Monthly Archives: October 2015

Friday Film — A Visit to G. J. Cleverley, Bespoke Shoemakers

Friday Film features George Glasgow, CEO of G. J. Cleverley, British bespoke shoemakers. Had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Glasgow last night in Dallas at an event hosted by Kirby Allison’s The Hanger Project. More on that evening with other stories and lots of pictures a little later. For now, enjoy a visit to The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4SL.

Sunday Funnies — 11 Comic Book Characters Who Dress Better Than You

From jackthreads.com, nice article on Ranking 11 Comic Book Characters Who Dress Better Than You. Subjects include Mr. Freeze working with a limited color palette, Captain America stressing “the importance of fit and wearing items that are best suited to your body type,” and the vintage look of Scarlet Witch from the 2015 “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Superman style with great personal branding, proper layering,  and the S stands for "hope" on Krypton.

Superman style with great personal branding, proper layering, and the S stands for “hope” on Krypton.

For anyone who didn’t know the “S” on Superman’s costume is the symbol for “hope” on his native Krypton, here’s the naming scene from “Superman — Man of Steel” in 2013.

Friday Film — John Lobb Creative Director on Caring for Shoes

Get shoes ready for changing weather and lots of fall and winter events. Fityn Friday Film from John Lobb Creative Director Andres Hernandez on caring for shoes. Part of the Mr Porter video manual. Add to your collection with a signature pair or two of of John Lobbs from eBay or a host of world quality shoes from Mr Porter. For after purchase care, there’s also a link to Saphir leather care products on Amazon.

John Lobb on eBay

Mr Porter US - The World's Best Shoes

Saphir Shoe Products on Amazon

Spectre Theme — “Writing’s on the Wall” Dropping Like a Bond Villain

Quick note. Here’s a link to “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song to Spectre, the latest James Bond movie installment. Adele needn’t worry this Sam Smith effort will outsell her “Skyfall.” According to Showbiz411, Writing’s on the Wall spent one minute at number 1 on UK iTunes before dropping to number 8. One minute, as in 60 seconds.

Here’s a good use of four minutes. SKYFALL: 50 Years of Bond, a retrospective put together by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr., a 22-year old film editor from the Netherlands.

Friday Film — Persol “Made by Hand”

Friday Film – Persol “Made by Hand”

Persol “Made by Hand” is lots of cool tools, cool camera angles, cool hand touches, a cool jazz riff on Night in Tunisia, and the cool reality Persol sunglasses have been made in Italy since 1917. Yes, that was a sentence where the world “cool” is not overused. Now, throw in cool Steve McQueen.

This Friday Film is just shy of three minutes of manufacturing joy. One of the few industrial films where a complaint is it should last longer and include more shots of how Persol sunglasses are made.

Steve McQueen wears the Persol 714 sunglasses in the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and they are cool from the first time they show up on the screen.

Steve McQueen and Persol 714 sunglasses in "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Steve McQueen and Persol 714 sunglasses in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Persol also has a Steve McQueen Special Edition range, and McQueen owned numerous pairs and styles of Persol glasses. A pair of 714s he is thought to have worn in the movie sold at auction in 2006 for $70,200. At the same gavel fest, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow used in Thomas Crown sold for the exact same price.

John Lennon was also a Persol fan, seen here wearing oval Persol style 3046 in an iconic photo by Bob Gruen.

John Lennon on New York City rooftop wearing New York City T-shirt, denim jacket, and Persol 3046 sunglasses.  Photo credit Bob Gruen.

John Lennon on New York City rooftop wearing New York City T-shirt, denim jacket, and Persol 3046 sunglasses. Photo credit Bob Gruen.

Hugh Jackman also sports Person sunglasses, the discontinued model 2837S, even in the cold.

Hugh Jackman sporting Persol 2837S sunglasses, along with scarf and overcoat.

Hugh Jackman sporting Persol 2837S sunglasses, along with scarf and overcoat.

For a more recent movie tie in, Daniel Craig wore special edition Persol 2720 sunglasses for “Casino Royale” while tooling around in his Aston Martin DB5.

Persol 2720 sunglasses on Daniel Craig as James Bond, inside the Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5.  Photo courtesy Bond Lifestyle.

Persol 2720 sunglasses on Daniel Craig as James Bond, inside the Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5. Photo courtesy Bond Lifestyle.

Persol sunglasses are available at retail throughout the United States, usually through eyeglass stores or optometrist offices. This is a link to the Persol retail locator. Amazon and eBay also have a good selection of Persol in general and the models featured in this story.

Persol sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol Offers

Persol 714 and Steve McQueen Special Edition sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol 714 and Steve McQueen Special Edition Offers

Persol 3046 sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol 3046 Offers

Persol 2720 James Bond sunglasses on eBay

No Amazon Persol 2720 Offers.

Mr Porter and The World’s Best Shoes — Buying Online

Photo courtesy Mr Porter.  Shoes courtesy John Lobb.

Photo courtesy Mr Porter. Shoes courtesy John Lobb.

