Where Brunch Meets Givenchy

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“Because you love Paris Fashion Week…”

I hate to drop names to brunch like in Grazia, don’t you know. However, I just can’t resist. Let me share with you one of my must go-to places in Paris. You can brunch, buy coffee, and even eat muesli. The place reminds me of some of my favs in the hip parts of Brooklyn. They even have blueberry muffins.

Talk about style. My gosh, if that isn’t Heidi and Christian. Maybe, I’ll have another jolt of espresso. It seems I just missed Karl, but no matter, I was running short of that crunchy muesli.

I discovered Claus quite by accident after investigating the latest collection at Carhartt. The Detroit based brand in American workwear has teamed up with Work In Progress and their fab Japanese sense of vintage. I was making my way to the Passage Vero-Dodat to investigate a ukelele dealer. OK, so I’m a bit eccentric. Along with the Cafe Nemour at Palais Royal, it is perfect to people watch and share intimacy.

Clearly this place is a smash success with the Fashionista brunch crowd. No wonder, when you recognize that this place is run by Claus Estermann, the former press agent at Givenchy. Claus Epicerie is located on the rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, which is off the funky end of the rue Saint Honore. This neighborhood is chock-a-block with the Bobo vibe. Just think, this neighborhood features Christian Louboutin’s shoes to die for, Bisonte, and a woman trafficing in Peruvian alpaca.

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“Brunch fit for a princess…”

Victoire, an independent French clothing emporium is just up the street and are happy to outfit you with their certain je ne sais quoi. Clothes are bright and playful. They are easy to wear and clearly exude the French Touch. So if you are inclined, you can just strut across the street like a lama in search of guava. The In crowd come for espresso, fabulous cakes, and plenty of hot fashionista gossip.

Claus is quite an eclectic establishment, which would account for the store’s clean aesthetics and interior design. When you enter, you see a rectangular station set up like a kitchen workshop. Lining the walls are pleasantly displayed product lines which include lime blossom honey, coffee, Orezza mineral water from Corsica and porridge fit for Scottish royalty. There is even an agreeable tea room on the first floor.

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“OMG! I left the rice cooker on…”

Who knows, you might well decide that this brunch place will serve as your local cantina.

Claus, 14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001

Article Title: Where Brunch Meets Givenchy
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8 Preppy Style Essentials

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“If you want to be President, better dress the part…”

Pure preppy style begins with the essentials. You need no longer flounder like a monkfish. Most guys should start by torching their belongings. If your girlfriends or wives have been buying your clothes, this is the moment you have been waiting for. The time has come to re-examine your persona as it is presented to the world.

Why not take a few style cues from Cary Grant or Fred Astaire? Whether you are dancing like a dervish or parading down the boulevards of the old Metrop, preppy style essentials will give you élan. Oscar Wilde once stipulated: “My taste is simple. I only like the best.” He did not mean that you should be a male show pony. He meant that the world begins its assessment of you by what you wear. You have your dignity and respect to consider. So what are the rules?

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“When elegance is beyond price…”

Rule No. 1: Preppy style demands that “to thy own self be true”. I have a friend in London who dresses like Lord Byron. He looks fabulous.

Rule No. 2: Understatement & Understanding
Despite this dictum, every environment demands a uniform. There are options, but use your judgement.

Most essays on preppy style give me lumbago. Take for example the length of your coat sleeve. If it is too long, you feel awkward across the palm of the hand. Sleeve length should show just enough cuff to highlight a flick of the shirt and that present you received last Christmas from Tiffany’s.

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“Tied up for any occasion…”

Rule No.3: Trouser length has its own rules
Some say that the trouser break should be just over the shoe. Others claim that you should show a bit of the sock or bare ankle with the shoe just below. This is quite a trendy act of insouciance, and very Neapolitan.

Style mavens love their trousers north of the ankle. I myself am quite taken with this look in the summer. Thom Browne loves it all year round. If Brooks Brothers thought this take was louche, they never would have hired Thom.

Fashion photographers are now featuring preppy redux, and it has genuine street cred. If you are fortunate to live in the States, you must pay a visit to JPress in New York. Their clothes are a testament to good taste. You can order online, but you will miss all that “bulldog” glory that only a real visit can provide.

York Street, the hip version of JPress on Bleeker is so hot at the moment that their clothes work well in Milan, Florence, and Tokyo.

St. Germain in Paris is a great place to watch French preppies. Saw this chap last weekend with his vintage 501 Levis, cuffs turned up showing the selvage. His jeans were topped with a white polo shirt and a fab Tweed sports coat. The cut of his coat was flawless, bespoke evidement. The tweed sported shades of burnt brush with a golden yellow over check. His socks were phone box red, and his brown brogues were Alden.

Never wear trousers too long or they will sweep the floor in their wake. Not a pretty sight nor elegant to say the least. Trousers should sit nicely over the hips. Some men are fond of braces and others belts. I myself do not care for braces because I feel encased. I am also not a great admirer of belts, although nobody wants their trousers to fall down. Why not experiment with an old school tie to wrap around your waist aka Fred Astaire?

Rule No. 4: Concerning Suits
You do not need 25 suits. Three is fine depending on your budget. I personally recommend Anderson & Sheppard in London, Camps de Luca in Paris, and Gennaro Solito in Napoli.

If you do not want to go bespoke, visit Al Bazar in Milan. Lino Leluzzi can outfit you from head to claw in timeless style. His elegant pieces are sourced from local Italian manufacturers of the highest quality. Lino will tell you that dressing well is about your inner voice not about fashion statements. Be guided by his charm and charisma. This guy knows his stuff so come prepared with an empty suitcase.

In Paris, pay a visit to Jean Manuel Moreau or Husbands. Both stores are a compendium of good taste. One word of caution: you will probably love everything you see. Better bring a donkey.

What role should color play?
Color is great if you know how to manage well. The Duke of Windsor knew how to put together different patterns, and he was able to pull this off with great flourish. Ralph Lauren has been much inspired by the Duke and you can see this in his shops. Bold colours and patterns can work. If you need help, speak with one of his style consultants. Ralph’s staff has been well trained. Getting the right preppy look was never easier.

Some guys think that trousers should always be dark. Give this a serious rethink. Real guys do love color. Why not go for Nantucket red trousers. Once you get going feel free to add Kelly green, straw or egg shell blue. Twinned with a blazer and a pair of moccasins from Quoddy, you are set for a wild evening at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor.

