ummertime means parties, pools, surf, sun and one maybe less obvious 's' - spa. Nothing beats a good sweaty Saturday soak. This summer I've checked out a few notables. The Korean Spa Castle
in Queens is wicked, but is a bit of a family affair on the weekends, as a heads up. Properly, the best bit is the respective men's and women's locker rooms - no swimsuit required and plenty of space to spa out. Now, for a less nude-slash-familial experience, head to the Russian & Turkish
baths in The East Village. While it's not as meticulously groomed as Spa Castle, there aren't kids running about and it is in there, let me tell you. There are even guys there that will beat you with a soapy mophead. Perfect.
Inspired by the spa, I got to thinking about the attitude and overall robe-life of spa hopping. Lose the collar, lose the belt and get far out. Once everyone gets over these broadcloth, protestant vibes, I think we'll see a cool, flowing, hot weather lick in a nice way here in NYC. Maybe when they run out of twists inMad Men, they'll send Don to Morocco. That type of thing.
Mahatma was a real pioneer, and not just in dressing like a cool dude with bigger priorities than doing so.
Krishnas were never properly cool, but they were relaxed and always looked like they were having a great time. Where'd all these guys go anyway? Off somewhere throwing back some ?
Here's a more American take on the robed look. Clearly more functionality over anything else, you gotta admit Schmeling looks mega-mellow. It's a state of mind. This guy beat people up for a living, for cryin' out loud, and look what a nice little robe sesh did to his attitude.
Don't reckon that it gets much more low key than this scene. Ah, to be the Sultan.
Gucci Preacher makes Gucci Mane look like a real a-mat.
India has it completely right; why trudge around in anything other than PJs if it's going to be one hundred out?
Joe Dana published The Orcale
. Also he chilled out a lot and split rent with a free form dance troupe.
Mia looking good back in the late '70s chilling in Martha's Vineyard. The shirt's a great mix of spa style with twist of stars-and-bars Americana. Levi's wish they were making this top. PS - why would Levi's splash all that coin for the "Go Forth" campaign and not redo their fit models on the site? Nerd alert.
Some spas like to break up the fun, but I say, let us have some, we're all adults here, right?