Heart Of Stone

Today marks the debut of “Get Me Roger Stone,” an original Netflix documentary tracing the rise of political operative and self-described “agent provocateur” Roger Stone.

Stone will be familiar to those who watched the 2016 presidential campaign closely: he was one of Donald Trump’s earliest boosters, and served as a surrogate throughout the campaign.

The documentary trailer (see link above) make two things clear: that Stone revels in negative attention, and has a flamboyant style best described as villainous. But what really caught my eye was a patch madras blazer that Stone wears at 0:57. The same blazer reappears slung under his arm at 1:27, and then again hanging on a chair at 1:29.

It begs the question: is Stone a genuine appreciator of trad style, or is his donning of patchwork madras just one more way he seeks to poke the eye of the political establishment?

A quick Google search of  “Roger Stone madras” digs up a July 2016 tweet from Stone himself. The tweet reads, “Why every gent must have a Madras jacket this summer,” and contains a link to stoneonstyle.com, the operative’s style blog. However, the link turns up a dead end.

What is the meaning of this? Is there a connection between the apparent scrubbing of Stone’s madras post and the dismissal of FBI director James Comey? Could the post have have contained a photo of Stone and Putin wearing LL Bean Boots together? Was it classified, and then emailed to Anthony Weiner’s laptop over an unsecure server in Chappaqua? 
We may never know, but we’ll baselessly speculate anyway.

Ivy Style has reached out to Roger Stone for clarification, but did not receive a response as of press time. — ERIC TWARDZIK

31 Comments on "Heart Of Stone"

  1. Patchwork madras and Nixon tattoos aside, he ought to sue whoever put in those hair plugs. Oy.

  2. Marc Chevalier | May 12, 2017 at 11:01 am |

    He seems to have been cribbing -poorly- from “Ivy Style”. The number of grammatical flubs is ridiculous:

    http://stoneonstyle.com/archives/restoration-classic-white-oxford-button/

  3. Charlottesville | May 12, 2017 at 11:25 am |

    He sounds like a jerk, but I like the collar and tie. I also like patch madras, but am aware that it does not meet with universal affection. My otherwise perfect wife thinks madras coats make me “look like a used car salesman or a Congressman.” I note that she used to work for the House of Representatives, so her observation must have some truth in it. Fortunately, she has no objection to madras shirts and ties, provided they are not worn together.

    Marc — Whatever the quality of the writing, the photo of Arthur Miller in your link shows what looks like a perfect Ivy summer outfit.

  4. John Baron | May 12, 2017 at 11:46 am |

    Make Menswear Great Again

  5. Marc Chevalier | May 12, 2017 at 11:49 am |

    @Charlottesville – that’s me in the photo. You’ve just made Arthur Miller roll in his grave!

  6. Charlottesville | May 12, 2017 at 11:56 am |

    Marc — In that case, I note that Mrs. Chevalier looks exactly like Marilyn Monroe. Congratulations, sir.

  7. When Roger lived here in the Capital he was more of a Saville Row guy. He seems to have more of the eclectic “rich Florida guy” look about him now.

  8. Marc Chevalier | May 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm |

    Mar-A-LaGo-Go.

  9. Say what you will about Stone’s politics but the man has a sense of style. I’ve heard him praise Alan Flusser and I believe he is his tailor. Stone dresses like an old Wall Street type with some Ivy/Anglo-American accents. He frequently wears OCBDs, club ties and tweed. I’ve even seen a picture of him wearing Nantucket Reds. He is a tradly dresser.

  10. A raconteur and gadfly of the first order. I liken his skullduggery to any number of striving, carping, beltway pariah that suck tax dollars down their craven throats. Until every Booz Allen type gets drained you’ll never have a balanced budget or political harmony. These guys are the reason why it costs so much to win an election. Karl Rove, Podesta, Axelrod et.al. The expert svengalis that guide and direct every candidates PAC dollars into their pockets. Oleaginous is too gracious a descriptor.

