“I don’t polish my shoes anymore. It’s become a kind of trend, but personally I no longer do it. Of course, I did it, for a long time, when I was young and I don’t regret it! But I think polishing is superficial. It means using an artificial technique to give some shine to something which does not shine spontaneously. Now I prefer to leave the matter to Time’s patina. Of course, I wax my shoes very regularly — after a few years they’ll shine like a pair of mirrors. But all this is a very personal matter and by no means a criterion of judgment.”—Source: For The Discerning Few - Interview with Dominique Lelys.
“Great men of style develop a sense of how to attune their appearance by learning what works for them, what they should avoid and what they could accentuate. It’s an act of self-creation, a coinage of one’s own minting. It’s no use trying to emulate someone else’s style and make it your own, but you should study others and incorporate. Propriety is one thing, and a certain sense of correctness is important. But it’s those individual details that make life interesting. Style comes from subtlety and from deepening the ordinary in life.”— Bruce Boyer (via putthison)