Monday, January 19, 2009
A Visit To The Ralph Lauren Store
Today my travels brought me to the Ralph Lauren Store in pursuit of the jacket on the model above. The photo was taken from the Spring 2009 Fashion Show, but unfortunately the fabric is not in stock yet. I really love this formal and yet casual look, and I intend to sport it often at the many formal outdoor events I will be attending this spring and summer. In addition, I plan to have a tuxedo made in midnight navy which appears blacker than black in the evening light. The navy tuxedo trousers will pair nicely with my new cream dinner jacket cut exactly like the one in the photo. The shawl collar with the double breasted cut is beautiful, and I also plan to purchase the opera pumps with a matte finish worn by the model (not the exact pair he is wearing of course). I personally think the matte finish looks classier than the glossy patent leather, and I actually do not own any patent leather shoes. I have always worn velvet slippers to past formal engagements. However, I did not leave empty handed as I placed an order for two made-to-measure suits, and I purchased three shirts and two pair of wool trousers. One pair was a dark brown, and the other was a mixture of browns in glen plaid. The made-to-measure suits were selected in winter fabrics, with the first in a large black and white herringbone pattern with donegal flecks. I am having it cut in a 6 and 1 double breasted jacket and forward pleat pants with a two inch cuff. The other suit is a single-breasted olive corduroy suit with flat front trousers and two inch cuffs.
And finally, I will close with a synopsis about Ralp Lauren. Before the moderation began, many seem to post hate comments about Ralph Lauren's clothing. These comments can also be found on many other "trad" sites, and I don't understand. Sure, some of Ralph's items are made in China, but just as many are made in Italy and Europe. These Ralph haters seem to grasp Brooks Brothers and J Press as the only brands that are suitable for "trads", but I hate to tell you that their items are not made in America either. Heck, J Press is owned by the Japanese, and yes, I know they celebrate the Ivy League Style, but hey! Regardless, I am thankful for Polo, and without him we would have lost many of the Ivy League classics from a time long before my birth. Even my beloved Brooks Brothers doesn't carry some items that can only be found at Ralph Lauren. His suits are very high quality, and I will continue to make many purchases from Mr. Lauren's empire without hesitation. Will I ever graduate to Savile Row standards.....maybe....but for now I am content with Ralph and Brooks.