A few years back Lilly Pulitzer brought these badass long sleeve polos to the market. The mens line was prematurely cut short, much to my dismay (maybe they’ll try again, third times a charm, right?). I voiced my grievances to the powers that be at the legendary prep powerhouse but it was to no avail. Luckily I acquired a sizeable stash of pocket squares, jackets, bathing suits and polo shirts before things came to an end. Among my favorite pieces from the few seasons the collection lasted were these long sleeve polo shirts. What sets them apart are their barrel cuffs (button cuffs). I vowed that if I were ever to have my own clothing line that shirts like these would be in the collection. Well, Kent Wang and Ascot Chang beat me to it.
Last spring, I think it was May to be exact, Mr. Wang blew up the menswear blogosphere with his cutaway collar polo shirt. A few months later he released it in a long sleeve version. With barrel cuffs. I have yet to see one in the flesh, but I have heard good things on forums and other blogs. I have seen the Ascot Chang shirts, they are very nice, as they should be at that price point. Well done gents.
Anyway, back to the point at hand. The Lilly long sleeve polos are not only some of my favorite pieces the brand has put out but some of my favorite articles of clothing I own. They are my favorite polo shirts. Hands down. I will wear them till they cannot be worn anymore. I wish they still made them. But damn, they were good while you could get them.
Shirt: Peter Millar. Shorts: Polo. Belt: Smathers & Branson.
I am again down in Southwest Florida and this time the weather is perfect, 75 and nothing but sun. Given that I won’t be experiencing such weather for a few months I thought it wise to indulge in pastels, which are my favorite colors in the color spectrum. I think it helped, I had one of my better rounds. Of particular note is the Smathers & Branson belt. Smathers & Branson make the best needlepoint belts available (after of course the ones your mom, girlfriend or other female will stitch for you). Aside from their own designs they also make them for schools, clubs and other organizations; this happens to be one of those. I highly recommend having at least one needlepoint belt in your wardrobe.
I love my Top-Siders, all four pairs of them. These are my go-tos when for pretty much any time I leave my apartment in casual dress. They have nearly seen their day, the soles are parting with the upper and some of the leather is wearing. But they have been through a lot – the streets and bars of New York City, college bars, a 10,000 mile road trip, Nantucket and the Far Hills Hunt to name a few things. After time the laces just don’t stay tied like they used to, so I cut them off and am left with this; it kinda reminds me of the flared tassels I discussed a while back. I won’t be doing this to all of my Top-Siders. But for some, like these, I think it is definitely the way to go. I think it is a more streamlined and low maintnence look. And maybe like the flared tassels there is a little bit of rebellion thrown in the mix. Thoughts?
Few things in menswear are better than Nantucket Reds and embroidery. When the two are combined the synergy is almost unbeatable. While on The Promised Land this summer my Mom and I (Mom took the lead on this one actually) decided to have a pair of custom embroidered Reds made for Dad for his birthday. The idea was akin to a vanity belt (which if you know what one is, good. If you don’t, fear not for I will be discussing them sometime down the line), but in shorts form. the process was quite simple, 15-20 designs were chosen to be embroidered on the shorts. Each design was to have a personal meaning to Dad and thus the family (states lived in, hobbies, monogram, company logo, golf ball etc), some of the designs were stock designs and others were custom. We had the embroidery done by Brooke Boothe Design and it took about two months to get the shorts embroidered, which in the scheme of things is minimal considering the plan is for Dad to have these for years to come. My only complaint is that the monogramming (the LGJ above the back right pocket) is a bit too big. I would have to say my favorites are the lobster coming out of the pocket, the club logos and the outline of Nantucket; naturally. But what is really most important about the shorts is that they are a gift created, given, accepted and worn with love; but isn’t that what’s most important about all gifts?
I was struggling with packing for my weekend back home this weekend. I not only have to pack normal day wear but also for the Far Hills Hunt and my father’s Birthday dinner. The weather is supposed to be splendid for The Hunt, but I still believe I will require some form of outer layer. I have narrowed my choices to a blazer of fleece vest. I could not decide which vest would be best for the day.
This dilemma got me thinking, how many Patagonias is too many? Being that I am not a fan of moderation I do not think that one can have too many, but that may just be me. The Patagonia Retro X (or as F.E. Castleberry calls them, ‘sherpa fleece’) vests reign supreme in the world of fleece vests, especially in the prep world. The texture, feel, style and warmth is second to none. There are just some things you should not be without and some things that you can never have to many of…
See you at The Hunt
Bit loafers, bare ankles and a pretty badass looking weathered leather bag, so what? Well, this look is classic and classic on a rainy day like today makes me happy. You see, preps have been wearing loafers sans socks for decades ( and now the fashion world seems to have caught onto the glory of doing so). Oh, and preps were also rocking bit loafers, in particular those from Gucci (this was back in the day before Tom Ford changed everything there, but lucky for us he didn’t change the bit loafer), before they became the symbol they became in the 80′s. So, not only is this look classic, it is also preppy (which sometimes are one in the same). And, well, as we all know, all things preppy generally make me happy.
I think of the context of this shot, it was Friday afternoon outside the Wall St subway stop. The man was an older gentleman, his hair was rather gray, probably from the stress that killing it on Wall St for years brings on someone. I am no expert at reading facial expressions but the one on his face told me that he had made it. Perhaps this is something I should strive to?
I hope that when I reach that age I will have made it. But even if I haven’t, you can damn well bet I won’t be wearing socks with my bit loafers on a Friday.
Keep up the good fight,
As I had mentioned previously, I met Karl Guerre of Guerreisms at the Tweed Run on Saturday. What I did not mention is that we had a nice chat to familiarize ourselves with each other. It is always nice to meet people who are passionate about what they do, especially if it is something that you are also passionate about.
Soon into our conversation Mr. Guerre picked up on the watch I was wearing, which was bestowed upon me by my father, and will hopefully be bestowed upon my son by me. It is without question one of the most meaningful things that have ever been given to me. It also happens to be pretty badass watch, if I may say so myself. Anyway, I suggest that you all give Mr. Guerre’s article on my watch a read (and while your at it, give his whole site a gander, it is a great one). As Nucky Thompson would say, “blood is thicker than water.”
Keep up the good fight,
Cufflinks and Tie Bar: Rugby
Some cufflinks are serious, others are fun. These little delights are definitely of the latter classification. Some of the fun ones are too informal for the more formal of situations and some of the more formal are too serious for the more casual situations. Use your best judgement and don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Trench Coat: Aquascutum. Tie: Brooks Brothers.
So, I got bored with the original belt that came with my trench coat. I decided it would be best to change things up a little bit so I replaced it with a classic Brooks Brothers repp tie. After some time I have decided to keep the tie. It adds a bit of flare and most importantly a bit of personal expression and style. Perhaps you will try this yourself and find similar solace.
I cannot hold this thought in any longer, I must vent it. I have for some time had this growing fear that L.L. Bean Boots will be bastardized, much like we have seen done to Hunter boots. Wedge heeled wellies, are you f*c*i*g kidding me? Now, luckily, I have full faith in the powers that be at L.L. Bean that they will not let this happen on their end. However, what the masses and designers will do is a completely different story. For some of the twists put on other prep classics by both designers and individuals have been borderline offensive to many preps. When you put on a pair of Bean boots you are putting on a piece of history, something of legend. Wear them proudly and respect them.
Keep up the good fight,