George Mallory and Siegfried Herford at Pen y Pass 1914
Last week I laid my hand on a navy blue jacket, not just a jacket but The Mallory Jacket in Harris Tweed.
The Mallory Jacket is a classic and exclusive Nigel Cabourn design, first introduced in the 2003 ‘Ascent of Cabourn’ collection. Based on jackets worn by the 1953 Everest expedition team, it was originally called The Sherpa Jacket and then The Tenzing Jacket after the famous Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary to the summit of Everest in 1953. The jacket was renamed The Mallory Jacket in honour of George Mallory whose body was finally recovered from the slopes of Everest by the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition, 75 years after his fatal attempt to reach the roof of the world in 1924.
Changes to the design and fit of the jacket have been made since the first ‘Sherpa’ jacket in 2003. The addition of Ventile® patches on the shoulders and arms relate more closely to the original images from the ‘Ascent of Cabourn’ book of a Sherpa wearing a similar woolen jacket. The button positions have also changed and in return provide better proportions and fit.
Surfing the net I found these great pictures of the Double RL, Soho store. They had some amazing vintage motorcycles on display in there flagship store from the turn of the century. Saying turn of the century means the 1900's. American bikes like an Indian and Harley Davidson, but also for me total unknown bikes like the Yale and Thor.
Thor motorcycles were made by The Aurora Machine and Tool Company, which began as a machine shop in 1886, providing forging, castings and parts for many bike manufacturers.
The history of Thor is closely tied to the history of Indian motorcycles.
The Yale motorcycle was built by the Consolidated Manufacturing Company based in Toledo, Ohio, after they had acquired the rights to the California motorcycle. The California is famous as the first internal combustion vehicle to cross the American continent in 1903.
Last saterday, I did some shopping in Amsterdam and paid a visit to Tenue de Nimes @ de Elandsgracht. And when I entered the store my eye was caught by a great collection of soap bars, soap dishes and more gifts for men. These soaps are from a brand called Izola Nyc.
Izola Nyc. was originally founded in 2007 by Neil Rasmus & Richard Brandt as a company that produced shower curtains. In 2009 they collaborated with Aesthic Movement and that's when they started to produce the perfect gifts for men. Products like soaps, candles, laundry bags, flasks, handkerchiefs and shoe brushes. Made with great care and attention to detail.
The soap bars are handcrafted and all on a vegetable base with the moisturizing benefit of olive oil.
This is the first post in a serie of portraits about men and their style. Meet Mr. Ouigi Theodore also known as the Bearded Man. Quincy "Ouigi" Theodore was born in Haiti and moved as a child to Brooklyn, NY. where he quickly became known as the local swagger.
After graduating from the State University at Stony Brook with a degree in history, he studied graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked as a graphic designer by day and club promoter by night. But his high-wattage personality did not lend itself to a desk job, so he scraped together $8,000 and opened his shop The Brooklyn Circus. Although he originally helped design the clothes at Brooklyn Circus under the BKc label, Mr. Theodore now farms out the designing, casting himself more as an idea-generator and curator. He's been wearing and collecting vintage clothing long before vintage clothing was "mainstream" and he basically trademarked the Beard + Neckerchief combo.
Last week New York hosted The Pop Up Flea for the 4th year in a row. Born over some cocktails back in 2009. The Pop Up Flea is an ever changing collection of new and vintage menswear goods. It’s a shop that opens one weekend at a time. A meeting of the menswear minds. It involves, in no specific order: good people, better things, expert craftsmanship, exercises in refinement, brands you love, up-and-coming designers, and menswear done right. (pics via Complex, Selectism & NY Racked)