HAIL THE WALE!
Today is 11/11/11, the Day Which Most Resembles Corduroy (of ALL TIME). Join me and my fellow Corduroy Appreciation Club members in celebrating this most auspicious occaision.
HAIL THE WALE!
If you are so inclined, I encourage you to consider my 2010 address to the Corduroy Appreciation Club, which considers the many benefits of the fabric and of course the grave threat posed by corduroy’s sworn enemy, velvet.

HAIL THE WALE!

Today is 11/11/11, the Day Which Most Resembles Corduroy (of ALL TIME). Join me and my fellow Corduroy Appreciation Club members in celebrating this most auspicious occaision.

HAIL THE WALE!

If you are so inclined, I encourage you to consider my 2010 address to the Corduroy Appreciation Club, which considers the many benefits of the fabric and of course the grave threat posed by corduroy’s sworn enemy, velvet.

Put This On Episode 7: Personal Style

Episode seven of Put This On explores personal style - elegant, quirky, distinctive and everywhere in between.

Field correspondent Dave Hill visits the annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, held each year on 11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy. He discovers a magical world, dedicated to the promotion of that most bookish of fabrics, and to the denigration of the sworn enemy of the wale: velvet.

Then Roxana Altamirano brings a new Nerd Boyfriend segment, with an investigation of an icon of eccentric style, Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 of Outkast.

Plus: a conversation with one of the world’s most elegant men, Gay Talese. He’s not just one of America’s most celebrated magazine writers and the man who invented the contemporary magazine profile. He’s also one of the best-dressed men in the world, the son of an immigrant tailor who imbued in his progeny a love of fine clothing. Besides that, he’s got his own lapel shape!

Stay tuned to putthison.com for more information about season two. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring season two, email us at contact@putthison.com.

Directed by Adam Lisagor

Editing & Second Camera by Benjamin Ahr Harrison

Hosted & Written by Jesse Thorn

Featuring Dave Hill & Roxana Altamirano

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Hail the Wale!
The Corduroy Appreciation Club will meet tomorrow (1/11/11) in New York City. Two-item rule in effect. Details here.
Related: club president Miles Rohan seeks a child who will turn 11 on 11/11/11 (the date which most resembles corduroy, ever). If you know such a child, they are the Corduroy Messiah. Contact Miles immediately.

Hail the Wale!

The Corduroy Appreciation Club will meet tomorrow (1/11/11) in New York City. Two-item rule in effect. Details here.

Related: club president Miles Rohan seeks a child who will turn 11 on 11/11/11 (the date which most resembles corduroy, ever). If you know such a child, they are the Corduroy Messiah. Contact Miles immediately.

Bill Geist of CBS Sunday Morning put together this lovely piece about the Corduroy Club’s annual Grand Meeting.  I get a bit of face time.  Had a chance to speak with Geist for a moment and he seemed a genuine prince of a guy.  By they way - you can catch quick glimpses of our own Roxana Altamirano (of Nerd Boyfriend) and the gentleman with the amazing tie rack.

The countdown begins.  Tickets are now available.

The countdown begins.  Tickets are now available.

The Date Which Most Resembles Corduroy
Each year, the Corduroy Appreciation Club meets in New York City on November 11th, the date which most resembles corduroy.  I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at this year’s meeting, following in the footsteps of august speakers like Jonathan Ames and Sloane Crosley. 
You can follow the Club on their website, or on Twitter for more details as they emerge.

The Date Which Most Resembles Corduroy

Each year, the Corduroy Appreciation Club meets in New York City on November 11th, the date which most resembles corduroy.  I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at this year’s meeting, following in the footsteps of august speakers like Jonathan Ames and Sloane Crosley. 

You can follow the Club on their website, or on Twitter for more details as they emerge.

The annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club is fast approaching, and so I thought I’d share a brief interview I conducted a few years ago with the club’s founder, Miles Rohan, for MaximumFun.org.  Note that this year’s special guest speaker, Sloane Crosley, was a guest on my public radio show last year, and was immensely charming. And yes, I do own a corduroy suit.
Miles Rohan always wanted to start a club. Also, he really liked corduroy. So he started a Corduroy Appreciation Club, with cocktails, speakers and secret rituals, to meet every year on 11/11 — the date most resembling corduroy.

