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    A Decade Later: The New York Times & Menswear’s Big Moment

    A Decade Later: The New York Times & Menswear’s Big Moment

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    Ten years ago I became a New York Times quoted authority on men’s clothing. Well, sort of.

    Internet years, like dog years, add up more quickly than a single rotation around the sun. A decade ago there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Tumblr or Instagram. There were no hashtags then, thus no #menswear, only menswear. A decade ago there were no real smartphones. A decade ago in Internet years is…

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    — 1 day ago
    #clothing forums  #menswear  #New York Times 
    Sartorial Archaelogy: A Robert Talbott Foulard Patch Tie

    Sartorial Archaelogy: A Robert Talbott Foulard Patch Tie

    Some thrifters are simply interested in skimming off the cream of overlooked haute couture offerings, others are interested in digging up a little sartorial history, too. Neckties are way to do this, probably the easiest way. People tended to buy a lot of them, and often they were somewhat lightly worn.

    After a decade of thrifting I’ve seen all sorts of oddities, some so odd they never should…

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    — 5 days ago
    Atlanta’s Jack Donnelly: A Khaki Kickstarter

    Atlanta’s Jack Donnelly: A Khaki Kickstarter

    Jack Donnelly, an Atlanta based outfit, has a khaki Kickstarter (honestly, I just like saying ‘khaki Kickstarter’). Southern based with made in the USA products and a direct to consumer business model is nice hat trick–or pants trick.

    Check out their video, support the Kickstarter.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1784219699/jack-donnelly-the-great-khaki-comeback/widget/video.html

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    — 6 days ago
    #khakis 
    My New Project: Eat Kentucky

From pretty early in the life of Pinstripe Pulpit I have posted restaurant reviews from time to time.

    My New Project: Eat Kentucky

    From pretty early in the life of Pinstripe Pulpit I have posted restaurant reviews from time to time.

    — 3 weeks ago
    ‘Finding a Style Identity’ at No Man Walks Alone

My latest post at No Man Walks Alone is up, a discussion of finding one’s style identity, with a focus on my own:

    ‘Finding a Style Identity’ at No Man Walks Alone

    My latest post at No Man Walks Alone is up, a discussion of finding one’s style identity, with a focus on my own:

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    FINDING A STYLE IDENTITY

    by Alan Cornett

    Finding your own style is about communicating through clothes what you want to project about yourself. We might think of Tom Wolfe’s white suits or Andy Warhol’s Brooks Brothers button downs and jeans as examples of iconic style identities, representing respectively Wolfe’s immaculate, clinical detachment from his subjects and Warhol’s insouciant delight in the visual library of the everyman. At the same time, a style identity ought to be about comfortable self-expression. We shouldn’t be dressing up for a part, playing someone we’re not.

    My own style identity developed in two great leaps forward.

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    — 1 month ago with 61 notes
    Turnbull & Asser and the Prince of Wales Feathers

    Turnbull & Asser and the Prince of Wales Feathers

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    Dating from the fourteenth century and Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince, the royal symbol of three ostrich feathers endures today as the official badge of the Prince of Wales. The badge also in effect serves as a modern logo for venerable Jermyn Street shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser as a result of its role as royal warrant holder for Prince Charles.

    Black Prince EscutcheonEdward, Prince of Wales and heir to the…

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    — 1 month ago with 1 note
    #England  #Prince of Wales  #Shirts  #Turnbull & Asser 
    If You Could Only Have One Necktie: The Navy Grenadine

    If You Could Only Have One Necktie: The Navy Grenadine

    Grenadine Navy Talbott

    Versatility is a wardrobe virtue, particularly when you’re starting out, or perhaps are traveling. It’s also fun to play those games of “if you could only have one….” When it comes to deciding on the One Tie, I think one would be hard pressed to beat the navy grenadine for versatility and elegance. Black grenadine is often pointed to as a “One Tie”, but I find navy more pleasant and versatile.

    S…

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    I want a Han Solo done as Vanity Fair caricature print. Is that too much to ask?

    — 1 month ago
    #Star Wars  #Han Solo 
    That’s one way to capture hearts and minds. Vintage Chipp Tie

    That’s one way to capture hearts and minds. 
    Vintage Chipp Tie

    — 1 month ago
    #menswear  #Trad  #ties 
    Outerwear: The Rain Shell Raincoat

    Outerwear: The Rain Shell Raincoat

    Rain shell - Sanyo

    There are different ways to approach rainy weather. By far the best is simply to go to bed and take a nap. Alas, that’s seldom an option we have. Usually, rain or not, into the outside world we must venture. With the rain falling we need some sort of protection.

    Many of us have a raincoat or jacket, the most traditional option being the trench coat. Commonly these have zip or button-in liners…

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    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #menswear  #outerwear 
    Bibliotheca: The $1.4 Million Bible & Craving Beauty

    Bibliotheca: The $1.4 Million Bible & Craving Beauty

    The reality is that consumers crave more than utility.
    They crave elegance—even beauty. ~Michael Hyatt

    How many niche Bibles have had a $1.4 million dollar budget? My guess is not many, and probably none, ever. But Adam Lewis Greene’s Bibliotheca Kickstarter clearly spoke to people as his initial goal of $37,000, to produce 500 sets, was dwarfed thirty-nine fold. 500 sets have turned into…

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    — 2 months ago
    #Bible Design Blog  #Bibliotheca 
    'Vanity Fair Caricatures' at No Man Walks Alone

    ‘Vanity Fair Caricatures’ at No Man Walks Alone

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    Vanity Fair caricatures have been something of an obsession of mine for the past year and half. I gladly give credit to the urbane Maxminimus for introducing me to the vintage prints through his blog and now Tumblr, where he now usually resides. My meagre collection pales to his.

    I’ve written a brief introduction to Vanity Fair caricatures for No Man Walks Alone:

    Statesmen and scientists,…

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VANITY FAIR CARICATURES: AN INTRODUCTION
by Alan Cornett
Statesmen and scientists, ministers and musicians, authors and artists, there was hardly a human pursuit without a representative in the caricatures of the late Victorian political and society magazine Vanity Fair. From its founding by Thomas Gibson Bowles in January 1869 until its demise at the dawn of the Great War, Vanity Fair’s forty-five year run produced more than two thousand lithographic illustrations.
Although dozens of artists produced caricatures for Vanity Fair, two stand above the rest.
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My new post at No Man Walks Alone on a favorite topic.

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    VANITY FAIR CARICATURES: AN INTRODUCTION

    by Alan Cornett

    Statesmen and scientists, ministers and musicians, authors and artists, there was hardly a human pursuit without a representative in the caricatures of the late Victorian political and society magazine Vanity Fair. From its founding by Thomas Gibson Bowles in January 1869 until its demise at the dawn of the Great War, Vanity Fair’s forty-five year run produced more than two thousand lithographic illustrations.

    Although dozens of artists produced caricatures for Vanity Fair, two stand above the rest.

    Read More

    My new post at No Man Walks Alone on a favorite topic.

    — 2 months ago with 61 notes