Paul F. Tompkins is one of the funniest men in the world. About five minutes into his now 15-year-old special Driven To Drink, he talks about what it’s like to be the guy in a suit at the party. It is wonderful. We’ve cued it up to the chunk about suits in the video above.

If you like PFT, be sure not to miss his guest commentaries on our season one DVD, which is available now.

Where did Cosby sweaters come from? This spectacularly charming designer from The Hague, as it turns out.

(Thanks, Ben!)

I loved this short film about Walt Frazier’s style. If you don’t know, Frazier wears some of the most outrageous clothes in the world - he’s famous for making suits from upholstery fabric. He even owns (and wears) one with a cow spot pattern. Despite his outrageousness, though, he always looks great. Of course his broad, charming smile helps. And the fact that he’s a genuine basketball legend.

An aside: the short’s directed by Nelson George. Not only is George the author of one of the most important books about soul music, The Death of Rhythm & Blues, he also provided hand claps on an unalloyed hip-hop classic, Kurtis Blow’s The Breaks, and co-wrote CB4. You gotta admit, that’s quite a resume.

This is one of my favorite Monty Python sketches. Heck… maybe my favorite. I’ve decided to post it here because Michael Palin and Terry Jones, as the developers, offer a wonderful example of traditional semi-formal day dress - strollers. Note the black suit jackets, vests (always black, dove gray or buff), silver ties and black-gray-white patterned trousers.

Also notice how amazing John Cleese is.

Last night I watched the BBC documentary “The Perfect Suit.” It’s a breezy history of the men’s lounge suit. I particularly enjoyed the segment with Eric Musgrave, author of “Sharp Suits,” which details the history of the lounge suit. The designers selected were very interesting as well - Antony Price, who helped define the suiting aesthetic of the 1980s, and Paul Smith, who speaks with passion about finding ways to make a uniform special on a mass-market scale. It’s also chock-full of charming archival footage. The special paints with very broad strokes, and there isn’t a lot of insight in it, but it does get everything pretty much right.

I only wish I could muster 1/10th of the host’s wide-eyed naif credulity. I get it: he is baffled and confounded by suits. You can find his brief article about the suit here.

Despite being a web video host, I’m not that into web videos. Mostly they’re not that great, right?

But The Internets Celebrities are the exception. Two guys from NYC doing it big on the small screen. In this first episode of their new series “IC NYC,” they head to the polar bear swim on Coney Island, and while Rafi contemplates getting in, Dallas contemplates a more important question: where are the black people?

These guys are the best. Watch it!

The American Museum of Natural History, one of my favorite museums in States, has an incredible video showcasing a rare spider silk they had on exhibit. Apparently, this textile took four years to make and the spinning of over one million spiders in Madagascar.

In the way Cleverly made shoes out of that legendary Russian leather, someone needs to give this to EG Cappelli or Sam Hober. I want a grenadine necktie made out of this!

Gshen, the maker of those handmade ties we talked about, found this really great video of Eric Clapton talking about his love for Cordings, traditional clothing, and country attire. It’s an absolute must watch. 

(Source:, via gshen65)