Antiques: il Gusto Classico Negli Interni Italiani Volume I

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I actually bought Volume II about six months ago and fell in love with it immediately. (Ive been looking for volume I ever since). Luckily on my last trip to Milan I found Volume I at Rizzoli and bought it immediately.

 

As you can see from the images, this is the best book on Italian interiors I’ve ever seen.

 

HOWEVER, I’d love to hear if you guys think there’s another book that’s even better than this. Please share it with us. It will make a win win for everyone.

 

Book Details:

Antiques IL Gusto Classico Negli Interni Italiani Volume I

By Roberto Valeriani

Photographs by Mario Ciampi

Published by Verba Volant Ltd.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On the Street….Crosby St., New York

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Monday, May 4, 2015

On the Street…Viale Umbria, Milan

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Monday, May 4, 2015

China: Through the Looking Glass

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The new Costume Institute exhibit, China: Through The Looking Glass, explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.

 

The Exhibit kicked off this morning with a press preview which will be followed by the Annual Met Gala tonight. Officially, the exhibit opens to the public this Thursday, May 7th and will continue on through the summer, closing on August 16th.

 

 

The scale of the exhibit is fantastic at two and half times the size of previous costume Institute exhibitions at the MET. China: Through the Looking Glass, incorporates the work of over 150 designs by 40 designers (with the work of such designers as Paul Poiret, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent on prominent display). Besides from the gorgeous clothes themselves, the beauty of the exhibit comes through in the combination of elements at play. Curator Andrew Bolton spoke during the opening remarks this morning, commenting on how the set design took cues from Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. There are mirrors and reflective surfaces throughout, creating a dreamlike world that when paired with music and film clips (keep your eyes open for video of the enchanting actress Anna May Wong), creates an enchanted experience as you wander from room to room.

 

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2015/china-through-the-looking-glass

Monday, May 4, 2015

On the Street….Via Santa Marta, Milan

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Faces By The Sartorialist….Les Tuileries, Paris

Friday, May 1, 2015

On the Street…Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The 40th Anniversary of Giorgio Armani

armani1. This article in Vogue magazine back in the early 80s was the first to open my eyes to Giorgio Armani. It was the first time I had seen a designer/design portrayed in a serious way. I thought he looked so cool and I loved that he had a bicycle on the runway. Actually that bike added a lighthearted and sporty touch that made the Armani persona so intriguing to me.

 

2. The party begins! The opening of Armani Silos with a retrospective of Giorgio Armani’s forty year career!

 

3.  One of the 160 looks at tonight’s Armani retrospective show! Just over her shoulder is Leonardo DiCaperio, Cate Blanchett, Sophia Loren and just a bit further down was Tina Turner and Glenn Close. Seriously glamorous night in Milan.

 

4. This is Giorgio Armani modeling his own clothes in Italian Vogue November 1974. This is the text that accompanied it translated into English in the back of that issue “No doubt, this is the year of his debut, even if, strange as it may sound, when thinking of him that for years now is going full swing. Until yesterday, after all, he never showed his collections with his name. He kept away from the show-window. He allowed his collections to be shown with the labels of the firms with which he collaborated. But he could not miss a date with Milan, the new center of men’s fashion. Finally he decided: he joined all his collections and introduced himself personally in the halls of the extremely old Carminati restaurant in the Piazza del Duomo for the Spring dress rehearsal.”

 

5. Giorgio Armani’s first ad in Italian Vogue September 1974 announcing his first runway show on October 10th at 5:30 Ristorante Carminati. In the ad he explains that he will present his work for Hilton, Gibo, Montedoro, Sicons and Gabrielli for the first time under his own label. I can’t think of another designer that had entered the fashion world in quite this manner. I imagine the negotiations between all those Italian brands must have been very delicate. I’ve never heard him discuss this part of his early career which is too bad because it really speaks to his business as well as his creative genius.

 

6. How can Renata Molho keep getting more beautiful every year?

 

*Articles and Images from my personal Armani Archive & photos from last nights event.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

On the Street…Outside The Tate Modern, London

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