Monthly Archives: November 2015

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.

Friday Film — How to Sew a Button, Easily — Esquire

Esquire shows how to easily sew a button.  Things you need to know.

Esquire shows how to easily sew a button. Things you need to know.

Thanks to Esquire magazine for How to Sew a Button, Easily. Emphasis on the “easily,” as it really keeps it as simple as possible to get the sewing done right, elevate the button enough for ease of use, and get on with your life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QusBUu0xnCg

For folks who like still pictures, here a step-by-step how to with instructions and black and white drawings.

http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a5749/sew-on-a-button-0509/

The Hanger Project Acquires A Suitable Wardrobe 20% Off Both Sites Through November 9

Will Boehlke of A Suitable Wardrobe, left,  and Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project shake hands on Hanger Project's acquisition of A Suitable Wardrobe.

Will Boehlke of A Suitable Wardrobe, left, and Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project shake hands on Hanger Project’s acquisition of A Suitable Wardrobe.

Congratulations to Kirby Allison on The Hanger Project’s acquisition of A Suitable Wardrobe. Both sites have a flash 20% discount celebrating The Hanger Project announcement of purchasing A Suitable Wardrobe. Use promo code KAHPASW at checkout now through Monday, November 9.

On the landing pages, discount reads as if it is 20% off on orders of more than $200. Fityn.com ran a trial of Saphir shoe polishes that came in around $125, put in the code, and the 20% discount applied. Then ran the trial total to more than $200, and the 20% came off again. Looks like it is a 20% across the board discount regardless of total order. You can’t get free shipping AND the 20% discount, but the 20% offer is a great time to stock up on Saphir shoe care products.

Saphir Luxury Shoecare Products.

Saphir Luxury Shoecare Products.

Press release follows.

A Suitable Wardrobe Acquisition
Now a Hanger Project Brand
Celebrating with 20% Off ASW and KAHP

Will Boehlke and Kirby Allison
We are excited to announce that The Hanger Project has acquired A Suitable Wardrobe. I, Kirby Allison, grew up reading A Suitable Wardrobe and learning from Will Boehlke’s writing. When he launched the A Suitable Wardrobe web store, I was continually amazed at his taste level and capacity to seek out the highest-quality makers. It is a huge honor to be able to continue the legacy of A Suitable Wardrobe.

An important element of this acquisition is the commitment that both Will and I have in continuing to provide the highest quality content and products. Together, we will republish his entire archive of content, as well as add new pieces to this amazing written collection. Ultimately, we hope to publish a book together. We seek to be a leading voice in classic men’s style.

The Hanger Project and A Suitable Wardrobe will soon be integrated to share a common platform and all orders will be fulfilled out of our warehouse here in Dallas, Texas. There are minor details still being worked out, but know that our goal is for you to have the best experience while navigating and shopping our collection.

I would like to personally thank you for your support of A Suitable Wardrobe. I hope that through our new acquisition we will enrich both your knowledge of men’s style as well as your wardrobe.

I’m super excited about what we will be able to bring you, our customers. In celebration of this major development, we are offering 20% Off all orders on The Hanger Project and A Suitable Wardrobe using promotional code KAHPASW.

Cheers,
Kirby Allison
Hanger Project Founder
Celebration Promotion
20% Off The Hanger Project and A Suitable Wardrobe
In celebration of this great news, use promotional code: KAHPASW for 20% off your purchase on A Suitable Wardrobe and The Hanger Project. Offer valid thru Monday, November 9.

POKER GAME — Sotheby’s American Art Auction Goes to the Dogs — Estimate $400,000 to $600,000

Dogs playing poker in a late 19th century liquor ad. Is it art? Was it ever an original painting? Is it Lot 78 at Sotheby’s November 18, 2015 American Art Auction with a pre-sale estimated hammer price plus buyer premium of $400,000 to $600,000? The answer to all these questions is “yes,” complete with provenance.

UPDATE: Dogs playing poker topped the pre-auction estimate of $600,000, with a hammer price of $658,000.

"Poker Game" by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, set for sale at Sotheby's American Art Auction November 18, 2015.  Estimated final hammer price plus buyer's premium:  $400,000 - $600,000.

“Poker Game” by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, set for sale at Sotheby’s American Art Auction November 18, 2015. Estimated final hammer price plus buyer’s premium: $400,000 – $600,000.

“Poker Game” is an 1890s painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934), commissioned for Rosskam, Gertsley & Co., makers of Old Saratoga Whiskey. According to Sotheby’s auction catalog notes, Coolidge’s work drawing “very humanoid canines, an artistic subspecialty” began with cigar companies after a string of other careers. He lived in Antwerp, New York from 1868 to 1872, painting advertising signs and street numbers, working as a druggist, starting the town’s first newspaper and bank, then sailing for Europe. He next appears on the American side of the Atlantic in 1873 in Rochester, New York, where he started the dog drawings. He moved from cigar company commissions to a contract with printers Brown & Bigelow, and his dogs went to baseball games, travel on trains, got visited by police, among other things.

“Poker Game” is a mid-1890s work with an Old Saratoga Whiskey bottle prominently featured on the left lower quarter of the scene. What’s harder to see are the four aces held by the dog on the left, his IOU tab from previous losses, and what looks like a pocket lighter he’s also thrown in to keep his hand going. The dog on the right is the evening’s big winner, a bespectacled breed partial to tidy chip stacks. Is he about to push forward a pile of reds he almost certainly loses to the four aces? The middle dog is almost out, but his eyes watch the night’s big winner while a paw hesitates to go all in with his small stack. The onlooker with the cigarette may have seen the four aces. If he has, his face is not a tell.

eBay Offers — Dogs Playing Poker

"Poker Game" dogs playing poker painting in its natural habitat, a serving tray advertisement for Old Saratoga Whiskey.  Original painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.

“Poker Game” dogs playing poker painting in its natural habitat, a serving tray advertisement for Old Saratoga Whiskey. Original painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.

Sotheby’s American Art Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. EST November 18, 2015. Along with Coolidge’s dogs playing poker, there are some paintings and drawings by Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. The highest pre-auction price estimate is $2 million to $3 million for Andrew Wyeth’s “Flood Plain” tempura on panel, painted in 1986.

Friday Film 3 — Star Wars Japanese Trailer — Two New Reveals

Yes, J. J. Abrams said the Star Wars trailer shown a few weeks ago during halftime of Monday Night Football would be the last trailer before the movie’s release. Maybe he meant to say the last American release, since this is the new Japanese trailer.

Two things stand out on first look. 1. Storm troopers with freakin’ flame throwers. 2. This line will be a major turning point in the movie and new catchphrase in popular culture: “Hope is not lost today. It is found.” It may take a while for that couplet to work its way down to a sales meeting where the floor is way behind its number and there are only three weeks left in the quarter, but it will get there.

Friday Film 2 — Sotheby’s, Game of Thrones, Vincent van Gogh in his own words, and a $54 million painting

Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance, OBE, brings Van Gogh’s letters to life. He reads from a note Vincent wrote to his brother Theo about what the artist was working on at the time, PAYSAGE SOUS UN CIEL MOUVEMENTÉ .

Vincent van Gogh's PAYSAGE SOUS UN CIEL MOUVEMENTÉ, which sold at a Sotheby's auction November 5, 2015 for $54,010,000.

Vincent van Gogh’s PAYSAGE SOUS UN CIEL MOUVEMENTÉ, which sold at a Sotheby’s auction November 5, 2015 for $54,010,000.

Sotheby’s sold the painting at auction November 5, 2015 for hammer price and buyer’s premium of $54,010,000.