Concerning Black
The only time a gentleman should really wear black is to dinner or a formal occasion where a DJ is required. Yes, I am not blind and know that black is always trendy. However, why be so unimaginative. Personally, I feel that the “absence of color” is to be avoided unless you would like to be a gangster or an extra in the X Men. Saw a guy last weekend dressed in a black DB pin stripe suit. He was holding court in a pizza joint buried in Le Panier quarter of Marseilles. I know what your are thinking; He actually was the neighborhood Godfather.

The “little black dress” for men is a single-breasted midnight blue suit, 3 or 2 buttons down, and 4 working buttons on the cuff. “Kissing buttons” are great if you are in Italy. In Anglo-Saxon environments, it is seen as naff. Just ask Jeremy Hackett. Jeremy has been trying to teach men how to properly dress for years. Although the original Hackett no longer exists, you could do a lot worse than going to the shop which bears his name for your wardrobe stables.

The second suit should be gray. Both Cary Grant and George Clooney are perfect examples of how well this colour suits men. Charcoal is ideal. Silver grey is fine for spring. Most men seem to prefer single to double breasted. Double breasted can be worn formally as well as casually. I have seen many guys in Milan wearing DBs. They pull it off without effort.

In Italy, shades of camel, caramel, natural linen and ivory work well in the warmer months. Choice depends on your personality. Give yourself a new aura. Remember, clothes are meant to be fun not incarcerate your body. The drape style is best. If your clothes are too tight, you won’t be able to breathe, let alone sit down.

The third suit can be pin strip, chalk strip in navy or charcoal. If you are up to it, try the timeless Prince of Wales check. I absolutely love this pattern, but I also recognise that this is not to everyman’s taste.

Rule No.5: The Art of Casual
This rule concerns causal clothes. I like t-shirts and ripped up jeans as well as the next fellow. However, I only wear these bits when I am repairing my motorcycle or working in my rose garden. When you float through the streets of our more urbane environments, you need to put in a wee more effort to look smart. Shirts should be simple, and fit properly. Feel the material and make sure that they are soft to the touch, button well at the throat, and the sleeve length is in proportion to your arm and coat. There are many excellent shirt makers from which to choose.

If you desire oxford button down shirts, just send an email to David Mercer at Mercer & Sons. They are based in Maine, and without question make the best preppy shirts I know. Their quality is impeccable and the styling still allows you to eat and not go on a starvation diet. Order a dozen and walk in Agnelli’s footsteps. Not to miss out on the “Made in the USA” trend, Brooks Brothers is once again manufacturing their iconic oxford button downs in North Carolina.

In Paris, I recommend Charvet and in London Turnbull & Asser. Both stores feature ready to wear as well as bespoke. Quality shirts last and represent comfort and a solid investment. They become softer with age, and even when the collars become frayed, they still look smart.

Rule No.6: Blazers
No coat is more preppy than the blazer. It can be worn formally or casually with jeans. Blazers always look great in either single or double-breasted. Inspired from the Navy, it is one of the essential preppy pieces you shouldn’t be without. Traditional ones feature brass buttons. In Italy, I have seen fellows wearing single breasted with mother of pearl buttons. The feel is more relaxed, and is ideal in Portofino. It can be paired with smart polo shirts from Smedley. If you crave a sack cut blazer, visit JPress.

Rule No.7: Shoes do more than cover your feet
Shoes can speak volumes and give the show away. Bespoke will spoil you forever. For ready-to-wear classics, you will be hard pressed to match anything by either Alden or Edward Green. Alden still make shoes in cordovan and best of all they are manufactured in the USA. Although their loafers are timeless, why not choose the model they designed for the USN in black.

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“Walkin’ in glory…”

Trainers should be worn only on the pitch or in the gym. If you want something for the weekend, why not visit Tod’s and put on a pair of those hand-stitched driving moccasins once only worn by the racing fraternity. They fit like gloves, great barefoot, and look even better when beat up.

Rule No.8: Patience My Precious
Building the right wardrobe takes time and patience. Feel free to experiment, but after a while you will find your own sartorial voice.

Once someone told Cary Grant how much they admired his excellent taste, simplicity, and true prep style. He responded by saying, “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I wanted to be Cary Grant!”

Don’t we all.

Article Title: 8 Preppy Style Essentials
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10 Keys To Grabbing The Recruiters Attention

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“Read my lips…”

Learn to grab the recruiters attention or your CV is toast. They hold to a tight brief. Based on their first glance, recruiters then decide whether to take the process further. The amount of time they initially spend on your unsolicited CV is too short for words. Some people claim it is between 6-12 seconds. That is not much time to sell your unique profile.

So what should you do to avoid the pitfalls?

Simply put, you will need to build a platform. Call it a product spec sheet which has your name on it. Different cultures require different types of information. If you choose to “break” the cultural rules of the work environment in which you intend to position your candidacy make sure you know why.

When decisions are made to go forward on a CV, it is because the recruiters found what they are seeking scanning the document. Recruiters do not read a CV in the normal meaning of the term unless they have a compelling reason to do so. Therefore, it is necessary to highlight key points to guide the recruiters eyes.

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“What do you say…”

Learn To Grab The Recruiters Attention
Some studies on the subject refer to this process as building a CV heat map. It is similar to constructing a web page. Grab somebody’s attention, and they go further. Failure to attract and your CV is binned.

If you want to fine-tune your CV you will need to establish a clear visual hierarchy. Use only key information relating to the job to which you want to apply. Do not use a shotgun technique. It will go nowhere. Pointers under job positions should bullet MBOs, i.e. management by objectives. This means use active verb forms to highlight skill sets.

Use terms such as “managed, led, created, analyzed”, and so forth. The verbs you choose need to be tied to actual skill sets you possess and the job description in question. Research the position you are looking for. In essence, you are looking to build a match between what a company seeks in their ideal candidate. If you build the match, you should in theory, be called to interview. Then you get the joy of “selling” the product you created in person.

What not to put on the CV is as important as what to put. As previously mentioned this can be dictated by culture and expectations. In France, recruiters look for photographs, gender, driver’s license, nationality, and even age.

In the Anglo-Saxon world these points are deleted from a CV unless specially asked for. Why? They are considered discriminatory. Does this mean that Anglo-Saxon recruiters don’t discriminate? No, it does not. They just do so in more discrete ways.

10 Essential CV Building Tips
1) Do not list an objective unless asked to do so. Save this for the cover letter.

2) Drop all irrelevant work experience
Deciding what is irrelevant can be a bit tricky. It is determined by your age and experience to date. When someone is in his or her 20s, they want to highlight everything they have done, which can include previous “small” jobs or clubs. Be careful, which ones you list. Most are unsuitable. We have all done small jobs. My father referred these as “character” builders. These positions include babysitting, head of the glee club, or waiting tables at Rosie’s Diner.

3) Personal Information
At the interview, you will undoubtedly can be required to divulge age, marital status, and other personal details. Initially, they have no place on a CV because they do prejudice judgment. Whether you are married or not is immaterial. Neither does it matter if you have a dog or fish license.

Depending where you live and where you want to work, you could be asked whether you have a valid work permit. If you want to work in the UK or within the European Union, this is certainly a key point. You can put this detail in your cover letter. Let it be understood that you have the appropriate working papers.

4) CV Length
There are various schools of thought here. One school holds to the one-page CV format. The other school favors a two-page CV. Judgment here is crucial. For most people, a one-page CV is sufficient.

Make your professional “story” short and concise. Once again, only describe and list essential points. They must be relevant. For example, if you are applying for a position in finance, and you describe a marketing related experience this can send mixed signals. If it is irrelevant, alter or drop the description. Secondly, I cannot stress enough using bullets and MBOs.

5) Outside Interests
This category gets people every time. In France, everyone wants to know your “passions”. However, they have no place on the CV unless directly tied to managerial or leadership functions. For example, if you engage in community service work, this could add + points to your profile if handled adroitly. On the other hand, the fact that you play polo, go skydiving or collect rare butterflies is irrelevant.

6) Questions of Age
Age cuts two ways. We have all been through this. Either you are too young or too old. It seems that you can never win on this. On no account list your age. At an interview, you will have to face this.

For handling this delicate question, there is another strategy. This issue is of particular importance when it comes to listing graduation dates. Under the education category list essentials. Do not add a dozen training programs or workshops. If you list too much, someone might think that you are over qualified for a job. Use your judgment. We had a client last week where this issue was of paramount importance. We advised weeding out of certain details so that a future employer was not distracted from the essentials.

7) Which “voice” should the CV be in?
The issue of voice concerns writing in either the third or first person. Avoid third person because it will put into question, who has written the CV. Having stated this, avoid using sentences such as “I manage a team of X”. This detail should be written as follows: Managed a team of X on the Y project

8) References & Recommendations
It used to be that people would list “references” and either list names or state “to be given upon request”. Put neither. If someone wants references or recommendations, they will ask at your interview. Remember, references cut two ways. You want to be sure that the person, who recommends you is aware of the fact that they will be contacted.

9) Issues of Email
Email addresses should be simple and straightforward. Please do not list batman@hotmail.com Use a legitimate address whether it is Google, Yahoo or Bing.

10) Concerning Telephone Numbers
We suggest listing only one. Put the country code in parenthesis if you are applying outside your home base. The choice of landline or mobile is up to you. If you use a mobile, be sure when you answer you are not in a crowded place. Offer to return the call at a more suitable time. Otherwise, let them leave a message.

Do not list current business contacts. If you list a current business contact number, you risk being called at work. This can be most embarrassing for reasons I will not insult your intelligence. All professional environments monitor incoming email and phone calls.

If you have further questions or desire assistance, feel free to contact us for direct assistance.

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Peacocks Among The Pigeons

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“Because you care…”

The storyline of Turnbull & Asser is really a case of a peacock among the pigeons. This place although steeped to the gills in heritage continues to celebrate English eccentricity if their new collections are anything to go by. Bravo! Mundane was never the trademark of this house, thank goodness. Shirts have more stripes than an admiral’s coat.

The Head of Design and Product Development, Dean Gomilsek-Cole, an excellent dream weaver has created a fictional account of an English gentleman shipwrecked with his Turnbull & Asser trunk. Makes me think of dinning in a DJ and T&A shirt somewhere in the Hindu Kush. Very Kipling, don’t you think. Of course, the great explorer and travel writer of more recent vintage, Wilfred Thesiger would have approved as long as there was an accompanying truck of vintage port and another featuring a traveling library worthy of noblesse.

Last year marked a new step forward for London’s most stylish shirtmaker. The brand unveiled its new Global Headquarters in London and is set over four floors. Situated at 14 South Street in Mayfair, the building encompasses the brand’s design studio and showroom. Although it is splendid in every way, I have particular weakness for their original digs on Jermyn Street.

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“Shirts fit for a prince…”

Cross the threshold and you will feel immediately at home. This hallmark institution has been making shirts for luminaries such as Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, and dare I say, yours truly. The walls in the bespoke shirt room are covered with signed photographs of a Who’s Who in good taste. It is truly a showcase of peacocks among pigeons you might say. Its trademark for vivid colors and patterns in dress shirts and ties make them easy to spot on proud chests while toddling around London.

Take for example the big joke on how T&A identified Winston Churchill: Not by name or the cigars he smoked, you understand, but by his shirt size. Another doyen of fine clothes, “old collars and cuffs”, the raffish Edward VII couldn’t resist popping into Turnbull & Asser regularly for the odd dozen or so shirts to embellish his collection. I know this feeling when I am in the Metrop’.

The store with its wooden lined walls and well merchandised shop windows speak to my inner Toad. When I grace their premises fresh from the Eurostar, I am pleased to state that there is a cup of tea quickly placed at my elbow as I examine the latest fabric samples.

The firm also carries the best socks in town in shades to make even the Tibetan dead take notice. For the less daring, T&A feature more sober colors befitting a board meeting. For vintage buffs, you’ll love the old school charm.

However, don’t let that bother you if you are a modernist. To shop here is an immediate delight. Staff is professional and cordial. Nobody here is a stuffed shirt. Just ask my dear colleague, M.H. who collared a brace of dressing gowns to go with his black velvet slippers acquired at a nearby establishment know for its impeccable footwear.

It is the sort of shop that Bertie W. savored like fine claret. Jeeves might not have appreciated his master’s taste for the violet socks, but he would have loved the probity and value for quality. Since bespoke has only a limited audience, the firm also excels at ready-to-wear shirts and sportswear. They even do velvet smoking jackets that would have made Lord Byron green with envy. The ties and scarves will knock you dead in your tracks.

