Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Deities of Men’s Style

Cary Grant in the North By Northwest blue three button suit.  Described by one critic as "by far the best suit in the movie, in the movies, perhaps in the whole world."  Per neveryetmelted.com, a subtle glen plaid, probably in 13 oz flannel or 10 oz fresco tropical weave, tailored by Quintino of Beverly Hills.

Cary Grant in the North By Northwest blue three button suit. Described by one critic as “by far the best suit in the movie, in the movies, perhaps in the whole world.” Per neveryetmelted.com, a subtle glen plaid, probably in 13 oz flannel or 10 oz fresco tropical weave, tailored by Quintino of Beverly Hills.

New York Times covers the icons of classic men’s style and how they still influence men’s wear designers and style to this day. Turning Paul Newman from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Steve McQueen of Beech Grove, Indiana, and Cary Grant (Archibald Alexander Leach) from Horfield, England into the deities of men’s style. Passing reference to Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) of Omaha, Nebraska.

Paul Newman turned up collar coat, striped shirt and tie.

Paul Newman turned up collar coat, striped shirt and tie.

Steve McQueen with a few toys.

Steve McQueen with a few toys.

Fred Astaire in front of the microphone.

Fred Astaire in front of the microphone.

Tuck in Your Shirt and be Happier, Wealthier, and More Optimistic

Be richer, happier, and more optimistic with one simple move. Tuck in your shirt.

Those are some of the results from a recent survey sponsored by Fruit of the Loom.

Marlon Brando with tucked in T-shirt.  Classic is as classic does.

Marlon Brando with tucked in T-shirt. Classic is as classic does.

The study found when it comes to tuckers versus non-tuckers:

Happiness — 61% of tuckers say they are happy on the job, 49% for non-tuckers.
Optimism — 22% more optimistic
Relationships — 8% more likely to date often
Social Status — 10% more likely to be socially outgoing
Income — 19% higher incomes reported by tuckers than non-tuckers

Stay classy.  James Dean in a tucked in T-shirt.

Stay classy. James Dean in a tucked in T-shirt.

Not by coincidence, Fruit of the Loom has a tuck-in crew T shirt available.

Classic Cars Greatest Value Increase During Last 10 Years — Hobby Investors

Classic cars show greatest increase in value for hobby investors during the last ten years, according to the Coutts Index. Story from The Telegraph show cars besting fine wines, various styles of paintings, watches, stamps, coins, fine musical instruments, rugs, even jewelry.

If you’re an investor in Chinese art works, might be time to indulge in some investment Scotch.

Classic Cars show greatest percentage increase over the last ten years, according to the Coutts index.

Classic Cars show greatest percentage increase in value over the last ten years, according to the Coutts Index. Photo by Andrew Crawley for The Telegraph.

Florsheim Kenmoor shell cordovan hiding in plain sight — eBay

Hiding in plain sight on eBay — Florsheim 93605 shell cordovan Kenmoors. eBay item number 301739970374. Opening bid $34.95, Buy It Now $46.75 plus shipping.

Identified as “Vintage Florsheim Imperial Burgundy Leather Wingtip Oxfords Men’s 9.5 C Grunge!” No written indication of shell cordovan, but they are shell. Item ends 7:04 p.m. PST 9/20.

Florsheim shell cordovan 93605 not identified as shell cordovan on eBay.

Florsheim shell cordovan 93605 Kenmoor not identified as shell cordovan on eBay.

Horween shell cordovan color chart.

Horween Shell Cordovan Color Chart — In Shoes

We decided to create a Horween shell cordovan color chart when we tried to find some of the more obscure Horween shades.

Horween shell cordovan color chart.

Horween Shell Cordovan Color Chart.

Until now, there’s been no one place to look at all the standard and non-standard variations of shell cordovan colors, much less a single site where the colors are in shell cordovan shoes or shell cordovan boots.

