Saturday, September 26, 2009

Joan&David Oxfords

These came in the mail today via eBay. For 16 bucks, you can't find a better deal.

Hard Medicine- A Benefit For AIDS Research

Last Thursday night C. and I attended Hard Medicine, the first annual charity benefit for Covalent Immunology Foundation, thrown by C's roommate Zach Barnett . The event was tons of fun and a total success. It was great to see people come together to support such an amazing cause.

Some info on the event courtesy of the event's website:

HARD MEDICINE will be a 300 person gala at the Red Bull Event Space in SoHo, and will jump-start the Foundation’s mission. The goal of HARD MEDICINE is to raise approximately $40,000 needed to launch a national fundraising campaign and to generate worldwide support for CIF’s mission.The guest of honor, Dr. Paul, will be joined by a diverse group of influential young New Yorkers and celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music, art, and media. The evening will feature a live performance from Amanda Blank, DJ’s Josh Sparber and Lauren Flax, and a silent auction with original artwork and items from exclusive fashion labels including DVF and Bottega Veneta. Guests will receive a limited edition CIF necklace specially designed by Bing Bang Jewelry. The exclusive debut of a video specially designed to raise funds online from donors around the world will be unveiled at the event. The video will feature celebrities and high-profile activists coming together to raise funds online from around the world based on a small-donation model. The funds will support and speed Dr. Paul’s work on developing an HIV vaccine and abzyme treatments for the tens of millions with intractable diseases.

On Me: Chloe Dress, Victorian Mourning Necklace. On C.: Victorian Odd Fellows top hat, Dolce and Gabbana Jacket
Photo Courtesy of Zach Barnett

We also talked to Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang jewelry for a while, and she is the most lovely, talented, and sweet lady I have ever met. She was kind enough to donate jewelry for the silent auction and also design a beautiful charm given to the attendees. The charm is available for purchase at Bing Bang. All profits from the proceeds of sales go directly to CIF and Dr. Paul’s research.

From L.A. to N.Y.

P. bestowed some wonderful treasures from his recent trip to L.A. Included are:

Philip Lim 3.1 Embellished T-shirt
WWII-Era German Straight Razor
Victorian-Era Mourning Pin with Braided Hair
Good Luck Fold Out Postcard
Abraham Lincoln Fold Out Postcard
Milk Glass Hand Dish

Detail of the gorgeous beading on the collar of the Philip Lim shirt.

Such amazing things.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Filson Hunting Apparel.

Filson is amazing. Excellent quality, totally functional and a classic, masculine design. They make gorgeous, wearable clothing and accessories. From the Filson website:

Filson - rugged quality for over 100 years

Born in 1850, C. C. Filson inherited his father's pioneer spirit and love of the outdoors. After homesteading in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor, he moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890's.

Filson's timing couldn't have been better. By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold Rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. Armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty, and several years' experience operating a small loggers' outfitting store, C. C. Filson was ready to stake his claim to fame.

"TO OUR CUSTOMERS: if a man is going North, he should come to us for his outfit, because we have obtained our ideas of what is best to wear in that country from the experience of the man from the North -- not merely one -- but hundreds of them. Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. YOU CAN DEPEND ABSOLUTELY UPON OUR GOODS BOTH AS TO MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP."

C.C. Filson, 1914 Catalog

The Gold Rush Years: 1897-1899

In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush.

Stories of harrowing experiences in the Yukon were widely reported. The diary of Hume Nisbet, 1897 painted this picture: "Try to recall your sensations on the coldest night you have ever known: try to intensify the most bitter ice blast that has ever pierced your marrow by a thousandfold; even then you will not be able to realize spring in the Chilkoot Canyon, far less midwinter on the Klondike."

It was for these terrible conditions that Filson designed his goods. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw clothing, Mackinaw blankets and knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson kept in close contact with his customers, improving his goods to meet their specific needs. The stampeders depended on Filson. In that era, clothing wasn't a matter of choice, but of survival.

Tough, comfortable outdoor clothing for hunters and fishermen, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners.

The Gold Rush faded into history, but Filson kept listening to his customers, and outdoorsmen kept coming to Filson for rugged clothes. Drawing from his past experience outfitting loggers, he soon added clothing for the timber industry, including the Filson Cruiser, the garment that was to earn Filson a place in history. Designed and named by C.C. Filson and patented on March 3, 1914, US Patent #1088891, the Cruiser has remained Filson's best selling item. Today, Filson has sold over half a million of this trademark coat.

Worldwide reputation for honesty, quality and durability

Filson continued to make his goods from the best materials obtainable, and guaranteed every piece of merchandise. If he didn't stock an item a customer needed, he custom-made it for him. Filson's name became synonymous with reliability, satisfaction and honest values. By the 1960s, Filson' reputation as the premier outfitter for outdoorsmen had spread around the globe. In addition to being stocked by retailers of quality outdoor wear, Filson garments were being ordered by mail from places as far away as Greenland.

"The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them."

Clinton C. Filson 1914 catalog

What worked then, still works now

Over the years, Filson's philosophy has never changed: make sure it's the absolute best. Clinton Filson spent a lot of time talking to his customers and refining his designs to their specifications. So it's not surprising that the items that worked then still work today, over 100 years later. Comfort, protection and durability never go out of style.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Unknown Animal Skull.

I picked up this animal skull on Bedford Avenue for $10. Any guesses as to what kind of animal it might be?

Bound For Glory

Painted for my dear friend Nick Caruso, who recently opened up his own shop in Staten Island, NY. You can take a peek at the shop and some of the artist's work

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chanel Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Campaign

And speaking of Chanel- great ad campaign.

Chanel Winter 2009 Noir Obscura Make-Up Collection Ad Campaign

Chanel will release the limited-edition Noirs Obscurs Collection in this month. I'm not huge into make-up, but I love anything vampy and they are lovely photographs.

Friday, September 11, 2009


This among some other older paintings on display at the Manhattan location of Gimme Coffee (228 Mott St 212-226-4011).

Spider Gypsy.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Antiquing in Long Island, NY.

During our trip to Long Island on Sunday, we stopped at a charming antique store that was having a sale. I purchased two Adirondack style frames from the turn of the century for $35, a gorgeous Victorian mourning brooch with braided hair for $75, and a strand of Victorian jet mourning beads for $20.

The Vanderbilt Museum & The Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor.

This past Sunday, P, C, and myself made a trip out to one of the lovelier parts of Long Island to visit the Vanderbilt Museum. From the website:

"The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is located in Centerport, New York on William K. Vanderbilt II's spectacular 43-acre, "Gold Coast" estate. Acquired in 1947, the museum opened in 1950. Vanderbilt's will stipulated that the estate was to be dedicated to the "education and enjoyment of the public" and "enhanced" as a museum. A planetarium was built by the county in 1970. The facility is the legacy of a man with the resources to conduct collecting expeditions worldwide. The great-grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, William K. collected natural history specimens, ethnographic artifacts, fine and decorative arts. Today's museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and listed on the National Register of Historic Places."