Caught in a glittering Webb

Meet the author of Assouline’s latest, view an exclusive selection of  David Webb jewelry.

High wattage, all-in, American glam, as perfected by the jet-set, lunch at La Cote Basque crowd of the 60’s and 70’s, comes to Grigg Street this weekend.

With a client list that included notables from Jackie O, to Wallis Simpson, and a roll call of Social Register regulars, Gloria Vanderbilt, Doris Duke and Mrs Paul Mellon among them, David Webb reigned as the era’s jeweler of record.



His stunning work gets the Assouline treatment with the publication of David Webb – The Qunitessential American Jeweler. Marking the company’s 65th anniversary, the volume is filled with gorgeous photography commissioned to document some 300 pieces of Webb’s work.


Join Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry and Diane’s Books as they welcome author Ruth Peltason to a book signing this Saturday, September 28th from noon to three.



Rest assured Mr. Teakle has seen to it to fill a vitrine or two with key Webb pieces, on loan for your consideration.  This carved coral, diamond accented number caught our eye, looking forward to seeing Webb through Simon’s.


David Webb – The Quintessential American Jeweler

Book signing and exhibition – Saturday, September 28 – 12:00 to 3:00 

Simon Teakle, 4 Grigg Street, Greenwich CT





All Sewn Up

With a “September Issue” worthy collaboration catching the attention of Vogue’s editorial staff, a striking collection developed for Holland & Sherry’s chic NoLita showroom/shop and the relaunch of her Julia B. Couture Linens website Julia Berger is hitting all the right notes.

Bernard Maisner by Julia B.

Bernard Maisner’s otherworldly calligraphy and bespoke stationary has won him an enviable list of clients peppered with “Bright Young Things” and media darlings.


Maisner’s work shares an obvious affinity for the exquisite craftsmanship and lavish detailing of Berger’s linen’s.

Bernard Maisner by Julia B. Elephant napkin in red

The results of their fruitful collaboration are simply stunning.  Mainer’s beloved elephant motif transformed.  The meticulous hand-embroidery is executed in Madagascar by Julia B’s artisans.  These regal table toppers are featured in September’s Vogue.

Bernard Maisner by Julia B. Flourish Boudoir Sham in silver metallic on white cotton percale copy

We were taken by the lavish understatement of this boudoir pillow, the silvery sheen of its embroidery seemingly drawn by hand.

Bernard Maisner by Julia B. Monogrammed Table Linens

Maisner’s strikingly modern take on traditional typography and the vivd colorations for which Julia B is renowned combine in in this covetable trousseau that nobody will mistake for your grandmother’s linens.

Holland & Sherry Bespoke by Julia B.

When wandering Elizabeth Street this Fall be sure not miss the beguiling Holland & Sherry Bespoke showroom, and it’s selection of polished chic table linens by Julia B.


The collection’s cocktail napkins are destined for drinks parties on both sides of the pond.  We covet the steely grey martinis set.


This group embellished with flapping signal flags seem purpose built for bloodies in Belle Haven, or as the perfect gift for your hostess in Bridgehampton.

Julia B. Online

There is much more, explore the world of Julia B. Couture Lines on line.  The monogramming section is not to be missed.  Tell them The Scout Guide (TSG) sent you.


Keeping it Private

Sandra Morgan  is treating her best clients, designers and collectors to a private mid summer sale: The Scout Guide has your “in”.


Starting today, find an exclusive selection of furnishings, accessories, and more at savings of up to 50%. From pillows to porcelains the group is sure to move, head in early to find the best selection.  Tell them Scout sent you.


SM Home  – 70 Arch Street, Greenwich CT 06830 – 203.629.8121




Seaside Sunday

Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center

2013 Season runs June 23 to September 2

With the last few days as glorious evidence, we are happy to note that summer has officially arrived.  Welcome the season with a visit to the opening day of the 2013 season at the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center at Innis Arden Cottage in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich CT.  innis arden

This Sunday, join the Bruce, and the Greenwich Shellfish Commission for a free, interactive program “Experience the Sound”.  The first in a series of programs scheduled throughout the season, for more information contact Peter Linderoth.

sea kids

These family friendly events, like all the programs at the Innis Arden Center focus on the marine life, eco-systems and environmental issues of Long Island Sound.  What better way to make a day at the beach special.


Admission to the center is free.  Beach passes are required for access to Greenwich Point, use the link below for permit application and additional information.






B.Draddy – Golf Garb for Gents


An introduction to the Draddy family of Rye, NY marks one as new to the area with a precision that would isolate clans of less good will, quick wit and thoughtfulness.  To introduce you to one of their own, Billy Draddy, is a rare pleasure.

To do so as he launches B.Draddy, an instantly classic, effortlessly dapper mens line approaches scratch handicap levels of good fortune.  The fathers day spin: gilding on the lilly.


We caught up with Billy by phone from the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club, near Philadelphia.  Home of the wicker pin marker, it does not get more old school, classic game than Merion, a 19th century offshoot of the nearby cricket club of the same name.


Merion Golf Club  founded 1896, was designed by club member Hugh Wilson, with no prior course design experience.

