Yes, there has been a slight downtick in August. Not of readership, oddly enough, but of verbiage. I was taking a minute. But one more week, then we go back to at least four posts a week. With actual words. More than 78 of them.
Mitchell sent me a few good things to take a look at. First, for everybody who loves Mad Men (as a quick aside, I am gonna take the back half of this week off and will try Mad Men again based on feedback), apparently this picture went viral:
From the article by Alfred Tong:
It’s been 15 years since Mad Men first aired on HBO and it’s difficult to overstate the impact it had on not just men’s fashion but also, men’s aspirations in general. Back then everyone was discussing pocket square folding, hair pomading, and the correct way to make an Old Fashioned. Being cool meant rules, regimes and regularity. One had to be precise, pulled together, neat and tidy. Thank goodness Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet and Frank Ocean came along to get us to loosen up a bit, so that these days the only people who dress like Don Draper now are contestants on The Apprentice.
Mr. Tong, I extend an invitation for you to be interviewed here.
Mitchell also kindly sent me another GQ article from February where Mr. Bastian, who still refuses to be interviewed, talks again about “doing the things I missed from Brooks Brothers that they weren’t doing anymore” and that made me sad too, but not about Mr. Bastian. He is a great designer in a no win situation. We have spelled out the path back for Brooks here a few times, and they are at least giving lip service to it. But debt service is the real game.
I don’t usually link articles here from other sources – but this one is really strong, sent to me by The Amazing Tom. I don’t agree with a lot of it, but it is at least thought out and worth your while perhaps. Here’s the article. If you read the article, it has a link to an “Ivy Symposium” from a few years back, and in that article is this quote:
The second thing I learnt was that Ivy style survived so well – became the American style – because it was so adaptable. Because it evolved.
Ivy originated in the 20s, was democratised by vets in the 50s, and became preppy mainstream in the 80s. The French had their version; the Japanese mixed it (feverishly) together.
Which is why purists make perhaps less sense in Ivy than anything else.
Like I say, there are things to disagree with, but at least thought was given, and it isn’t another stupid article about Tom Cruise’s pilot watch.
The Amazing Tom also sent me an article from The Wall Street Journal that further frustrated me about the state of fashion writing. In an attempt to sell cardigans in August they say that people are using “perhaps even blankets” but that you don’t have to. If you send me a picture of you literally wearing a blanket in your company office where you can’t control the air conditioner, I will post it and start a Go Fund Me for a sweater for you. Here:
The cover image is from The Dartmouth, which if you are burning time at the end of the summer, is a really good read too. Click on the picture, it’ll take you there.