LustList: The Rat Pack Master Edition

Loving the looks of this beautifully-bound limited edition compendium of photos of the Rat Pack in their heyday. The packaging, designed by Progress Packaging, was what first caught my eye, but the photos and content are equally appealing. Published by Reel Art Press, here is what they say about the book:

“Frank Sinatra’s legendary clique defined life in the fast lane throughout the late fifties and early sixties, dominating American culture and epitomising a life of cocktails, love affairs and Hollywood glamour.

A select group of photographers, including Sid Avery and Bob Willoughby, captured the Rat Pack in their heyday. Many of the images they produced have been largely stored away, many even undeveloped. For the first time, access to these shots has been made possible to produce one deluxe, collector’s edition.

The Rat Pack is the definitive book on Frank, Dean, Sammy and co. tearing up Hollywood and Las Vegas with an extended cast including Marilyn Monroe and JFK. Fifty years on from the year many refer to as The Year of the Rat Pack, 1960, and their influence endures. Shooting Ocean’s 11 by day, performing at the Sands by night and sweating out the sour mash in the sauna in between, The Rat Pack includes behind the scenes footage at the JFK Presidential Inauguration and house parties with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.”"

For the Library: Kate Spade’s Things We Love

The new Kate Spade book, Things We Love.  If you’ve ever checked out their company website by the same name, you know this is probably going to be a book you could browse for a while!

So visually rich!  For an interesting interview with Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade Creative Director, and Ed Miller, the man who headed up the project for Graytor Printing, about the production of the book itself, head over to Felt & Wire.

Travel Guides for Design-Lovers and Connoisseurs of All Sorts

Now this is the kind of guide book that could really get you excited about a trip.  Published by the Little Bookroom, these guidebooks have fun, specialized topics and hands-down the best covers of any guidebooks I’ve ever seen.
Maybe not practical to actually haul with you, since each city has multiple books dedicated to various topics, rather than comprehensive guides, but wouldn’t you love to leaf through these every night in bed leading up to a trip to pick all the places you wanted to go?
And then they’d forever remain on your coffee table or bookshelves, collectible reminders of your trips.
At The Little Bookroom.

LustList >> “Lists”

I am dying to get a look at manuscript archivist Liza Kirwin’s new book Lists.  The book collects various lists of famous artists, from to-dos to address books, with the premise that such lists both augment an artist’s personal history and add insight to bits of history that were happening at the time.
(Can’t make out much of Kline’s tab, but the one at top looks like possibly a Chateauneuf du Pape?)
The book includes ephemera like Picasso’s list of his favorite artists at the first Armory show in 1913, most of whom went on to dominate the art scene in the coming years, proving that he not only had personal talent, but also an eye for quality in others’ work.  (Also interesting that he left off Braque, his contemporary in the Cubist movement… I am personally gratified by this because I never liked Braque’s work haha.)
(Pretty awesome cover, no?? I love the retro illustration and the mix of typography!)
Another “list” is Alexander Calder’s address book, which reads like a summary of the “who’s-who” of avant-garde Paris in the early 1900s. Other lists are more personal, like Janice Lowry’s list of “50 people I need to forgive” and Eero Saarinen’s list of reasons he loves his soon-to-be second wife.  
 Little seemingly insignificant lists, in retrospect, can actually take on major significance as snapshots into the making of a decision, the evidence of priorities, etc.  As a compulsive list-maker myself (I literally have lists for everything– running lists of gifts to give people, equipment I want for the kitchen, etc.), I am totally intrigued by the chance to look at other peoples’ lists, espcially hand-written ones!
Available here from Princeton Architectural Press.
Via The Morning News.
PS — Speaking of lists, if you’re looking for something to make, here’s what’s on my list of things to cook this week: Grapefruit, Celery, and Parmesan Salad, Cilantro-Marinated Grilled Tofu and Soba Noodles, Grilled Guacamole, and Double Chocolate Layer Cake.

