Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by tedadmin No Comments

July 19, 1910 was the first official “Father’s Day” in the United States, but it wasn’t considered a federal holiday until 1972, when President Nixon signed off on it. “Mother’s Day”, on the other hand, was proclaimed a nationwide holiday 58 years before that by President Woodrow Wilson.

The Great Depression inspired retailers to promote Father’s Day as a “second Christmas” for men, making it a wonderful opportunity to spoil your father with extravagant gifts including neckties, pipes, hats, golf clubs – and shoes.

This wonderful tradition continues today on Sunday June 16th, 2013. It is the day in which we set aside some time to acknowledge the profound impact the special men in our lives have had on our own life’s journey. Your father – or perhaps your grandfather or uncle – helped raise you and influenced the person you’ve become as an adult. He taught you to ride a bike, fix a car, play golf, throw a baseball, and catch a fish (with some success).

But…perhaps what you’ve learned through his example as a result of these shared hobbies is more important.

He taught you to treat others the way you want to be treated.

He taught you how to be a good sport and how to work hard.

And finally, he taught you that how you dress is not only a reflection of who you are, but what you stand  for.

For the man of discriminating taste, we have a handpicked selection of shoes guaranteed to impress Dad. Give him the gift of timeless style, quality and comfort available exclusively through

“A Master Touch of Quality and Craftsmanship”

Mezlan footwear is imported directly from Spain. These shoes are the product of world-class craftsmanship, featuring genuine exotic skins and fine leathers. Each shoe is carefully manufactured with sharp attention to detail and intricate design. Mezlan footwear features an extensive collection of menswear, both casual and formal. With classic and contemporary styles, there is a Mezlan shoe for the closest of a well-dressed man at any age.

For a casual yet sophisticated look,  you might consider the Costanza Moccasin from Mezlan’s Custom Line. This Genuine Crocodile and Calfskin Moccasin is the perfect gift for Dad. This moccasin features stunning, exotic genuine crocodile leather framed with Italian calfskin.  The interior of the moccasin features glove soft lining and an injected memory foam comfort insole. A versatile black moccasin is a staple in any man’s closet.

For a more formal ensemble, try the Tyson II Black Deer Skin Dress Shoe, which is a classic black balmoral (also available in burgundy). Tyson II features Italian calfskin, polished to a sheen which is brogued in seamed perforations. The vamp is inlaid with rich, supple deerskin. The interior of the shoe features leather lining, an injected memory foam midsole, and Bologna Artisan Flex Sole construction. It is the epitome of class and style.


You can also browse through our extensive collection of Mezlan shoes and accessories here at

He taught you about style and now you can show your appreciation with a gift that is sure to exceed his expectations. Enjoy 15% off with Code LOVEUDAD here at Arrowsmith Shoes, your trusted source for unparalleled quality, style and service since 1974.

Happy Father’s Day from!


Graduation Gifts: Shoes For Every Closet

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by tedadmin No Comments

In 1892, Milton Florsheim and his father Sigmund set out to create men’s shoes. Instead, they created a fashion legacy. Built on the motto “Florsheim Shoes Are Designed For The Man Who Cares”, Florsheim continues its tradition of providing comfortable, stylish shoes of quality for working men and women. It is the brand of choice for young professionals today.

For your son, the graduate, you might consider a contemporary twist on a classic. The Black Croc Print Leather Slip-On by Florsheim. The Sarasota Bit by Florsheim is a classic black leather slip-on featuring a stunning croc print leather upper. It is the perfect balance of style and comfort, featuring leather linings, a fully cushioned footbed, and a durable rubber sole. It is a versatile piece of genuine hand-sewn construction that is sure to inspire.

Another practical shoe for the aspiring new graduate is the Cromwell by Florsheim, a classic blucher wing-tip oxford. This cognac hued shoe features a calfskin leather upper, 4 eyelet lacing, and soft sheepskin linings. The footbed has ComfortTech, Goodyear welt, a textured treadheel, and a two-tone leather sole. The Cromwell by Florsheim has a luxurious appearance at an affordable price.

