Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We're suffering from major Downton Abbey withdrawal and it occurs to me that we never posted the second edition of Uptown Downstairs Abbey, the hilarious Downton Abbey spoof. If you haven't seen it, it's a treat.Tweet This
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Sunday, February 26, 2012
We're chuckling over Dream Of The 1890's from the tv series Portlandia in which the hipsters sing about the late 19th century lifestyle they've adopted (guys shave with straight razors, everyone carves their own ice cubes, etc.). Of course particularly of note is the lyric "the dandy hobo has a home in Portland".Tweet This
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Fridays have officially gone formal at FineAndDandyShop.com. In our opinion the world has gone too casual from a style perspective. This is our anti-casual Friday. So each week we ask you to get dressed up, encourage your co-workers to do the same, and send us a photo: info@FineAndDandyShop.com.Tweet This
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Our friend Ray Frensham sends us the following tale of his new obsession, brightly colored shoe laces.
Living in London as I do, I am rather spoilt when satisfying my whims for a quick visit “up town” into Piccadilly, Jermyn Street and St. James’s (as well as popping in for a quick afternoon tea with Her Majesty).
Last week, I came across something in my travels into Savile Row that, if these had been available before Christmas, I would’ve included them in my recent Predictions for 2012 blog. The fact that they are made by a friend of mine is merely an added bonus.
I’m talking about dress-shoe laces in a myriad of rainbow colors (the color-match in this photo below is probably the nearest to their true shades):-
These flat, waxed cotton laces are 29.5” / 75 cms. long and are made by a new shoemaker-on-the-last Justin FitzPatrick (aka The Shoe Snob – see photo below) – a man from Washington but currently living and working in London. (You can read his own blog here.)
I dropped into Gieves and Hawkes (No.1 Savile Row), where Justin has his own space within the shop and saw them hanging there they were, next to his own-brand Natural Bees Wax Shoe Polish and Mink Oil Renovator that he also sells (apologies for my own fuzzy picture).
They come in eight colors (so far): black, brown, grey, navy, light blue, sky blue, purple and red/cherry. At first I was a bit so-so about them, and spent some while running through my head wondering what coloured shoes I had would go with these laces. Then I saw these on the desk...
...and the scales fell from my eyes. I realised I should actually be trying to match the laces to my socks! Suddenly I found myself uncontrollably buying four pairs (red, light blue, sky blue and purple). And at £5 each colour, they are decent value for money.
Now they are home, you don’t realise how vibrant and great these look until you have them on your feet - and with the right socks.You can buy them direct from Justin via his e-bay store. Justin FitzPatrick – the Shoe Snob: a micro-label to watch out for.
Editor's note: we here are Fine And Dandy are also big fans of bright colored laces. It's amazing how it can change an average pair of shoes. Several styles are available on our shop site.
Monday, February 20, 2012
It should be no surprise that we're writing about a Ralph Lauren collection, but women's? The Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 women's collection is certainly gentlemanly inspired (save for certain details like leopard print, high heals, etc.). We're certainly far from experts on women's style but there were many pieces we would be happy have in our wardrobe (perhaps sized a bit differently). Does it work for women?Tweet This
images: The New York Times