These are the world’s oldest pants. They are high rise. So all fashion is cyclical.
From the article in Ars Technica:
With the help of an expert weaver, archaeologists have unraveled the design secrets behind the world’s oldest pants. The 3,000-year-old wool trousers belonged to a man buried between 1000 and 1200 BCE in Western China. To make them, ancient weavers combined four different techniques to create a garment specially engineered for fighting on horseback, with flexibility in some places and sturdiness in others.
J. Press is running a sale on Oxfords, which is timely. Here’s the sale.
Ok, I won’t bog you down with my whole Brooks Brothers is in the business of debt service speech. Nor will I repeat myself from 2021 when I wrote that Mr. Bastian is going to have to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, and yes they are going to offer the standards but the standards are going to be in the back corner of the website while the throw-against-the-wall stuff is going to be front and center.
There is going to be the reader here who says, “Hey JB, this collab makes sense to me, I am sure there is overlap.” To which I say this, collaborations (take the J. Press x Todd Snyder work) only make sense when they bring out the best of both brands. Like salt. This looks like an infection of one brand by another.
There is the most bizarre article in the LA Times about bow ties, authored by a Mr. Dave Shilling, who’s self-describing paragraph at the end says, and I quote, that he “… has written sharp, witty and hilarious criticism about the joys and peculiarities of fashion in Southern California, including an ode to exposed chest hair…”
I have never read a funny writer who wrote that they write anything sharp, witty and hilarious.” I think because writing that makes whatever came before it… not so funny.
Anyway, his article, which you can find here, this titled: “The bow tie can set you free with tastefulness. But this is not a tasteful time” (before you get on me, the LA Times left off the last period – happens to all of us). He literally talks about how bow ties class up a tux. Ok, only if laces class up shoes. Then he talks about how Denzel Washington didn’t wear a bow tie to the Oscars. In fact, all he writes about really are the Oscars. His ultimate advice is to wear a bow tie with a tux at the Oscars because Jack Nicholson did (how is he doing, anyway?).
If I was going to write a piece about bow ties at the Oscars, I would talk about how Chris Rock’s stayed on.
Finally, because the weekend is upon us and this comes from Harvard and I have a thing for happiness, a great article about the pursuit thereof here.