For the young lady graduate, you may want to consider a classic shoe that is sure to never go out of style. The Wayfarer Black Penny Loafer by Bass is sure to impress with its sleek, sophisticated profile. A classic weejun penny loafer, the Wayfarer is ideal for everyday wear. It pairs nicely with a pant suit or dress slacks for the office. Featuring an all leather upper, hand stitching and a flexible leather outsole, for maximum comfort, this shoe is as comfortable as it is stylish.

For a unique and trendy gift for the graduate who has everything, you might consider the Red Ostrich Short Zipper Boot. A pop of color can add urban-chic appeal to any black suit ensemble, which can also transition from day to evening wear for a night on the town. Featuring a genuine exotic vamp and foxing, a smooth leather quarter with a short rise, and an inside zipper, these boots are the epitome of modern sophistication. These genuine leather boots feature a leather lining from the toe up through the shaft, a leather sole with a high fashion heel, and a classic pointed toe.  If you’re going to give the gift of boots, the only choice is Los Altos.

We have a carefully selected collection of shoes, ideal for today’s graduate, available here at

Enjoy 10% off your graduation gift purchase. Special Offer ends Sunday June 9, 2013 at midnight. Use code GRAD13 at checkout.

Here at we pride ourselves on our longstanding tradition of quality and service. Give your graduate the gift of great shoes so that they may walk comfortably on their own path to success.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 –
Best Wishes for a bright future from everyone at!

The First Steps to Success

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by tedadmin No Comments

You’re proud of your kids at every age, and as you’re running through your mental rolodex of memories – all the milestones and achievements, along with every seemingly insignificant moment along the way –a few special moments come to mind.

You remember the sheer joy that coursed through your body when your child took his or her first steps.

And you recall the first recital you attended in preschool, where the class proudly sang “You Are My Sunshine.”

Then you think about their first graduation, when they proudly marched across the stage, symbolizing their transition from kindergarten to first grade.

Your mind flashes forward and somewhere between the soccer games, band practice, and hours of homework, you had time to fight about what shoes they were going to wear to the homecoming dance, and what they were going to wear to 8th grade graduation.

Then your mind flashes forward again and you see your child graduating high school and leaving the nest for the first time. Fortunately, holiday and summer breaks still give you some semblance of control.

Time flashes forward again – where did it all that time go? – and you’re sitting at your child’s college graduation.

They’re dressed in cap and gown — and the only pair of sensible dress shoes you forced them to pack for this very moment.

You hope that all of the blood, sweat, tears, and joy you poured into raising your child will pay off.  They will now leave college (and their childhood) behind and step out into the world as a competent, independent individual.

Graduation season is upon us and you want to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with a meaningful  – yet useful – gift.

Now is the time to ask yourself…

 are they wearing the right shoes?

With the right pair of shoes, your son or daughter can take their first steps into the world confidently. You will imbue them with an appreciation for quality, style and comfort. Knowing how to dress for the occasion is priceless, and it will set the stage for a lifetime of future successes.

We have a carefully selected collection of shoes, ideal for today’s graduate available here at

Enjoy 10% off your graduation gift purchase. Special Offer ends Sunday June 9, 2013 at midnight. Use code GRAD13 at checkout.

Here at we pride ourselves on our longstanding tradition of quality and service. Give your graduate the gift of great shoes so that they may walk comfortably on their own path to success.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 –
Best Wishes for a bright future from everyone at!

Designer Spotlight – Mezlan of Spain

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Designer and owner, Antonio Sanchez feels Mezlan’s popularity derives from a spirited pursuit of quality, offering fresh, artistic styling in both its’ classic and ‘edgy’ footwear and accessories lines. Mezlan, a division of Pacific Shoe Corp., has a long-established heritage of producing superior, handcrafted and uniquely patterned quality footwear and accessories for over three generations. Bacco Bucci, Mezlan’s contemporary and more casual collection, offers fashionable, comfort footwear. The luxurious craftsmanship and styling used for Mezlan and Bacco Bucci has set a standard in innovation and confidence in the footwear market. Supple leathers from Italy and Spain, genuine exotic skins, and a specially engineered cushioned insole enable Mezlan footwear to offer the most comfort possible for a dress line. Each pair is hand-crafted with an age old Artisan quality which has yet to be paralleled. The Mezlan brand continues to bring excitement and innovation to the world of designer men’s footwear and accessories.

