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Meet Eric Villency
Eric Villency is an incredibly diverse, passionate, and creative soul. As Principal for the family company, Villency, Eric spends most of his days designing and manufacturing a myriad of gorgeous products. Other projects include the recent renovation of the historic Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. The interdisciplinary designer shared a few minutes with The Inside Source to discuss his recent design coups as well as his expertise recommendations from his favorite car hunts (set your eBay alerts!)
Jauretsi: As Principal of the Villency Design Group , a long standing family business, what is the one trait maintained after all these years? By that token, what fresh thinking do you strive to bring to the heritage of the brand?
Eric Villency: Being a creative design company, we are constantly evolving and working on new projects. Fresh thinking is inspired by our people, our clients and the world around us so change is constant.  Our reputation and heritage is based upon… [MORE] quality and the proficiency of our work. Today we design and manufacture a dizzying range of products, from Spin bikes to hair dryers, to glass bottles, apparel, and electronics among a host of other categories. The amazing support staff we have dedicated to quality control, logistics and fabrication has allowed to explore these new creative fields and it’s gratifying that that ethic has enabled new opportunities and projects.  
J: Can you put into words what is your Style Modus Operandi? Your closet in a nutshell?
EV: I learned everything about fashion from my Grandfather. He had a fantastic sense of style that was very masculine and effortless. Things I think about are quality over quantity and attention to detail always resonates with me. My mainstays tend toward classic and I try to inject some personality and individuality by mixing in some color or pairing vintage with new and high with low.  
J: What are the top 3 things you believe every man should possess in his closet?
EV: A well tailored Suit (versatile enough to pair with jeans), a great pair of shoes (they are something you wear every day), and a sweater stylish enough for the office and socializing afterwards, but also practical enough to travel in — think the special service sweater from Triple Aught Design 
J: What are your passions on the side? In other words, when not working, what do you spend the most time doing?
EV: I have a young son so spending time with him is a priority. Outside of chasing him around, I love being physically and creatively active. Creatively I love to fix up vintage furniture and when it’s time for some training I favor running, biking and swimming. It’s been great working on so many wellness projects lately like the Soul Cycle spin bike, fitness apparel, and the Organic Avenue glass bottle because my two passions for design and health came together.  
J: iPhone or Blackberry?
EV: Iphone. But would love to work on a new design for the Blackberry (just saying….) 
J: iPad or Powerbook?
EV: Both… 1/2 of my life is spent working on designs and the other half is showing them to people  
J: What is your favorite app? Why?
EV: Uber… Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night are a factor any longer for scoring a ride home in NYC with this app. Easy to use and easy to love
J: Tell us how you found your ‘95 LandRover, and why you chose the model?
EV: I was looking for a vintage beach truck for awhile.  It is a classic model that has brawn and style. It hasn’t been sold in the United States for some time but it still turns heads (and for me the key on these old cars is having the V8, otherwise while they may look great they can perform like a golf cart).   
J: Are there any other car models you obsessively search for?
EV: I love reworking anything vintage. Great platforms to have some fun with and are the International Harvester Scout, Ford Bronco and the Dodge Power Wagon.  All have serious potential and I’m hoping one will be my next project that I can get ready in time for summer.  
J: What is next on your plate of projects?
EV: We are working on some exciting projects for Rockstar Energy, the CFDA, Equinox, and a few new international hotel projects.  
(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)

Meet Eric Villency

Eric Villency is an incredibly diverse, passionate, and creative soul. As Principal for the family company, Villency, Eric spends most of his days designing and manufacturing a myriad of gorgeous products. Other projects include the recent renovation of the historic Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. The interdisciplinary designer shared a few minutes with The Inside Source to discuss his recent design coups as well as his expertise recommendations from his favorite car hunts (set your eBay alerts!)

Jauretsi: As Principal of the Villency Design Group , a long standing family business, what is the one trait maintained after all these years? By that token, what fresh thinking do you strive to bring to the heritage of the brand?

Eric Villency: Being a creative design company, we are constantly evolving and working on new projects. Fresh thinking is inspired by our people, our clients and the world around us so change is constant.  Our reputation and heritage is based upon… [MORE] quality and the proficiency of our work. Today we design and manufacture a dizzying range of products, from Spin bikes to hair dryers, to glass bottles, apparel, and electronics among a host of other categories. The amazing support staff we have dedicated to quality control, logistics and fabrication has allowed to explore these new creative fields and it’s gratifying that that ethic has enabled new opportunities and projects.  

