Over the weekend this tweet achieved moderate virality on Twitter. It’s a beau geste by a young man who donned a suit to wear to the hospital where his sister was giving birth, amusing his family and defying social norms with a daring act of counter-subversion.
The young man seems to be channeling a combination of midcentury IBM style and the comedian Drew Carey. He looks like he could attend the opening of the Guggenheim in 1959, then swing by 346 Madison Avenue to grab a clean white oxford before heading on to the Village Vanguard for some hard bop, and finally boarding the train back to Squaresville.
Perhaps he’ll find his way to this site, get converted, and begin working on the details, such as swapping out the tie for a black knit and changing the pocket square to Irish linen. And of course that’s an orphaned suit jacket, but give the kid a break. He’s probably saving up for cordovan longwings. — CC