We carry a large selection of Mezlan products and offer free shipping and easy returns!








15% Off- Happy Labor Day!

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Mauri of Italy - Black Genuine Alligator Take advantage of our Labor Day sale and enjoy 15% off everything, including sale items!  Enter our promo code, LABORDAY, at check out to save on your favorite brands. 

Our staff pick for today (the extra 15% off tipped the scale on this one) is the Mauri of Italy, genuine alligator oxford.  The classic style combined with luxurious alligator, this shoe will quickly become your favorite too.  Originally priced at $875, but today with the extra 15% off, this amazing pair of shoes is selling for $593.30.  Be sure to enter the promo code at checkout to receive the lowest price.

As always, free shipping and easy returns! 

Belvedere Statement Shoes – Menswear Trend Fall 2012

Posted on: August 19th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments



Fall is quickly approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about trends for the season.  One of our favorite trends for this season are statement shoes. Before, it was only the women who had statement shoes as a trend but now, men are keeping up and have statement shoes too.  We have the trend covered with our exclusive brand, Belvedere.

Belvedere shoes offer a superior balance of luxury style with premium quality. These hand crafted shoes are made using the best materials, including leathers and exotics such as ostrich, crocodile, lizard and alligator. Belvedere is chosen by men who want the very best, including celebrities, musicians and the upper echelon in the business world.

Belvedere shoes offer a range of styles including oxfords, wing tips and dress shoes in both lace up and slip on designs. There is something in this collection to fit every taste, from classic to contemporary designs. Whether you wear the shoes with a suit to the office or dressed down for a night on the town, you will make a strong fashion statement.

Comfort is enhanced with high quality materials, full leather linings and expert craftsmanship. The interior of the shoes is given as much attention as the exterior materials.  Belvedere combines a rich leather lining with cushioned insoles to increase comfort and aid in shock absorption, which keeps you comfortable even through the longest day at the office.

Shop our entire selection of Belvedere here and as always, enjoy free shipping and easy returns.



Designer Spotlight – Donald J. Pliner

Posted on: August 12th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Visionary designer Donald J Pliner launched his line of luxury men’s and women’s footwear and accessories in 1989. Almost immediately his name became synonymous with innovative design and high style and unprecedented comfort.

Inducted into the Footwear News Hall of Fame in 2004, Pliner has stayed true to his motto: “When the feet are uncomfortable, so is the mind, so is the body, so is the soul.” In fact, Pliner still designs every pair of shoes himself, carefully screening each new design to ensure perfect fit and function.

The Donald J Pliner corporate office and showroom, located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, transports visitors inside the highly visual world of the designer’s mind. A museum-like presentation of shoes-as-art coexists comfortably with a relaxed living-room-like setting.

And while casual comfort marks the atmosphere of his office, Donald J Pliner is anything but laid back. Nothing goes unnoticed in the world of Donald J Pliner. Colors, shapes and profiles all have meaning.

Creative director Lisa Pliner, Donald’s wife, works side-by-side with Pliner to develop each new collection, inserting her artist’s vision into the designs, colors and textures. The couple’s pure white Maltese, BabyDoll, is an ever-present influence as well.

Today, the Donald J Pliner global brand has established an almost cult following among men and women. Initially attracted by the fashion-forward style, they return for its comfort and craftsmanship.

Shop our entire selection of Donald J. Pliner and enjoy free shipping and easy returns.

Caring For Your Exotic Skin Footwear

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Snake, alligator, stingray, ostrich and eel are examples of exotic leather. With the proper care and treatment, exotic leathers tend to outlast and are more flexible than cow leather products. Taking care of belts, shoes, purses, boots and other items made of exotic leather is easy. A heavy cleaning is sometimes necessary if you encounter a lot of mud or dirt while wearing shoes made of exotic leather, but for the most part, with just a bit of routine maintenance, these items will be a part of your wardrobe for years to come.


Wipe off your exotic leather item periodically with a slightly damp, soft cloth. You may need to do this only every two or three months if it is an item such as a wallet or purse, but shoes and boots may need wiping after every time you wear them. Dust and dirt can build up in the creases of your shoes and will eventually cut through the leather as if it were sandpaper. It is important to prevent this wear and tear with regular wiping.

