From Linda Farrow Luxe comes these angular-frame sunglasses. Linda Farrow eyewear has been iconic over the years to say the least and the designer continues to deliver impeccably designed pieces. They’re equal parts modern and elegant and feature all the fine detailings to make them worthy of recognition. This pair has gold-embossed arm details and are fitted with brown lenses. The frames are made in Japan with the utmost care and can now be had through MR PORTER.
Mark McNairy surprises us again with bold designed footwear, this time being the Apron Tassel Loafer from his own label. The shoe’s look and build are perfect for summer, it having a navy blue suede upper, apron tassels with 360 degree lace detail, stitched leather ridge and a strong yellow rubber Dainite sole. They’re pretty show stopping and will look in any outfit. These are available now from Soto.
There isn’t a rule that says you can’t have a little bit of flair in day to day working suits – at least not when you have options like the Alexander McQueen Check Wool Suit, a light grey number that uses the subtelst of patterns to transform this piece into something memorable. The double vented jacket affirms the high class offered by the piece while the check pattern pumps a little bit of play into this otherwise serious and elegantly tailored suit. If you’re looking to add a little bit of Mad Men’s resident sartorial champion Roger Sterling, this is the only purchase you need to make.
Pick up the Alexander McQueen Check Wool Suit Jacket (and pants) at the Mr. Porter online store.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the two oldest Porsche clubs, the German sports car maker will be introducing a super exclusive 911 Club Coupe.
“Using the Carrera S as a base, the Club Coupe gets the Carrera S Powerkit providing an extra 30 horsepower, taking the total to 430 hp and dropping the 0-to-100-kph sprint to 4.0 seconds. The PASM option drops the car by 20 millimeters over its 20-inch Sport Techno rims, and the Sport Design package adds a new front fascia and a ducktail spoiler out back. The work is then coated in Brewster Green paint with an Espresso interior, and finished with glossy script on the doors.”
Only 13 of these will be made and one is staying with Porsche, so actually only 12 will go out to customers. You can sign up on a dedicated microsite to win the lottery to be able to buy one of them. You can sign up until June 16th. The car goes for 175′000 USD.
Four Fingers of Death
1.5 oz Scotch
0.5 oz St Germain
0.5 oz Luxardo maraschino liquor
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.25 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes plum bitters
Wash a rocks glass with a few drops of absinthe. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and stir. Pour into absinthe-washed glass. Serve garnished with cherries.
The sophisticated styles from optical designer Linda Farrow never fail to inspire or impress. For her Summer 2012 collection, Farrow doesn’t disappoint with this new Luxe Round Frame — an elegant interpretation of the classic round spectacle. A gold metal bridge separates the two-tone brown and tortoise-shell frame, and subtle metal rivets accent the temples, finishing out the Luxe Round’s timeless and intelligent profile. Dust off your tweed suit, set aside £340 GBP (approximately $535 USD), and pick up a pair from UK fashion boutique MR PORTER.
Punk rock returns this season to the French footwear fashion house in the form of these Rollerboy Spike Suede Loafers. The classic leather slip-ons with signature Louboutin red lacquered soles from the 2010 Spring collection revisit an era of rocker chic metal studs in new colors. These dark tan suede loafers are decorated all over with gun metal pointed studs. The porcupine silhouette features an almond toe, Grosgrain trim, genuine leather uppers and leather lining. They are made in Italy and available at Browns for £825 (approximately $1,304 USD).
If you’re a car nerd like some of us here at GP, you can spot mid-cycle changes made to an automobile with just a cursory overview (when sober). These mid-cycle refreshers are common in the industry but not so much for Ferrari. The Ferrari California is an exception, and the changes are welcomed. Though plenty powerful and sophisticated, the car was a bit bloated (especially an issue when carrying on the legacy of the stunning Ferrari 250 California).
