Sartorial Baltimoreal

She’s a Total MILB

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On a recent chilly afternoon, we spotted a beautiful woman, Rachel Bloom, in a romantic fur vest. She stood outside the chic Stevenson shoe store Joanna Gray. Fur vests are all the rage for fall, and we were happy to spy such a pretty one making the scene in Baltimore.

 

Rachel Bloom

 
I love your vest.
Thank you. I got it at a sample sale in New York.
 
What’s a sample sale?
It’s when vendors (designers) sell the samples that they showed at market to the public. You can find great deals.
 
Do you shop only in New york?
I shop when I’m traveling. And in Baltimore. And I love sales!
 
What would you call your style?
Fun and easy.
 
Do you have children?
A daughter 23 and son 21. 
 
Does your daughter dress like you or do you dress like her?
Oh, my daughter is much more conservative than I am. I’m braver with my wardrobe the older I get. I just turned 50!
 
Well you don’t look it.
Thank you!
 

An English Country Gent

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On a crisp fall day we took a (car) ride out to Greenspring Valley. Horses (even sheep) in pastures dotted the lush landscape. We parked in Stevenson Village hoping to spot a sartorial gentlemen farmer or two. Instead, we encountered a true English version of the Baltimore Huntsman. Michael Finney, and his shop Yoicks, brought to mind those mythic days when men never left the house to work or hunt without a hat or a tweed sports coat on. 

Michael Finney

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic Anglo-American.

Can you be more specific?

I  sell and wear literally clothes my father bought in 1965 and my grandfather bought in 1935. Traditional sporting art clothes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Men’s and women’s country clothing. No pleats. Three-button jackets. Lots of tweed.

What did your father and grandfather do for a living?

They were thoroughbred auctioneers.

Do you ride horses in similar style?

I whipper-in for the Elkridge-Harford Hunt.

Excuse me?

A “whipper-in” assists the huntsmen in hunting with the hounds.

And the name Yoicks?

A huntsmen exclaims ” Yoicks!” when the hounds find a scent of a fox.

And all the while these huntsmen are looking as dapper as you do right now?

They did in my grandfather’s and father’s day, and I think many of our local huntsmen look great today, too.

Hidden Finds in Hampden

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We spotted super-cool Sue through the trees on a sidewalk in Hampden one cold October afternoon. Her orange boots jumped out at us. She giggled when we asked if we could take her picture. When I told her she had much style going on, she gave me the full details of her look without further prompting!

Hampden Sue

Your outfit is so colorful and confident.

Well the orange boots came from a yard sale. They were 50 cents. The jeans and pink sweater were from the St. David’s (in Roland Park) thrift sale — $5 for a bag of stuff. And the coat is from the Salvation Army. The purse I don’t remember. I just love leopard.

The coat looks real!

I know.

Do you work around here?

I volunteer and work for different organizations: Hampden Family, Highland Elementary School, Friends of Roland Park Water Tower, St. Mary’s outreach program and a few more…

You are a busy lady. Do you enjoy fashion?

Oh, I don’t like designer names even though I did own a great pair of Lily Pulitzer pants once. I loved them. Very colorful.

So your style is all about color?

Yes, but most of the time my look is very classic and tailored.

Scenes from Occupy Baltimore

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We ventured downtown yesterday to ask Occupy Baltimore protestors how they’re faring three weeks in. At McKeldin Square, at Pratt and Light, we met plenty of nice, idealistic young people — camping temporarily on a concrete landscape dotted with colorful tents and food stations, the scene decked with makeshift signs. A band was setting up, too. It’s creative democracy at work.

Elise

Why have you come to Occupy Baltimore?

For our generation. For those of us who have graduated from college and can’t find a job. We can’t pay our student loans back. We live with our parents. My mom is living paycheck to paycheck. We just need a voice.

 Do you have a job?

I have been cut back to two days a week at an organic grocery store. So yes, sorta.

Do you sleep here? Is it safe at night?

