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  • Seven-Plus Films to Watch For the Vintage

    By Scott Daniels The film industry doesn't always get vintage right—and this doesn’t just apply to twentieth century set pieces. If you’ve seen the 1963 Cleopatra, which star Elizabeth Taylor found particularly embarrassing, you’ve seen some of the worst damage Hollywood can do, with 1960s hairdos and clothing styles all the rage in ancient Egypt. When a film misses the mark completely, coming up with costumes, settings and hairstyles which in no way reflect the period they are attempting...
  • Two Toes in the Water: Handkerchiefs and Cufflinks

    By Scott Daniels For many men, putting together a full vintage (or vintage inspired) suit and tie combination can be a challenge ringed with pitfalls, traps, and dead ends. In the best of circumstances, you’re a gentleman of medium height or a bit shorter, with a trim build, flat stomach, not-too-wide shoulders, and tidy proportions. For this fellow, vintage suits are plentiful enough to allow a fairly wide selection. With a little patience, the exact suit, in the desired fabric, color,...
  • Deco, Nouveau, & Crafts: Know Your Arts

    By Scott Daniels “Art Deco” may be the most misused identifier in the English speaking world. One sees objects and buildings from the entire sweep of the 20th century labeled “Art Deco” as a generic term meaning “fancy” (or so it seems). Art Deco is often confused with the Art Nouveau period, not in style but in carelessly applied naming, though the two are genetically as different as a locomotive and a lotus flower. To add confusion, the overlapping Arts & Crafts movement, with its subsets...
  • Three Vintage Hats You Need to Buy Today - 5-3-2018

    This is a new feature-- a weekly roundup of three hat finds from around the net. [URL]https://www.etsy.com/listing/590665422/size-7-34-vintage-1930s-stetson-raw-edge[/URL] Up first is size 7 3/4 1930s Stetson raw edge. Larger hats like this are tough to find these days, and this one appears to be in pretty good shape, especially after a clean and block. [URL]https://www.etsy.com/listing/610837453/size-7-34-vintage-1930s-stetson[/URL] Next is another large size 7 3/4 Zephyr Weight 1930s Stetson. This one is...
  • Classic Cocktails To Teach Your Bartender

    By Scott Daniels It depends on the place, but I normally stick with a martini as the usual thing to have before dinner at a restaurant. It's such an absolute standard, with a history stretching back nearly a century, that ordering a martini should be as simple as speaking the word. "Martini, please." What your server brings back should then be a cocktail of gin and dry vermouth stirred with ice and poured into a funnel shaped, stemmed glass with a garnish of a plump olive or two on a...
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