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  • Jeffrey Hilliard from the Armoury writes a thorough primer on what to look for in identifying quality footwear: leather quality, construction, fit & style.


Written by: Jeffrey HilliardThe Armoury
In a sea of well dressed businessmen, it's often brutally apparent when good taste doesn't extend below the ankles. As the late George Frazier once stated, "Wanna know if a guy is well dressed? Look down." But as much as Frazier advocated that shoes make the man, some of us simply don't know how to spot quality in footwear. Although many resources attempt to highlight these features, most of them lack the detail needed to aid informed decisions.
There are three main areas you should focus on when evaluating fine dress footwear: leather quality, construction methods, and design and fit.

Think of leather like your skin. It is a hide and its quality can be most accurately discerned though the density of the fibers in the grain. Very simply put, the higher the density of the fibers, the more durable the leather. For our purposes, we can focus on the processes that produce the 4 main types of leather used for shoemaking - full grain, top grain, split grain, and bonded leather.

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  • Less than desirable vintage watches can suddenly become very collectible overnight. Luke Rottman shares his list of underrated makers that may become very desirable among the collector's community tomorrow.


Written by: Luke RottmanFounder and Executive Editor of The Watch Adviser

According to many of the "original" high-end watch dealers, the Rolex Daytona underwent a major transformation in the 1980's. Initially, it was a relatively undervalued, run-of-the-mill watch. Shortly thereafter, the Daytona became an incredibly sought-after wristwatch that commanded a premium over all other vintage sports chronographs; this change occurred seemingly overnight. 

This circumstance epitomizes a lesser-desirable watch suddenly becoming a highly-collectible, appreciable watch. Most recently, Universal Geneve, Longines and Omega have exhibited this distinction. My questions is, what watches (and brands) can be categorized as potentially promising investments as time progresses and our tastes evolve? Now before I jump to conclusions and address you with my usual "Rolex and Patek are blue-chip brands, don't buy anything else," let's delve into unchartered waters and explore some watches and brands that, although underrated today, will be treasured tomorrow.  

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  • Fine-watch expert Luke Rottman shares an introduction and practical guide to investing in Vintage Watches for the newcomer.
  • This instalment focuses on brands, case materials, and why certain models have gained industry-wide status.


Written by: Luke RottmanFounder and Executive Editor of The Watch Adviser

I don't buy a watch, I invest in one. Whether I drop a few hundred or a few thousand on a vintage timepiece, I always keep one thing in mind: Appreciation. In all honesty, it can be near-impossible to determine the future value of many wristwatches, but there are several key attributes to look for in a watch that separate the record-breakers from the junk drawer inhabitants. 



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Apr 18 2016
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Starry Glass Globe String Lights

Add festive sparkle indoors or out with our Starry Glass Globe String Lights. Clusters of diamond lights fill clear glass globes, providing magical illumination for trees, mantles, walkways and more.
Starry Glass Globe String Lights
Dec 11 2015
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Starlit Noble Fir Tree

Our faux Noble Fir Tree makes a shimmering statement with Starry Light LEDs that illuminate as trunk sections are connected. The hand-wrapped branches are adjustable for artful ornament placement and feature lifelike tips.
 Starlit Noble Fir Tree
Nov 15 2015
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Remote Control Wax Flameless Pillar Candles

Enclosed in a layer of paraffin wax, our indoor pillars have the soft texture and flickering ambience of real candles. Yet they're battery-operated, flameless and free of soot and smoke. A remote control offers the ease of operating the candles from the comfort of your armchair.
Remote Control Wax Flameless Pillar Candles
Nov 15 2015
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Mini Fluted Finial Set

Ethereal, elegant and icy clear, our glass ornaments create a magical, wintry tree. Artisans blow each one by hand, shaping the molten glass into swirled and fluted forms ideal for mixing or matching amid the greenery. Strung on a gray satin ribbon, each is a unique work of art and an heirloom in the making.
Mini Fluted Finial Set
Nov 13 2015
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Mini Fluted Ball (Set of 12)