Here at Fityn.com, we decided it would be good to show all the Horween shell cordovan leather colors in one story. We also wanted to be accurate in name descriptions, using examples from shoemaker websites and official company releases. So here is the classic Number 8, the rare Number 2, the Ruby Red, Loden Green, Navy Blue, even Scotch color Scotch grain shell cordovan. We start with Horween as the world’s largest maker of vegetable tan shell cordovan. Look for future articles on the world’s other shell cordovan manufacturers, like Shinki-Hikaku of Japan, Lis Royal S.A. of Argentina, and Joseph Clayon & Sons of England. There is also room for Comipel of Italy that dyes untanned shell cordovan hides from Japan, and Rancourt of Maine, USA, that does its own color dying on Horween unglazed natural shell cordovan hides.

For now though, gathered from Horween’s site, Leather Soul, Carmina, Alden, Rider Boot, Allen Edmonds, and a lot of other places, here are the colors of Horween shell cordovan.

Our eyes may see color shades differently than yours. Right from the start, Horween Natural Tan looks lighter than Horween Unglazed Natural. We start with Unglazed Natural not because it is the lightest shell cordovan color, but because unglazed is about as basic as shell cordovan gets, considering vegetable tan shell cordovan is a six month process. We can live with the knowledge that shell cordovan colors do not move exactly from a lighter to darker sequence, since we also know this is the most comprehensive one stop shop on the web to see all Horween colors for the last 20 years. We also know working with a natural product like shell cordovan leather under various lighting conditions can make the same color shades look different. To illustrate that point, we start the color chart with two shades of unglazed natural shell cordovan. At least the photographs look like two different shades, but they could be the same color shot under different lights.

Enjoy!

Horween Shell Cordovan Unglazed Natural

Horween shell cordovan unglazed natural color.

Horween shell cordovan unglazed natural color. Moccasin toe slip-on loafers

Horween Shell Cordovan Unglazed Natural Leffot Ivy Venetians

Horween shell cordovan unglazed Leffot Ivy Venetian moccasins.

Horween Shell Cordovan Unglazed Leffot Ivy Venetian Moccasins.

Horween Shell Cordovan Natural Tan

Horween shell cordovan natural tan.

Horween shell cordovan natural tan.

Horween Shell Cordovan Saddle by Carmina for Epaulet

Horween shell cordovan saddle color boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Saddle Color Boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Brandy Boots

Horween shell cordovan brandy color.

Horween shell cordovan brandy color. Seen here on lace-up boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Walnut for Allen Edmonds

Horween Shell Cordovan Walnut Color Strand Shoes and Dalton Boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Walnut Color Strand Shoes and Dalton Boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Whiskey

Horween shell cordovan whiskey color double monkstraps.

Horween shell cordovan whiskey color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Brown

Horween shell cordovan dark brown.

Horween shell cordovan dark brown color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Scotch

Horween shell cordovan Scotch color Florsheim Kenmoor.

Shell Cordovan Scotch Color Florsheim Kenmoor.

Horween Shell Cordovan Cigar

Horween shell cordovan cigar color captoe Alden Jumper Boots for Leather Soul.

Horween shell cordovan leather cigar color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Ravello

Horween shell cordovan in ravello color

Horween shell cordovan ravello color plain toe blucher Oxfords. Dark brown without the burgundy of shell cordovan #8, lighter than shell cordovan whiskey.

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 2 Alden 20/20

Horween shell cordovan Number 2 color from Alden of Carmel.

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 2 Color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 4

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 4

Horween shell cordovan leather number 4 color. The #4 is on the front and heel backs, not the darker saddle.

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 6

Horween shell cordovan number 6 color.

Horween shell cordovan leather Number 6 color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Number 8

Horween shell cordovan number 8 color.

Classic Horween shell cordovan Number 8 color. Part of the Fityn.com shell cordovan color chart.

Shell Cordovan Number 8 Scotch Grain

Horween shell cordovan Number 8 Scotch grain.  Wingtip blucher Oxfords with front toe medallions.

Horween shell cordovan Number 8 Scotch grain. Wingtip blucher Oxfords with front toe medallions.

