Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Getting Up To Speed

My apologies for being even more off the grid than usual - sorry if that comes off kinda like an absent father apologizing for missing another birthday.  Besides being kinda busy, I was abroad for a little R&R and I didn't really have time for the information super highway, not that I really wanted to.  Regardless, excuses are excuses.  Here has been what's going.

-The Chinese Democracy of webshops (yes, shots fired at Dr. Dre) is finally online.  Instead of heaping loads of praise on Sid in yet another Sart Inc post I feel it more apropos to say something about the selection of goods in this online shop.  Everything here, from top to bottom, is pretty much essential to a well dressed man's wardrobe.  Assuming you never needed to wear a sportcoat (which, I guess, some of you don't) everything here would create a foundation that I'm not sure any other single retail outlet can provide.  Especially, when you consider there is not anything unnecessary, in terms of apparel, also up for grabs.  At the end of the day, that's really the highest compliment I can pay any brand.

-I guess I now blog in a world where I am no longer the first dude you can complain to about wasting precious posts on Boglioli's newest gear.

-Right, right, so I was in Italy (not bragging, swearsies).  My itinerary was fuller than the belly of a tourist drinking gypsy beers on The Spanish Steps, but I did do some sartorial things.  I didn't really have time time to shop, but I did hit up Battistoni.


“Let me buy you a jacket.  When we get to Rome, there’s a great place - Battistoni.  Battistoni [speaking with an Italian accent].” - Dickie Greenleaf to Tom Ripley

“I’ve been watching The Talented Mr. Ripley a lot lately because I’ve been working on a spring concept called ‘Hello Ravello.’ As I walked down the Via Condotti, I heard Dickie Greenleaf’s voice in my head singing the praises of Battistoni. The 62 year old shop is tucked away through the cortile of a palazzo half way down said street. Its continued success, despite its discreet location speaks volumes about the cut and quality of their product. No doubt Dickie would still be a frequent customer.” - Kenny, who also provided the lovely image above

Kenny, being the good friend that he is, hit me with a few recs in regards to shopping Roma.  Despite my schedule the one shop I was NOT going to miss was Battistoni.  I mean, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY!  DICKIE FUCKING GREENLEAF!

I walked away with a couple of beautiful silk pocket squares and could not have been more pleased with the entire experience.  The staff was extremely helpful, the goods (both private label and otherwise) we’re 100% in line with my personal stylistic leanings, and despite not knowing much English a dude still went out of his way to compliment me on my dad jeans.

-And, finally, after spending time in the country most influencing menswear bloggers right now I had to comment on Hogan footwear.


While in Italy the most popular men's footwear option that I saw was Hogan footwear, aside from suede driving mocs worn without socks of course.  Even though many of us are hopping on, or helping navigate, the unconstructed, cutaway collar, 2” cuff bandwagon, I still sincerely doubt we are ever going to bring these stateside.  Though, I would be lying if I said I didn’t see a dude absolutely killing it in some Interactive’s paired with a kit normally reserved for double monks.  Sketchers for the sprezz set?  I’ll let you figure that our for yourself.

-L.A.S

16 comments:

  1. Them shoes is nasty.

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  2. I was just in Italy recently myself, and recall seeing many Hogan shoes as well. They were all very nice!

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  3. Mashburn is charging $55 for 501s, ~30% above the going rate. I'm sure everything else on the site is a great value.

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  4. OK, I'm sorry but I cannot let this pass. "Chinese Democracy" - Guns n' Roses. "2001" - Dr. Dre. That's not for you, that's for your readers that don't know you are taking the piss. I'm glad you're back, looking forward to future posts.

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  5. Big Daddy Man - Many thanks for the kind words, but you do realize that's a call out because Dr. Dre has still yet to release Detox, right? I am comparing Sid's webstore to a much anticipated thing that has ACTUALLY been released now that it is officially up.

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  6. hogans are cool..too bad that the US market did not get it, and confuse them for sketchers.....:)

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  7. Hogans are top notch, they're made by Tod's. They might not look as particularly baller as a pair of lacettos, but still quality. hogan/nike collab?

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  8. Are you people eating lsd hoagies? Those Hogans are hideous. Yikes.

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  9. Just cause there's a lot of something in a cool place doesn't make it cool. The Hogan store in SoHo has been around for a while. Even had a good friend who worked there for a minute. Still could never fathom buying a pair. Be Shoes or Be Sneakers... please don't try to be both,

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  10. Our host is actually "dropping subliminals" directed at Dre/Detox through a reference to "Chinese Democracy." Subliminals, however, do not qualify for "shots fired," which generally stands as an independent exclamation with the subject of the attack made clear through context.

    We propose the following rewording:

    "The 'Detox' of webshops is finally online (shots fired!)"

    -The Committee For Rap Slang In Menswear Blogging

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  11. Loved your GQ Eye feature...about time! Keep it up my friend

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  12. High quality and originalpost L.A.S.
    Always interesting to follow your discoveries.

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  13. Please stop smoking, and please eat healthier. -medstudent anon

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  14. i eat healther. and btw sart inc italy shmitaly you shld be postin more knowledge and less hogwash

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  15. i live in Roma, sorry but these shoes are not fashionable. i still refuse to buy them even if more than half of my friends have them. they are comfortable however, my mom and sisters have some. i still will not. i do not get their hideous concept.

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing..Its very nice.


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