The Fox Remembers: The Berlin Wall

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years. From 1961 to 1989 the wall divided Germany and came to be seen as a symbol of the Cold War, fear and political oppression. After months of civil unrest and protests during the summer and fall of 1989, the SED Politburo decreed on November 9th, 1989 that East German refugees, and even private travelers, could freely exit the East. Following this announcement, the wall slowly began to crumble over the ensuing months as mauerspecht (or wall peckers) on both sides of the wall began to chip away at it piece by piece. The first East Germans to push through the overwhelmed SED forces were greeted with champagne and celebration.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Vote

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

 
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The Fox’s Travels: A Walk in New York

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Seven days can really move fast in the city. The Fox has been all over the five boroughs, visiting the home of Bret & Jemaineangry dancing in Seward Park and making new feline friends in shops. He’s been eating Halloween doughnuts in Brooklyn and sampling some of New York’s finest bagels & tofu schmear. Picnic-ing and practicing his chess skills in Central Park was a highlight, as well as sampling vegan goodies all over Manhattan, The Fox has had a blast. He even got to spend an awesome Halloween enjoying margaritas, some of Manabu Ikeda’s greatest pieces at the Japan Society and seeing his favorite film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, in theaters again.

Cheers to another great week ahead.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Everyday Moccasins

October 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

Having walked many miles in his recent travels, The Fox would like to recommend some classic fall and winter gear to keep your feet happy. There are few styles in men’s footwear more enduring then the classic moccasin shoe.

The everyday moccasin was epitomized by Clarks’ Wallabee in the 1960s. This easy wearing, and extremely durable shoe has looked the same since the first pairs were produced over fifty years ago. With the right care these babies will last you decades – all while caring for your tender toes. They are available in six finishes, but The Fox highly recommends the Beeswax Leather.

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If you are looking for a vegan option, then look no further then the Adam Brown from Novacas. These are a fantastic animal-friendly alternative with a chukka flair that will keep your feet, you wallet and your heart happy.

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The Novacas Vegan Moccasin-Chukka. 

 

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The Fox Recommends: The Duffle Coat

October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Layering is a fall favorite for The Fox. There’s nothing like layering a great tee or oxford with the right sweater and overcoat. This week The Fox recommends the duffle coat for your autumnal consideration. There is something transportive in this classic coat that makes one think of days gone by. Days spent enjoying a cup of coffee, each other’s company, a good fountain pen, a great cocktail and an even better book.

The duffle coat (or more correctly the duffell Coat) is named for Duffel, Belgium – where the thick woolen fabric these coats (and the first duffle bags) were first made of was produced. The design was popularized in the early 1900s when the British Royal Navy issued a camel-colored duffle coat as “an item of warm clothing” during World War I. This classic design is traditionally made of double weave Duffel, lined in a tartan, has a large, bucket hood, a button-able neck strap, three to four toggle-fastenings, two outside patch pockets and is knee length. And if you’re thinking, this is all just a bit too Wes Anderson-y, you’re right. It is. And there is nothing wrong with that.

As with anything – this classic has seen many modifications, and now one can find the duffle coat in any variety of material, color, length and weight. Below, The Fox has included some of his favorites this fall.

 

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This Uniqlo Duffle is a bargain at $99.90

 

 

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This Uniqlo navy update is available for only $229.90

 

 

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Finally this Original Montgomery is literally, as legit as the duffle coat gets, at $325.00

 

 

 

 

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The Fox’s Travels: Dun-Well Doughnuts & Brooklyn

October 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

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After only a few days in New York, The Fox has already become befuddled by the endless options for food, entertainment and people watching. This weekend he enjoyed some time in Brooklyn (the hipster’s borough of choice) and indulged in beet burgers and vegan doughnuts. Dun-Well Doughnuts was founded in Brooklyn by longtime friends Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar. The mission at Dun-Well “is to be the premiere vegan doughnut shop on planet Earth and reverently carry on the tradition of doughnut making in a manner that is both innovative and ethical.” Well hats off gentlemen, because you have succeeded. The Fox enjoyed not one or two of these fine pastries, but four. Don’t judge. You try being a vegan doughnut lover presented with choosing the vanilla with chocolate sprinkles, the chocolate glazed, the jelly-filled or the toasted coconut. All were delicious. All were consumed heartily and happily with a cup of Brooklyn Roasting Company’s Mocha Java. The doughnuts are made of a delicate, traditional raised style dough that melts in your mouth. Did we mention that everything is organic? The flavors vary daily and there seems to be no limit to the 200 plus mouthwateringly imaginative varieties that Dun-Well Doughnuts creates.

So raise a mug to The Fox when you check out Dun-Well as there is a good chance he will be camped out in the corner – eating his way into sugared bliss.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Ray-Bans

October 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

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clas·sic ˈklasik/ adjective 1. judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. “a classic novel” synonyms: definitive, authoritative, etc.

Perhaps The Fox should have shared this definition last week, when recommending fantastic headphones and flannel for fall. Classic style pieces are often sought, simply for their versatility and ability to stand up to the test of time (not to mention some really awful trends). Today The Fox would like to start a series of recommendations built around classic style icons. As a visually challenged individual, he thought starting with his glasses would be apropos. Eyewear often sets the tone of first introductions, they become a piece of your identity, they help to define and align your personal style and even assist in vision correction.

For some time The Fox has relied on his classic Ray-Ban Black Wayfarers, Tortoise Clubmasters, and gold-framed green-lensed Aviator sunglasses to see him through. These durable and sturdy style icons always look sharp, smart and will go with any ensemble. As an added bonus, each of these models is available with or without prescription, in optics or sunglasses, and available in myriad acrylic color options.

For all you vixens out there, The Fox is highly attracted to ladies wearing the Jackie Ohh II sunglasses. There’s just something so undeniably Audrey Hepburn about these shades.

 

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