“In L.A. for the opening of his Beverly Hills store, [Ralph] Lauren received a last-minute invitation from [Cary] Grant to go to the racetrack. “I told him I had on jeans and a blazer and he said, ‘You can’t wear that.’” After a quick trip to the store for some proper flannels, the two took off to the track—in Grant’s Buick.” WWD’s interview with Ralph Lauren, where he recounts the time Cary Grant wouldn’t let him wear jeans with a blazer.

What bothers me about these pieces is the blurring of the line between quality and heritage. Florsheim has a rich heritage, but makes almost exclusively lousy shoes. Their best line is, when it comes to quality, OK. Fair.

There was an article in WWD this week about Eddie Bauer “capitalizing” on their heritage. Perhaps they should try making products that don’t suck. It strikes me as a sick byproduct of the fashion industry’s obsession with marketing over substance.

“Faced with constant pressure from the bottom end of the market, such as low-cost operations that claim to offer “bespoke” goods made on Savile Row but are really madeto- measure suits sewn far from the street, and the top end, in the form of slick designer labels such as Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, Savile Row’s tailors had a choice —evolve or go extinct. And while several of the street’s oncefamous names have disappeared, those that remain have changed with the times. They’re no longer content to be tailors—they want to be brands.” Women’s Wear Daily: Re-inventing Savile Row
Women’s Wear Daily, the big industry newspaper of fashion, profiles five great men’s style bloggers.

Women’s Wear Daily, the big industry newspaper of fashion, profiles five great men’s style bloggers.