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The Gatsby Effect

From The New York Times:



Fashion Fit for Executives, as Well as for Gatsby

The new film version of “The Great Gatsby” may renew interest in 1920s fashion, but for some contemporary businessmen, elements of that look never went away.

http://nyti.ms/10G1X8r

Some Like It Hot

My Favorite Entrepreneur Story In A Long TimeMARK SUSTER Sunday, April 21st, 2013 53 Comments Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at his Startup BlogBothSidesoftheTable. If you don’t like it hot, use less,” he said. “We don’t make mayonnaise here.”  This morning I was reading my social media and came across an article that Christine Tsai had posted on Facebook. It was about the founder of Sriracha sauce, David Tran, displaced from Vietnam when the North’s communists took power. As the son of an immigrant myself, I am a sucker for an immigrant story. Moving to the U.S. with nothing but hard work and ambition. Having a strong sense of values. And wanting to build for the next generation. It is of course why immigrants power so many successful businesses in the US and why we need to embrace them. They have nothing to lose. They bring new ideas, new cultures, new business practices. But they mostly…

Do you have a Qumarion?

QUMARION HUMANOID INPUT DEVICE We don't expect there's a huge market for the Qumarion Humanoid Input Device, but if you happen to be one of those people who could use it, it will likely be a game changer. Like the ubiquitous artist models, the Qumarion is a pose-able, human-like figure — but unlike the artist models, it communicates directly with a computer. As a result, you can use the Qumarion to move and pose on-screen 3D characters, making once challenging poses and movements as simple as adjusting an action figure. Great for animators, illustrators, or people who just enjoy collecting unusual gadgets. http://www.clip-studio.com/quma/en/ From http://uncrate.com/stuff/qumarion-humanoid-input-device/

$5800 iPad Case

http://www.trafalgarstore.com/item/Custom_Alligator_iPad_Case:Available_in_3_Colors/11021

From TrafalgarStore.com 

Custom Alligator iPad Case: in 3 ColorsFREE iPAD with PURCHASE
The Trafalgar Alligator iPad Case is the epitome of luxury. Hand-made from wild American Alligator, this iPad case’s lustrous supple skin with its hand-polished sheen will have the well-appointed man carrying his high-tech needs, in the most impressive style.  Made-to-order, please allow 5-6 weeks for delivery.

Genuine wild Louisiana alligator; vegetable-tanned, heat-glazed and hand-polishedFits iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, excluding the iPad MiniPlease specify what version when orderingEdge-stitched; fully-lined genuine leather interiorMagnetic closureMade in USA7 ¾” W x 9 ¾” L x 1” HMade-to-order; allow 5-6 weeks for deliverymade-to-order items are non-returnableFREE iPad of your choice with purchase.
Retail Price:$5,800.00

Pocket Square is the New Tie

The Pocket Square is the New TieApril 17, 2013 | By  “You’re wearing a tie, are you?” my friend asked. There was no surprise in his voice. He knew my proclivities regarding clothing. There was, however, a crackle of concern. It was a Saturday night. We were going out in a smart district of London. To me, a tie seemed appropriate. I informed my friend, who was tieless, that he was underdressed. “Yeah, but” he began “no one wears ties anymore, do they.” “And what would you wear?”I asked him, regarding his blazer and cord ensemble, accented only by a coloured shirt and a pocket square puff. It was a pointless question of mine. His chosen ensemble was as far as he would go, and not just on a Saturday night. “I don’t really wear ties any more, unless I have to.” ‘Unless I have to’ is the sad subtitle to the tie’s decline. Although I always hope for a complete revival, for all men to take pleasure in decorating their person, to enrich their palette with a superior arch …

2 Trillion New Customers

2 trillion new Randa customers, coming to a mall far far away...

Three newly found planets are some of the best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system, according to NASA scientists.

NASA's Kepler satellite, which is keeping an eye on more than 150,000 stars in hopes of identifying Earth-like planets, found the trio.

"Earth is looking less and less like a special place and more like there's Earth-like things everywhere," said Kepler scientist Tom Barclay.


Two of the planets, described in the journal Science, are 1,200 light-years away; the other is 2,700 light-years away. A light-year, the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year, is nearly 6 trillion miles. 

Show me your neckwear...

A $91,000 T-Shirt

The latest Hermes collection includes one luxury T-shirt that costs a cool $91,500. The item is a black crew-neck men’s shirt made out of crocodile skin.



The luxury shirt made its debut last fall on the Spring 2013 runway as part of the label’s chiffon crocodile shirt line, but only hit the company’s Madison Avenue flagship store recently.
The Awl, who managed to snap a photo of the t-shirt’s price tag, noted that just the sales tax on the shirt could amount to $8,000.
“Literally, the entire shirt is just luxurious, beautifully sewn swaths of crocodile. This makes it possibly rather uncomfortable, and perhaps a little heavy, for a t-shirt.”


Read more: Herm├Ęs Is Selling A $91,500 Crocodile T-shirt | LUXUO Luxury Bloghttp://www.luxuo.com/most-expensive/hermes-crocodile-t-shirt.html#ixzz2QYKIC6kl

8 Nutella Facts

Around the world, the incidence of Nutella-related crimes is on the rise. The chocolate-hazelnut spread made headlines recently in Germany, where thieves pulled off a $20,000 heist, stealing 5.5 metric tons of the sweet stuff from a parked truck. Several weeks earlier, Columbia University found itself at the center of “Nutella-gate,” an expose smearing the school for spending $6000 per week on the spread for one of its dining facilities, where students were allegedly snarfing 100 pounds of it per day. Here are eight things you may not know about this super addictive snack. 1. THERE'S A WORLD NUTELLA DAY. Two bloggers in Italy decided to take their love of Nutella to the next level in 2007, and created a worldwide day of celebration dedicated to the addictive substance. Thus, every year February 5th is a day for eating Nutella, sharing Nutella recipes and memories, and looking at photos of Nutella food-porn. It just goes to show that if you have a dream and a spoon, all things are…

World's Most Luxurious Neckwear?

GQ: The World's Most Luxurious Ties
Is This the Most Luxurious Neckwear in the World? CINABRE, from the Neck Dresser of Paris - BY BUREAU OF TRADE


Finding, curating, and selling quality goods, while educating guys on what it is they're actually buying, is Bureau of Trade's mission and one they do quite well. Each week the site is bringing GQ readers thoughtfully selected items for all of life's needs. Up today: a neckwear line that gives "luxury" a whole new meaning

What kind of man leaves a lucrative banking career to pursue a life making accessories? A man willing to stick his neck out. Meet Alexandre Chapellier, founder of CINABRE, the so-called "Neck Dresser of Paris," whose coveted bow ties, neckties, lapel flowers, and scarves have reset the standard for quality and luxury. They've jazzed up the jugulars of the French fashion cognoscenti, and they've recently made their way stateside. To which we say: bienvenue.

It's not garish co…

Men Going Soft

April 4, 2013 Men's Wear Accessories Trend: Soft SellStyled ByALEX BADIA The softly constructed briefcase has evolved into the ultimate fashion accessory, featuring luxe hardware, mixed-media textured materials and a variety of rich hues.

MODEL: CLARKE AT WILHELMINA MODELS; GROOMING: JENNI SHAW USING OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS; FASHION ASSISTANT: MERCEDES PSL BASS; FASHION INTERN: MICHAEL ROBERTS

Men's Soft Briefcases