Winter Blues, Meet Cobalt Blue

It’s getting darker earlier.  Brisk winds are here.  Of course, this means that bundling up is just around the corner! Even the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is almost done. The twilight of fashion, dominated by all the darkest and most somber hues in our closets?  Hardly! We are still excited for fashion because color is always “in.” A burst of the brightest shades have been present from runway shows to display windows, and, most definitely, on the stylish streets of New York. Color is everywhere you look: bright reds in McQueen’s runway show, Burberry Prorsum brought out the whole crayon box, Dolce & Gabbana was also Molto Vivaci (think of making a statement in bright, unconventional dinner jackets), and Moschino and Moncler showed us some radiating new blues and yellows.

You may ask, “what is the fuss with all this brightness right now?” We don’t know, and we don’t care! We love the positive energy and cheerfulness it brings with it, especially in these grey, cold months ahead. So don’t be shy, put it all out there and have some fun. It does not matter where you put some color.  On your socks, on your tie, in your sweater vest, your bow tie, your suspenders, your jacket.  Anywhere! This trend is sure to help us fight the winter blues.

From our showroom, the top picks: Cobalt blue 100% Khan Cashmere and Checked Merino Cashmere cloths.

Our favorite indeed from all this rage of color has to be all the appearances of cobalt blue. We have a tremendous soft spot for its natural coolness and sophistication, not to mention its fascinating history: Cobalt blue is a cool, slightly desaturated blue color, historically made using cobalt salts of alumina. Cobalt blue in impure form had long been in use in Chinese porcelain, but was independently discovered as a pigment by Louis Jacques Thenard in 1802. Commercial production began in France in 1807. The first recorded use of cobalt blue as a color name in English was in 1777.

So, come on by to one of our showrooms and pick out a source of cobalt blue for your wardrobe. Just make sure it’s not the cobalt blue tarantula!

Haplopelma lividum. Please don't try to wear one.

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