Sunday, May 17, 2015

Saint Crispin's: The quest for absolute perfection in shoes

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe once said. But you may be sure that goes for gentlemen as well, if not better. That's a fact. And facts do count. Discover the excellence of Saint Crispin's, not know by the masses, but for the connoisseur.
Saints Crispin and Crispinian are the Christian patron saints of cobblers, curriers, tanners, and leather workers. They (he) was beheaded during the reign of Diocletian; the date of their execution is given as 25 October, 285 or 286. So this is what Wikipedia says, and finally makes me understand the brand name. It makes sense.
Once started by Mr. Michael Rolling, then his cousin, Mr. Phillip Car, joined the company. Mr. Rolling went off on his own to start Zonkey Boot and Mr. Car kept Saint Crispin’s, and turned it into what we now know as the Saint Crispin’s of today.  
Very elegant Long wing Oxford boot in blue calf leather & Harris Tweed
Produced in Romania, located in the Carpathian mountains, each pair takes over 45 hours of production time. They are produced in the classical Austro-Hungarian style, as a basis, but they do not follow this Viennese shoemaker tradition exclusively.
Their style is also understood in Anglo-Saxon regions as well as the Mediterranean, or even German speaking areas. It is the only atelier still producing shoes and lasted shoe-trees under one same roof. Well, how about that ?
So, the best thing to do is to go to one of the trunk shows, where you can meet Mr. Car in person. He can then discuss your feet, or should I say ‘shoe’ in person. That’s always the best, for that 100% fit. He has an extreme good understanding of feet and fit, so that the measuring is perfect. But what is also remarkable is Saint Crispin’s Pet Customized system for measuring your feet.     continue here 
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Bertoni from Varese: Leather Heritage since 1949

I share with you some pieces of the 'Heritage Collection' line from Valigeria Bertoni that struck my attention. Absolutely stunning to go on a summer holiday, stylish and elegant, yet robust and classic... 'La classe, quoi....'
Bertoni's story began in 1949 when Riccardo Bertoni, along with other partners, founded "Valigeria Bertoni", producing trunks and travel suitcases. The activity performed in that "new laboratory" was immediately recognized    continue here 
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Classic Opoponax by Von Eusersdorff: Sensual and mysteriously Oriental

Classic Opoponax is the sixth fragrance by Von Eusersdorff. All of his fragrances are always concentrating around a single heart-note. Opoponax is more commonly known as opobalsam or sweet myrrh. Sweet myrrh is grown in Ethiopia and Somalia. It is the resinous gum from a tree.
Top: Rose, jasmine
Heart: Opoponax, sandalwood, benzoin
Base: Castoreum, amber, patchouli, vanilla
It is considered to be an ‘Oriental, yet Woody’ fragrance by the experts. It is an elegant scent, of very high standard, as are the other 5 fragrances. It’s a sweet rich oriental experience, a sticky scent, no spices at all. When you put it on, it opens with the roses, fine and sweet, and the jasmine spreads. Soon you get to the heart:Opoponax ! The amber, vanilla and patchouli offer a rich base.
The 10 ml sample I received from Mr. Camille Henfling Jr. is already almost empty. It’s an addictive scent, the kind I like, sweet and quite heavy, yet very sensual and delicate. It’s called ‘Classic Opoponax’, and it is, but in a comtempary way.  Not outdated or boring, but     continue reading here 
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Trashness.com : Or how young people created a new type of Men's Wear Brand

Trashness.com : Or how young people created a new type of Men's Wear Brand

Trashness.com is a website/webshop that has been attracting my attention from, what it seems, shortly after their startup. Preppy basics, Contemporary classics redefined. It's origins are to be found on Tumblr a few years ago, where a few Dutch students, passionate about 'fashion', or better said, contemporary preppy classics, started small with pocket squares, ties, belts and other accessories.
Trashness.com was started 12/12/12, which looks symbolic, but to the gents who started it, just a cool date. Well, it's show their sense for detail. Now, just a few years later, Trashness has fully grown and offers a range of about 160 products.
 
Mr. Amin Eftegarie, one of the driving forces, and co-founder of trashness.com: "From the beginning, customer service has been one of our strong points. Free shipping worldwide ("to every country on this planet") is one of our strong points. No hassles for the customer". And the customer is indeed one of their focus-points. They foremost want to offer great value for money, and great products, that are otherwise only available by larger brands, at major prices. As a brand started by students, even drop-outs, the offer very stylish stuff, very affordable, yet very hip in its own style.
Customers get offered great value for money. Like for example their shirts with cut-away collars.   read more here 
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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4: 700 HP, 350 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 2.9 sec

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4: 700 HP, 350 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 2.9 sec

The Lamborghini Aventador is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini, and was designed to replace the ten-year-old Murciélago as their new flagship model. The Lamborghini Aventador was designed by Filippo Perini. Similar to the earlier limited-edition Lamborghini Reventon, its use of sharp creases and planar surfaces are indicative of Lamborghini's contemporary styling direction, which was directly inspired by the aircrafts of the US Military's Stealth Fighter Program, namely the F-117A Nighthawk and the F-22 Raptor.
 
In keeping with typical Lamborghini tradition, the Aventador is also named after a famous fighting bull. Aventador was a bull that fought particularly valiantly in the bull ring of Saragossa, Spain in 1993.
Production will be limited to 4,000 units (4,099 Murciélagos were built) because the molds that are used to make the carbon-fibre monocoque are expected to last only for 500 units each, and only 8 molds have been made.
Engine
The magnificent Lamborghini Aventador LP 700–4 is powered by Lamborghini's new 700 PS (510 kW; 690 bhp) 6.5 litre, in 60° placed V12 engine, weighing 235 kg. This new engine is Lamborghini's fourth in-house engine, and their second V12.
Displacement 6,498 cc (396.5 cu in)
  • Max. power 700 PS (510 kW; 690 bhp) @ 8,250 rpm
  • Power to weight 432 PS (318 kW; 426 bhp) per tonne
  • Max. torque 689 N·m (508 lb·ft) @ 5,500 rpm
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