"Old Clothes, Like Old Friends"
While catching up on my men’s style blog reading, I came across this post by Nicholas Storey at A Suitable Wardrobe: 

I am wearing a mid-weight worsted navy and grey pinstripe suit; a separate vest in grey wool; a poplin shirt, woven silk tie, a pair of navy calf and off-white nubuck, toe- cap Oxford co-respondent (spectator) shoes and a Panama hat. I bought the hat around 1984, when Herbert Johnson still had an independent existence in a high, light and airy shop in Bond Street, which still resonated with its fame as a hatter to the haut ton, following patronage by Bertie, Prince of Wales and his set, various crowned heads of Europe, and blue bloods from the USA and elsewhere. I don´t think that (unless I lost it), I should ever replace this hat: being a firm believer that old clothes, like old friends; old books; old wine, and well-loved places bring us special comforts that only time and familiarity can reliably bring us.

The passage reminded me of something Yukio Akamine recently said:

The shoes I wear today are from John Lobb, they are 25 years old. When I first got them they weren’t really comfortable but after 25 years, they really feel comfortable. With beautiful things, it is all about learning to wait, being patient. People today, they don’t want to give it time. But it is like love, it is like a relationship, it is like learning, like all the things we admire, it takes time. Anything that happens in the snap of a finger isn’t good.

Both seem like good reminders that we should spend more time cherishing the old clothes we have (assuming we’ve invested well and they’re of good quality) rather than buying new ones. 

"Old Clothes, Like Old Friends"

While catching up on my men’s style blog reading, I came across this post by Nicholas Storey at A Suitable Wardrobe: 

I am wearing a mid-weight worsted navy and grey pinstripe suit; a separate vest in grey wool; a poplin shirt, woven silk tie, a pair of navy calf and off-white nubuck, toe- cap Oxford co-respondent (spectator) shoes and a Panama hat. I bought the hat around 1984, when Herbert Johnson still had an independent existence in a high, light and airy shop in Bond Street, which still resonated with its fame as a hatter to the haut ton, following patronage by Bertie, Prince of Wales and his set, various crowned heads of Europe, and blue bloods from the USA and elsewhere. I don´t think that (unless I lost it), I should ever replace this hat: being a firm believer that old clothes, like old friends; old books; old wine, and well-loved places bring us special comforts that only time and familiarity can reliably bring us.

The passage reminded me of something Yukio Akamine recently said:

The shoes I wear today are from John Lobb, they are 25 years old. When I first got them they weren’t really comfortable but after 25 years, they really feel comfortable. With beautiful things, it is all about learning to wait, being patient. People today, they don’t want to give it time. But it is like love, it is like a relationship, it is like learning, like all the things we admire, it takes time. Anything that happens in the snap of a finger isn’t good.

Both seem like good reminders that we should spend more time cherishing the old clothes we have (assuming we’ve invested well and they’re of good quality) rather than buying new ones. 

The Young Man in the Grey Flannel Suit

I really like Pierre-Antoine Levy’s ensemble here

Levy notes that he prefers beige for cotton raincoats, as he finds grey, black, and navy to be too bleak. He had his sleeves shortened just a touch for a sharper look, but kept them long enough to cover his suit. 

The suit itself is a 6 x 2 (6 buttons, 2 functioning) double breasted, made out of wool flannel twill. The jacket is softly tailored and there’s minimal padding in the shoulders. Note that it’s long enough to cover his buttocks, as a traditional suit jacket should. The trousers he’s wearing has side tabs. As Hardy Amies once noted, belts aren’t very optimal underneath double breasted jackets, as they can add too much bulk. 

Behind his jacket is a blue bengal striped shirt and an unlined grenadine grossa tie in burgundy. The shirt has a collar that suits his face and the tie is finished with a nice, single dimple. Finally, on his feet are wine colored, over-the-calf wool socks and snuff suede shoes. 

Personally, I think his sleeves and trousers could be a little longer, and leg openings less narrow, but it’s altogether a very good look. Well done, Levy.