The 2013 Ferrari California drops the equivalent of some lovehandles and part of a beer gut, shaving off 66 pounds. Output has been increased due to new exhaust manifolds and reprogramming of the ECU, providing 490 hp, up from 453. The increase in power and the decrease in corpulence results in an impressive 0-60 sprint of 3.7 seconds, not too shabby for a heavy grand tourer with a hardtop folding roof. Bolster this performance with the Handling Speciale package that adds magnethorhelogical suspension and more responsive steering and you’re a linebacker in track spikes. If Ferrari could only do something about your large butt.
The descriptor is spot-on for these derby shoes from Hiroshi Tsubouchi. Not only do the gleaming white soles look like the precarious teeth of a shark, the shoe in-sum has a sleek air of menace to it. The dude wearing these is sneaking out the backdoor often to smoke things but comes back inside no worse for the wear. If anything, his senses are even more attuned as he prowls the room and pretty much takes whatever he wants. We want these shoes, and all of the powers that come with them. Trés Bien has them.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find this one on the shelves of your local package store, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use a little imagination, right? Created by David Riesenberg (get it?), the sublime package design project features a unique concept: a removable bottle label created through a unique process of drying, pressing and silkscreening, which can then be used as a coaster. Once you’ve emptied the bottle of bottle of whiskey of course, which in our imagination is also a high proof.
Todd Snyder is an easy person to like. Being from Iowa, he’s got that grounded middle America perspective on life. Generally friendly and easy going, with a good sense of humor.
Nearly twenty years ago Todd took the plunge and moved to New York to indulge his ambition to work in the clothing business. Along the way he’s proven himself at some distinctly American brands, most notedly Ralph Lauren and then J.Crew. Then three seasons ago he launched his eponymous line to much esteem from buyers, press and consumers. After stopping by his studio this week, I can say with certainty that things are even going to get better.
The collection is very much representative of who Todd is as a person: smart and unpretentious. The line mixes military and vintage in a way that is modern, relevant and fresh. The collection includes everything from knits to tuxedos (pictured below underneath a very handsom winter parka), with the standout element being the range of Southwick-made tailored clothing.
After more than 40 years as a test driver for Lamborghini, Valentino Balboni retired. In place of a gold watch the Italian supercar maker crafted a limited edition model (only 250) in his honor: the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni — yes, it’s a mouth full. That very car birthed two beautiful descendants. Our photo essay continues after the jump.
The LP designation means longitudinale/posteriore, denoting the placement of the engine just in front of the rear axle in a longitudinal fashion; the 550 represents the horsepower of the naturally aspirated V-10; and the 2 indicates the number of wheels driven, which is half the number of the standard Gallardo. Consumer adoration and demand for this limited edition inspired the LP550-2, and we were fortunately invited to Malibu, CA to experience the newest version, topless. The car. Not us.
MAKES THE EXCESSIVENESS ON TOP OF THE ALREADY REMARKABLE GALLARDO AN ABSOLUTE, BRUTAL NECESSITY
The Gallardo is intended to be a purist’s sports car and this roofless version, combined with the somewhat rough E-tronic automated manual gearbox makes the excessiveness on top of the already remarkable Gallardo an absolute, brutal necessity. But it’s more about cranial pleasure than posterior comfort. You feel all the bumps in the road and live every movement of the clutch engaging and disengaging the lovely gears, and all the while you’re surrounded in plush leather and the throaty symphony that two-hundred and twenty thousand US dollars will provide.
The low center of gravity, the aggressive nose and the raucous banshee scream of the engine is why there’s a Lambo poster on every 8-year-old boy’s wall. We derived gobs of pleasure seeing one little kid hanging out of his mother’s car window on our drive telling at me how much he loved “my car.” Yeah, kid. It’s mine. Thanks.
You're looking at the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph GreyTech. It was a watch that nobody saw coming at SIHH, and it's one that left a lot of us saying "hmm, that's not bad at all." The monochromatic appearance of the watch is what brings you in, using a satinized and pearl-blasted titanium case and with grey cut away dial revealing seven time indications. But, it's the in-house Montblanc MB LL100 chronograph caliber that makes a handsome watch, a watch worth owning.
