The man. Even he gets hooked sometimes…
1. Traditional South Carolina Hat from State Traditions: Add some flavor to your hat rotation with an off-color version of the classic.
Beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. Churchill Downs. On Saturday, May 4th, the thoroughbreds will thunder around the track on their ‘run for the roses’. While the horse race gets all the TV coverage, the traditions and style are on full display at the track. Mint Juleps, the ladies’ hats, and ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ are long-standing traditions that make the day.
For the guys who know their Derbies, there are standards. Standards in the way we look, the way we carry ourselves, and in what we drink. Whether you are watching the race from the infield or up in the stands, make sure you look good by dressing the part:
The Internets is a great place. I recently came across custom furniture maker The New Traditionalists, and was blown away. While I’m not a big interior design guy, I do appreciate fine work, and I knew it as soon as I clicked through their site. After exchanging a few emails, manager Scott Procops offered some information on his company:
We make sartorially inspired pieces of furniture. Classic silhouettes with contemporary details. Our design team is made up of veterans of Ralph Lauren, which certainly reflects in our furniture. For many of our upholstered goods, we are using fine fabrics typically used in menswear. Savile Row Tweeds, Shearling, Belgian Linen, Italian Leather, etc. Additionally, as everything is bespoke, the buyer can essentially make a piece their own in every way. Think about those crazy chairs from Wm Lamb & Son. The possibilities are endless and it can truly inspire the creative process.
The idea behind the aesthetic of the New Traditionalists is one that is vaguely familiar, yet new and unique. The silhouettes are all classic, however the details and touches are contemporary and often fashion inspired. Brady brings his appreciation for fashion and menswear to his designs and often employs details and fabrics reserved for clothing (a d-ring buckle, a tooth closure, pin stripes, shearling, glenplaid and houndstooth, baseball stitching, corduroy and suede, etc.) Additionally, many of the pieces are inspired by certain things or places including the seat of a vintage Porsche 911 and the brogueing on an Alden Wingtip. We have recently partnered with century old Savile Row textile maker, Holland & Sherry, and have began upholstering pieces in their beautiful fabrics.
We are truly an American brand. We own and operate our own factory in Northwestern CT, the original building is from the turn of the century. All pieces are designed in Soho, NY and built in CT. Each piece is hand made, custom tailored and made to order. This is not furniture that is being shipped to you after sitting in a warehouse for months. When you pick out a piece, it is made for you from scratch using hardwood from the Northeast and Mid Atlantic, picked specifically based on grain.
Here is a run down of our company history. Philip Erdoes, an venture capitalist from Oklahoma, linked up with childhood friend Brady Wilcox (an architect by training, who worked in fashion retail store design for a number a years) and decided to start making furniture. Brady’s resume included Ralph Lauren, John Varvatos and Donna Karan. Brady recruited friend David Harris from RL, and Philip brought on our CFO Rebby Gregg. Those were the 4 founding partners. Their designs began with children’s furniture, a company called ducduc, and eventually they delved into pieces for the rest of the home. ducduc still exists as a sister company and is made in the same factory and designed by the same people.
In addition to having our pieces in the Holland & Sherry locations, we also have tables at Hickey Freeman’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan as well as a chair in the Christian Louboutin Men’s store in the Meatpacking district.
Additionally, everything that we make is completely customizable. From dimension to wood finish to fabric to hardware, every piece you can truly make your own. Our partnership with H & S gives our customers the opportunity to pick from their extensive library of fabrics. If you can envision something a certain way, we can make it happen.
Their pieces are really works of art. Beyond this Charleston-inspired gun cabinet, check out these pieces:
Bar Cart – look familiar?
I don’t know. Call it Masters fever. Call it ‘happy to see leaves on the trees’. Whatever. I’m seeing green…and lots of it:
1. Criquet Players Shirt in ‘Augusta Green’
So you’ve got a date. A good date. You like this girl…and you scored some tickets to a Braves game. Since this is a date, don’t break out the cornhole and start shotgunning beers on your lunch break to prepare. This is a date. Do it right:
1. 1908 Boston Braves Hat: Braves, but especially a tip of the hat to Boston.
P.S. – The Official Red Clay Soul Braves Prediction: 99 wins.