It may pale in political importance next to the tapes of President Nixon’s phone calls, but this surreal 1964 recording of LBJ ordering custom trousers from Joe Haggar still deserves a place in the history books. Be warned: the salty Texan’s choice of wordsâ€”and colorsâ€”is of questionable taste.
A few days ago when Izzy pointed out the questionable taste in a journalist’s first experiment with bespoke tailoring, little did he know just how bad things were.Â Above is a detail from the suit the writer had custom made.Â Instead of respecting tradition, he asked to have five buttons on his cuffs, which is going to make the suit look out of fashion within a year. (Only super-trendy Gucci puts five buttons on the cuffs nowadays.)Â And remember, this is the only bespoke suit he is likely to have for many years. Â On top of that, even ignoring the issue of color, his gingham shirt clashes with his suit’s Prince of Wales check (a glen plaid with a different-colored overcheck, named in honor of the Duke of Windsor, who favored it), since the patterns are too similar in size.Â Was this really the best scribe New York magazine could send for the story?
New York magazine journalist has written about his first foray into bespoke tailoring, even though he was apparently ignorant of the subject.Â Not only does at first think it’s OK to button all of jacket’s buttons, from the wrinkles on his trousers, it looks like he chose his fabric poorly.
Things really are different in Canada, at least when it comes to choosing spokesmen for high-end haberdashers like Harry Rosen. The journalist in the advertisement is Malcolm Gladwell, of The New Yorker and Tipping Point fame. (He donated his fee to charity.) While it’s easy to make fun of Gladwell’s unruly hair, having a visual trademark can be a useful thing for a would-be writer-celebrity.
With a stirrup-and-spur buckle, this Ralph Lauren belt is ideal for the horsey set, or at least those who aspire to it.
While recently discussing the footwear of politicians, little did Izzy know of this once-famous photo of Adlai StevensonÂ showing a hole in his shoe.Â Taken during the 1952 Presidential campaign, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo was embraced by the eggheaded* politician (theÂ model for the fecklessÂ President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove), who saw this image of thriftynessÂ as a way toÂ escape hisÂ reputation as an aristocratic intellectual.Â “Better a hole in the shoe than a hole in the head,” he would say.Â His campaign evenÂ sold silverÂ lapel pins to memorialize the symbol of everyman frugality.
*Showing a wit all-too-lacking in American politics today, Stevenson would laterÂ retort at aÂ 1954 Harvard lecture, â€œVia ovicipitum dura est, or, for the benefit of the engineers among you: The way of the egghead is hard.â€Â
Why would Ewan Mcgregor ride a motorcycle from Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa?Â Some say for charity, others say for theÂ thrill of it.Â Izzy thinks it was to get that hair.
Ever a sucker for off-season deals, Izzy just found these wing-tip boots on sale at Brooks Brothers. They’re ideal for those looking for dress boots that can be worn in foul, wet weather.
If one’s not careful, the wrong vest can make one look like a fuddy-duddy orÂ seventies throwback.Â Thus, Izzy was pleased to see the youthful but scholarlyÂ vests J. Crew is offering for the new schoolyear, including this herringbone number in a soft wool.