“The World’s Best Shoes”
icon is a bold statement. Then comes Mr Porter with a footwear collection ranging from Nike and adidas Superstar to Cleverley, John Lobb, Berluti and Edward Green.

Shop The World’s Best Shoes at MR PORTER

In a Just In Time for Serious Christmas Shopping splash, Mr Porter’s “The Look” October 2015 style section brings out individual sections on sneakers, Oxfords, derbies and brogues. Then come the Chelsea boots and monkstraps, loafers and driving shoes, sports shoes and sandals. In true Mr Porter style, “wear them with” suggestions from Brioni and Drake’s, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum, and many other world class brands.

Look around for a while and you run across archive pieces like “Eight Shoes Every Man Should Own,” which could also be titled “Eight Shoes Every Man Wishes He Could Own.” Then there’s “How to Keep Your Sneakers Clean” by Details magazine style director and admitted recovering sneaker collector Mr. Eugene Tong, and “How To Polish Shoes” with a few tips from Ms. Olga Berluti.

There is enough shoe envy here for a trip to London’s best sole men and a day pilgrimage to Northampton. Then you’d want to head to Paris for those souliers houses, and back to the United States for some classic American shoes and boots. Yes, Mr Porter offers free shipping with every shoe purchase. There could be some fine print exception somewhere on the site, but when shipping shows No Charge or .00 at checkout, then that’s the real test of “free.”

Mr Porter US - The World's Best Shoes

As Fityn tries to do with a lot of its stories, below are some eBay links to world quality products for readers who lack the retail wallet reality many of these brands demand while possessing the style sense to spot a deal.

eBay High End Sneakers

eBay High End Dress and Formal Shoes

eBay High End Boots — Not Western

How to Measure Your Head for Proper Hat Size

To get your correct hat size, start at the world’s oldest hat store. The company that is now James Lock & Co. Hatters traces its start to 1676. Beginning as a coffee shop, the head cover part of the business moved to its current location at 6 St. James’s Street in 1765, ten years before the start of the American Revolution. Some of its past clients include Lord Nelson, who settled up his account just before leaving to do battle at Trafalgar, Charlie Chaplin, who bought bowlers and straw hats from Lock, and Winston Churchill, who was fond of the Cambridge and Homburg styles. The company holds two royal warrants as hatters to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Based on the Lock way to measure your head, getting a proper hat size is very simple, very straightforward, and very British matter-of-fact. One head, one tape measure, one measurement. The graphic below shows the steps of how to calculate your head size and a corresponding hat size chart. Note this way to size your head is not for hard hats, described by Lock as coke/bowlers, riding hats and top hats. For those head covers, Lock recommends coming to the store for a complimentary appointment and professional measurement. If you have trouble seeing the graphic, this is a link to the Lock sizing head measure and hat size chart web page.

1. Use a soft tape measure.
2. Place it around your head, positioned mid-forehead and above your ears.
3. Measure in centimeters or inches.
4. Find your size on the hat size chart.

Lock & Co. Hatters -- Calculating your head size.

Lock & Co. Hatters — Calculating your head size.

Now that you have the number, follow step 4 and find your size on the hat size chart.

Lock & Co. hat sizing chart with highlighted hat sizes and inches measurements.

Lock & Co. hat sizing chart with highlighted hat sizes and inches measurements.

Lock hats for men available for purchase through its online store (actually a Rimini cotton baseball cap) start at 75 British pounds and go north to a Superfino Montecristi panama hat at 975 pounds. For women, prices start at 115 pounds for a Rainbow cloche and go to 1,495 pounds for the Isla hat. Naturally, couture hats can run higher.

If the hat fits, eBay has a pretty good assortment of Lock hats. Recent prices started around $18 and ended with a $350 Buy It Now price for a top hat that includes the box. The Lock of London hats are easy to spot. Look past the obvious non-Lock hats that an eBay search brings up because there is a baseball cap with the wording “Locked and Loaded” on the front.

Lock & Co Offers on eBay

Joshua Jackson — Unlikely Fashion Guy — The New York Times Interview

With a lot of help from his longtime partner, German actress and model Diane Kruger, former “Dawson’s Creek” and current Showtime “The Affair” actor Joshua Jackson finds himself in another role — Fashion Guy.

New York Times writer Steven Kurutz catalogs Jackson living in Paris and being a next door neighbor to Karl Lagerfeld, his time in New York while filming “The Affair,” and his clothing choices in a recent sit down interview. Jackson is wearing a Filson jacket, jeans, a gray T-shirt and Adidas Superstars.

Jackson gives enormous credit to Kruger for developing his fashion sense. “It was really through Diane that I finally was able to hear somebody who was telling me, ‘No, part of being an adult male is learning how to dress yourself.’ ” Once they started dating, “Whole trash bags full of clothes were suddenly going to the Salvation Army,” he said.

Joshua Jackson on becoming a fashion guy.  Photo credit Bryan Derballa for The New York Times.

Joshua Jackson on becoming a fashion guy. Photo credit Bryan Derballa for The New York Times.

Filson Jacket Offers on eBay

Adidas Superstar Offers on eBay