According to

Miuccia Prada

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”

According to

Gianni Versace

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”

According to

Alexander McQueen

“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

Tailored Inspiration: A Blog Post from Chez-Moustache

Here’s a blog post from chez-moustache.com

It turns out Jen and Cheryl were following Ignacio on Failure Club. Then by coincidence they met at the RISD Museum of Art’s Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion exhibit. So while Ignacio and I were working on our goals here in NY they were working hard in Providence embracing the rewards of failure as well.

Ignacio is looking forward to spending the weekend with them in Providence June 14 and 15 and hopes to see you there as well.

In the meantime if you are a fan of Failure Club – please share your stories with us anytime!!

Tailored Inspiration.

Dandy Dreams Come True

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It’s been a week since I was in Providence attending the stellar “Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion” exhibit at RISD’s Museum of Art. I’m still reeling from the sartorial splendor I witnessed both in the museum and on the streets of Providence.

I’m not sure what I want to take home the most: Andy Warhol’s paint splattered shoes or King George V’s suit. Though Andy Warhol’s silver wig might make the greatest statement on me.

The weekend far exceeded any expectations I had – though I have to admit I always try to temper them. But it was a WOW from Friday night at the Providence Library to Sunday afternoon watching the Tweed Ride wend through the streets of Providence. I had a ball.

And I learned so much – about tailoring from Kathryn Sargent, about one of my favorite fabrics – tweed – from Guy Hills, about shoes from Marika Verploegh Chasse and about all things splendid from Patrick McDonald. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I now have fodder for many many more blog posts in the future. But for now I’m focused on swapping my personal wardrobe from fall/winter to spring/summer and on re-merchandising my shop for the warm months to come. For now I hope you enjoy the tribute window I put up.

Artists/Rebels/Dandys I love them all!

If you love them too I encourage you to take a trip to Providence:

Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion

Now through August 18, 2013 at RISD’s Museum of Art, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903. Call 401-454-6500 for hours and directions.

And if you are based in Providence – I’ll be back in town on June 14-15.

At the invitation of Master Barber Cheryl Dumont and her partner Jen Dutra I’m setting up a QP & Monty Pop Up shop at:

Chez Moustache, 91 Hope Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Call 401-400-5500 for details and if you need a haircut or hot shave be sure to book an appointment with Cheryl and her team.

A Night at the Museum

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Ignacio has arrived – literally and figuratively – in Rhode Island. He’s in Providence to attend Artist/Rebel/Dandy Men of Fashion, a new exhibition opening tonight at the Rhode School of Design’s Museum of Art. 

Of course the exhibit is about a subject near and dear to his heart and central to our work here at QP & Monty: men’s fashion.

But it is more than just about fashion – though Artinfo did refer to it as a “must see fashion exhibit of 2013” – it is a celebration of men and their relationship with their clothes.

And for us it is even more – it is a celebration of Ignacio’s personal dandihood!

A little over a year ago we received a comment to this blog from the curators of the exhibit Kate Irvin and Laurie Anne Brewer asking if Ignacio would be interested in helping them with their project. Of course he was happy to offer any assistance, but he never dreamed it would mean that his image and one of his favorite vintage suits would be included in the exhibit.

So tonight is an exciting night; actually the whole day has been exciting.

It began when our friend and we believe – the world’s preeminent dandy – Patrick McDonald swung by this morning to pick Ignacio and his luggage up en route to Penn Station. They then travelled together via Amtrak en route to Providence where they arrived earlier this afternoon.

I’m sure they’ll meet up again in about an hour at the museum to see the exhibit in person. 

Ignacio is planning to wear a white dinner jacket and white vintage Stacy Adams shoes with his tux slacks. I’m sure the rest of the ensemble will be a sight to see, but I’ll have to wait to watch it all on twitter.

I’ll keep you posted!!

Kickstarting a Dream One Speakeasy at a Time

Ignacio at Red Rooster in Harlem with Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Thelma Golden of The Studio Museum

Ever since we launched our kickstarter campaign for Sartorial Pairings Ignacio has been the man about town!

Last Wednesday he decided to hit his old stomping ground of Harlem. In case you didn’t know Harlem is not just the birthplace of the jazz age it’s also the birthplace of our own Ignacio Quiles. He’s strayed from the neighborhood over the years to Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, but Harlem remains number one in his heart.

So of course when he decided to take a speakeasy tour of the city to get the word out about Sartorial Pairings he had to hit Ginny’s downstairs from Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant. And to his delight the chef was there. They’ve met before at our pop up in Chelsea Market and at the Manhattan Vintage Show, but this evening was special.

It’s dark and sultry and full of great vibes, great food, and great drinks as you can see in this almost old school photo of Ignacio with Chef Samuelsson and Thelma Golden Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum.

So if you are in NY Ignacio encourages you to stop by Red Rooster – you are sure to have a great time. In the meantime please go to kicstarter.com and search for Sartorial Pairings – we have 14 days left to raise about $24,000 – it’s time to kick this campaign into high gear.

Thanks for your help.!!