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“Who says real men don’t wear pink…”

Considering the origins of the illustrious clients of the firm, it is quite something that the Swinging London set of the 1960s fell in love with this place. The Beatles weren’t the only Sixties icons to frequent these premises. Sean Connery wore T&A shirts. In pursuit of excellence, Daniel Craig continues the tradition. He has all his dinner shirts made here as well.

Not to be undone, this menswear institution is also favored by Prince Charles. The store holds his royal warrant. So why continue to look like a pigeon when you can feel like a prince!

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Crazy Wisdom From Ipanema

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“When your feelin’ alright…”

Eureka moments call us to be present and concrete. A perfect strategy for the girl from Ipanema. What happens when she gently goes passing by?

Crazy wisdom. To embody crazy wisdom is audacious, but you understand there are no hidden agendas. Selflessness is seen as crazy wisdom. Now you might think that I am terribly idealistic. Go beyond the superficial of what you think is right. Crazy wisdom is waiting to be summoned:

For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.”

Leadership is not about profit or gain. It is about setting an example. This type of crazy wisdom is elusive as the wind. You cannot possess this. Yet having a vision puts you on track. It is open to any human being. All you need is an open heart. Crazy wisdom is free if your heart is pure.

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“Soft and tender…”

The bible uses the metaphor, “You reap what you sow”.

In Asia, they have another term: karma.

John Lennon once sang:

Instant Karma is gonna get you, slap you right in the face
Better get yourself together brother, better join the human race

Why in earth are we here, laughing in the face of fear
Why on earth are you there
When we’re everywhere, you’re gonna get your share

And we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
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Crazy wisdom can wake up anyone. Sometimes the consequences are registered immediately. At other times, the fruit of the action takes time to mature. One thing is definitely certain. Crazy wisdom gets results. Setting your mind on non-attachment is great strategy. It does not mean you do not care. Quite the contrary. However, once crazy wisdom is engaged, you foster its growth until it bears fruit.

If you want your employees to be “loyal”, you must earn that loyalty. Loyalty is not given freely. Loyalty and mutual respect must be a shared exercise in crazy wisdom. The American consultant, Jim Ritscher, was quoted as saying, “inspired leadership creates up-liftment”. This statement demonstrates the power that true leadership can deliver crazy wisdom.

Now isn’t it time, you were feelin’ alright…

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Let Careo start by celebrating your success story. We hold to the principle that it is not how good you are, but how good you would like to become. We are honored to have been recommended across the French media in – Le Figaro, L’Express, Capital – and by Success & Career in Switzerland.

As Mahatma Gandhi stated, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”.

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Butt Naked Personal Branding

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“Because you have a touch of class…”

Butt Naked personal branding is always a good idea because career management matters. The question is how to grab someone’s attention. Your birthday suit might turn heads at the Pamplone beach in Saint Tropez, but is this the type of attention you really want?

So grab your coffee, and let’s break your self-imposed glass ceiling. Before you rebuild your CV profile, start with a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain. The smell alone of this roast will show anything is possible when we are clear-headed.

Remember, the CV is just a strategic marketing tool. It acts as your personalized sales pitch. Organizations react quickly to powerful CVs. No amount of coffee drinking however, can save a weak CV nor will your Facebook photos of that lost weekend in Capri.

Give you an example: I saw a CV just the other day.

Clearly the person was a professional in the hospitality sector. However the CV was 3 pages in length. The CV should never be this long. Maximum 2 pages. Each description and word should pull its weight. This person’s CV had two pages of character traits, but the assets were not tied to specific job entries and level of responsibility. Clearly, a rework was in order here. The attached photo was an abomination. Don’t attach a photo unless requested. If requested, make sure it does you justice.

Although questions of age are shallow and discriminatory, be prepared for the worst. Some firms will not hire people of a certain age. Others value experience. Make sure you can demonstrate how indispensable you can be to the organization. If you do, you should land an interview.

Let’s now examine the interview stage.

Questions of Image
This almost sounds trite. No matter what you might think, first impressions do matter. They counted when you were young and inexperienced; they count even more in today’s youth inspired culture. Everyone is attracted by the right “packaging”. If you think of your appearance in this way, you will better understand the necessity of dressing for success. How you dress reflects the inner you. It is not as superficial as you think. This does not mean that you should be a “show pony”.

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“This may not be the attention you wanted to grab…”

If you have questions on what you should wear or how to rebuild your wardrobe with panache, I counsel finding a professional look that suits your personality and the field you are intent on entering. It is as simple as that. Don’t overdress. However, make sure you display the corporate culture you want to be part of.

According to a recent survey published in Paris, the stats are revealing on how people are judged. HR pros state that you are judged in the first 30 seconds. A favorable impression sets the tone for the substance to follow.

Look at the breakdown on a scale of 1-10:

  • General Appearance: 8
  • Manners & Speech Articulation: 7
  • What you actually say at the interview: 5
  • Chemistry: 7
  • Now you can state that first impressions are not fair. However, let’s be honest. When has any interview or judgment process been fair?

    HR people have a list of written and unwritten criteria. Offering you a cup of coffee is just good manners. If you pass muster, then you are called back for successive interviews. At this stage of the interview process, emphasis shifts to your competencies and added value. Dressing well states, you are one of us.

    In general, women play closer attention to style and than do men. Creating the “right” style voice depends on the organization. Corporate culture does have a dress code. Dressing well should begin when you are young. Pay attention to colour codes, accessories, and any other social indicators. The key colours for suits are navy blue and anthracite grey. Shirts can be white, blue and even stripped. Ties should be sober. Jewellery for women should be discrete and unfussy.

    Hygiene is paramount. This includes hairstyles, nails, teeth and complexion. Personality is best exhibited through accessories rather than the actual clothes. See your clothes as an investment. Get the most flattering cuts for your body morphology.

    Attitude
    The next important factor to getting a “yes” is your attitude. How you feel about yourself will radiate. Be proud of yourself and what you can do. Know your profile and its attributes. This is what you are really selling. Do not put yourself down even to your self. A positive attitude carries a certain energy vibration. Even the most unspiritual human being will pick up on it. Exude confidence. Every one likes a success story. Do not confuse confidence with arrogance.

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    “Because you want your profile to stand out…”

    Curriculum Vitae
    Keep your CV relevant and up to date. Seasoned people have long career histories. Think carefully of the points you want to highlight. Do not burden your CV with too much detail. Keep the details relevant to the position you are interviewing for. If the interviewer has other questions, they will ask.

