College Classics Get an Update & That Dale Carnegie Cyber Guide

Hello and happy Columbus Day to those commemorating the holiday with special events, functions or a day off.

We are brief, beginning with new takes on some old style favorites.

Smart Threads via

These snappy blazers are created by the good folks at Smart Threads, a young company committed to philanthropy. Here is a snippet from the firm’s “About Us” page:

“…for every $1 the company makes, 50% goes towards a charity in the form of a monetary donation which helps clothe people in need, or an investment into socially conscious projects.”

The jackets are made of fleece, they look more-than-comfy.

Smart Threads

Currently Smart Threads offers designs for the K State Wildcats, the University of Oregon and USC.  There are also shorts in matching colors and prints.


Next, the classic letter sweater as updated by Etiquette Vintage Designs.

Etiquette Vintage Designs

This new company upcycles vintage sweaters and blazers, above we see sweaters celebrating SMU and the Wisconsin Badgers. Below, Texas Tech and Harvard sweaters.

Etiquette Vintage Design

There are plenty of looks for men as well.

Etiquette Vintage Design

A few more styles.

Etiquette Vintage Design

The one of a kind sweaters and blazers are the brainchild of designer Eric Renteria, seen below in his own creations.

Eric Renteria

Mr. Renteria’s inspiration for the collection is explained in this story from the Amarillo Globe-News:

“I see a lot of what women are wearing, or men, and it’s very low-cut or short-shorts, and that’s not attractive to me,” he said.

“When I see a woman out wearing a gorgeous dress and not showing anything, or just her shoulder, that’s sexy,” he said. “I’d like to see more of that. Or guys taking the time not to go out with a baseball cap and just a T-shirt.”

The line is garnering some solid press.

Study Breaks Magazine

A tip of the hat to both young companies, starting a new enterprise in this climate takes courage and vision, we hope both are wildly successful.


Our other item today comes via this story that ran last Wednesday in The Times. It reviews two new editions of classic books, beginning with the Dale Carnegie standard:

Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” which turns 75 this year, has sold more than 30 million copies and continues to be a best seller. The book, a paean to integrity, good humor and warmth in the name of amicable capitalism, is as wholesome as a Norman Rockwell painting.

But it turns out we couldn’t leave well enough alone, nay-nay, the book had to be re-imagined and re-issued, now titled “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age,” Back to the review:

This new adaptation seems to have been composed using refrigerator magnets stamped with corporate lingo: “transactional proficiency,” “tangible interface,” “relational longevity,” “continuum of opportunities,” “interpersonal futility,” and “our faith persuasion.”

The following sentence, which appears on Page 80, is so inept that it may actually be an ancient curse and to read it more than three times aloud is to summon the cannibal undead: “Today’s biggest enemy of lasting influence is the sector of both personal and corporate musing that concerns itself with the art of creating impressions without consulting the science of need ascertainment.”

The writer of the piece, Dwight Garner, remembers his good manners when wrapping up his thoughts on the book:

Dale Carnegie, that master of graceful temperament, would not approve of kicking a book when it was down. So let me conclude with the good news. His original book, unmolested, can still be found on bookstore shelves. Life can go on as if this new one simply did not exist.

Amen to that sentiment.


As we move along our continuum of opportunities today, Dale Carnegie’s classic volume isn’t the only thing with a significant anniversary, Breakfast at Tiffany’s made its début fifty years ago.

Keystone Features/Getty Images via Time

Time magazine has a delightful photo essay, “On Set With Audrey Hepburn“, the photo of the movie’s cast is seen above.

With that amazing photo we say “ta” for now!


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9 responses to “College Classics Get an Update & That Dale Carnegie Cyber Guide

  1. Not sure I could wear those collegiate classics but cute for those who are comfortable! So agree with the Dale Carnegie sentiments and LOVE LOVE the Time piece, which I saw as well!! Wishing you a wonderful week.

  2. Hooray for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”!

  3. love your “book review” …

  4. The collegiate sweaters are really cute but frankly with three sons, I think I can safely say these will appeal to girls way more than the boys…I really can’t see many young men sporting this look, but to each his own and they certainly are a fun look.
    Dale Carnegie is awesome and that should be mandatory reading! Fantastic piece…have a wonderful evening.

  5. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much. I loved the CSU blazers!

  6. Amy

    I adore those letterman sweaters!!!

  7. Thank you so much for that “Tiffany’s” link – what eye candy!

    Speaking of classics that are perfect in their original form, “How to Win Friends…” version 1.0 needs no alteration.

    Love that idea of the more classic letterman wear for football games; it’s rarely cool enough here to wear many of those fashions, but I’ll certainly check them out to see if there’s some lightweight gear.

  8. Katie

    Love Love Love those vintage letterman sweaters. Awesome memories of days gone by. I own a few of these by Mr. Renteria. Styling never looked better.

  9. Am LOVING those sweaters- is there anything better than a throw-back to 1960’s collegiate wear?!



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