Last night was annual Brooks Brothers holiday party, where Wynton Marsalis filled 346 Madison with jazz, creating the soft shoulders and hard bop combination that was, as I often point out, the inspiration for this website.

I took photos of a number of partygoers, but they all pale in comparison to this shot of a Brooks corporate man, who asked one of the balloon-makers there to entertain the kiddies to make him a boutonniere, known henceforth as a boutonnair.

The clever invention had him puffing out his chest, and, now that we’ve posted it online, he’s sure to get an inflated ego. — CC