    Some professionals take charge of career change by launching their own enterprise. If you choose this path, no one will ever tell you that you are too old. Not a bad option, when all things are considered. You even get to choose the type of coffee.

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    Why You Should Give In To Italian Style

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    “When you’re riding into glory…”

    Let’s face it. Oscar Wilde knew a thing or two about temptation. As he so blithely stated, the best way of handling temptation is “to give in to it”. You can always count of Oscar for a few solid lifestyle tips. Now that Pitti Uoumo is once again upon us, let the open road spur your tour of Florentine pleasure. No place offers more joy per square inch. For style mavens, this place is a creative dynamo.

    Among Italy’s jewels, Florence is magical. Every time I take a room with a view, my breath is swept away in the majesty. Beauty and sipping Brunello make a wonderful combination. Just think, you are surrounded by some of the most magnificent art the world has every known, and the Duomo is just the cherry on the cake. For fans of elegant menswear, the Pitti shows are a must. Every style buff, blogger, buyer and designer of worth is in attendance. However, the real cat walk is on the street.

    Start getting the Italian vibe at any neighbourhood café. A dear friend of mine, Carlo likes to start his spree at Proacacci 64 Via Tornabuoni for pannini al tartufo. He washes it down with a couple of glasses of prosecco chased by a ristretto. This is guaranteed to chase away any misgivings of an early morning. Opened in 1885, they have been elevating the moods of Florentine and visitor alike ever since.

    Remember la dolce vita is much more than a question of lucre. It is a clin d’oeil of what should constitute good taste. It doesn’t matter how you arrive here. Robert Louis Stevenson might have arrived by donkey if given the chance. Perhaps you should stock your luggage with paperback copies of Vasari, Petrarch and Aretino. Personally, I counsel coming with an empty bag to bring home your edible treasures of dried wild mushrooms and pear mostarda not to mention the clothes and accessories you don’t need but can’t live without.

    One thing is clear: once you check into your hotel, head for an espresso. You are going to need a shot of adrenalin. There is so much to do and see you will be stumped on where to begin. Do not make your visit, “If it’s Tuesday this must be Florence”. If you must see Michelangelo’s David, I understand. Just make sure you have booked tickets in advance. The queues are mind-blowing.

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    “Where all that glitters is not gold…”

    The best agenda is to float like a cloud across the Tuscan sky. Do not execute your visit with military precision. Wander. Let yourself get so lost that even Dante would have difficulty locating your whereabouts. In terms of accommodation, Florence offers much choice. If you can afford to do so, treat yourself to one of the better establishments. I recommend the Savoy or The Gallery Art Hotel. EM Forster was right. There is nothing like a Room With A View. Having breakfast on a rooftop terrace will give any stay that romance we all treasure on professional or personal escapades.

    Do not think that because this city is classified by UNESCO that it is a museum town preserved in aspic. Au contraire, mon cher! Although some of the big names are present like flies on the wall so are the artisans and their family-run institutions that put Florence on any Fashionistas map. The menswear shows at the Pitti Palace are not just here for their majestic backdrop. One thing I absolutely adore are the infinite possibilities to uncover something exceptional. Think Masaccio or a hidden garden.

    For men, there are sartorial temptations galore. Two of my favorite Italian tailors are here. One is Liverano & Liverano and the other is Piero & Franco Cisternino. The Florentine style is a slight variation of what you will find from the masters of Naples. What you can count on is stitching by hand, attention to detail, the right sort of sleeve head, and an excellent selection of fabrics. Both houses offer hospitality and counsel. Make sure you stay a week so that you can get in your first fitting. Hey, there are worse places to pass the time than this town.

    While you are “waiting” check out the amazing Ferragamo museum and the leather emporium Bisonte. While you are at it, might as well through caution to the winds and pay a visit to Gucci and Pucci both noble Florentine houses. Who knows, you might stumble upon the ideal jacket in tobacco suede.

    Geographically, the city centre is divided into four historic areas, which take their names from the leading church in the vicinity. They are Santa Maria Novella, San Giovanni and Santa Croce and Santa Maria del Fiore. The most popular shopping areas cross these quarters, and as you trundle around popping in and out of shops, galleries, and chapels a simple warning: Be prepared to have your life transformed and your wallet lightened.

    I love the parts of the town known as the Oltrano, which literally means on the other side of the river Arno. This quarter has been known for its artisans, and is quite trendy among fashionistas. The easiest way to access this quarter is on foot by crossing the Ponte Vecchio, which sports one of the most romantic views of the city. On the bridge you will find goldsmiths and jewelers clustered together in tiny shops.

    Once you are in the Oltrano, you will find Geraldine Tayer, who has been creating made to measure dresses for women and handicrafts for over 20 years. Then there is the Ristorante Borgo San Jacopo with its modern approach to Tuscan culinary favourites. It seems almost every alcove has a terrace to sip coffee and nibble snacks. There are several outstanding wine dealers specialised in the wine of Tuscan estates. All are willing to ship unless you can drive your treasures back home.

    For women, Salvatore Ferragamo is not just “the shoemaker of dreams”, but also an iconic designer of Italian chic. The Italians have a genetic code for style. Their dress sense is innate and consumed as easily as drinking a chilled Campari and soda.

    If you are crazy for silk, you must visit Antico Setifico Fiorentino for its hand loomed iridescent clothe. For exquisite paper, go to Guilio Giannini. One of the best glove manufactures, Madova sits at the corner up from the Ponte Vecchio. Before I forget, be sure to visit the Offiina Profumo-Farmaceuti di Santa Maria Novella in order to stock up on their lovely scents and toiletries. The formulas for their perfumes date back to the sixteenth century. Now, how’s that for a true heritage brand!

    As I sat with friends at a local trattoria having dinner, our conversation focused on the upcoming show at Pitti and the poetry of the city. Conversation became quite animated and Beatrice blurted out: “In a city known for its artistic and cultural heritage second to none, and for leather as soft as butter is it any wonder that some of the best food and wine in the world comes from this part of Italy”.

    With that salvo, she served us both another bumper of grappa. Tomorrow, we will drink in the treasures of the Uffizi.

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    Why Brand Engagement Matters

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    “Because you are ready to purr…”

    Brand engagement is more than Purple Haze. Jimi Hendrix didn’t have this problem. He understood differentiation in his fingertips. Remember the first cardinal rule of brand management: Average clients do not get fussed over brands, only loyalists do.

