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Manolo for the Men: Fashion, Grooming, and Lifestyle Advice for Gentlemen - Part 50

Lavishly Packing Heat

Gerard Oury

One of Izzy’s favorite sections in his daily newspaper is the obituraries—as the saying goes, they’re the only news that stays news. While recently reading about the life of Gerard Oury, the director of some of France’s favorite comedy films, Izzy learned that after receiving a string of death threats, Oury

responded by carrying a pistol concealed in a Louis Vuitton bag.

Only a Frenchman could have made a Louis Vuitton bag très masculin.

Keeping an Eye on the Extraordinary Pedestrian

Slate magazine is featuring a fascinating article about the advent of street-fashion blogs, which publish photos of stylishly attired passers-by. Izzy wholeheartedly agrees with the author that

The best of these sites capture the joys of people-watching and offer an experience that’s more like lounging on a park bench than flipping through a fashion magazine. For one thing, the blogs aren’t label-conscious: Few identify the brands worn, and not one mentions the prices paid. Their subjects also tend to be dressed casually, with few business suits or cocktail outfits in sight. Even better, many of the subjects are actually smiling—quite a faux pas in the fashion world, which still demands the scornful, stricken look that traces back to Lord Byron.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

The Travel Umbrella

Having been travelling a lot lately, Izzy has been frustrated that only a diminutive compact umbrella can fit in his luggage.  (As much as he would like to, he alas doesn’t travel with steamer trunks.) Accordingly, he was very pleased to discover this ingenious travel umbrella from Brigg, the venerable purveyors of umbrellas to British royalty.

Brigg travel umbrella

He was less pleased to discover that this Malacca beauty costs $495 at Ben Silver, or that the “humble” maple version still goes for $375.

There’s a fortune waiting to made for someone who can cheaply knock off manufacture this sort of design.

English as She Is Spoke

Having learned that The Manolo’s unique patois may have been ripped off by the folks at Neiman Marcus, Izzy wishes to inform fans of his master’s voice of a book they will definitely enjoy: the unintentionally hilarious nineteenth-century classic English as She Is Spoke. Intended as a Portuguese-English phrasebook, its Portuguese authors suffered from just one minor problem: they knew no actual English. Instead, they relied on literal dictionary definitions when translating, which caused them to pen some of the funniest English of all time.

Here are some sample phrases from the book, which are followed by the correct English:

Sentence in Portuguese Given translation Idiomatic translation
As paredes têm ouvidos. The walls have hearsay. The walls have ears.
Anda de gatinhas. He go to four feet. He crawls. / Crawl. (imperative)
A estrada é segura? Is sure the road? Is the road safe?
Sabe montar a cavalo. He know ride horse. He knows how to ride a horse.
Que horas são? What o’clock is it? What time is it?
Quem cala consente. That not says a word, consent. He who doesn’t object, consents.
Que faz ele? What do him? What does he do? / What is he doing?
Tenho vontade de vomitar. I have mind to vomit. I feel like vomiting.
Este lago parece-me bem piscoso. Vamos pescar para nos divertirmos. That pond it seems me many multiplied of fishes. Let us amuse rather to the fishing. This lake seems like it’s full of fish. Let’s have some fun fishing.
Bem sei o que devo fazer ou me compete. I know well who I have to make. I know very well what I have to do and what my responsibilities are.

Real Tears for the Crocodile

Lacoste sport jacket

Izzy will sometimes begrudgingly put up with logos on shirts, but seeing that Lacoste crocodile on the outside of a sport jacket makes him root for Captain Hook.

Pity the Fool’s Gold

Mr T with gold plate

Chastened by having witnessed the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Mr. T has decided to shed his signature gold chains (and plate and spoon). It’s a sad day for lovers of outrageous bling, but his back and neck will thank him for it.

The Suede Givenchy

Givenchy suede shoes

Men’s fashion maven G. Bruce Boyer advises that any man aiming for elegance should choose his own sartorial trademark. For Boyer, it is wearing only suede shoes. Izzy was reminded of his bold individual style upon finding these svelte suede shoes from Givenchy, which fall somewhere between business and casual.

What Would Ghengis Say?

Mongolian wrestlers

According to Mongolian lore, its folk wrestlers dress like this is to ensure that each contestant is male. But Izzy supposes that they may simply be making up for not having any cheerleaders.

The Armani Vendetta Begins

Armani in baggy jeans

Giorgio Armani has thrown down the taupe gauntlet by attacking Savile Row, which he intends to challenge with a new couture line for men called Fatto A Mano Su Misura (hand-made to measure). According to the Times of London, the fan of baggy jeans (seen above in children’s playclothes) mocked the Row as “a bad English comedy,” stuck in the past, and run by men of “limited mentality.”

He further declared, “Men need couture just as women do—something made exclusively for them to define their social position.” If you believe that, please go ahead and order one of his couture suits, which begin at 5,000 pounds.

Bullock & Jones Does Denim

Bullock & Jones, the San Francisco haberdasher with a history extending back to 1853, has long been known for skillfully combining classic style with contemporary fashion. Izzy would not have thought it was possible to bring life to the tired look of jeans, but this unusual pair from them would appear to prove otherwise.

Bullock & Jones pinstriped jeans


Since The Manolo is busy gallivanting around the country, Izzy feels it is his duty to inform readers of this report from the New York Post:

“Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff was barred from Wimbledon because he was “steaming drunk,” reports The London Sun. He had a series of clashes with security staff, who would not let him in because he didn’t have a ticket. Hasselhoff, 53, who’s had a long battle with booze, had his arm in a brace and yelled: “You should let me in. Do you know who I am? I’m the Hoff!”

Even more alarming than the story itself is the accompanying photo of the makeup-less Hoff.

the Hoff

All of those days filming in the beach sun have clearly taken their toll.

The Summer Sweater

This linen and silk sweater, complete with fine detailing around the neckline and cuffs, has been marked down as part of Brooks Brothers’ big summer sale. At just $44.75, it should be as lightweight on the wallet as the body.

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