Gentleman's Club Swann de Berluti →
It is said that the men who belong to Olga Berluti’s Swann Club polish their shoes with Venetian linen dipped in Dom Pérignon and expose them to the light of the full moon, but that is false. It is the quartermoon that is important, Berluti explains: “The moon gives transparency to leather. The sun burns; the moon burnishes.” More about the Swann Club (named for the protagonist...
Here in Portland, spring is usually quite a wet season. We understand rain. Just like the Sami people of northern Europe who have literally hundreds of words to describe snow, we here in the northwest have more ways to say its raining then you could shake a stick at. So, on those spring days when its not cold enough to pull out the parka but its pouring so hard the streets look more like...
The Gift of a Pen
Giving an elegant writing instrument as a gift as a sign of academic and personal appreciation and respect is an old tradition. It doesn’t get more personal than gifting a beautiful item that you use daily, carry on top of your heart, hold in your hand and is the vehicle of your inner most thoughts and emotions. In the old days, a nice pen would be a common gift for graduates, professionals...
White Summer Denim
If you’ve been reading tingsic for awahile then you know that I make clothes mostly because I have a hard time finding things that fit the way I like at a reasonable price point. The more I make the more I realize it is very possible to make quality clothes for very meager prices and still make a sustaining profit. With the Spring/Summer collections and trends coming out in full force,...