    Look at the roaring success of Starbucks. North Americans love to go out for coffee and drink it in buckets. Starbucks has understood this as sure as the guitar licks on Crosstown Traffic. They consistently give their clients a damn good value proposition to begin their day with a smile. Cross the threshold and behold. The stage is set with just the right music, free internet access, juice, cookies, cakes and outstanding coffee. Even the lighting is perfect.

    The Starbucks experience demonstrates that brand management is more than a catchy storyline, packaged ambiance and product identity. They have emotionally connected their audience to the product ranges on offer. I should note that this strategy succeeds because management understands human psychology. Without such knowledge, number crunchers are just spitting in the wind.

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    “Acted funny, I don’t know why. Excuse me while I kiss the sky…”

    Speaking of which, ever notice that marketing experts love terminology. Recently, they invented a new concept to explain the type of phenomenon at which Starbucks excels. It is called a unique selling proposition. Pundits respond to this idea by claiming that marketing is extroverted and that branding is introverted. It is my belief that these concepts work in tandem. Clearly, when you give someone a product or experience they never needed and now can no longer live without, clients identify your brand experience as authentic and adapt their lifestyle.

    Emotionally speaking, we must walk the talk. Emotions take us beyond rational decisions because products have morphed into personalities. In France, the fruit juice Oasis turned cartoon fruits into distinctive personalities. Even adults are fans of their animated campaign. Just check out the company’s Facebook page. Who would have thought this possible!

    Interview people who use any Apple product and watch their eyes go glassy. The Apple brand experience are not words to these cultists. They feel part of an exclusive club. Smart brands understand this.

    Here are a few tips for generating your own brand experience:

    Positioning – Slogans and logos do matter. Product consistency is underscored. Take this classic slogan: “Ho-Ho-Ho Green Giant.” The adorable Green Giant sets the product apart. Freshness and quality guarantee the best-canned veggies on the market. The packaging captures the product to perfection.

    Identity – A brand’s visual expression must capture heart and minds. Take the recent advert for Cadillac. Touch screen technology and power to push. And you thought a care was just something to drive. Best of all, the new Cadillac is consistent across all media channels.

    Experience – Lifestyle brands should offer high emotional value. Take the case of Ralph Lauren. RL has bonded his clientele to a shared dream of Americana. You do not need to be American to share the feeling. Global sales figures demonstrate that the values of RL are universal. If the recent publicity shoot for the new Polo Bar launch in New York is anything to go by, sales figures should shoot up.

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    “Because great brands understand the art of seduction…”

    Storytelling – Brands build relationships by the stories they tell. Stories add personality. Just go online and watch the latest videos from Chanel and Dior. I rest my case. These brands incorporate trust, pedigree and a tangible relationship. Luxury brands excel at this sport. However, P&G’s Old Spice campaigns are not exactly chopped meat.

    Engaging your target audience – Engagement in today’s parlance means social media. Someone once quipped that he did not want his toothpaste to engage him. He just wanted to brush his teeth. Although his comment has validity, studies show otherwise. Examine DKNY PR Girl on twitter. The voice is so genuine that the audience laps up the tweets like a cat eyeing a saucer of milk. Business is not just built with social media. It reinforces the notion of shared community.

    As experts realize brand management is more than engagement. It offers a total experience.

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    Mimi The Sardine Talks Straight Bouillabaisse

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    “Why not turn to the experts…”

    Mimi the sardine calls on the phone from Marseilles. The Paris sky is crisp like a Ritz cracker. Perfect for bouillabaisse. She always knows when to call. “Catch the next TGV”, Mimi screams out. I am only too happy to comply.

    This is the perfect climate to celebrate France’s favorite soup: Bouillabaisse. Mention this in polite company and eyes roll, shoulders shrug, and hands begin to make gestures like wands of wind. Attempt such a discussion in Marseilles without the protection of Mimi the sardine, and you could have your throat slit. After all, a serious soup requires serious discussion. Mimi the sardine knows. She’s been collecting recipes for a donkey’s age.

    As Mimi the sardine would be only to happy to say, “Marseilles is a passionate town. Talk bouillabaisse and be prepared for action”. However, making an authentic bouillabaisse is not complicated. Trust Mimi the sardine on this one. There is no one recipe.

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    “There’s nothing like a boat load of fish…”

    The origins of the soup are quite humble. Remember, this town of fishermen launched a thousands of ships. Every expert claims his or hers is the recipe. Take these tales as well intentioned grains of sea salt from the Camargue. What is true is the soup tastes best in its place of origin. The fish for example should be fresh. Check the eyes. If they are glassy drop the bait. Rascasse and dorade, two of the key ingredients must be culled locally.

    It isn’t the lead in the fish as one of my fine-feathered friends insinuates that gives the soup its special flavor. It’s the delicate hand. You must know how to cook fish stock and blend the essential ingredients with the ability of a chef d’orchestre. Add the herbs, garlic, and vegetables from Provence, and you have a dish worthy of the French touch.

    Because the local fish and ingredients are truly distinctive, making this soup outside of the Med is nigh impossible. Facsimiles can be found, but then it is just a nice fish soup and not the genuine article.

    If you do not live in France, use your judgement when choosing your local fresh fish. Mimi the sardine counsels monk fish, red snapper and hake for those who live in North America. Clam broth can also be added to give the liquid extra depth. Other chefs I know will go the whole hog with shrimp or lobster. I however, do not think this is necessary although a pleasant luxury. Aside from the fish, buy the best local ingredients you can. Every region features organic tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and olive oil.

    Mimi lives near the Arsenal. She’s as sharp as any of the fish dealers along the Quay des Belges, and makes a bouillabaisse to die for. The last time we were over, she served up a bouillabaisse to 20 lively souls. With Charlie Parker wailing away in the background, it was quite a shindig. Fortunately, the next day, we all consumed hot bowls of espresso with pain au chocolat. Not a bad way to regain consciousness.

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    “When only the best food in Marseilles will do…”

    If you want to make the soup at home, I recommend consulting one of the excellent books by the French chef, Alain Ducasse. As a native of the south and passionate for all that is authentic, you can’t go wrong following his recipe. He counsels serving the fish on a platter, and the broth in a tureen. Both are eaten together in large soup plates. Sprinkle croutons on top with dabs of rouille, a garlicky mayonnaise. Make sure the last two items are homemade for they will add that certain je ne sais quoin to your meal. Lastly, a well-chilled bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse won’t go amiss.

