March 28, 2013 |
AND HERE Tattle thought that Buzz Bissinger was in love with only himself. But, no. Thanks to a soul-searching, closet-opening personal essay in GQ magazine - essentially a "Letter to Penthouse " about clothes as written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author - the best-selling journalist and former Inquirer and Daily News columnist lays out his personal demons - and they're all carefully dry-cleaned. Anyone who's ever heard Bissinger speak, ramble or rant knows that there is a lot going on in that cluttered brain of his, but few might have guessed that he had a shopping addiction that caused him to spend more than 600G on men's and women's fashion (he wore both)
January 10, 2013 |
In their search for the perfectly rugged duffel - as in no wheels at the airport, dude - two twentysomethings took a stab two years ago at designing men's luggage. Today Merion natives Adam Blitzer and Alex Realmuto sit at the helm of Blue Claw Co., a just-for-guys line of travel bags and everyday carryalls that include waxed canvas briefcases, iPad sleeves, and duffels. Man-purses be damned. But more important than introducing millennials to the prestige that comes from carrying worn leather, the businessmen hope to do their part to jump-start accessories manufacturing in the United States - especially when it comes to leather goods.
October 26, 2012 |
SIG ETTINGER had natural business instincts. When the leather-goods store he started in Wilmington in 1956 needed a boost, Sig drove to Philadelphia and bought a few hundred Eagles tickets. He took them back to Wilmington and sold them. That was how B&B Tickettown got its start, and over the years it morphed into one of the region's largest sports-ticket operations, selling tickets to Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers games, as well as to concerts and other events. As the ticket business grew, it was moved to another floor in the same building, then to its own building a block away.
September 25, 2012
RUBEN AMARO JR. is right. Moving Chase Utley to third base so Freddy Galvis can play second will improve the Phillies in 2013. He just can't prove it. That's not his fault. Really, it's the system, or the lack of one. There are a stifling number of statistics in baseball these days, and yet no one has come close to quantifying the impact a good defense has on a team. We see it, we know it, but when we debate about building champions and repairing them, we tend to sound like Billy Beane's sidekick in "Moneyball.
June 4, 2012 |
For a compact, entry-level luxury car, the Infiniti G37 certainly has a large wardrobe. It can go to the country club dressed as a coupé, a sport coupé, a sedan, a sport sedan, or a retractable hardtop. It can accessorize its assorted sheet-metal garments with rear-drive or all-wheel-drive, four variations on a 3.7-liter V-6, sport suspensions or relatively relaxed undercarriages, a seven-speed automatic transmission, or a six-speed manual. I closed my eyes, reached into the closet, and came up with a G37 S, a sport sedan with a 328-horsepower V-6 and, in this case, the six-speed manual gearbox.
May 19, 2012 |
By Caroline Tiger FOR THE INQUIRER When Eugenie Perret met Defne Veral in a small coastal town on the Aegean Sea, the two were 10 years old. The Istanbul natives continued their friendship in the United States when they moved here for college and stayed to pursue careers in design. Now Perret, who co-owns the Old City furniture gallery Minima, and Veral, who owns an interior design firm in Connecticut, are partners in AKIS (pronounced ah-KEES) — a brand-new line of home and fashion accessories made by Turkish artisans.
May 10, 2012
WELCOME TO Cheap Buzz, where we eavesdrop as sommelier Marnie Old attempts to teach the joys of wine and fine spirits to Buzz, a guy with no sophistication and not much money. Here's their latest conversation: Buzz: I was reading the notes on the wine signs at the State Store and, boy, are they crazy! Marnie: You mean the tasting notes? Buzz: Yes. One wine tasted like "leather. " Another was "grassy. " The worst was the one that was "chalky. " though. Who the heck would drink a wine with chalk in it?
May 5, 2012 |
Crowdsourcing? Social media? Twitter blasts? Fuggedaboutit. Contrary to expectations, the winners of a contest to locate lifesaving portable medical devices in Philadelphia relied on old-fashioned shoe leather. That was just one surprising outcome of MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania's project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — backpack-size gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims if used in time. Another surprise: The original estimate of 5,000 public-access defibrillators was way too high.
November 20, 2011 |
Mercedes sharpened the looks and performance of the 2012 SLK 350, but that's not where the real "magic" is. For that, one must look to the stars. It's the coolest feature, an optional sunroof with a blue hue that blocks the sun until you press a button above: Then, it's clear as glass and lets the sun shine in. Called the Magic Sky Control Roof, this sunroof is made up of metallic particles that stand when given an electrical charge. Something like that. Anyway, the result is a functional dimmer when you want the sun out, and an "oh, wow" feature to show your friends.
October 28, 2011
THE ALL-BLACK LOOK is a fashion staple that's often accused of being "safe. " But the Philadelphians pictured on this page are pushing the fashion envelope to the next level with a contrast of textures and proportions. A splash of color - leopard heels, checkered boots - spice things up. Ladies are layering knits, leather and wool, and guys are anything but mundane in their classic suits or hipster chic jeans and leather. Follow Reuben Harley on Twitter at @BigRubeHarley and at streetgazing.blogspot.com.