Now just about every man sometime in his life has worn or owned a Cardigan sweater.
This nifty wardrobe wrap has completed many a gentleman’s outfit, whether lounging at home by the fire or bookcase, to strolling in the park in mid Autumn amid a shower of colorful leaves, or in the case of James Thomas Brudenell, charging into battle in the “Valley of Death“; which is where the strange origin of this popular wardrobe piece begins.
(James Thomas Brundenell)
In 1853 James Thomas Brundenell, who was a British commander during the Crimean War who led a light cavalry against the Turks, with the mission of retrieving captured guns from Turkish positions to prevent them from falling into the hands of Russian forces. However due to mixed up communication coming down from the British chain of command, Lord Cardigan and his troops was send to another artillery frontal assault enemy battery that had strong defensive fire, and was very prepared.
(Artist depiction of The Charge of the Light Brigade. Portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.)
Lord Cardigan’s “Light Brigade” suffered huge casualties and had to retreat very soon after they came under fire. This event was immortalized in the narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.
The 7th Earl of Cardigan wore this type of sweater during his failed charge, and thus the sweater got it’s name and became quite popular in the British isles as well as the French fishermen, due it’s warmth and comfort.
Today this indispensable and very fashionable apparel item is still very popular in both men’s and women’s fashion, which comes in many different fabrics and styles. Just in time for the Fall, indeed!
Distressed Cotton T-shirt, Denim Chinos, Wheat belt, Cotton Red Shocks, Classic Espadrill Sneakers.
The “Cure” for the Summer Time Blues.
Powder Blue Sateen Dress Shirt, Chambray Sports Coat, Patent leather Chelsea Boots, Blue White Dot Tie, White Chino Trousers, Black Wheat Belt.
Long Sleeve Till Shirt, Cotton Blazer, Jack Trousers, Wheat Belt, Touch Screen Leather Smartwatch, Puma Ripstop Sneakers.
Let’s all stay Kool and Dry…By and By in July!!!
With Spring waning and Summer Waxing, these three end of Spring looks are perfect for the transition to the warmer months.
Casual Linen V-neck Chinese Collar Long Sleeve T-shirt, Hugo Boss Orvin leather belt, Tokyo Silk Blend Tuxedo Trousers, Fossil Grant Sport Chronograph Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high tops.
The Scene in Green: From Work Fashions for Fridays……
Mens Classic Wrinkle Resistant Long Sleeve Button Down, Frye Luke Oxford (Green) Men’s Shoes, Slim-fit cotton trousers, (Chester) Men’s Belt, Wenger Green Men’s Swiss Off Road Olive Silicone Strap Watch.
All Week Business Chic……
Geoffrey Beene Gunmetal Sateen Classic Fit Dress Shirt, Florsheim Big and Tall Pebble Grain Leather Belt (Black), Gaubert Grey // Cotton-mix-pants, Nobel Ankle Boots in Black Leather, Tissot Tissot PR 100 Stainless Steel Leather Watch.c
The Classy Casual Hours for April Showers.
Well you know they say: those April shower’s bring the beautiful flowers, that bloom in the month of May! However until, than we have to stay dry and fashionable, and a gentleman’s work is never done, in work and play!
Top: Fletch solid raincoat, classic pink polo shirt, 1920’s Camel Hair Vintage Derby Hat, Rootbeer Color Boat Shoes, Blue Faded Straight Leg Jeans, Gamel Brown Leather Belt, London Vintage Beech Handle Umbrella.
(Business Casual as Usual)
Short Heritag Trench Coat, Casual Business Long Sleeve Multi Color Dress Shirt, Tweed Skinny Tie, Slim Leg Leather Pants, Black Saffiano Belt, Brown Urban Watch, Black Plain Toe Oxford Leather Shoes.
Causal Chic for Those Hours of Weekend Showers: (Weekend Ready April Rain Wear.)
Powder Blue Twyford Button Raincoat, Long Sleeve Blue and White Stripe T-Shirt, Blue Men’s Baily Hat, Ribbed Skinny White Jeans, Brown Men’s Chester Belt, Striped Folding Umbrella, Blue Haste Oxford Shoes.
So how about that weather? Milder temperatures, scattered showers, stylish looks, and soon May flowers!
Stay dry my friends, and always look sharp!
Spring Ahead This Vernal Equinox with These 2017 Neo Victorian Styles!
NEO-MOD VICTORIAN STYLE
(Men’s Stylish Casual Shirt, Men’s Velvet Goth Steampunk Victorian Frock Coat, Leather Chelsea Boots, Cotton Chino Pants.)
(Classic Fit Contrast Dress Shirt, Black Skinny Tie, Black and White Casual Lace Sneaker, Slim Tapered Stretch Black Denim Jeans, Victorian Inspired Over Coat.)
NEO-MOD VICTORIAN: Easy Casual Street Style
(Smart Black Velvet Skinny Trousers, Single Breasted Lapel Coat, Long Sleeve Grandad Collar T-Shirt, Patent Leather Chelsea Boots, Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic Watch.)
All Three Set’s: Styled and Curated by Mike Strange.
