Archive for the ‘ Inspiration ’ Category

Wish List: Aviator Headphones

Listen up.  These aren’t your Grandfather’s headphones.  Unless he was a pilot in WWII.

Jay-Z/Roc Nation has partnered with Skullcandy to bring your the coolest aviators you’ll find.

You can pick these up online now, or at your local Apple store soon.


Wish List: Samba Lessons

You want to dance?  Dance in these.

The adidas Samba was first produced in 1950 to help footballers train on icy ground.  60 years later, its one of the shoes that the retailer (and footy trend setter) must be most proud of, and one of its best sellers with over 35 million worldwide.

The Samba is available for around $50.  Golazo.

Wish List: Rare Stones

This Holiday season, Fine Times is hoping to give you a severe case of the gets–some great ideas to add to your list or have someone stuff in your stocking.  Enjoy.

The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs promises rare, never before seen shots of the first ever bad boy rock band as they tour through the 1960’s.  And, for under $20, its a must order A S and A P.


The Finest: Influencers

Watch: INFLUENCERS from R+I creative on Vimeo.

Fine Arts: Aziz Ansari is one funny dude

Yes, you know who Aziz Ansari is.

Recently, Fine Times (plus one) had the chance to take in this human giant on his new tour.  One word: Aziz is ridiculous.

Want more of the skinny on the already-up-and-camer?

Check out this recent article in the New Yorker.

Respect: The man with no name

In 1964 Sergio Leone changed the shape of cinema when he cast Clint Eastwood, a relative unknown, in A Fistful of Dollars.

On a recent flight back from a business trip I delved into this piece of genius.  From the opening credits of this gem you are treated to beautifully simple designs.  White horse and rider.  Red bars.  White and yellow text.

Clint Eastwood’s iconic performance teaches you elements of cool that are unimaginable, even in the roughest parts of the old west.

“The crazy bell ringer was right.  There’s money to be made in a place like this.”  Says Eastwood, acknowledging the two dominate gangs of the township known for its violence.

Eastwood’s cool is best demonstrated in his calm, raspy voice, trademark brown poncho, quick draw and effortlessly delivered lines:

“My mistake… four coffins.”

“Shoot to kill you better hit the heart, Ramon.”

“When a man with a .45 meets a man with a rifle, its said the man with the pistol is a dead man.  Let’s see if that’s true.”

The dusty nature of the western isn’t exactly like flipping through J Crew’s latest rag.  Nonetheless, the man with no name gives us some personal style tips you won’t learn from a F/W collection:

  • Make friends with the guy that owns the watering hole.
  • If you’re going to wear a poncho, look damn good doing it.
  • Know who you’re dealing with – on both sides of town.
  • Draw the quickest.
  • Deliver a killer stare.

Wisdom from FDR

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt