Time for another one of this week's retro-lovin' fashion folks who I unearthed on Instagram, We travel up to Vermont -- via the interwebs of course -- to find Eric Hauser. He and his wife Jen LiMarzi live in Winsooki, and together they run an online vintage eyewear shop.
Q. If you could build a time machine, where would you go?
A. Itís a toss-up between early 1950s New York City and early-mid 1960s London (as long as I didn't run into Austin Powers). The 1950s in NYC seem like a really interesting time Ė post-WW II prosperity and enthusiasm, and men still wore hats everywhere before JFK put a stop to that in the early 60s. 1960s London would have the birth of the mod movement, and all its attendant music and clothes. Both periods are attractive in a nostalgic way, but I actually really do like living in 2013.
Q. Favorite retro possession?
A. I recently found a 1973 Raleigh Sports bicycle on Craigslist for $50. I did some research based on the serial number and found that it was made in England in 1973. It's a great piece of history to own and use, and it's still going strong. An all steel-framed bicycle, it's certainly not light nor does it stop on a dime, but it's great fun to ride, and has got great style. In nicer weather I use it to commute to work, and am looking forward to riding it in Burlington's Tweed Ride next fall.
Q. Whatís the last vinyl album you listened to?
A. This is going to sound ridiculous, but it was a V-Disc 78 RPM that I played on my wind up Victrola. "Out of This World" and "Goosey Gander" by Woody Herman and His Orchestra. I've been on a real 1940s/Big Band kick lately.
Q. Does your home look like the set of Mad Men?
A. Hah! Well, not quite, but not for lack of trying. While we adore all those time capsule atomic ranch homes but there, we are not heavy DIY-ers. We moved to Vermont from Queens NYC in 2009 and decided that a condo in a building was more our speed, rather than a 60-plus-year-old home. So we've done our best to furnish and decorate our apartment much in the mid-century style. We've found a lot of great pieces - including a Lane cedar chest, a 1960s chair - at a wonderful Burlington shop called Anjou and the Little Pear. We also comb eBay for other odds and ends. We were lucky enough to have our home featured in Apartment Therapy in 2011.
Q. What are you serving at cocktail hour?
A. Lately, itís been the White Lady:
2 parts gin
1 part Cointreau
1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with lemon garnish. It's very refreshing!
However, a couple weeks ago when temps dipped below zero here in Vermont, I couldn't resist the urge to make a tiki drink served in an actual carved out pineapple.
Q. Youíre looking for a new tie, where do you shop.
I wear a tie to work almost every day (making me probably the only man in Vermont with neckwear on) so my collection has grown. I donít often buy new ties, preferring to pick up vintage ties on the cheap via thrift and vintage shops, but when I am looking for a new tie (or when my lovely wife wants a gift suggestion), I always look to the fine gents at New York Cityís Fine and Dandy Shop. They have a great selection of vintage-inspired ties, and they are made in the USA.
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