A Wale of a Good Time

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As a wee lad, Izzy hated corduroy trousers because of the zip zip sound they made while walking. But as he got older, and wiser, he came to adore the fabric (which allegedly derives from the French corde du roi, or “the king’s cord”) and also discovered that wearing more closely fitting trousers would eliminate the noisome sound. But Izzy long felt alone in his infatuation with the warm and cuddly material. Now, however, there is finally a place to meet like-minded corduroyalists: the Corduroy Appreciation Club. Their motto? “All Wales Welcome.” (Izzy is not making this up.) The cozy club will be hosting their second annual meeting on 11|11 (guess why) in Brooklyn, New York. Izzy hopes to attend in full regalia. (Their first meeting was reported on by The New Yorker.)

The festivities will include keynote speaker author Jonathan Ames, corduroy-inspired art; and the Corduroy Awards, for which the nominees include actor Heath Ledger (Exemplary Usage of Corduroy in a Motion Picture: Brokeback Mountain), fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi (Exemplary Usage of Corduroy in Fashion), and British comedian Marcus Brigstocke (Exemplary Usage of Corduroy as a Comedic Channel). All attendees are strictly required to wear at least two items of corduroy, but of course the more items of the material, the better.

If you wish to attend, you need to purchase a ticket by November 1st.

3 Responses to “A Wale of a Good Time”

  1. Seth October 27, 2006 at 4:10 am #

    “wearing more closely fitting trousers would eliminate the noisome sound”


    I’m disappointed.

    Noisome means smelly.

    Aside from that, sounds like an elegant affair.

  2. Izzy October 27, 2006 at 11:07 am #

    Izzy is happy to have his loyal readers keep him on his toes, but according to his well-thumbed copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, current definitions of “noisome” include “annoying, troublesome” and “disagreeable, unpleasant, offensive,” as well as “offensive to the sense of smell; foul-smelling.” (In fact, the “noi” root in “noisome” is the same as the “noy” in “annoy.”)

    Warmly pedantic,



  1. Corduroy Conclave » Manolo for the Men - October 30, 2007

    […] Having drawn attention to the Corduory Appreciation Club once before, Izzy would like to notify his loyal readers of the society’s next get-together, which will be held in Brooklyn on 11|11 (for obvious reasons).  Lord Whimsy, courageous dandy and author of The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Vol. I (which Izzy thoroughly recommends), will be the keynote speaker.  Given that “adoxography” is a fancy word for elegant praise of the trivial (something which Izzy might know a thing or two about), then the Club should be considered an organized exercise in adoxophilia.  (Shockingly, Izzy could not find “adoxography” in the Oxford English Dictionary.  He’s going to write an angry, erudite letter to Jesse Sheidlower, the immaculately dressed editor-at-large.) In any case, only an unnatural disaster will keep Izzy from attending the event.  Where else is he supposed to wear his corduroy shoes? […]