Men's Pima Cotton Polo: Peruvian Connection
Here in America, we’re always thinking about size. The bigger, the better. You know, the Empire State Building, the Mighty Mississippi, the Giant Redwoods, the Great Plains. I noticed the other day that the Hungry Man brand of TV dinners now come in size XXL.
And speaking of men, no one looms larger on our pop culture landscape this month than Dad. Advertisers, from tire-makers to cellular phone purveyors, seek our ear and our buying impulses, so we can demonstrate to our fathers that they are indeed biggest and best in our respective families.
And when it comes to Father’s Day, we’re not just in Kansas anymore—we share our celebration of “the big guy” the third Sunday in June with 40 countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, including Japan, the UK and Peru. Germany is a notable exception, observing no similar family-oriented event for their “Vaters.” (Instead, the men literally take a hike. They get together to walk and pull along a beer or wine wagon for refreshment. If you think I’m kidding, look up Herrentag—Gentlemen’s Day.)
So, here’s the deal. We’d love for you to share with us your yarns about dad. Think Dustin Hoffman. No, not about big noses. About “Hero” tributes and your own “Little Big Man” moments. (And, of course, if dad was wearing one of our shirts at the time, all the better, wink!)
Pima Interlock Polo, $49
Pima Cotton Tee, $36
May 30, 2008
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In the late 14th century of the Ming Dynasty, the use of woven or embroidered insignia badges were worn at the chest and back of robes to indicate rank in social and military circles. The mandated system specified a particular bird or animal for each of the nine ranks.
In the above Ming-dynasty badge of silk and gold threads, we see a pair of phoenixes. The phoenix was associated with the empress, just as the dragon was the symbol of the emperor. Here, the paired phoenixes identify the owner of this insignia as an imperial lady or high-ranking noble woman.
As you look more closely you will find more symbolic references. The long-tailed pair focus on each other with intense energy, their curving forms spiraling that energy inward toward the center of the badge. The perched male bird sits on a rock over waves, an abbreviated reference to the deep sea / cosmic mountain motif. Lingzhi mushrooms of immortality grow near the rocks. He turns his head towards his mate, who hovers above in a cloud-filled sky. (It was unusual to have a female figure higher than a male during this time.) Three large peonies in full bloom, emblems of female beauty, separate the pair and complete the imagery.
This single museum piece was the inspiration for three of our designs. If you would like to empower the same female energy as our imperial lady then you can wear her insignia here:
Due East Skirt
Chinaberry Tank Dress
Bring a little romance and nobility into your life with our medallion necklaces. Inspired by a box of wax-sealed letters found at an estate sale, the designers have turned the authentic 19th century seals of cracked wax into jewelry that fuses archaic symbolism with modern design.
Sterling Fidelity Medallion – (pictured above) Reads "Fidele En Absence" which means "Faithful in Absence" in French.
Bronze Coat of Arms Medallion – Depicts a lion upon a Fleur De Lis crest, representing courage & purity.
St. George’s Medallion – Depicts St. George who, according to legend, slew a fearsome dragon.
April 18, 2008
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Hibiscus Cargo Skirt
Our photographer captures all sides of our Hibiscus Cargo Skirt while shooting in Tlacochahuaya, Mexico. Not your average garden variety cargo skirt, ours is made from pima cotton sateen in a vibrant hibiscus print.
Looking to fashionably navigate a season of soirees? Our cosmopolitan French hats are handcrafted with a swirl of frothy net and Chantilly lace. So accent your style with a little ooh-la-la and raise the sophistication quotient at your next champagne event.
La Vie en Rose Hat