Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, September 29, 2022

When/why do buy directly from the manufacturer vs. through a store?

A reader question:

The internet provides unparalleled access to stores all over the world, but also the manufacturers themselves.  So I am curious if people still prefer curated sources (stores) or to go right to source (manufacturers).  When do readers prefer one over the other?   

Mercer Shirt Delivery

Photo by Salt Water New England

Check / Broadcloth <>

  • Skye Blue Bold Check Broadcloth
  • Bold Blue Check Broadcloth
  • (2) Classic Blue Bengal Stripe Broadcloth

Solid / Oxford <>

  • Pink Two-Ply Classic Pima Cotton Oxford

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

At Sunset

Photos by Salt Water New England


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New from Bosie - Womens Luskentyre Chunky Fair Isle Soft Donegal Jumper - Mull Natural

Photo by Salt Water New England
For those who prefer their Fair Isles a bit warmer and autumnally fabulous, this new Bosie 4 ply Donegal Fair Isle is perfect.  Because it is a 4 ply Donegal Fair Isle.  

Made in Scotland seemingly for use in New England prep schools in the 1980s, it is very soft and very warm.  

 Shown with:

Monday, September 26, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

Sweaters for Active Autumn and Winter Activities?


A Reader Question: 

I'm wondering what companies are known for making sweaters that are both warm and allow for freedom of movement. I love a good chunky sweater, but I'm on the hunt for men's sweaters that can be worn while engaging in activities like archery or shooting.


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Velvet Slippers

Photos by Salt Water New England
Prince Albert, the royal consort of Queen Victoria, popularized a formal slipper around 1840, now referred to as The Albert Slipper.

The Albert Slipper is made of velvet uppers (traditionally black), with quilted linings, a finishing braid, and often with some embroidered motif or insignia on the vamp for personalization and, perhaps, wit.  This "velvet slipper" style is typically available today with a leather sole, making it closer to a soft shoe.  

When used in Victorian England, guests would switch from their outdoor to indoor footwear when arriving to avoid tracking in gravel and sand.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A Lovely Road

Photos by Salt Water New England


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Leather Man Ltd. D-Ring Belt Resupply Arrived

Photo by Salt Water New England
Our Leather Man Ltd. D-Ring Belt resupply arrived.  It included:

Surcingle D-ring Belts <>:

  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Navy and Sail Red, Silver Hardware, Leather Man Brown Finish
  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Olive and Red, Silver Hardware, Leather Man Brown Finish
  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Navy and Yellow, Silver Hardware, Leather Man Brown Finish
  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Navy and Lime, Silver Hardware, Tiger Eye Leather Finish
  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Navy and Bluebird, Silver Hardware, Tiger Eye Leather Finish
  •     Surcingle D-ring Belt, Navy and Red, Silver Hardware, Leather Man Brown Finish

Motif D-Ring Belts <>:

  •     D-ring Motif Belt, Kelly Green Cotton Webbing, 75 Tennis, Silver Hardware
  •     D-ring Motif Belt, Natural Cotton Webbing, 9 White Code Flags, Silver Hardware
All made in Essex, Connecticut.

Shown with:

Essex, Connecticut

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Moleskin Trousers and the Cordings Autumn Trouser Promotion

Photo by Salt Water New England
Moleskin trousers are on sale as part of the Cordings Autumn Trouser Promotion.

(As well as Moleskin Jeans,

Moleskin trousers are shown here, below, with two classics:

Brisbane Moss Moleskin


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

What to do when visiting Marblehead/Gloucester/Rockport in Autumn?


A reader question:

We will be visiting the Marblehead/Gloucester/Rockport MA area with grandchildren next weekend.   Have looked at the travel guides, social media reviews (unreliable, etc.) but wondered if you have any suggestions about what to do and see (I could spend the entire time in Marblehead), and any place to avoid on weekends (Salem?)  All of you are such good resources of interesting and helpful information; thanks!


