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The Ferrari of Canvas Weekender Bags

  • Najib Benouar

At this very moment, thousands of weekend road trips are being dreamed up—so it’s a good idea to have a weekender handy. (In fact, you might want to have a dedicated escape bag at the ready.)

We’d suggest something compact enough to discreetly tuck under your desk, and made, if possible, from the same canvas as your vintage Ferrari’s convertible top. Like the Rosso Corsa bag from Bench & Loom, styled after a nautical duffle and handmade by Ferrari fanatics who restore vintage ones in Modena—naturally, making weekender bags seemed like the most appropriate use of the leftover canvas from the convertible tops. (Yes, the leather handles are also Italian.) The result: a bag sturdy enough to withstand the G-force of a hairpin turn and handsome enough to complement the prancing horse.

Though, as you’ve surely noted from our summer must-haves (at left), a vintage roadster of any badge should do.

A ’57 Ferrari Comes Up for Auction

Ferrari 625

If you happen to be in Monaco next month, we’ve got a car for you. This 1957 Ferrari 625 Spider is going up for auction on May 11, after nearly three decades in what we assume was an extremely well-appointed garage. They won’t say how much they expect it to go for (probably to spare our feelings), but we’re guessing it’ll cost slightly less than Instagram.

Jennifer Massaux Chews on Curtains When She’s Happy

Jennifer Massauxvia WBE

Neckwear Continues: A short, sweet and comprehensive guide to the necktie. [Permanent Style]

It Was a Very Good Year: Behind the wheel of a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale. A good place to be. [Driven]

Gonzo Returns: A rarely seen 1988 interview with Hunter S. Thompson. Be warned: there’s an aerosol flamethrower involved. [Open Culture]

Under the Brim: The classic way to wear a hat, courtesy of Chicago’s sharpest. [The Midwestyle]

Paulina Has Taken Over Your Couch

via Fashion Gone Rogue

Top Hat: An updated guide to the style of Fred Astaire, if he’d lived in modern times. Apparently, he would have developed quite a taste for Italian shoes. [Esquire]

The Scissormen: A 20-minute film about an old-school barbershop in North Carolina. Seems they’ve got a pretty good house band. [Open Culture]

The Geometry of the Southwest: The history of the Navajo print—it has more to do with the Pueblo tribe than the Navajo. [Wax Wane]

Mr. Elkann Strikes Back: Oh, and here’s some pictures of Lapo Elkann pulling off an incredibly flashy suit, surrounded by Ferraris. [Driven]

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

Part One of Five

When 78-year-old Gunter Sachs killed himself with a single gun shot to the head in May of this year, the world not only lost an accomplished marksman, but also a fine bobsledder, photographer, and manufacturer of ball-bearings. Of greater concern, though, was the fact that Gunter was widely considered to be the world’s last remaining “Original Playboy,” of which there were twelve. “Twelve, and no more,” Gunter said of his bronzed, international jet-setting comrades. “The golden age when an elite breed of professional pleasure seekers fascinated the world is over. We were charming and spoke languages and behaved well with women. To go with a girl to Tahiti was incredible. Now everybody goes to Tahiti.”

In short, it’s not all ball-bearings these days…»

Jane Birkin is Raising Hemlines

Jane Birkin via LIFE

Double Trouble: Ovadia & Sons gets the gushing trade-paper piece they deserve, confirming their status as the Peter and David Paul of menswear. [WWD]

Also Good For Sporting Events: A primer on the most important self-defense technique of all: the tomahawk throw. [Art of Manliness]

Fast Cars: Going inside the Ferrari factory. Do you really need a reason? [Design Boom]

Friend Request: Personal branding and the anxiety of Facebook. Our favorite part: over 2,000 people have “liked” it. [Wired]

Tati Cotliar is Leaning With It, Rocking With It

Humor, Skill, Wit, Sex Appeal, in that Order: Robert Redford drops a little wisdom on the willing chaps at Esquire. By now, he’s super-wise. [Esquire]

Apparently He Lets Bloggers Test-Drive Them: A tour of Ralph Lauren’s dozens of vintage Ferraris. Related: Ralph Lauren is fabulously wealthy. [Vanity Fair]

A Brief History of the Lounge Suit: The business suit is now 150 years old. [The Economist]

There Goes the Afternoon: A roundup of the 90 most fascinating longform journalism pieces of the year. []

To the Chase


With Hurt Locker looking like an almost-sure thing for Best Picture, we thought we’d dig up one of the director’s attempts at the fine genre known as “advertorial.” Specifically, a nine-minute spot called Mission Zero that Kathryn Bigelow made a couple years back for the tire company Pirelli (remember them?) which features a bright yellow Ferrari, an omnipresent squad of assassins and a typically hardass Uma Thurman. It was passed over by the Academy, presumably because they wanted more on the political implications of Ferrari chases.

Watch it here»

Laying Down the Law


Give Me Your Answer, Do: Daisy Lowe prefers casual swimwear. [Fashion Copious via Refinery29]

Courtside: The American Apparel/Woody Allen kerfuffle is settled, with Dov Charney on the hook for $5 million. Something tells us the judge was an Annie Hall fan. [Reuters]

World Champions: According to the Toronto Star, Indianapolis is the winningest city in the world, shortly followed by Boston and Vancouver. Mostly, we just feel bad that L.A. was edged out by Anaheim. [Toronto Star]

Silver Rocket: A ’57 Ferrari pulls in $12 Million dollars at auction. Judging by the pics, we’re willing to say she’s worth it. [Jalopnik]