Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Link: New Articles at Bown's Bespoke

I always enjoy reading Francis Bown's blogs (one is about clothes; the other is about travel), if for no other reason than I find his snooty writing style wildly entertaining for some reason.

He publishes on both infrequently (as in maybe a couple of times per year), so I'm always thrilled to see new articles. 

He just published two, both about getting new bespoke summer suits made, each from a different tailor. 

The first one is here.

But the second one really caught my eye, because it's the first time I've ever seen a negative review and poor recommendation from him. (His "reviews" mostly read more like advertisements, and there has been speculation that he gets the items he writes about free, or at a significant discount, in exchange for favorable reviews. In fact, there was an email from him to a tailor circulating on the Internet at one time, where he attempted to solicit a free suit in exchange for him writing a [presumably positive, although I don't recall the message promising that] review. If that's the case -- and I don't know that it is -- there's nothing wrong with it in my opinion, but he should disclose it.) Regardless, this review seems to be negative for the accommodations of the tailor's facilities, not for his work. 

The suit in question is a roughly $3,000 three-piece seersucker. Bespoke seems an odd choice, even for him, for such a cheap fabric. (Although I suppose it's not always so cheap; characteristically, he chose what he describes as the world's finest seersucker from Holland and Sherry, which he reports cost about $900 of the $3,000 total). And three-piece also seems an odd choice, even for him, for a summer-weight suit. Oh, well -- Fr. Bown is nothing if not profligate. 

Enjoy.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Labor Day

Welcome to the unofficial start to fall. Wherever you are in the northern hemisphere, hopefully you'll soon have the weather for flannel, tweed, corduroy, and all of the other things that make fall and winter the best sartorial seasons. 

As for me, it's still hot here, so I'll be spending most of the day inside, constantly reminding myself to stop searching the TV for Jerry Lewis. I'll never get over it.