On Wednesday night the sound of bagpipes serenaded workers on Madison Avenue as they filtered out of their offices. Pipes are an acquired taste — best acquired by growing up in Scotland — and while some stopped to listen, others stayed glued to their iPods.
The kilts and argyle were part of a celebration of all things Scottish at Brooks HQ that drew several hundred people. Bottles of Macallan poured freely and an instructor from St. Andrews gave five-minute golf lessons on the simulator to a long line of eager students.
Managing the line was Mike from Golf Manhattan, who frequently runs the third-floor simulator. He taught me everything I know about slicing.
As for the guests, this amazing three-piece tweed suit was sported by Dougal Munro, president of Holland & Sherry:
The girlfriend introduced me to a large contingent of guys from Brooks Brothers’ Japanese division, as her company not only manufactures for Brooks, it also manages Brooks’ retail operations in Japan.
The guy on the right is wearing a sportcoat for the Japanese market called the “comfort sack.” It’s a lightly constructed jacket with 3/2 roll and lapped seams. Another example of the Japanese being way ahead of us when it comes to attention to Ivy details.
The GF is way more of an insider than I am. She just walked up to company president Claudio Del Vecchio and started talking shop. And when I asked to take his picture, he brought her into the shot:
She was prepped out in high school, but no more, alas. Save for this blue and pink belt she wears when golfing. It’s embroidered with pigs. Why pigs? I have no idea.
She likes being chic while I’m dandy-trad. “It’s not good for both man and woman to be preppy,” she says. Tell that to the preps.
As for me, I was clad in a herringbone jacket, argyle v-neck, pinned club collar, club tie and flannels. Pictured with me in the link above is the gent behind Brooks’ “Of Rogues and Gentlemen” blog, who looked the sharpest I’ve ever seen him in pinstriped suit, black knit tie and club-collared oxford from BB’s made-to-measure program. — CC