Planet Money’s Adam Davidson describes the economics of the tailor’s art, and why it’s so tough to make a living making clothes one piece at a time.
[Had a great chat with Adam about this, btw - I think something with me will end up on Planet Money’s great podcast. - JT]
The New York Times has a great article about how clothes not only affect the way people perceive us and how we perceive ourselves, but also the way we think:
So scientists report after studying a phenomenon they call enclothed cognition: the effects of clothing on cognitive processes.
It has long been known that “clothing affects how other people perceive us as well as how we think about ourselves,” Dr. Galinsky said. Other experiments have shown that women who dress in a masculine fashion during a job interview are more likely to be hired, and a teaching assistant who wears formal clothes is perceived as more intelligent than one who dresses more casually.
But the deeper question, the researchers said, is whether the clothing you wear affects your psychological processes. Does your outfit alter how you approach and interact with the world? So Dr. Galinsky and his colleague Hajo Adam conducted three experiments in which the clothes did not vary but their symbolic meaning was manipulated.
Read more here.
Above: Images from Brooks Brothers’ 1896 catalog, taken from a New York Times article about Brooks Brothers’ new Flatiron concept store.
If you haven’t already read much about the new store, you can see photos of it here. The store is supposed to cater to “college students” and “young professionals,” but the only young professional I can imagine shopping there is someone who works for a J Crew x Ralph Lauren Rugby collaboration project.
Bill Cunningham covers tailored menswear in his latest episode of “On the Street.” A really, really great watch.
(credit to MostExerent for the original tip).
The iron, that relic of households past, is no longer required to look neat and freshly pressed. Why bother when retailers likeoffer crisp “wrinkle-free finish” dress shirts and L. L. Bean sells chinos that are “great right out of the dryer.”
Though it is not obvious from the label, the antiwrinkle finish comes from a resin that releases formaldehyde, the chemical that is usually associated with embalming fluids or dissected frogs in biology class.
(Not to mention style risks.)
Cooking with designer/retailer Jay Kos.
Steven Alan for Dockers. Looking pretty good, though no great savings at $128 a pop. More info in the Times.