Showing posts with label Stores and Essentials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stores and Essentials. Show all posts

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.

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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Classic Oxford Shirts

Original Photographs from Archives

Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts

Oxford shirts, sometimes referred to as OCBDs, are a classic style of shirt for men and women and a staple of many wardrobes.  A formal shirt when new, they can be comfortably used in more casual setting, especially when showing some wear.

Men's Khakis

 Maine Windjammer - Original Photo from Archives
The one item that is a sine qua non to the classic wardrobe is a pair of khaki pants. This is true for males and females, young and old.

Vendors, knowing "khaki" is often referred to as a color, now use the term "chinos" which are offered in various shades of Khaki. Technically, however, khaki refers to either the style of trousers originally worn by British Troops in India or the color.

But the options today can be confusing.  Buying any kind of pants is always a more personal purchase than a sweater or a shirt. And many of the traditional khaki vendors have drastically cheapened the material used and reduced the consistency of fit when they outsourced to China or other low-wage countries, while constantly tweaking offerings.

Reds; Nantucket Reds From Murray's Toggery; What to Wear With Nantucket Reds; and Alternatives


Reds, such as Nantucket Reds, are an iconic style and color of pants. 
Probably long before Murray's Nantucket Reds were invented, the red pants of choice of yachtsmen and crew, were of course the 'real' Breton Reds. Long ago I picked up a pair of these classic yachting pants while sailing the Channel Races. The pants, after a while, turned a fabulous washed out red that could only be achieved by being on the ocean (not counting the Nantucket fast ferry). They were soft, the right degree of "baggy" and worn by just about every blue water sailor. (Comment, skiwithapro, May 28, 2013)
As to the choice of pants: Murray's are, sadly, now made in China, but at least as of last summer, they were still the heavier sailcloth. In my experience, the Chinese products fade less quickly. (The ones in the older color on the shelves at Murray's are almost certainly unsold pleated pants.) I'm a customer of the Nobby shop and enjoy shopping there, but it's simply a different product. Think cocktails, not clamming; garden parties, not golf. I own both and use them for different purposes.(Comment, February 14, 2013)
Sources of Reds include:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring Resupply for Men: York River Traders, Jack Donnelly, and Mercer Shirts

This is a good time of year to think about spring resupplies.  Above are:
All of these items are made in the U.S.A..

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Barbour Beaufort vs. Bedale

Beaufort in Sage
Bedale in Navy

“In 1894, John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea Weather.”  

- John Barbour & Sons

Many ask about the differences between the Barbour Beaufort and the Barbour Bedale.