So writes Joseph Abboud, who fell in love with style at five. There in the dark of the movie house, he wasn't just some Lebanese kid with a babysitter. He was the hero, in tweeds and pocket squares. That's where he learned that clothes represented a better life—a life he wanted, and would grab, for himself. From his blue-collar childhood in Boston's South End to his spread-collar success as one of America's top designers, he has forged a remarkable path through the unglamorous business of making people look glamorous.
He transformed American menswear by replacing the traditional stiff-shouldered silhouette with a grown-up European sensuality. He was the first designer to win the coveted CFDA award as Best Menswear Designer two years in a row and the first designer to throw out the opening pitch at Fenway Park. He's been jilted by Naomi Campbell (who didn't show up on the runway for his first women's fashion show) and questioned by the FBI (who did show up in his office right after September 11 because he fit the profile). He's soared and sunk more than a few times—and lived to tell the tales.
Threads is his off-the-record take on fashion, from the inside out. With breezy irreverence, he looks at guys and taste, divas and deviousness, fabric and texture, and all those ties. He takes us to the luxe bastion of Louis Boston, where he came of age and learned the trade, and to the seductive domain of Polo Ralph Lauren, where he became associate director of menswear design. He reveals the mystique of department-store politics, what's what at the sample sale, and who copies whom. He explains the process of making great clothes, from conception and sketch to manufacturing and marketing.
Whether he's traveling by daredevil horse, plunging plane, Paris Métro, or cross-country limo, Abboud is an illuminating guide to a complex world.
"Ed Hardy" is emblazoned on everything from t-shirts and hats to perfumes and energy drinks. From LA to Japan, his colorful cross-and-bones designs and ribbon-banners have become internationally ubiquitous. But long before the fashion world discovered his iconic designs, the man behind the eponymous brand spearheaded nothing less than a cultural revolution.
In Wear Your Dreams, Ed Hardy recounts his genesis as a tattoo artist and leader in the movement to recognize tattooing as a valid and rich art form, through to the ultimate transformation of his career into a multi-billion dollar branding empire. From giving colored pencil tattoos to neighborhood kids at age ten to working with legendary artists like Sailor Jerry to learning at the feet of the masters in Japan, the book explains how this Godfather of Tattoos fomented the explosion of tattoo art and how his influence can be witnessed on everyone, from countless celebs to ink-adorned rockers to butterfly-branded, stroller-pushing moms. With over fifty different product categories, the Ed Hardy brand generates over $700 million in retail sales annually.
Vividly packaged with original Ed Hardy artwork and ideal for ink devotees and Ed Hardy aficionados alike, Wear Your Dreams is a never-before-seen look at the tattoo artist who rocked the art world and has left a permanent mark on fashion history.
June Mickle: One Woman's Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada is the inspiring memoir of an unconventional life fully lived. It is the story of people coping with family struggles, living among the splendour of a mountain landscape, and carving out an existence that held both tremendous hardships and enduring rewards.
Today, he is prominent in his field, as chairman of RSP Architects Planners and Engineers (Pte) Ltd. His life began 80 years ago, in a humble medical clinic in Neil Road, Singapore. In the years between, he has achieved success in business based on hard work and high aspirations. Albert Hong and RSP have grown as Singapore has grown, overcoming many of the challenges associated with a young, fast-developing nation.
Albert Hong's early years were overshadowed by war and occupation. But he proved that adversity can be a springboard for achievement. His mother saved enough to finance his education at the prestigious Raffles Institution, and then further education in the UK, where he trained as an architect.
In 1964 Albert Hong joined Raglan Squire & Partners as an associate. He established himself in a profession previously dominated by expatriates, fought established notions of what an architectural practice could do, and demonstrated the value of an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the next 50 years, he transformed the firm. RSP has become one of the biggest, most successful and most respected architectural firms in Southeast Asia.
Among his particular achievements is to establish the firm outside Singapore. Notably, he decided to enter the India market, in defiance of conventional wisdom and the advice of most of his colleagues. Events have proved him right. For RSP, India is a huge success story.
For Dr Hong, success brings obligations. He has donated time and wise counsel to numerous public bodies. Like Singapore, he believes that every individual deserves a chance to realise his or her talents and abilities. Among many charitable contributions, he has always given generous support to educational institutions and deserving individuals.
This is a very human success story, likely to inspire readers planning their careers. It is sure to interest all those interested in the physical development of Singapore, and the contributions of architects, planners, financiers, developers and other professionals.Contents:From War to PeaceAn Overseas EducationMy First Jobs in SingaporeWith Raglan Squire: The Early YearsServing the Profession and the PublicRaglan Squire and PartnersRSP Architects Planners & EngineersVenturing OverseasA New EraServing SocietyReflections
The first part of Simon's autobiography takes the reader through his childhood, his years as a midshipman and then as an officer in the Navy, plus a stint in the Marines, and his experiences as a copywriter in an advertising firm. Simon's plan after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago was to be an entrepreneur, which would afford him enough money to care for his parents and allow him free time for writing fiction. He ran a small mail-order business for two years, during which time he wrote his first book, "How to Start and Operate a Mailorder Business, "which has since gone through seven editions. Deciding to seek a professional career, in 1963, he accepted a position at the University of Illinois.
Although he spent thirty-five years of his life as a faculty member at three universities, his autobiography contains almost no discussion of departmental affairs or university politics, topics about which Simon had little or no interest. Rather, after the personal chronology and experiences, the book includes substantive chapters on research methods, population economics, and immigration. It also explains how Julian Simon became the economist he was. He analyzes crucial periods in his life when he developed his ideas on fundamental issues.
Written in an engaging and amusing manner, Julian Simon's autobiography is a combination of personal memoir and professional contribution to important ideas in economics, research methods, and demography. His observations and personal reflections will interest the general reader on a humanitarian level as well as environmentalists, sociologists, and economists on a professional level.