Pengallan celebrates men of daring and those who seek self-discovery through risk-taking and pushing the limit of one’s known capacity. You never really know who you are until you are put into a situation of life or death, when there is nothing left but you and your decision to live. Many of us never have to make these choices, in fact, most of us spend a lifetime seeking to avoid such situation. Deep wreck scuba diving his a recreational sport so dangerous that death on a dive is not uncommon. Shadow Divers is the true adventure of two deep wreck divers who risked everything to solve the mystery of a World War II German U-Boat sunk off the coast of New Jersey that wasn’t supposed to exist. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.
This Mother’s Day Pengallan pays tribute to some strong Mothers throughout history, who did whatever it took to make sure their son[s] were successful. Thanks, Mom.
Olympias of Macedonia & Alexander The Great. Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders of all time, securing an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Himalayan Mountains. He seems to have inherited much of his moxie from mom. Some historians believe that Olympias aided and/or masterminded the assassination of her husband, Philip of Macedon, so that her son could assume the throne.
Mary of Nazareth & Jesus Christ. She not only birthed a man-god, but Mary also did it while remaining a virgin, establishing a precedent that no woman has been able to live up to since.
Maria Theresa of Austria. The only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions (consisting of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma) and the last of the House of Habsburg, Maria Theresa ruled for 40 years and had sixteen children, including Queen Marie Antoinette of France, Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, Duchess Maria Amalia of Parma and two Holy Roman Emperors, Joseph II and Leopold II.
Ma Barker & The Barker-Karpis Gang. Kate “Ma” Barker, was the mother of five boys: Herman, Lloyd, Arthur, Fred and Willmer. Their Barker-Karpis Gang committed a spree of robberies, kidnappings, murders, and other crimes between 1931 and 1935. While it has been determined that Ma was not the criminal leader or mastermind, she certainly knew of the gang’s activities, and even helped them before and after they committed their crimes. Ma Barker and her son Fred were killed in 1935 after an intense hours-long shootout with the FBI. According to the FBI, a Tommy gun was found lying in the hands of Ma Barker.
Rose Kennedy & Her American Political Dynasty. The wife of bootlegger cum businessman, Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy, Sr., Rose was the mother of nine children and a modern political dynasty. Counted amongst her progeny were a U.S. President, John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, and three U.S. Senators, John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy – he was a Senator before he was elected President, Senator Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy, and Senator Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy.
To aid you in your Derby Day preparations, Pengallan & The Bar Tender’s Guide: How To Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, by Jerry Thomas (first published in 1862) have provided you with a classic recipe for that quintessential Kentucky Derby cocktail – The Mint Julep:
THE CLASSIC MINT JULEP (Use a Large Bar Glass):
- 1 tablespoon of white pulverized sugar.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of water (mix well with a spoon)
- Take 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh mint, and press them well into the sugar water, until the flavor of the mint is extracted
- Add 1 1/2 wine-glass of Cognac brandy;
- Fill the glass with fine shaved ice, then draw out the sprigs of mint and insert them in the ice with the stems downward, so that the leaves will be above, in the shape of a bouquet.
- Arrange berries and small pieces of sliced orange on top in a tasty manner
- Dash with Jamaica rum, and sprinkle white sugar on top
- Place straw as represented in the picture, and you’ll have a julep that is fit for an emperor!
This Saturday, May 4th, the famed Churchill Downs will hold the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first, and probably best dressed, race of the Triple Crown. As with other special occasions in the past (St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunday), Pengallan has put together an outfit to help you prepare for attendance on the field, or whatever Derby party you may find yourself at.
A classic coffee colored seersucker suit from Italian artisans Eredi Pisano, paired with some spring pink, and the beautiful crafted grey-white seersucker slim-fit boxers from Pengallan!
Beautiful two-tone white and tan leather wingtips help finish out the southern charm of the ensemble.
