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Baby, Let’s Cruise Away From Here. . . GUCCI Men’s Cruise 2017

Gucci Cruise 2017 at Westminster Abbey, London {May, 2016}

“I chose Westminster Abbey because everyone has this idea of London being cool, but for me the history is what’s really cool.” 

-Alessandro Michele {source}

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Check out this righteous collection of photographs from Nick Waplington of the menswear in Alessandro Michele’s triumphant 2017 Cruise collection for GUCCI making another landmark in style for the classic Italian high fashion brand, and what is being known as another groundbreaker in the area of men’s fashion and style.

The inspirations are vast and varied ( spot turn of the century collegiate vibes, 80s punks, 90s street couture, 1920s leisurewear, 70s bohemian playboys, 50s varsity jocks,  19th century naturalists, Edo Japan, and more ), and its this exciting eclecticism that is putting Michele at the forefront of truly changing the way we look at specifically men’s fashion, which for the most part has become a sea of black, beige, and boring.

Our motto has always been ‘more is more’, and we’re happy to have such a prestigious like mind in our corner on the matter. If you are unfamiliar with the new GUCCI vibe, this collection of portraits will not only be getting you a taste, but you will truly understand what all the buzz is about. Taken almost portrait style, the loud and eccentric looks are jarringly juxtaposed against the backdrop of a stately English country home like a tribe of wanderlusting young men who had just conquered the Old World and are setting forth establishing the New.

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This is a new voice, yes; and yet, much of what we see isn’t necessarily “new” in any way, in fact, as we pointed out with the mass of inspirations colliding in this collection, its a true example of taking from the {past} to invigorate the {present} and thus poising change for the {future} …

“The men’s wardrobe is like a ritual and I am fascinated by it and its codes. The codes are not to be cancelled, they have to be reinvented and repositioned in a different fresco. There is the part of formalwear which I consider like the father of all the different styles. There are some punk pieces which are the most romantic part of the collection. When you are punk you are romantic, because you want to break the rules. And then there is the preppy/street part which recalls college-wear and is thought for more relaxed moments. Each of these parts has its own codes and, as always, I enjoyed putting a sort of confusion among the different codes and languages.”

-Alessandro Michele {source}

We have always felt like fashion and style is like a secret society full of codes and rules and symbols that all add up to create greater meaning . . . like geomancy, the way you mix and match elements have different suggestions and powers. If you are wise, you can use these powers to your advantage in your day-to-day, and even make great strides in following your path to destiny.

Through Alessandro Michele’s meticulous orchestration, and continuing success in the fashion industry, be sure to check out the change that is ready to explode in our everyday! Just look around . . .

After looking through the photographs, I’m sure you will notice the sense of individualism achieved in this collection which is a funny thing to say, when a collection is usually thought of as a wholly distinct and cohesive mass, however, what Michele knows is that there will be dozens of different men who in their daily lives belong to whichever tribe  (suits, shorts, bohos, rock n rollers, geeks, streets, etc.) and having such an eclectic array provides the greatest cohesion amongst men.

Also, note the artisanal quality of each piece. This not the same GUCCI that you find horrible knock-offs of in Chinatown . . . these are truly thought out works of art. From the embroidery, to the hand painting, to the beading, bleaching, patchwork, knitwear; each piece has a true artist quality that renders the price tags not even as devastating when you think of the work involved, as well as the increasing value throughout time.

Even with all the embellishment, at the end of the day you are looking at classic and timeless pieces. If you check out our {SHOP} you can find a lot of style-wise pieces that can help you achieve the look!

 

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Keep it classic. Keep it timeless. Keep it unique.

Hopefully we provided some inspiration.

Carry forth, and be wise to your times.

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Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Presents +KNIGHTS OF THE SANDCASTLE+

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There once was a mysterious band of knights who roamed and raved their days and nights along the banks of the cool dark waters. Young and wild, they howled at the moon like the wolves, and on the clear days when the sun seemed to sparkle like diamonds on their faces, they stood sullen like statues of antiquity before cawing and cooing outrageously to their peers. 

They sat watching the crowd waves roar; the boardwalk full of walking visitors, strange and new from far away places, that would all turn away in disdain from the boys of summer, sensing somehow their mighty position above it all . . . 

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They weren’t there for the sights and sounds, instead vying for an order of things far from the distressing quarrels of everyday society. 

Simple positions shared amongst them all. One assigned to watch, another to distribute, another to discover, and the rest to play by the rules. No one over stepped a turn at the bottle, for each one knew that their last could be any day.  Neville, one of the leaders, would say, ‘Never shy from your true colours’ and these they would display with unbroken pride. 

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Your honour was earned by the friendships you garnered and gathered. 

Some say they had magic on their sides; magic powers taken from the ages, used to ensure their place along the sand dunes. Others say they made friends easily, but were actually ghosts playing games on the common folk. 

