Mordechai Rubinstein of Mister Mort recently visited the beach house of Doug Bihlmaier, who works in vintage for Ralph Lauren (essentially he is vintage Ralph Lauren; he’s also notably photogenic). When I asked Mordechai what brought him there, he told me “Doug’s [Land Rover] Defender.” Although it was not a business trip, Mordechai took some snapshots and has over 20 up on his blog, so you can visualize what it would be like to live in a beachfront RRL store, surrounded by an archive of attractively shabby textiles and artifacts of Americana. Doug has more interesting fabrics patching up one sleeve than most of us have in our entire closets. I’m sure there’s more there than even shown on Mister Mort; according to Mordechai, “The most interesting things I saw were captured solely by my eyes and heart.”
(Side note: I totally bid on that A&F shirt on eBay. I bet that vendor is the one who outbid me.)
Our friend Jay Walter shows Mister Mort how to fold and wear a neckerchief.
Designer Mark McNairy, captured by Mister Mort.
Certainly the hyper-short pants and no socks are a bit mannered and faddish (though very well executed), but everything else here is absolutely classic. Notice that he looks absolutely comfortable in that suit, not fussy at all.