As enthusiasts of a well-tailored lifestyle, our quest for noteworthy handsomeness knows no bounds. We’ve trekked the farthest reaches; from Ibiza to London to Aoyama and back to bring you our next installment of the international store report. Think Savile Row tailoring, Japanese surf style and American heritage with some Hong Kong-ese topspin.
And with it, a new season of artistic exhibitions opening across the globe in the next few weeks. So we thought we’d survey the art scene to bring you the five gallery shows worth visiting the next time you’re feeling particularly artsy in London... or Houston...
Drake’s London has been making some of our favorite silk scarves, ties and pocket squares for some time now—and they’ve just branched out into leather.
It’s their first foray into tanned hide, so they’ve kept the collection small, but we’re most interested in the military wet pack now that fall travel season is upon us. It’s a dopp kit cut in bridle leather, with a bright red waterproof lining, and looks to be more spacious than most roll-ups we’ve seen in the past, with just about every shape of pocket that could possibly come in handy.
Yes, even one for your bone-handle straight razor.
And all the Brit-based label wants in return is for you to check out the autumn/winter 2012 collection at Ted’s Grand House, the new ’20s-London-style trilevel mecca of impeccably cut shirts and chunky knitwear they opened yesterday on Fifth Avenue.
They’ll have an Instagram photo booth, prizes and Ted’s butlers serving you high tea. If you want to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too: that’d be aces. It’s how you’ll keep abreast of any other vital afternoon-tea-and-shirting developments.
He may very well be the least athletic man in all of London this week, but Mayor Boris Johnson is our pick for breakout star of the 2012 games.
There’s a whole lot to love about this guy: the foppish mop of impossibly blond hair, the eternally optimistic grin, the Buster Keaton–esque stunts—we’re on board for all of it.
Here he is celebrating England’s first gold medal yesterday by fearlessly taking the maiden voyage on Victoria Park’s new zipline, which lost the entirety of its zip halfway through the mayor’s passage. Witnesses report that Johnson spent nearly five minutes suspended in the air waving two British flags and leading the adoring audience below in celebratory song.
Tremendous, Mr. Mayor. A little short of superb, perhaps, but on cracking form. Don’t change a thing.
The Olympics are just four months off, and we’re already starting to see a trickle of special-edition gear themed for London’s 2012 Games. Britain’s official uniforms leaked out this morning, but our favorite so far is this 5 Plug sneaker from Adidas, available on Oki-ni now. It’s modeled after the 1984 British handball team’s sneakers, complete with a Union Jack on the back and the latest in Thatcher-era sneaker innovation—five plugs that can be pushed in and out to alter the stiffness of the sole. Sadly, the handball in question is the weird European kind, but it should work just as well for the New York version.
Just as declining bee populations have recently signified a larger, potentially apocalyptic environmental crisis, there have been a handful of style trends throughout history that, when examined up against the broader cultural landscape of the day, have served as distress signals of something very, very wrong with our society.