Monthly Archives: October 2011
Elegance in Automotive Fashion- It’s what you love!
is an outer wear overcoat usually made from lightweight material. Originally it was designed for wearing while cruising in convertible cars as well for protection from the cold when a car picks up speed.
Car coats may be confused with the pea coat, the trench coat, and the box coat but to make out a true car coat, look for these following distinguishing features:
- Simple A-line cut
- Flat front placket – P-L-A-C-K-E-T – with a single row of buttons and zippers that are usually hidden behind a think flap of material for protection from water and cold.
- Stand up collar
- Welt pockets that are deep and large to carry car keys and such.
- Falls at the knee or stops just above it
- Often worn with a protective scarf
- Designed with a wide sash
Today’s car coat is made from irresistible fabrics like wool, lambskin, twill, cow suede, cashmere, and leather among many other fabric choices. The car coat’s A-line and just-below-the-knee style has been adapted over time and has inspired megabuck fashion designers Calvin Klein, Paul Fredrick, Kenneth Cole, and the fashion house Burberry to include this as a staple in their fall and winter collection. (1)
Now new designers such as Remy Hou brings the look to a more modern transcendence. The new look in automotive fashion can be more refined and bespoke in design as well as comfortability and looks. Materials such as carbon fibre can also be utilized in fashion apparel as well as automoive accesories.
Automotive Fashion – A New Era In Design
Its what’s inside that’s the real beauty.
Cars have their own fashion with companies such as StarTech, who offer custom accessories for cars such as the Jaguar XJ or the Jeep Land Rover as well as others. Automobile manufacturers are more attentive to these details when producing mass production cars in effort to appeal to today’s market and their automotive fashion sensibility.
The concept began in Europe and with the release of the virgin (clear) carbon fibre body of the Koenigsegg CCXR Limited Edition, carbon fibre composite acccesories and styling interiors became even more popular for adding style, individuality and class to not only automobiles, but also laptop computers and xBox game units. The appeal is the look of the carbon fibre weave but also the need for more sustainability ; lightweight and durable.
(1) from HowToDoThings.com
New York City is Top Global Commercial Investment Market in 3Q, Enjoys 165% Activity Increase
With volatility returning to financial markets and uncertainty about the global economy widespread, investors are continuing their ‘flight-to-quality’ and are looking for safe opportunities in mature, regulated markets.
The ‘Winning in Growth Cities’ report identifies the largest and fastest-growing cities in terms of commercial real estate investment, the difference in pricing, as well as demand and activity within individual sectors. The report is based on estimates for the year to Q3 2011.
Blastolene inspired custom Triumph Mayflower on Ebay
This car may have started life as a 1953Triumph Mayflower, but after being heavily modified there aren’t many clues to the car’s humble English beginnings. These days it’s named Ruby and it doesn’t look like a humble Triumph, or really any other car we’ve ever seen.
At some point this West Coast custom found its way out to Iowa where it’s been sitting idle for several years. Now the car is listed on Ebay giving someone else a chance to own and enjoy this one of a kind custom.
According to the auction listing not only was this custom Triumph inspired by theBlastolene Brothers, it was partially constructed by them as well. The Blastolene Brothers aren’t actually related, but they are well known for creating unbelievably original and usually oversized custom cars that more often than not end up in Jay Leno’s massive garage.
$780 Prada Boots… Fur Real?
Retailers are trying to coax consumers out of hiding with a new gimmick this season.
Faux fur is rolling out at retailers at every level. You see it featured at high-end department stores such as Neiman Marcus to Liz Claiborne’s Juicy Couture [LIZ 5.00 -0.40 (-7.41%) ]to Jennifer Lopez’s line at Kohl’s [KSS 49.10 0.02 (+0.04%) ].
Even Prada [1913.HK 32.80 -2.60 (-7.33%) ] is getting in on the fad. The Italian fashion house is selling $780 Prada faux leather boots this season.
Wall Street Strategies Research Analyst Brian Sozzi said seeing Prada peddling synthetic fabric at a steep price goes against what a premium lifestyle brand should represent.
“To see this now spreading like a weed to the higher end is the reality of the economy and reality of inflation causing companies to engineer products in a new manner, ” said Sozzi. “Prada has to be thinking if it can pull off faux fur under the umbrella of its best in class luxury name, it’s a financial win-win.”
He surmises that Prada is trying to reduce its raw material costs and boost its social responsibility message at the same time.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) Shows Off Electric Bicycle
Motor Company (NYSE:F) has unveiled its electric bicycle (E-bike) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show for the first time.
The E-bike features a carbon fiber Giant SLR stem, Mavic Elipse wheels, Selle Italia SLR XC saddle and 9.3 amp-hour lithium-ion battery and is made from aluminum and carbon fiber.