I like to think of myself as a practical man. I’m hardly unique in that regard but, as a member of the unfortunate group that will quote Gordon Gekko without a trace of irony, I feel I have as good a claim to that distinction as anyone. At least anyone with uncalloused hands.
The Styleforum scarf-off has officially announced that colder weather has arrived. Which means not only scarves, but coats. It's easy to think of the coat as something completely separate from the rest of what you're wearing. After all, you're only wearing it for the few minutes that you're outside, so why should it really matter? But in truth, nothing screams “graduating senior at his first career fair” like a suit with a ski jacket worn over it.
The difference between a tourist and a traveler is described well by a character in Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky: “Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.”
Meet Greg Lellouche it’s founder. Born and raised in France, Greg’s father, a banker, was instrumental in teaching him the basics of classic dress- how to tie a tie, shining shoes every Sunday afternoon, how to wear a pocket square and fitting into a conservative profession as a junior banker.
Most men can find well-fitting shirts off-the-rack; the question is whether or not they know one when they see it. Though a surprising number of men don't know how a shirt should fit, once learned, the lessons become intuitive.
The price of suits and sport coats varies widely, running anywhere from $200 to $20,000. The asking price for high-end pieces is often justified by the quality of construction; but the surprising bit of news is that most consumers aren’t able to tell what they’re paying for. What’s believed to be hand-stitching can be machine-made to look like handwork, and the quality of materials can often only be judged after years of use.
As necessity is the mother of invention, the nature of a country's inventions can tell you a lot about the pregnant necessities they have running around. For example, the cocktail received entrepreneurial attentions during Prohibition in the United States, when the bathtub gin available at the time was so distasteful that it required mixers to cloak its flavor. Or the adoption of the cummerbund among British military officers in India, which was an effort to combat the local heat and humidity. And so it was that Charles Macintosh invented the process of waterproofing fabric by rubberizing it in Glasgow, Scotland, whose Wikipedia page informs us that “Long dry spells of warm weather are generally very scarce.”