(Arturo Alfonso Schomberg)
On my first visit to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located on 135th Street and Lenox Ave in Harlem, I marveled at the exhibits celebrating the black experience including beautiful art work and even black science fiction writers, a modernspace for events and the research library downstairs. The center consists of three connected buildings, the Schomburg building, the Langston Hughes building and the Landmark building.
Under the auspices of the New York Public Library it started as The Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints, the prototype for the current center today which opened in 1925 as a special collection for the 135th Street library branch to match the needs of the growing black community. In 1926 the division won international acclaim when the Puerto Rican born black scholar and book collector Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was added to the collection, which consisted of 2,000 etchings and paintings, 3,000 manuscripts, over 5,000 books and thousands of pamphlets.
(The original site of the of The Collection of Negro Literature, History and Prints, Now the “Landmark Building”).
The Division was renamed the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature, History and Prints in 1940. The center was designated a research library in 1972 by the New York Public Library and then became the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The center underwent an expansion in 1991, adding exhibition spaces, galleries and a 340 seat Langston Hughes Auditorium for lectures and performances and special events.
The history of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a rich one, and while its establishment can be traced to the very beginning, the founding of the center is a bit more complex. Even when I asked the gentleman behind the information desk in the research library, he had a difficult time giving me an answer due to the complex nature of its founding and referred me to a couple of books on Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a very interesting fellow who was also a black Master Mason at a Brooklyn Lodge.
(Arturo Alfonso Schomburg with his Masonic Fraters at the Brooklyn Lodge)
In essence, the true founders of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, was The New York Public Library and Arturo Alfonso Schomburg due to his magnificent collection of books and manuscripts, as well as paintings and etchings. In 1920 Catherine Allen Latimer became the first African American librarian hired by the New York Public Library at the 135th Street branch. The Schomburg Center is currently finishing renovations for a more modern look to reflect the 21 century.
On Wednesday Jan 11th Nick Fowler and Natasha Komis gave a riveting performance for the Code NYC weekly music series at Chelsea Station. Nick and Natasha played for a small and intimate crowd of industry people and performed some fantastic covers.
First, Sax player Geno Marriott from the D.C area opened up for the duo playing a couple of amazing sets which was quite impressive.
Then “Nick and Natasha” played seven sets of covers, which included John Lennon’s “Imagine”, “Wonderwall” by Oasis, Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”, Bryan Adam’s “Summer of 69”, a tribute to the late George Michael’s “Father Figure”, and Gun’s and Roses “Sweet Child of Mine”.
The two then closed with another Bryan Adams song “Everything I Do” with Geno Marriott joining in on the sax, which really blew everyone away for a stunning final. Needless to say this was a rare treat for all that attended!
One of the most unique hidden gems in Chelsea is the men’s boutique clothing store “Conquete” owned and operated by the men’s clothing designer Richard Cohen.
(Iconic Men’s Fashion Designer Richard Cohen)
Richard Cohen started designing women’s wear contour “made to measure” for about three years, than he gave it all up and went into the restaurant industry for 15 years, but his love and passion for designing clothes compelled him to return “with a whole new line of men’s wear custom made for club goers, special parties, carnival, and vacations.
(Model: Samir Arboleda)
When I asked Richard why he chose to do men’s wear he said: “because I wanted to wear my own clothes, I don’t wear the women’s clothes that I made, so I do men’s wear. First I was working on consignment for about five or six boutiques and things were not moving fast enough for me, so I realized I had enough inventory to open my own store; I tried to work with other people, but they turned me down so I opened my own store for my men’s clothing line, it was easier to show all my designs in one space.”
Richard first opened a small store on 8th Ave and 22th street back in 1998, he than closed that store in 2000 and opened at his current location in 2001. “I had a show in between the two stores doing designs for private clientele, special orders, shirts, pants, and bathing suits.”
Richard likes items that are “odd and different” and used to sell exclusively only his designs, now he sells his and a mixture of other choice designers that he deems unique and not produced by others. He specializes in men’s pants, shirts, and swimwear.
Richard’s designs are inspired by the things that he would wear himself and the”touch and feel of the fabric. I don’t follow trends, I don’t even look at magazines” he added.
(Sale Associate/Model: Samir Arboleda)
What really unique about Conquete is that you will always find “special items” that you can’t find anywhere else especially in department stores. “I offer a lot more choices for my customers”. After my interview with Richard he had a young designer by the name of Daniel Merat come in to see him for help with his FIT portfolio. He had to design a jacket and needed some help, so Richard invited me (to my delight) to his work shop downstairs in the basement to watch and learn a little about men’s fashion designing.
(Richard helping young designer Daniel Merat with his design for FIT)
As I watched this master craftsmen work in his studio I was awestruck at the ease and perfect way he designs as well as the fine fabric that he is ever so selective about, only the finest fabrics and stitching will do for Richard.
Richard is most proud of his loyal and long term clients that he has made happy for so many years, “you get something in return when your clients come back and thank you for great custom garments.”
Conquete is located at 257 West 23rd Street New York, NY (646) 638-2646.(or log on to Conquete.net). If you’re into men’s fine fashion styles, stop by the store and get that favorite man in your life something great, or treat yourself to a fashionable holiday gift.