You should come back tonight! That’s when all the people who make an honest living during the day show up. The teachers, coaches, bus drivers, taxi owners etc. who all work but can’t pay their bills. And it is safe. We have a buddy system.

Leo

Where do you work?

I write copy for websites.

What brings you to Occupy Baltimore?

A girl named Ashley and social injustice.

Are you accomplishing anything?

Well, this protest has brought people together who would otherwise be isolated. Together they are creating concrete forms of social change.

Such as?

The production and distribution of food. Food is being donated. People are learning how to cook here and feed people in an effective way. Basic needs are being met. Society induces people to compete and not cooperate with each other. We are trying to change that here. 

So it’s not all about finding jobs or making money but working together to make a difference in society?  Not the high unemployment rate or the imbalance of salaries in this country?

Wall Street is out of control. They are “gaming the system” of money and law to get more for themselves and corporations as opposed to using the system to benefit the needs of others and their community.

Will you go to New York?

Maybe on my way home to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving. I’d like to see it. But I really like it here in Baltimore.

In in email to BFB editors this morning, here’s what our talented photographer, Lee Kriel, had to add about Occupy Baltimore: “The people we met were inspiring and bright.  Elise was adorable and articulate.  Vulnerable and kind.  I worry about her.  She lives with her mom and her grandfather.  Her mom works full time for a company she has worked for for 20 years but she is in debt.  Her mother also cares for Elise’s grandfather.  Stuck in the middle.

And Leo…such a bright young man.  Beautiful words flowed from his mouth.  Seriously. (He asked if the Fishbowl was hiring!)   I smiled at the end when we told Leo we were there for the SartorialBaltimorial.  He quickly took a look down at what he was wearing and smiled and said, “Really?” He had a great story about his coat.  A teacher who comes in the evening, offered to take all of Leo’s clothes home to wash and dry after the rain.  But Leo declined because he thought it was too much of an imposition.  So the teacher gave him the coat off his back.”

 

 

A Casual Look Among the Suits

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Erin’s pretty, casual style stands out among the sea of downtown urbanites and shoppers in Harbor East, where she works as the manager of South Moon Under. But it was her tan that we noticed first. It’s her best accessory!

 

Erin Alessi, 29 

 

 

Are you always this tan?  

Just in the summer.  I’m still holding on to my summer tan.

How would you say you dress? Like all the professional women who work around here?

No. I go from edgy to rocker bohemian!

So you dress this way to scare off all the suits?

No, just the opposite. We offer the young downtown professional woman a wardrobe that is casual-but-chic and a little funky. We sell her her weekend look, her I’m-not-too-serious look, her my-boyfriend-loves-me or her little sexy look!

And your boyfriend. Does he like how you dress?

Oh, he doesn’t care what I wear. 

Spoken like a true fashionista.


Hometown Girl

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Over 500 people showed up last Saturday night at the Irvine Nature Center to eat, drink and gawk at “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen, and to raise money for a good cause. Truth be told, many in attendance were family and friends of the Emmy-winning actress. She played the part of auctioneer that night, cajoling bidders to pay upward of $20,000 for a lunch date with her and raising a record amount for the night. 

Photos by Lee Kriel. Style spotting and questions by Kate Mott.

 Julie Bowen and her parents Susie and Jack Luetkemeyer

Which “Modern Family” episode is your favorite?

“Strangers on a Treadmill,” when I have to tell Cam he looked bad in the bikers shorts, and “Regrets Only” (when she and Phil fight and he doesn’t know why and she is upset about the wedge salad).

How did you pick the dress you wore to the Emmys? You looked great.

I never do this but I took pictures and showed them to the girls on the show. There was a Carolina Herrera that was beautifu,l but Sophia thought it was too conservative so I picked the Oscar de la Renta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop Window Perfect

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Having made a career in dapper menswear, Ken Himmelstein — who owns the Samuel Parker store in Lake Falls Village — loves clothes and has a knack for putting together his own Ken-authentic look. As he stands amid cashmere sweaters and English button-down shirts, he looks elegant enough to be a mannequin in the smart shop window.