    Just think as the soup warms your spirits, you won’t need to wear that Shaggy Dog sweater this evening. Hugging Mimi the sardine is a whole lot sweeter.

    Bon appetite!

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    The Sprezzy Gentleman

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    “When sitting’ pretty is more than a hat trick…”

    Friedrich Nietzsche once stated, “Giving style to one’s character is a great and rare art.” Thus Spake Zarathustra.

    An elegant gentleman has many reasons to wear clothes. The most obvious is to cover his body so that he doesn’t catch pneumonia, particularly when you cannot rely on the climate. The best dressed invariably are sprezzy.

    One person’s sartorial splendor is another’s nightmare. However a visual vocabulary to the sprezzy gentleman is important because it can express the inner dynamics of the human character, show sense of purpose, determination, and even elegance.

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    “Because you love to stand out in a crowd…”

    Not long ago, I was consulting a copy of I Am Dandy by Nathaniel Adams and Rose Callahan. Their book is a sumptuous display of male individualism and the attitudes diverse personalities have concerning elegance and attire. This tome is right on target because we are experiencing the return of the spray dandy.

    The term, dandy, is often misunderstood. We are not talking about male peacocks whose sole pleasures in life are indulgence and indigence. Nobody today is trying to live the life of Dorian Gray. Today’s interpretation is elastic and in my own humble view defines someone who cares about genuine style and uses the vocabulary of clothing to express his inner nature. Most are hard working professionals.

    Dandies are people such as James Sherwood, Nicholas Foulkes, G. Bruce Boyer and Nicolas Wooster. Take the quotation by Beau Brummel: “If people turn to look at you on the street you are not well dressed”. There is more to this quotation than meets the eye. Some people clearly dress to be noticed. Others are subtler and use dress as indicator of mood and personality steeped in the inner confidence of their own being. Ultimately, clothes are a language in a similar way that a writer takes mere words and turns letters into prose.

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    “Dress well and the next dance is all yours…”

    Style writer Glen ‘O Brien has stipulated, “If there is a cardinal sin in our world it is not self-absorption, but mass absorption, the dissolution of the individual into the mass. The silent majority. The crowd attired in team jerseys. The mob, the throng, the flock.”

    I love this quotation because it speaks to the heart of what constitutes luxury let alone what it means to be a dandy in the 21st century. I won’t name names, but all lovers of hand made and artisans know exactly what I am talking about. Real luxury is about uniqueness and not mass marketed trinkets and trash at exorbitant prices.

    Another point, I Am Dandy brings out is the multidimensional aspects of the personalities who love to dress well. Some are lawyers, designers, real estate agents, fashion writers and musicians. Loving fine clothes with a distinctive voice crosses all professions. Its sole signifier is excellence. I admire the diversity of the people Natty Adams interviews in this splendid volume. In previous generations, men looked up to style icons such as Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire and even the Duke of Windsor. Today, elegant gentleman find inspiration in a multitude of style blogs as well as people they happen to meet in the street.

    For example, if you happen to be in London, why not look up Karl Matthews. Karl is a true dandy. His attention to detail and savoir fare will show you how to release your own internal spirit. It’s as easy as stuffing a silk square into your breast pocket. Trained on Savile Row, this tailor can help you release your spirit without ostentation or shame.

    Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting and discussing with les fous the pleasures of fine clothing and craftsmanship. In Paris, this motley crew can usually be found at a shop buried in the deep part of the seventeenth in Batignolles. The shop is named after the owner, Stephane. He would never refer to himself as a dandy. However, one look at this outstanding bespoke shoemaker and you can recognize at a glance his sartorial nonchalance is a result of decades of study. Spend an Saturday afternoon here and he will speak at length against vulgarity, exhibitionism, and philistines in general. He will also share with you why elegance is the antidote to mediocrity.

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    “When you’re dying to impress at Pitti…”

    As an eager explorer of all that is beautiful in this world, I urge you to collar a copy and spice up your universe. Who knows maybe you’ll wind up featured on Scott Schuman’s style blog the Satorialist!

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    Sitting Purdey Pretty

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    “Where Downton Abbey meets Wind In The Willows…”

    Confess now, you’re a Downton Abbey junkie, and you crave that irresistible English style but don’t want bog standard. Chances are you are also a fan of Wind In The Willows, and would love nothing better than to get in touch with your inner Toad. Considering the rakishness of the Edwardians, today’s dandies don’t hold a candle to these style enthusiasts for pure swagger.

    Well relax, I know just the places where you can find the ideal kit and accessories on South Audley Street in London. Purdey reeks of vintage mahogany, drinking flasks, cashmere the color of moss and briar. The premises tell a story of sobriety and old world charm. To top it off, they have been dressing the Toads of the country style set for years. I find their clothes are synonymous with good taste and discretion. No need to worry about making any sartorial faux pas here. If you have a weakness for Scottish shooting estates, and who doesn’t, Purdey is first cabin.

    Just last week I was back in the old Metrop with a modern day Toad, and together we sauntered over the threshold of Purdey after sharing a proper lunch at a nearby pub owned by Guy Ritchie. Well braced with a few real ales properly pulled we were ready for some serious shopping action.

    As we entered Audley House through the front doors, I noticed the Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II proudly displayed, and I knew in a thrice we were in good company. We gazed on this season’s collection and the accessories. There were hi-tech jumpers, which repel water, cashmere soft as a robin’s breast, stout walking shoes, and an assortment of scarves, hip flasks, cuff links to make the Duchess of Devonshire blush.

    Toad being Toad, bolted straight to the room where they sell suitable hunting jackets with an action back and shooting suits. I should also mention that he is also a grand admirer of heavyweight cords and moleskins in assorted shades to pair with his tweed jackets. We had just come from Cordings in Piccadilly where he snatched a bakers dozen. Fortunately for Toad, Purdey was stocked to rafters with exquisite requisites for gentlemen.

    As Toad stated, “You needn’t look like a tramp when traipsing about the moors in these bits”.

    Toad it seemed was an expert on this subject. I guess that comes with living on a country estate. For the rest of us, he also implied that weekend gear should be smart as well as reliable. Solid clothes, which stand the test of time are an English speciality. They embody grace and style. You don’t need to live in England to enjoy these clothes either. I know another chap who swears by them and lives in Piedmont. He claims they are perfect attire when collecting porcini mushrooms in the mountains.