Horween Shell Cordovan Burgundy

Horween shell cordovan Bordeos burgundy Carmina boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Bordeos Burgundy Carmina Boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Burgundy

Horween shell cordovan dark burgundy color Allen Edmonds Patriot shoes.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Burgundy Allen Edmonds Patriot.

Horween Shell Cordovan Ruby Red

Shell cordovan ruby red Carmina Greeley boot.

Shell Cordovan Ruby Red Color by Carmina Greeley balmoral boot.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Cherry

Horween shell cordovan dark cherry Florsheim Kenmoor.

Horween shell cordovan dark cherry.

Horween Shell Cordovan Cordovan

Horween shell cordovan cordovan color Florsheim Kenmoor longwing blucher shoes.

Horween shell cordovan cordovan color Florsheim Kenmoor shoes.

Horween Shell Cordovan Mahogany

Shell cordovan mahogany color shoes.

Horween shell cordovan mahogany color captoe shoes.

Horween Shell Cordovan Mahogany Scotch Grain

Shell Cordovan Mahogany Color Scotch Grain

Shell Cordovan Mahogany Scotch Grain with Waxy Kudo.

Horween Shell Cordovan Moka

Shell cordovan Moka color boots.

Horween shell cordovan Moka color chukka boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Cognac

Horween shell cordovan dark cognac color Ivy Venetians for Leffot.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Cognac Ivy Venetians for Leffot.

Horween Shell Cordovan Green

Horween shell cordovan green.

Horween shell cordovan green color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Loden Green

Horween shell cordovan Loden green

Horween shell cordovan Loden green color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Green

Shell cordovan Horween Dark Green color Florsheim Kenmoor longwing bluchers.

Shell Cordovan Horween Dark Green Florsheim Kenmoor.

Horween Shell Cordovan Forest Green

Shell cordovan Forest Green.

Horween shell cordovan Forest Green color on Allen Edmonds wingtip longwing.

Horween Shell Cordovan Dark Olive

Horween shell cordovan dark olive chukka boots.

Horween shell cordovan dark olive color chukka boots.

Horween Shell Cordovan Blue

Horween Shell Cordovan Blue

Horween Shell Cordovan Navy Blue

Horween shell cordovan navy blue leather.

Horween shell cordovan leather in navy blue color. Part of the Fityn.com shell cordovan color chart.

Horween Shell Cordovan Petrol Blue

Horween shell cordovan petrol blue Florsheim Kenmoors.

Horween Shell Cordovan Petrol Blue Florsheim Kenmoors.

Horween Shell Cordovan Intense Blue (yep, it is a wallet)

Horween shell cordovan Intense Blue color wallet.

Horween Shell Cordovan Intense Blue Color Wallet.

Horween Shell Cordovan Gunmetal

Shell cordovan Gunmetal color

Horween shell cordovan Gunmetal color.

Horween Shell Cordovan Black

Horween shell cordovan black color longwings.

Horween shell cordovan black color longwings.

James Bond wearing Crockett & Jones for “Spectre” Movie

Daniel Craig as James Bond is wearing Crockett & Jones for “Spectre,” the latest installment in this 50 years + movie franchise. Tetbury Jodhpur boots, Camberley, Alex wholecuts, Norwich, Radnor, possibly Sawnsea in dark brown suede, and Northcote confirmed.

Special thanks to James Bond Lifestyle for the news.

James Bond sporting Crockett & Jones shoes in Spectre, latest installment in the Bond series.  Thanks to James Bond Lifestyle for the information.

James Bond sporting Crockett & Jones shoes in Spectre, latest installment in the Bond series. Thanks to James Bond Lifestyle for the information.

Esquire Plain Toe Shoes Must Haves for 2015

Esquire goes plain toe 2015

Esquire goes plain toe for the must have shoes of 2015. From the low end Johnston & Murphy rubber sole Oxford blucher to Church’s custom grade five eyelet derby, with an in-between pair at the $670 price point for John Lobb’s plimsoll, there are no medallions, no perfings, no pinkings to be found.