Artisans blow each one by hand, shaping the molten glass into swirled and fluted forms ideal for mixing or matching amid the greenery. Strung on a gray satin ribbon, each is a unique work of art and an heirloom in the making.
Mini Fluted Ball (Set of 12)
Nov 12 2015
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Starry Glass Globe String Lights

Add festive sparkle indoors or out with our Starry Glass Globe String Lights. Clusters of diamond lights fill clear glass globes, providing magical illumination for trees, mantles, walkways and more.
Starry Glass Globe String Lights
Oct 28 2015
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Fortuny Studio 76 Floor Lamp

Created by legendary Venetian designer Mariano Fortuny in 1903 as stage lighting, the Modalamp reflects illumination off its shade's concave surface for seemingly infinite gradations of light. Finished in black and gold.
Fortuny Studio 76 Floor Lamp
Sep 22 2015
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18th C. Italian Baroque Wood Dresser

An elegant serpentine front panel distinguishes our mid-18th-century Italian baroque-inspired collection-a period defined by its curvaceous woodwork, sophisticated ornamentation and dramatic style. Crafted of solid hardwood.
18th C. Italian Baroque Wood Dresser
Sep 15 2015
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19th Century French Empire Daybed

Intended for daytime repose, our sumptuously cushioned daybed reproduces a 19th-century French antique. Known as lits en bateau, it features an outward-curving headboard and footboard with the majesty and presence of Napoleon's Empire style.
19th Century French Empire Daybed
Sep 03 2015
Charlie noted

St.Crispin's Two Eyelet Derby 655

A two eyelet derby in navy suede with white contrasting stitching by one of the world's smallest luxury shoe manufacturers, Saint Crispin's is renowned amongst shoe and fashion aficionados for their exquisite hand welted men's shoes.
St.Crispin's Two Eyelet Derby 655
Jun 11 2015
Wodehouse noted

Islington Chesterfield Chair

Flaring scroll arms and two rows of antique brass nailhead trim lend panache to the silhouette of a traditional Chesterfield sofa. Patterned after a 1920s London antique, the chair has a low profile and deep bench cushion. The button-tufted back and sides offer sink-in comfort.
Islington Chesterfield Chair
Apr 14 2015
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Four Up

Handsome version of connect four pairs a wooden board with aluminum game pieces in silver and matte black.
Four Up
Apr 14 2015
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Louis Pet Bed

Designed in the Louis XVI style (apropos, given the Bourbon King's famous affection for toy poodles), this handsome bed might just convince your own pampered pet to relinquish your favorite chair.
Louis Pet Bed
Mar 30 2015
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ÍLAND WHITE

Íland is a cape made of rubberized cotton for biking and walks on rainy days. Inspired by the Ingrid cape, but in a rawer and rougher version, with straps on the inside for cycling. The model on the picture is 178 cm tall and she is wearing Íland White, which comes in one-size only.
ÍLAND WHITE
Jun 03 2014
Knightsbridge noted

Wholecuts in tan

A genuine wholecut shoe is a thing of beauty, and the Herring Chaucer is just that. The pinnacle of shoe making, this whole cut features fine calf leather, full leather lining and a Goodyear Welted sole. Now on the new 619 last for a contemporary feel. Perhaps the most difficult shoe to make each one needs to be made from one perfect piece of unblemished leather. A scratch or miss cut during the making and the shoe and it has to be discarded. Men of the whole-cut persuasion don?t accept second best.
Wholecuts in tan
May 20 2014
Mar 04 2014
Knightsbridge noted

Woolton Oxfords with Piped Square Toe

This elegant model features stitched beading on the top of the upper, turned-and-stitched detailing on the vamp, three edge finishes and a new rubber insert.
Woolton Oxfords with Piped Square Toe
Sep 05 2013
elicierto noted

Wholecuts in tan

A genuine wholecut shoe is a thing of beauty, and the Herring Chaucer is just that. The pinnacle of shoe making, this whole cut features fine calf leather, full leather lining and a Goodyear Welted sole. Now on the new 619 last for a contemporary feel.

Perhaps the most difficult shoe to make each one needs to be made from one perfect piece of unblemished leather. A scratch or miss cut during the making and the shoe and it has to be discarded. Men of the whole-cut persuasion don?t accept second best.
Wholecuts in tan

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