Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Support: Ellie LaVeer Stager

A while ago I received a handmade bowtie from Ellie LaVeer Stager (or Mrs. TCC as I usually refer to her). It is a blue/yellow plaid seersucker bow. The quality is amazing, and I still can't figure out how she does it (I've been trying to get them to give up their secret and then start a rival bow-tie business). Apparently, this was one of the first bows she made and the quality is even better now. Not really sure how that could be, but I'll take their word for it.

Here is a picture of mine:

Visit her blog, send her an email, and support one of the newest (and last) handmade, American-made businesses around. Tell them Conor sent you. You won't get a deal or anything special, but it will inflate my self-esteem by having people mention my name.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Man: Natural Shoulders

As I said in another post, I have been submitting entries for The Curriculum's summer contest. I was fairly confident of at least a top 3 finish at that time, but now Brownshoe and d23pallas have jumped in and, combined with TCC and vwguy, I'm significantly less confident.

But in any case, the submission deadline is past and there is nothing left but waiting. However, poster Reddington made a comment about a suit in a picture I had entered that showed me a quality I had never noticed in it before.

He pointed out how natural the shoulders are on this suit. I thrifted this suit a few months ago and only wore it for the first time recently because I hemmed and cuffed the pants. This suit was made by Corbin for The English Shop in Princeton, the same place as that charcoal suit I thrifted last week. I got it at the same thrift store as well, so I'm thinking some trad in Clemson is the same size as me, and I will continue to check that thrift store often.

But to the point, as you can see, the shoulders are quite natural on this suit. I hadn't noticed until Reddington pointed them out. That probably speaks to some amount of ignorance on my part (and no small part, I'm sure), but I think it also shows how comfortable natural shoulders are. I didn't even notice them, when I have noticed the shoulders on most of my other jackets.

Plus they look cool (although I'm sure I shouldn't be allowed to talk about cool).

Edit: Wow, I am very dumb. I just realized I had already put this picture up a few days ago, and here I am talking about it like no-one's ever seen it.

Oh boy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Old Man: Peak Lapels

I have no peak lapel jackets, and very few two-button/darted jackets. But this J. Press tweed suit is calling to me in a powerful way.

Harris Herringbone

In another stage of life and employment situation, this would be on its way to me right now. I really like the aesthetic of peak lapels. The two buttons and darts I could do without (though I do like the ticket pocket). I'm thinking that maybe ADG has the right idea with a three button peak lapel jacket.

The fact that it's a tweed suit adds much to my desire for it.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Old Man: Loafers

This morning at church I wore a light grey Corbin sack suit (also for the English Shop at Princeton as it turns out), with my Allen-Edmonds Hanover loafers. I also wore them without socks. That is two rules that I violated in one fell swoop. I have a pair of (good old) Florsheim wingtips and an old pair of AE Leeds, but I find myself constantly reaching for my AE's or my Weejuns. I just love how they look and feel, and really don't feel like buying more laced shoes. I'd like to own a pair of shell penny loafers sometime in my life. That is my holy grail of thrifting. So if you come across a pair of 11-1/2 or 12 shell loafers let me know.


edit: here is the picture

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Old Man: Thrift Store Shopping, pt. 6

I earned $20 in tips last night, so I hit the thrift store this afternoon. The first one didn't have anything, but the second one had some nice gems.

Grey (chalk stripe?) sack suit. The tag says "Tailored by Oakloom Clothiers for The English Shop, Princeton N.J."

Grey (with red, blue and white stripes) sack* suit Tag says: "Regent Clothiers, M.H. Frank, Lexington - Clemson" This is the local men's shop in Clemson. The tag means it is from sometime before 1985 (that is around when they closed the Lexington store, according to the owner).

*This is a sack suit, as there is nary a dart in sight, but I'm not sure if it was ever a 3/2 roll. It also puzzled me because now MH Frank is something of a trendy men's shop. Good proof that even this shop was trad once.

The Oakloom suit pants had cuffs, but were over 2 1/2" too long, and the MH Frank suit had no cuffs and were about 2" too long, so I hemmed and cuffed the one and cuffed the other. Both now have 2" cuffs and no break (I am a no break kinda guy). This makes four pairs of pants hemmed and cuffed, and I'll be doing two more tomorrow. ADG, I'll let you know when you can send your trousers.

Oh ya, and they were $8 each.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Old Man: Sewing, pt. 2

It's been a month or two since I got my sewing machine. The going has been pretty slow, and the learning curve has been larger than I thought. I hemmed my jeans the first day I had the machine, and the results were less than fantastic. Once I get much better I'll re-do it. I've done some other basic repairs, which were very easy and obviously turned out OK.

Today I hemmed and cuffed a pair of grey wool slacks that I picked up at a thrift store a few months ago, which were a good two or three inches too long. The results are nowhere near perfect, but much better than I expected. Next up is a new pair of RRL khakis that are too long. They are currently in the drier, but after that I'll be hemming and cuffing them as well.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Young Man: Summer Clothes

I really don't like summer all that much. It is very hot and I sweat a lot. I also like winter clothes much more. But part of that is because I don't have as much fun clothes for summer as I do for fall/winter. I do have a few good summer pieces though, and I recently wore them to enter the summer contest on The Curriculum. Here they are.

This is my entry for the casual category. Shirt is LE, shorts are bills, and AE Hanovers round it out (and Wayfarers).

Suit is BB, shirt is Gitman, tie is one of the thrifted madras ties. AE Hanovers again.

Jacket, shirt, and pants are BB. Tie is Hathaway, Hanovers once again.

These pieces make summer a little easier to bear. (This post idea stolen from Patrick's Summer Gear posts. I'm glad he's the judge, because otherwise he would win).


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Young Man: New Music

More new music for you guys. I hope the two or three of you who like this kind of music enjoy these.

Deer Tick, "Song About a Man"

Phosphorescence, Joe Tex, These Taming Blues

J. Tillman, "When I Light Your Darkened Door"

Brightblack Morning Light

Bonnie Prince Billy, "Cursed Sleep"



Saturday, July 4, 2009

I'm Back

I got my new computer (Macbook Pro; yay macs) on Thursday, an hour before I had to go to work (a big bummer). I spent all yesterday playing around with it, and so am just now getting around to posting this info. I love it.

My next post will probably be on Monday, because I'll be spending most of my time this weekend with my wife.

Have a happy 4th everyone. I'll try to keep up with the blog from now on.