  11. Dave, I believe his tailor was either Henry Poole or Anderson & Sheppard.

  12. Marc Chevalier | May 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm |

    In 1984, Roger Stone was the lone subject of a multi-page menswear spread in Penthouse magazine. (Yes: Penthouse.) All of the clothing he modeled was by Alan Flusser.

  13. Mitchell S. | May 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm |

    Why is it that villains always dresses well while the “good” have little interest in style and wear the same clothes over and over?

  14. Mr. Press, he does dress mostly in the British/European style but has respect for Ivy/American style as evidenced here. Either way, he has his own distinct style and I praise him for that and that alone.

  15. WFBJr

    Well said.

  16. WFBJr – don’t forget Lee Atwater.

  17. Eric Twardzik | May 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm |

    For some reason the comment left by “John Baron” struck me as suspicious. I’ve just now remembered that “John Baron” was the pseudonym used by Trump himself to leak news to the press in the 80s’. Reveal yourself, Donald!

  18. To paraphrase a line from The Simpsons, No one who wears patch madras could be an evil man.

  19. Nice quip, RVP.

    @Mitchell

    The devil has always been a dandy, but the good guy slob vs. elegant bad guy trope really gets heated up in 1967, when everything starts to turn topsy-turvy.

  20. Oops! Nice quip by RVP except it wasn’t by him.

    Apparently the same troll who was leaving quotes by me complete with my avatar moved on to Richard and left two remarks today that Richard has informed me were not indeed by him.

  21. Henry Contestwinner | May 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm |

    If patch madras had been available to me in high school, I would have worn it—as a “thumb in the eye” move. I can’t abide patch anything, but I do enjoy a nice madras—in ties, anyway. I’ll have to start wearing mine soon.

    Like seersucker, is the start date for madras Memorial Day?

  22. @Paul so true

    Joe Scarborough just tweeted this about Atwater

    Lee Atwater mastered the politics of resentment in 1988. Willie Horton, flag factories, the pledge of allegiance as a wedge issue, etc.

  23. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | May 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm |

    Well, the man can dress.

    You simply cannot go wrong with glen plaid, a black turtleneck, and jeans (pocket square is a nice touch too):

    http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/45/73/66/9944471/9/1024×1024.jpg

  24. Check out Stone’s take on Ivy Chic, Christian:

    http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/45/73/66/9944471/9/1024×1024.jpg

    (Link courtesy of Chewco L.P.)

  25. Vern Trotter | May 13, 2017 at 2:25 am |

    Roger has been around so long I feel like I have known him forever. I actually have only met him twice; the last time was a year or so ago at the Woman’s National Republican Club on West 48th street. I have never seen him wear anything I would consider Ivy. Usually he wears double breasted, double vented Savile Row suits with spread collar, tie and NO SOCKS.

  26. Vern Trotter | May 13, 2017 at 2:44 am |

    @WFBjr:

    The Willie Horton issue was first raised in the Democrat primaries by Al Gore against Mike Dukakis. It was used by Lee Atwater later in the general election of 1988.

  27. .weston.pecos. | May 13, 2017 at 10:29 am |

    Meanings change as time goes on. For example one would be considered foolish to go about dressed like a gentleman would in the late 1700’s, right? The meaning of patch Madras has changed. It now means poorly dressed 20’s something who can’t find a decent job. Everyone wearing patch Madras looks foolish in it. You may disagree, and that is your right. But that does not make you right.

  28. weston pecos: Does the fact that no one here seems to share your opinion mean anything to you? Wouldn’t that be a clue as to who exactly needs to be reminded of what subjective taste means?

    Relax. Enjoy your opinions by yourself.

    -DCG à Paris

  29. Stone’s website vanished months ago, long before Comey’s dismissal. Whether or not is has something to do with Putin is an open question.

  30. FrontPorchLife | May 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm |

    Heart of Stone was a song by the Stones

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