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(french) | Le Macaroni, nostalgique d’une aristocratie insolente.

December 31, 2012 | Leave a comment

Un siècle avant le Dandysme, est né dans l’Angleterre du XVIII eme siècle un mouvement précurseur : Les Macaronis.

Comme bien des émergences de mode à travers l’histoire, c’est dans la contestation des convenances établies qu’est né ce mouvement, qui n’aura pas duré bien longtemps, mais dont l’influence se fait sentir encore de nos jours.

Par opposition aux standards et au classicisme naissant dans la bourgeoisie londonienne sous le règne du Roi Georges II, a une époque où de plus en plus étaient de mise redingotes sombres et culottes de draps noirs, sobriété dans l’élégance masculine d’un mode vie rangé aux valeurs bien établies.

Le Macaroni, nostalgique d’une aristocratie insolente, se veut extravaguant. Drapé de couleurs vives et provocantes. Culottes de Soie, pierreries, matières nobles, escarpins au cuir brillant et aux boucles ostentatoires. Sans oublier la perruque … Poudrée et gigantesque. Souvent recouverte d’un minuscule tricorne.

Le macaroni s’habille près du corps, de vêtements serrés. Aux lignes verticales dominantes, pour allonger la silhouette et féminiser une grâce à l’opposé de la virilité habituellement mise en valeur. Le Macaroni est excentrique, son langage est flegmatique, froid, sans passion apparente. Son regard se veut dédaigneux et hautain. Il méprise les bourgeois et snob leurs manières traditionnelles et les protocoles sociaux établis. Le macaroni est moqueur.

Et moqué …

Le Oxford Magazine, en 1770 : « Il y a en vérité une sorte d‘animal ni mâle ni femelle, une sorte de chose du genre neutre qui vient d‘émerger parmi nous. On l’appelle macaroni. Cela parle sans vouloir rien dire, cela rit sans civilité, cela mange sans appétit, cela monte à cheval sans en faire, cela court les filles sans passion. »

Le Macaroni, pionnier de la révolte londonienne lookée, attire la satire et les quolibets. Un club finira par leur être consacré, mas l’histoire ne nous en laissera que peu de témoignage.

(French) | Universal Works – La qualité intemporelle des pièces sera la fondation de son image

December 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Il y a quelques jours j’ai reçu un mail annonçant le début de soldes d’hiver chez Oi Polloi.

Pour les néophytes d’entre vous, Oi Polloi est un des magasins phare pour l’homme recherchant des marques de bonne facture avec une Histoire et une forte image.

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En parcourant leur offre, je suis tombé sur un cardigan en molton de chez Universal Works, le Tarleton en Marine.

Comme le restant de la collection d’Universal Works, cette pièce est sublime.

Bien coupé, sobre et de très bonne qualité.

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Universal Works a été créé en 2008 par David Keyte.

Avant de créer sa propre marque, David a eu le temps de gagner ses galons chez Paul Smith (pendant 10 ans) et chez Marharishi (la référence) pendant 5 ans.

David a voulu créer une marque qui soit facile à porter, intemporelle et de bonne facture.

La plupart des pièces sont d’inspiration workwear et fabriquées dans des petits ateliers au Royaume Uni.

C’est le genre de marque qui ne crée pas son image via des campagnes publicitaires mais dont la qualité intemporelle des pièces sera la fondation de son image.

(french) | Bilitis 17 ans, pour les filles sages.

December 10, 2012 | Leave a comment

[stextbox id="info" image="http://supra-quintessence.com/images/lips.png"]Kristel est la fille de la bande. De temps en temps, elle prend la plume pour nous faire découvrir son univers, ses coups de cœurs. Pour que les gentlemens que nous sommes ne perdent pas pied dans cette grande piscine qu’est la mode féminine. Kristel nous aide à dénicher les perles, la supra-quintessence, en somme … avec une touche girly, une pointe de chic, et un zeste de poésie.[/stextbox]

 

Voici un de mes grands coups de cœur. Bilitis 17 ans. Un petit nouveau sur le marché de la mode. Depuis sa création en 2001, cette marque japonaise progresse à grands pas.

La principale caractéristique de la marque, est l’utilisation de dentelle, tulle et broderie.