Brush off any dirt or mud with a shoe brush, and then wipe down the leather with the damp cloth.

Use a leather conditioner on your exotic leather accessories while still damp from the cloth. There are conditioners made specifically for exotic leathers. It is better to apply a few thin layers and to buff it off in between, instead of using one thick layer, since exotic leathers don’t absorb conditioner quickly. If the item is snakeskin, you need to apply the conditioner by rubbing it against the scales and then finish by rubbing down the scales (snakeskin ages fast if you let it dry out).

Buff the leather conditioner once it is dry.  You can buff the leather with a soft, lint-free cloth, or use a machine designed to polish and buff footwear if you are cleaning boots or shoes.

Apply a boot cream to exotic leather boots or shoes. Choose a color that is one or two shades darker than the exotic leather if the item is old, as this will restore the original color. Choose the same shade if the leather item is new.

Remove stubborn stains or spots by mixing equal parts water and white vinegar. Dampen a cloth with the mixture and rub it into the stain. Work quickly so the item will not become saturated. A pencil eraser also works well for small spots.

Be sure and take a look at our selection of Reptile and Exotic boots and shoes.

Dan Post Cowboy Boots

Posted on: July 22nd, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Dan Post boots first hit retail stores  in the mid- 1960′s and continues to be a top choice for cowboy boot connoisseurs and fashion junkies.   Combining handcrafted cushion comfort technology with a funky western boot flair,  slipping on a pair of these boots is like finding a long lost friend.  Sweet perfection.  My favorite has to be the gorgeous Wynona.  Her rich sea blue turquoise accents on the buttery tan leather have to be one of the best color combinations on the market.  


The Advantages of Buying a New or Used Vehicle

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

A pros and pros list outlining the advantages of choosing new or used.

There are a lot of questions involved in the process of buying a car, but the first, simplest one is probably the most important: Should you buy new or used? To help you choose, we’ve laid out the advantages of both below. Keep in mind that although there are more advantages listed on the new side, the pros in the used column are big ones and in many cases can be more to your advantage.


Made to Order — Chances are, you can spec a new car just the way you want it, or at least have the dealer search for one with the right combination of options and interior and exterior colors.

It’s Not Used — Well, duh. A new car hasn’t been in any accidents, hasn’t been mistreated by unknown evildoers, doesn’t smell funny, has seen no wear or tear, and comes with a clean history that includes only being driven off the line, onto a transporter, and around the dealer’s lot.

Warranty — Like the rest of it, the new car’s warranty is untouched. You can buy warranties for used cars or go the certified preowned route, but the best warranty you can get—without paying extra—will be the one that comes with a new car from the manufacturer.

Latest Gizmos — The newer the car, the more modern the geeky tech that’s packed inside. Multimedia and navigation interfaces are constantly evolving and improving, so if you have to have the latest in gadgets (and don’t want to add them yourself post-factory) the selection will be better in the new-car showroom.

Safety — As vehicle safety laws become ever more stringent, automakers are forced to change the way vehicles are built and the safety systems with which they are equipped. Some form of tire pressure monitoring is now mandatory on all vehicles sold in the U.S., and by 2012, stability control will be, too. Other technologies that are not mandated, like blind-spot monitoring systems, side curtain airbags, adaptive cruise control, and brake assist are becoming more prevalent on less expensive vehicles as their associated costs come down.

Higher Fuel Efficiency and Lower Emissions — Again, partly thanks to Big Brother, cars are largely getting more fuel efficient, even while simultaneously getting more powerful. The newest crop of diesels is cleaner than ever before, and choices in the hybrid segment are growing, too, if that’s your thing.

Financing — Banks offer lower financing rates on new vehicles because the vehicles are inherently worth more and have not already been hit by depreciation. Keep in mind that, when the lower APR still applies to a larger sum, your payments or total cost may still be higher. But if you plan to finance, check your deals before buying. The cheaper car might not turn out to be the better deal in the long run.

Maintenance — Some new cars, mainly those from luxury marques, include free scheduled maintenance for a certain amount of time or mileage. This built-in cost saving should be considered in the final price analysis if applicable.

