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Packing for a 10 day trip that covers 3 Asian cities (Singapore, Hong Kong & Beijing).

Temperatures will range from >30c + 99% humidity to 5c..

FYI - I was not expected to fly out till this w/end not yesterday <12 hours to pack & Singapore was not part of the original schedule PAIN!

So what did I pack?

  1. Chocolate herringbone weave cashmere top coat
  2. French S130 wool navy suit
  3. Grey + light blue window S130 wool check suit
  4. Navy high performance woolsports coat
  5. Grey high performance wool trou
  6. Navy + Khaki cotton chinos
  7. Navy + grey cashmere v-neck sweaters
  8. White denim jeans
  9. 3 random cotton button shirts
  10. 5 white Italian-English spread collar shirts (to be picked up in HKG, part of new bespoke project)
  11. Various dark hued silk ties as well as knit ties
  12. Brown + black dress shoes
  13. Navy suede bluchers
  14. Navy calf & suede gloves
  15. Socks & underwear

This is an effing clinic on dressing for business travel.

Speaking of which: I’m headed to Seattle tomorrow to officiate a listener’s wedding(!). Things may be a little slower on PTO through the weekend. If you see me wandering around the Emerald City, do say hi.

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Great example of what to start with.
I have pretty much the above &amp; then the same in dark brown.
After this, then start with rep stripes &amp; paisleys..

Something that it took me a long time to realize was how important the basic basic necktie is.  That&#8217;s why I&#8217;m such a big advocate of solid grenadine ties.  Easy to wear, beautiful, go with anything, very classy.  You should buy yourself a (non-satin) navy blue and black tie in a textured weave with no or incredibly simple (white) ornamentation.  Add something in brown&#8230; something in dark red.  If you have to spend good money on them, do so.  These will be the basis of your wardrobe for ten or twenty years.  They&#8217;ll allow you to wear any shirt and any jacket, no matter what the colors or patterns.  If you need a source, try Kent Wang or Sam Hober.

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Great example of what to start with.

I have pretty much the above & then the same in dark brown.

After this, then start with rep stripes & paisleys..

Something that it took me a long time to realize was how important the basic basic necktie is.  That’s why I’m such a big advocate of solid grenadine ties.  Easy to wear, beautiful, go with anything, very classy.  You should buy yourself a (non-satin) navy blue and black tie in a textured weave with no or incredibly simple (white) ornamentation.  Add something in brown… something in dark red.  If you have to spend good money on them, do so.  These will be the basis of your wardrobe for ten or twenty years.  They’ll allow you to wear any shirt and any jacket, no matter what the colors or patterns.  If you need a source, try Kent Wang or Sam Hober.

(Source: nachobroadwaynyc)

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Feeling very autumn today although we are in the last days of spring..
Details:
Hat - Akubra
Sports coat, pocket square &amp; tie - Herringbone
Tie - E. Zegna
Shirt &amp; pants - bespoke
Tie clip - Bottega Veneta
Bag - ACL x Billy Kirk
Shoes - “Lowndes” Crockett &amp; Jones

Of course MistahWong looks great in a hat.  What the f can&#8217;t this guy wear?

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Feeling very autumn today although we are in the last days of spring..

Details:

Hat - Akubra

Sports coat, pocket square & tie - Herringbone

Tie - E. Zegna

Shirt & pants - bespoke

Tie clip - Bottega Veneta

Bag - ACL x Billy Kirk

Shoes - “Lowndes” Crockett & Jones

Of course MistahWong looks great in a hat.  What the f can’t this guy wear?

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Slippery & wet surface..

Time to SWIM!

I’m telling ya kids: overshoes.  Class.

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I really don’t need the 30” GT for 4 days in Asia, but need to start the process of patina..

MistahWong went and got himself some Globe-Trotter luggage.  That jerk.  My Filson Pullman, sitting next to me in this sad hotel room, is looking distinctly less impressive.

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I really don’t need the 30” GT for 4 days in Asia, but need to start the process of patina..

MistahWong went and got himself some Globe-Trotter luggage.  That jerk.  My Filson Pullman, sitting next to me in this sad hotel room, is looking distinctly less impressive.

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Don’t forget to “Put It On”..

Making MistahWong&#8217;s morning coffee is a mighty achievement.  SUCK IT, MONOCLE!

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Don’t forget to “Put It On”..

Making MistahWong’s morning coffee is a mighty achievement.  SUCK IT, MONOCLE!

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Polling day + long lines = long face..

Notes:

  1. Moncler - reversible field jkt (red waterproof nylon & tan cotton)
  2. Bespoke - navy cotton fine OCBD
  3. UNIQLO - grey cashmere high V
  4. APC - “New Standard” raw denim jeans
  5. PRL - cotton argyle socks
  6. Alden - Scotch Grain #8 shell “Long Wongs” 125th Anniversary Edt
  7. Porter - cotton/nylon field bag

MistahWong’s field jacket reminds me that I would love to have a great field coat.  Maybe I can get my tailor to make one and charge me like it was a shirt.

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I reblog this suit from our pal MistahWong not just because it’s lovely (though it is), but because he and his tailor have gotten his fit down wonderfully.  There’s a lot to learn here.

This is Hong Kong suit made in a somewhat Neopolitan style. The tailoring here is relatively soft - check out the shoulders, for example. They are consistent (you want your coat to cover up imperfections in the shoulder), but nonetheless very lightly padded. There is slight roping - that’s the ridge along the shoulder to sleeve seam where there’s a bit of extra sleeve fabric. The arm hole in the body is actually slightly smaller than the sleeve that attaches to it, which provides for freedom of movement.  The coat is soft through the body, but nonetheless offers some waist suppression - note that it makes his waist look small relative to his shoulders with a little nip there. 

Mistahwong has a particularly keen sense of proportion, and prefers his lapel notch and breast pocket relatively high. I’m guessing the coat is relatively short, as well, though we can’t quite see that here.  The patch pockets (another Neopolitan signature) are also rounded, which is a nice touch.  The end result is a suit that has an elegant shape, but is relatively informal, thanks to the soft construction and patch pockets, despite a relatively formal fabric.

Of course, this is by no means the only way to make and wear a suit, but it’s important to become familiar with the variety of suit shapes and the many choices a suit designer makes if you want to make informed choices about your own clothes.

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So hot that I’m wearing shorts..

Shorts, well worn on a hot weekend.
Shorts aren&#8217;t unwearable.  You just have to have your game TIGHT.  And it has to be hot outside.  Like&#8230; hot.

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So hot that I’m wearing shorts..

Shorts, well worn on a hot weekend.

Shorts aren’t unwearable.  You just have to have your game TIGHT.  And it has to be hot outside.  Like… hot.

Some well-considered musings on working with a tailor from MistahWong.