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

torn label -Schwartz & Benjamin

Bebe Schwartz and Ben Schwartz 1972

Ben Schwartz with daughter Bebe

Ben Benjamin 1972

Ben Benjamin (Left)

The Back Story


Labor Day, Saying Goodbye To Summer.

September 4, 2017 § 1 Comment

For most of us Labor Day marks the end of Summer, the beginning of the school year and a time to get together with our family and friends, but for some it’s the last day you can wear white.  Raised in casual Florida I never understood when my Southern friends would start wearing their white pants in May and then put them away after Labor Day.  I love the look and there’s no hard and fast rule anymore. White clothes tend to be made of lighter fabrics so it just makes sense that we wouldn’t wear them in the Winter, unless of course you’re some place warm.


Designer Resale, Window Display, Madison Avenue.

July 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

Encore Designer.

Designer Duds for Less

Black Fringe Sandals.

July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment


Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between|At The Met through September 4th, 2017.

May 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Some Love At H&M.

March 4, 2017 § Leave a comment


The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, A Good Match.

February 25, 2017 § 1 Comment

dsc_3902Diane von Furstenberg

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 – 2017)

January 26, 2017 § 1 Comment



January 23, 2017 § 2 Comments

These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…

When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

These are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.

What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.

There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

Happy Boxing Day!

December 26, 2016 § 1 Comment

Boxing Day has a very special significance for me.  It’s the birthday of my Grandfather, Ben Benjamin, my motivation behind my blog. Enjoy your day!

Women Boxing On A Roof 1938.

Women Boxing On A Roof 1938.



Ben Benjamin.

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