Late Start Lazy Sunday

Late start coffee at Bergdorfs.

(Thom Browne jacket, shirt, tie and tie bar, Band of Outsiders corduroy pants,  vintage braided nautical hook belt,  Alden cordovan chukka boots, Oliver Peoples Vintage OP-1955 sunglasses)

Pants hemmed short, Alden cordovan chukka in color 8.

No, Thom Browne doesn't make gradient blue striped collars, I mistakenly thought bleach had the same effect as stain remover.

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Uniqlo Olive Green Chinos

Designer labels aside, the most revolutionary clothing company has to be Uniqlo.  They have been able to manufacture reasonably priced clothing without compromising quality. Ever since the New York store opening in 2006, I have been a very loyal customer. At one point in time I wore a piece from Uniqlo daily and not much has changed since.

One of my favorite pieces from Uniqlo has to be their “Vintage Chinos“. These cotton twill pants are pre-washed and are available in black, light brown, brown, olive and navy.  The best part of all, is that they cost $40 (you can buy 75 pairs of these or one Isaia suit).

As one of the rare few who doesn’t wear denim jeans, I have used the Uniqlo chinos as a supplement.  I find myself wearing the olive green chinos several times a week. Definitely a staple for me.

(Isaia jacket, Thom Browne tie and tie bar, Brunello Cucinelli alligator belt and pocket square, Jil Sander shirt, Uniqlo pants, Ralph Lauren boots and sunglasses, Timex for J. Crew watch)

Butt fades are beginning to show

Crepe soled

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A trip to macaron mecca, Ladurée

On one of the last days of fashion week, there was a five-hour gap between shows and I decided to visit the world-famed macaron mecca, Ladurée.  Many people seek these delicious pastries and most of the time, Ladurée has a line to the end of the block. Luckily, it was an off hour and the french bakery was virtually empty. One of the main reasons these macarons are so sought after is because they are flown in from Paris daily.

Ladurée also has a long relationship with the macron dating back to the beginning of the 20th century when they created the first one:

“The story of the Ladurée macaron starts with Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, who at the beginning of the 20th century first thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with a delicious ganache filling.

These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. The pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, before adding one final ingredient, a pinch of unique “know-how”, essential to the making of such a delicacy. Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavor.”Laduré

I am not sure when I will ever feast on Ladurée’s macarons as the line is always very very long.

Almost forgot to take pictures because they were so good.

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Video Game by Lana Del Ray

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Indomie Indomie Rap Musicz

As a child growing up in Singapore, there was an extensive selection of ramen/instant noodles to choose from. Usually I would make a bowl of the processed delight after school or when I was in a hurry. A popular brand came from Indonesia, Indomie, and has always been one of my favorites. Here is J20 and the Indomie anthem.

Indomie, Indomie, Indomie.

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Timo Weiland Spring/Summer 2011

This season, I was privileged enough to attend Timo Weiland’s first runway show. Funny enough, this was one of the last shows and was the only time I had to trek to the Lincoln Center tent. The collection, as always, was very fun and playful. I especially enjoyed the flower necklaces and headwear. Hopefully we will be able to go out to Singapore again next year.

Congratulations Timo and Alan!

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Addison Combat Boots

Addison first opened their doors in 1958 and has been producing boots and shoes for the United States Army ever since. Unfortunately, Addison was forced to shut its doors in 2007 due to a decline in military contracts. Interestingly enough, I found an almost new pair of Addison boots at a local thrift store. Due to my fascination with vintage army gear, I knew that I had to have these.

These boots are standard issue combat boots which were primarily worn by Navy and USMC (United States Marine Corps) pilots and air crew. I was amazed to see a manufacturing stamp in the boot which stated the date of production: August 31, 1973.  Equipped with a Biltrite sole, triple stitching, double lined leather uppers and an ANSI (American National Standards Issue) steel enforced toe this 10-hole boot is built to be absolutely carefree.

Triple stiching

Toe of steel

August 31, 1973

Pictures cannot justify the thickness of the leather.

Biltrite sole

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New York Fashion Week SS12: What I wore

Thanks for the shots Tommy Ton and GQ.

Thom Browne jacket and tie, Jil Sander shirt, Brunello Cuccinelli belt, vintage army shorts, J.Crew for Timex watch.

Brooks Brother pants, Crockett & Jones shoes.

Left. Thom Browne jacket, Brunello Cuccinelli pants, Swaine Adeney Briggs bag.

Source: GQ

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