December 31, 2010, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Culinary


This is my favorite champagne occasion cocktail, but I lifted that notion from Mike- based on it’s own merits, of course.  The original recipe comes from legendary bon vivant Charles Baker’s ‘The Gentleman’s Companion’, a sort of cub scout manual full of florid anecdotes of skull splitting drinks in exotic locales.  Baker included it under “FIVE DELICIOUS CHAMPAGNE OPPORTUNITIES, which are not to be ignored.”  Exactly.

The original recipe goes like this:
“Fill a big 16 oz thin crystal goblet with finely cracked ice.  In the diametrical center of this frosty mass went a lump of sugar well saturated with Angostura [bitters], then 2 jiggers of good French cognac, then fill the glass with chilled champagne, finally floating on very carefully 2 TB of genuine green chartreuse- no pineapple, no mint sprig, no cherry garnish.”

Seeing as his starts on a base of 3 oz of cognac, and assuming you don’t have a death wish, I am adapting it for modern usage by roughly splitting the recipe.

The Jimmy Roosevelt

Fill a glass with crushed ice.
Add one sugar cube soaked with 2 or 3 dashes Angostura Bitters (No cube: improvise)
Add 1.5 oz Cognac
Nearly fill glass with champagne
Float 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse

Voila! Enjoy.

December 31, 2010, 9:24 am
Filed under: Sale

Sale item of the day – Rachel Comey Second Husband Coat

This is a fantastic outerwear piece from Rachel Comey’s fall 2010 collection. The Second Husband Coat has an oversized (but still proportioned) shape and made from olive wool in the body and an alpaca/mohair blend on the sleeves to give it an incredible texture. The back has a small buttoned belt, and the interior is lined in a warm, plush faux fur. The low notch lapels and single button closure give this a timeless look.  Made in NYC.

$785 currently 30% off at $549.50 available in-store and online here

December 29, 2010, 9:36 am
Filed under: Inspiration

Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000 Exhibit – MFA Boston

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Richard Avedon exhibit currently being held at the MFA Boston. Avedon’s images of beautiful women in glamorous clothes and extraordinary settings revolutionized the fashion photography industry. Walking through the archives of his iconic work is a true and rare pleasure, I highly recommend taking an afternoon and visiting the MFA for this exhibit, which runs until January 17th. Below are a few pictures I took while there, enjoy!

Beautiful video shot by Chris Lavigne for us this autumn. Styled by one of our interns Corey Moran, highlighting many of the pieces in our fall buy. Wish it was still warm enough for light layering like this!
December 28, 2010, 9:35 am
Filed under: Behind The Scenes, Inspiration, video

Happy Holidays from all of us at Stel’s!
December 25, 2010, 11:34 am
Filed under: video

December 23, 2010, 10:01 am
Filed under: New Arrivals

Holiday Gift for Him – Flannels

The flannel shirt: comfortable, stylish, timeless. A quality flannel is that go-to item for any guy (especially in these brutal Boston winters). We picked out our top three flannels to keep you warm this season.

APC Flannel Overshirt

This is your traditional all-American flannel shirt. 100% flannel cotton in a classic red and blue. This was designed as an overshirt, perfect to layer over a Gitman Vintage Oxford or just a tee when it gets warmer.

$195 now $136.50 available here and in-store.

Robert Geller Flannel Shirt

A great flannel from Robert Geller’s highly acclaimed aw10 collection. As with all his pieces, this shirt has a slim fit and made with the highest quality. 100% yarn dyed flannel cotton makes this extremely comfortable and warm. The blue and black check make this a versatile piece that is perfect for the office or on weekend romps. Pair this with Geller’s 5 Pocket Skinny Jean. Made in Japan.

$295 now $206.50 available here and in-store.

V::room Wool Shirt

An incredibly soft and comfortable flannel from V::room is a must see. Featuring a unique color combination of black, red, bordeaux, blue, and charcoal allows this to be paired with virtually anything. 100% wool with a fantastic fit, nice and snug on the body with long, slim arms. Put this on underneath a V::room Shawl Collar Jacket and you’re the warmest (and most handsome) guy waiting for the subway. Made in Japan.

$365 now $255.50 available in-store.

December 22, 2010, 2:47 pm
Filed under: New Arrivals

Holiday Gift for Her – Dieppa Restrepo Shoes

Dieppa Restrepo shoes are classic and extremely versatile. Based in NYC, they draw inspiration from classic gentleman’s footwear. Below are the two models we carry for women in our shop.

Dieppa Restrepo Cali Oxford

The classic Cali Oxford in a beautiful metallic oxford. Clean, simple design that Dieppa Restrepo is known for. 100% leather with leather sole, and short wood heel. Super comfy oxford that goes with everything! Runs true to size.

$250 available here and in-store

Dieppa Restrepo Jericho Bootie

The Jericho Bootie features a 100% leather upper and sole, with a short wood heel. This low ankle boot has an adjustable monk strap with silver buckle. So comfortable you’ll never want to take them off! Runs true to size.

$365 available here and in-store.