Friday, April 27, 2012

Old Man: MH Frank

Longtime readers of the blog will recognize the name MH Frank. MH Frank is a men's haberdashery in downtown Clemson. This is the store that walked me through my personal sartorial revolution a few years ago. I have many ties, bowties, pocket squares (more than I can remember), and belts from there. But more than that, the guys who work there have been very helpful, especially Jay and Steve, the stalwarts.

They were nice enough to let me come in and take some pictures of their wonderful store. Here are some of them.

The storefront. Right off of the main drag of Clemson (which is about a mile long, if that).

The view from the door. Dress stuff to the left, casual stuff to the right.


Casual shirts. 

Walls and tables of ties.

Belts - neddlepoint, madras, seersucker.

Table of ties. 

Bowties. The one on the far left is four sided - the purple you see, orange, green, and blue. Out of control awesome. 

Dress shirts. Patterns on the table and solids up top. Gitman, Mercer, other great shirts. 

"A true southern accent"

Smathers and Branson needlepoint hats.

Of course, the Southern Proper nook. Bowties, hats, t-shirts.

This is where I have spent most of my time and money over the years. They also have a bowl just to the left. 

Clemson wall. 

This is part of the wall of sportcoats. Just look at all that seersucker. Pink, green, orange, blue. 

Gitman collars. 

I walked out with one of those Smathers and Branson needlepoint hats. Pretty awesome.

If you're ever in Clemson (or anywhere nearby), drive up to MH Frank's and check them out. You can't miss it.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Old Man: Uniforms

This is my usual uniform nowadays.

Button down shirt (rolled for the spring/summer), jeans (RRL or Epaulet), and sockless LL Bean Sig bluchers. Comfortable and pretty stylish. I think it strikes a good balance.

I still love getting done up in a suit and all the fixins, but this is my wheelhouse for right now.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Young Man: Gratitude

Giuseppe over at An Affordable Wardrobe gave me the G bump recently for the arrogance post.

Many thanks to him. Please add your opinion over there if you get a chance. I'm thinking up another post as an offshoot from that one. Should be similarly provocative (hopefully).


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Young Man: Cordies Contest

I'm very late to the game here, but everyone has eight more hours to win a free pair of Cordies.

Check out Nick at Great Lakes Prep and the contest over there. All you need to do is comment on the post and tweet about it.

Good Luck!


Old Man: Sunday Style

Today's Sunday Style post is in conjunction with an announcement.

I'm on instagram now. You can see today's Sunday Style picture here.

Tan poplin today. A green/blue wool Land's End tie and Bass Weejun u-stripe shirt. AE pennies.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Young Man: Photographs

Ever since I started getting into photography (even earlier, probably), I've wanted to take one specific pictures more than any others: the way that milk looks right when it pours into a cup of dark tea. I always thought it looked like rolling waves or a storm.

Thanks to my friend Carson, who has taken me under his wing, I was able to finally take that picture. He set me up with some of his flash stuff, which helped immensely. 

Here it is.

There was a little mishap. I was doing this by myself, so I had to hold the shutter button with one hand and pour the milk with the other (to make sure the shot stayed in frame and I got enough pictures). I didn't realize until after I had taken all the pictures and the milk had evenly dissolved that I'd spilled milk all over the place. I cropped it out in this shot (the lamely titled "Tempest") but left it in in the equally lamely titled "No Crying."

Hope you enjoy. Thanks for letting me borrow all your stuff Carson.


Post Script: Head over to Great Lakes Prep to see a great review Nick did of Cordies, and read about an opportunity to win a free pair.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

Finally breaking out the Corbin jacket that is so well known to readers of this blog. It is probably one of my favorite things about warm weather.

Today in church I saw an older man wearing a tan poplin suit like this. Pretty snazzy looking.


Young Man: Random Pictures

Here are a bunch of pictures from the last few weeks. All over the place.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Young Man: What I Wore Today

I had my Fundamentals of Firefighting evaluation today. Passed the skills and feel pretty good about the written test.

Airing out.

Next up are some HazMat courses and then on to Firefighter I.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Young Man: This Arrogance of Ours

If you hang around the online clothing scene enough you are very likely to encounter a particular character trait that pervades every forum and most blogs. That unfortunate trait is arrogance. It is sometimes manifested towards those in the know who aren't quite in far enough (this was always the feeling I got at the Talk Ivy forums), but it is more often directed to those who are not in the know, towards those who've never heard of trad and couldn't care less how their jean legs are attached to each other. They are somehow inferior to those of us who have heard and who do care.

