So over at FB people write me questions from time to time privately. In case you aren’t over there with us (and a lot of you are not, and I get it, we don’t need another comment on how you don’t do FB) I thought it would be interesting to place them here. I am of course not going to attribute them because they were private.
Q: I am bored of the OCBD, is there any other collar type that I can wear and still be Ivy?
J: No. Well, yes. First off, you have to understand that there was pre HeyDay Ivy, and so you can pull from that and still be canonical. And before you argue with me that there was no pre HeyDay Ivy, I have two words for you: White Bucks. I always thought tab collars looked just great with a tie, and they can shrink the size of your head a little bit proportionally as well.
Q: What are Richard Press and Bruce Boyer like in person?
A: I will start with what they have in common. Over this last year my family had to deal with a rough cancer. Both of them, the first thing they ask was after that issue. Then they both sent private notes, over and over again. It is not business first with them, it is life first. I would LOVE a return to that level of civility overall. The other thing they have in common is they both get that sometimes, you just wanna wear clothes. On the podcast, Richard admitted to maybe wearing sweats around the house at night and on weekends. And there is this G. Bruce Boyer story. So I am going to meet the greatest men’s fashion writer of all time for lunch? What do you wear? I had no idea and humility is a good thing to practice. So I wrote him and asked, what should I wear? He wrote back:
“Whatever the f*** you want.”
*takes a beat for the laugh*
So I relax. At the time, I was 50 pounds heavier than I am now. And I am doing the WOCBD reviews. And I get sent the Besnard shirt, which is… “fitted.” And “fitted” has a different connotation when you are packing an extra 50. Day before we are going to meet Bruce writes me, you know what? Wear that Besnard shirt you wrote about. I would like to see it in person.”
Boyer asks, I do.
And to this day I won’t look at the pictures.
Part Two tomorrow.