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    Plum TV | Style Innovators

    Plum TV recently launched a new video series entitle, Style Innovators. Hosted by GQ Style Editor, Adam Rapoport (Who has actually just been named EIC at Bon Appetit), the series showcases some of the most sought-after tastemakers as you’ve never seen them before, at home. In past episodes, Adam has caught up with Chef, Eric Ripert and Simon Doonan of Barney’s. In this episode, Adam hangs with Andy Spade (who makes frequent appearances on this site), as he tours Spade’s newly acquired South Hampton summer home; his studio, Partners & Spade; as well as the famed J.Crew Liquor store, which Spade was largely responsible for.

     

    Drink of the Week | Bloody Mary

    The Bloody Mary was supposedly created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris for Earnest Hemingway, who was a frequent customer. Hemingway was looking for a drink that would mask the scent of alcohol on his breath because his wife wasn’t allowing him to drink at the time. The bartender proceeded to concoct something similar to what we now call a Bloody Mary. There are also several stories about how this cocktail got its name. A popular tale is that it was named after Mary Tudor (Queen of England 1553-58) who received the nickname “Bloody Mary” after burning more than 300 religious nonconformists at the steak in an effort to restore the Roman Catholic faith. Tasty.

    This drink seems appropriate for the time, being Halloween and all. Western folklore suggests that the ghost of Bloody Mary appears in a mirror when her name is called three times. However, I didn’t choose the drink for this reason. I’ll be drinking Bloody Marys this weekend because my football team has a very big and very nerve-wracking game tomorrow, and I’ll need something to take the edge off prior to kickoff.

    Recipe:

    2 oz. vodka
    4 oz. tomato juice
    ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
    2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ tsp. horseradish
    4 dashes Tobasco
    Pinch of celery salt and pepper

    Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and roll back and forth to mix. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass or red wine glass. Garnish with wedge of lemon and celery stick. For a Bloody Caesar, substitute clamato juice for tomato juice.

    Alter this recipe as you see fit, everyone puts their own spin on a Bloody Mary.

     

    Newbalance 1400

    Wearing running shoes with casual clothing is one of the worst style mistakes a man can make. Running shoes are acceptable for working out or engaging in athletic activity…only. There are, however, some classic running shoes of yesteryear that have stood the test of time (and style) to become acceptable forms of casual footwear. Originally launched in 1994, the Newbalance 1400, is certainly one of those shoes.

    J.Crew recently joined forces with Newbalance to create a limited edition line of 1400s in never-before-seen colors. I usually go with the classic gray, but J.Crew’s navy and pine green are cool as well.

     

    Small Screen Network

    Mixology is one of my newly acquired hobbies. I’m no Jim Meehan, but it’s a work in progress. In my pursuit for cocktail knowledge, I recently discovered Small Screen Network, an online source for cocktail and food videos. With web series such as, The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess, Raising the Bar with Jamie Boudreau and Inspired Sips with the Liquid Muse, Small Screen Network is like PBS for boozehounds.

     

    Dapper Decorum | The Do’s & Don’ts of Style

    No. 29: If you wear glasses, embrace them. Go big or go home.

     

    Herschel Supply Co. | Carry On

    I’ve been doing a lot of flying via the no-fun, no beverage, no leg room, and most notable…no carry-on airline, known as Spirit lately. If you haven’t heard, Spirit is charging extra for any carry-on bag that doesn’t fit under the seat in front of you, which doesn’t leave room for much. If you’re a frequent bargain traveler (Read: cheap ass) like me, check out Herschel Supply Co., they make some very simple, stylish and inexpensive bags that you won’t mind stuffing under the seat.

    Or, if your destination allows…just fly JetBlue.

     

    GQ Rules

    A new series of GQ Rules, the daily style tip videos, recently began. In the past the videos have featured tips on how to “Dress up your denim”, “Rock a bow tie” and “Rethink your leather jacket.” Past series have featured GQ Style Editor, Adam Rapoport along with Creative Director, Jim Moore, while in the new series, Adam is joined by GQ Style Guy, Glenn O’Brien. Check out the above clip from a past GQ Rules video series, and click here to sign up for the new series.

     

    Dispatch | Curated Content

    Dispatch: Curated content to read, watch, use and amuse.

    -GQ: The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America: Read

    -Details: The Worst Fashion Trends of the Last Decade: Look

    -GQ: The Women of GQ: Look

    -Hypebeast: Dr. Martins: 50 Years of Rebellion: Watch

    -Dwell: Homes: Look

    -Menswear: Reinventing Savile Row: Read


     

    Drink of the Week | Manhattan

    As legend has it, the Manhattan was created in honor of Lady Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston’s mother) in 1874 at the Manhattan Club in New York, served during a celebration dinner for Governor Samuel J. Tilden. Some people hate on this story, but it’s the best one of the bunch…so I’ll go with it.

    Recipe:

    2 oz. rye, bourbon or blended Canadian whiskey
    ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
    2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
    Maraschino cherry

    Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail (or lowball) glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

     

    Esquire House | Sienna Miller

    Sienna Miller tours the 2010 Esquire House. Shes doesn’t come included, but if you actually owned the place you might have a shot.

     

    The 2010 Esquire House | Los Angeles

    For the past eight years, Esquire Magazine has been creating signature spaces for the ultimate bachelor. Alternating annually between New York and LA, The Esquire House is the type of place every single man (make that every man) is currently working to obtain. As always, the 2010 pad in L.A. is stacked with an opulent master suite, media room, study, infinity pool and virtual reality lounge. All of the essentials…on my next apartment hunt I’m refusing to look at anything that doesn’t have a virtual reality lounge.

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    Dickies for Detroit

    In conjunction with their new “Earn Them” ad campaign, Dickies has recently launched 874 vs. Unemployment. In an effort to support the hard-working citizens of Detroit, Dickies has created a limited edition pair of the “Original work pant”, the 874. Making and initial donation of $25,000 and 5,000 pairs of Original 874s to the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, Dickies will donate a pair of Original 874 Work Pants to workers in need for each additional pair sold.

    A blue-collar brand for a blue-collar city.