Uniqlo has a navy blazer out that was brought to my attention from Jakob in an email. You can check it out here. Jakob wrote:
To my admittedly novice eye for Ivy, it looks like this checks most of the boxes for the ideal Navy Blazer: sack-cut, undarted, swell stitching, patch pockets, and even brass buttons, distressed to a tastefully bronze patina.
Granted, it seems they’ve chickened out on details like the 3/2 button stance, and it all seems a waste on something 100% polyester anyway, but I think that the fact such a mainstream fashion brand would even consider all the minutiae they’ve chosen to add to such a recently-added garment either speaks volumes of the Japanese devotion for American style, the timelessness of trad clothing, or both.
Just to drive home the point of how strangely incongruous all this is, I’d like to point out that the said garment is offered in common alphabetical sizing (S,M,L,etc). Maybe UQ is trying to hook some untailored laymen out there on ivy style? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am going to do a book synopsis on each. I will credit him if he allows. I talked the other day about how P.J. O’Rourke was my fashion spirit animal, and how we even went back and forth a bit about it (he may have, ahem, been a reader here) BUT my vote for best dressed man of the last 50 years has to be G. Bruce Boyer. And he isn’t consistently Ivy, either. Which should tell us something about how to think about the Uniqlo blazer, if you are still struggling with my take on that.
On the Facebook Group, some people have started posting Orient Watches. I have no familiarity with them. Do you? They look good, and are very affordable, but that’s a double edged sword. Let me know if they are any good?
Seriously, the watch I am gonna show you later this week…
Finally, I got a boatload of emails asking to see a picture of the new dog. We put our old dog, an English American Coonhound named Cisco (after the beach) down after eight years with us. If I didn’t tell you the story: I used to volunteer at a shelter. When they were closing they called and asked me to go on local TV their last day and pitch adopting a dog. I agreed, and took The Package (my daughter – DO NOT write me about how she has an identity and that “the package” is a double entendre’ – because seriously, someone did) down to see the shelter with me. I thought it would be good for her to see good people doing good things. We went, and while I was live on camera she walked on with Cisco and asked in her 6 year old girl voice if we could, “take him home?”. He was so sorely missed that we went back to a new shelter and adopted Nugget. Here they are: