A Fine Man Once Said:

"Part of the 10 million I spent on gambling, part of it on booze, and part of it on women. The rest I spent foolishly."

- George Raft

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Out and About With An Uptown Dandy

I don't get to wear my double-breasted action-back from Ralph Lauren very often, so I'm always looking for any opportunity! Dandy Wellington's birthday bash at the Hotel Chantelle seemed like the perfect occasion. The jacket is a crème linen paired with tan linen trousers and a linen cap from Borsalino. Since it's summer, I added a yellow Dunhill tie with butterfly motif, a light blue Turnbull & Asser pocket-square with silk knot design, and my vintage '49 Longines. Perfect for an evening of well-dressed jazz :-)

Apparel Arts - The Collection

A few readers asked if I could post a picture of my entire Apparel Arts collection - but truth be told, I actually don't have that many. If you were to assume that the magazine was published 8 times a year from 1932-1939, then there are roughly 64 issues from the golden era of the 1930s. Of course, there could be more or less - it's an inexact science. At the moment, I own 17 original issues: one is an over-sized soft-cover issue from 1945, while another is the over-sized soft-cover Summer 1936 issue. All the rest are the "classic" over-sized hard-cover issues from the 1930s (although I also own a re-printed Travel and Leisure 1936 issue that was a faithful cover-to-cover reproduction included in the Italian 3-volume set published by Gruppo GFT in the early 1990s).

Anyway, here are a few of them - I'm sure that you get the idea!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Special Delivery! More Apparel Arts

Usually when I arrive at work, I'm hoping not to find any unexpected deliveries at my door. This 30 pound box was different though! It's been awhile since I've purchased copies of Apparel Arts from my source, so I decided to splurge a bit. These are primarily from 1933 and 1934 and feature some great Lawrence Fellows artwork and original fabric swatches in pristine condition. I'll try to post some random pictures in the next few weeks of some of the amazing advertisements and articles from the issues. I have a group shot of my entire AA collection that I'll try to post soon as well.