J: Can you put into words what is your Style Modus Operandi? Your closet in a nutshell?

EV: I learned everything about fashion from my Grandfather. He had a fantastic sense of style that was very masculine and effortless. Things I think about are quality over quantity and attention to detail always resonates with me. My mainstays tend toward classic and I try to inject some personality and individuality by mixing in some color or pairing vintage with new and high with low.  

J: What are the top 3 things you believe every man should possess in his closet?

EV: A well tailored Suit (versatile enough to pair with jeans), a great pair of shoes (they are something you wear every day), and a sweater stylish enough for the office and socializing afterwards, but also practical enough to travel in — think the special service sweater from Triple Aught Design 

J: What are your passions on the side? In other words, when not working, what do you spend the most time doing?

EV: I have a young son so spending time with him is a priority. Outside of chasing him around, I love being physically and creatively active. Creatively I love to fix up vintage furniture and when it’s time for some training I favor running, biking and swimming. It’s been great working on so many wellness projects lately like the Soul Cycle spin bike, fitness apparel, and the Organic Avenue glass bottle because my two passions for design and health came together.  

J: iPhone or Blackberry?

EV: Iphone. But would love to work on a new design for the Blackberry (just saying….) 

J: iPad or Powerbook?

EV: Both… 1/2 of my life is spent working on designs and the other half is showing them to people  

J: What is your favorite app? Why?

EV: Uber… Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night are a factor any longer for scoring a ride home in NYC with this app. Easy to use and easy to love

J: Tell us how you found your ‘95 LandRover, and why you chose the model?

EV: I was looking for a vintage beach truck for awhile.  It is a classic model that has brawn and style. It hasn’t been sold in the United States for some time but it still turns heads (and for me the key on these old cars is having the V8, otherwise while they may look great they can perform like a golf cart).   

J: Are there any other car models you obsessively search for?

EV: I love reworking anything vintage. Great platforms to have some fun with and are the International Harvester Scout, Ford Bronco and the Dodge Power Wagon.  All have serious potential and I’m hoping one will be my next project that I can get ready in time for summer.  

J: What is next on your plate of projects?

EV: We are working on some exciting projects for Rockstar Energy, the CFDA, Equinox, and a few new international hotel projects.  

(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)

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Stars & Wheels: Kid Cudi
By Sade Lythcott
I’ve always appreciated the swagger of Kid Cudi. He has a unique way of mixing high end and low brow; thrift and the theatrical. In Hit Boy’s video called Old School Caddy, the rapper ponders the comparison of Old School Caddies vs. New School Benz’s with Cudi masterfully dropping his verse while riding through the desert in a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.  The dichotomy of the the dusty scenes & abandoned buildings vs. the polish of this uber expensive ride is nothing short of poetic. Check out the selection of Mercedes Benz SLS AMG available on eBay Motors. With the proper funds, you too can live the dream in this souped up ride.

Stars & Wheels: Kid Cudi

By Sade Lythcott

I’ve always appreciated the swagger of Kid Cudi. He has a unique way of mixing high end and low brow; thrift and the theatrical. In Hit Boy’s video called Old School Caddy, the rapper ponders the comparison of Old School Caddies vs. New School Benz’s with Cudi masterfully dropping his verse while riding through the desert in a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.  The dichotomy of the the dusty scenes & abandoned buildings vs. the polish of this uber expensive ride is nothing short of poetic. Check out the selection of Mercedes Benz SLS AMG available on eBay Motors. With the proper funds, you too can live the dream in this souped up ride.

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Stars & Wheels: Bonnie Raitt
By Jauretsi
Are you ready for a thing called LOVE? We are too… and we lovvvvvve this classic caddy Bonnie Raitt is affectionately resting on. Arguably one of the oldest automobile brands in the world (next to the Buick), this American luxury vehicle was founded in 1902 by a master mechanic and entrepreneur named Henry Leland who was linked to the ancestry of early Detroit. Since then, Cadillac has simply been the car to measure all other cars against due to its technological advances when it was introduced. 
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If you have a minimum of $2,000 in your pocket right now, you may be able to secure a Caddy today. Check out this link of Cadillacs from the 70’s and 80’s available on eBay with a few incredibly low starting bids. Generally the range goes up to $10,000, although a few tricked-out cars can go for higher. We provide the vehicle, you provide the attitude. 
(Photo: Courtesy of Getty)  

Stars & Wheels: Bonnie Raitt

By Jauretsi

Are you ready for a thing called LOVE? We are too… and we lovvvvvve this classic caddy Bonnie Raitt is affectionately resting on. Arguably one of the oldest automobile brands in the world (next to the Buick), this American luxury vehicle was founded in 1902 by a master mechanic and entrepreneur named Henry Leland who was linked to the ancestry of early Detroit. Since then, Cadillac has simply been the car to measure all other cars against due to its technological advances when it was introduced. 

