Thursday, March 9, 2017

1920 Brooks Brothers in 2035

Clothing nerds like me and the people who read a blog like this often lament the changes at institutions like Brooks Brothers (despite those changes occurring before many of us were born) -- and the extinctions of others (which makes it worth noting that Brooks' changes may be why it is not also extinct). 

Anyway, I'm also a nerd for technology. 

Those of you who aren't may not know that we're probably less than 10 years away from custom, 3-D printed clothes (and most everything else) at near-zero cost. 

We're also probably less than 20 years away from full-immersion virtual-reality, which means we'll have blood-cell-sized robots in our bloodstreams that can shut down the signals coming into our central nervous systems from real reality, and replace them with signals from virtual reality -- which means virtual-reality will be indistinguishable from real reality. (Virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are primitive [but awesome by today's standards] precursors to this, like Pong was to, say, Battlefield 1.)


A video game in 1975 vs. a video game in 2016.

 






Moore's Law illustrated by the evolution of the Lara Croft character from each new edition (every two years) of the "Tomb Raider" game from 1996-2014.

Well, it just occurred to me that we'll likely not only be able to walk into current virtual-stores to shop, but also into past stores. Imagine not only being able to 3-D print a custom Number One Sack Suit or a "real" Brooks oxford button-down, but being able to basically step into a time machine and walk into Brooks as it existed in, say, 1920, having exactly the same experience you would've had then (except for the goods being nearly free), then exiting the store not onto Madison Avenue, but back into 2035 (or whenever) as your 3-D printer prints your better-than-authentic (because they're 100% custom) 1920 Brooks clothes. 




 
What a time to be alive! 

Given the choice between experiencing Brooks Brothers in 1920, or experiencing it served with a full dose of modern technology and modern medicine, I'll take the latter, thank you very much.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring and Summer Are Coming

I hate hot weather, but this is the time of the year when I begin to think of of things like seersucker, cotton, linen, straw hats and white bucks. Is your summer wardrobe ready?

 























Richard Press in a seersucker suit at J. Press in the summer of 1968, via his Twitter page. (Also check out his book, Rebel Without A Suit.)  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Link: When should you take your Christmas decorations down?

Welcome to 2017. I hope we all have a great year.

I always dread all through the Christmas season how barren the house will look at first when the decorations come down in January. But, of course, down they must come; this article has a lot of fascinating information about the history of when various cultures around the world take down their decorations. 

PS:

See my January 2015 article on post-Christmas winter decorating.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a great day. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Missing Blogroll Links

I don't know why the list of links to my favorite style blogs has disappeared, but apparently Google is aware of the problem and is working on it; hopefully it'll be fixed soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Re-Launch of A Suitable Wardrobe

Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project acquired A Suitable Wardrobe from Will Boehlke last year. ASW, which ran from Dec. 2006 to Nov. 2014 if I recall correctly, was probably the best and most thorough (and I believe also first) men's clothing blog. It was taken offline about a year ago. 

The blog is finally being re-launched; the archives through April 2008 are available now, and the entire archive -- almost 1,800 posts -- will apparently be available soon. 

The new site's layout is a jumbled mess compared to the old Blogger format, but I'm just glad to have it back. 


Monday, March 28, 2016