"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..
History lesson (from July 2011): I still get messages/emails about the pros/cons with MTO v bespoke.
Friday Business Casual in Blaze Orange
5th day of rain - EXERENT!
Details | Umbrella - Fox for GW | Pocket Square - Drake’s Irish linen | Jacket (part of suit) - @PJohnson in Loro Piana for GW | Shirt - @AscotChang in Thomas Mason for GW | Tie - Hermes knit tie | DubMunks - Edward Green “Westminster” Mole Suede for @LeatherSoul for GW | Bag - Ettinger for @TheArmoury
* take note of the shape & undisturbed line of the jacket even whilst holding up an umbrella.
There is nothing wrong with MTO if the tailor/fitter knows what he is doing which is unfortunately a rarity today. I have seen more “car wrecks” from E. Zegna “Su Misura” than a roller derby & they average more than 3 times the cost of a P Johnson MTO commission.
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.
“Fratelli della strada”
What were we thinking? Why do we do it? It is the way of the “ciclista”..
It is a common bond that brings us together most mornings, even when we don’t ride. Or if you are not riding due to injury, there is an expectation for you to be at the finish cafe to make sure all is back safe.
48 hours of rain & 4 shades of navy..
Details | Cap - Rapha waxed cotton “Gentleman’s Cap” (think Barbour) | Jacket - Rapha “City Rain” | Vest - Hackett | Knit polo - Rapha fine wool | Jeans - Rapha | Sneakers - Common Projects
I needed more than “over-socks” this morning.. As the winter rain & wind scared everyone away, but dang it was good riding..
Men in Black? Nah, MEN in LYCRA!
It was wet, it was cold & there were some spills (not I) as I hung back to get my legs back after a 6 week hiatus post elbow break, but damn it was god to be out with the bunch again.
The banter is just part of it.
Details | Hoofs - Alden for Leather Soul “MilkShake” saddles | Jeans - Rapha | Shirt - chiodo | Bag - MTO Crumpler for GW
Road cycling lessons to street wear.
Wind-proof, shower-proof, breathable, stretch, light-weight, packable, reflective panels, zipped pockets, articulated sleeves & shoulder line for cycling is also very much wearable off the bike.
One would think that Helmut Lang (the original) is moonlighting at Rapha as the fit, details & colour blocks is very much his DNA. Or is he also a cyclist.
There are many correlations between road cycling & tailoring that many would not see. - FIT, FUNCTION & FORM.
Maybe that’s why Helmut Lang retired so early as he hated the fashun industry politics..
Details | City Rain jacket, Wind shirt, base layer, jeans - Rapha | Sneakers - CdG PLAY CHUCKS
& Oldie but a goodie..
I find it quite amusing when old posts are found & reblogged by others..
* I miss this umbrella.
Cows don’t need umbrellas..
So don’t worry about wearing leather shoes in the rain - just worry after.
To shine or not?
Some like the high polish (such as Ethan), whilst other prefer a natural lustre (such as I). I won’t get into what is involved for a military shine as this is covered quite extensively.
Details | Knit - Loro Piana “Baby Cashmere” | Jacket (part of suit) - P Johnson in Loro Piana “Zelander” for GW | Shirt - Ascot Chang for GW | Pantaloons - P Johnson in Loro Piana cotton fine cord for GW | PS - Tom Fuking Ford | Hoofs - Edward Green “Westminster” in Mole suede on 888 last with Dainite sole for Leather Soul | Umbrella - Fox
BrokenWing Day 3 - yep, no need for pain killers for my flight to Mexico tonight followed by BrisVegas before back in OldSydneyTown..
& Pablo say OI!
Details | Jacket - Rapha City Rain| T - R.O.T.M Pablo series | Jeans - Rapha | Sneakers - CdG PLAY chucks
It’s getting dark, the rain is starting & I was told to wear a jacket if I wanted dinner.. You happy?
Details | Shirt - Ascot Chang for GW | Suit - P Johnson cotton
“Solaro” ”SoRaRo” for GW | Pocket Square - Tom Ford | Sneakers - Superga | Umbrella - Fox of London