Heavenly Bodies Part 1.

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

HEAVENLY BODIES, FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is by far one of the most beautiful exhibits I’ve experienced at The Met. It’s at 2 sites. The Fifth Avenue Museum and The Cloisters. I haven’t had a chance to visit the Cloisters yet, hence the Part 1. I’ll post back with photos from The Cloisters at a later date. I love how the fashion is blended with the artwork. The music is pretty fantastic too. If I had to choose a favorite piece it would have to be the black silk taffeta dress by Alexander Mcqueen. This is just a very small sampling.  Be sure to click on the videos to get more of a feel for the exhibit.

Alexander Mcqueen

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Versace

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Thinking Of Spring.

April 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

Prada

Source: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

 

 

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge | Awakening.

April 15, 2018 § 1 Comment

Morning Light.

Ben Benjamin, 1934 & Salvatore Ferragamo, 2015.

April 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

After a while I stopped patenting styles. It didn’t pay.   – Ben Benjamin


Salvatore Ferragamo

Lynn, Massachusetts | photos circa 1895.

March 9, 2018 § Leave a comment

 

A couple years before I got out, before we moved into New York City. We talked it over, Ben Schwartz & I, about starting a factory out of town instead of NY. See? It was getting impossible to lead the business there because of the unions and their demands.  Prices kept on going up higher, and new machinery was coming into place. So people out of town who made cheap shoes could make better shoes than what they were making with the new equipment. So we went. We went to Lynn, and Boston and St. Louis, Cincinnati. We went all around. When I came back we sat down and talked it over. I says Ben, after seeing all the towns, I think Lynn is the best place of the lot. A lot of the shoe factories have went out of business there. Not good shoemakers like we’ve got in New York, but they could be trained–taught to make better shoes. After I got out, Ben Schwartz did finally go to Lynn.  – Ben Benjamin

All photos courtesy of The Library of Congress

 

Partners.

February 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Ben Benjamin: “Cause while he met me he didn’t know anything about me, so uh he went and spoke to his old boss about me, and a few other people. His old boss says to him, he says if you two can get along, he says you can be the biggest men in this town in the shoe business. He says you (Ben Schwartz) in the selling end of it and Ben running the factory. He’s a good factory man, designer – but you’ve got to learn to live with one another, and we got a long fine – When I first told him I wanted to get out, he says no, he wouldn’t let me. Now in all those years, we never had a fight. We never had an argument.”

 

 

Shorty Boots.

January 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge | Weathered

January 12, 2018 § 2 Comments

Weathered

I took these photos last summer at Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport, Florida.

Lincoln Cemetery served as the main burial ground for St. Petersburg’s black population from the year it opened in 1926 and throughout the segregation era. Veterans as far back as the U.S. Civil War are buried here, as well as notable civic historical figures.  From years of neglect, the cemetery fell into deplorable condition.  The Lincoln Cemetery Society Inc. has been established to change that.  We hope you feel as compelled as we do to explore and preserve the cemetery’s rich history.

-lincolncemeterysociety.org

Underwater Christmas Tree At Weekiwachee Springs, December, 1948.

December 24, 2017 § 1 Comment

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Courtesy The Florida Memory Project Department of Commerce collection

Steve Madden Buys Schwartz and Benjamin.

December 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

For the record.

Steve Madden Snaps Up Schwartz & Benjamin  FN 1/30/17

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Bebe Schwartz and Ben Schwartz 1972

Ben Schwartz with daughter Bebe

Ben Benjamin 1972

Ben Benjamin (Left)

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