This Week’s Discovery

the Thomas Mason® shirt
Let’s step into our time machine for a moment, shall we? It’s 1796 and the English Industrial Revolution is in full force—ships are docked in Yorkshire harbors, loaded for the first time ever with cotton from the West Indies, and an industrious textile merchant named Sir Thomas Mason heads to Leeds to found one of the first-ever cotton mills. The fabrics quickly become a favorite of West End tailors outfitting the aristocracy, and in the 1920s, Thomas Mason is appointed the exclusive supplier
to the royal family’s shirtmaker. Today, the house continues to create shirting using the most luxurious two-ply Italian cotton that’s worn by the best-dressed men this side of Savile Row and Madison Avenue. Two hundred years later and long story short, these are some seriously nice shirts.
The official Thomas Mason handbook (aka the history of our favorite shirt ever).

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This Week’s Discovery

Quiksilver® for J.Crew

We’re taking you back to the sands of Bells Beach, Australia, in the 1970s, when the boards were longer, the waves were cleaner and the shaved ice was sweeter. Aussie surfer Alan Green was tired
of the same old surf gear he’d been cruising the tubes of the Pacific in, so with his fellow wave riders, the idea for Quiksilver—board shorts with personality—was born. Fast-forward to today and the brand (still run by seasoned pros) remains the go-to for surfers and wannabes alike. Our exclusive collection revisits the glory days of hanging ten, with slightly sun-faded styles featuring old-school details and Quiksilver’s original aloha print. Pretty gnarly, huh?
Surf’s up: Some seriously cool shots of old-school surfers, plus a vintage Quiksilver ad.

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This Week’s Discovery

Ah, man jewelry—such a slippery slope and so full of pitfalls—from the engraved silver thumb ring (thank you, 1992) to the oft-lampooned gold chain. However, there’s one piece we’ve stood behind since summer camp: the rope bracelet. Meet Miansai, the line of utilitarian-inspired bracelets designed and handcrafted by Michael Saiger in his Miami studio. Each one is made from military-grade rope sourced from the same company that supplies the U.S. Coast Guard. “I find ideas everywhere,” he says. “Construction sites, antique shops, boatyards…” So get hooked.
One of our photo stylists stacks his Miansai bracelets for a triple-dose of Eastern-seaboard cool.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Mikey DeTemple

he’s a professional surfer/filmmaker, a chef in the making
and a Moleskine fanatic. check out some of our favorite
answers from this seriously cool Ludlow-wearing guy
(who knows a thing or two about hanging ten).
Mikey’s tools of the trade (clockwise from left): 6’9” Chris Christenson single-fin
board; Bolex Super 8 camera; Grain hand plane; 2-terabyte G-Drive; Rainbow
single fin; Moleskine notepad.

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
The amazing thing about my job is that I don’t really have a nine-to-five, per se.
If the surf is good, I’ll blow everything off and surf all day long. Likewise, if
I’m editing a film on deadline, I’ll stay in the studio for 10 or 15 hours at a time.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MOVIES.
I aim to make simple, clean and minimalistic films that will stand the test of time.
I film the friends who inspire me and always pick surfers based on their style. That,
combined with amazing waves, unique locations, great music and no distracting titles,
seems to be a formula that’s working for me.

MOST RECENT PROJECT?
My last film, Sight Sound, was released in June 2011 after two years of traveling
around the globe with a group of friends. There’s no story line, narration or titles—
the images tell the story.

COOLEST PLACE YOUR JOB HAS TAKEN YOU?
Some outer islands in the Maldives that are 12 hours away by boat. The surfing was great
and attracted some of the local Maldivians to come and watch. Amazingly, it could have
been the first time many of them had seen surfing.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURFING?
My parents met surfing in the 1970s and my dad was a commercial clammer, so
everything my family did was based around surfing, fishing and the ocean. It was
only natural that I followed in their footsteps.

BEST WAVES IN THE WORLD?
Most people expect me to say somewhere like Australia, but I really love the serenity of
cold places like Canada and the Arctic Circle. Walking through the snow and paddling
out to an empty lineup with snowcapped mountains in the distance—it’s surreal.

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This Week’s Discovery

Corgi™ socks
The guys over here at 770 have always believed that style is in the details.
Their new obsession? Corgi socks.

For over a century, Corgi has been making socks for the most discerning wearers, including the royal family and the British military(not to mention, their products have earned them a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales).

Isn’t it time you joined the ranks of style?

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Real Ludlow Guys: Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett

he’s a restaurateur, a collector of cuff links
and an avid tea drinker—plus, he can rock a
silver wallet chain with panache. check out
some of our favorite answers from this
seriously cool Ludlow-wearing Brit.
Sean’s tools of the trade (from top left): vintage die-cast model of a London taxi; cuff links; custom Tricker’s brogues; antique “Greedy Gulper” large cup and saucer; Leatherman tools (two sets of pliers with an extension and assorted bits); silver wallet chain.


Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett
restaurateur

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
Being in the restaurant and retail businesses with my wife means that our life is not run on a nine-to-five schedule. Part of the excitement is not knowing what the day might bring us from one moment to the next.

MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
One rewarding aspect of the job is that to date we have had over 20 members of our staff meet their life partners through Tea & Sympathy (including me and my wife), as well as at least 30 customers. We like to say that the children from these unions are made of Tea & Sympathy ingredients.

ANY TRICKS OF YOUR TRADE TO SHARE?
Attention to the details that matter is very important. When we started A Salt & Battery in 1999, we found that the basic potato used by fish-and-chip shops in the UK wasn’tavailable in America, so we spent three months finding the perfect potato with which to make the Great British chip here in New York. This attention to ingredients has always been at the core of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery.

WHEN DO YOU WEAR A SUIT?
Whenever possible. Sometimes at work it’s not that practical, especially when I have to fix a drain or an oven. I always like to wear a good suit on social occasions too (I have a reputation of being a bit of a dandy when I get the chance).

STYLE ICON?
James Bond—he always looked sharp no matter what. I remember seeing a Bond movie as a boy in which he was captured and brought aboard the villain’s vessel whilst wearing a diving dry suit, which he removed to reveal an impeccable white dinner jacket and bow tie underneath. The audience in the cinema spontaneously burst into applause, and I was immediately struck by how cool that was.

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS WORTH REVEALING?
I have a separate career on the side where I do voice-overs for commercials and documentaries. It’s something I fell into years ago, and I like that it gives me an opportunity to do something completely different.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Charles Renfro

he’s the architect behind the High Line, an avid reader of the
New Yorker and the owner of some seriously colorful socks. check out
our favorite answers from our current favorite Ludlow guy.
Charles’ Tools of the Trade: Sharpie markers, National Brand Laboratory notebook
and ballpoint pen, Stanley tape measure, Hot Tamales, Stumptown Coffee and The New Yorker.

Charles Renfro
ARCHITECT

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
Nine-to-five is just a movie for me (gotta love Dolly Parton); With projects in China, Europe and the Middle East, we’re on call 24 hours a day.

MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
The public enjoying our work. Everything we do is intended to delight, infuriate, enlighten, confuse, provoke and comfort—hopefully all at once.

RECENT PROJECTS
The High Line and renovations to Lincoln Center, both in NYC. Projects under construction are the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF/KINDLE?
In my bag right now: a New Yorker and Reyner Banham’s classic treatise, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR INSPIRATION?
Talk to cab drivers. They’re frequently from interesting and exotic places and are usually happy to share their culture with you. It’s a cheap way to take a trip and helps make us smarter and more tolerant. Plus, you don’t have to get vaccinated!

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?
Head to the beach for a sand lobotomy.

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This Week’s Discovery:

Mougin & Piquard for J.Crew
Of all the things to come out of Switzerland (alpine skiing, the Army knife, Gruyère cheese), our favorite is by far the expertly made watch. Meet Swiss brand Mougin & Piquard (it’s pronounced mooj-awe and peek-are), which might just be the greatest watchmaker you’ve never heard of. Started by two Frenchmen in the 1920s and shuttered a half century later, it was destined to stay a secret among collectors until watch authority Tourneau® acquired its archives. That’s where we came in…We worked closely with Tourneau to create the Grande Seconde watch, an original design based on sketches discovered in the Mougin & Piquard archives, as well as details from our design team’s own collections of antique watches. The result? A watch that we’re anything but neutral about.
A glimpse behind Mougin & Piquard. Clockwise from top left:
A snapshot of La Rotonde, a popular café in Paris’s Montparnasse that Ernest Mougin and Paul Piquard frequented (alongside expat artists and writers) before moving to Switzerland in 1926 to begin their watch business; One of Mougin & Piquard’s vintage 33mm men’s watches; The inner workings of a vintage timepiece.

This Week’s Discovery:

DODOcase for J.Crew
Finally, something for bookworms and tech geeks alike. Our accessories designer, Addi, spotted these handmade covers on a trip to California and a partnership was born. Crafted in San Francisco using classic bookbinding techniques and eco-friendly materials—including durable Moroccan cloth plus an interior bamboo tray—these covers are the perfect mix of old and new (and we mean very new—they even fit the just-released iPad 3). To help them create custom book-alike covers just for us, our design team scoured neighborhood bookshops to find vintage tomes to send to DODOcase as inspiration. So whether you’re reading the Times or playing Angry Birds, this case will make you look (and feel) like the smartest person on the subway commute.
From handpicked books to hand-finished details, here’s a closer look at how those clever techies at DODOcase create their cool covers. Plus, don’t miss the video above, which shows exactly how everything comes together, from start to finish.

Real Ludlow Guys: Jenke-Ahmed Tailly

we asked nine real guys to suit up in style in our Ludlow suit
(and spill the beans on their style, inspirations and favorite pastimes).
here are our favorite answers from ultimate cool guy, Jenke…
Jenke-Ahmed Tailly
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
I prefer five to nine.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CREATIVE DIRECTOR?
Conceptualize and realize a dreamed sense of aesthetic.

YOU’RE ALSO A FASHION EDITOR—TELL US ABOUT THAT.
I like Garage magazine and just did a cool editorial on hair fractals using mathematical concepts with breathtaking African hair-braiding techniques.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Eyes, hands and melancholia.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?
Swim.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF/KINDLE?
Played Out: The Jean Seberg Story by David Richards, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
and La Poursuite du Bonheur by Michel Houellebecq.

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