Archive for July 2014

Summer School

English Prep represents the best of classic style: clean cut, slightly rebellious, a collage of earthy tones, traditional fabrics, and well-placed layers. This effortlessly timeless look finds itself at home amidst the soaring Gothic arches of New College, Oxford or the carefully tended grounds and time-worn stone of King's College, Cambridge. Tweed is an essential staple in the English scholar's wardrobe. Sporting a classic tweed coat is a symbol of intellectual sophistication. Hundreds of smaller British companies continue to produce quality tweed and wool goods for those who like return to school in timeless, English style. 

Donegal Tweed Blazer: Magee for the Royal Male
Cricket Jumper: The Royal Male
Belt: Kiel James Patrick
Chinos: J.Crew
Shoe's: Rancourt

Essentially British, with the Royal Male

British Style is a challenge to define. At its core, it remains classic, edgy, elegant, haughty, and always mindful of its aristocratic origins. The Brits are known for their tweeds, their quilts and their layers. A field jacket, hunting cap and boots, fitted country vest, or woolen navy suit- each of these offers a unique look into the rigid, classic, enduring world of traditional British style. 

 However, a summer wardrobe in England - or New England - needs to be flexible. As breathtaking as the countryside is in a land of little sun and less summer, the July climate is a fickle and ever changing friend. Layering light, breathable, weatherproof materials is essential to ensuring maximum comfort. The Ascot offers a casually elegant complement to light English day dress. It can be paired with a blazer and oxford, or simply a casual Mackintosh as pictured here, for a light summer look.

Jacket: Mackintosh
Loafers: Austen Heller
Ascot: Royal Male
Chinos: Barbour
Oxford: Ralph Lauren
Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick 
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Belt: Kiel James Patrick

Like James Dean, For Sure

The Breton stripe, a wardrobe staple for every nautical nomad, was originally issued to French sailors in the late 19th century. The 21 stripes represented Napoleon's 21 campaign victories. The look became a favorite of sailors and fishermen around the globe. 

The Breton Stripe was popularized by American Actor James Dean who famously said "If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man". Dean did live on. He lived on in the hearts of those who sought to emulate his effortlessly cool style, his charm, and his aura of timeless youth. He left a legacy that was classic, timeless, and cool, and for that he will be remembered. 

Sunglasses: Persol
Sweater: Saint James
Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick
Belt: Ball and Buck
Pants: GANT

Don't Let Your Guard Down

"Action is character", Fitzgerald once said. Indeed, a man's character is the sum of all his actions. How he chooses to defend his character determines who he is. Since its gory origins in the Middle Ages, dueling was an affair of honor between men of character. Once gentlemen found less violent ways of resolving their disputes, they retained the art of the duel through the sport of fencing. 

Fencing became the king of all athletic competitions, combining the intellectual rigor of chess and the focus of Tennis with the discipline of the Martial arts.  Academic fencers wore white to determine who drew first blood, that tradition is carried on today out of respect for the sport's long heritage. A fencing scar was a sign of respect, a token to the world that you were a gentleman, intent on defending his honor, or that of his family.

Sweater: Ralph Lauren 
Polo: J.Press
Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick
Pants: Bonobos
Shoes: Vintage Sperry Topsider