Ken Himmelstein

 

You look great Ken. But a little summery with the orange T-shirt and white shoes! 

Touch my jacket. It’s cashmere.

And the shoes?

My white bucks. I wear them year-round. 

So you call your style…?

Modern traditional.

How long have you been in the business? 

I was on the wholesale side for 30 years. I was a Ralph Lauren rep and also worked for high-end menswear firms.

Is there anything you feel you can’t wear in Baltimore?

No, I have big (nerve). If I don’t dress like this, who will?

Who will? The customer who appreciates beautiful suits and tweed blazers, pants, shirts and a cashmere sweater in every color. And great shoes.

My customer is the professional man who likes clothes.

Like you? 

Like me.

Rebel with a Cause

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Great style is all about expressing individuality, and it turns out Chris Warren’s clothing tells a very personal story. The hip and trendy South Moon Under men’s department manager (spotted outside the Harbor East boutique) uses his fashion savvy to hook people into giving to causes he cares about. Giving while getting. That’s the best style.

 

Chris Warren, 26

You look like you’re going to class not work!

Yeah, I like to dress in jeans and a T -shirt most of the time and sometimes a woven.
 
A woven? You speak a designer’s language. Are you a fashion designer?

I design T-shirts with a friend. We are just starting our company.
 
Did you design the one you’re wearing? What do the letters stand for?

TSP?  The Shift Project. We design T-shirts now but hope to get into wovens and sweaters.
 
Where did you get the name?

We both believe you have to contribute to change the world and when you hit the shift button on your keyboard everything changes.  And it’s a project. So, The Shift Project. 
 
Have you sold any T-shirts?

We are now on Facebook and developing a website.  But we’re trying to keep the cost down so we can donate six or seven percent of what we bring in to a different charity or institution each month. The first one is personal. We hope to give to Kennedy Krieger because my brother is there in rehab after a football accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. At 15. And the next month it will be the Susan G. Komen Foundation because my friend’s mother had breast cancer.  Selling our collection will hopefully allow us to give to many causes we believe in. 

I wish you great success. And how is your brother today?

He’s great. He’s 23.  And he wears our T-shirts all the time!

Dario’s Party

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Cocktails with Dario Franchitti, Radcliffe Jewelers, September 1

We weren’t very psyched about the Grand Prix, what with the cutting of the trees and the noise and the inconvenience. But we’ll concede that it seems like the weekend was a success: the bars and restaurants were packed, the hotels were sold out Friday and Saturday nights and the city got a public relations boost. If we have to have it (and with a five year contract, we do) better for it to succeed than fail.

One big success came Friday night. Racing’s striking star Dario Franchitti stepped out that night after practice to mix and mingle at Radcliffe Jewelers in Pikesville with jewelry lovers and race car driving fans to raise money for the The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. 

Five Minutes with Dario Franchitti

Have you ever had a speeding ticket?

I’v had a couple.

Would you mind telling me how fast you were going?

 I’d rather not.

What do you find most annoying about regular drivers?

When drivers are not paying attention. It doesn’t matter if you are going 30 (mph) or 120, you need to focus and not talk on the phone.

What is your pre-race routine? 

About an hour before the race, I try to clear my head. I do some stretching and spend time getting focused on the race.

Do you have a favorite movie of your wife Ashley Judd?

Well, I think they are all pretty good.

 

 

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Sartorial Baltimoreal: Artscape Edition

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The most fun thing to do at Artscape is to wander around and stare at other Artscape attendees. While the heat reduced some visitors to hot-weather basics (tank tops, shorts, and flip flops), other Baltimoreans used the event to showcase their personal style. A few of our favorites below.

Photos by Liz Donadio; style spotting by Donna Sellinger.

Donte Williams: “I just woke up and threw stuff on!”

Jen Tydings of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society: “I’m just doing a Viking thing today.”

 

Tyrone Powe:  “I felt like I ran out of clothes, so I just threw on anything. I knew that jewelry would help me out.”

 

Angelo Thomas is a stylist at Matthew John’s Salon.

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