Praying for Polo Season

23/02/2013 § 1 Comment

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chukker_jpg2I don’t need to explain how badly I need these in my life, do I?
Stubbs & Wootton’s Spring 2013 Chukker slippers are available now. Completely appropriate for looking for divots to replace around your apartment in the winter.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Blue Skies

17/08/2012 § 3 Comments

A weekend to cross your fingers for blue skies…

Levi’s Made & Crafted brushed twill dress
Minnetonka moccasins
Drakes London paisley scarf
Timex Andros watch
Ray-Ban Clubmasters
Nars nail polish in Amchoor
J. Crew Biennial hobo

This week has been full of strange thunderstorms in New York and I’d really rather not spend this weekend ducking puddles and downpours, so please keep your fingers crossed that the 30% chance I see hovering over the next two days really is just meteorologist pessimism – I will be keeping my parapluie at the ready, however.

This weekend will include catching up with a few folks I’ve not seen in much too long, taking part in this year’s last  Summer Streets on Saturday, and a picnic on Governors Island for the Jazz-Age Lawn Party.

Aspirational goals include: dropping in to see the New Orleans meets New York interior of newly-opened East Village restaurant Exchange Alley – the Maxfield Parrish prints and lanterns salvaged from 17th century hearses are enough to pique my interest indeed – attending a bit of polo on Long Island, and taking care of some very overdue correspondence.

Of note/a mini Reading List:

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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Nacho in Bridgehampton

06/08/2012 § Leave a comment

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about polo but these gorgeously horsey photos of Argentine polo star and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, taken at Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton, seemed like good reason to bring it up.  Even better?  There’s also a behind-the-scenes video clipYou’re welcome.

Photos by Candy Kennedy for Lifestyle Mirror.

New Addition || Put A Horse On It: Life Magazine, 1937

01/05/2012 § 5 Comments

This weekend while on a walk in my neighborhood, I stopped by one of my favorite shops in Tribeca, Philip Williams Posters, on a bit of a lark.  While the store is best known for its collection of vintage posters, my attention was drawn from the window by what looked like a massive stack of magazines.  Once inside, I simultaneously realized that they were Life Magazines and that my afternoon was pretty much sealed.

You already know how much I love Life Magazine: I collect them, I read virtual copies on Google Books and wander for (way too many) hours in the online archive.  Coming at this cache of vintage media from multiple directions sometimes provides the opportunity for the kind of pleasant surprise I had this weekend.

First off, you put a horse on anything and I will at least give it a second look.  You put one on the cover of a Life Magazine from the 1930s and mention it’s a polo pony?  Dead.  Before even cracking this baby open, I knew it was coming home with me.  But when I did, I realized I was already familiar with the photos inside as they were part of a set that I had discovered in the archives a few weeks ago — and trust me when I say there is nothing in there tagged “polo” that I haven’t already seen.

I especially love the advertisements.

The feature is about George H. “Pete” Bostwick (August 14, 1909 – January 13, 1982), steeplechase jockey, horse trainer, 8-goal polo player and grandson to Jabez A. Bostwick, a founder and treasurer of Standard Oil Company of New York and partner of John D. Rockefeller. Pete’s favored game, high-goal polo, was a pastime of the wealthy in the 1930s, but Pete made an unprecedented, egalitarian move: he invited the public to watch him and his friends play at Bostwick Field on Long Island, charging only fifty cents for admission.  It was an immediate hit.

These photos were taken 1937 in Long Island by Alfred Eisenstaedt.  Because relatively few actually made it into the issue, having access to the archive allowed me to really enjoy even more photos than were published.  This is about to be a long post, so I must apologize in advance if you don’t enjoy looking at black and white photos of horses, polo or people in their Sunday best.  I will apologize, but I’ll think you’re kinda crazy.

A 28 year-old Pete Bostwick, center.
“There is no use sitting in school when one
can sit on a horse and go somewhere.

Pete Bostwick: lover of polo, beer and cable knit sweaters.

If you’d like to read the feature yourself, you can find it here, via Google Books.

Philip Williams Posters || 122 Chambers St., Tribeca || 212.513.0313

Field Notes || Argentine Polo Open

27/03/2012 § 3 Comments

Taken at the 2011 Argentine Open Polo Tournament on my trip to Buenos Aires.  The fifth-oldest polo competition in the world, the tournament was first played in 1893.  For more information, visit Asociación Argentina de Polo.

Ralph Lauren: In His Own Words

29/09/2010 § Leave a comment

In a captivating montage, Mr. Lauren discusses the inspiration and hard work that are essential to creating his runway shows while we are treated to a viewing of the Spring 2011 lines.  While it is no secret that I am already a big Ralph Lauren fan, I loved hearing Lauren describe his own creative process — quite inspiring to any creative type!

“This is not a job, it is a joy.  This is what I breathe, it’s what I live.”

J’adore monsieur Lauren!

Polo Ralph Lauren: Fall 2010 collection

20/09/2010 § Leave a comment

Fire up your antique roadster, grab your tweed newsboy caps and work on your tennis game.  Polo Ralph Lauren wants you to get ready for Fall…

As an added bonus, a quick overview of all of the Fall lines from the House of Ralph:

Nacho Figueras: A Caballo by Matthew Donaldson

02/09/2010 § 1 Comment

Image via: NOWNESS

Just released on NOWNESS, director Matthew Donaldson’s short film A Caballo captures Argentine polo star Nacho Figueras astride his horse Vasco Negro through a 180.  In slow motion for maximum effect, the film is a visually stunning illustration of raw horsepower.  Oh yes, and Nacho isn’t so bad to look at.  You may recognize him from his Ralph Lauren adverts.

View A Caballo here.

Side note:  I was a rather horse-obsessed girl, so you can see why this caught my eye (ok, aside from Nacho).  This short immediately brought to mind the classic 1979 film The Black Stallion that I guestimate I have watched about a billion times.  After a little searching, I unearthed this montage on YouTube and immediately had yearnings for my jodhpurs.  Perhaps Quite Continental should start taking riding lessons again.  We hear Gucci makes some beautiful riding boots…

Enjoy!

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