“You never forget your first suit,” David Coggins muses after a couple of beers late one weeknight—which night, exactly, I don’t recall off-hand. But he’s right. You graduated in that suit, landed the job in that suit, got the girl in that suit...you became a man in that suit.
Rugby gets that. This spring marks the introduction to Rugby’s tropical wool, linen/silk/wool blend and cotton gabardine suiting. Though rendered in classic trad hues and patterns, Ralph Lauren fabricated an Italian silhouette. Lauren’s own Italian tailor hand cut the patterns, creating a suppressed waist, natural shoulder, fully canvassed jacket that hugs incredibly well off the rack.
This week, presented by Rugby* and styled by me, features five creatives making it in New York City. They paid a visit to the University Rugby shop and then I tagged along on their commutes, inside their homes and into their favorite greasy spoons to not only show how to look put together in a suit, but how to break it apart. You never forget your first suit—better make it tops.
As a writer, David’s eclectic collection of literature scattered about his West Village apartment wouldn’t seem unexpected; however, his love for orange Penguin books could. He’s meticulous about them too—arranging and organizing them by color. In his light drenched living space, David is as comfortable in his gray stripe tropical wool suit as he is with a pen in his hand given the three-piece tends to lend itself to more sophisticated characters.
David and I share an affinity for the navy silk knit tie. It is, hands down, the tie I knot up the most. The luxurious fabric and texture introduce a quiet sophistication and works with almost everything.
While you won’t be able to wear the striped jacket separately, easily throw on a vintage cardigan or sweater over your trousers for a relaxed air.
I really love floral print silk ties for spring. The smattering of preppy florets introduces a softer counterpoint to masculine patterns and fabrics such as this linen/silk/wool blend herringbone. The unfastened button-down collar is something peculiar to David that I nonchalantly adopt occasionally. Know the rules, then explore how to conservatively veer from them to suit your personality.
White bucks are a summer staple. Wear them like you wear any other shoe—with jeans, with a suit, with khakis, with seersucker...you get the idea. Clean them up at the beginning of the season and then forget about it until next year. The dirtier the better.
*In its sponsorship of this feature, Rugby provided financial compensation, in addition to the product in question, for my photography services and opinions. The entire wardrobe is provided by Rugby save a few instances in which the subjects wore their own pieces.