I guess the assumption is that they don't care how they look or what their clothing choices say about them.

But that's a bunch of baloney. Everyone cares about how they look. Just because their clothing aesthetic differs from yours or that they want to say something different with their clothes than you do with yours doesn't mean they are inferior.

The guido all Ed Hardy'd is trying to make a statement. The hillbilly with the same wranglers, boots, and t-shirts is trying to make a statement. The guy coming to class in pajama pants and a blanket (seen it) is trying to make a statement.

Now, I might not agree with those statements. I might think they are dumb, and that the results look pretty dumb too (judging based on my aesthetic standards), but they aren't wrong. Just like I'm not right. I like the traditional/Ivy/American/gobledy-gook aesthetic. But guess what? It isn't the 40's anymore. Society doesn't require everyone to wear a 3/2 charcoal suit to work everyday. So it isn't "the right thing" anymore. I like it because I happen to appreciate the style and workmanship of garments of that period.

I guess this is where I'm going here: don't look down on someone because of their clothes. Style and aesthetics are subjective, and you'll never be able to prove to me (or anyone else) that they're not. So don't offend (or be offended by) someone because of something as silly as the clothes they wear. Not everyone obsesses about the little details of our respective styles. And that's OK. If you aren't into traditional Irish flutes, wouldn't you think I was silly if I wrote you off because of it?

*Big caveat here. I do this all the time. Usually it's in my head. I try not to publish negative thoughts like this. But I'm just as guilty as anyone. And I'll try and do better.


Old Man: Sunday Style

No seersucker here. Mostly because I don't have any anymore. But it was also pretty chilly this morning.

I went with the blazer/madras tie combo.

And RRL chinos with AE loafers. Sockless for the afternoon. It was too chilly for it in the morning but just right after church.

Happy Easter everyone. Hope the day went well for everyone.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Old Man: Pendleton Spring Jubilee

A good time here this afternoon. The fun continues tomorrow. Here are some pictures.

Mustache mugs. The coolest things there.


Handmade knives.


The stage.

Split Creek Farms. The best goat feta ever, and just ten minutes away from my house.  I made a pizza with some goat feta tonight and it was amazing.

This guy had three dimensional art - like the house had the fence added on with wire.

Lots of pottery. Good stuff here.

My favorite was still the mustache mugs. We left with some goat feta, yogurt, and some homemade ice-cream (which was awesome).

Head to downtown Pendleton tomorrow afternoon if you're in the area for a great time.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Young Man: Self Portrait in F#m

I thought this was a cool shot - taken by my wife. Never mind the undershirt.

Playing "Farewell to Whalley Range" by Mike McGoldrick, a tune in F#m.

If you're in the area tomorrow, head to the Pendleton Spring Jubilee in downtown Pendleton. It's always a good time and Emerald Road is playing from 12 - 2.


Young Man: The Smoking Pig

One of the best things about Anderson is The Smoking Pig. A legitimate barbeque place. They do pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken. I've had everything except the ribs and everything is excellent. I used to think I was a pork guy, but this place has turned me onto brisket.

Handwritten menus. 

They know which team to root for (you get to go write your name and a little message on a helmet - if you can find a place).

The goods. The brisket sandwich (yes, that is just the sandwich portion) piled about two inches high, and sweet potato crunch (we'd never tried it before and it was amazing).

If you're ever in the Pendleton area, seriously check out the Smoking Pig - just off 76. But be warned, they only serve food Thursday to Saturday. They're smoking their stuff the rest of the time (I've driven by at 11 PM on a Tuesday to see smoke coming from the stack). Really amazing stuff.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Young Man/Old Man: Big "Cordies" News

Big news for Cordies today. After months of mooching off of the good people at The Cordial Churchman, I'm opening my own online shop for Cordies. Here it is. For now it's just the sunglasses retainers, but I plan on doing bracelets and this at some point. Shoot me an email if you have any questions.

You can still purchase them at The Cordial Churchman or at Palmetto Shades in Clemson.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Young Man: New Toys, Pt. II

That's right. iPhone 4s + dslr = profitable blog? Right?

This thing is so much fun. I enjoy having new gadgets to play around with.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

I'm feeling a little under the weather today, so no picture of the stuff on me, but I arranged them in a somewhat pleasing fashion.

Brooks/J Crew/Don Loper/pocket square

And some RRL chinos and AE loafs down below.

Stay tuned for some Cordies news sometime this next week.