To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding
two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no
one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town;
one where I would have my wife and children and be
monogamous and love them truly well and the other where I
would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors.
- Ernest Hemingway, a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald,
July 1, 1925
The longer you live the more you realize how valuable a seasoned guide can be; someone who’s been around the block, someone a little older with some scars and if you’re lucky, a little scandal thrown in to keep things interesting. I felt this way when considering a clothing line that would find inspiration from the men of our past. We stand on the shoulders of the men who have gone before us, and I knew I needed help. Like I said, he needed to be someone older, maybe even men from a different time.
I didn’t look for a perfect man because that’s the illusion New York fashion is built on. No, I wanted flesh and blood men who’d suffered destruction but never defeat. Men who knew the weight of criticism but shouldered it with grit and determination. Their stories weren’t always pretty but since when did that become the goal for a man’s life? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Here they are in no particular order, these five men embody the spirit of Buffalo Jackson.
Teddy Roosevelt - 1858-1919
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
Ernest Hemingway - 1899-1961
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
- Ernest Hemingway
Robert E Lee - 1807 - 1870
The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can for- get; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.
- Robert E Lee
Abraham Lincoln - 1809 - 1865
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln
John Muir - 1838 - 1914
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir