Real People: The Endurance of Prep

Prep style is a little like ska music (bear with me). Although it’s never really gone, every decade or so it creeps into the culture, and everybody’s into it, then, once it recedes back into the world of niche enthusiasts, we’re all a little embarrassed by how much we dug it. “That pink sweater/trombone? Yeah, it’s in the back of the closet.”

Prep influence has been ebbing in menswear for the last few years, largely in favor of more European references, but like good ska (if you’re willing to admit there is such a thing—I recommend Hepcat), good prep endures. Eric, who posts at Acute Style, does a fantastic job with clothing rooted in the prep tradition without descending into RL Rugby caricature (RIP) or fetishization. Blue blazers (3 roll 2), madras, repp ties, and seersucker; tassel loafers and classic Allen Edmonds oxfords (bit loafers, too; perhaps surprisingly, bit loafers made it into the original Preppy Handbook). Trousers are almost universally cotton, flat front, and cuffed. Eric wears his clothes a little trimmer than might be classically preppy, but the proportions are not overly cropped or boyish. I tend to roll my eyes a little at paeans to “timeless style,” but in my eyes, this is it. It’s enough to encourage me to break out some madras ties and a Skatalites record.

Maybe the best part is that Eric endeavors to build his wardrobe on a reasonable budget, reflecting some old school Yankee thrift. Vintage pieces, Uniqlo, L.L. Bean, and Lands End outnumber the pricier J. Press and Brooks Brothers pieces, for the most part, with accessories from upstarts like The Knottery and Cordial Churchman.

-Pete

We’re less than a week from Labor Day, the unofficial end of seersucker season (there’s no governing body for seersucker, unlike corduroy). So if you’ve been waiting all summer to break out your all-seersucker-everything (a.k.a. the “full ‘sucker”) now is your last chance.

Seersucker jacket from Haspel at Sierra Trading Post; seersucker tie from Thom Grey at Barney’s Warehouse; seersucker pocket square from the Cordial Churchman; seersucker shirt from Brooks Brothers; seersucker belt from Brooks Brothers; seersucker espadrilles from Soludos. Seersucker boxers exist but c’mon, that’s ridiculous.

The Put This On bowtie is hand-made by The Cordial Churchman in South Carolina, from silk hand-printed in England. We’ve chosen a fabric that is both distinctive and conservative; appropriate for almost any occasion. It’s the perfect first bow, or the perfect compliment to a wide-ranging collection. We can’t tell you who our silk was printed for, but suffice it to say that it is perhaps the finest accessories company in the world.

We’ve priced the Put This On bowtie at just $49, and it is available in distinctly limited quantities. Order yours now, or be consumed by regret.

And with that, they’re sold out!

The Cordial Churchman makes custom bow ties - for $23 each.  What started as a sewing project for a husband who wanted a seersucker bowtie is now a business, and Ellie Laveer Stager now makes bows in all styles from any fabric you like (or some of the fabrics she has on hand).  Above is the Woolyman.

The Cordial Churchman makes custom bow ties - for $23 each.  What started as a sewing project for a husband who wanted a seersucker bowtie is now a business, and Ellie Laveer Stager now makes bows in all styles from any fabric you like (or some of the fabrics she has on hand).  Above is the Woolyman.