A Double Toast To Tom Moore

When last we left off, we’d looked at the Duke of Windsor and how he may have influenced the team that supported photographer Bruce Weber in his legendary photo shoots for Polo Ralph Lauren. One of the recurring models was actually a regular guy: an architect named Tom Moore who played a benevolent and elegant patriarch surrounded by at least two generations of fellow Polo models. We paid tribute to him last year, and now frequent comment-leaver GS has sent in a few pics I hadn’t seen. Ergo, an encore:


And, since images are delightful but so are words, some verses. Lord Byron was the first poet I read seriously, during the dog days of a sweltering summer I spent in Japan during college (I still have the Byron book, which I bought while there). I always enjoyed this tribute Byron wrote to his friend, whose name, naturally, was Tom Moore. It’s about raising a toast, so here’s cheers to you, Ivy Style reader, and all the Tom Moores of the world. — CC

I.

My boat is on the shore,
   And my bark is on the sea;
But, before I go, Tom Moore,
   Here’s a double health to thee!

II.

Here’s a sigh to those who love me,
   And a smile to those who hate;
And, whatever sky’s above me,
   Here’s a heart for every fate.

III.

Though the ocean roar around me,
   Yet it still shall bear me on;
Though a desert should surround me,
   It hath springs that may be won.

IV.

Were’t the last drop in the well,
   As I gasp’d upon the brink,
Ere my fainting spirit fell,
   ‘Tis to thee that I would drink.

V.

With that water, as this wine,
   The libation I would pour
Should be — peace with thine and mine,
   And a health to thee, Tom Moore.

17 Comments on "A Double Toast To Tom Moore"

  1. I always wanted to pretend that I was an architect.

    Will

  2. EvanEverhart | May 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    @ Sacksuit
    “But only I could fail at failing”

  3. When to sell good clothes they wrapped them in fine dreams.
    And i like these dreams of elegance,class and old money.
    I remember that i was delightedly from the anger and grudge with which leftists guys watched to these advertisments.
    Oliviero Toscani the photographer said “Is a Aryan dream”…
    Are the same peoples that if today you speak about the past ( for exemple) early 60s or 50s) scream with squeaky voice: “Jim Crow,Jim Crow” !

  4. Michael Brady | May 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm | Reply

    His eye brows are fuller and darker than his, or my, mustache. Now that’s cool.
    One of my greatest regrets is parting with my shawl collar rancher’s coat from Ralph.

  5. Tom Moore seemed a bit Dean Acheson and a bit a modern version of C. Aubrey Smith.

  6. A very impressive looking man, magnificently eyebrowed. If you’d told me he was the Head of Harrow, or of MI6, I’d have accepted it. Outside, he ought to be accompanied by a brace of Springer Spaniels at all times; inside, by aides. And addressed as “Brigadier”…..I’ve got to cut down on the Brit spy fiction.

    Anyway, I’ll bet he “sold” more clothes than any five of the model-looking models.

  7. The photos are superb, but oh what a gorgeous poem, sir. Thank you so much.

  8. How nice that the Ralph Lauren folks recognized that we older men enjoy wearing classic clothes with style, elegance. Tom Moore seemed to be that kind of guy who could handle a shotgun, cast a fly and know a bowline from a sheep-shank. And I’ll bet he is the type who would enjoy telling stories over a glass scotch … or two (neat).

  9. Richard Meyer | May 23, 2018 at 5:38 am | Reply

    GREAT comments by Robert and Carmelo!!

  10. About time there was a C. Aubrey Smith reference at Ivy-Style.com. The (real life) Smith-playing-cricket pictures are worthy of a glance. Safe to guess a young Ralph Lauren took inspiration from them. One can’t help but hear Elgar playing in the background.

  11. Charlottesville | May 23, 2018 at 9:48 am | Reply

    Carmelo nailed it. Those 80s Polo ads were really a delight. Stagy? Pastiche? Maybe, but so what? It captured a wonderful moment, and Mr. Moore was one of the highlights, along with Clotilde, of course. What a beauty.

  12. Couldn’t agree more with the Dean Acheson look. These ads were the penultimate of style and masculine refinement. My uncle, whom I admired greatly, was a doppelganger for Mr. Moore (and also an architect/builder). Would be great to hear an interview from him. There’s a Tom Moore Room at the Shelbourne Hotel (37th/Lex), has a Victorian feel, richly appointed with Chippendale chairs and Damask, but also a Second Empire influence. I’ll be in NYC in a few weeks, might stop by and ask to see it.

  13. I assume he, at least, was never felt up by Bruce Weber.

  14. Charlottesville,

    I never knew the model’s name was Clotilde. A beauty indeed. The model seated third from the left in the beach picture had always been my favorite though. Perhaps they are as lovely today.

    Will

  15. Charlottesville | May 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Reply

    Sacksuit — Lots of lovely models in those old ads, including Kristin Clotilde Darnell. I expect they have held on to their 80s beauty better than I have to mine. At least some of the clothes I bought in that era have retained their good looks. I have a couple of DB suits that I rarely wear, but can’t quite bring myself to give away.

  16. Will, that’s English model Saffron Aldridge. The other female model in the beach picture (second from the right) is Isabelle Townsend, also English. Clotilde (not shown in any of these ads) played Dan Aykroyd’s fiancee in Trading Places. Lastly, the blonde model standing above Tom Moore in the black and white shot is Jane Gill, she’s currently a real estate agent in Bridgehampton.

    https://www.hamptonsrealestate.com/eng/associate/524-a-526-512441/jane-gill

    I love the one of Mr. Moore as an Old Princetonian, at least I like to image that’s who he’s supposed to be playing with his beaver coat and orange & black tie.

  17. I looked up Ms. Aldridge and, yes, still lovely.

    Will

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