• Parke & Ronen

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    Their suits are popping up everywhere these days. GQ sought out Ronen’s advice on suit fit in their July issue earlier this year. He’s the reason I chopped my chinos off at a 4" inseam. Ever since Parke & Ronen introduced their line of men's swimwear four years ago, they've staunchly stood by the fit and cut of their suits.

    Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen

    Photographed in Los Angeles, CA

    “Trying to launch a complete collection off the ground was one of my big mistakes. It’s very expensive.”

    —Ronen Jehezkel

    Their success in focusing on men’s swimwear—and doing it very well, paved the way for recent forays into menswear. With Wall Street yuppies serving as their muse, the “dirty preppy” is a collection inspired by the financial shakedown fallout of unemployed investment bankers performing manuel labor in order to maintain their standards of living. Since they’re broke, they’re working in their preppy office clothes. The inspiration produces a more fitted silhouette in preppy fabrics like gingham, seersucker and broadcloth by employing cotton with a touch of spandex (97/3) and an enzyme wash. The result is some smart updates to southern classics. And they’re in short supply too since their collections are limited runs.

    This fall, they’re off to the races as they mature their “dirty preppy” line in borrowing from the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing—the Kentucky Derby.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Permalink (6) Total Comments

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 5/7/2011 at 9:50 PM:

    I love the way his shorts fit! (MB’s fit very well too). http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 1:42 AM:

    Michael—Look at wool duffle/toggle coats by Gloverall. Find it on eBay (used) or at Sierra Trading Company online (new). Gloverall is the best in the business, out of England. Buy it right the first time and you’ll only have to buy it once.

    Also, naval inspired peacoats (with the 6 buttons arranged in a two vertical rows) in wool or cotton. You’ll probably want wool if you’re in the Northeast during winter.

    Michael left a comment on 10/18/2009 at 8:47 PM:

    I must admit, I stumbled upon this blog accidentally and I am quite hooked. Your passion and knowledge is unparalled, and it is always nice to see things in my closet mentioned! I am just curious, but do you have any advice on a new coat style for the upcoming fall/winter?

    L.A.S left a comment on 10/17/2009 at 9:06 AM:

    Informative post…I’d like to say I’m pretty sartorially inclined and knowledgable, but I had never heard of this designer.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/17/2009 at 3:40 AM:

    Julie—Stay tuned for the next two weeks. I’ll be writing about some of my favorite women’s options.

    Julie left a comment on 10/16/2009 at 5:57 PM:

    Fred…I absolutely love your blog!  You can tell it is a sincere passion and the detail and thought you put into it is going to play very well into your success someday!  Keep the great info coming…I always love to see the options for preppy women’s clothing!