Provenance is important to us. As we consider things to be more than just the some of their parts. The culture, generational knowledge, history and stories that go into making things are important. And make for special things if made in special places by special people. This is why we seek out small artisanal facilities that do special things. Be it cufflink makers, glovemakers, shoemakers, sockmakers, or other very specialized niche workforces formed in geographical pockets dictated by history and environment, or a wine from the beaches of Provence.
We know you get it. So while you read form the bottom up and pour yourself the only penicillin we would condone short of you being at risk of death, why not ponder a tweed suit so exclusive we can almost guarantee you will never see one quite like it again. Or a dinner with a glass of scotch that took brave men swimming in freezing seas with balls of steel and charm that would have the birds out of the trees to produce.
Enjoy. And let us know you do.
get some: exclusive tweed
Our exclusive tweeds are almost ready to be delivered to us from Scotland. Only enough for a very few pieces of each.
We think each will be a spectacular addition to any wardrobe this winter, and for decades to come. Something unique. Which speaks to the nature of the character within.
We would offer one to our buddy Lord Crichton-Stuart of Bute; but we already made him a very special one in his own family tweed...
If you are pondering something warm for the winter you can do no better than this. So be in touch and make your claim. Because once it has all been spoken for, there will be no more.
Since we are in a tweedy mood, we thought we'd espouse the virtues of a trip to Islay to taste your way around this amazing isle. A land of mist, peat and scotch mist at most times of the year. And yet...if you are very lucky (as we were) you will stumble upon glorious sunshine, fresh langoustines, more whisky and camaraderie than you can get your heart around, and of course, the history of hooch.
But feel free to bug us to sign up now.
read: sugar, the world corrupted
Once upon a time there was no sugar. And then there was a very little, for the very wealthy. And then over time the pure, white and deadly stuff decimated environments, transported millions of slaves half way across the globe, made many very rich and even more very sick.
Don't just take our word for it. Pick up this veritable tome and track history and the havoc wreaked by a spoonful of sugar for yourself.
watch: cholesterol, the great bluff
As always, we want to emphasize this is not medical advice, or approved by the FDA. But you could do worse than watch a documentary that ends with cardiologists, medical professors, and others with way more knowledge of the problem than us admit they have no idea what their cholesterol numbers are. And don't care. As they have no bearing on heart disease.
Watch, ponder, and perhaps disagree with your GP once given an alternate view of the path the western world took to cutting healthy fats out of people's diets, and prescribing statins to lower cholesterol after time and again it had been shown to have nothing to do with heart disease empirically.
socks: woolly tales
Apparently your better half may decide to steal these from you.
Which we always think is a good sign.
So grab them while you can. And marvel at the best socks you will ever own.
As we're in Scotland and pondering the delights of Islay, what better drink to whet your whistle with than either a fine Islay malt whisky, or something that requires a whiff of peat to make it work...
2 oz Blended Scotch whisky
3⁄4 oz Honey-ginger syrup*
1⁄4 oz Islay single-malt scotch
Add the blended scotch, juice and syrup into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with the single-malt scotch. Garnish with 1 piece of candied ginger.
*Honey-ginger syrup: Combine 1 cup honey, 1 6-inch piece of peeled and thinly sliced ginger and 1 cup water in a saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to steep overnight. Strain with a cheesecloth.