I am a big fan of tassel loafers, but I know that they are not for everyone. Some people think that they look too ornate which directly conflicts with the Trad ethos of utilitarian simplicity much like the always controversial horse bit loafer(Just read through the commments). However, to me the Alden or Allen Edmonds (AE) tassel is a shoe that says you have arrived. Unfortunately, I have yet to arrive and these sleek tassels are still out of my price range, but I did find an affordable alternative that I think is a good fit for me. This tassel is the Bass Eddington.
The more sophisticated and sleek AE Grayson Tassel Moc for comparison.
The Bass Eddington has a different shape than the Alden or AE tassel. It is much more of a casual loafer. They feature contrast stitching and are only available in a rich brown color. They wouldn’t look appropriate with grey flannel trousers and a blazer like the other two, but they look right at home with a tweed sport coat, cords, or even chinos and a sweater which is exactly where my wardrobe lives.
Bass is not known for producing high quality footwear, but I really like these tassels. The leather is supple and they are comfortable right out of the box. I think that the fact that Bass uses a Blake welt stitching construction is a big part of why they are so comfortable. To top it off, I picked them at the Bass outlet for around $75. If you are in need of an introductory tassel the Bass Eddington may be worth checking out.
I was looking for a tie like the man in Hiroshi Watatani illustration above. I thought that a purple tie would be a nice addition to my collection. I liked the way the purple looked with the blue blazer. Plus, I do aspire to look like the man in the picture so the tie will be a must…one day. I found the tie much quicker than I had anticipated. I decided to challenge myself by trying to locate the rest of the items that he is wearing which turned into a trad version of what Nerd Boyfriend does.
I started with the easiest items first. The shoes weren’t hard to find at all as they look like Alden’s Cape Cod bit loafers, the trousers could easily be white ducks from O’Connell’s, and the shirt a J.Press blue and white butcher stripe. The blazer was harder to find than I had imagined especially because price was not an issue in this exercise. It is sad that the three patch and two flap pocket sack blazer is a dying breed (perhaps like J.Press itself). I did find one, but I had to go with a trim fit version which will not please many of the trads out there.
The hardest item of all to locate was the coat. I blame the artist for this. I can’t make out if the jacket is a wool overcoat or a raincoat. The yellow color of the jacket threw me off, but because of the cut of the coat, the fact that he is not wearing socks and I saw that his lady friend had the sunroof open so I guessed rain coat. Unfortunately, I could not find a perfect match. I ended up settling on a cotton gabardine raincoat from J.Press. It is good to know that I can still get my hands on this rig, but it would not be cheap as the total of these items for just under $3k. Like all goals in life this one will be approached one step at time.
Glastonbury Cricket Club – Ben Silver $105
Alden Horse Bit Loafer – $325
O’Connell’s White Ducks – $99.95
J.Press Butcher Stripe Shirt – $98
J.Press Patch Pocket Sack Blazer - $980
J.Press Raincoat – $1,295
And the end result is…
I haven’t given up on finding the perfect pair of collegiate cut chinos. I just haven’t had much to post since the Jack Donnelly khakis. However, I am now closer than ever to obtaining what is turning out to be an elusive chino. As a matter of fact, I have in my possession a pair of chinos with the perfect collegiate cut. In order to get them I had to go straight to the source: the 1960s.
No, I did not travel back in time to the ’60s, but rather I accessed them through the source for vintage mid-century clothing, Newton Street Vintage. Billax gave me a heads up that he had spotted a pair of collegiate cut chinos on Zach’s site that were not only my size, but were also new with tags. The rest is history.
This is where it gets tricky. I have one pair of these chinos. I need to have many. I am hoping that my tailor can easily replicate the taper of the vintage chinos, but after my first attempt at tapering I think it may take a few tries to get it just right. Ultimately, I think that these pants will provide me with the ability to replicate the collegiate cut chino which is priceless and is also why I was able to look past the permanent press finish so easily! To Be Continued…
Excuse the lax knot, but I really liked this tie/shirt combination and wanted to share it.
I received a new to me vintage tweed sport coat not that long ago. This particular sport coat featured both the always desirable 3/2 roll and the ever cool throat latch. This got me thinking. Other than looking cool what is the purpose of third button and the throat latch? I know that the throat latch can be buttoned, but I have never actually seen this done before. From Gentlemans’s Gazette’s great article on Norfolk Jackets (see here)
The first thing to keep in mind is the origin of sport coats. Sport coats were introduced in the 19th century for hunting, shooting, and riding. There are different types such as the Norfolk jacket which may be the original sport coat and the primarily equestrian Hacking jacket. Both of these jackets featured throat latches. When the throat latch is buttoned and the lapel is flipped the sport coat then fully protects the wearer from the elements. The sport coat became everyday attire in the twentieth century which led to more and more variations on the sport coat.
My Jacket with the 3rd button closed on a 3/2 roll sport coat (Gasp!). It will be okay. I promise.
My sport coat is the perfect example of the modern tweed sport coat. It differs from the Hacking and Norfolk jackets as it does not have a ticket pocket or a belt, it only has one vent, and a 3/2 roll closure. It does have a third button so it can still theoretically be buttoned all the way up and a throat latch, but are these merely decoration or do they work? There was only one way to find out. I pulled my tweed out of the closet and buttoned it up. All the way up. It was a success.
Ready to face inclement weather.
Once again we have sport to thank for this piece of classic clothing. The 3/2 roll tweed sport coat is rooted in the days before central heating and horseless carriages making the third button and throat latch valuable assets. However, times have changed and protection from the elements is now better handled by attached garages, remote car starts, and heated car seats, but I can see myself putting the third button and throat latch to good use when a warm fall day turns into a chilly fall evening.