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Miscellaneous Where to Wear

  Usually we eat lunch standing up in between helping customers. Consequently, we really feel like we're on vacation whenever we get the chance to sit down for an uninterrupted lunch. Thus, when we heard that a brand new, locally-owned panini restaurant had just opened, we decided to take a lunch vacation there. After all, a panino is an Italian sandwich and we could do a lot worse than vacation for an hour or so in Italy. I'm happy to say we made a good choice. The list of panini on offer is short, but well-chosen and creative as are...

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Musings on the Market, Spring 2011

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

Last week's men's 2011 spring clothing market had us sorting through button-down shirts, colorful crewnecks, plain-front pants, narrow ties, regimental stripes, tartan plaids, madras and seersucker fabrics, penny loafers and, yes, saddle oxfords. Clearly, what we have here is a resurgence of interest in the traditional American men's style known as "Ivy League". For those of you born too late to have experienced this style firsthand here's a quick history: Ivy League is what those irrepressible (and elite) American college boys were wearing circa 1930-1965 to make sure they didn't look too much like their fathers. Whereas Father (or maybe...

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What's Eco-Friendly? Breanish Tweed.

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

  A young man recently explained his plight: due to marry soon, he was looking for a suit both appropriate for the occasion and eco-friendly so as to reflect his dedication to environmental concerns.   We did some research and found that hemp produces the most eco-friendly fabric widely available because no pesticides are needed to grow it. Unfortunately, hemp is too soft to tailor well, so experienced tailors won't use it for suits.   Cotton, if certified organic, would work, but we haven't been able to find it anywhere yet in a suiting weight. And uncertified cotton is an...

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New Ideas

Miscellaneous

  We think we have some great new ideas and the worst problem with having a new idea is the fact that you can't just snap your fingers and put it into practice. Instead you have to actually stop and think about it, draw some diagrams, make some lists, estimate costs, draw up a plan... and by that time it may not seem like such a good idea any more, especially since we don't even know if it's worth a try until we've tried it. In the high-speed, high-tech world we live in it would feel so much more creative...

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