David Bowie’s Fashion Legacy — The Stars Look Very Different Today

Link to New York Times’ story by Vanessa Friedman on David Bowie’s fashion legacy. http://nyti.ms/1TRRNIA

NY Times slideshow permalink here: http://nyti.ms/1OebZ5L

David Bowie 1973 Ziggy Stardust era and 1983 "Serious Moonlight" tour.  Left Masayoshi Sukita, via Morrison Hotel Gallery, Corbis.  Permalink to New York Times fashion slide show:  http://nyti.ms/1OebZ5L

David Bowie 1973 Ziggy Stardust era and 1983 “Serious Moonlight” tour. Left Masayoshi Sukita, via Morrison Hotel Gallery, Corbis. Permalink to New York Times fashion slide show: http://nyti.ms/1OebZ5L

Venetian Shoe Cream versus Saphir Renovateur

Venetian shoe cream compared to Saphir Renovateur in a side-by-side look.

When Venetian shoe cream goes up against Saphir Renovateur, the winner is the shoes, regardless of what you use.

Really nice side-by-side review of Venetian Shoe Cream versus Saphir Renovateur on leather that makes a difference. Comparison done on shoes that matter, like Alden Horween shell cordovan, John Lobb Phillip II in dark brown museum calf, Alden handsewn bit loafers in Soft Calf, Ralph Lauren / Crockett & Jones Marlow in Horween shell cordovan, vintage NOS Hanover shell, made to order boots from Horween FQHH (front quarter horse hide).

Nordstrom to Women — Design your own perfect shoes

Nordstrom is taking a trial run and expanding out to more brick and mortar stores, offering women the opportunity to design their own shoes.

After Nordstrom tried out one Shoes of Prey studio, it announced in early December 2015 it had invested in the company and expanded walk in sites to six stores nationwide. Nordstrom also features more than 60 Shoes of Prey designs on the Nordstrom site in sizes 2 to 15 and sizes NN to WW. Prices approximately $115 to $188.

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Amazon Prime gains ground with younger, more affluent shoppers, estimated 50% of Americans will have Prime by 2020

For everyone not getting free shipping of one kind or another this holiday season, here’s an insightful story from Fortune about Amazon Prime pulling in younger, more affluent shoppers. Prime shoppers are also buying across more categories and purchasing more apparel. Per Slice Intelligence, Amazon captured 36.1% of the $3 billion spent online on Cyber Monday 2015. Basically, Amazon Prime is hitting marketing demographics heaven, young people with money and decades of buying years in front of them. The fact it is growing so fast shows Prime is primed to gain more and more online dollars

The allure of Prime is simple enough.
. Flat rate $99 annual subscription gets you free 2 day shipping for millions of items.
. Unlimited video streaming.
. Unlimited music streaming with millions of songs.
. 800,000 free ebooks.
. Unlimited cloud storage for photos.
. More things announced at what seems like every quarterly report.

Business Insider cites Macquarie Research analysts seeing 12% annual growth for Prime in the coming years, with 50% of Americans members of Amazon Prime service by 2020. At the end of 2014, Amazon believed 20-25% of Americans already had Prime. That’s a lot of boxes shipped at a flat rate, at least a flat rate for the end user. If Amazon gets clearance, that’s also millions of drone flights. The Amazon style of hub-and-spoke distribution will be one where the hub has spokes, the spokes can become hubs as needed and grow their own spokes, then shrink back based on customer demands.

At the bottom of our Fityn.com articles, we frequently put eBay, Amazon, and other links about products we mention in the stories. If shipping seems too high for small items, then Prime might make a difference. Yes, if you buy from those links, the purchase does not cost you any more money, and Fityn gets a small fee from the affiliate link. Going forward for the next few months, we will also include a link that lets you sign up for Amazon Prime if you aren’ already signed up. Here’s one link that gets you to Amazon Prime:

Join Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial

Here’s one to give the gift of Amazon Prime to someone else:

Shop Amazon – Give the Gift of Amazon Prime

The ever popular 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime:

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

For students, here’s an Amazon Students free two day shipping trial:

Join Amazon Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students

And if you don’t have enough cell phones to tell everyone about these great deals, here’s a link to cell phone contract and service plans via Amazon:

Shop Amazon – Contract Cell Phones & Service Plans

Invitation Only — Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys, and Living Large on ‘the Fifty’

48 seats, an inner sanctum with a view, comfort food and cheerleaders -- life on 'the Fifty' in Jerry Jones' personal suite for Dallas Cowboys home games.