For the Library >> Take Ivy

I’ve come to realize I like most fashions inspired by a uniform, whether jobs or sports– nautical, tennis, cricket, nautical, aviation, military, etc.– and the Ivy look depicted in this monograph really is a kind of uniform.  A prep uniform.  Key pieces, fabrics, patterns, and combinations, just tweaked slightly over the years.

On top of being full of great photos, this book has a really interesting story.  Here it is, according to The Pursuit Aesthetic:

“Described by The New York Times as, “a treasure of fashion insiders,” Take Ivy was originally published in Japan in 1965, setting off an explosion of American-influenced “Ivy Style” fashion among students in the trendy Ginza shopping district of Tokyo. The product of four sartorial style enthusiasts, Take Ivy is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite, Ivy League universities.

The series focuses on men and their clothes, perfectly encapsulating the unique academic fashion of the era. Whether lounging in the quad, studying in the library, riding bikes, in class, or at the boathouse, the subjects of Take Ivy are impeccably and distinctively dressed in the finest American-made garments of the time.

Take Ivy is now considered a definitive document of this particular style, and rare original copies are highly sought after by “trad” devotees worldwide. A small-run reprint came out in Japan in 2006 and sold out almost immediately. Now, for the first time ever, powerHouse is reviving this classic tome with an all-new English translation. Ivy style has never been more popular, in Japan or stateside, proving its timeless and transcendent appeal. Take Ivy has survived the decades and is an essential object for anyone interested in the history or future of fashion.”

I think the Japanese-American fashion angle is fascinating, and The Trad adds this:

“It’s no secret that some Japanese are obsessed with the Ivy look. The word “Trad” has it’s origins in Japan and I for one think the Japanese have taken care of the style far better than we ever could have hoped. Hardly surprising in a culture where Tradition rules, the Morning Coat is still worn and life is lived and appreciated for small moments.”

Take Ivy will be available in August and pre-orders are available on Amazon now.

via The Pursuit Aesthetic
and The Trad

For the Library >> Lacoste

Due out later this month…
“In an ingenious marriage of adjective and image, Lacoste presents a full range of words and concepts synonymous with the storied brand: Heritage. Well-being. Cotton. Quality. Air. Lightness. Joie de vivre. Iconic. It is an encyclopedia of casually elegant style. Assouline will release the book later this month.”

Looking forward to it!

From Thinking For a Living.

Wine Label Journal

What a fun idea… A wine journal of the Harkness family in Germany in the 1970s.
From a very cool book on scrapbook history in America (that I’m dying for!).

Limited Edition Cookbook

I am actually allergic to pork, so this is a bit of an odd post for me, but I am well-aware of the popularity of the current bacon-added-to-everything and I can fully appreciate, on a conceptual and aesthetic level, Paper Pastries’ distillation of the trend.
A well-designed bacon-recipe book of 7 letterpressed recipes.  They must be good if they chose only 7.  A limited edition of only 13, each book is hand cut and bound.
Would make a great gift for a designy bacon-lover!  Here.

Classy by Derek Blasberg

This new book, about how to be a classy “extremely modern” lady, by Derek Blasberg looks incredibly entertaining.  Blasberg, who only graduated from NYU (That’s right!  Making the alma mater proud..) in 2004, is now Senior Fashion News Editor for V Magazine and also writes routinely for Vogue and other magazines. 

Not your typical etiquette book, it includes sassy commentary and well-designed magazine-like pages like this one above, illustrating how to be a lady when travelling.  
(Click the pages below for the large-enough-to-read version… it seems he and I have similar pet peeves about people not dressing to impress when travelling!  And, he makes a very very good point I hadn’t considered… Why not dress well to travel when “the venue is teeming with single men”?)
A helpful manual on how to spot good boys and gay boys.  My dear friend Ali will attest that on the West Coast, this can be helpful, as apparently out here, the gay boys themselves don’t always know they’re gay. 

And finally, a checklist to see whether you dress like a tramp.

Available here on April 6.

via Refinery29

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