"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
Repost 1 from last year when I was tricked into going to the Sydney Opera House to attend the opening night for “some” ballet - don’t ask me as I don’t remember which one..
FWIW | white cotton shirt - Ascot Chang for me | black & navy crispy knit tie - Drakes for TheArmoury | porcelain rose - Vanda | grey cashmere flannel suit -P. Johnson Tailors for me | socks Comme des Garçons | shoes Saint Crispins for Leather Soul for me..
(at Sydney Opera House - Concert Hall)
When to go ROUGH!
Silk or linen pocket square? The opposite in texture to your tie is a good guide but not necessarily the gospel as the total balance is the deciding factor.
Today I chose to wear a cashmere tie with burnt ochre & mid blue flecks on a light blue base. The texture of the tie is borderline fine tweed so a red on ecru gingham silk pocket square was an unexpected choice.
Usually one would wear calf shoes with a classic suiting as this wool/cashmere chalk stripe - but as the great Prince Edward & Gianni Agnelli has shown, brown suede is a great combination.
Again, all this is built on a white poplin shirt for foundation.
Details | Shade | RayBan “round metal” | Suit - P Johnson in Ariston wool/cashmere flannel silver chalk stripe on denim base | Shirt - Ascot Chang Thomas Mason “Silver Line” white poplin for GW | Tie - Drakes cashmere 7cm | PS - Facconable red on ecru base gingham silk | Wheels - John Lobb “City II” in Pewtere suede on 7000 last for Leather Soul
* From the archives as uncovered by a new follower
Don’t trust a man that doesn’t own a umbrella large enough for 2. & I don’t mean a disposable or golf umbrella. You want WOOD ;)
Details | Suit - @PJohnson Loro Piana wool/mohair for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish Linen | Shirt - @AcsotChang Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - @VandaFineClothing unlined 1st edition tie | Hoofs - Crocket & Jones “belgrave” | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury | Umbrella - Fox for GW
*as discovered by a new follower. This from mid 2011.
Thank you blazerandtie: for a dig from the past - this will keep “some” happy..
The beauty of bespoke - I am still saving up…
Like a menu in an Italian enoteca.. Cloth except for wine..
Hector (pooch) likes the choice..
What did I order?
Details: Cloth - Loro Piana “Zelander Flower” 100% naturally dyed wool. Blue with double window check in slate & tobacco
Jacket - 3 curved patch pocket, 2B SB, twin vent, soft shoulder, “kissing” 4 button surgeon cuffs, alabaster silk lining, hand finished option
Pantaloons - Flat front, button fly, belt-less + side tabs, on seam pockets & 5cm cuffs
Now the 4-6 week wait
Details: SC - MTM P Johnson, Shirt - Bespoke, Tie - Drakes (black & navy 2 tone silk knit), PS - Herringbone, Pantaloons - Incotex, Hoofs - “Dover” Edward Green for Leather Soul Hawaii
Thanks blazerandtie: for digging this up..
Some GW-Grandmaster stuff from back in the good old days again…
Airforce > Navy
I like blue suits as they are the most adaptable & always look crisp. Navy is fine for serious MAN business, so anything from French navy to Junior Navy or Airforce blue is preferable.
Details | Suit - P Johnson in Loro Piana wool/mohair for GW | shirt - P Johnson in Thomas Mason for GW | Pocket Square - Hermes | Tie - RAW silk Drakes | Hoofs - John Lobb “Phillip II” for Leather Soul
Layers of patterns..
Details | Jacket (part of suit) - Patrick Johnson in Loro Piana wool/cashmere for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang for GW | Sweater - Comme des Garçon | Socks (yes) - Paul Smith | Hoofs - John Lobb “City II” in suede for Leather Soul for GW
What time is it? Why are we 2nd month into Autumn & the weather today is going to be 29c..
Why am I wearing a coat - ask her..
So many #FirstWorldProblems today.
Details | Jacket (part of suit) - P Johnson French navy cotton “Solaro” for GW | Pocket Square - Drakes for The Armoury |Shirt - Ascot Chang in vintage private reserve Drake’s of London cloth for GW | Jeans - Rapha | Belt | bespoke crocodile loop & ring belt | Hoofs - classic almond toe Gucci loafers | Bag - Ettinger for The Armoury
She said you are taking me somewhere that needs a jacket tonight..
Details | Jacket (part of suit) - P Johnson French navy cotton “Solaro” for GW | Pocket Square - Drakes for The Armoury |Shirt - Ascot Chang in vintage private reserve Drake’s of London cloth for GW | Jeans - Rapha | Hoofs - classic almond toe Gucci loafers
(Taken with Instagram at The Bunker)
It was late, it was dark (no lights dark), & I got the focus wrong!
& that was the ballet..
* Silver lining? Sarah Murdoch was sitting in the same row as us..
Not that I need to wear ties anymore - but will see these in person today when I see the maestro.
Drakes for P Johnson new season’s arrivals
Off to celebrate my good friend’s new role - BIG WIG for Burberry Aus..
Details | P Johnson
"Solaro" “Soraro” jacket (part of suit) for GW | Ascot Chang shirt in Drake’s of London private reserve shirting for GW | Muji cotton webbing belt | S. Ambrossio pantaloons for GW | Common Projects |