Wednesday, April 30, 2008
My Shipton & Heneage bit loafers arrived today. I am pleased with their quality, and they are very comfortable. I ordered them in black suede, and I think they will add a little flavor to my black shoe collection. Personally, I don't like black shoes, and I seldom wear my black cap-toes. However, the black suede adds an interesting element that will encourage me to reach for them at appropriate times. I give Shipton & Heneage a thumbs up!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
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Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I found these wonderful examples of pattern mixing while glancing at a blog called Project Beltway. The entire post was great, but these two photos caught my eye in particular. I love how this chap is wearing a plaid tie with a plaid suit, and he throws in another check with the shirt. In my opinion, the ability to harmonize patterns is true sartorial talent. The monogram on the sleeve is nice as well.
This is another picture from the same post, and again, I like the mix. The knit tie is wonderful, but my favorite item is the pocket square. It matches nothing, but it seems to fit.
The entire post can be seen at www.projectbeltway.com/
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
After a long day of work it is nice to come home and find a surprise from the mailman. Okay, I know I paid for them, but it is still a nice surprise. The shoes pictured are my latest edition, and they are Brooks Brothers chocolate suede tassel loafers (darker than pictured). Tassel loafers are one of my favorite shoe models, and I plan to wear the shoes with a variety of suits (navy, gray, charcoal, medium brown, etc). I also recently ordered a pair of black suede bit loafers from Shipton & Heneage. I am a bit nervous about the bit loafers because I have never ordered shoes from Shipton before. I will let you know how they work out when I receive them.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I must have one :)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
My pocket square matches my mood sometimes. Today, I feel reckless :)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Belgian loafers may be the most comfortable shoes on the face of the earth. I purchased this pair of bottle green loafers about two years ago, and I have enjoyed them immensely. I wear them around home, and on occasion I wear them in casual settings. Belgians come in either a soft sole or leather version. In addition, the shoes come with a bow like tassel, or you can replace the bow with a crest. Also, my experience ordering the shoes was a pleasant experience. The store insisted on mailing me the shoes to try on before sewing on the crest. After all checked out, I mailed them back for completion and I only had to pay for shipping once (if I recall correctly). Perhaps, I will demonstrate them in action a little later on.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I was happy to find a new Brooks Brothers catalog in the mail this past Saturday, and it ended up providing a little inspiration. The Brooks ads were based on a safari theme, and I was compelled to wear my tan linen suit this weekend after viewing the catalog. In addition, I was so motivated that I packed up all the cold weather attire for storage, and I moved all the warm weather attire into the regular rotation.
Later that evening, my wife and I went to our favorite restaurant in the middle of this quaint historic village. We had a great meal, and after dinner I decided to visit the local menswear shop next to the restaurant. I have walked by this old shop a thousand times, and for some reason I never went inside. I walked in to complete amazement. The store was straight out of a 1930s advertisement, and the decor was very clubby. I was greeted by a well-dressed man in a tan linen sport coat, cream trousers, blue oxford cloth button down, and blue ascot with red polka dots. He showed me around the store, and insisted that I look at some swatches. He sold H.Freeman, Hickey Freeman, Southwick, Samuelson, Coppley, and Ralph Lauren. I was impressed.
As I looked through the swatches, I was somehow drawn to a box that he had put to the side. It was Ralph Lauren swatches from last fall/winter. Just as I am getting ready for warm weather, I abandon the linen and seersucker swatches to gaze at beautiful tweeds, camel hair, and cords. The fabrics had an old money appeal, and I fell in love with a brown donegal tweed. After drooling for a few minutes, I decided to have a three piece suit made. The kind gentleman is going to call and see if I can still get it out of season, but if not, I am sure Ralph will have in next years line-up. Leave it to me to get ready for warm weather by pulling out the linen, and quickly reverting back to the trusty heavy tweeds that I love so much. I can't wait for the bone chilling cold to come back to town :)
I realized that I forgot my pocket square after I took the pictures :) It was still laying on the dresser.
I love this little guy!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Horse racing provides a great opportunity to wear clothing in very distinct colors. Particularly, it is a good opportunity to wear pastels and other bright colors not suitable for the office. There are many great races around the country, but the main attraction is of course the Kentucky Derby. I have attended some smaller races such as the Carolina Cup, but I have never actually been to the Kentucky Derby. However, I always attend a local derby party hosted by one of my good friends, and all the proceeds go to charity. Everyone comes dressed in their derby apparel, and they have mint juleps for those who want to partake. I have been preparing for this event for a while, and I bought a red seersucker suit at the end of last summer for this particular event. It is not a suit that will be in my regular rotation, but for one day, it will reign dominant.
Plaid links and an old Timex watch that belonged to dad.
Of course, a derby party would not be complete without the perfect date. If you are married, of course you take your wife. If not, the perfect fantasy date would be..............
My vote is a young Princess Margaret. I hear she knew how to have fun at a party!
Plus, don't forget to buy your lady the perfect hat. If I wear one, it will definitely be a boater.