    So, I was pleased to see a russet tweed shooting suit, which I couldn’t resist. Perfect for my next grouse shoot. I caution you should you indulge, don’t make the mistake I did. Don’t wear it to Rules in Covent Garden. If you do you will roast. I almost cooked myself alive. The next thing I discovered was a Lovat jacket perfect for my upcoming R&R next to a salmon beat. For lovers of English style, you will find this bastion a treasure trove.

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    “When you’re taking tea at Purdey…”

    After nabbing a few pieces and a new hip flask for my outdoor winter hikes I thought that I was stepped into a time warp, and yet I found the ambiance reassuring. The MD, Emmanuel, who is an expert on hunting and luxury shot guns, will advise you on your every need. Gentleman such as Emanuel are a rare breed. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and can entertain you with fabulous stories if you give him a chance. He personifies the Purdey spirit and is a tribute to this noble house.

    You see, Purdey is more than a typical outdoor clothing store. It is one of the world’s most premier handmade centers of shot guns on which the firm built its enviable reputation.

    Just think, Purdey was established in London in 1814, the year before the battle of Waterloo. The founder, James Purdey, had previously worked as head stocker for Joseph Manton, the foremost gunmaker of his time. Learning his lessons like Stradivarius once learned to make violins, he proceeded to set up on his own as any entrepreneurial soul will. His renown spread quickly and by 1838, Queen Victoria bought a pair of Purdey pistols. Now how is that for pedigree?

    By the 1880s, his son understood that innovation in design and technology was key. James the Younger, as he was called, stood at the forefront of bespoke gun and rifle manufacture. History buffs know that the company was granted its first Royal Warrant in 1868 by The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. This honor has been bestowed by the crown on every managing director of James Purdey & Sons Ltd ever since. The only major change to this very English institution took place in 1994, when the last of the family retired. The firm was sold to the Richemont Group.

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    History aside, the store is full of hunting lore galore. In a special room, James Purdey conceived a banquet hall, which is still used for special occasions and guests. It resembles a shooting lodge in Scotland with a glass roof, which is architecturally unique. The walls are lined with artifacts, guns, and even photographs of the British in India and Maharajahs. It is quite impressive and great place to party, should you decide to book the premises. Personally, in my humble view, it is really fab. Book now and you will have no regrets.

    The best counsel I can offer is that when you discover this shop, buy a brace of great suits, draw up a map of your Wild Wood, fill your hip flask to the brim and then post haste, set off to discover the beauty of your country. You never know what the weather will conjure up. TTFN.

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    Discovering The Cool Of Branché Paname

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    “Because everyone want s to be a Buffalo Soldier…”

    Welcome to the City of Light, which has become the bouillabaisse of France with its ideas and cravings for the latest trends in art, food, fashion, music, and travel. Local hipsters refer to this town as Paname. Want to get around? Forget the metro. Rent or buy a vintage bicycle. Watch the world go by as slowly as you can.

    Branché Paname is more than an attitude. It constitutes a generational shift in style and behavior. We are in a state of complete reboot. It’s cosmopolitan, open and inclusive to other cultures, and forges a dynamic link to the traditions while remaining true to its roots. Forget the Eiffel Tower. Go to Sentier or the Faubourg Saint Denis. It is a way of life in a town often misunderstood by inhabitants as well as tourists.

    Although the Grands Boulevards, the famous cafes, winding streets and the quays of the Seine are glorious, they rest clichés.

    Today’s Paname has a beguiling street style, its tribes, and petits oignons. You can drink yourself blind on great wine, cultivate yourself with contemporary art, tan on a garden lawn, hang five on the Canal Saint Martin, laugh, fall in love, and even get a tattoo to die for. Remember, each establishment has its own dress codes and as in all things French, the locals dress the part with panache. You should too if you want to blend in, make new friends, and have the time of your life.

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    “Because you’re looking for Strawberry Fields…”

    To honor our glorious town, RedHerring is running series of lifestyle articles featuring lascar cool and fly girls out for a bit of fun. The ground to stalk in search of cool? Everywhere from the Marais to the Canal Saint Martin. Download Al Green for that perfect soul music. Don’t forget your sunglasses.

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    Alex and his brother cut the meanest haircuts in this town. Period. I haven’t seen barbers this meticulous in a donkey’s age. 45 minutes to have your haircut. They are also splendid at beards. If you’ve seen a lot of nifty cuts of late around Paris, then their locks and beards were trimmed or pruned here. This place is definitely the real deal. It is a fav with hipsters.

    The place is as large as a cracker box. But the ambiance is first cabin. Old style American barber in the heart of SoPi. Music is rockabilly and blues. These guys are also connoisseurs on olive oil, bourbon, and women. Anything to due with their kind of music, don’t hesitate to ask. Take for example the name of a great club where you won’t go broke.

    Today’s discussion was on the Gibus Cafe at 127, rue Saint Maur 75011. If you want good ole Southern blues with balls, coming soon are the Delta Bombers. These guys will shake the house down.

    Returning to Alex Haircuts, make a note that there are no reservations for ordinary people. Come Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday and you’ll stand a chance of seeing their mastery on your own head. They open at nine but I’d get here at 8. Don’t be shocked if you see a cue when you arrive.

    Grillé
    15 rue Saint Antoine 75002 Paris
    Marie Carcassonne and Frederic Peneau have set up the hottest kebab stand this side of the Bosphorus. Everything is organic and top notch. The meat is provided by Hugo Desnoyer. The mixes and toppings include fresh mint, parsley and coriander. French Fries do not come from Picard. They are homemade and crunch between your teeth. The pita is reminiscent of Indian bread from Delhi hot and home baked on the premises.

    The place is packed out at lunchtime. There are some places to sit, but most clients take their lunches back to the office or sit in the garden at Palais Royal. Some might quibble over the price and the portions. However, not only is this kebab delicious, it is actually good for you. Trying telling that to your local kebab dealer back in the eighteenth.

    Royal Cheese
    22 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris
    Hipsters love this boutique and rightly so. They specialize in preppy and workwear classics. Each season has a capsule collection and features Red Wing boots, Sebago boatshoes, Lacoste Live, and the best denim in town. The new flagship is on the rue Veille du Temple in the Haut Marais. Dungaree specialties include Levis, Lees, Nudie, and Edwin. Want to join the crowd off the wall? Their Vans will provide you with the perfect footwear.

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