An Updated Classic

I’m definitely liking the direction new editor in chief Jay Fielden is taking with Town & Country. With a stylish new design and fonts with flair, reading has never been more aesthetically pleasing. And it’s always fun to see that although there’s been updating, I still feel on the same wavelength with their inspirational spirit. And that is how it should be for a venerable institution like T&C.  Starting at the beginning, I totally concurred with Fielden’s assessment of Steve Jobs in his Editor’s Letter and loved the reference to The Razor’s Edge, one of my favorite reads!

photograph by Mikael Colville-Andersen

I was then thrilled to see the mention of Mikael Colville-Andersen’s campaign for Velorbis bicycles. I had recently taken note of the fabulous Danish company when they joined Taigan, one of my go-to online destinations. I had already been drooling over their gorgeous bikes but I think this chic shot would entice just about anyone to become part of the global cycle movement!

Are you a Tintin fan? Well our household is and evidently so is Town & Country! Their Tintin for beginners is a perfect intro to the young Belgian reporter. My son #2 was so obsessed when little that I had to make the Covent Garden store a must-stop destination on my recent trip to London for the design festival. He’s so excited for the Spielberg movie so I picked him up a little something from the shop for the holidays – but shhh – it’s a surprise!

Spoiler alert!! If you take a look at the All Wrapped Up section in the T&C Gift Guide you just might get a little preview to one of our #Jingletweet countdown prizes – just saying! We’re starting at day 17 today on facebook and twitter. If you don’t follow along on the social media channels, #Jingletweet is a holiday “tweet up” I’m cohosting with friend Ridgely Brode and state of the art home technology firm Audiocom next month.

Town & Country December 2011 Mad for PlaidClearly T&C was reading my mind when they put together this charming shot. Tartan is majorly on my mind this holiday season. Few other patterns walk the line so successfully between fashion and decor in my book. And what better symbol of “kin and clan” is there to stylishly ring in the holiday season. I know I will be wearing my practically vintage Patricia Clyne long tartan skirt for Thanksgiving (from Barney’s when it was still downtown!!). It’s a traditional-with-a-twist piece that it always festive!

But I have a feeling we’re not quite done with tartan around here this season – or Town & Country for that matter! So stay tuned!


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17 Responses to An Updated Classic

  1. The issue is sitting on my bedside table. Hope to read it tonight!

  2. can’t wait to read. I have a full length tartan skirt {vintage, Pendleton}I like to pull out from time to time. Maybe for thanksgiving…

  3. How lovely! I love the range covered here from beloved children’s books to fashion and bikes! I wish it were easier to get town & Country here!

    xoxo,
    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  4. Carla Aston says:

    Looks like a must read. Jingletweet sounds interesting. I just might have to join Twitter!

  5. Jane says:

    Totally agree with the great job they are doing infusing some new life into this once favorite read. We all wondered what was going to happen when the “Editor Dance” from last spring took place. I think all the editorial changes were for the better. Might get my subscription renewed if this keeps up.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Stacey, I saw “Tintin”! It is already out here in France and I saw it in a huge IMAX theater in 3D. It was fantastic!! I loved it. And Remi, who was heavily influenced by Tintin and has all of the books, said that it remained very true to the spirit. Unlike “Avatar”, the film is far less about the amazing technology used than the story itself. I know it will be a big hit in your household!

  7. I’m thrilled to see tartan is back since I have several skirts in tartan pattern, I’m back in vogue!

  8. The bike shot is so chic!

  9. I do love that final shot too. And the reminds me that I need to introduce my family to Tintin since my brother was so into it years ago. I was so pleasantly surprised with all of the plaid and tartan that I saw in London. I love it when I have this stereotypical fashion image/expectation and then it holds true!

  10. My goodness I need to proofread more! And “it” reminds me…

  11. Stitchfork says:

    Love tartan, and surprises! Would be fun to take a spin on that bike too!
    xo Cathy

  12. I am so out of every loop, I knew nothing about a Tintin movie. I haven’t read T&C in ages, must give it another look. I bet your skirt is fantastic, a classic – colors?

  13. Clearly I need to revisit Town & Country! Thanks Stacey.

    Have a magnificent Thanksgiving.

    Cheers ~ Deb

  14. Like many others, this one is on the stack, your update may be as close as I get to accomplishing that!

    Have a splendid week!
    tp

  15. pretty pink tulips says:

    I have a chic little bike, but am loving those Danish ones! I just wish more people in my small town would ride their bikes, so I’d have some company on the road.

    And, tartan. Oh my!!! We are all channeling it. I’m co-hosting a small Mad for Plaid luncheon with a friend and I’m on the lookout for the perfect tartan skirt.

    So so sad to miss #jingletweet, but I promise to follow along after the kiddos go to bed!

  16. am definitely enjoying Town & Country more as well…
    and I for one, can’t get enough of tartans, especially for the Holidays..
    best,
    maureen

  17. designchic says:

    Oh, I completely agree…devoured every page…wonderful!!

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