From the moment I saw this jacket, I knew I had to have it. So much so that I actually went ahead and paid full price for it - something that anyone that knows me will tell you I greatly abhor. However, in thinking long term, I realized that as long as I maintain my weight (wishful thinking), it is one of those pieces that could be a wardrobe staple.
First time I wore it, I was still trying to figure what my style was and the result to say the least left much to be desired. I eventually realized that the question was a bit deeper than that. I came across some words the other day that really connected with where I was then and where I am now.
"Fashion is the least of it. Style is, for starters, one part identity: self-awareness and self-knowledge. You can't have style until you have articulated a self. And style requires security - feeling at home in one's body, physically and mentally. Of course, like all knowledge, self-knowledge must be updated as you grow and evolve; style takes ongoing self-assessment". - Unknown
Jacket x Stafford, Shirt x Eton, Trousers - MTM, Unmarked Grenadine Tie - Thrifted, Wool Pocket Square x Armstrong & Wilson, Suede Wingtips x Cheaney, Socks x Banana Republic, Glasses w/Clip-on Shades x Tom Ford, "S" Tie Pin and Tiger's Eye Ring - Thrifted.
In what is absolutely the wierdest winter in my memory since moving to the United States, not only did was it warm enough to go without a coat this weekend, but I was actually able to get out and do these without dying of hypothermia (a bit dramatic, but its been a bit ridiculous out here in St. Louis temperature-wise.)
Picked up this suit at Banana Republic for under $100 due to what I'll call the result of a fortuitious combination of the right timing, coupon hunting and relationship management. Lately, BR has taken to sourcing some of their fabrics from Italian mills and when the price is right for one of these suits, I take advantage.
Plaid Suit & Socks x Banana Republic, White Extreme Cutaway Collar Shirt x Trashness, Tie & Pocket Round x The Tie Bar, Suede Double Monk-Straps x Wall & Water, Glasses x Tom Ford, Watch x Rolex, Belt x Trafalgar. Also many thanks to Modern Design for my new Tungsten Carbide band with a gold inlay and Trashness for the shirt. Check them out!
Go here to read my full review of the Trashness extreme cutaway collar shirts.
In between the side effects of the polar vortex that has been handing St. Louis its ass this winter, there are brief moments of respite where not only do we thaw out but end up with an unseasonably warm day. Needless to say, I try to take advantage of each and every one of them. On a completely unrelated note, I think I'm really getting the hang of the faraway gaze.
Trench Coat x H&M, Double Breasted Jacket x Suit Supply, Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt x Stafford, Denim x Old Navy, Driving Gloves x Trashness, Suede Tassel Loafers x Massimo Dutti, 18K Gold Tiger's Eye Ring - Thrifted, Glasses x GANT.
Or so goes the cliche; While hitting thrift stores can be very much a hit or miss thing in my neck of the woods, every once in a while I find some items that make driving the miles, breathing in the smells and occassionally elbowing the "competition" out of the way worth it.
I found this jacket a year or so ago and really loved the combination of the rich burgundy color with the gold buttons. It fit perfectly through the shoulders and body but the sleeves were a tad too short. At $7 & seeing some extra fabric to let out, I figured it was worth the risk. Even with stronger shoulders than I normally go for, after a short visit to my tailor Daniel, I have a jacket that I plan on getting many years of wear out of.
Not too long afterwards, I came across this vintage Lanvin tie for $2 at a local re-sale shop. After a few months, their paths finally crossed.
Burgundy Jacket - Thrifted, Extreme Cutaway Collar Oxford x Trashness, Tie x Lanvin (Thrifted), Grey Flannel Pants x H&M, Socks x GAP, Medallion Cap-Toe Oxford's x Giorgio Brutini, Glasses x Gant, Pocket Square x The Tie Bar, Gold Watch x Nixon, Gold Tiger's Eye Ring - Thrifted.
One of my goals this year is to be very intentional about adding key and quality pieces to my wardrobe. After completing my "closet analysis", I made a list of items that I think are essential to rounding it out for the long term and one of those items was a bomber jacket. Then began the hunt. I had to figure out if I wanted to go new or vintage and how much I wanted to spend. After checking a couple of thrift stores and hitting eBay, I landed on the JCP website and came across this one by St. John's Bay. I liked the feel of the nappa leather used along with the removeable shearling collar, channel-quilted lining, ribbed cuffs & hem.
Sizing down gave me the fit that I was looking for and to wrap it up in a nice little bow, I was able to get a price match in store for the online price ($79.99 vs $129.99), and combining that with an additional 25% off discount brought this bad boy home with me for $60 + tax. I realize much is often made of the mechanics of a great wardrobe, thinking down the line, I look forward to wearing the hell out of this jacket and beating the leather up.
Leather Bomber Jacket x St. John's Bay, OCBD x JCP, Vintage Knit Tie x Private Club, Jeans x Arizona Denim, Belt x J.Crew, Chelsea Boots x Alfani, Watch - Datejust x Rolex, Glasses x Gant.
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale