The ‘World’ is His (Gilt MANual)
“With the Web and everything being so broad — Googling something and getting 17 pages of information — I really felt that there was a need for something curated, a place where guys could come and have a haven for things that are here to stay.”

Project Upgrade: Tom Ford Edition (GQ)
“”There’s a different kind of comfort that comes from knowing that you are putting your best foot forward,” Ford says. “It’s called psychological comfort. Look at a picture of the Coney Island boardwalk in 1925. Men were in full-on three-piece suits, hats. They may have only had one suit. But they pressed it. They made it look as good as possible. People aspired up.””

D’Avino shirts, Naples (Permanent Style)
“These are all tiny, unnecessary details. They make no functional difference to the shirt. Perhaps attaching the cuff by hand gives it natural curve, as with the collar, but it’s tenuous. As with many aspects of a Cifonelli suit (of which more later in the week), the value is in the pure aesthetics, the pleasure of craft for its own sake.”

Backwards glance (How To Spend It)
“From Brooklyn hipsters and fashion-forward Tokyo urbanites to London bankers, the four-eyed set have gone mad for vintage and vintage-inspired frames over the past few years. And more than that, statement specs have become the accoutrement du jour even for those with 20/20 vision – with those that hone a one-of-a-kind look most highly coveted. This desire for uniquely shaped frames and quirky decorative elements comes partly from Hollywood; thick, black plastic ones as featured in Mad Men have been all the rage for men, while The Great Gatsby has stirred up interest in round frames. The global recession has also played a role; consumers have begun to question what and why they are buying. If a pair of glasses costs £350 (that’s the cost before the prescription lenses go in), they should offer quality and durability, yet many bespectacled consumers feel that craftmanship, uniqueness and exclusivity are often compromised. So, many boutiques, such as Jani’s, have focused a sizable portion of their frame selection on unusual and highly crafted designs from the past.”

Blue Chalk Tells the Story of Menswear Dog (Hypebeast)
“Brooklyn-based digital media company Blue Chalk presents a visual storytelling piece about David Fung and Yena Kimstart’s canine fashion line, which was launched earlier this year. This five-minute visual breaks down how the couple started a simple dog fashion blog and Tumblr page featuring their Shiba Inu, Bodhi and how it exploded into to a full-time business that urged the duo out of their jobs in the design and fashion industry. Peep the video above and look for more from David and Yena, who will be releasing a book — Menswear Dog: A Dog’s Guide to Being a Man — in the forthcoming months.”