Cette marque suit ses propres diktats hors des conventions de la mode. Ses influences, le nom l’indique « Bilitis », sont l’univers d’une jeune fille pensionnaire d’un internat privé qui cherche à découvrir l’amour.

Chaque pièce est faite avec une telle minutie et un tel soin du détail, qu’elle peut s’adapter à tous les styles.

Cette marque soucieuse de l’artisanat et particulièrement très féminine est essentielle dans toute garde-robe à l’exemple de la petite robe noire tant vantée par Coco Chanel.

Cette marque est toutefois difficile à trouver, mais … suite au prochain numéro, je mène l’enquête …

Everyone has a smartphone/iphone. Except me …

November 29, 2012 | Leave a comment

Everyone has an smartphone/iphone. Except me … I prefer simple phones, used to call … Such as the French brand phones LEKKI. Which republishes the flagship models of the early mobile phones. Colored … to match with your socks ;)

Ericsson A2628 – Orange

Nokia 6210 – Blue

Motorola StarTac 130 – Green

Clémence Veilhan | A girl body is like a chewing gum

November 22, 2012 | Leave a comment

Clémence Veilhan is a French photographer who have started her career as Nan Goldin assistant.

She’s working on B&W and color pictures.

All her models are « real » people and look so.

Clémence Veilhan

Clémence Veilhan

One part of her Art is called « Chewing Girls ».

She take pictures of topless girls chewing bubble-gums.

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The thing about those pictures, is that she is shooting « naked girls » but that are no more object of desire.

By chewing those gums, they become part of an action and no more a sex object….

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The idea about topless girls vs chewing gums is that a girl body is like a chewing gum : always changing, moving always in motion.

And that’s all the deal about Clémence Veilhan pictures, although the girls are statics, they seems to be in motion due to the chewing gum.

 

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Very nice work.

(french) Entre 2 Rétros – Sac Escale Johny – Issu du recyclage automobile.

October 31, 2012 | Leave a comment

Un sac issu du recyclage automobile ? Dont les sangles seraient d’authentiques ceintures de sécurité ? Fabriqué à la main avec des chutes de tissu et de cuir automobile ? Dans des ateliers à taille humaine et dans une logique éco-socio-responsable ? A des prix abordables ?

Je n’y croyais pas vraiment … Et pourtant …

Entre 2 Rétro est une marque française, issue de la collaboration de deux amies. L’une styliste, l’autre issue du marketing. La marque propose une collection de sacs/housses/accessoires inspirée de l’univers automobile des années 50 et 60. Une réussite. Tant au niveau stylistique et conceptuel que qualitatif.

J’ai pris quelques photos du modèle Johnny. Don la touche sportive et élégante sied si bien à son propriétaire, qui se reconnaitra. Merci à Kevin de m’avoir laissé photographier son sac … Un shooting sans prétention réalisé sur le pouce.

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

Entre 2 Retros - Sac Escale Johnny

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www.entre2retros.com | Modele Escale Johny | Medium : 129 € | Large : 139 €

Laurent Darmon – French photographer

August 17, 2012 | Leave a comment

Laurent Darmon is a photographer who was born in Paris.

After travelling the World, he settle down in Paris in 1997.

Today he is leaving between Paris, London and New York.

The thing about Laurent work is the smile !

When you are looking at his works, you see the models smilling, being happy, being themself.

It’s like they are in total confidence with Laurent and that gives a warm atmosphere to his work.

Laurent Darmont - French photographer

Laurent Darmon - French photographer

Laurent Darmont - French photographer

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Hartford – The American way of dressing with a French touch

August 5, 2012 | Leave a comment

Hartford was created in 1979 by Yves Charton.

He wanted to reproduce the authentic american shirts that he was founding on the french flees markets.

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Till today, the moto of the brand stays the same : producing high quality products with a vintage twist and a French touch.

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What we love with Hartford is that you can see the collection in lots of differents ways.

You can make a picking that will give you a workwear atmosphere, you can go for a preppy style, or even for a vintage denim look.

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No matters the look, that’s what Hartford is all about : Style !

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Mas de la Fouque – Hotel in the South of France

August 2, 2012 | Leave a comment

Although here in Europe it’s doesn’t look like……it’s summer time.

So it’s time for beaches, hotels, promenades and sunshine.

We found in the South of France what we could easily call a piece of heaven.

