This photo may be familiar to half of you, while the other half are seeing it for the first time. It’s floated around Tradsville for years, but I’m not sure we ever posted it here, and even if we did, it’s due for a curtain call.
Why today? Because it was recently posted to our Facebook page by J. Press alum David Wilder. I quickly remarked that the young man pictured, tennis player Vic Seixas, should be the poster boy, right now in 2017, for handsome young men who think they need to wear shrunken clothing. Seixas’ jacket is by J. Press and exhibits just the right balance of tailoring and relaxed attitude with its natural shoulders and undarted chest.
(Before you start wisecracking about shoulders, sources close to Squeeze headquarters say that fall jacket samples look fantastic, with much improved shoulders and more jackets made in the USA, as opposed to our neighbors to the north.)
DCG, who pens our annual column The Millennial Fogey, wrote on Facebook, “This photo, to my taste, is consistently the best image of natural shoulders from the heyday.”
The photo ran in Sports Illustrated in the fall of 1954, at the start of the Ivy heyday. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the full article.
In the meantime, tell your friends, relatives and coworkers that this is what they should be aiming for. You, no doubt, already are. — CC