Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,
The blog Quote a Gentleman’s key aim is to draw insight and inspiration from the world around us, from people we have nothing in common with, from the different and the diverse, from the patterns that we recognize, and the abnormalities that disrupt and confound them.
I’m always keen to embrace change and to observe abnormalities in areas like fashion, vintage design, interior, the arts, architecture, icons or ideas within philosophy, political or social movements. I’m interested in what is new and next versus what is old and worthy. That is why this vintage now and next-blog will create a visual montage entwined in a wild oasis with butlers and real divas.
24 AUGUST 2012
Ladies & Gentlemen, what is now & next? What is upcoming, coming, not coming? Are trends going to be the same as it always has been or do we need to look at specially fashion trends in a new perspective? Can we keep on over-producing and living with this constantly overflow like we have done the last 50-60 years? I believe in looking at old and new together, a mix of this years pastel trends combined with old dusty pink Levis vintage shorts, youth and living-age together, various cultures and believes, dental braces creating your precious look. We need to think new and innovative but stick to what we have in the wardrobe, produce less, spent less, consume different. A new agenda has to start! Rethink fashion with Quote a Gentleman.
1 MAY 2012
Ladies & gentleman what is your wardrobe like? Do you plan your outfit in the evening to save time in the morning or are you the type who gets inspired by the mood, weather and occasion? Keep all your vintage quality garments in a neatly well-organized order and let it stay alive. Here are a few good ways on how to organize your wardrobe by Fantastic man.
Colour code – Keep your hanging items organized by colour.
Get sorted – Reorganize all your items stored on your shelves and stack them by the type of item. If you have the space, you can stack each item on its own shelf and color code that too.
Store it – Get some storage boxes for all of your items such as accessories, scarves, belts, gloves, hats, handbags and so on. Place each one in its own box, neatly folded or nicely rolled up.
By season - Have only clothing in your wardrobe for the right season. Store the rest in costume bags and store it where it’s dry and temperate.
Photos by: things organized neatly
8 MARCH 2012
Ladies & Gentlemen, a colourful update for this spring combined very nicely with white and ash grey. Quote a Gentlemen believes ash grey & white hair is always classy and trendy. Plenty of extravagant jewelry, done with aesthetic knowledge is on the top list as well as literature, texture and functionality in space and objects. Spring is up for a new touch so dip your fingers in colours and splash it to your whites!
13 FEBRUARY 2012
Ladies & Gentlemen, enjoy these über cool & yet very sophisticated ladies in red, white & black. It simply doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. Find the right shaped sunglasses, put on red lipstick – it always works and wear avant-garde black pieces that fit your personal style. Then hit town and enjoy how you make people’s day more vibrant and wild because you know how to dress individually. Talking about dressing individually these days – it’s a whole different subject to be discussed. Until next time – check also our Facebook profile for more trend updates and vintage icons.
3 JANUARY 2012
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The financial and political situation is out of hand. Out of something not even robots can control or we can control them to control. Everyone talks about it, it influences our everyday life. But we cannot be controlled by it – the situation.
We need to focus on what is foolish, on magical experiments, on things and projects that can remove the focus from the present to the obscure. Something that is not defined in its own clear way.
It’s time to drift away, to daydream, to live out wild dreams maybe in a time period where only black and white colours create the silhouette. Now is another side of fashion. Live it out.
12 DECEMBER 2011
Ladies & Gentlemen, The Hermès Group, founded in 1837, designs, develops and markets high-quality products. Hermès specializes in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods and ready-to-wear collections. Characteristic for the brand is the logo of a Duc carriage with horse, which the company has had since the 1950s. But how did it all start? In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801–1878) first established Hermès as a harness workshop on the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, dedicated to serving European noblemen. He created some of the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade. Monsieur Hermès earned citations included the first prize in its class in 1855 and the first-class medal in 1867 at the Expositions Universelles in Paris. Hermès’ son, Charles-Émile Hermès (1835–1919), took over the management from his father and moved the shop in 1880 to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where it remains today and where the new leader introduced saddlery and began retail sales. The era of Hermès has had its rise and falls and as one fashion observer noted, “Much of what bears the still-discreet Hermès label changed from the object of an old person’s nostalgic to the subject of young people’s’ dreams.”
1 DECEMBER 2011
Vintage Home: A Home with a History
Ladies & Gentlemen, a home with a history, a home with character, a home where you can see people live and develop new creative ideas. But how will we live in the future and how will we create our houses if we want to live better all of us at the same time? National and regional identity might give us inspiration for new opportunities. In the Nordic countries – the tendency with nordic food is already blooming. In New York – the gentleman work-wear style has had a great golden period the last years. We look towards new passions, new ways of living and all in all simplicity in its most refined way.
Source: The Selby
17 NOVEMBER 2011
Ladies & gentlemen, Loulou de la Falaise (1948-2011) was an eccentric YSL muse also known as “the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne.” Loulou de la Falaise moved to New York in the 1960s where she shortly worked as a model for American Vogue before returning back to England now with a position as junior editor for the magazine Queen. This was an important move because during this junior editor position she came in contact with Yves Saint Laurent – a long-lasting friendship had started. This friendship led to Paris where the great diva started working for the YSL haute couture house in 1972. Loulou de la Falaise’s job was to bring her eccentric style into jewelry design. When Yves Saint Laurent resigned in 2002, Loulou de la Falaise started her own clothing line and jewelry design that was characterized by the New York Times fashion journalist Cathy Horn as, “The clothing line captured much of her rare taste—well-cut blazers in the best English tweeds, French sailor pants in linen, striped silk blouses with cheeky black lace edging, masculine walking coats with fur linings, and gorgeous knits in perfectly chosen colors”. Loulou de la Falaise was a great muse, diva and style icon that must be kept in our memories. There are still only a few of the real once that really stands out – Loulou is one!
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Ladies & Gentlemen, a great pink (almost vintage) fashion editorial from Dazed and Confused by Matt Irwin Models: Beryl Nesbitt & Anne Fletcher. These fantastic divas explores a taste and a wild artistic side in life, that finally have made it into fashion magazines. Real divas with an age only to admire. Quote a Gentleman hope this affect and inspire your wardrobe, your mentality, your perspective of being original, your choise of buying avant-garde quality garments and the over all important agenda – slow fashion. There is no doubt about that personal style is a creative form of expression and the choise of pink will forever keep you punk!
2 NOVEMBER 2011
Ladies & Gentlemen, simplicity is often related to something which is easy to understand or explain in contrast to something that is complicated. The concept simplicity has also been related to truth. But do we know what is truth and what is easy to understand? Is there a truth existing for the whole world or a simple way to understand different cultures, religions, genders, races, sexualities and so on?
John Maeda, writes in his book Laws of Simplicity about how simplicity and complexity need each other. The more complexity there is in the market, the more something simpler stands out. A good read this autumn will be Maeda’s 10Laws of Simplicity.
Law 1# Reduce: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
Law 2# Organize: Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
Law 3# Time: Savings in time feel like simplicity.
Law 4# Learn: Knowledge makes everything simpler.
Law 5# Differences: Simplicity and complexity need each other.
Law 6# Context: What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
Law 7# Emotion: More emotions are better than less.
Law 8# Trust: In simplicity we trust.
Law 9# Failure: Some things can never be made simple.
Law 10# The one: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.