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CORDUROY: THE KING OF WALES
by Alan Cornett
Long associated with college campuses, the English countryside, and teddy bears in overalls, corduroy is a quintessential autumn fabric. Normally made of cotton, corduroy has ridges, or wales, running vertically down the cloth giving it great textural interest.
By popular account, the fabric’s origin is traced to the servants’ livery of the king of France called corde du roi, the cloth of the king. Some etymologists doubt this story, but regardless of its true roots, by the 19th century corduroy had become a firmly English fabric, and not one for the royal court.
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    CORDUROY: THE KING OF WALES

    by Alan Cornett

    Long associated with college campuses, the English countryside, and teddy bears in overalls, corduroy is a quintessential autumn fabric. Normally made of cotton, corduroy has ridges, or wales, running vertically down the cloth giving it great textural interest.

    By popular account, the fabric’s origin is traced to the servants’ livery of the king of France called corde du roi, the cloth of the king. Some etymologists doubt this story, but regardless of its true roots, by the 19th century corduroy had become a firmly English fabric, and not one for the royal court.

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    ‘Corduroy: The King of Wales’ at No Man Walks Alone

It’s corduroy trouser time, and the waley fabric is the subject for my latest for the good folks at No Man Walks Alone, …

    ‘Corduroy: The King of Wales’ at No Man Walks Alone

    It’s corduroy trouser time, and the waley fabric is the subject for my latest for the good folks at No Man Walks Alone, …

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    #corduroy  #No Man Walks Alone 
    Billy Reid & Alabama Chanin Take Cotton From Seed to Store

    Billy Reid & Alabama Chanin Take Cotton From Seed to Store

    NPR’s Morning Edition did a nice segment on an organic cotton experiment by North Alabama’s Billy Reid and Natalie Chanin (of Alabama Chanin). Not only did they grow organic cotton like it would have been two generations ago, they also took the cotton from field to store within the same community. Listen to the story here.

    And while you’re at it, watch this lovely video by Jennifer Davickon…

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    #Billy Reid 
    The Lexington, #Kentucky Lafayette High School “Charmettes” ladies choir, 1943-44.

    The Lexington, #Kentucky Lafayette High School “Charmettes” ladies choir, 1943-44.

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    Newly acquired: Country Pursuits: British, American, and French Sporting Art

    Newly acquired: Country Pursuits: British, American, and French Sporting Art

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    Anthony Bourdain’s Pocket Square

    Anthony Bourdain’s Pocket Square

    I admit, I’m an Anthony Bourdain fan. Despite our differing worldviews, Bourdain seems to be an honest, and certainly adventurous, fellow. His brand of no holds barred food tourism, which is really using food as a wedge to understand other cultures, is addictive. His job is envy inducing.

    Bourdain pocket square

    I was intrigued by a recent Bourdain blog postabout the season debut of his CNN show Parts Unknown…

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    #Anthony Bourdain  #pocket squares 
    A Decade Later: The New York Times & Menswear’s Big Moment

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

    newspaper boy

    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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    — 3 weeks 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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    — 3 weeks 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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    — 4 weeks 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.

    — 1 month 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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    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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    #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?

    — 2 months ago
    #Star Wars  #Han Solo