Posts tagged ‘Harry Bertoia’

March 24, 2011

How to double the life of your blue or grey suit? Brown shoes.

Before black shoes became appropriate to wear with everything, the traditional choice for a men’s shoe with a blue  or grey suit was brown.

Look closely at this 1961 portrait of Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia. All three are wearing a grey suit with brown shoes.

On any given day, if you tune into “The Today Show,” you can see how the conservatively but always impeccably dressed Matt Lauer follows this rule.

I always recommend to clients who buy a grey suit that they buy both black and brown shoes (usually from Ferragamo) so they can get two different looks from the suit.

The same applies to a blue suit. GQ magazine recently advised:

Always, Always Brown with Blue
1. Learn what every well-dressed European man knows: The best way to bring out the richness of your blue suit is with equally rich brown accessories.
2. A brown leather bag only gets better with age.
3. Brown dress shoes should be dark, like the color of coffee with just a touch of cream.

Cotton poplin suit, $1,845, shirt, $420, belt, $300, and shoes, $760, by Prada. Duffel bag, $3,420, by Louis Vuitton.

March 8, 2011

Design: Iconic mid-century portrait turns 50

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom

We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of this iconic photo which features “The Mad Men of of Mid-Century Design.” It appeared, believe it or not, in    Playboy, July 1961.

For lovers and collectors of mid-century furniture, we think of this image as the Playboy Playmates of the Century.

The photo was accompanied by  an excellent article which  I highly recommend you read here.

Yes, as you might have suspected, I do read Playboy for the articles.

I also recommend the link to the blog The Selvage Yard.

From a fashion standpoint, I want to point out that the men are dressed in suits of every conceivable shade of grey.

Guys, this is exactly what your closet should contain in 2011.