This weekend the New York Times Magazine ran a feature story entitled “The Esquire Man Is Dead; Long Live The Esquire Man.” It centers around the magazine’s new editor and its search for relevance in 2017. There’s a lot of interesting history in the piece, though one thing’s for certain: the magazine won’t be going backwards. Nothing ever really does. You can read the piece here.
In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at what entertained the Esquire Man of old. (You can see more by accessing the Esquire archives for a mere five bucks a month.)
The January, 1962 issue featured a cover story on the “well appointed wardrobe of JFK.” Among other things, it points out the differences between JFK’s suits and “the Ivy suit,” and claims his were made by Fenn-Feinstein, which at the time had merged with Frank Brothers. A lot of tailors say they made suits for JFK, and the truth is they probably all did.
Also from 1962 is this Esquire guide to the basic college wardrobe. Ponder it for a bit and try and not feel like a sartorial reactionary.
And finally from Esquire of 1962 is this fun graphic from the days before celebrity culture. It depicts the kinds of prominent people who would jockey for the best tables at swank New York restaurants like Sardi’s, 21, and El Morocco. It’s a delightfully varied mixture, and I’m sure the Esquire Man of old would have fit right in. — CC