This week was National Library Week. Yep, there’s a day — or in this case a week — for just about everything.
I asked the college men in our Facebook group to submit a photo of them hitting the books, and one man rose to the challenge.
Pictured is Ben Schmidt either studying for class or else absorbing knowledge he finds more interesting than what is required for class. (I spent a lot of time in libraries during college and in the couple of years after, and was clearly motivated by the latter.)
Ben is wearing a vintage Brooks Brothers sweater (somehow dated to precisely 1951), Ralph Lauren shirt, J. Press trousers, and a U. Penn ball cap contrasted with Gucci bit loafers (in brown suede, no less). To hell with all that nonsense about bit loafers being strictly post-collegiate!
Last month I wrote a piece called “I Miss Rugby” in which I lamented the menswear market’s absence of the brand’s admittedly over-the-top juxtapositions, and this bits-and-ball cap combo is precisely what I was talking about. As a bonus, Ben says his eyeglass frames are cracked and held together by one of mankind’s great inventions, tape.
Bravo, Ben, for showing us that knowledge — and style — is power. — CC