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Patsy Has New Earrings! Patsy Has New Earrings!

Photos by Salt Water New England
Patsy Kane has two fabulous new Monkey Fist Earring colors.  A perfect Port Green and equally perfect Atlantic Blue & Crisp White.  I wear her earrings constantly as they provide a shot of color while not being too heavy, literally and figuratively.

Shown with:


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Reader Question: Care Packages for College Students

 A Reader Question:

I also have a question for the SWNE Brain Trust (community). When I was in college my mother would send me care packages with snack food, latest copies of my local paper, and other fun things.  I have two nieces and a nephew at college right now, and with the Internet and Amazon, are care packages still a thing?  And if so, what should go in them?



Sunday, September 11, 2022

Women's Svalbard and Men's Herdsman from Bosie. Made in Scotland.

Photos by Salt Water New England
Bosie's epic season of Made in Scotland Fair Isles continues still, with this midweight jumper, perfect for cool weather.  It is made of Geelong lambswool, a highly sought after, elegant, comfortable, and practical yarn that is often compared to cashmere for its warmth and softness.  

And, for the gents, the rugged, 4 ply Herdsman, a hard wearing garment that features yarns that have been "spun in the colour of the British bred sheep who supplied it".   This is a staple garment, one that you always expect to have in your wardrobe.  Here in the States, we would call this a Ragg Sweater.  This Made in Scotland Herdsman is so much better.
And also shown:

Herdsman of Ecology Yarn


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022


Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The New England Agricultural Fair - Photos by My Father

Photos by My Father
Growing up, local agricultural fairs were as much an event as Christmas.  Almost everyone in town went, from our private schools who had booths to those who seemingly only emerged once or twice a year.  So it was one of those lovely cross-sections.  

We would go as a family, and set up our home base with blankets, always the same time and place.  We each had favorite events, and of course loved all of the animals.  (The mangers were real.)   Relatives and friends knew where to find us each year to catch up, sometimes for hours. Less than healthful food was everywhere.  We knew year after year who had the good pies, or best sandwiches and we would plan what order to hit which booths to avoid the lines.  Some important charities made their operating budgets for the year at these events.  

And few pined for snow on Christmas day as deeply as I for cool, crisp, dry Autumn days on fair weekends.  


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

What is Class?


The Robb Report post from a few days ago triggered some comments and emails around the concept of class.  

In an American context, what is class?  (I have often said that I don't know what class is, but I know it when I don't see it.)  

More concretely, should we work at being "classier"? And if so, how?  What are the decisions day-to-day around class, and where do people go a different direction?  

One reader asked if the nuts and bolts of class are not shored up, does it evaporate?

What are the Classic American Made Clothes?

A reader question: 

I am interested in buying more made in US clothing. I know where to shop for good quality made in US shirts, shoes and chinos/trousers. Do you have suggestions for sweaters and other items?

Monday, September 5, 2022

Bosie's New Islander Yoke Fair Isle Donegal Jumper, Made in Scotland

Photo by Salt Water New England

Bosie's outstanding season of Made in Scotland Fair Isles continues, with this new Islander.  It improves the scene without drawing attention to itself, my highest compliment.  Soft and sturdy with a lovely drape, the jumper pairs naturally with tattersalls.  It blends in with the landscape and brings with it a cool grey/brown, earthy calm and beauty wherever it goes.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

On Labor Day Weekend

Photos by Salt Water New England


Thursday, September 1, 2022

"How a Younger Generation Learned to Love Old-Money Aesthetics" - Robb Report

It seems every few months there is a new article about preppy clothes and lifestyles.  What do these types of articles get right and what do they get wrong, looking at their facts, analysis, and feel?  

A current example, sent by a friend:

Lotuff Indigo and Stan Smith Green

Photo by Salt Water New England

The Once Ubiquitous Locker Loop

Photo by Salt Water New England


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Summer's Last Gasp

Photos by Salt Water New England