Legwork — Once you’ve chosen a vehicle, or at least the brand you’re interested in, much of the new-car search can be offloaded on the salesperson, who can find the car you ask for. The same search in the used realm requires a lot more legwork on your part—hunting on the internet, visiting multiple private sellers, and driving from used lot to used lot.


Price — Comparing apples to apples, a used car is going to be less expensive. The relative advantage of the used-car price can also allow a buyer to step up to a nicer model.

Depreciation — Cars lose value with each passing month and mile, but the steepest decline happens right away; some models can lose 40 percent or more of their value in the first year. With a used car, there’s no depreciation hit the second you roll off the lot. There’s also less mental depreciation, no need to worry about the first parking-lot ding or rock chip in the paint because chances are the car’s previous owner or owners took care of those for you.

Insurance Rates — Like financing, insurance rates will be affected by the age of a car, but in this case the used vehicle tends to be less expensive. A little bit of pre-purchase research will save you from insurance sticker shock, no matter which vehicle you choose.

Choice — Although you obviously can’t build a used car to order, maybe you want a model, option package, or even wheel design that’s no longer made. This wider selection can add to the length of the search, but perfection and satisfaction rarely come easily.



Keeping Your Cool as The Temps Soar

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Man it’s hot out there!  Let’s face it, when the temps soar past the 80′s who wouldn’t love to walk around in next to nothing.  Of course, that’s not going to happen, what would your co-workers say?  Here are some tips to keep your cool and fit in at the office.

1. Wear textured fabrics. Seersucker, madras, hopsack, oxford, and linen all have something in common: they’re summer favorites with a distinct texture. And they all serve one purpose — to keep part of the fabric away from the skin. By only touching parts of the epidermis, they allow for air channels to open right up.

2. Undershirts. Opt for a light grey v-neck, short sleeve version.  It will  keep the sweat from reaching your over-shirt (especially the pits, which tank tops most certainly do not) without showing through a white collared one, like the overrated white-on-white V-neck effect. And, hey, at least a damp undershirt will cool you down when (if?) that breeze hits.

3. Embrace light colors. Dark colors absorb light and heat, light colors reflect light; logic ensues.

4. Don’t wear a hat, unless it’s a straw one. The single point on your body where the most heat escapes is your head. That’s why you wear a knit cap in the winter. When it’s blistering out, you want that heat to escape. So, with this exception of straw (which allows the heat to dissipate while providing some shade), leave the hats on the rack.

5. Put a bandanna in your back pocket. For wiping and wetting. Sometimes a damp cloth on the back of the neck feels good and can have a cooling effect.

6. Don’t wear light blue. It shows sweat more than anything else you own.

7. No lined blazers. No matter how hot it is, some guys must wear a jacket to work.  Blazers are usually lined with silk, satin or polyester; none of which breathe very well. This traps in the heat. This makes you want to die when it’s this hot. Unlined blazers are your best friend in this type of environment, and lots of others. Invest your money here.

Men’s Hairstyle Trends

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Men’s hairstyles aren’t like women’s. Women’s are short lived, often lasting no more than a year. On the other hand, men’s hairstyle trends evolve slowly – and that’s the key to men’s hair trends in 2012. Each and every one of them has its roots in the hairstyles that were popular in 2010 and 2011, but each and every one of them also has evolved for 2012. Some have subtly evolved, others have split into several different hairstyles.

Too forward?  You decide:

men's 2012 straight hair

Slicked Back Undercut

The popularity of shows such as Boardwalk Empire mixed with just how sharp this hair cut looks sees the revival of the slicked back undercut influenced by the styles of the early 20th Century.

Good for: straight hair & hair that can be straightened.

2012 men's indie hairstyle

Brit-rock indie hairstyle

Inspired by many a British indie band (and a hell of a lot of Burberry catwalks in between), 2012′s Brit-rock indie hairstyle oozes kicked back and relaxed. It has nearly only one rule: sweep the hair forwards. The rest of the details, from the cut of the top to the length of the sides, allows you to work with whatever haircut styles suit you best.

Good for: straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair that can be relaxed.