“Merion is singular. Designed when there was nothing like the professional course architect”

Billy’s reply when asked if he had ever played Merion is filled with an abiding respect for the game of golf and the sort of mastery of it’s rich history that comes from a lifetime spent on courses far and wide.


The 17th hole at Merion’s East Course 

The very ease with which he speaks of golf in general marks Billy, in our minds, as the kind of accomplished player who would never consider alluding to his own strong skills on the course.  All of this is to be expected of one raised on the game at Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck NY.  We asked Billy what makes this place special to him.

winged foot

“there are books written about the trees at winged foot, they are what defines it”


Winged Foot is home to 36 of the finest holes in golf, it’s most iconic clubhouse, and three generations of Draddy golfers.

We asked Billy if there were any memorable rounds played with his father Bill: shots made by Dad or advice on the game that he recalls.  He paused briefly and spoke not of greens or fairways, but rather of time well spent.

“18 holes makes conversation happen, we found the time we needed to talk, and listen.”

Wondering about his opinion on courses is Connecticut we asked Billy where he  most liked to play in the area.  He was quick with a reply, calling out The Country Club of Fairfield, Southport CT and it’s Seth Raynor designed links style course.


Set along Long Island Sound, Draddy noted that the open vistas and proximity to water there are unique.  Especially, he added, when compared to the wooded terrain of other renowned courses in the area like Stanwich or Round Hill.


Billy’s career seems to have evolved as an extension of the game of golf.  He has held important positions with what is best described as all the right brands: Timerberland, Joesph Abboud, Hickey Freeman’s Bobby Jones, and Polo/Ralph Lauren Golf & Tennis.

Who better but a Draddy to design the perfect polo shirt and short to wear on the course, and everywhere else?


Sean, the stripe seen on the left is available in 5 color ways.  The Liam solid comes in 6 essential shades

To call this shirt soft is to do it a disservice.  It is without doubt the finest knit cotton we have ever had the pleasure to wear.  Billy has sourced a grade of Pima from Peru that puts previously respected Egyptian stuff to shame.  Smooth, and fine with a hand that is enhanced by what Draddy calls a “sea salt” wash.


The Greg polo comes in 7 color ways.  The scorecard inspired enclosure and DB monogram: pure genius.

The Greg polo is, hands down, our favorite.  The kind of go anywhere, wear with anything staple that one needs in quantity.  All three styles are cut to a fit that seems so right, yet is so hard to find.  Trim without being tight, and with an arm that will work as easily in Soho as Southport.

There are two styles of shorts due soon as well.  Ryan, a seersucker cut with horizontal stripes, and Finn a micro whale corduroy treated with Draddy’s signature wash.  Stay tuned for more, we are certain this line is one to watch.

The following, found printed on the back of the B.Draddy “scorecard” seen above, seems at once obvious and rare, hilarious and wise.  Not at all unlike its creator.

“Never take your sportcoat off unless you are ready to take off your pants too”

Well played indeed Billy.  Our thanks to you, and best to all the Draddys, at fathers day and always.

B.Draddy clothing may be found purchased online at






Simon Says Father’s Day


Well known for exceptional vintage jewelry, Simon Teakle also sources a range of distinctive objects perfect as Father’s Day gifts.  Simon welcomed me to the overstuffed sofa at the back of his Grigg Street shop recently to speak of all things paternal.



Born and raised in Lewes in Sussex, Simon is the middle child of three siblings.  His father practiced veterinary medicine, specialising in the care of thoroughbred racehorses.  Simon in turn is the proud father of five: Sophie 25, Humphrey 23, George 21, Daisy 20, and Lulu 11.  The expansive clan has enrolled a Teakle at Old Greenwich School continuously for the last 19 years.




Store the cigars used to herald  the family’s newest arrival in this wonderful humidor.  The brass and wood model box car has all the details, from hand painted markings to functioning wheels, a “toy” sure to be cherished by boys of all generations.

A wood and brass model “GWR” coal wagon humidor with a hinged “faux coal” cover, wooden walls and brass detail, 1930’s





Whether he made partner, managed an IPO, or forged new opportunity from recent challenges, toast his hard work and well deserved success.  This lucite sculpture is filled with pennies from 1971, close enough to heaven for government work.

Lucite cube sculpture cast with geometrically arranged pennies, circa 1970.




Gathering the entire brood?  This handsome marble, jasper and brass Cartier clock  calls for an assembly of siblings, grandchildren, aunts and uncles aplenty to toast the Pater Familias. 

Cartier Art Deco desk clock, the square marble dial with a jasper chapter ring, arabic numerals and bound “photo corner” motifs, circa 1935.




Picking a gift for Dad can be vexing, especially if he seemingly has it all.  He is certain learn how to mix something new using this silver cocktail shaker.  Rotate the integral rings to discover endless answers to the age old question, “what would you like to drink”?

An art deco silver plated cocktail shaker of plain cylindrical from with windows for assorted recipes, circa 1920.




Should your name be Rowen, and upon reading this post find you have nothing selected for your “dear old Dad”.  Rest assured that while this shagreen topped box is most choice, your smile and laughter are finer than any gift this father can conceive.

 A silver and shagreen table box of rectangular form with banded sides and a geometric inlaid shagreen cover, circa 1940.

With our best to Fathers everywhere.

Simon Teakle
4 Grigg Street, Greenwich CT