Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A stylist for the men of Los Angeles

Be mindful of your wears.
I’ve worked with celebrities and models and I’d love to work with you. Designing your own style is an adventure in itself. Whether you work on stage, in the corporate world, love a specific decade, you will always find it important to develop an eye that can weed out the mundane and ad too the essential pieces of you that you want in your closet. Whether you are lounging in a leather chair, or about to take over a meeting, your clothes should embody your “it” factor and show off your gravitas to its full effect. When you enter a room, even if you don’t own the room, you should look like you own the room. I want to help you understand why anatomy and balance when thought about and used to perfection in dressing can make your soul glow in any situation.
For further information or to make an appointment for a consultation, please feel free to call me or send me an email. 
Matt Deckard 
626 278 8495

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hounding for a Fox Umbrella?

John Steed is the cause of my love for the Fox steel tube umbrella. For years I lusted after the sleek look that Patrick Macnee made famous as John Steed, His bowler and brolly were part of the suit. For the bowler, I have a good collection nowadays. Even though in the show it was stated by a character that Steed only wore bowlers from Lock Hatters, there are a few scenes in which you can clearly see the Herbert Johnson shield in the liner… I have bowlers that are period correct from both companies. Anywho, back to the brolly. 

These days there aren't as many choices for a gentleman's umbrella, not like the choices you had in the early 1900s. I have myself a Swaine Aideny Brigg in a nice solid wood that can double as a cane if ever I need one, and a whangee handled  steel tube Fox Umbrella that mimics Steeds bumbershoot of choice. I love them both, yet prefer the sleek fox for the fact that it is sleek. The one problem I have with the modern version that Fox produces is that they now use a plastic runner rather than a brass one. Both my high end brollys are nylon covered, but sometime when I go back to London I promise I will have these rain protectors redone in a good silk… The patter of warted splatter on the canopy just sounds… well, proper.

Many of the older pics going to the twenties have the royals carrying the steel tubed umbrellas. Light jaunty and a narrower time for fashion altogether.

Nowadays they always seem to be carrying stick umbrellas with solid pieces of wood at the core... bit more sturdy if you use it as a cane -- which do you prefer?

Some inside shots for good measure.

That darned plastic runner that Fox uses these days.

Steed style with a Whangee grip