This watch features a column-wheel and a low-wear disc-coupling that transfers energy from the fourth-wheel to the chronograph-wheel, and, becuase the movement has two barrels, there is a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement is just great to look at, too, as it features a rhodium-plated dark grey chassis, which contrasts nicely with the golden wheels, blued screws and red jewels.
This movement (and watch) isn't just beautiful, it's incredibly functional. It displays elapsed chronograph seconds, chronograph hours, a date disc, 24 hour second time zone, small running seconds, and elapsed chronograph minutes (on a centrally mounted hand a la the Lemania 5100). Oh, and it's a fly-back chrono.
The Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph GreyTech is sized at 43mm and will be a limited edition of 888 pieces. Price will be $14,600 when it hits stores this fall.
Tree of Smoke
1.5 oz Mezcal
0.5 oz Appleton Estate Reserve
0.5 oz Ramazzotti Amaro
1 oz Homemade Grenadine
2 dashes Orange bitters
Shake ingredients well over cracked ice, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice. I squeezed the meat of the apple slightly to release a little of the juice into the drink.
Louis Vuitton trunks have been carrying the possessions of classy globetrotters for some time. While they’re more nostagia pieces nowadays, their hefty frame unappealing to most modern travellers, they still draw attention for their classic lines and sticker friendly surfaces. Here LV turns their back story into an entertaining app for the iPad, following on from the book – “Trunks for explorers, magicians, actors or Maharajas…Discover the secrets of the most exceptional Louis Vuitton trunks and take on board for an outstanding journey around the world now.” Available from iTunes.
The Skull Bang Watch from Hublot is made entirely from black ceramic and features a stylized, tonal skull on the dial. Developed specifically for long-time brand supporter Laurent Picciotto – who was responsible for the first Hublot flagship store in Paris in 2007 – the watch is limited to only 100 pieces. Key details include water resistance up to 50 meters, faceted, diamond-polished hands and a black PVD steel deployant buckle. The Hublot Skull Bang Watch will retail for €9,900 EUR (approximately $12,820 USD).
Cole Haan follows up the success of their LunarGrand Wingtip with a modern take on the classic Chukka. Like the Wingtips the Chukkas are mounted on Nike's high-tech and lightweight Lunarlon sole giving the type of comfort and performance you just can't get in a conventional leather or crepe sole. The shoes will be available at Cole Haan Soho in NY for $298 on May 3rd with online availability at ColeHaan.com expected to soon follow.
4 healthy dashes Miracle Mile Chocolate Chili Bitters
2 ounces blanco tequila, preferably Arette
1 ounce fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, combine the bitters, tequila and lime juice. Add ice and shake well. Pour into a Collins glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with the orange peel. Serve.
Japanese label White Mountaineering has a firm grasp on rugged outdoor pedigree, while still delivering shoes and outerwear with an elevated sense of street savvy. New for Spring 2012, is White Mountaineering’s Brown Leather Chukka, which brings a carefully embroidered, rich leather upper stitched into a lightweight Vibram Christy sole for all-day comfort. You can pick up a pair of these elevated Chukkas at online fashion boutique Tres Bien for €725 EUR (approximately $950 USD).
Scoff all you want at the dandy-esque ways of the handkerchief carrier — that is, until the fair lady between the two of you at the bar accidentally spills her drink and all you’ve got is a paper napkin. Make no mistake; the charms of a freshly laundered pocket square aren’t lost on a damsel in distress. Packaged in groups of three, Izola Handkerchief Sets ($40) are made for everything from tucking some aesthetic flair into a breast pocket, to assisting in your social life’s little emergencies. The 14” x 14” squares come in manly throwback themes such as Forrest, Pioneer, and Stars, and the fact that they’re made from high quality, 100% natural cotton ensures that the next time you’re called upon by a slightly uncoordinated maiden, you’ll be ready.