As The Summer To Remember — or forget as fast as possible — winds to a close, let’s catch up on the latest news. Heavy Tweed Jacket, a longtime and much-loved denizen of Tradsville recently disappeared from the web for reasons unknown. But he is now back and on Instagram. You younger fellows who use this platform would benefit from following this seasoned dresser along with your roster of twentysomething influencers.
It’s comforting to know that things can be reborn. Whether that happens to Brooks Brothers, of course, is highly unlikely. And so we present this video from The Wall Street Journal entitled “The Rise And Fall Of Brooks Brothers”:
From a declining brand to one on the ascent, Barron’s has a piece on Rowing Blazers and its “eclectic, preppy streetwear.” (Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with RB founder Jack Carlson coming later this week.)
The brand releases a new product almost every week. “I’m often very idiosyncratic and specific about these things,” he says. Much of the output is in limited-edition products. In this teasing, get-it-while-it-lasts way, they are similar to well-known streetwear brands, like Supreme. “It has a sense of tongue-in-cheek, a sense of rebellion to it,” Carlson says.
I fail to see how perpetual conspicuous consumption qualifies as “rebellion,” but things are rather upside-down these days. Some have even go so far as to assert that “conservatism is the new punk rock.” This leads to our final item, which ties into “rock” — as in crawled out from under one. Two weeks ago Machiavellian machinator and Harvard alum Steve Bannon was arrested for wearing a polo shirt under a buttondown.
Crime, especially against fashion, doesn’t pay. The below image is presented at 666 pixels wide.
Enjoy this first week of September and swan song of summer. I dropped off my white linen trousers at the cleaners and said I need them back ASAP for a few final outings. Nothing staunchly defies the chaos of one’s environment quite like white linen. And so we close with tip of the panama to Joseph Conrad, author of “Heart Of Darkness.” — CC