The bow tie is a great festive old-fashioned summertime look, and we untied the bow, just so you didn’t think we were rocking the clip-on. Need to learn how to tie a bow tie? Click on the image below.
And to top it off, find yourself a nice straw hat to keep you cool, and the sun out of your eyes on race day!
On this day in 1859, Businessman and Philanthropist Peter Cooper established Cooper Union, with the goal of educating regardless of race, gender, or religion. You may remember Peter from your grade school social studies classes as the designer and builder of the first steam locomotive, or perhaps from the Hasbro board game, Monopoly (he founded the real B&O Railroad). However, for most New Yorkers, the living legacy of the Cooper Union is his greatest shining achievement, only slightly dimmed by Tuesday’s announcement that for the first time in over a century the school must charge tuition to undergraduates. A first rate education for future students that we are all as subject to the laws of economics as we are to those of gravity.
Click on the Image below and get a free education on the care and craftsmanship we put into each pair of Pengallan Slim-Fit Boxers, regardless of color!
Pengallan and Passport Magazine hosted an after-work poolside event in Midtown last Wednesday to help jump-start the spring season. At the Spring Splash, patrons got a chance to see Pengallan Slim-Fit Boxers in action on some guys who clearly didn’t need a preseason workout to be ready for the pool!
When we launched last fall, one of the questions we were asked was: does anyone still wear boxers? Well, WWD (Women’ Wear Daily) the daily fashion bible just provided a definitive answered to that question – and it is an emphatic YES. Despite steady pressure from the excess of briefs and manties (e.g. man panties), boxer shorts continue their reign as the classic undergarment for the discerning gentleman who desires a little mobility.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Will Rogers expanded on that concept with his quip, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Pengallan states, “If the government is going to take the shirt off your back, or pants off your ass, as the case may be, make sure you’re wearing something nice underneath!”
This is the second installment in a series of posts we are doing about things the Pengallan man owns/likes/covets. Our first post was about the value of a smoke on a good pipe. Another item we think a man should always have on him, is a decent pocket knife. From skinning your apple, to cutting tags and loose treads and scraping gum off your shoe, a pocket knife can prove invaluable on a daily basis. Not to mention the potentially life saving applications should you ever find yourself in a situation that requires quick egress from a jammed seat-belt or the line on your belyaing rope.
The Laguiole pocket knife has been the choice of Spanish and French shepherds and soldiers for generations. Ours is more traditional, with the polished cattle horn handle, handmade by artisan R. David. Click on the images below for a great video on the handcrafted construction process.
Polished Cattle Horn Handle . . .
Handcrafted . . .
Spyderco knives are a favorite among outdoorsman and military personnel worldwide. Known for their ruggedness and a unique feature that allows you to open the blade with one hand.
Ours is the classic Delica4. The fiberglass reinforced nylon handles come molded with bi-directional texturing for preferred traction and improved ergonomics. Inside the handle dual skeletonized stainless steel liners make the knife stronger without adding weight and make an anchor for all external and internal components to attach through adding sturdiness and rigidity. Bad ass.
The large hole at the top of the blade allows for one-handed opening. A distinct advantage in climbing and one handed knife fights (à la Michael Jackson and the “Beat It” video).
Can’t fit either of those knives into your slim-fit jeans? Fear not, there is always the trusted Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Serving the Swiss Army and Boy Scouts everywhere.
Speaking of looking sharp and slim-fit . . . ooh the steely sharpness of the Charcoal Solid Pengallan Slim-Fit Boxers!
Tired of a Spring that never seems to come? Screw it. Hop a bird down to Rio and in the words of Brazillian rap pioneer, Marcelo D2: “Deixa, deixa, deixa” Or em Inglês: “Leave, leave, leave . . .”
You can skip the lengthy intro (go to 1:40), just don’t skip the song. It will make you bounce at your desk.
Our friends at MoreAboutNow, posted this video echoing RIo-rganzing your priorities: