Showing posts with label Clothing and Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clothing and Accessories. Show all posts

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peacoats and Car Coats

Original Photograph from Archives
Sources for Peacoats, Car Coats and similar outerwear include:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Denis Full Zip Aran Sweater from Blarney Woollen Mills

The Denis Full Zip Aran Sweater
The Denis Full Zip Aran Sweater is part of the Blarney Woollen Mills Aran knitwear range.  And while it is a Men's sweater, it also works well as a Unisex item.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Audrey Drape Aran Cardigan for Women from Blarney Woollen Mills

Worn with Dubarry Cork Boots for Women <>
The Audrey Aran Cardigan in a soft, comfortable and generous wrap offered by Blarney Woollen Mills and part of their Blarney Aran Originals collection.   It is made of 100% Soft Merino Wool.  Shown here in Parsnip, it also comes in Natural and Purple Marl.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Schoolboy Scarves

Barbour Beaufort in Navy, Barbour Waxed Dog Coat from Royal Male, Newport <>;  Norfolk's Schoolboy Scarf Compliments of J. Press, New York

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

If you regularly walk on uneven terrain, a stick can be very helpful.


It has been increasingly difficult to find authentic Irish blackthorn walking sticks.  The sticks that so many stores carry are seldom real, and as such are thin, light, too straight, and unsubstantial.

For those looking for authentic - albeit highly limited - Irish blackthorn walking sticks, this is an ideal source:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Handmade in Ireland: A Tweed Make-Up Bag and a Wool Throw

Tweed Make-Up Bag is Fully Lined with a Zippered Top
The McCaffrey Family has been making authentic Irish products since 1833 (including the walking sticks shown <here>), and currently sell their products through their Etsy store.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Norwegian Crewneck Sweater

How does the current L.L. Bean Norwegian Crewneck Sweater compare to the "Fisherman" original? 

The L.L. Bean Boot

The L.L. Bean Boot: Now Style Over Substance?

Outdoor Boots

Spending time outdoors requires proper foot gear. Some examples:

The L.L. Bean Boot

One iconic, Americana example is L.L. Bean's The Bean Boot (Maine Hunting Shoe), designed and produced originally By Leon L. Bean.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lochcarron of Scotland Lambswool Scarves

Made in Scotland
Lochcarron makes soft lambswool scarves in authentic tartans.
  • Lochcarron of Scotland Lambswool Scarves (Link)
Some are available on Amazon as well, although stock may be limited.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Overview of Companies, Past and Present (Including Those Often Referred to as Preppy and Trad)

Here is the most recent life cycle chart.  This chart is an opinion piece, for fun and conversation starting, not complete, nor actual analysis.

For those new to this, this chart strives to plot the current state of some clothing and accessory vendors - including some described as preppy, "Ivy", or trad style such as L.L. Bean, J. Press, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren - as they evolve from young, innovative companies on the left of the chart to company shells/cautionary tales on the right.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Three Leather Man Ltd. Tab & Buckle Motif Belts for Fall

No one does the classic Tab & Buckle Motif Belt better than Leather Man Ltd., and they have been doing it for a long time.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dubarry Donegal Boots

These comfortable, leather Donegal boots were sent by Dubarary.  They are fleece lined for warmth and have Gore-Tex to make them waterproof.  These are Women's and they also make them for Men.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

L.L. Bean Chamois Shirts and Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirts

Four of Their Tartans Offered This Season
There are very few high quality items still offered by L.L. Bean today, but the Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirts and Chamois Shirts are two of them.   Despite the almost yearly prices hikes of late, one is still hard pressed to find better examples of either.   Both are hard wearing and very soft.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Classic, Semi-Casual Winter Coat for Men

Original Photograph from Archives

First off, I would like to commend you on your fine blog; such a great variety. Anyways, I am hoping that you might be able to offer your opinion on something. I am looking for a classic, semi-casual winter coat. I often find myself just wearing a ski jacket during the winter months but am looking for something more appropriate and refined. What style/brands would you recommend. I am ideally looking for alternatives to the peacoat.

Here are some suggestions:

Tweed Shooting Jackets
Duffle Coats

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mercer & Sons Shirts

Classic Pima Oxford in Blue.   "Each and every collar is cut, turned, trimmed and pointed by hand."
Mercer & Sons is a small company that makes shirts the old-fashioned way, offering traditional style and fit.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Lotuff Men's Leather Briefcases and Bifold Wallet

Lotuff Men's English Leather Briefcase
Lotuff makes many favorite leather items available today.

The Lotuff Men's Leather Bifold Wallet

The Lotuff Men's Leather Bifold Wallet in Chocolate
This "Made in New England" product is the Platonic ideal of a wallet. Any owner will likely have it and use it for a very, very long time.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dubarry's New Cork Boot

The Dubarry Cork Boot
Dubarry has introduced their new Chelsea boot, the Cork boot.  Even though these are designed for more in-town wear, they are still Dubarrys, so - lined with GORE -TEX, and made with their treated leather - they are also waterproof.