2012 men's rock hairstyle

Rockabilly hairstyle

It might have been on trend for 2 years already, but that hasn’t stopped this mid-20th Century rock hairstyle from featuring amongst 2012′s men’s haircut trends. More attitude infused than the quiff hairstyle it gave rise to, the rockabilly hairstyle might be one of 2012′s more extreme men’s hairstyles, but it’s also one of the few that’s suited to most hair types.

Good for: straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair.


2012 men's curly hairstyle

Men’s quiff

The last time we saw the quiff popular as a men’s hairstyle trend it as infused with rock overtones. With the indie haircut dominating the music-orientated hairstyles, the quiff becomes something altogether more refined in 2012. It’s still infused with attitude, but, as far as men’s haircut trends this year, it’s a very different attitude.

Good for: straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair that can be relaxed.

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How to wear a dress shirt (pt 3)

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Uuuggggghhh!  These guys are all over the place.  They put on a little weight and nothing fits or feels good anymore.  Then, they decide that if they can’t look thinner they can at least feel thinner.  so now they buy there shirts too big and end up looking like this.  No matter what your shape, buy a shirt that closely fits your torso. All the extra fabric looks ridiculous and is only hiding the comments from everyone else about you.



How to wear a dress shirt

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

This is a pet peeve of mine.  If your collar is too tight it looks uncomfortable and if you’re wearing it you must be uncomfortable. You can’t hide it so make sure you buy a shirt that fits right around the neckline.  Here’s a good rule of thumb.  If you can get one finger between your neck and the collar you have it right.  If you can get two fingers in the shirts too big.  We’ve all seen the kid wearing his dads clothes and how silly he looks trying to be a grown up, can you see yourself looking like this in a smaller way but still? Buy a shirt that fits!


How to buy and wear a dress shirt

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Here’s a list of options for you to consider when looking to buy a dress shirt.  If you’re like me too many options are sometimes a bad thing.  I like to keep things simple and easy but still look like I care enough to matter.  Here is the collar you can’t go wrong with: the semispread. It’s not too fashion-forward, not too conservative. It works with every kind of suit, every kind of tie. You can’t go wrong.  This type of collar is made by just about everyone so go ahead and pick up several if you have the opportunity.



Mezlan video for Arrowsmith Shoes

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by rpgadmin 1 Comment

To Change or Not to Change?

Posted on: March 25th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

To change or not to change?  A question of the ages.  What if change meant, upgrading and updating while remaining classically perfect?  Enter into the picture,  Zelli – Made in Italy, quality footwear from the Tuscany region.  Your solution for upgrading and updating, classically with style.

At a glance, it could be obvious (sorry for being so presumptuous) that Zelli footwear is produced in Tuscany.  After all, the visual presentation of texture and style can’t go unnoticed.  Every pair of Zelli footwear is crafted with the intention that the owner (that’s you) appreciates quality and classic style.  From exotic crocodile and ostrich skins to supple calf leather, you will feel the quality and workmanship the moment your feet are home in a pair.

Change is good.  When it’s Zelli.


The AMAZING Jeremy Lin

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Point guard Jeremy Lin has taken the basketball world by storm. “Linsanity” is in full effect after his 38-point outburst against Kobe’s Lakers. With Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Baron Davis out of the game, this undrafted Harvard grad is the sole force behind the Knicks’ recent wins. He’s sparked not only TV ratings but a slew of pun-filled phrases. Here’s our top 10 Jeremy Lin-inspired sayings.

10. Lin It To Win It!

A little corny, but we’ll take it if game-winning shots start showing up in his repertoire. Lin shot 8 for 24 on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves but iced the game with a late free throw. More wins also increases the likelihood of people saying the Knicks are on a “linning” streak.

9. The Lin Crowd

Sell-outs at Madison Square Garden for basketball? You bet. reported that Lin’s play could restore relations between the MSG network and Time Warner Cable, which would bring New York Knicks basketball back to around 2.1 million cable subscribers.

8. Linsider

Could work as an alternative to D-Fence or make for a clever in-arena cocktail. Speaking of which, this Brooklyn restaurant will offer a free drink to anyone wearing a Jeremy Lin jersey through the end of the NBA season.

7. Lint Condition

This could work as a smooth play reference or link to the fact that he used to sleep on his brother’s couch (lint to mint?). A product of Palo Alto, Lin breaks down basketball stereotypes, which could be why he was overlooked in the first place.

