Manolo for the Men Fashion and Lifestyle Advice for Men

March 28, 2007


Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shoes — Izzy @ 11:52 am

Trickers with patina

This pair of brogues from Tricker’s of England has the most unusual patina Izzy has ever seen. Looking as if it were made of burled walnut, it reminds Izzy of Florentine leather that is crafted to look like wood.

March 27, 2007


Filed under: Men's Fashion,Ties — Izzy @ 11:54 am

Alexander Olch corduroy tie

After searching for ages, Izzy has finally found a way to satisfy his odd hankering for a corduroy tie: New York’s Alexander Olch, purveyor of handmade neckties that are conservative but a little bit different.

March 26, 2007

House of Maus

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Trousers — Izzy @ 11:59 am

Brioni jeans

Izzy just returned from a wonderful holiday in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, where he made sure to visit the finest men’s shops Florida offers.  Among those stores was Maus & Hoffman, which since 1940 has been specializing in materials and colors appropriate to tropical sun and swamp-like humidity.  The sort of place that offers trousers in every shade of sherbet, they even carry dungarees made by Brioni, suitmaker to James Bond.  If one must wear jeans, they might as well be this luxurious.

March 23, 2007

Refugee Chic

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 9:10 am

refugee chic

Perhaps Izzy is reading to much into this fashion show, but is he right to see more than a hint of children-immigrating-for-their-lives, a la The Sound of Music?

March 22, 2007


Filed under: Bad Fashion,Hats,Men's Fashion,Outerwear — Izzy @ 8:58 am

glittery Mister Peanut

Mr. Peanut gets competitive with silver Jordan almonds.

March 21, 2007

Wide Society

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 8:01 am

really wide tie

New York Social Diary is a useful way to gawk at Gotham’s high society.  Without it, Izzy might never have seen a tie so wide it’s virtually a well-knotted scarf.

March 20, 2007

Conspicuous Consumption

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 7:13 am

Joseph Schumpeter

The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, who popularized the the idea of “creative destruction,” notoriously once claimed:

Early in life I had three ambitions. I wanted to be the greatest economist in the world, the greatest horseman in Austria, and the best lover in Vienna. Well, I never became the greatest horseman in Austria.

Who knows whether Schumpeter lived up to his boasts, but the photograph on the cover of a new biography does prove that he was at least the most dapper economist in the world, and conceivably the most arrogant.

March 19, 2007

The Law of Non-Contradiction

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shirts,Tailoring,Ties — Izzy @ 8:12 am

Jude Law in micro collar

As a matter of principle, Izzy objects to Jude Law’s micro collar and sliver of a tie. But at the very least they should have been complemented by a shorter jacket sleeve.

March 16, 2007

A Case of the Blahs

Filed under: Celebrity,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits — Izzy @ 12:04 am

Badgley Mischka

Due to their unadorned dark suits and white shirts, Izzy finds designer duo Messrs. Badgley and Mischka guilty of inciting boredom.

March 15, 2007

An Officer and a Generalissimo

Filed under: Celebrity,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 11:12 pm

Elton John in uniform

On their way to what the British call a fancy dress party, Elton John’s significant other does a fine imitation of a dutiful Marine, while Sir Elton himself conjures a tin-pot dictator. Izzy is shocked to find such a display of honesty in attire.

The Well-Traveled Weekender

Filed under: Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 1:30 pm

Kaufman.Stanley Switzerland bag

Izzy finds something enticing about this bag’s juxtaposition of suede with a purple patina leather. For the adventurous only, it’s crafted by Kaufmann.Stanley Switzerland, which is of London oddly enough.

March 14, 2007

Gone Batty

Filed under: Grooming,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 8:32 pm

cricket haircut

First it was soccer that was inspiring topiary hairdos; now it’s cricket. In so many ways, however, it’s just not cricket.

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