I’m currently down at my parents’ house in Maryland for the holiday, not so patiently awaiting the arrival of the rest of my family and tomorrow’s epic meal. So, to whet my appetite, as well as yours, for my favorite meal of the year, here’s five Thanksgiving inspired kits. Have a good holiday everyone, eat, drink, take a nap, and rest easy. Now, go get off the internet and enjoy yourselves.
Epaulet Daltrey Shetland Tweed Sportcoat - Howlin’ by Morrison Neish Sweater - Aspesi Button Down Fine Corduroy Shirt - Gant Rugger Cords - Alden Sand Suede Chukka Boot - Paul Stuart Oriental Tiger Scarf - Dents Peccary Gloves
On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy stepped up to the mic to deliver his inaugural address and created the great menswear myth. As the story goes, JFK’s decision to address the crowd without a hat on his head delivered a fatal blow to the hat industry as American men followed his lead and shed the once obligatory hat. Is the story romantic? Sure. Is it true? Well, probably not. But, there’s no denying that an inauguration is a time for the president to make a statement. As a President that often remarks how he doesn’t even know what jacket he’s wearing, Obama has never been a paragon of style, but as he ushers in a new term, it provides him with the rare chance to prove just what clothes can mean. A return to American innovation and production would do this country some good, and what better way to show support for this country’s up-and-coming and established designers than to wear them proudly to start off four more years.
With New York Fashion Week starting this week, the inundation of new trends and styles in the city will be staggering. But I wanted to take a step back and dedicate this week to the enduring characters of New York. These filmmakers, musicians, and artists that not only live in the city, but through their work have helped to define what it means to be a part of New York. So in their honor, all this week I’ll be making kits inspired by those that best illustrate what it means to have New York style.
Moscot Zelig Glasses - A.P.C. Harris Tweed Blazer - Kent Wang White Rugby - Incotex Slim-Fit Cotton Blend Trousers - Brooks Brothers Argyle Socks – Florsheim Markham Shoes
Linda Farrow Luxe Titanium Aviators - Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser - Norse Projects Cornprint Shirt - Ralph Lauren Black Label Slim-Fit Jeans - Mark McNairy Brogue Boots - Marlboro Reds
Moscot Grunya Glasses - New York Yankees Fitted Cap - Brooks Brothers Corduroy Bomber Jacket – Gitman Brothers Vintage Linen Chambray Shirt - Unis Gio Pants - Jordan Spizike Mars Blackmon
The line between dressing with Southwestern influence and simply looking like you’re wearing a Cowboy costume can be paper thin. Choosing to wear a vest, hat or any other western-inspired garment can make you appear nothing less than cartoonish without properly balancing the rest of an outfit. Despite this, there’s a good reason why Western films of the 60′s and 70′s still influence style today. These films found the equilibrium between distinct western pieces and more modern garments. Here are three kits based on timeless Westerns that show how to add Southwestern touches to an outfit, without looking like an out of place cowboy.
Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Boraslino Hat, Billy Reid Rustin Sportcoat, ts(s) Cotton and Wool Twill Shank Button Down, Epaulet Slim Walt Trouser Olive Moleskin, Epaulet Brown Chromexcel Double Prong Belt, Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot
Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch
Lock & Co Hatters Rabbit-Felt Fedora, Filson Mackinaw Wool Vest, Gant Rugger Chambray Button Down, Billy Reid Jack Corduroy Pants, Tanner Goods Standard Belt, Alden for Epaulet Natural Chromexcel Tanker Boot
John Wayne in True Grit
Lanvin Rabbit-Felt Fedora, Filson Dry Finish Tin Cloth Ranch Jacket, Hamilton 1883 Texas Shirt, Loro Piana Classic Cotton-Blend Chinos, Alden for Epaulet Indy Boot, Woolrich John Rich & Bros Striped Scarf
A spy’s gotta be prepared for any situation, so here’s three sets I made over on my Svpply to show how to stay sharp no matter what the circumstances.
Shipley & Halmos Tuxedo Blazer and Trousers, Ami Tuxedo Bib Shirt, Alexander Olch “The Webster” Bow Tie, John Lobb City II Leather Oxfords, Zippo Lighter
Burberry Prosrum Classic Trench Coat, Gitman Vintage Oxford Shirt, Epaulet Slim Walt Cargo Trousers, Alden for Epaulet Whiskey Shell Cordovan Longwing, Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering Aviator II, Libero Ferrero Thompson Bag
John Smedley Belvoir Rollneck Sweater, Incotex Slim Leg Cotton Blend Chinos, Common Projects Achilles Leather Low Top Sneakers, Wigman Black Watch Cap, Mulberry Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves, Rolex Daytona
Thanksgiving is first and foremost a time for stuffing your face, but as you indulge in your first home cooked meal in 8 months, you should look good and feel comfortable, too.
Start with a strong a strong top layer, such as this Gant by Michael Bastian Cardinal Sweater, a bold statement at the dining room table. You’ll look confident, and at the very least it will be a handy conversation starter between you and awkward Uncle Joe. Pair the sweater with a basic oxford button down to keep your upper half nice and tidy. When it comes to pants opt for a pair of khakis in a slim cut, they’ll give you a clean line and will be forgiving of that third helping of stuffing.
In selecting shoes, comfort is key, as you’ll certainly want a pair that you can easily kick off after dinner. Tan loafers are a great option – comfortable and casual without appearing too informal. Finally, accessories. Socks can be an over looked item, but since you’ll probably be spending a good portion of your day with your shoes off, take care in choosing a pair with a great pattern or color like the fair isle option above- they’re both seasonal and bold. Don’t forget a watch, it’ll show thoughtfulness, maturity and help you determine when it’s an appropriate time to slip into a blissful food coma.