For the Love of Ties


I can’t get enough of ties. I can spend hours online looking through page after page of regimentals, foulards, and ancient madders. I find the colors, patterns, and textures intoxicating. They are the only item that I continue to thrift for because of the high ROI. They are how I express myself. Long live the tie.
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J.Press Gets Modern

Press Featured

As you can tell from my last few posts I have been keeping a watchful eye on F/W 15 releases. This is something that you must do when your size is either produced in limited numbers or is very common. Mine is the former, and I am in the market for a sport coat.
J.Press Modern Fit
I was browsing the Press site when I noticed a new fit name called, “modern.” The name was appended to a nice looking rust colored Donegal sport coat featured above (link to sport coat). At first I imagined that modern simply meant slimmer and shorter. While I am sure that this is true the most interesting aspect of the modern fit is that there is no vent.

Why no vent? I have seen many jackets without a vent so it is not a complete shock. I personally associate vent-less jackets with the ‘80s, but they have been around long before that and are probably more commonly associated with formal coats such as dinner jackets. However, neither of these associations are particularly modern, but the vent-less jacket does have one association that could be viewed as modern and that is the Continental look. Perhaps this was their inspiration.

I doubt that any one reading this was shocked by the title. If anything, they were probably wondering which modern move it is that I was referring. It will be interesting to see if this fit stays around or if it will be gone next season. Maybe this is part of the new J.Press Blue Line (see here)?

United States of Trad: Julian Bond

Julian Bond F2

It has been too long since my last United States of Trad post. This edition of UST features the recently deceased Julian Bond. Bond was a civil rights activist, member of the Georgia Senate, and subscriber of the Ivy League Look for many years.
Julian Bond Julian Bond Julian Bond will be remembered by most as a civil rights icon, but many in menswear circles will also remember him as any Ivy style icon. The image of Mr. Bond in his tweed jacket, Shetland sweater, and his OCBD peeking out from beneath is iconic. This is a picture is frequently pops up when someone is trying to illustrate the cool side of the Ivy League Look.
Julian Bond Julian Bond 3 piece suitMr. Bond contributed a lot to both society and the Ivy League Look. Although he moved away from the look later in his career he continued to be a sharp dresser. I can forgive him for that transgression as he like Miles Davis and Steven McQueen helped many see that there is a cool side to the look.

You can read more about Julian Bond’s life here: NYT Julian Bond Obituary

Dream Draft Wardrobe

Dream Draft

It seems like everyone in the world around me is prepping for their fantasy football draft. Since I do not play fantasy football or even follow sports (, but I do love to play them all!) I thought that I would do my own fantasy draft of sport coats and blazers. Below I have listed my dream fall/winter sport coats and blazers.

  1. Worsted Navy Blazer
  2. Flannel Navy Blazer
  3. Mid-grey Herringbone Wool or Tweed
  4. Brown Herringbone Wool or Tweed
  5. Camel Hair
  6. Brown District/Gun Check
  7. Olive Cord

I think that I would be content for the rest of my days with jackets listed above. I prefer solid jackets, because they can be worn more frequently without being noticed. I do the same thing with my shirts and sweaters. It makes getting ready in the morning easy. I have also noticed that it allows my clothes to fade into the background which in my opinion is where they belong.

While the list above is a dream I am working towards making it a reality. This means no adding thrift store jackets that aren’t on the list, purging my small closet of items that don’t fit the list, and perhaps getting to that MTM sport coat that I have been putting off in hopes of finding one at a thrift store or OTR. The journey continues.

Brooks Brothers Own Make Fall 2015

Own Make Fall

I might as well keep the fall updates coming. This week in the world of trad Brooks Brothers Own Make label introduced their fall line-up. Own Make is described as, “Inspired by iconic styles from the Brooks Brothers archives and made in the USA,” but we all know it as the line with the 3/2 sacks.
Own Make Blue Herringbone
Own Make Harris TweedThree items in the collection stood out to me. One is a blue herringbone sport coat (top picture) that is not pure blue, but more of a blue-brown mix. I would like to see this fabric in person. There is also a great Harris Tweed Check sport coat. This is my favorite piece out of the collection. The color and pattern on this one is spot-on. The third item is a suit, and it is a very sharp looking navy Donegal suit. All three pieces mentioned are of course 3/2 sack models with hooked vents and swelled edges.
Blue Donegal Own Make SuitIf nothing else I am glad to see Brooks Brothers to keep the Own Make line going. The prices are what you would expect when it comes to sport coats/suits, but the trousers and shirts prices are pretty high. However, I am sure that they can be had for less during one of BB’s many sales. I saw some of last year’s items hit incredibly low prices over the summer.  The styling this year is much better. I was impressed that the items appeared to  fit the models. I haven’t seen this from Brooks in quite a while. I hope it spreads to BB’s other lines. All in all this is a solid showing from Own Make.