Thursday, December 5, 2013
Several years ago, Mater got me a pair of APC New Standard raw selvedge jeans for Christmas. I really enjoyed the process of wearing them constantly to get them to adapt to my body. They ended up fitting snugly but certainly not uncomfortably. I put them in a drawer during the summer and recently pulled them back out.
In the meantime, thanks to my brother in law and his partners at 5 Rings Fitness shameless plug in Falls Church and their obsession with squats and deadlifts, my thighs have gotten so big that I can barely get the jeans to pull up to my hips. Dapper Spouse loves this because it's what women have to go through with all of their jeans. I suspect they still have some stretch in them, though.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Posted to an image blog here. At least they preserved the watermark. Not sure that the "real men" branding is necessary, but if it gets people dressing better, I guess it's fine. Faux men, surreal men, realist men, and everyone else are welcome to dress like a man. I wouldn't mind decoupling clothing from gender.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
This is the MISTER.duvall fox tie I referenced last post. h/t my phone camera for accurately detecting the colors. The piping has a velveteen look to it, basically the same color as the fox's eyes, or close enough that nobody at an appropriate distance will be able to differentiate. Anyone at an inappropriate distance will probably be about to kiss you and will not, one hopes, be looking at your bow tie at that point.
It's far too easy to run aground when printing little animal images on your neckwear. For example, my alma mater offers this rather than a nice repp-stripe tie in the school colors (one that does NOT include the logo in 1.5" letters at the bottom of the front of the polyester tie like this I mean seriously polyester for a necktie? I clearly need to go back and sort some things out in Norman).
Anyway. The fox is in low enough resolution that it's sort of impressionistic. It's got nice colors. It's a piece that demands to be used in fun and interesting ways. I am thinking I would build up a winter ensemble of dark denim and gray coat, white shirt--standard neutral palette--but stick some green in it somewhere subtle: maybe socks or shoelaces. Then stick the tie up top. Bam. Step 3 is walking out the door and smiling, as usual.
Thanks to MISTER.duvall for giving me the chance to review this stuff. I may post on some of their other samples in the future if inspiration strikes.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A friend of a friend is affiliated with a newish bow-tie company called "MISTER. duvall." (Don't worry; their typography is sufficiently well-chosen to carry such a brand name. I doubt the Virginia Corporation Commission would be able to register it properly, though.) They bill themselves as specializing in weddings and other special events. They sent me a few samples to have a look at, and to the surprise of no one, I have many opinions, which I will try to string out into several posts.
The fabric is 100% silk and comes in a huge variety of weaves--twill, corduroy, and more standard options. The silk is substantial and has a lot of internal structure compared to what you'd find at a department store (I have a question in to them about their interfacing and will update you); knotted, they make for a reasonable-sized bow but can get plenty big if you futz with the tying process. They have both pre-tied and adjustable self-tied options; you know which to choose. List price is $120, which is not outlandish for a small business. JAB sells their noticeably lower-quality, lower-weight, smaller, and un-piped product for $60 list (still very wearable, nothing shabby).
As you can see, this is definitely a special-event bow tie. Contrast piping is a "sartorial power move" as the #menswear people call it. A magenta bow tie is not out of the question in court (for oral argument, at least), but the black piping will make it look equally startling next to a gray or navy suit, which would otherwise be its natural and fetching home. It might work with a black suit, but then, you'd be wearing a black suit. Compare the navy and orange/rust/brown? tie with matched piping; this could be worn in front of a jury of one's peers or drinking buddies with equal aplomb.
The fox tie on the far right merits its own study.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I like to peacock a bit from time to time, meaning the hours of the day when I am awake and not in the house, especially as the weather turns and the darker suits come out of the storage closet. Not-really-hidden red at the neck and ankles makes a great pop and acts as an in-joke between you and yourself and which you are constantly telling to relative strangers at parties.
Scarlet socks from Dapper Classics, a Christmas gift from Dapper-in-Law, a professional scrapbooker. Bowtie by Cinabre, a gift from Dapper Spouse, nice muted almost-olive color on the front, crimson on the back.
N.B. The socks also coordinate with the red highlights in our VW GTI's upholstery and steering-wheel thread. Are you detecting a pattern?
(Shameless plug: if you or someone you know likes scrapbooking with top-notch production values, this scrapbooking retreat at the Hyatt Dulles next year, organized by Dapper-in-Law and other scrappers, should be, well, epic.)
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Had a recent run of good luck finding knitted silk ties at JAB. Found another one at Nordstrom Rack at Potomac Mills, a few times more expensive than JAB clearance, but you figure store-brand at Nordstrom, must be pretty good, right, so you buy it on the spot.
Get home, discover that it's 100% polyester.
Books, covers, etc. To Goodwill!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Burgundy briefcase: $20 on ebay, shipped. Real leather. Functional locks. Multiple pockets. Suede lining.
Black briefcase: gift from many years ago. Clasp stopped working. Emailed the manufacturer, Aaron Irvin, who sent me a replacement clasp free of charge.
Belt at top of image: the rats (pet rats...) chewed on the leather at the end, which caused the fabric underneath to start to unravel a bit. I tuck or fold it so it doesn't show.
Shred of dry-cleaners tag on the left edge: laundering and ironing my own shirts for the time being. Got tired of how fast they shrink, stain, improperly flatten, and otherwise wear out at the dry cleaners.
Entire image: meant to just photograph the briefcases. Accidentally photographed belt and tag. Rather than re-take photograph, used it as is. Money saved: $0. Still, it's the principle!
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