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newman’s own

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paul newman is the man.  the other day someone asked me who my favorite actor was and i said newman.  the sting and cool hand luke are two of my favorite movies of all time.  there’s no doubt he was a hollywood icon, a style icon, and for those of us that can’t rock a duck dynasty-esque beard, he was a beard icon (that is if one can be a beard icon – just go with it).  here are a few of my favorite shots of newman and his beard.  i’ve had newman’s own beard for almost a year now.  i hope it looks half as good as the real thing (my pics not included).

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style icon: michael caine

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who says you can’t wear loafers with a suit?  sure as hell not michael caine.  in fact, i couldn’t find a picture of him not wearing loafers (and few without a cigarette in his mouth).  if you’re a suit-and-tie to work kind of guy, then michael caine is your style muse.  his suits were tailored to perfection by the late great english tailor doug hayward.  hayward tailored his customers suits to savile row standards, but with the relaxed aesthetic of italian design.  caine finished the look with thick rimmed glasses, a thin tie and a cigarette.  it worked as caine is often regarded as one of the most stylish men on and off the silver screen.  and if you haven’t seen caine do work in get carter, do yourself a favor and rent it this weekend.  it’s a classic.

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mcqueen on set

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this picture needs no explanation.  there was no one cooler than steve mcqueen.  few guys can pull off the white v-neck t-shirt quite like mcqueen did in between takes on the set of bullitt.  but, hey, if you want to try, here’s a good starting point:

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navy chinos from club monaco

white v-neck shirt from alternative apparel

“playboy” chukkas from sid mashburn

sunglasses from persol

how to handle a firearm featuring humphrey bogart

humphrey bogart is one of my all time favorite actors and one of the coolest guys to ever walk the face of the planet.  i don’t think i’ve seen a picture of him where he didn’t look perfectly put together.  recently i found these publicity shots of bogart from the 1941 film high sierra.  as you can see, he looked extremely comfortable handling a firearm.  click read more for the rest of the pics.

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dad jeans

my old man (and one of my style icons) bought his very first pair of imogene + willie jeans today. after trying on both the willie and the barton, he went with the barton. it was his first time in the store and definitely won’t be his last. looking sharp, dad.

note: i snapped this pic before they took his measurements.  he didn’t walk out of the store with that much cuff.

jake davis test shots: sid mashburn

jake davis does great work.  if you’ve never seen his blog, you can check it out here.  every couple of weeks, he posts a “test shot” of someone he admires – which is basically a minute long, slow motion video of said individual set to cool music.  his latest test shot of sid mashburn is his best in my opinion.  i love jake’s description of sid:

from spending the afternoon with sid it’s very clear how much he loves, not just designing clothes, but the people that wear his clothing. and they love him right back. It was nearly impossible to shoot on the bridge behind his store without someone stopping to say, “hello.”

i had the pleasure of meeting sid one time away from his store.  he was meeting with a buddy of mine that i had run into at a coffee shop.  he recognized we were into our conversation and asked what we were talking about.  my friend told him we were grading our fantasy football draft.  sid got real excited and started asking about our teams.  i felt bad for cutting into their meeting time, but sid was legitimately interested.  he’s a genuine dude and jake’s test shot captures his personality perfectly.  thanks for sharing, jake.

the rat pack

i’m headed to vegas this weekend for work.  i have a hard time going to vegas without thinking about sinatra, martin, and davis.  i don’t know too much about joey bishop or peter lawford, but i’m sure they were cool cats to be included in the rat pack.  i can’t imagine what vegas was like when those 3 were alive.  almost every single one of their shows sold out.  they never said who was going to be on the bill.  one of them would announce a show and people would go hoping other members of the rat pack would show up.  only they didn’t call it the rat pack – the press and generally public did.  they called it the summit or the clan.  in all honesty, they probably didn’t care what it was called as long as they were having a good time.

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