Do you really like corduroy, or clubs, or both?
If I’m not wearing at least one piece of corduroy, I don’t feel right. The repetition, the parallel lines, the thickness I’ve always thought, provided a kind of order and support. And because I’m not entirely the most orderly person, it helps. But even when I was little I loved corduroy. It made me feel grown up and sophisticated. I’m more of a pin wale person, but at times I love a nice wide wale.
I like the idea of old social clubs, like The Elks and The Moose Club quite a lot. More secretive groups like The Masons or Skull and Bones have always fascinated me. That’s what the Corduroy Appreciation Club is based on, old, mysterious social clubs with secret symbols, mottos, handshakes and the like.
Do you have officers?
There are several people who help a great deal with the Corduroy Appreciation Club. I had tried to get it off the ground for a few years, but just couldn’t. My wife, Jordana, is beyond helpful and was integral to the eventual launch. She’s a graphic designer and was able to articulate much of my ideas about aesthetic for materials like our corduroy swathed membership cards. Beyond her, many friends have been incredibly helpful and supportive. We have a Vice President, a Director of Operations, a Corduroy Social Council Chair, and several “Cord-inators.” We have a new president of our UK Chapter.
What if there was a club chair made of corduroy?  It’d be a nice chair, and perfect for meetings or social occasions.
That’s a marvelous suggestion. Like a corduroy throne? As we expand I think that each chapter should have one. I know The Masons have special chairs. We have plans to actually have a clubhouse or lodge by November 11th, 2011. 11/11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy—ever. And the place would be essentially made of corduroy, corduroy covered walls, furniture, rugs, and lampshades…everything corduroy.
Your rules state that you must wear at least two items made of corduroy. Unless you’re wearing a corduroy suit, isn’t that a little odd?
I don’t think so. People seem to like the challenge and the serious nature of the rule. People wear corduroy hats or skirts, many women have corduroy purses. The rules encourage creativity. People have come to meetings with homemade corduroy headbands, shoes, necklaces, ipod cases. Some claim to have on corduroy underwear, but I’ve just taken their word, I’ve never checked. We’re having official Corduroy Appreciation Club Corduroy Ties made up for purchase.
Please share one of your club’s secrets.
Our most prominent and public club symbol is a left-facing whale, which is a pun on wale. Wales are the raised ridges which make corduroy, corduroy. Whales also poses longevity, sociability and intelligence-all attributes the CAC wishes to aspire to. We have a complex system of numerology based on the number 11 because it’s the first natural number to resemble corduroy and is therefore extremely important to us. The Hendecagon, an 11-sided polygon figures prominently. Our secret rituals cannot be divulged here or anywhere. Members face dismissal if they are found to betray the Loyal Corduroy Oath.
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The annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club is fast approaching, and so I thought I’d share a brief interview I conducted a few years ago with the club’s founder, Miles Rohan, for MaximumFun.org.  Note that this year’s special guest speaker, Sloane Crosley, was a guest on my public radio show last year, and was immensely charming. And yes, I do own a corduroy suit.

Miles Rohan always wanted to start a club. Also, he really liked corduroy. So he started a Corduroy Appreciation Club, with cocktails, speakers and secret rituals, to meet every year on 11/11 — the date most resembling corduroy.

Do you really like corduroy, or clubs, or both?

If I’m not wearing at least one piece of corduroy, I don’t feel right. The repetition, the parallel lines, the thickness I’ve always thought, provided a kind of order and support. And because I’m not entirely the most orderly person, it helps. But even when I was little I loved corduroy. It made me feel grown up and sophisticated. I’m more of a pin wale person, but at times I love a nice wide wale.

I like the idea of old social clubs, like The Elks and The Moose Club quite a lot. More secretive groups like The Masons or Skull and Bones have always fascinated me. That’s what the Corduroy Appreciation Club is based on, old, mysterious social clubs with secret symbols, mottos, handshakes and the like.

Do you have officers?

There are several people who help a great deal with the Corduroy Appreciation Club. I had tried to get it off the ground for a few years, but just couldn’t. My wife, Jordana, is beyond helpful and was integral to the eventual launch. She’s a graphic designer and was able to articulate much of my ideas about aesthetic for materials like our corduroy swathed membership cards. Beyond her, many friends have been incredibly helpful and supportive. We have a Vice President, a Director of Operations, a Corduroy Social Council Chair, and several “Cord-inators.” We have a new president of our UK Chapter.

What if there was a club chair made of corduroy? It’d be a nice chair, and perfect for meetings or social occasions.

That’s a marvelous suggestion. Like a corduroy throne? As we expand I think that each chapter should have one. I know The Masons have special chairs. We have plans to actually have a clubhouse or lodge by November 11th, 2011. 11/11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy—ever. And the place would be essentially made of corduroy, corduroy covered walls, furniture, rugs, and lampshades…everything corduroy.

Your rules state that you must wear at least two items made of corduroy. Unless you’re wearing a corduroy suit, isn’t that a little odd?

I don’t think so. People seem to like the challenge and the serious nature of the rule. People wear corduroy hats or skirts, many women have corduroy purses. The rules encourage creativity. People have come to meetings with homemade corduroy headbands, shoes, necklaces, ipod cases. Some claim to have on corduroy underwear, but I’ve just taken their word, I’ve never checked. We’re having official Corduroy Appreciation Club Corduroy Ties made up for purchase.

Please share one of your club’s secrets.

Our most prominent and public club symbol is a left-facing whale, which is a pun on wale. Wales are the raised ridges which make corduroy, corduroy. Whales also poses longevity, sociability and intelligence-all attributes the CAC wishes to aspire to. We have a complex system of numerology based on the number 11 because it’s the first natural number to resemble corduroy and is therefore extremely important to us. The Hendecagon, an 11-sided polygon figures prominently. Our secret rituals cannot be divulged here or anywhere. Members face dismissal if they are found to betray the Loyal Corduroy Oath.

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