Retro realness at the TWA Hotel



TWA Hotel David Mitchell

Gotta love the kitschness of the new TWA Hotel rooms.

Designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor, they boast Knoll furniture, rotary phones, special TWA toiletries, and custom-built not-so-mini bars stocked with Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac and Belvedere Vodka (can of Tab not included).

Plus a view onto JFK’s runways and the historic TWA Flight Centre. Note: earplugs not necessary, the hotel’s noise-cancelling windows are the second-thickest in the world after the glass wall at the U.S. Embassy in London — seven panes and 4½ inches thick.

The quarter-billion-dollar fit-out is a faithful homage to Eero Saarinen’s original 1962 building and has no right-angles throughout. Mind blown!

Fellow design geeks, watch this vid for the deets…


TWA Hotel David Mitchell

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Denim update: Chimala – Japanese do it better



Chimala Monroe Jeans

Further to my jeans post, I tried the 701s. Oh dear oh dear, what was I thinking? Great if you’re 7 feet tall, fugeddaboudit otherwise! The denim was nice though.

On the white 501s front, I bought a pair of the 501 cropped from Next of all places (first thing I’ve ever bought from Next I think!), because they had my size and they do click and collect. I have to say, the shopping experience was smooth and painless. The jeans are OK, not particularly cropped but I’ll just turn them up like I do my other ones. These have 1% stretch, which is fine, but I wish they were 100% cotton. Call me old fashioned but to me, denim isn’t real denim when it has stretch.

Which brings me to Chimala, which is a brand I just learnt about via the Tiina the Store newsletter. I just love these Chimala ‘Monroe cut’ jeans (above) and this unisex jacket (below). An authentic, ‘worn in’ look, good ankle crop and nice ‘small batch’ artisan sensibility (it’s Japanese of course).

They’re not cheap, but these jeans won’t date so I think are worth it if you’re going to be wearing them in five years. Anyone tried them? And what jeans are y’all wearing?

Chimala unisex denim jacket
Chimala Wide Tapered Cut Jeans

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The Drg Style Index: Fred Perry X Margaret Howell, Sophie Hulme, La Bouche Rouge, Louis Vuitton and more…



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

PERFECT PAIRING: FRED PERRY X MARGARET HOWELL
Fred Perry Margaret Howell collaboration

I first saw this collab on the SS19 runway back in September. Margaret Howell rummaged through the Fred Perry archive and took inspiration from early tennis sportswear, including the OG Fred Perry polo shirt for this men’s and women’s capsule collection. (more…)



Positive beauty: Christy Turlington in Vogue Mexico



Christy Turlington Vogue Mexico

This pic of Christy Turlington practically broke my Instagram feed. I’m not sure if it’s the *actual* Vogue Mexico cover or not, but I love the depiction of a (seemingly unretouched) frowny Christy in a high end fashion shoot. (more…)