Imagine nature (water, sand, wild horses, pink flamingos) a beautiful weather and no noise at all.

You are in Camargue (on of the most beautiful Natural Park in France).

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In the middle of this Park, you will find the Mas de la Fouque Hotel.

What to say about the hotel….everything was perfect.

The staff is very friendly, the food is great, the wines…no comments…

You have all the modern comfort that you can expect from a 5 stars (although it’s a four stars).

 

A beautiful outdoor swimming pool and a great Spa.

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The plus : the Gipsy Caravan.

Instead of booking a regular room, book the Gipsy Caravan.

 

You won’t forget this place once you’ve been there !

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Arpenteur – dedicated to the Made In France

July 30, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here’s another label we like at Supra-Quintessence.

Arpenteur is a young French brand dedicated to the Made in France.

All the pieces from the Arpenteur collection are Made in France.

They take inspiration from French military and French work wear from the 30′ till the 50′.

The pieces are made in high quality fabrics with a special attention to the details.

 

Although the pieces are based on 30′-50′ pieces, the cuts are modified to give a modern look with a kind of slim fits.

Timeless pieces, good quality, Made in France : we would like more of those kind of labels !

JAPAN
Bshop (various locations in Japan) http://www.bshop-inc.com/
Everly (Nagoya) http://everly.co.jp/
USA
C.H.C.M (New York) http://chcmshop.com/
U.K.
Tailor at the Tannery (London) http://www.tattt.co.uk/
Peggs & Sons (Brighton) http://www.peggsandson.com/
FRANCE
La Belle Echoppe (Online) http://labelleechoppe.fr/
Rocker Speed Shop (Paris) http://www.rockerspeedshop.com/
Marcel Lassance (Paris) http://www.marcellassance.fr/
The Optimists (Online) http://www.the-optimists.com/
SWEDEN
Nitty Gritty (Stockholm) http://www.nittygrittystore.com/
GERMANY
Burg und Schild (Berlin) http://www.burgundschild.com/
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Maison de Fous – Utopie Collection SS13

July 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

Maison de Fous (Madhouse) is a new French brand present at the Pitti. This first collection is composed by a fresh range of polos and espadrilles.with original design.

The collection is manufactured exclusively in Europe (Spain and Portugal), with special attention given to details and finishes. All in a spirit of innovation. We love these kind of “Sport Espadrilles”.

Beautiful colors, for a “Mad Sumer” …

We wanted a good start for this young brand.

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Maison de Fous - Espadrilles
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Le Slip Français – The French Briefs

March 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

Because a true gentleman is elegant from head to foot he must not neglect his choice of underwear.

France, country of elegance (it seems), is a reference to men who want pleasing to women. Ask the girls what they think of Jean Dujardin, you will understand ….

So trust them , and be “sexy like a French”.

Le Slip Français is made in France in the small village of Saint-Antoine. Based on tradition and local knowledge. We love the  spirit, the philosphy and their commitment to an organization that helps children with leukemia.

www.leslipfrancais.fr

Le Slip Français - The French Briefs

Le Slip Français - The French Briefs

Le Slip Français - The French Briefs

Moustache Paris – Design agency

March 12, 2012 | Leave a comment

With a name like that, we had to speak about Moustache’s Design Agency.

Founded and run by Stéphane Arriubergé and Massimiliano Iorio, moreover partners in Domestic, Moustache’s aim is to bring together a group of like-minded designers to nurture the development of innovative and honest furnishings that will stand the test of time. The products produced by Moustache will attempt to take advantage of passing time and to give them a little of the heritage value that furniture and objects held in the past.

Moustache’s value is to open new domestic horizons designers such as Big Game. Big Game is a design studio founded in 2004 by Grégoire Jeanmonod (Swiss), Elric Petit (Belgian) and Augustin Scott de Martinville (French). It is now based in Paris.

www.moustache.fr

Moustache Design Studio Paris 1

Moustache Design Studio Paris 1

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Auricoste – La Spirotechnique

March 11, 2012 | Leave a comment

Since its creation in 1854, Auricoste has been closely linked to the French air force and navy. The company’s history confers on it a unique position in the watch-making world, where beauty and precision are the key words. Its chronographs are considered to be the time-keeping device of choice by watch-making specialists and amateurs throughout the world. Auricoste continues to provide its craftsmanship and services to the major navy and air force divisions, both in France and abroad.

