Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay (born Rebecca Jane Pearch; 1959) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business. Her other notable film roles include Sara in Runaway Train (1985), Thelma in The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Helen McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991) and as nanny Peyton Flanders in 1992's The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
De Mornay was briefly engaged to singer Leonard Cohen. She co-produced Cohen's 1992 album The Future, which is also dedicated to her with an inscription that quotes Rebecca's coming to the well from the chapter 24, Book of Genesis and giving drink to Eliezer's camels, after he prayed for the help.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Paulino Uzcudun

Paulino Uzcudun Eizmendi (1899 –1985) was a Basque heavyweight boxer, who is considered to be the greatest heavyweight from Spain.
Uzkudun is the Basque spelling of his last name. He was the youngest of 9 siblings. In his youth, he became an aizkolari or traditional competitive Basque wood chopper. Uzcudun, known as Paulino in the United States, was the European heavyweight champion, and he fought heavyweight champions Joe Louis, Max Baer, Max Schmeling (three times) and Primo Carnera (twice) during his career.
Uzcudun was a very rugged boxer who fought out of a crouch. He had a powerful left hook and fought the toughest heavyweights of his time. The former butcher—nicknamed "the Basque woodchopper"—retired from boxing with a record of 50 wins (34 KOs), 17 losses and 3 draws.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Dorothy Sebastian

Dorothy Sebastian (1903 - 1957) was an American film and stage actress.
In her youth, she aspired to be a dancer and a film actress. Her family frowned on both ambitions, however, so she fled to New York at the age of 15. Upon her arrival in New York City, Sebastian's southern drawl was thick enough to "cut with a knife".
Before appearing in films, Sebastian performed in George White's Scandals. Her first contact in Hollywood was Robert Kane, who gave her a film test at United Studios. She co-starred with Joan Crawford and Anita Page in a popular series of MGM romantic dramas including Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). Sebastian also appeared in 1929's Spite Marriage, wherein she was cast opposite her then-lover Buster Keaton.
Dorothy Sebastian and Josephine Dunn fishing in California, 1928
By the mid-1930s, Sebastian was semi-retired from acting after marrying Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd. After their 1936 divorce, she returned to acting appearing in mostly bit parts. Her last onscreen appearance was in the 1948 film The Miracle of the Bells.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Marie-France Pisier

Marie-France Pisier (1944 –2011) was a French actress, screenwriter, and director. She appeared in numerous films of the French New Wave and twice earned the national César Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Pisier was born in Dalat, French Indochina, where her father was serving as colonial governor of French Indochina. Her younger brother, Gilles Pisier, is a mathematician and a member of the French Academy of Sciences. Her sister, Evelyne, was the first wife of Bernard Kouchner, a French politician and the co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières. The family moved to Paris when Marie-France was 12 years old.
The 66-year-old actress died on 24 April 2011. She was found dead in her swimming pool by her husband Funck-Brentano and is believed to have drowned The local mayor announced her death to the news media and President Nicolas Sarkozy made a public statement honouring “her supreme elegance born of the most perfect simplicity.”

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Al Fusco (#2)

More cartoons by J.C. Duffy, portraying boinero Al Duffy.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Al Fusco (#1)

J.C. Duffy is an American cartoonist. He made the "Go Fish" comic strip from October 8, 2002 to October 8, 2007, and currently creates "The Fusco Brothers." 
He also writes and draws cartoons that appear in The New Yorker and other magazines.
And best of all, a bit of reflection for us boineros

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan (1956) is a jazz musician who plays baritone saxophone. He studied at Hofstra University before working with Woody Herman. He leads a trio with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington.
Smulyan has played with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and its previous incarnation, the Mel Lewis Big Band. He has played with the Dave Holland Big Band and Octet, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and he has performed and recorded with Carla Bley's Big Band.
Smulyan's biggest influence is Pepper Adams. When Adams died, Smulyan recorded an album entitled Homage, which featured eight pieces composed by Adams. He has recorded for Criss Cross Jazz and Reservoir Records, including the critically acclaimed High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine, featuring arrangements by Mark Masters.
Smulyan has consistently been ranked best baritone saxophone player in the annual Down Beat magazine readers' and critics' polls.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This week: (French) Khaki Special

A colour special this week, or better, two colour specials. 
The Spanish word 'caqui' stands for a light shade of brown with a yellowish tinge. Khaki is an equal mix of sage and buff, a quinary color. Khaki has been used by many armies around the world for uniforms, including camouflage. Boinas Elósegui employs this colour for a large range of berets; from the Civil War replica Clásica, via the Hombres, Super Lujo's to the majestic Txapeldun. 
The colour 'French khaki' is a green shade, sitting between 'olive' and 'loden'; typically used in the (French) military for uniforms and vehicles. Boneteria Auloronesa is the manufacturer of the highest quality - most comfortable berets to be found in the world today.
On SPECIAL this week with discounts of at least 20% (as long as stock lasts).

Vintage French Photos

Ilse Bing, Paris 1952
More vintage photos from France by famous photographers; times when berets were omnipresent.
Vivian Maier, les Champsaurins
Jean Philippe Charbonnier
Robert Doisneau, Kids 1947
Jean Dieuzaide

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Very Last of the No-Nonsense, Classic Workers Berets

The last of the no-nonsense, Classic Workers Berets in 100% merino wool, lined and carrying the decades old labels Bortia and Chirola, especially reincarnated by Laulhère for South Pacific Berets (and not available anywhere else).
Quality 10p/28cm berets that should last you years, available in small numbers in a variety of colours well reduced in price @ only $35.00

Robert Doisneau (3)

Robert Doisneau, "Le travail du bois"
I have posted on French photographer Robert Doisneau regularly on The Beret Project (like here and here), but always "new" material comes up.
Robert Doisneau, "Le temps des bérets", Paris1936
Like these photos here that I had not known of before. 
Robert Doisneau, "Portrait d'artistes - Dany Saval", ca. 1960

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Le chocolat des Français

"Le chocolat des Français" is the story of three friends. 
Paul, Vincent and Matthieu have passion for the art of chocolate making and with their entrepreneurial spirit and their penchant for all things gourmand, turned this into a beautiful business: Le chocolat des Français!
The wrappers have to match the feeling of the brand. It's typically friends who share their positive, feel-good attitude that supply the designs and artwork. And yes, a good number show berets!

Vincent: We did a showcase at 'Sergeant Paper'. Over 100 artists were given bars of chocolate with a blank wrapper to illustrate. We sold over 500 bars of chocolate and all the proceeds went to the charity 'un enfant par la main' to fund the construction of a school.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Blaise Cendrars (3)

Blaise Cendrars by Irving Penn
I have published posts on French poet and novelist Blaise Cendrars before on The Beret Project (here and here), but some new found photos well justify another post. 
Salvador Reyes with Blaise Cendrars
Blaise Cendrars by Robert Doisneau
And a museum's exhibition announcement: