"I have a question for you: I wear a simple gold watch (pic above) given to me as a wedding gift by my wife almost twenty five years ago. I have always worn it with a grosgrain ribbon watchband, usually from Brooks Brothers. I change the band a few times a week, and have maybe a dozen bands. Still, I would like to get some different ones, and have exhausted what BB has to offer. Maybe this is a style that time has forgotten, as I never see anyone else wearing a watch with such a band, but I wonder if you know where I might get some new bands. An online search turned up mostly empty (Orvis sells a watch with a few grosgrain bands, but I don't want to buy a new watch, just the bands). Can you or your resourceful readers offer some suggestions?"
"I recently went to Brooks Brothers to buy a classic navy blazer. The selection was extremely intimidating. I wanted the 'true classic', but I don't think such an item exists there anymore. Needless to say, the salespeople will tell you something is the true classic if they think you don't know any better.
Anyway, I found two that I think meet the bill. One is from their Golden Fleece line, Madison fit, Made in USA. Price is around $1,200. Other is a lightweight Loro Piana wool, also Madison fit, made in Canada, at around $640. I live in Florida, originally from Connecticut. I'm struggling between the two choices as they both fit the bill looks-wise, but I feel that the true classic points go to the pricier model, whereas the lightweight would be more practical for year-round wear in a climate where we do have pleasant season changes. Any advice? Can I go wrong with either choice? Thanks!"