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Activation Energy
10 Sep

Activation Energy

When I first told my parents I wanted a fountain pen, they laughed at me. A generation that had grown up learning to write on the scratchy, messy, finicky things couldn’t believe that someone would want to turn his back on the easy, consistent and reliable world of rollerballs and ballpoints and fuss with inkwells, pistons and sensitive nibs. Of course, they didn’t realize that for many of us today, the fuss of the old-fashioned is the draw. 

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Book Review: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
27 Aug

Book Review: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Many of the best clothing-industry memoirs, such as Martin Greenfield’s Measure of a Man, spend less time describing the writer’s time in the industry than they do the circumstances that led the writer to the business. Or, as Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day calls it in the fascinating Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem, the hustle. And for him, it was the attraction of, for the first time, carrying out “a hustle with no vic[tim]s.” 

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Suits
12 Aug

Suits

If not even bankers, the profession we suppose kept expensive custom tailors in business (because almost no other profession can still afford them), are wearing suits, then who is still wearing them? What will bankers wear instead? And what is to become of the suit? 

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That Which Brings Joy
30 Jul

That Which Brings Joy

Two children’s books come to mind when I think of Marie Kondo.  Fitting, too, as ever since she’s become a sprightly, life-simplifying phenomenon, people on the internet have voiced fears that she would come for their books.  We iGents, though, knew better.  She (or her distaff converts) are coming for our #steez. 

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Belt Bow Cape
16 Jul

Belt Bow Cape

A Hall of Famer
01 Jul

A Hall of Famer

A few words inspired by the recent induction of Bryan Ferry’s band Roxy Music into the Rock & Roll Hal of Fame.

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Book Review: Dandysmes
18 Jun

Book Review: Dandysmes

There’s a danger in our latter-day dandy syncretism: the rolling of anyone who dresses in flashy or anachronistic jackets and sportcoats into a loaf of the indigestible and incoherent.  By its title, Dandysmes acknowledges various different types of dandies, and different conceptions of the dandy, all seen through the prism of Beau Brummell, the putative dandy zero.

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Mindfulness
09 Jun

Mindfulness

We must reach for the moments because we can no longer seize the day. How can we, when every second is counted and every impression recorded? 

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