Gilt : Street Etiquette was founded in 2008 by Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs to chronicle the intersection of their world and its realities (i.e., “Street”) and their passion for traditional, gentlemanly style (which is where “Etiquette” comes in). What started out as a blog is now a brand — half moodboard of Josh and Travis’s ever-evolving, inimitable aesthetic, half incubator for groundbreaking projects like the photo shoot “The Black Ivy” (which itself evolved into a collection). Their latest major project, “Slumflower,” is an editorial shoot-cum-short film (not yet released) that further explores the duality at the core of Street Etiquette and introduces a new level of artistic edge to their work.

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with these guys on two amazing sales: On Gilt Man, the duo has curated the keys to the “Slumflower” look, from suits and ties to shoes, bracelets, and more, while over on Gilt Home they’ve picked the pieces that define their take on interior design. Both sales include prints from the shoot, and both go live Wednesday Jan. 22 at 9pm ET. Check out the video below for more on the duo, the shoot, and the partnership.

Hiiiiiiii so there’s this app called Trusper and I’ve only been using it for like 10 days and I have half the amount of points I need to get a Sephora gift card! 

You can download the app for free or use the website on the computer (the app is easier to use in my opinion)

What you do is post tips, you can create them or post the ones you find helpful from the internet! You can post 7 a day and each night, Trusper rewards points to the most popular tips! The top 50 get 50 points each, the next 250 get 10 points, and the next 1000 get 5 points! 

If you post 7 tips a day you’ll definitely accumulate points super fast! Like I said, it’s been less than 2 weeks and I’m super close to getting my Sephora card! 

You don’t need to give out your address or anything, you can sign up with your name and email and you’re set to go! If you download the app, please use me, Priyanka Patel, as a referral! I’m the one wearing pink! You can add me too so we can like each others tips! 

The more likes your tips get the higher chance you get of making it to the top 50 each night! 

Reblog this and let your followers know of this amazing app! I literally use it for 30 minutes a day and that’s it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message me! 

(PS if you use me as a referral just let me know and I’ll give you 5 promos to 31K+ beauties)

PART II: HISTORY OF GILT                                                                       


Gold decoration on books has been around for centuries. From its past history to current use, on books both old and new, big and small, inexpensive and luxurious, Pitt Special Collections brings you a three part series on GILT.

Gilded books have a history of being luxury items, but at one point gilt was a decoration even bestowed on ordinary books. From the 1600s to the 1800s, books were bought as mere sheets, with only paper wrappers serving as a “cover.” This was the norm, as the owner of the book was expected to have the book bound later, under his or her specific desires. Often times, the wealthy would have their collections bound the exact same way so that their libraries would look uniform.  

Of course, gilt decorating on these books cost extra. By the late 1660s though, bindings were readily available with extra gilt on the spines and covers, and with gilt lettering. This became referred to as the "common" binding.


This copy of Little Men by Louisa May Alcott is probably a common binding. Even children got gilt on their books, as shown on this copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


As gilt became a more common decoration, people got more creative with it.


Compare these two copies of She Stoops to Conquer. Even as gilt became a standard in bookbinding, using a significant amount to decorate books still cost a pretty penny, and still marked that its owner was a wealthy man or woman.


Gold is known as the traditional and most beautiful method to decorate books, and was adhered to the cloth or leather by great pressure and heat. In the early days, this took a great deal of time, skill, and money.

In the 1660s and 1670s, bookbinders began to gild the spine, with or instead of the edges of books. This was because people started shelving their books with the spines facing outwards instead of the fore-edges, which are the edges of paper opposite the spine; they basically shelved their books backwards!

The gilt edges of books became unnecessary because they were less visible, but were still used for elaborate bindings. By 1830, printers figured out how to adapt an iron printing press to block an entire design to the sides and spine of a book. Look at these copies of Jane Austen’s books.


Their gilt covers are exactly the same, except for the titles. If the title block was removable, it would make it extremely easy to use a printing press to stamp the same design onto these different books. It became a much cheaper process than to do every book by hand or to create a different cover for each title, and made them look nicely uniform.

Though gilded books used to be commonplace, in today’s world you have probably only experienced them first-hand if you have a new, fancy, expensive copy of a book, or if you have a very old book. If you get a chance to look at one yourself, you should take it; some are quite beautiful.

Next week: Booklovers’ Gilty Pleasures


Bennett, Stuart. Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles: 1660-1800. First ed. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll, 2004. Print.

McLean, Ruari. McLean, Ruari. Victorian Publishers’ Book-Bindings in Cloth and Leather. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: U of California, 1973.  


Hi hello, I’m going to bother you guys about an app called Trusper again (:

The first picture is my Sephora order I got today! I used up my entire $100 gift card I got for free from Trusper! It only took me about 3 weeks to accumulate enough points to get the gift card!

Ever since I redeemed the first one, I’ve gotten 3 amazon gift cards and I’ll have enough points to get a second Sephora card in a week and a half!

How to use the app

Download it (it’s free), and once you verify your email and login you may be asked to put in the name of the person who referred you! Please put me, Priyanka Patel, I’ll be the the fourth or fifth one down the list

The easiest way to earn points is by posting 7 public tips a day! I usually get the tips from pinterest or google! You’re awarded points on how many views, likes, shares, and saves your tips get! All points are awarded after midnight (pacific time)

Like I said above, I’ve been using this app for 6 weeks now and already got a $100 Sephora card and $30 worth of Amazon cards and I’m really close to getting a second Sephora card!

This app is totally legit, I have about 20+ gals I know that use the app and they’ve all gotten numerous gift cards too!

I also made a group for people who use this app so we can all help each other earn points! If you’re interested just send me a message and I’ll be more than happy to add you!

Reblog this so your followers can check out Trusper too (: