Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Introducing the New Wayfarer Jacket from Cordings

Photos by Salt Water New England
 New this season from Cordings of Piccadilly is their outstanding Khaki Wayfarer Jacket for Men.  It keeps within their tradition of garments that are carefully designed, locally made, and as useful in the field as it is in town.  Made in England, the Wayfarer Jacket has significant presence.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Newport Harbor

Photo by Salt Water New England

Afternoon Grazing

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Question for the Community: Favorite harbor?

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A question for the community:
What is your favorite New England harbor?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Pink and Tweed

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A Reader Question for the Community: Fountain Pens

A Reader Question:
I am not a fountain pen investor or collector, but I enjoy using a fountain pen and reading about them. Do others here write primarily with a fountain pen or otherwise enjoy the world of fountain pens?  Do you have a daily worker you carry and use at all times, and a fancier one for special occasions? (I have a full set of Parker Frontier writing instruments for the former, a Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pen and mechanical pencil for the latter.)  What inks and papers <link> do you enjoy using? What are your favorite sources for fountain pens, inks, and paper?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Question for the Community: Marble Bust

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If you were to acquire a marble bust of anyone, of whom would it be? Or, if you have one, of whom is it?

Friday, March 15, 2019

One Definition of Maturity: When you get as excited about a German boiler as a German motor car.

Photos by Salt Water New England
For some, it is more pleasurable tinkering with the viscera of a house than anything more conspicuous.  Today, the purr of a new (Viessman) German-engineered boiler is providing much of the satisfaction once solely reserved for a German-engineered motor car.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Reader Question: The Right Shade of Oxford Blue

Left to Right - Mercer & Sons; Newer Brooks Brothers; Old Sero; F.L. Woods; Old Brooks Brothers - Photo by Salt Water New England
A Reader Question for the Community:
I admit I am way too picky about the shade of blue in my oxford shirts.  I have not bought high quality shirts because the blue was too dark or too light.  The right shade of blue starts bright and crisp, and softens and lightens over time.   It is one of those things that no one notices, but it changes the feel of an outfit, at least for me.  Do other SWNE readers think this way, or am I totally alone? Is there a favorite blue, and where do people get it?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Yale (and Scandal) Today

Photos by Salt Water New Engalnd
 Around Yale today, while:

Lotuff' Leather's Mini Sling Backpack in Their Brilliant New Pink - Made in New England

Photos by Salt Water New England
Lotuff has added a brilliant new color to their line-up, truly a perfect pink.  Shown here in their Mini Sling Backpack -  it is wonderful for spring and summer,  transforming effortlessly from a backpack to an over the shoulder bag.

Beautifully made in New England of tumbled vegetable-tanned leather.

Maine Lobsterman, 1970s

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cordings of Piccadilly Survey and a Chance to Win £200 Gift Certificate

The Original Covert Coat and Chasing Paisley Silk Scarf from Cordings, Made in England  - Photo by Salt Water New England
Cordings of Piccadilly is asking for opinions on their customer shopping experience.  The survey should just take a few minutes, and those who participate will get a chance to win a £200 gift certificate, good for in store or online.
  • Take the survey here.

Last of the Snow?

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

In Case You Missed It...

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"Last year, IGI processed 120 tons of food waste alone. But Ms. Haag estimates that’s only a small amount of the total 6,500 tons of food waste that get shipped off the Island every year."

"Is this the end of the suit and tie era?"

"Last month it was revealed Kensington Palace staff were spending several hours a week moderating and deleting posts, which include racist and sexist abuse as well as threatening remarks."

"[T]he University announced that the Haffenreffer Museum had received a $5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation... This grant was awarded to the museum in order “to catalog and prepare for the anticipated move of nearly one million ethnographic objects, archaeological specimens and images” to Providence from the museum’s main facility in Bristol..."

"Mr. Roche used Cor-ten to considerably less critical acclaim on two projects in New Haven: the tower headquarters of the Knights of Columbus (1969), and the adjacent New Haven Coliseum (1972). The image there was anything but light, and the rusting steel and heavy, dark brown masonry blocks and gargantuan columns gave the complex an ominous tone."

Friday, March 8, 2019

agricola nauta est

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Lambswool V-Neck Jumper from Cordings of Piccadilly - Made in Scotland

Photos by Salt Water New England
For some, Lambswool V-neck jumpers are seen as a utility, a desideratum.  Lightweight, comfortable, and warm, they are what to wear around the house, to the office, or out.  Neither casual nor formal, they capture the best of both.

Cordings offers a Platonic ideal of this item in an array of tasteful colors.  Theirs is fully fashioned, with set-in sleeves, and is made in Scotland.   A highly functional garment, you cannot have too many.

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Friday, March 1, 2019


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Newport - NORTHERN LIGHT - Olin Stephens Designer, Henry Nevins Builder, 12 Metre Class, 1938

The Sixties

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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 Beinecke houses one of the world's largest collections of rare books and manuscripts and currently has about half a million volumes and several million manuscripts.