OCT
2007
23

Isidore Gallant in the Denver Post

Manolo says, few things make the Manolo as happy, or as proud, as when one of his bloggers is recognized for his or her substantial expertise. Such is the case with the very amusing and exceedingly knowledgeable Isidore Gallant, who has been quoted in the article in the Denver Post.

It’s OK, lads. We know most of you aren’t as giddy as the female fashionistas about the prospect of new aisles of clothing on racks and miles of shoes laid out on display stands. But you should pay attention.

The new place is Nordstrom, and its top-drawer reputation hinges on something that matters to fellas: service.

“Clothes shopping for men is seen as a chore,” says Izzy Gallant, the man behind manolomen.com, a popular blog devoted to men’s fashion.

Service, experts say, is what can make a guy’s shopping experience less burdensome.

[…]

Nordstrom’s attention to their customers, experts say, is more a matter of personal commitment, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the clothing in the store, than a suite of extra services.

Gallant says it’s rare to run across employees who are not fluent in the details of their offerings.

“I’ve had some shocking experiences where I go into a big-name store and the people who work there have little understanding of men’s clothing,” Gallant says.

Frankly, the two quotes provided in the article, while useful, fail to fully exploit Izzy’s amazing wit and erudition.

Izzy knows as much about mens clothing, and has as much good taste, as anyone writing men’s fashion today. That this knowledge was not more fully exploited by the writer of this article is the shame.

OCT
2007
23

Depardieu!

Manolo says, Witness, Depardieu! The mightiest of God’s creations! See how he rears up on two trunk-like legs, exuding raw animal sexuality and the heady scent of rendered pork fat!

Who could possibly imitate this natural marvel?

OCT
2007
23

The Rogue from Via Spiga

The Rogue by Via Spiga   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo woke up this morning in the mood for the good pair of the pirate boots, and by “good” the Mnaolo means sexy, but not overly costumey. And behold, here is the aptly named Rogue from the Via Spiga, the pirate boot that does not make the Manolo want to walk the plank.

OCT
2007
23

The Red Bull Boots

Manolo says, the Manolo’s shoe-obsessed internet friend Wayne has sent the Manolo the link to this article about the artist named Jen Sher who produced these amusing boots for the Red Bull ‘Art of the Can’ contest.

South End artist Jenn Sherr makes jewelry and purses using decoupage, a technique of decorating a surface with paper and other flat materials and then sealing it with glue. But she had to employ another material – Red Bull energy drink cans – to enter the Red Bull Art of Can design contest. Sherr decoupaged go-go boots (two pairs, actually) with the ubiquitous label and was named one of about 40 finalists from among 2,000 entries worldwide.

[…]

Q. How did you hear about the contest?
A. My mother actually sent me a picture of a pair of shoes which was the advertisement for the Red Bull Art of Can Contest and said: “Jenn, you should try this contest.” I decided I would do go-go boots because I wanted the concept of Red Bull, which is an energy drink, and boots you can run in.

Q. How many cans and what other materials did you use?
A. You need a lot of glue and paper. And I love sparkles and glitter. There are about 40 cans.

[…]

Q. Are the boots wearable?
A. They are.

Q. Are they comfortable?
A. They are.

Q. What kind of comments do you get?
A. I don’t wear these shoes but I make shoes from paper and sell them at crafts shows. I made glamorous collage clogs with rhinestones that were $65.

Q. What would you charge for a pair of boots made from Budweiser cans?
A. Probably about $175.

Wearable shoes from cans! This reminds the Manolo of his own impoverished youth.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo has been…

Reading…

Listening to…

Watching…

OCT
2007
23

Glinda and the Fires, the Update!

Manolo says, Glinda the Good, one of the bloggers at the Teeny Manolo has sent us the update about her situation. Go now and read it.