Thank you all very much for your kind and encouraging comments and feedback about PASSAGE 88. I’m glad that you liked the necklaces and it’s been wonderful seeing the orders arrive! I’m excited to show you more of what I’ve been working on (though it’ll be a little while)…and, as always, I welcome any additional questions or comments, on the necklaces and/or any future products.
1. I get asked quite often about my favorite utility/field jackets, and I almost always recommended Barbour. They make jackets that will last you for years and years and won’t look trendy. I bought my first one five or six years ago and have a few (and picked out a few for Mr. Feather, too) so can share my experiences.
Barbour has lots of different styles (you can see the range here), but if I had to pick a favorite, it’d be the Waxed Utility jacket above. It’s made out of the classic Barbour waxed cotton material which is so handy in rainy weather. Not only does it keep the water off, I also feel like it repels the wind somewhat. And, I like the plaid lining both for its aesthetics, and also because it’s nice and cozy. Finally, this particular jacket doesn’t have a belt, which I always find to be a fussy detail. I have one Barbour jacket with a belt and it’s always coming undone!
That being said – some things to keep in mind. Not everybody likes the waxed cotton – there is a “stiffness” to it, so if you don’t like that, you might try the Beadnell. It won’t keep you as warm as the Waxed Utility, but because it doesn’t have all the details and lining, it’s also half the price. And still has that cozy corduroy collar.
Also, some Barbour jackets run small, and some run large – so I recommend buying from a friendly retailer like Nordstrom which has sizing guidance and easily allows returns/exchanges. Enjoy!
2. A bunch of major announcements happened in the fashion world this week – Raf Simons leaving Dior (by his own choice), Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin (under less favorable terms). Vanessa Friedman, via The NY Times, has a good round up of whats going on, as well as an interesting analysis – Fashion’s Slippery Slope Claims Another Designer.
3. Kelly Rutherford’s ongoing custody battle dramas were never a topic I was particularly interested in, but I always like to read Vanity Fair’s articles, so gave their piece on Rutherford’s fight a try. And found it oddly riveting (and made me actually more sympathetic towards Rutherford…which I didn’t think would happen).
4. A fun little piece about how the French perceive American beauty, via NY Mag. I’m American and can say that I’ve never been to a SoulCycle in my life…but yes, am obsessed with using SPF (which I’ve always credited to the Asian cultural side of me, versus American).
5. I haven’t had time to do much reading this week, but I started to re-read one of my favorites, John Irving’s The World According to Garp.
This is one of my all time favorite books, and I was surprised to find that I hadn’t mentioned it on Feather Factor before. I’m generally a fan of John Irving’s books (except for A Prayer for Owen Meany, which everybody else loves but I can’t seem to get through). I adore every single character in this book, and every time I re-read it, its like returning to an old friend. If you’re a fan of Irving, please share you favorite works, too!
Have a great weekend!