Some purchases flavor one’s wardrobe distinctively, though their proportions are small. Ties, pocket squares, and other well chosen accessories can give subtle nod to season or occasion, and change entirely the tenor of an ensemble. Or even the baritone.
Classics aren’t always timeless, but they often make comebacks. When Talrach de Blacam first came to the Aran Islands in 1968, it was to study Celtic languages, but he eventually found that maintaining a living past would mean creating a viable future.
If you’ve read ad copy for just about any menswear product, you’re familiar with paeans to a garment’s comfort and practicality. Pockets for every gadget in mankind’s creation. Jackets that can be folded into a 3”x3” square for ease of packing. Or even turn into bags themselves to carry less thoughtfully designed articles.
Late October may be the best time of the year for American sports. The NFL is in mid-season form, the NBA season is just beginning, and the baseball season culminates in the World Series (congrats, Giants). All this TV time for sporting events means a lot of TV time for sportscasters.
The ingenuity of Japanese design is innovation building on an awareness of history. I’ve never been to the country myself, but from my seat, menswear in Japan takes this ethos to a whole new dimension. Where else are you going to find a place willing to re-authenticate American culture (however defined) and subversively re-create it?