I went to see the new James Bond movie SPECTRE. They should call have just called it 00-tight pants.

00-tight pants

I don’t believe I have ever seen a suit that fitted do so much action and still look so amazing!

My hat’s off to the costume designer Jany Temime,

Jany Temime

but of course the Daniel Craig – James Bond we know and love would be nothing, as far as his sartorial expression, without my all-time favorite suit maker, Tom Ford.


Not only does Tom look spectacular in the suits he designs but he will make you look spectacular too (budget allowing!)

sheree a.k.a. preppybaba

And by the way Tom, if you’re ever looking for a model for one of your ads give me a call. :-)

Yes! There are suits, but the Spectre Bond also carries on the tradition of the Blouson seen on many of his predecessors. Tom gives us a handsome, all-purpose black one.


I just bought a version (Champion from Target) that will keep me just as warm while I ski the slopes and drink hot-toddies (in truth I don’t ski but I do drink so that’s half the battle right there!)

My Jacket

Though Daniel Craig is not my number one James (that would be Pierce Brosnan – I do like a little, okay a lot, of camp).

Pierce Bronson

Mr. Craig does bring to the franchise everything that a masculine dressing human would want to convey when looking their best.



From the Tom Ford Spectre Collection

I won’t spoil anything for those of you who haven’t yet seen the movie. But I will say it was an enjoyable time.

There are three things that I always love about a Bond movie: the clothes…

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL.

the gadgets…


and the cars.


Bond and car

The downside is always the misogyny, which to its credit is less.  And as the search for a new Bond may be eminent I’m going to go ahead and cast my vote!

Idris Elba!

Idris Elba

He would be everything and more!




Photo’s courtesy of Google Search


So I got this catalog in the mail yesterday and it really caught my eye.  Not because of the clothes, per se, there is nothing at first glance that is particularly revolutionary between its pages, in fact you can find just about every style they offer in many catalogs and stores where you go to buy well-made casual menswear. What I liked about it was how it made me feel. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a catalog that made me actually want to peruse it.


It is a subtle but definite step into the direction of making flannel, khaki’s, Chukka boots and leather jackets a little more modern, yet keeping it rugged.


There is a sense of whimsy about it and the clothes really fit the brand.  The whole of it evokes camping or being in the woods in the winter. Or even yet, being a well dressed-down hipster.

Brown Jacket


In looking on the website, because I honestly thought this was a spin-off company from a larger retailer trying to appeal to a hipper audience, I didn’t find much that made it personal to the founder Matt Cooper. But the designs are true to his design muse.



Like the name insinuates, he likes polished carbon and rough cobalt.  Matt’s intention is to “design unique details into the clothing that will enhance your individual style”.




The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.





All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website

So What Are You Waiting For?

“You will never meet someone that is successful, that has not had many rejections” ~ Diane von Furstenberg



Understanding the Shoe

I couldn’t have said it better myself.


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Saint Harridan gets Silicon Valley Seed Money

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Mr. Mary Going and his incredible crew of “Saints” for this amazing accomplishment. A lot of hard work has been put into this visionary company to get it where it is today.  This opportunity will take this vision and style innovation for woman and trans who love masculine fashion to a whole new level.

Here’s the announcement:


Saint Harridan has been accepted into Batch 14 of 500 Startups, the Silicon Valley seed fund & accelerator founded by alums of PayPal & Google.

When we applied to the program, we explained that masculine women and transmen have been largely dismissed by mainstream clothiers. They must think we’re on to something. Over 1,000 companies from around the world apply to each cohort, and only 30-35 are accepted, making 500 Startups statistically more difficult to get into than Harvard.

As you know, our team spent 2014 creating “Pop-Up​ ​Shops​.​” We traveled to 15 U​S​ cities, and have personally measured, ​chatted with, and listened to the stories of around 2,000 of you. You ​keep telling us you love our suits for special occasions, but what you really need​ is​ a pair of pants and a shirt to wear in your regular life. ​(​”I need a pair of​ ​pants​​ ​with pockets that ​aren’t skin tight or curvy​!​” -Cal Light, a regular at our​ ​shop in Oakland, California.​)​

Based on these​ ​conversations​ with you​,​ ​​​we ​are ready to ​add everyday wear t​o our line​​.​

That’s where 500 Startups comes in. 500 Startups is a four-month accelerator program that offers ​hot startups a leg-up in ​rapid ​grow​th.​ We started with 500 Startups on July 14 and will be working at their incubator space in San Francisco for the next four months​. (Our ​Oakland Flagship store ​is still open ​on Fridays and Saturdays.​)​

Long story short: 
Expect us to be announcing a lot of new, interesting, cool things over the next few months.

Thanks for rooting for us as we root for you!

Geeking out,
Saint Harridan Team

PS: If you want to bump along with us on our journey, you can follow Mary on twitter @mgogoing​.






Carmina Shoemaker

I love shoes.  I really do.  I think if I could only pick one thing in fashion to splurge on it would be shoes and Carmina Shoemaker has some of the most beautiful and finely crafted shoes on the planet.

Carmina 910

This brand was started by Matias Pujadas in a small workshop in Inca, Majorca in 1866.


Many generations later…

Rubi Cordavan

Rubi Cordavan

…and after a downturn in the market for luxury shoes in 1997 (what were they thinking?) Carmina Shoemaker was born.



Created by Matais great-great grandson Jose Albaldejo and family, they decided to…

Oscaria Last

Women’s Oscaria Last

…provide some of best hand-crafted shoes to the world.  And I must say, they have definitely succeeded in their mission.


I mean, just look at how beautiful these shoes and boots are.

Rain Snuff Swede

Rain Snuff Swede

And the styles are also incredibly timeless. Not an easy “feat” to pull off, (yeah, I did!)

Simpson Last

And yet they are also very sexy.

Women's wingtips and tassels

Women’s wingtips and tassels

And what I really love about this company is the fact that they also do gorgeous women’s shoes…

Women's Carmina

…that are inspired by their masculine counterparts.

Women's Carmina 2

I have such a big foot I can wear men’s or women’s shoes, but for the Dandi’s out there with smaller feet (but a bigger budget because these shoes start in the $400 range) this is definitely an investment well made.



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Carmina Shoemaker tumblr

Byron & Dexter Peart

Peart Style

The Montreal duo of Byron and Dexter Peart are the twins behind the fabulous accessories line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

Pearts with Bag

Inspired by interior designs these two approach their elegant creations as though designing furniture.

Pearts Want

This sleekness shows in the lines and refined qualities of their totes, shoppers, clutches and weekenders, which are suitable for Dandi’s of all kinds.

Pearts Street Style

I will feature their accessories in another blog soon but in this one I wanted to showcase the twins and their style.

Want Store

I love the fact that though they are twins, they don’t do that look-a-like thing that so many twins do (sure, not as many adults do it but still.)

Pearts at work

Clearly influenced by the preppy aesthetic, these two elevate it by wearing more neutral and dark colors yet keeping the whimsy of the style.

Want hardware

Luxury, minimalism and beauty are who these designers are through and through.  These ideas not only describe the WANT label, but also Byron and Dexter’s personal style.





Photo’s courtesy of Google



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