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A Slipper to Enjoy
18 May

A Slipper to Enjoy

Life in the time of coronavirus has raised at-home footwear to a place of paramount importance in my life.

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They're Good Socks
16 Mar

They're Good Socks

White cotton socks. Some fuchsia design flourishes on them, but nothing special aesthetically or technically. A brand you’ve probably never heard of. One size fits all, readymade. As of this writing, $86,450 a pair.

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Trenchant Alternatives to the Pea Coat
19 Jan

Trenchant Alternatives to the Pea Coat

A man could live his life in complete peace with no overcoat but a pea coat. And yet its very ubiquity leads the curious and the devious to seek out alternatives.

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The Joy of Kopping
01 Dec

The Joy of Kopping

Marie Kondo became famous for suggesting that people keep only those possessions that “spark joy”. Apparently this is supposed to result in keeping only a few possessions. But I have to admit, even if at times in my peregrinations I feel over-burdened, I remain delighted by nearly every one of my possessions. 

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A Mount Rushmore Of Winter Fits
17 Nov

A Mount Rushmore Of Winter Fits

Some outerwear is meant to be worn over a suit. Some outerwear is meant to be worn over a T-shirt. But all outerwear is meant to be worn over a sweater. My man Josh in Louisiana has put up a Mount Rushmore of coat-and-knit fits, which show how comfortable and elegant this format can be.

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Lincoln and Lila
09 Jun

Lincoln and Lila

Just as there are different sorts of satisfaction in the present—for instance, happiness from lack of want, fulfillment from exertion towards a higher purpose—there are different sorts of idealization of the past. Lincoln’s yearning is not for a beatific past but the opposite – a past of tumult, but also one of opportunity and perhaps more importantly, meaning and glory.

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The Original Penny Loafer
31 Mar

The Original Penny Loafer

I’m sure you’ll remember the scene in Adam McKay’s masterwork Talladega Nights in which the dastardly (French) villain Jean Girard challenges our hero Ricky Bobby to name one thing of value that Americans have given the world. As a proud American, I’ve often wondered how I might have answered, were I in Ricky Bobby’s shoes. One tempting answer might be that classic of Ivy Style, the penny loafer. But this isn’t quite right. The penny loafer was born in Norway.

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Living Nobly
18 Feb

Living Nobly

Desiree Desierto of the University of Rochester and Mark Koyama of George Mason University have recently released a working paper on these laws, known as “sumptuary laws,” in pre-industrial Europe.  Along the way they find some delightful language from various medieval laws, such as the 1485 French law that restricted the use of gold, silver, and silk cloth to “nobles living nobly who are born and extracted of good and old nobility.”

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