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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Perry Ellis Hand Knit Sweaters


Perry Ellis Hand Knit Sweaters
One of my favorite Perry Ellis Advertisements
   Perry Ellis, was part of that school of designers that had a preppy influence. For all us prepsters a thick, heavy sweater is the ultimate form of casual style. If you're a fan of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger then I highly recommend that you check into vintage Perry Ellis sweaters. Perry Ellis, was well known for his hand knit sweaters. His focus on using earthy tones, with intricate patterns. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Collegiate Sportswear event at the National Arts Club in which Jefferey Banks mentioned, unlike most designers Perry Ellis took great importance on choice of fabric for the sweaters. Perry Ellis, was a trendsetter, the first with designer sweaters in the runway, then other brands like Calvin Klein came to follow. I'm going to listen to my own advice and go hunt for vintage Perry Ellis sweaters. Enjoy everyone!

Perry Ellis Hand Knit Sweaters

Perry Ellis Hand Knit Sweaters
Fall 1984 Sonia Delaunay Inspired Sweater

Perry Ellis Hand Knit Sweaters
1981 Single Cable Knit Sweater

Friday, October 17, 2014

Vita Fede Mini Titan Crystal Bracelet

Vita Fede Mini Titan Crystal Bracelet Armparty Armstack
 If you follow me on instagram then you'll know I'm the biggest advocate for the armstack craze. Every woman must have an outrageous amount of wrist jewelry. Expand your armstack or arm candy with this gorgeous bracelet from Vita Fede. The Vita Fede "Mini" plated bracelet features a clear Swarovski cone detail with a hinge closure. The bracelet is made in Italy and it features swarovski crystals. Great  option for any women that wants a elegant bracelet guaranteed to get you stares and compliments. The bracelet retails for $390.00. Get it now and make your wrist flossy.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Ansonia Hotel 1909

The Ansonia Hotel 1909

Today for my fbf (flash back Friday) I came across to this postcard of the Ansonia hotel that dates back to 1909. The Ansonia is located at 2109 Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets.  The beautiful hotel is one of the earliest buildings that actually put grace in the Upper West Side skyline. William Earl Dodge Stokes was the genius behind the hotel, that was an heir to the Ansonia copper fortune. The Ansonia was astronomical, it covered  550,000 square feet of space divided between 2,500 rooms, 300 suites, grand ballrooms, restaurants decorated in the style of Louis XIV, a palm court, tea rooms and cafes, a bank, a barbershop and tailor, writing rooms, Turkish baths, and the world's largest indoor swimming pool. The hotel  was fireproof since its interior walls were terra cotta. An interesting fact is this was the first hotel to be air conditioned in New York City. Famous people that made the hotel their residence are Babe Ruth, Cornell Woolrich, and Jack Dempsey. 

The Ansonia Hotel 1909
The Prices!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Northern Grade x Ohio Knitting Mills

Ohio Knitting Mills
Windmill Ski Sweater

Ohio Knitting Mills
Windmill Ski Sweater
    Last week, NorthernGrade was around in New York City. Obviously me being quality goods enthusiast, I had to past by. I was very excited to find out that Ohio Knitting Mills were going to be there. In the past years there has been resurgence clothing being made in the USA. But it has been mainly consisting of leather goods and footwear. However, the niche of sweaters made in the USA is still small. Probably because knitting decorative sweaters are somewhat of a rare art in today's world. If you follow me on Instagram for a while, then you know how prideful I am on my sweater collection. Wearing sweaters are the reason why I like fall. Ohio Knitting Mills has been around since 1927. The company was one of the biggest Knitwear manufacturers in the United States. The sweaters have that heavy, thick classic feel that isn't normally seen on today's sweaters. The sweaters are actually sewn using old methods. You're really getting your money's worth. The windmill ski sweater was the sweater that caught my attention when I passed by the booth really love the pattern of the sweater, which reminds me of my beloved Norwegian birds eye sweater. Everything in the booth looked wonderful from the pullover ski sweaters to the cardigans. This really more a teaser of what I saw from Ohio Knitting Mills. I will be doing a more detailed post next week stay tuned.

Ohio Knitting Mills

Ohio Knitting Mills

Ohio Knitting Mills

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Sold for 1.95 Billion



Waldorf Astoria Hotel Sold for 1.95 Billion
  
    One of my favorite hotels in New York City, The Waldorf Astoria is being sold to a Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group for $1.95 billion. Making it the the most expensive ever sold. The famous hotel was built in 1931, by Schultze&Weaver, same architect firm that worked on other New York City landmarks like New York's Grand Central Terminal, The Pierre hotel, and  The Sherry-Netherland. Conrad Hilton claimed in 1932 that the hotel was "The Greatest of Them All" and it was his goal to own the hotel. In October 1949, his goal came true and he purchased the New York City Landmark and obtained management rights to the property. The hotel has 1,416 guest rooms and suites. Each room is decorated differently; no two are exactly alike, which is pretty impressive. The Waldorf Hotel was the first to offer complete electricity&private bathrooms. It also popularized room service for guests. In 1993, it became  an official New York City landmark. The hotel is the flagship hotel of the Hilton's luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Part of the deal, the Hilton will continue to operate the property for 100 years and the hotel will undergo a major renovation. Money made from the sale will enable Hilton Woad Hiltonrldwide, the largest hotel group in the world based on number of rooms, to buy more properties in the USA. The deal is scheduled to close on Dec. 31 2014

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Sold for 1.95 Billion

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tuckerblair Bean Boot Needlepoint Belt

Tuckerblair Bean Boot Needlepoint Belt
$115.00
   One of my favorite needlepoint goods companies is Tuckerblair. Tuckerblair always has a new design that isn't seen on other needlepoint belts brands. This fall Tuckerblair outdone themselves by designing a needlepoint bean boot embroidered belt. In the east coast the bean boot is a must have in everyone's wardrobe. Since 1912 the boot has done the job of keeping you dry and stylish. The bean boot is one of the reasons why I always look forward towards fall. The belt like the bean boot is designed and made in the United States. Hand-stitched 100% pima cotton with full grain leather backing with solid brass buckle. But wait, it gets better, you can also add a monogram. For $115 you can certainly certify yourself a true bean boot fan. Wearing the bean boot/moc is one of the reasons why I like being out in inclement weather. Enjoy the pics below me wearing one of my favorite boots. Obviously I need this belt!!!

Staycrispymyfriends LL Bean Boots
Rainy Day

Staycrispymyfriends LL Bean Boots
Cold day snow is the forecast

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Throwback Prep Thursdays: G.H. Bass the College Campus Shoe

G.H Bass Weejuns the College Campus Shoe

  Before Williamsburg hipsters were  style icons or so called trend setters. College students were the target because obviously they were the future. The G.H Bass Weejun was the unofficial college campus shoe for the students that came back from military service and they were preparing themselves for a promising future with careers like a lawyer or a doctor. The weejun was everything that you needed it was a slip on, with a classic design and with a moccasin comfort, perfect for walking all over the campus to picking the cute seven sister college girl.


G.H Bass Weejuns the College Campus Shoe
1965

G.H Bass Weejuns the College Campus Shoe