Is Your Haircut an Afterthought?

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Wise advise from my friends at Chez Moustache in Providence!!

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SIR HARDY AMIES (1909 - 2003) Born in London in 1909, Sir Hardy Amies became a fashion icon and designer.  In 1964 Amies published, "The ABC of Men's Fashion," which was a guide to style and dressing for the modern man.

SIR HARDY AMIES (1909 – 2003)
Born in London in 1909, Sir Hardy Amies became a fashion icon and designer.
In 1964 Amies published, “The ABC of Men’s Fashion,” which was a guide to style and dressing for the modern man.

Designer and fashion icon Hardy Amies once said, “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”  At Chez Moustache we believe that the well-coiffed man ought to make the same thoughtful impression.

You would think it common sense that making a good impression has to include one’s hair. After all it does sit there right on top of that (hopefully) well-dressed body.  Apparently this isn’t common sense to many men. We receive countless last-minute pleas from desperate clients and non-clients in need of primping for an important event. We are amazed at how…

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Tailored Inspiration

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I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip to Providence on June 14 and 15. Please read this inspiring blog post from Jen and Cheryl my new friends at Chez Moustache. It turns out they had been watching Failure Club online last year!

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The sign that hangs on the wall at  The House of the Moustache 91 Hope Street

The sign that hangs on the wall at
The House of the Moustache
91 Hope Street

“Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone.” This little sign hangs as a source for inspiration in the house of the moustache at 91 Hope Street.

The message is a positive reminder of the path that led to the creation of Chez Moustache.  Although relatively uncomplicated and petite, creating Chez Moustache still required the facing of fears and the overcoming of obstacles.

We learned that no matter how big or small the goal – seeking any path outside of the comfort zone can be both scary and exciting.  Finding inspiration while walking this path is vital and can even become the catalyst for achieving the goal.

When embarking on the journey of creating Chez Moustache we found inspiration all around. We are blessed to have so many entrepreneurial spirited friends and family…

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Save the Date

Look out Providence – Here I come!

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Tip of the Hat: A Dandy Sign of Respect

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It is my pleasure to tip my hat in honor of my friend Patrick McDonald.

As you can see he really turned it out – cape and all – for the opening of the RISD Museum of Art’s “Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion” exhibit in Providence. I have a lot of hats, but my collection pales in comparison to the millinery perfection of Patrick’s.

And Patrick wasn’t the only one to turn it out; the air was electric. . .the artists, the rebels, and the dandies were all in full effect. I should know.

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I see a lot of fashion as you can imagine; I’m surrounded by it at home and work. And I spend a good amount of my day stalking sartorial prey. I love seeking out the most unusual and am always searching for breathe of fresh style.

And that is exactly what I found in Providence at the RISD Museum of Art’s “Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion” exhibit.

It is truly an  inspiring show that will thrill fashion geeks and fashionista elite alike. Through the curators’ eyes, Kate Irwin and Laurie Anne Brewer, we see a lot including the beginnings of accessible men’s fashion – I know it doesn’t compare to todays’s fast fashion, but prior to Beau Brummel this kind of sartorial pleasure was the sole province of Kings and maybe a few Dukes, not commoners like me.

This exhibit exults in men of fashion and how men experiment with fashion through shape, look, pattern and color. It was exciting for me. . .I felt validated for what I do and  inspired by the others I met.

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For example check out my friend Guy Hills modern take on tweed. Not only does he experiment with color, but he has applied the most modern of technology to the most traditional of fabrics. The photo above is not overexposed – it shows off the awe-inspiring 3M technology he’s using in some of his fabric. Now that is something I could have used during the black out after super storm Sandy last fall. Dodging cars and buses as I walked my dogs in the dark would have been much safer and of course more stylish in such a suit!

But I digress. . .I had fun with my sartorial expression up in Providence as well.

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When I packed for the event I borrowed from history as I often do and tried to give voice to a number of my favorite eras.

I kicked things off at the Opening Night Gala with my homage to the rat pack. It was all 1960s Las Vegas – satin white tux jacket paired with traditional black pants – with a personal nod to Harlem in the form of my white vintage Stacy Adams shoes. Of course I added an additional special flair with a super-sized pink pocket square, a slick black cummerbund and a classic 1960s style tie that has a truly millennial flair.

On the second night I donned my favorite bright plaid Vivienne Westwood cutaway jacket with my 1990s Dolce and Gabbana purple velvet pants paired with my new suede John Varvatos lace up shoes. So it’s not just color but pattern and texture. . .I love mixing them as well. Finally on the third day – Sunday – I donned one of my favorite pinstripe numbers to cheer on the tweed riders.

The entire weekend was a pleasure both sartorially and otherwise. I learned a lot from the exhibit and I met a lot of very inspiring people.

I encourage everyone to visit the exhibit this summer – it’s on view at the RISD Museum of Art – 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI – until August 18, 2013.

In the meantime I hope all my new friends and old will stop by my shop in NY to say hi and share your sartorial memories – they are the best kind!

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Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art

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I talk a lot about my sartorial journey.

And a big part of my work as a stylist, designer and haberdasher involves helping the guys I work with find their own sartorial path. Tonight I’ll have the chance not just to talk about my journey, but to see it through other people’s eyes. I will attend the grand opening of the new fashion exhibit “Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion” at RISD’s Museum of Art.

What does this exhibit have to do with me you might ask.

A year ago I would have said not much other than it sounds like an exhibit I’d love to see. But now I can proudly tell you that it’s a part of my personal sartorial journey.

Not only is it an exploration of men and their relationship with their wardrobes, but it’s also a celebration of many of the extraordinarily stylish guys I have admired all my life. And by some incredible stroke of luck I’ve been included in roster of stylish guys put together by curators Kate Irvin and Laurie Ann Brewer.

This incredible photograph taken of my by Bill Gentle of backyardbill.com will be in the exhibit along with the suit I’m wearing.

Of course every man is not born to be a dandy like me and not all dandies are alike. And that’s exactly what this exhibit is about – the full spectrum of men who follow my personal manifesto:

“Enjoy what you wear. Wear what you enjoy. Then go out and show the world exactly what you’re made of.”

I’m off to the museum – follow me on twitter and facebook – I’ll be updating everyone of the sartorial plumage I’m sure to witness tonight!!

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Opening Tonight!!

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April 26, 2013 · 3:06 pm

Paul Smith Today Vintage Tomorrow

Last night we celebrated the Grand Opening of our very own QP & Monty shop in Greenwich Village NYC.

It was a great night full of family and friends.

We shot a video so you’ll have the full 360 soon. But for now please know that I am a happy man with my shop open and kickstarter in mid-stream. So until I can upload the video here’s a shot of me today – the master of my vintage universe.

But I’m not always decked out in head to toe vintage – today it’s all recent Paul Smith from the neck to the ankles! (Hat and shoes are vintage – my nod to the old school.) It’s my dream to not only wear Paul Smith, but to follow in his footsteps and build a small empire of my own.

It’s all vintage in the shop now, but with your help we’ll be able to launch Sartorial Pairings our new apparel and accessories brand. It’s got old school style, but it’s designed for new world lives!

For a preview and hopefully to order a vest or fob and chain please visit kickstarter.com and search for Sartorial Pairings!

In the meantime you’ll find me at the shop – QP & Monty – 55 Greenwich Avenue (entrance on Perry Street) in NYC.

Cheers,

Ignacio

 

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