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Bow and Narrow

  • Najib Benouar

Now that we’re living in a post-cravat-stigma America, bow ties are no longer relegated to a lifetime spent around the collars of fastidious professors and gala regulars.

They’re a welcome bit of sartorial flash, and these days it’s the flashier, the better. Which is why we were pleased to see this eye-catching new crop arrive at Commune de Paris, designed by Monsieur Jean Yves in Paris—also where they’re handmade. There’s a lot to like: candy stripes, raw silk and a particularly festive multicolored marled entry that’s reminiscent of Funfetti cake. They’re pre-tied (to save you the trouble of lining up the stripes every time), but don’t let that fool you into thinking this isn’t still an advanced move.

A few more looks at the ties after the jump.»

Those Girls Are Trouble

Those Girls are Troublevia Michael Schmidt

Behind the Camera: In honor of the Super Bowl, here’s an in-depth look at what goes into capturing all that game footage. It’s a lot more complicated than you think. [Deadspin]

Your New Favorite Sweatshirt: Nic Screws sits down with the latest Americanist sweatshirt company, American Giant. [Esquire]

The Cavemen Strike Back: A group of Parisian teens is taking to the city’s underground at night to... repair the city. [Wired]

Upping My Scarf Game: Dolbeau has added scarves to their repertoire, including a handsome speckled wool version. [Well Spent]

The January Issues

It’s magazine time again.

January’s usually an off month for glossies, which explains why this month’s crop is featherlight. Details didn’t even weigh in—thanks to December’s double-issue—but there’s still plenty to piece through, like the wisdom of Oates, blogger blue’s close-up and the rise of Parisian style.

Here’s everything you need to know from January’s crop of magazines»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridgevia Bauer Griffin, see it full size

Tom Sturridge is having a good week.

This snap caught the British actor just before the new year, touring Paris with Sienna Miller (nice work if you can get it) and a near-perfect collection of accoutrements.

The Wayfarers speak for themselves, but we’re also digging the wintry overcoat, the stubble and the Doherty-style fedora, which add up to a surprisingly potent getup. It’s the perfect “off-day with the lady” outfit, equal parts staying rakish for Sienna and not giving a damn what anyone else might think.

Judging from her smile, we’d say it’s working.

The Women of Paris


As we’ve noted in the past, we’ve got a soft spot for the French part of the world. So in honor of Bastille Day, we thought we’d remind you of exactly why.

In a word (or two): French women.

And to illustrate the ineffable je ne sais quoi that makes the women of France so entrancing, we’ve rounded up some of the most entrancing Parisian street-style shots the internet has to offer, to be perused while listening to The Marseillaise.

Ladies, take it away…»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Anthony Landerau


Last night saw a pretty serious menswear face-off on in the midst of Paris Fashion Week, hosted by GrandLife and the Burkman Brothers and boasting an impressive number of leather jackets in attendance. Our favorite was found on Anthony Landerau, the director of European sales for Marc Jacobs and a man who knows his way around an accessory.

The main event here is the low-key bowtie, one of the more understated specimens we’ve seen. Together with the club-collared shirt, it’s playing the small-and-tweedy counterpart to the Indiana Jones-style jacket. Add in a classic Rolex on one wrist and a Kissi-esque wristband on the other and you’ve got a pretty complex salad of styles. Fortunately, he’s at the right party for it.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Sergei

Fashion rulebooks tend to have a small section on the three color rule—the idea that a gentleman shouldn’t have more than three shades on your person at any one time. That’s fine if you’re working at a bank or a mortuary, but otherwise, we’d direct your attention to this gentleman, who’s wearing no less than five colors and pulling them off better than anyone we’ve seen all week.

It helps that the jacket is the kind of soft-shouldered, high-wristed item Engineered Garments has been chasing for the past few years. It’s still an eyeful, but the colors are all sharp and bright enough that it never looks anything other than exuberant. It’s a young look, make no mistake—but we’d guess he’s young at heart.

It’s the Thought that Counts


Mother’s day offers a reliable conundrum: How do you adequately express your filial affection in the absence of your usual “girlfriend” standbys? We suggest something perfumed and French.

Diptyque is a Parisian firm that’s been a favorite for maternal gifts for upwards of 40 years. There are a few manlier options too, like the Southeast Asian Tam Dao shower gel, but at the moment your mind is probably on gifts. You can pick up a candle or two here or stop by one of their boutique outposts if you want to check out the goods in person. They’ve got outposts in New York, London, Paris, San Francisco and Qatar. Just be sure to add an appropriately heartfelt note.

William Eggleston’s Paris


William Eggleston usually traffics in southern languor, so it should be interesting to see what he makes of the more continental variety…

The seminal photographer took a trip to Paris at the urging of the Foundation Cartier, and the resulting pictures make up his latest monograph, simply titled Paris. The city's as iconic as it ever was, but these shots focus more on smaller moments and offhand framings. There are even a few drawings thrown in the mix to enforce more casual feel, which suits Eggleston just about perfectly.

After all, he’s only passing through.