Only one place in the world for them. A sacred fellowship that haunts us all to this day . . . 

I like to imagine seeing them there every time I go back to the seaside. Guarding their little corner of the Earth, and protecting the small sliver of paradise they managed to claim as their own. 

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Sometimes I can hear them sing their favourite tune; a memory that wavers from faded dream to brilliant exuberance.

 It was a familiar one made their own by one of their musically gifted initiates – 

 

“Going down to Stoney End.

 I never wanted to go down to Stoney End. 

Momma let me start all over! 

Cradle me Momma!

Cradle me Again . . . “

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The Knights of the Sandcastle need your help reviving their unique spirit that has been suppressed by the ages.

With their help, you too can be free. We have lots of wicked vintage apparel in the {SHOP} today so make sure you take a look, and invite a friend while you’re at it!

Our {SHOP} on ETSY is stocked full of goodies, so take a peak before they’re gone. . .

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Unti next time,

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{Style-Wise} Kurt Russell IS “The Thing” (1982) [Vintage Winter Menswear Inspiration]

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With winter in full force, we couldn’t help but search for some credible vintage inspiration to set the mood for us here, and make the frigid cold all the more bearable and at least something fun to emulate through the day. Fight that cold with some bold bad-ass style.

Change your attitude, and you can change your life. Sometimes the clothes on your back really help. . .

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Kurt Russell is totally bad-ass in John Carpenter’s 1982 Horror classic, “The Thing”. Playing a scientist at a base in Antarctica who stumbles upon an ancient evil that can hide amongst humans undetected, Russell conjures some real classic conservative cool even while he battles the odds in a sub zero hell-on-earth.

It’s all about the goggles, the big hats, the poofy jackets. And remember, sun glasses aren’t out-of-bounds just because it’s cold. Let them protect you from sun glare while you shovel and feel fucking cool while you do it. Not cold, because you’ll remember to wear a good scarf, and no, your beard does not count (but do grow it).

The point is to stay warm. Pick classic pieces and you don’t ever have to worry.  Even if you have to cover everything. I feel like there’s no real rules in winter when you need to stay warm.

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Vintage Winter Menswear Inspiration- The Iceman Cometh- 1920s

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Sometimes it’s best just to wear EVERYTHING.

Check out {The Iceman Cometh} also for more vintage winter menswear inspiration. . .

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{PHOTOBLAST} Styled To Rock ! [Vintage Style Inspiration]

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Whether today, sixty years ago, or seventy-five from now, we will always have the need to look good, and put ourselves together in a way that says ‘this is me’. It’s our suit; our armor that lets the world know we mean business.

No matter the day for us, we always like to set the mood for the day with a healthy dose of style, and with the release of Rihanna‘s “Styled to Rock” (finally; the UK version was the SHIT) in the US, we couldn’t help but feel the need to do what we do best: look back to the {past} for clues to the {present} to help us foresee and shape the {future}.

Rihanna always gets it done, and with the epitome of laid-back rock n’ roll sophisticated bad ass cool, Erin Wasson, hosting the gig, it’s a wicked hour of fashion meets music, and the basis for this wicked {Photoblast} of vintage style inspiration that explores some of our predecessors who knew how good life can be when you are Styled to Rock!

Dress to Impress, or Undress…

Until we meet again,

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Friends, Fans, & Followers – We hope the Holidays have been treating you as good as they have been treating us here!

Lots of overdue time for friends, family, and FASHION!!!!

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Let’s catch up soon, then . . .

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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{Babe Ruth and Al DeVormer sport real athletic American style.}

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Just another memory….

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Approved: Take Ivy! [Vintage 1930s/40s ‘Princeton’ Mens Sweater]

Take Ivy is right, ladies and gentlemen. The epitome of style, the roots of civilization (as we know it), stems from the halls of the Great American Ivy League Schools. Princeton is no exception, and there’s a chance to own a piece of the tradition here.


Great vintage wear to it, and I absolutely love the bright orange ‘P’. Very cool!

The neckline is very nice, as well. Love the way it’s knit. Can’t recall seeing anything like that on store shelves today.

The best thing about vintage is these things can be yours! To buy , click here. But quick before it’s too late!

You’ll definitely be a Dapper-Dan. Who named it the Depression anyway?

Simplicity is always key! Doesn’t take an Ivy League education to know that, just some Ivy Style. For more Ivy Style we reccomend Teroyushi Hayashida’s photo documentation of the American Ivy League during it’s heydey in “Take Ivy”.

First published in 1965, the book became a cult hit in Japan, with it’s showcasing of hundreds of authentic Ivy League looks.  For a long while, the book was out of publication, and has only last year come back into print. Each page is amazing, lush, and detailed; setting you up for thousands of your own stories of life behind Ivy League walls…

Grab your own copy, or head to Amazon to get the perfect gift for that fashion obsessed friend. Either/Or. You pick.


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