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If you have a minimum of $2,000 in your pocket right now, you may be able to secure a Caddy today. Check out this link of Cadillacs from the 70’s and 80’s available on eBay with a few incredibly low starting bids. Generally the range goes up to $10,000, although a few tricked-out cars can go for higher. We provide the vehicle, you provide the attitude. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Getty)  

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Stars & Wheels: Sammy Davis, Jr.
By Jauretsi
Sammy was a lover of cars…he was also a lover of partying in style with fellow bad boys Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. True to form, here he is jumping into a Rolls Royce on April 1st, 1963. By this point in time, Sammy had only one real eye, having lost the other one in an automobile accident a few years earlier in 1954. The trauma didn’t seem to deter him from living hard and living well, however. The party continued. In the 70’s, Las Vegas became his new stomping ground, earning him the name “Mister Show Business.” eBay has a few of these swanky Rolls Royce’s available if you want to take a page from the book of one of the illustrious Rat Packers.  
(Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

Stars & Wheels: Sammy Davis, Jr.

By Jauretsi

Sammy was a lover of cars…he was also a lover of partying in style with fellow bad boys Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. True to form, here he is jumping into a Rolls Royce on April 1st, 1963. By this point in time, Sammy had only one real eye, having lost the other one in an automobile accident a few years earlier in 1954. The trauma didn’t seem to deter him from living hard and living well, however. The party continued. In the 70’s, Las Vegas became his new stomping ground, earning him the name “Mister Show Business.” eBay has a few of these swanky Rolls Royce’s available if you want to take a page from the book of one of the illustrious Rat Packers.  

(Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

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Stars & Wheels: One of the Bee Gees
By Jauretsi
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees was one hell of a romantic. Aside from delivering songs like “More Than a Woman” to the American public, he also gave his wife, singer Lulu, a sweet Mercedes as a birthday present back in November 5, 1970. We spotted a lovely 1980 Mercedes (starting bid $9,000) up for sale. If you’d like to stay within the Bee Gee era, there’s a vintage 1973 Mercedes Benz up for grabs starting at $3,000 bidding (or a buy it now at $5995). How Deep is Your Love?
(Photo: by Daily Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Stars & Wheels: One of the Bee Gees

By Jauretsi

Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees was one hell of a romantic. Aside from delivering songs like “More Than a Woman” to the American public, he also gave his wife, singer Lulu, a sweet Mercedes as a birthday present back in November 5, 1970. We spotted a lovely 1980 Mercedes (starting bid $9,000) up for sale. If you’d like to stay within the Bee Gee era, there’s a vintage 1973 Mercedes Benz up for grabs starting at $3,000 bidding (or a buy it now at $5995). How Deep is Your Love?

(Photo: by Daily Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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Stars & Wheels: Rita Hayworth
By Sade Lythcott
Actress Rita Hayworth smiles while pointing to a sign affixed to a car that reads “Please Drive Carefully, My Bumpers Are On The Scrap Heap”. Back in 1942, the war effort asked for all citizens to do without non-essential metals in order to combat the steel shortage. What better way to announce this PSA then hiring the bombshell, Rita? Even Madonna sang in Vogue, “Rita Hayworth, gave good face”. If you’re curious what an old Hollywood car from the golden era costs today, look no further than here on eBay. 
(Photo: Getty Images)

Stars & Wheels: Rita Hayworth

By Sade Lythcott

Actress Rita Hayworth smiles while pointing to a sign affixed to a car that reads “Please Drive Carefully, My Bumpers Are On The Scrap Heap”. Back in 1942, the war effort asked for all citizens to do without non-essential metals in order to combat the steel shortage. What better way to announce this PSA then hiring the bombshell, Rita? Even Madonna sang in Vogue, “Rita Hayworth, gave good face”. If you’re curious what an old Hollywood car from the golden era costs today, look no further than here on eBay. 

(Photo: Getty Images)