48 seats, an inner sanctum with a view, comfort food and cheerleaders — life on ‘the Fifty’ in Jerry Jones’ personal suite for Dallas Cowboys home games.

New York Times article on a place few folks will ever go and what goes into getting there — the personal suite at AT&T Stadium of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Here’s what goes into the planning behind game day life on the fifty yard line for 48 guests, plus room for overflow. Comes complete with comfort food, parking under the stadium, an elevator that opens directly into the suite, and Cowboy cheerleaders. Added bonus for people who do not love Jerry Jones: he only shows up at halftime.

Getting in It helps if you host or are on a network television show (Jimmy Kimmel, Savannah Guthrie), are prominent in business (MillerCoors chief executive Gavin Hattersley), or politics (Nelson Mandela, former Arlington, Texas mayor Robert Cluck, President George W. Bush and wife Laura have standing invitations), even academia (University of Texas system chancellor William McRaven, whose former job was commander of United States Special Operations Command).

You getting in When you do, here’s advance clearance to write about it on fityn.com.

Department Store Christmastime Windows in New York — Live Actors, Ice Carvers, 7 Million Crystals

New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Swarovski, and the joy of Christmastime department store window displays.  Setting a new standard for the term "going all out".

New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Swarovski, and the joy of Christmastime department store window displays. Setting a new standard for the term “going all out”.

Yes, New York City has the best Christmas holiday store windows. Accept it, revel in it, enjoy it. The New York Times talks to the designers and makers of these visual investments. Windows with live actors, more than seven million hand-set Swarovski crystals, ice blocks and carvers, Charlie Brown and the gang, designers flown in from Paris, and a truck size hydraulic elevator.

Bergdorf Goodman and Swarovski collaborate on Christmas window displays with more than seven million crystals.

Bergdorf Goodman and Swarovski collaborate on Christmas window displays with more than seven million crystals.

Where Mere Mannequins Fear to Tread window displays slide show with photos by Stefania Curto for The New York Times.

Friday Film — Sotheby’s The Making of “Agents of Style: Gentlemen’s Accessories” Cyber Monday 2015 Online Auction

Sotheby's online auction offering for cyber Monday November 30, 2015 -- Gentlemen's Accessories.  Omega watches, Tiffany & Co. cufflinks, Leica cameras, Cartier clocks, Pelikan pens, and a lot more.

Sotheby’s online auction offering for cyber Monday November 30, 2015 — Gentlemen’s Accessories. Omega watches, Tiffany & Co. cufflinks, Leica cameras, Cartier clocks, Pelikan pens, and a lot more.

This 50 second clip takes one hop from Sotheby’s landing page for its cyber Monday 2015 online auction of Agents of Style: Gentlemen’s Accessories. Scroll down half a page, click on the arrow in the screen shot to start the video.

This is the really good stuff, the aspirational cufflinks from Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Buccellati, Trianon and others. Wristwatches from Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Alain Silberstein, Van Cleef & Arpels, Blancpain, an Omega Constellation watch in Lot 36, later on the Omega Speedmaster in Lot 66. Then the pens of Montegrappa, Tiffany, Cartier and Pelikan. Naturally some power clocks, as well as a dress set of matching cufflinks and three studs in 14k gold, crystals and diamonds. If your tuxedo dress shirts run with four studs instead of three, don’t fret. Lot 9 has you covered in 18k gold and hematite.

Another bonus is pre-auction price estimates are included. This way, if you’re shopping on eBay or elsewhere, you can compare Buy It Now or current auction prices there against Sotheby’s estimates.