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Edward Green Visits an Alsatian Tannery

Utah grain on French calf for Edward Green's Galway boots.

Utah grain on French calf for Edward Green’s Galway boots.

Nice visit by Edward Green to Haas Tannery, a 6th generation family run French business. Edward Green uses a soft hatch-grain for its Galway boots, but most leathers are as natural as possible with the original grain of the calf.

Edward Green official site

Edward Green Shoes on eBay

Alden Shell Cordovan Listed as Calfskin

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Here is a pair of on eBay. Leisure handsewn (LHS) black shell, classic Alden 987s, look like they went through an Alden Restoration shortly before being put on eBay. Title states “calfskin,” details section lists as “shell Cordovan,” then in the body of the listing as “calskin leater.” Whatever way it is called or not called, it is shell cordovan.

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Weekly Finds: Current shell cordovan shoes on eBay NOT listed as shell cordovan. Let the good deals begin.

Nice mix of Florsheim longwings and a PTB, couple of Allen Edmonds, one unknown maker’s plain toe blucher in a narrow 9A. At time of posting, current prices range from a low $10.50 auction with a Friday evening close up to $139.50 plus shipping Buy It Now price for an excellent pair of Florsheim Kenmoor longwings All of these are subject to prior sale, Buy It Now purchases, early sale closings.

Florsheim Shell Cordovan on eBay listed as leather.

Florsheim Shell Cordovan on eBay listed as leather.

Florsheim Shell Cordovan Longwings

Florsheim Shell Cordovan Plain Toe Bluchers

Florsheim Shell Cordovan Kenmoor

Allen Edmonds MacNeil Longwings Shell Cordovan

Allen Edmonds MacNeil Longwing Wingtip Shell Cordovan

Plain Toe Blucher Unknown Maker 9.5A Narrow Shell Cordovan Don’t know the maker. Including for that small percent of the population that wears a 9.5A narrow.

Links if you need some Venetian Shoe Cream or Saphir Renovateur.

Secrets of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, NAUTILUS ‘KHANJAR’ MODEL, REF. 3700/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1’304’952, CASE NO. 536’200, MANUFACTURED IN 1978
Price Realized USD 193,500

Secrets of the Patek Philippe Nautilus Secrets of the Patek Phillippe Nautilus article, courtesy of Christie’s. Secrets summary: born in a restaurant as designer Gerald Genta observed people from Patek eating, original Nautilus $3,100 1976 price point a calculated risk, made from same steel alloy that protected World War II tanks.

Patek Philippe on Amazon http://amzn.to/2dMfy5u

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).

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.