We don’t often break protocol and bring you a Doing It Right midweek, but when we do it’s because of a moment like this.
Rockin’ Aviators better than General McArthur are few and far between, but Mr. Redford here does it like he penned the book himself. While exiting his chauffeured Buick Electra outside Mary Lasker’s in New York, a fantastic sartorial moment was caught on film. Channeling every bit of “The 3 Days of the Condor” a full year before its production, truly says a lot about the pictured gent.
Study up, most things done right have already been done before.
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic was in full swing Sunday on Governor’s Island. As the influx of people created a sprawling line spilling onto the streets of the FDR highway, thousands of New Yorkers gathered for the highly anticipated event. Greeting the attendees was snap happy Bill Cunningham at the entrance of the Battery Maritime Building documenting the peacockers, the dandies, the curious and the avid equestrian aficionado. Fortunately we knew exactly who we were – the equestrian enthusiast.
Opening the event was none other than the gent from the land down under, Mr. Hugh Jackman as Master of Ceremonies. After a few words by himself and the US VSP President, a stellar match between Black Watch and Team Veuve Cliquot was underway. Argentinean Polo star and face of Ralph Lauren, Señor Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras was present as team Capitan and all around ladies man barreling down the field with fancy-mallet-work atop his polo pony. Ladies swooned and the bubbly flowed freely. At half time the field was flooded with spectators to stamp down the hooved divots and grass caps. After a feuded match, the Black Watch polo team took the gold with a 6-5 victory.
Overall, the range of attire was diverse stretching from Figueras-Polo-Ad inspired style and period Gatsbyesque flare. Waist coats, saddle shoes, brogues and club collars dotted the style scene in what proved to be eclectic flore and fauna for the advanced people watcher. As for ourselves, we grew nostalgic of our horse mounted days at the Haras La Alhambra horse breeding facility and the South American equestrian culture. Granted, our experience is with Arabian and Andalusian horses, but we drew appreciation from all of our quadriped companions regardless of blood lines on Sunday. As such, we end with the appreciation of the nimble polo pony and the skilled horseman, Ignacio Figueras and his natural sense of horsemanship. More photos to follow.
We’ve been a fan of Axis Maps, fine graphic design creations for some time. While not exactly a graphic design studio, this contemporary cartography studio cranks out impressive renditions of maps with equal portions of cartography and typography, to create visually unique
products/art. We’ve been following them awaiting the release of their long anticipated New York map of Manhattan. Well, they just hit the press and can be gotten for a very reasonable price for such eye-candy. Alongside the release of the Manhattan maps, comes the DC edition. All we know is we want one – real bad. Grab them now while you still can at Typographic Maps.
In 1937, Bausch & Lomb was the first manufacturer to be commissioned to create the aviator style sunglasses. Faced with the need to better equip pilot’s of the modern day against the prolonged exposure of the intense blue and white hues of the sky, Bausch and Lomb was asked to create protective eye-wear for the pilot’s eyes. They had the task of creating a lightweight pair of sunglasses that conformed to the contours of the wearer’s eye sockets, while allowing minimal light to enter during prolonged flight.
Starting out as a medical equipment manufacturer based in Rochester, New York, Bausch & Lomb would soon become the world renown makers of these iconic symbols of aviation and style. After 62 years, the creator of the Ray Ban Aviator G-15 Sunglasses found itself in a position of dwindling sales as the markets tastes shifted to prefer more modern sunglasses. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb was forced to sell Ray Ban to Italian sunglass giant Luxottica.
There is really nothing quite like the sartorial construction by the hands of the British. Gloverall, known for its duffel and toggle coats, was started in 1950 by Harold and Freda Morris. The brand primarily got its footing as a clothier and supplier of industrial-like products for the man that didn’t mind getting his hands dirty. Today, they find themselves producing quality and well-constructed garments with a rugged edge, which has long been familiar in England.
Alongside their line of duffels is a superbly constructed Pea Coat which they refer to as their Reefer Coat. Originally, the Pea Coat was an accoutrement of officers and CPO’s in the Navy and Royal Navy, functioning as a superior manner to keep the sailor underneath warm and dry by the use of high-grade wool. The Reefer Coat, by contrast was exclusively used by Officers and varied by its epaulettes adorning the shoulders and more ornamental buttons. That distinction, however, is lost in Gloverall’s Reefer Coat, but nonetheless is an exceptionally constructed and refined Pea Coat with a more slim fit than the usual sack-style construction of ordinary pea coats.
Pick yours up at C’H’C’M at their much awaited brick-and-mortar store at 2 Bond Street, NYC. You will be pleasantly surprised by the concentration of quality goods in one location while maintaining a wide variety of brands.