Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jos. A. Bank 70% Off Everything

Through October 27. Apparently online only. Solid deal if, say, you're looking to pick up just one Signature Gold suit.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dapper District Sews A Button

Amateurish, no? But an important first step toward competence. Next, I will try to hem my own chinos. Dusting off the sewing machine.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Persol still sells the sunglasses that Steve McQueen made iconic. I saw them online for about $300.

I tend to wear my sunglasses pretty rough. I got some Revos in high school and kept them for almost 10 years, regluing the frame screw that kept stripping. They went in and out of their case, occasionally fell off my nose, jostled around in the console of two different Mustangs. I only abandoned them when there was too much super glue on there to do another gluing.

So I bought these $12 knockoffs from Asos. They're polarized and UV-hardened. They get the job done. And if I sit on them, no big deal.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

No-Show Socks

All of the putatively invisible socks I have tried failed in their essential purpose: they were not invisible. Selling such socks seems to me like advertising oneself as an expert in maritime law without having ever seen the ocean or read anything about maritime law. Then again, the attorney ethics rules restrict us in ways that normal commerce avoids.

However, the helpful clerk at Journeys, which is a street-style mall-based shoe store useful mainly for its enormous selection of Chuck Taylors, convinced me to drop $10 for six pair of these beauties. They keep your shoes safe from foot sweat without advertising to the world that you are very concerned about foot sweat. Studied nonchalance. Sprezzatura is so rarely sold at the mall.