6. Ooh, Ling (Ewing)

Arguably, Lin has inspired the most excitement around the Knicks organization since Patrick Ewing. This comparison is bound to happen come playoff time (well, maybe). Besides Spike Lee (who “thanked” Golden State Warriors coach Marc Jackson for letting Lin go) or the duels with the Miami Heat in the late ’90s, Lin is one of the most compelling things about New York basketball.

5. Linscrafters

Lin can shoot well, so don’t be surprised if you see this as a headline. He doesn’t have an eyeglasses endorsement deal (yet), but even before his recent outburst, Lin had been under contract with Nike since late 2010.

4. Linnin

The new Tebowing or a term to describe how he drapes (see what I did there?) over his opponent on defense? Either way, we’ll have to wait and see on this one. It could also just mean “winning.” Lin has spoken openly about his faith — he said he uses basketball for “God’s glory.”

3. Lin Time

Like Tim Tebow, expect Lin to be glorified for how he plays in the fourth quarter. That and the fact that Lin presents a huge globalization factor for the NBA brand. New York has the second largest population of Asian-Americans (1.6 million), after California. He may play in the New York market, but his reach is far greater.

2. Lin Man

This kid is the first NBA player to finish with at least 28 points and eight assists in his first NBA start in 30 years. The last player to achieve that feat? Isiah Thomas. Oh, and he’s the first American athlete of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA. College coaches (even the staff at Harvard, at first) didn’t like Lin’s slight frame.

1. Lin

This is a reference to the French word often seen at the end of films, “fin.” Lin’s last name alone signifies, hopefully, the “end” of his days of being overlooked on the bench as a third or fourth string player.


LGR Keren Sunglasses

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

Eritrea is a tiny country about the size of Pennsylvania on Africa’s Red Sea Coast. You’ve probably never heard of it. In the nearly 70 years since its first declaration of independence, successive fights to break free from outside rule have ravaged the country. Border disputes are too numerous to name, there is a media blackout and gas prices are nearly $10 a gallon.

In short, it’s not the first place you would look for fashion.

But Eritrea’s colonial past is intimately connected to the Italians that governed it for five decades. Remnants of their obsession with style are immediately evident. Art deco buildings dot the capital’s downtown and cafes serving cappuccino abound.

There is, however, another piece of this style story that owes its existence to a single man: Luca Gnecchi Ruscone. A trip back to his grandfather’s old warehouse in the former colony unearthed a long-buried lot of sunglasses. And here in plain plastic is one of his rare finds.


L.G.R is an intersection of disparate worlds forever linked by a common history. It’s the refinement of the Riviera meets the colonial frontier. The Keren Sunglasses — a prime specimen from the family of 14 styles named after colonial-era cities on the African continent — derives its mystique from an almost unimaginable simplicity. Solid brown acetate encases two amber lenses that reinforce the vintage feel of the frame. There are no hardware or logos here — only effortless Italian style.


Ruscone went back to the same manufacturers of the sunglasses his grandfather had. The original design is retained, but modern materials make these replicas nearly indestructible. Hinges on the arms allow them to be bent in either direction to prevent against breakage and provide comfort — not the most innovative improvement but a necessary one nonetheless. Here’s where things get interesting: The frame is made from super-flexible acetate that bends like rubber. And the lenses are crafted from tempered glass that’s built to handle scratches and stabs from a razor-sharp knife. It’s a helpful feature even in relatively quieter post-colonial times.


Love the suede. . .

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by rpgadmin No Comments

We love suede!  For me, wearing suede shoes or boots in the spring winter and fall is one of my favorite go-to looks because these things go with just about everything.  Even if it’s a cool summer night – pull out a suede look.

There are a few issues with wearing suede during the rainy season, sure, but you’ll be willing to take that risk with this season’s best derbys, oxfords, bucks, and bluchers — all of which take the delicate textile and add woven texture, bright color, and tricked-out soles, as to draw all eyes downward. Especially if you add white jeans and some excellent socks, too.

I’m not a fan of white jeans or pants but in the right setting the looks screams and style.  If your ever n doubt about a shoe to wear think about suede and watch what happens.