Spirotechnique was formed in 1947 to develop the patent for the first AQUA-LUNG regulator invented by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. Cousteau was a French Naval Officer in WWII and helped create France’s commando frogman unit. Cousteau was a member of the Boards of La Spirotechnique, U.S. Divers Co., Inc. and their parent company Aqua-Lung International.

Auricoste have created a watch for La Spirotechnique.

Today, La Spirotechnique gave them again all their trust to creat again this mythical watch.

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Here’s the detail of this great watch :

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MOVEMENT

ETA 2824-2 with dato at 4 h.
Automatic winding, ball bearing.
Number the correction. Stop second device.
Etachron whiplash and corrector racket.
28,800 a / h, 4 Hz. 25 jewels.
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HOUSING

Brushed steel 316 L stainless
or finishing PVD / LDC Carbon Black
depending on the version.
Diameter: 42 mm.
Unidirectional rotating bezel
60 minutes, machining “IceBlack.”
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DIAL

Super Matte Black background treated.
Index and hands covered
Swiss and figures
Super-LumiNova ®
White.
Photo luminescent Blue Line BG W9.
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Guy Cotten – a view to greater comfort, resistance, and safety for people at sea

February 4, 2012 | Leave a comment

If talking about fishing and yachting jackets, let’s talk about Guy Cotten : « Le ciré français ».

A little over 40 years ago, the Guy Cotten workroom was set up in Concarneau. Today the company employs more than 300 people all over the world. These have been forty years of ideas, innovation and experimentation with a view to greater comfort, resistance, and safety for people at sea.

1964
The conquering of the Seas started on the docks of fishing harbours. This was the period of heavy, uncomfortable, easily damaged oilskins, made of coated cotton. In Concarneau, having observed this closely, Guy Cotten and his wife perfected tougher wear. The lightness of the fabric meant they could double the thicknesses and even triple it around the knees. This was a revolution on the docks. The increase in comfort was acknowledged and the clothing lasted three times longer. The craftsman became a salesman in the evening and on Saturday morning, as well as marketing his goods from boat to boat in the harbours of south Finistère.

From 1965 to 1970
This period saw the emergence of sailing schools which were to experience a real explosion in numbers. At the time, only jackets with poppers or pea-jackets that could be pulled on over the head were available on the market. Not very practical! At the Rosbras Sailing Centre, the founder and coordinator, Yvon Hemery remarked: “How is it that no-one has ever come up with an item of clothing with the waterproof qualities of a pea jacket and the practical advantages of an ordinary jacket?”, and also put this question to Guy Cotten. A few days later, students at the Centre tested the first foul weather jackets with a double flap combining self-grip fasteners and a zip! The ROSBRAS JACKET was born. The principle of the jacket with a double flap combining zip and self-grip fasteners launched by the company is now commonplace. The range was extended and products were made to order.

From 1965 to 1970
An increase in the number of large offshore races and a real enthusiasm for the sea, as well as the start of partnerships with important names in sailing was to accelerate the company’s success. The “Nav” jacket was launched and completed the wide range of foul weather gear (30 articles). This jacket with a large fur-lined collar was sent by thousands to all corners of France and Europe. The extremely comfortable “Skipper” jacket also made its mark. Much sought after by its customers, it provoked several waves of imitations, with a count of no less than 16.

www.guycotten.com

 

A very special pair of shoes for a very special customer

February 3, 2012 | Leave a comment

More than 20 hours of craftsmanship for this incredible pair of shoes “Pierre Corthay“, imagined by a customer. If you look at the two shoes, you will see they are different. Matching green laces, orange rhinestone crystals incrusted one by one by hand on the medallion.

I would like to know the name of the “very special customer” for which this pair was performed.

But “Pierre Corthay” produces other beautiful shoes easier to match. All made ​​in is workshop in France since 2003.

Marcel’s Soap

January 22, 2012 | Leave a comment

Le Savon de Marcel was creat by four friends that wanted the Famous Marseille Soap to go green.Marcel’s soap is made in small quantities by a company called La Savonnerie du Midi located in Marseille in the south of France. It’s certified organic by Ecocert, contains 97,95% of natural ingredients and 82,45% of organic ingredients.

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